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Jas Takhar: My father, my hero and the foundation for my success

Toronto native, Jas Takhar, is the son of hard working immigrants. After seeing their work ethic, he decided that he wanted to make a bigger impact, and become an entrepreneur.

Toronto native, Jas Takhar, is the son of hard working immigrants.  After seeing their work ethic, he decided that he wanted to make a bigger impact, and become an entrepreneur.

Soon after deciding to try his hand in real estate, he co-founded REC Canada, and in the course of 16 years, has successfully propelled his team to the top 3 position in Canada under Royal LePage in 2020.

The empire that Jas sought to build was rocked with the tragic and sudden loss of his business partner and mentor, and it wasn't an easy road back.  But having gone through that experience has driven Jas to be even more impactful in the work that he does.


With 60+ realtors and 11 support staff, the team advises and assists over 625 buyers, sellers and investors, yearly, across the Greater Toronto Area, resulting in a total of over $1.6B in transactions.  

Jas’ area of expertise is in helping investors build out their real estate portfolios.  Wanting to share his knowledge and experience with the masses, he wrote a book titled Real Estate Intelligence, which teaches others how to buy or sell real estate on their own.  

Furthering his pursuit to educate and motivate, he now hosts one of the top business podcasts in the country, the Jas Takhar Podcast–found on all podcast platforms– here he interviews guests who share their success stories on real estate investing, entrepreneurship and leadership.  

His hope is to provide inspiring content to aid others in removing the friction from their own life, in order to help them get from where they are to where they want to be.

After gaining so much from the community he was accepted in, Jas decided to sit down and start a new company called From The Ground Up Media, better known as FTGU.  

As the co-founder Jas has create a pathway for new real estate agents to step foot into the content creation space. Showing new agents how they can start producing content and even their own podcasts!













Alright, welcome back to another episode of between the before.

And after I am always excited when I get a fellow Canadian on the podcast.

So today, we're welcoming Jazz from Toronto.

How you doing, man?
I'm amazing my man and I like, always speaking to a fellow Canadian that like to speak to everybody in the world, but when of course of coordinating, and that's really, really awesome.

Just to kind of hear a little bit of your backstory, was kind of cool for those of, you know, 78 seconds that we were talking off air.

But I'm fine with, man.

I'm I'm always honored when Buddy has me on their podcast because I remember just growing up that like I didn't think anybody wanted to hear anything from me and so especially the teachers they told me that a lawful and somebody wants me on their podcast.

I'm always trying to make sure I can bring as much value as possible, and, and I'm really hoping that I Inspire at least one guy or gal out of the, the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people that are gonna going to be listening to this and watching this, you know, can I can I can I say something that even if that they've heard it, For maybe, maybe because it's it's a Tuesday afternoon while they're taking their dog for a walk in the listening to this podcast, it clicks to them.

And so I thank you for having me on John, I'm really honored.

Yeah, absolutely.

And just before we dive into into your story here, where you at presently, what are you doing?
Because we're gonna explore story in terms of how you got to what you're doing, presently.

So where are you at right now?
Like, where am I at, in terms of business and life you mean?

Yeah man.

Um, look, I got I got two little boys, a nine-year-old in a seven-year-old and so I always call that like you know, that's really the most important stuff to me like that's possible, still stuff.

But I'm in my business life.

Hence why most people have me on their podcast because God knows I shouldn't be talking about parenting, that's for sure.

But when it comes to my, my current business situation, I have two businesses that I own and operate both with two different business.

One is it's called re-see Canada which stands for Real Estate Center.

That's a real estate firm.

A traditional real estate firm in the sense of where we help home buyers and home sellers.

But I think we're different in the sense that we focus a lot of our efforts, helping people create wealth in real estate specifically in the greater Toronto area.

So for your out of Province out of country listeners, that's 50 miles /.

75 km radius?
We have 60 on real.

The Realtors on our team, I have a business partner.

