We had the good fortune of connecting with Trish Cox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trish, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is SO important!! My risk appetite is quite large, if I could say so myself 🙂 I’m originally from 30 min north or NYC so I grew up fast, thinking I knew everything about life. I left the nest and went far away to college in Indiana (go hoosiers) where I realized the rest of the country is not like NY. I had your typical wild college experience, learned a lot about myself, but came back to NYC because that’s just what everyone from where I am from, does! I started a career in television, my first job was the Jerry Springer show (oh the stories I have) then moved on and up to produce shows like Project Runway, Ink Master, Ice loves Coco, Lala’s Full Court Life, Alaska Bush People and so many more! Yes, I was a reality TV Producer for 10 years. Television, while it sounds glamorous, is not! Long hours, demanding talent and executives, egos, everything you might imagine. I moved up fast because I am hard working, but that does not mean I haven’t failed. I once took a risk by accepting a job as a director, going with the fake until you make it model and boy did that backfire. I clearly wasn’t experienced enough at 25 for the job and was fired! It took me so long to admit that, let alone even write about it to a stranger, but that risk, even though it was awful at the time, changed me. I learned how I acted in a stressful environment, I learned even if you do your best you might fail, I learned that even if something bad happens you must get back on your feet and keep your chin up.
Bottomline, I think failure is necessary, even if in the moment it’s pit inducing. I remember thinking I’ll never work a day in this business again. But you know what happened? I quickly got a new production job and life went on…
Life truly changed when I went to a yoga retreat in India in 2012 (I’m half Indian so I decided to venture to a retreat while visiting family). Maybe it was just me being ready for change or the experiences I had with strangers there, but after I came back from India, I decided I needed to leave production and NY and move west. I basically closed my eyes and picked a date on the calendar, packed my bags and moved to Denver. One of my best fiends lived in Denver at the time, so the choice seemed easy, but it was also terrifying! Lots of lonely days and nights wondering if I made the right decision. After a couple months of sulking, my tune started to change- I said yes to everything, met some amazing people who challenged the way I used to think, worked at Orangetheory for a hot second, started a successful career in Real Estate, met a man who became my husband and we moved to the mountains just last week! So, going back to the question – I think everyone should take more risks!! You can lose everything one year and gain it all back the next, you can change careers 5 times and eventually land on one that makes you wealthier in so many other ways. You can pick up and leave with a suitcase and find the love of your life. Life is so beautiful on the other side of your fears and I encourage everyone to do something that scares them everyday.
What should our readers know about your business?
Starting a career in real estate and working for myself has been a wild, wild ride! Ive had so many bumps in the road, but that’s what being an entrepreneur is like, right? Some months are amazing where I make more money than I ever thought I could and some months I’m wondering if I should pick up shifts at a restaurant so I can put gas in my car. Patience and knowing the effort I put in will be the effort I receive keeps me going during those dark times.
When business is slow I go to an event by myself, chat up the front desk staff at the gym or just be bold and message someone on social media to see if they will meet me for coffee! I like to say I’m a people expert since I’ve worked with thousands of different personalities in television so all I need is the opportunity to show someone why they should work with me. I am not afraid of rejection, think the Jerry Springer show helped me with that one, I’m extremely persistent and decisive, if I want something I go after it even if I get a no here and there.
Personally, I sometimes don’t even like saying I’m in real estate, because everyone thinks you’re going to put a for sale sign in their yard the minute you mention it. My goal is to do real estate the right way. It’s not about volume or the sale for me, it’s about genuine connections and relationships. At the beginning you kind of are a sponge and soak up all the advice and take clients however you can, which can be overwhelming and a bit inauthentic. I learned that the hard way, like most, I did too much hoping that if you throw enough mud at the wall something sticks… And it did and I’m super proud of the success I’ve had, but I’ve shifted my focus in 2022. While the Denver Metro area is where a majority of my business still is, I have moved to Bailey 45 min SW of Denver to further my love of adventure and a simpler way of living. Coming from NYC and living a hectic life in television only deepens my desire to work for myself and create a business and clientele who share similar interest. I have done a good job of weaving work and my personal life into one. I like hiking, climbing, skiing and working out, therefore I created groups and business around that pillar; so even if I don’t get a lead out of it, I still fill my days with activities that I love.
