We had the good fortune of connecting with Dan O’Connor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dan, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My balance has changed more in favor of being slightly even. Earlier in my career I was very heavily leaning towards working all the time, but now I really try to focus on both my family and fun as well as my work. For example I try very hard to make my schedule work around picking my kids up from school a couple days a week, taking them to their practices and being at their games. This is not always easy being in real estate, it’s not your standard 9-5 Job. I also try to schedule small trips every couple months and do a date night every week or every other week to connect with my significant other and stay centered. But don’t get me wrong work is my first priority and I am very focused and have a great team around me to provide the best service I can.
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?
Well, in 2021 I made a huge leap and started a real estate brokerage with 4 amazing partners. This move has made me so excited and energized and makes me feel like I am really creating something great with the tools that I have learned over my career. This brokerage is designed to be small but mighty, we are focused on supporting all of the people in our group so that we can give our clients the best service and knowledge/advice possible. Real estate agency has become a service / advisory role in our area more than ever. There is a lot of information free to access by everyone, but what does it all mean? How does it relate to the client and what they wan?. Also, what information are you not seeing and how does that affect things? Answers to these questions are what I try to provide for my clients and being part of a group that shares and wants to see all of us succeed only helps me do that.
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 love being outdoors, so I would have to take them to the beach, maybe surfing or paddle boarding. I would also take them hiking up into Palos Verdes or to LA. There’s great hiking all around us. Then I love to eat! I would take them to local south bay restaurants like Hook & Plow, Steak and Whiskey, MB post, Fishing with dynamite…as well as places like Felix or Scoopa in Venice. If we really had time I would drive us to Mammoth, I love the mountains and all it has to offer both in the winter and in the summer!
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 owe a big shout out to my family, starting with my mom who taught me everything I know in the real estate business and what a real work ethic looks like. She taught me how to put the client first no matter what the situation, doing what’s right for the client is always what is right. My sister who is my own private cheer leader, she is always there for me when I need her and even though she doesn’t live close by I can feel our connection every-time we talk, which is a lot! I would also have to mention my kids, although they are younger and don’t totally understand everything their love is what drives me to work so hard. And finally my Fiancé, her unconditional love and support of me and who I am is a huge force behind what I am today. My life and my career have not been a straight path, full of ups and downs, and to have someone like her in my life makes me feel like all the hard times were worth getting to today.
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