We have a leadership team in our, in our organization.

I've been doing that for about 18 years.

We help we just you know at the time of this recording we're at the start of 2023 for 2022.

I'm very very blessed and and really want to give all the Kudos and flowers to the to the team of 60 and the leadership team.

We place number two in the country out of 22,000 for the franchise that were Which is called the Royal LePage Canada.

So I mean I think that's huge, it's not too impressive but it's just to give people an idea kind of why I made.

Like maybe John wanted me on the bus gas number 2 and the second organization is probably more.

It came from, it came from and started really through a passion project which which was helping people create content because I do personally, anywhere from 12 to 15 pieces of content on all the social Times a day and so people don't ask like, holy crap.

My like, what do you what kind of crack and steroids?
Are you on that?
You're able to able to do so much?
I had my still VP in my real estate organization reach out.

She has a degree and an MBA in marketing / branding / Communications.

So she really had the brains when it came to like personal branding and all that.

But she also had a passion for it.

She started kind of her journey in and putting out videos and she also, I feel, I think, you know, I on a side note, I think you should have her on on your podcast but she has a really cool story as well, jumping from a bunch of Industries, but she also had this this, this whole in, in her life, where she wanted more, you know, just like anyone else and she said, look, I would love to start a company her and I kept on getting kind of slapped in the face by agents in our in our city and In our office.

Like how do you do all this content?
We kept on getting asked the entrepreneurs in us and said, let's start a company that company.

Now in the last 18 months has, has has morphed into more of a sales solution company for sales people.

So it's not just media, there's education components through immersion programs, through courses, online courses, through video coaching still, we can take someone from never Doing a podcast, starting it producing it, editing it all that for them.

So we still have the media arm and that company is called from the ground up which which again still is my passion.

I really you know being sales my whole life which I'm sure we're going to kind of venture into in our conversation.

I-i'll so much to the real estate industry but I owe you even more to the sales industry because it allowed a boy at the age of 6.

Seven, who really didn't know what the heck you wanted.

You know what, he was good at and all that obviously at 6:07.

It's hard to tell.

But even, you know, at 17 18 19, no, real formal education from school.

Can't really spell half the words.

I say it gave me a shot, it gave me an opportunity and that's the sales industry.

And now I want to help sales people and that that that's what that company from the ground up really does.

Yeah, that's awesome.

And you mentioned like 67 years old.

No, and you're the son of immigrants who came to Toronto and 67 years old.

What did you picture you're going to do with your life?
Did you have any ideas?
Well, not really up six or seven.

You know what I did?
Do at 6:00 or 7:00 and that I think was telling was I was the like, literally in all the classes, the first kid, who put up his hand to help with the book sale, to help with the bake sale looking back, I can tell you why.

Because I just want to get out of class.

Like, I couldn't I still to this day, you can't sit me down, like I'm actually surprised how often I can do a podcast of my own grandmother and sit in a seat, but you'll see me fidget around.

But even at that young age, like I wanted to wanted to meet people and talk to people and I was, and I wasn't afraid of some, you know, an adult even coming to the, to the book sale.

I was okay asking the question like how can I help are there and do you like this book or?
Oh my God you should look at this more, whatever, it was also going door to door.

By myself at the selling selling Christmas ornaments, you know, again, right?
Very telling like I wasn't concerned or worried or had I didn't have that insecurity at that time, but yeah of meeting new people and strangers, right?
And so, to answer your question, John, I don't think I really knew what I wanted to do, but I definitely knew what I liked to do and that was meeting people, okay?
So you started to see that you had a little bit of a knack for business.

- as well and understanding a bit more about that.

Or I think I had a knack for for making people smile.

Like even at that age, you know, like, tell this day I'm I'm a very positive guy by Nature on a regular basis.

I'm from what people tell me the coast people around me and people just meet me.

I'm always smiling.

But I had that since I was a kid, like I would knock on the doors and smile.