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.
This is so easy for me!! First I’d tell them to take the train from DIA to Union Station where we will grab a coffee and bite at Mercantile. We’ll walk across the pedestrian bridge to Confluence Park and trek the platte river. Grab a beer at Denver Beer Co. and pet a few dogs. Walk to Avanti for a bite and sit on the observation deck to admire our growing Denver skyline. Then we will freshen up at home and head out for a night on the town in Rino. My nights on the town these days are scarce and less booze filled so I’d suggest going to dinner at Hop Alley for some amazing (hipster) fusion Chinese food. After dinner we’ll walk to Denver Central market for some ice cream or a few chocolates at Temper. We’ll need to walk off all that food so we’ll take a stroll and check out the crush walls art and graffiti in Rino and stop into Honey for hopefully a live DJ and a non-alcoholic tonic. Then we will end the night at the Rambler Hotel for a drink at Death & Co on the rooftop.
I’d suggest getting up early and going to St. Marys Glacier in Idaho Springs to do a short hike with incredible views. Then tour the town of Idaho Springs, grabbing a beer at Westbound and Down and check out the soap shop. Then we will head back to Denver, but not before stopping in Golden for some ribs at the Golden Mill, The Golden Mill is a funky food hall overlooking the table mountains. After eating we will shower and get ready for a Red Rocks show! It’s an absolute must to attend a show at our incredible outdoor amphitheater amongst sandstone. We dance the night away and meet some really open minded, carefree souls next us. We’ll head home right after the show because we have a big day tomorrow.
Today we’re getting get up early to go to Buena Vista! We take route 285 and explore the quaint towns along the way – Evergreen, Conifer, Pine, Bailey. In Bailey we stop in and get some honey from Debeeze for tea at our airbnb in Buena Vista. The drive is breathtaking and mountainous and since we have 300 days of sun, there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Once in Buena Vista we get ready to go to Mt. Princeton hot springs since the temperature dropped. We spend a few hours here, looking at shooting stars and chatting in the mineral pools.
We get up early again because we’re doing a 14er – Mt. Yale! Buena Vista is a gorgeous town because it’s surrounded by the collegiate peaks, all 14,000 foot mountains. The climb is tiring, but worth it, because once you get to the top the views are to die for. We head back down to town because we have reservations at The Lariot for live music. Since we’ve been in Buena Vista for a day or two, it’s time to venture to another hot spot in Colorado – Breckinridge. Breckinridge is famous for its ski resort, but it’s also super cool in the summer. Can’t wait to take my friend on the gondola to explore the ski runs and fresh air and stop by my favorite pastry shop La Francaise for an almond croissant. We will tour the town a bit more, grab a beer, people watch and go on many hikes.
It’s time to head back to Denver because we only have a 1 more night together. While in Denver we get tickets to Meow Wolf – an interactive, experiential museum known for its bizarre sculptures and eccentric art. Then for our final meal we go to Mizuna for exquisite French dining with a tasting menu. This trip was action-packed and we didn’t even scratch the surface. Colorado has so much to offer, my friend better come back again soon so we can drive south to Ouray, Durango, and Telluride
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people deserve credit for where I am today. First, I credit Kare in Pune, India. That’s the trip that changed the course of my life forever. There I read, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle which propelled me into my new 2.0 self, so for that I am eternally thankful for. The people from around the world I met, the books I read and the experiences I had there truly changed me. Then my family; for letting me leave the nest and not making me feel guilty about it! I appreciate so much that my parents, unlike many, told me to leave New York – go away to college, study abroad, move to Denver, try new things. Even 5 years later, I don’t get any guilt at all from them to be closer to “home” as they get older and I can’t be more grateful for their support all these year. Last to my amazing husband who lets me be me! I’m spontaneous, have crazy ideas, always looking for the next risk to take and he calmly listens and entertains each idea even though I’m sure his engineer brain thinks I’m nuts 🙂
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