We had the good fortune of connecting with Garrien Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Garrien, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is a huge part of life that presents itself to everyone at some point. We all face risk on the regular, some small and some big, but what truly separates us as people is how we react to the risk presented to us. I personally think of risk like that saying “you’re coming to a fork in the road”. At this fork I choose to listen closely for direction from God, and sometimes he asks us to go the way most people would say is crazy. Some of my biggest success I’ve had has come from taking risk that everyone around me has cautioned me on taking, but I choose to follow God and not let fear stop me from taking that particular risk. I personally believe we get one life to live so why live it in fear and play everything safe. Also when it comes to risk taking I love to use the saying “take a calculated risk”. Meaning you have done your research and your confident this risk can pay off if taken at the right time and scenario.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am Mortgage Lender, Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Investor and I also do Real Estate and regular photography. What I believe sets me apart from others is my ability to serve the customer in multiple facades on their purchase or sell of a home, vs another professional who only provides one service to the client. Being able to lend and represent the client helps the client have confidence in the process and not feel like they are being passed among many different people to service their property needs. Getting to this point was not easy because the process to getting a license is very lengthy and requires a lot of learning. I always knew I wanted to be in Real Estate but I ultimately decided to get in to real estate when I was fired from what I though was my path in employment as a College Football coach at the University of Northern Colorado. Don’t get me wrong I loved coaching and I spent years becoming a Division 1 coach, but what I hated was how much time I spent in the office especially once I had kids. So once I was fired and had a son two months later with no way to provide, I knew it was time for me to take charge and start a career where I can control my time especially while my children are young. I’ve learned along the way to be versatile and don’t settle for less then your value. Believe in yourself and the opportunity you are looking for will find you, just stay consistent and continue to believe. The scariest thing about my journey was cutting the fat and removing negative influences from my life. I want the world to know in all the success my business has had my main priority is to serve the client and to do all I can to see them prosper even if I don’t make a profit.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would probably start be venturing to the top of Pikes Peak and come down and stop in Manitou Springs as well as Garden of the Gods. I love the area and the little town of Manitou especially for lunch or home made ice cream. After that maybe a trip to Vail which is beautiful during both the summer months and winter months. Elway’s Steakhouse is always a favorite up that way, can’t pass it. The rest of the week I spend around Denver checking out the down town area. So many bars and restaurants with live music and great food. If possible a Rockies game is a must see followed by a trip to Pappadeaux’s. The rest of the trip would be filled with boating and fishing at the local reservoirs and relaxing on the patio enjoying the summer nights.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had a great support system that consist of my wife who referred me to you guys as well as my parent and grandparents believing in me even when they thought I wasn’t making the best decision. I would like to shoutout three guys who have influenced me although they reside in California where I am originally from I have strong relationship with them and value their mentorship. The three guys names are Lynel Ford, Brandon Waller, and Aarron Meaux. Aarron has started his own sports broadcasting channel, while Brandon has started a Fitness company and resides here in Colorado. One of my biggest supporters I currently work with is Lynel Ford who is a real estate Investor and Broker, who has taught, and is continuing to show me the ropes of the Industry. He is the one who pushed me to get both my real estate and lending license.
Other: I appear on some of my wife’s videos on YouTube please check them out.