And I also maybe not at six or seven.

It probably happened at 10:00 11:00 12:00 when I started doing door-to-door and Newspaper.

Like the first time I ever got paid was 12 years old for Sullivan newspapers, right?
And that's when I caught on to I caught on to if you're just nice to people you have a better chance of them buying something from you.


Yeah, rather than knocking on the door and just say hi, I'm here to sell you a newspaper, or would you like to buy a paper?
If I said oh my God.

I love the color of that.

what kind of sports car is that you have a basketball net or back then, Ability of this person saying yes to whatever I'm asking for it was either like would you like the subscription to the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun or it was it's time to pay for your subscription and I'm hoping for the tip.

You know what I mean, right?
Yeah, you know probably 92 or something like that 91.

I mean a couple of dollars back back in those days.

I don't know why.

Wait, in fact, I spent majority of it as you can tell on fries and gravy.

Amen but yeah the papery grown-up and I remember getting like a ten dollar tip and I just thought my year was made, you know, I think about a six-pack of doughnuts into L root beer or something like that.

Hey are you a root beer?
Guy job I am and root beer and ginger ale.

A lot of us out there man, by far hands down my favorite.

But, you know, I think that 12 and like, without any exaggeration, I actually thought I was going to sell newspapers, my whole life, but I thought, I was at I thought that was the gig like I got paid for something that I would do for free.

Anyways, this is a jackpot obviously.

Now you going to high school and it's like, okay, now the doors open up.

You you see that my love for granted your minds expanded but I jumped on on opportunity.


In grade 12.

So 17 years old, I jumped onto an opportunity which was a co-op class where they send you to go.

Go work somewhere.

And one of the options was working at a retail store in the mall.

Okay, yeah.

I don't know exactly what drew me to go into that retail store and say, and checking off that box.

That that's where I want to go.

But I can tell you it was probably the best decision I ever made.

Like, you're looking back to, you know, whatever it's been Now 23, 24 years ago, that was by far the best decision I made.

Because that was my first Endeavor into like the retail really working with customers coming in to the store.

So it was a game-changer, right?
I was always going outbound and and understanding that, okay?
Like it doesn't matter what happened earlier in the day at school.

If I'm not nice to these people who walk in not only are they not going to buy?
I'm probably going to get fired, you know.

Is like my first quasi, semi semi like formal job even though I was still in high school.

But yeah, I did I did really well.

There it was probably the highest grade I ever got other than Jim and they took me on full-time in the summer.

Gave me a part-time job in school that lasted for almost two and a half years.

So our Sporting Life like it's a it's it's at that time it was a very small.

I don't want to call it a small mama.

Because it was a higher-end lifestyle store.

So in this in this call it department store lifestyle store, you can they sold skis snowboards tennis rackets Polo tops, running shoes for marathons and sprinters, I personally worked my two and a half years in the Footwear department.

So till this day I can tell you just by looking at your feet telling you didn't walk bend your He's this that I could tell you exactly what shoes you should be wearing, you know, because they really drop the really make sure that you understood the product which I didn't know it was important at that time, but I still carry that on to my like, in my sales career.

Now specifically, when I went into car sales, probably over 57 years later, I skipped over a big stint that I had in sales and service with the banking industry.

The Red Bank here.

So you can see which was for two and a half years, taught me all my phone skills because I work in the telephone Department like on Lost.

The the telephone banking department.

So, if you want to pay your bills and all that kind of stuff.

So, I really understand, I really got a good handle on Telephone skills, but the product knowledge about shoes, really played out well for me when I went into car sales because I didn't know anything about cars.

I got nothing right?
Yeah, I wasn't the kid who had the Lamborghini Countach poster in my wall?
You know what I mean?
I didn't I just wasn't.

I had Book.


Looks like the number one.

Good point.

Mario Lemieux.

Okay, a hockey, soccer football wasn't in American football.

