We had the good fortune of connecting with Samson Jagoras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samson, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is the currency of success. You have to take on some level of risk if you want to build a business, improve your career, make more money, have kids, get married, etc. On some level, every single thing we do in our life has a level of risk. More specifically, in business, people are often afraid to lose their income, their status, or their perceived achievements – people are afraid of losing. But the reality is, most people are playing the wrong game. Business and life are not finite, they are infinite. There are no winners and losers. Just knowledge gained and experience earned.
What prevents most people from taking on risk, is not all of the external factors, but deep down inside it’s their lack of faith in their ability to solve the unknown problems and their fear of losing their perceived level of success. Because ultimately if it doesn’t work out, there is no one else to blame but yourself.
When you realize that nothing in business is life or death, everything gets a whole lot easier to handle. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be strategic, or you shouldn’t attempt to de-risk your investment or business venture; but no matter what you will never be able to completely remove the risk.
On the other side of every “risk” that I have ever taken, is a whole lot of success.
Taking risks is walking away from my scholarship at a D2 school, walking on at CU, and getting put back on scholarship. Taking that one risk and betting on myself led me to my wife, led me to my career, is responsible for the family that I have today and the success that I have been able to build in my businesses. That one decision to pursue my dream of playing D1 football led to a series of successes. Each time I took on another risk I gained more knowledge, and more experience which results in more and more confidence.
When you stop and you think about it, the better you get at business, the better you get at solving problems and the only way to get better at solving problems is to take on more risk.
Knowledge + Experience = Confidence
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Today I am a professional real estate investor and the founder of Growth Vue Properties. We are a team of Real estate and investment professionals ranging from Commercial Brokerage, Commercial Real Estate Lending, Private Equity and Real Estate Operators.
Over my 13+ year career in business, executive leadership & entrepreneurship, I have served as a Futures & Commodities broker, actively invested in real estate, built several businesses, and acted as the Chief Strategy Officer for Madwire, an INC 500 marketing, and technology company. After 9 years of scaling Madwire’s revenue from 7 million to over 100 million & 35 employees to 600 employees in 9 years, I walked away from my high-income position to go all-in on helping everyday investors put their money to work in large commercial apartment investments.
Our Investors want direct ownership of the real estate, but don’t have the time, knowledge, or expertise to actively invest. We have made it our mission to be a liaison with the best syndicators in the country and an expert at finding, and structuring deals on behalf of our group. In turn, creating a platform for like-minded investors who want to create massive wealth and financial freedom through real estate.
At the end of the day, we all want more time. More time with our families and our friends; and more time to make an impact in our communities, churches, schools, etc.
I spent my entire career leading people, and now I use that skill and trust to help people put their money to work in real estate so that they don’t have to.
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.
My family and I live in Windsor Colorado, and I absolutely love my little town. Having grown up in LA. I love that every time I go out, I run into people I know.
We would kick the week off with a few laps at Windsor lake, followed by a treat from the drive-by at Windsor Lake Coffee, then round out the day/evening at the Windsor mill to grab some drink at the Tavern, Dinner at Cacciatori, and a nightcap at Peculiar.
A hike at Devils Backbone would definitely be in order
A brewery tour in Fort Collins
Dinner At Jax Fish house.
A drink at Social
Dessert At Nuance
Jazz at Ace Gilets
Roof Top sunset drinks at the Elizabeth Hotel
And considering I am a fitness fanatic I would catch daily work out at the best gym in Northern Colorado – Pursuit Nutrition & Training Center.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I was 20 years old when I met my wife, Casey. The moment that I laid eyes on her, I knew that I wanted to know her deeply and spend the rest of my life with her. We have been through lots of ups and downs over our 17-year relationship, and 13 years of marriage, but she has always believed in me, challenged me, supported me, pushed me, and given me a reason to want to be better than I was yesterday. She has been there in my darkest moments and celebrated my wins when we were at the top. I am so grateful to her.
Along the way, I have met so many great entrepreneurs, mentors, and business partners who have poured into me, and supported me. Simply put, I am not self-made, but the result of a lot of great opportunities and the friendship of a lot of great people. I am thankful for all of my business partners, and colleagues who stuck with me, even when I wasn’t at my best.