Today, I’m sitting down with Ari Rastegar, a real estate investor, best-selling author, and the Founder of Rastegar Property Company – a vertically integrated, real estate investment firm based in Austin, TX that focuses on recession resilient assets.
Over his life, Ari transitioned from an English major to a lawyer to a 9-figure real estate CEO who has been called the “King of Austin Real Estate.” He has developed more than 3.5 million square feet of property across the U.S. and has been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times.
In this episode, Ari joins me to talk about the building of his international real estate company from scratch, how he used the time during the COVID pandemic as a springboard to exponential success, and the tenets of philosophy and biohacking that guide his personal and professional growth.
- “Our entire business model is centered around people.” – Ari Rastegar
- “I’m a nobody from nowhere. Someone like me is not supposed to make anything.” – Ari Rastegar
- “We don’t make sales, we make friends.” – Ari Rastegar
- “All of this started with hunger. I hear some of these podcasts talk about the single traits that change people. I hear grit, I hear resilience, I hear determination. None of that can exist without hunger.” – Ari Rastegar
- “I find that our greatest enemy is always going to be ourselves.” – Ari Rastegar
- “If you jump enough hurdles and you fall enough and you have a hunger that pulls you to something that’s bigger than you, your chances of success are exponentially higher.” – Ari Rastegar
- “You’re not a manager of circumstance. You’re actually a creator.” – Ari Rastegar
- “You would think that when people invest they just want to make money. That is a massive, massive misnomer.” – Ari Rastegar
- “Being a great follower first is how you become a great leader.” – Ari Rastegar
- “Bulls make money. Good markets make money. Bad markets make money. But pigs? Slaughterhouse — every single time.” – Ari Rastegar
- “The greatest luxury in life is peace.” – Ari Rastegar