Wasn't that big like here in Canada?

Hence why?
I had a massive Affinity still called this day, not a big Affinity, but I still understand the CFL very well but I did you, did you play hockey grown up as well?
Yeah, like a street hockey, I'm really a song like, you know, if I had to pick a sport that I was probably really good at it would be soccer.

Um, I probably have a passion of watching American football, the most.

I'm a, I'm a big.

I'm a big Dallas, Cowboys fan.

The day of this recording right now, tonight is a big, big, big game for us, and so, but when I went into car sales, I had to tap into, unlike going back into what I learned in selling shoes.


You need to know the product because like, people are going to be coming in and they the run the car, this is no longer 200.

And fifty dollar the $200 pair of shoes.

Now, we're talking 27, you know, 25,000 upwards to a hundred thousand dollars.

I was working with Acura kind of Hondas luxury car and and so you needed to know what you were talking about and and really quickly.

I think we're in the within the first.

I'm going to say four to five months.

I was like, I got this, i got this, my dacha.

I got the customer service angle down, no problem, but I needed to know the product and so I used to drive the cars a lot.

I would test Parking lots.

I like I would road test before the customer.

I just really, really figured out the best way for me to sell this car and sell those cars.

And and, you know, after about two and a half years, I felt like I didn't have a challenge there.

People were amazing, I still speak to them till this day and I started to get the itch.

And for me, the itch always happens around two and a half years was like, I want a new challenge and for me, the new challenge was, what's the As purchase that the average person person is going to make it's going to be real estate, that's what I want.

Let's go at 23 years old, got my license, got into real estate, didn't know my head from, you know, your what I found I found one of the top guys that that was doing it in our city, begged him to to clean his toilets and and bring him coffee.

Do all the the work that he didn't want to do.

If he just promised to teach me.

I said, what about all the stuff you didn't want to do?
I will That you don't want to do in your business, like, whatever it is man.

Like just like all the other dog, all I will be the dog.

You tell me where to go, you know, you told me to jump all.

Ask how high and all that kind of stuff, right?

And and and so, I did that for two years really got an understanding of the business and within about year five made partner in his firm that he founded and we were on our merry way and he passed away though.

Very, very tragically about five years ago, kind of turned to my Life and definitely my business upside down but then I found content creation as as my scapegoat maybe if that's you know for a lack of a better word where I said, oh I can I can I can communicate with people you know, but I wasn't comfortable on camera, I didn't like it.

So I heard a word called podcasting and I was like, this is cool.

You don't need a camera.

Not that anybody's ever told me of the most sexy voice in the world, but nobody that I've done that.

I have it.

The word that doesn't sound like, you know, Dragon gravel across the chalkboard so you know, that's exactly.

That's a plus.

Yes, I'm somewhere in between there.


And and it's free.

There's no cost to it.

My current business partner in the media company.

You know, the one that that I mentioned, had all the the schooling behind.

And she's like, this is a no-brainer.

You gotta do this.

We jumped on and we now have, I don't know, a little over 200 podcasts recorded, we have other people is the same.


But what I was able to do with it was take little micro clips and I have an opportunity to do a podcast which I'm sure some of your viewers and listeners will know a guy named Gary Vee went to his office in New York, then a podcast with him and he gave me his blueprint and gave my partner and I the blueprint on how to get more content out of a 3040 minute conversation and I got obsessed like like it keeps me.

It kept me up at night for two to three years.

I did it.

Exactly what he said to do.

Like, no, like literally hire these people.

Bring these people on board.

Here's how to do.

And I did exactly what he said and my life has been changed ever since.


So let us know a little more about jazz.

The person behind the professional as well, you know.

So let's rewind the clock a little bit here because you know your parents you said your immigrants where were your parents from?
My parents are from the province of Punjab in India which is the northern the most northern The province in India, right?
And does it border Paxton and exact 100%?
Yeah, borders five?


And so they come over to Canada.

Canada is actually one of the common places I know out here in the west coast.

I was born in Vancouver and cirie has quite a large region are quite a large population of Punjab folks as well.

And a very rich agricultural regions.

Late, they come over here, do a ton of farming, we can credit them for a lot of the amazing blueberries.

We get out, especially Coast, especially especially in Abbotsford.

So I have a lot of friends in Abbotsford that bad blueberry farm.

You're talking about back home, that's exactly what we do.

We're Farmers men.

Like, if you own land, that's what you do young, man.

You grow vegetables, fruits.

And then you sell it to the market.

That's exactly.

We stole own Farm back home till this day.



So what made you parents decide to come to Canada?
Look, I think it's, you know, if the story is the same for a lot of people, even tell this day, that that are in places like India.

And where people are looking for more opportunity, right.

My parents made the move to Canada.

In fact, my father didn't come straight to Toronto.

He came they settled in Edmonton actually.


And and so I still have my father's cousin who was also his best.

Man, we call him on, he's like an uncle to us.

He still there, they're still there in Sherwood Park area and my brother a deer were where I live.

Yeah, that's funny.

My On this room right here.

Actually the guy in the with the real estate company that I have.

So my father worked as a taxi driver in Edmonton and but for some reason, the licensing process was taking too long.

Like he had his license driver's license but he couldn't own a plate, like a license plate, he could drive as a taxi driver and so he just didn't feel like there was a big enough opportunity after about, I think about maybe so, For seven months.

And so he made the move over to Toronto.

He had a friend here, that was working in a fish market.

And so, my father came, my father came here.

It was the booming, booming job, that he was looking for all joking aside.

Yeah, he lost that job within, like two months.

They, the market is shut down the market right round, but then he went to getting the license for driving taxi here.

This time, he knows in a rush right now.


This time was, he was he married or was he singled?
Yeah, I apologize.

Yeah, so he was married and I have two older brothers.

Okay, so 1972.

So this was probably 1971.

Sorry late though, this would have been early 1972 when my brother was born.

So my brother would have been born and then that's when my father left, India to kind of settle here to get them over here.

And so that's kind of the process like get.

Get yourself here.

And then now you can start to bring over the Family.

And so my brother, my eldest brother and my mother were probably in India for probably about a year while my father was getting everything prepared here in Canada.

Let's go to sacrifice to make.

I mean, like I spend some time serving the military.

So I know a little bit about being being away from family and whatnot, but like a year away from family because I imagine Indian culture, like family is extremely important.

So it's so having a hundred percent man and a man.

He's 100%.

I mean I mean it definitely takes a village right?
And and so But he knew he didn't answer your earlier, part of the question.

Why Canada?
A because it was probably one of the easier places to get to, like, respect in, especially in the early 70s immigration.

Like, it was like, come to Canada, right?
Yeah, yeah, we are.

Lots of strange man.

Got a lot of space here, right?
And again, just because of the opportunity, my father knew that I guess he made the decision.

I'm not sure how much he knew exactly or how much he believed in it, but he made the decision that he wanted to call Canada home for his Is his only son at that time?
Five years for four and a half years later?
My middle brother was born and then I'm about nine and a half to ten years apart from my eldest brother.

But this is where my parents decided that they wanted to settle.

And I'm just, I'm glad look like no shopping look at any other know, the shots against any other place in in the country.

But Toronto, like I love it, man.

Like I was just a way for 47 days, but, you know, Dorothy said it the best in Wizard of Oz there is no place like Yeah, yeah.

And that laid the foundation.

I mean, you know, because it's so interesting when we think about our story like this, this was the foundation being late for you to have a story that you do today.

And I think it's important to touch on these things because sometimes we lose sight of that, like, you know, the expression were standing, the shoulders of giants, like your dad making that sacrifice and I mean I get it, look at like the size of India and the population that has the population density and this is the sheer competition for resources.

Then you join a Canada where it's full of empty space, it's like man that There's probably as many people living in Greater Delhi than there is in Canada.

Maybe not quite, but, you know, all pretty much man won't think about it.

There's what 1.11, while there's 1.2 billion people in all of India, right?
Nobody had even condoms.

And, and he made sure that his younger brothers and sisters, got out of the country before he did.

And, and, and so, which Rare, right?
Like usually, it works the other way.

The out this goes first and then kind of work your way down from there, right?
But my father was quite adamant that his two younger sisters and his youngest brother got out first.

And then, if the cards were in his favor, he would then be kind of the last.

So I mean there could have been a good at the end of the day.

I clock it all up to the fact that my dad and mom did their thing.

Nine months before I was born, my dad, my dad could have went for another shot of ski and I probably wouldn't be talking to you right now, right?
And this, and so, there's obviously some luck until all of it.

But the fact, like, that's my father, like he the fact that he drove taxi the way that he did for like here in city of Toronto at when you work at the airport, you work for 24 hours like it's a full 24-hour day, at work day, and then you're off the next day, right?
But also back in The early 80s when he kind of got really settled in at the airport.

They're driving taxi.

I mean there wasn't as many people that look like us here, you know?


It was as if he had to deal with the potential.

You know lot man.

Yeah, yeah.

Like like like a lot of it and and for him to still stick it through.

People ask me all the time like who was your hero growing up?
Was like, it's my father like, yeah, hands down.

Mom is always mom to write.

Like you have more.

There's a lot of that.

Probably rubbed your feet when you were a kid.

I liked.

Mom is Mom.


My dad's my hero like hands down, easy.

Like there's nothing.

I don't have to think about it, right?
But you know just because of the steer sacrifice made to pave the way for you to be able to do what it is that you're that you're doing today.

Does your mom make like a favorite dish or whatever your mom's cooking is like the best just think that's a great question brother.

It's all local be okay which is called which is calling flour and potatoes.

But with it with some Indian spices mixed in specifically, I would say it like cumin and I'm trying to actually don't know the English version of it Tamarind.

Is it called their technical temper, temper?
And I think.

Yeah, that's it.

That's it.

Yeah, that's the main one that's used.

I know the Punjabi words for it, I would say that's probably my mom growing up.

She would cook meat, you never ate me, but she can cook me.

Probably about 20 years ago.

25 years ago yeah.

Probably when I was about 15 or just she stopped cooking meat.

So I mean, I go to Mom's at till this day for for the aloo, gobi and then there's a breakfast item that that I would probably only want to eat at my mom's, which is, is it's a regular Roti or naan that you would know of.

But this one stuffed, because it makes sense that you eat it for breakfast because it's so heavy.

You cannot beat this in a while.


Great real time.

It's not something that you would ever eat on a weekday because you'd fall asleep, right away?
It's a perfect Sunday brunch item because then you can knock out for an hour, and take a nap with a cup of tea, but it's stuffed with potatoes, it's tough.

So it's very heavy.

And I would do, I would probably say that's 1 and 1A of my of my mom's favorite, kind of cooking, at least for her youngest son.

That's amazing.

I mean, that's not enough.

And by the way, of course, of course, and I mean, like, I'm a huge fan of Indian food.

One of my top dishes is Rogan, Josh, which I think translates into like red heat, you know, I didn't ya, that's what it translates into but and, and is it with lamb?
It is.

Yeah, lamb Rogan Josh.

It is, it's amazing because all people pick butter chicken because it's mild is creamy and sweet.

Like, it's delicious, right?
But it's like ubiquitous but no, something like a good Rogan.

Josh is like, so, my dad was an exterminator, just has been a back story, growing up in Lower, Mainland and of course.

So used to service a restaurant there called the Himalaya Restaurant, which was Eastern cuisine.

And so he'd go there night and they'd give him like these samosas knows food and he'd bring home all this Indian food.

It was just I was like in heaven, like this is this is the greatest thing ever.

It's so like if you ever make it out to Toronto, John and you don't look me up, brother.

I'm going to take it up as an insult.

I usually say to people whatever your Vice is water, tea coffee, vodka, tequila or beer but you I know what your vices.

So let's hole in the wall.

So you know, The best places like where I would eat.

So I just got back from and it's always a conversation with people.

Like, what's your first meal back for me?
It's Indian food.

Like I love the tacos but I liked I miss.

What I usually go is the goat meat route.

So I like that.

I like lamb, but there's something.

It's an acquired taste.

I feel like it.

Yeah, for sure.

I know a lot of I don't even want to go there but for me man I could I could do a mask plate, goat meat to myself, it could be with rice but I usually do it with naan in yogurt.

That's awesome.

And then there's another part of your part of your story to sew along the way you mentioned.

You got two sons so I imagine there's someone else that's contributed to you.

Having two sons.

Oh, well obviously, yes, yes.

My my my wife car and I have been together for coming up to a little over 20 years now.


Oh, well, that's no small feat in today's world where a lot of relationships get thrown away.

You know.

Yeah, look I think it's tough to write when when you have someone like myself that, I don't really have a job.

Like I don't worry.

First thing I don't say that to sound cocky or 22 looking to rub it in people's face or any surface, I love what I get to do.

Single day it's very challenging at times because I have, I have I have clients or when you're inclined service, that's always a problem.

That and there's always fires, you need to put out but they can call at any time you write.

And if you're someone who wants more, I mean there's a few times then you don't, you might not have to answer, but if you stop answering them, most people just going to stop calling you and then you're going to absolutely.


Even the lights on, right?
So that's always talk, but for her to kind of stick it through with, with someone like me.

Who also is wanting to grow and and start more businesses.

That's a toughie for anybody.


How did you how did you meet her?
I'm actually really quick.

Funny story there.

There was a probably about a three to four month period that I worked at a banquet hall because as a busboy it was probably actually longer than four months when we say it was, it was two summers and then it isn't.

So it's probably a collective Alex.

Six months or so.

And she had, she had come to a party there and and asked me for a table, she says, till this day that I never brought her the table, but I kind of remember bringing it to her.

And she that's the first time we met the, the small world part of it.

Is that she happened to be two years later, become sorry.

My first cousin.

The best friend and so we had a religious ceremony.

Obviously, like my family was there, my cousin first cousin invited her and she's like, oh my God, that's the guy that I met a couple of years ago, and my first son's name is million and the place of that bank, the banquet halls name is called Millen.

That's where me.

So, that was kind of the, the full story of how how that all kind of came together.

So who pursued, who Um, I'm gonna I'm gonna have to say she she did me that.

That is time for sure.

I'm just trying to.

I want to make sure that I'm not over exaggerating.

Yeah, I know at least it was.


And so I would say would be in her.

Yeah she saw something.

So then what was it about her that you like yeah you know the this is the one look.

I think, I think a couple of things I think the fact that, you know, we were really young 20-ish.

She she she was someone that that was okay with who I was, you know, and the fact that I didn't have kind of the formal education, I was going to be a very free-spirited person.

I'm gonna, I'm gonna try a lot of different things that might not make a lot of people happy and and that, that really Attracted me at that time for sure.

Hmm, that's amazing.

So, and you are, know your building quite a legacy to hopefully Inspire your son's as well.

Are you teaching at this age?
Are you teach them into the ins and outs of Business and Entrepreneurship yet?
Yeah, don't look like, you know, my my nine-year-old has already done a lemonade stand or hot chocolate stand.

He's already interested in selling kind of not baseball cards out Pokemon.

And and and my seven-year-old, I mean he kind of follows up a nine-year-old.

Does I truly truly like to meet as a matter.

What the heck these guys do?
As long as they do something that they're passionate about, but I definitely see a possible entrepreneur in my nine-year-old, nine-year-old, because he's always asking the question.

So what I do teach them a lot is more mindset stuff, especially the way that I kind of work.

I don't, I don't I don't get to spend a lot of time during the week.


I get kind of my weekend time because I'm by the time I get home, they're already asleep and sometimes I leave the house really early in the morning.

And I'm, you know, it's kind of a phase of where I'm at in my life right now and I'm okay with that.

I when people ask me how do I balance stuff I suck at it, I don't balance anything and so I try my best, I try not to miss any of their sports games and stuff like that.

I also haven't met Miss like birthdays or anything of that sort.

But I try to teach them or mindset stuff, right?
Like the fact that you got to be kind, you got to be nice.

You you, you you, you can't give up like all that stuff.

I just hope they take that with them.

That's what I'm really trying to inspire them with their night in seven.

What the heck is going on?
Five years, who knows?
Who knows?
Who knows, who knows?
But that's my hope.

That's my hope for sure.

Yeah, well Jazz, I mean, there's so much more of your story to be explored we've only scratched the surface You know, but I appreciate you taking the time preciate, you taking the time to share a little more of the personal side as well.

Because that's, I think that's the part that really genuinely connect with people.

I mean, it's look, it's amazing to see the success.

You've had professionally and get a little glimpse into how, what's brother and fruition.

But it's also really cool to get to meet the others.

The other side of jazz well, so I appreciate it.

Look, I appreciate him.

And nobody really goes there that like, you know, with me generally speaking.

So you had me and your viewers and listeners definitely got like one of the most raw versions of me because there's a lot of stuff.

That I generally don't talk about not for any reason.

Other than like I just don't get asked it often.

And that's not kind of what people are interested.

So I I give you cool Shawn for kind of taking that route today.

Absolutely man.

Well, you know for people listening to today, if they were to take one nugget of wisdom away from it, what would you, what would you like them to take away?
It's always a loaded question, right?
Because there's so many things going through my mind.

Got a lot to share.

Yeah, I do.

I have a I have a success table of elements that myself in my team put together that I'm a former chemist.

So I was like, that is amazing, by the way, awesome, by memorize the periodic table of elements, so it's like, yeah, I recognize that right away.

So it's funny that you mentioned the periodic table of elements because I didn't really know many of them and I suck.

At any of the science classes.

And so I said it's time to make a success came over element.

So my team and I thought together and we put some stuff together and I think the one that I you know, I very rarely actually even speak about and for anybody who's watching and listening it's 13 elements that will help you succeed in business and in life in from my tape things that have helped me and the one that I probably don't talk about a lot is is the acronym.

Guy, go GI G 0, and what that stands for is garbage in garbage out.

If you allow negativity constantly into the, the six inches between your two between the ears, there's a very high probability that that's what's going to come out garbage.

And I'm not here to knock the media traditional or social media, but it's you as the viewer, Her or listener of that media that is allowing that in, you know, people always knock social media like, oh my God, it's so bad in terms of what's being put out on these on these platforms.


But the algorithms work in a way that they give you more of what you like or what you're watching.

Stop watching that stuff and you won't get it or I don't like what's being put out on, on, on on traditional media.

Like, the news on TV, change the channel, watch something else.

We all have an agenda.

The social media happened have an agenda, the traditional media Outlets having an agenda, but I think it's your job to decipher.

What is positive in what's -?
And I'm here to tell you that if you allow more positivity in between the six inches between your ears, there's a very high probability that a lot of good will come out as well.

Find podcast like Jones, find more positive Uplifting videos look for people that are inspiring because if you hang around the five, inspiring positive people, there's a very good chance that you'll be number 6.

That's awesome.

Well Jazz again, thank you so much for your time today and look forward to when we get to chat next.

I appreciate well I look forward to talking to you in person over some lamb Rogan gauche and and some go Curry.


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