Mayer Dahan, Owner of Dahan Properties
The person he was before he reached his “launching point”
Used to try to make sense of the fact he was a regular person. Didn’t fit in with the general public or his peers. Had a dreamy and creative perspective while others were realistic. Nothing unique or special about him, it’s about effort that transformed him.
Realization that he wanted to be an entrepreneur
So many small moments where he looked at opportunities and status and decided they didn’t fit. Knew from an early age he needed to create or innovate to keep from trouble in his future. Discovered through failures.
Obstacles preventing him from launching
A lack of experience in the world he was trying to dive into. Lacked proper degree and knowledge and had to find a way to fill in those gaps.
First entrepreneurial venture
Inspired by the first home building company he worked for that built homes in West Hollywood. Wanted to innovate to find a purpose for what they were building. Saw opportunity to build eco-friendly homes while other builders were overlooking it or didn’t care. Created a vision and ideology and applied it to the company he started.
Negative thoughts how he dealt with them
Trying to figure out why others hadn’t started to be more eco-friendly – that there must be a reason and maybe he was pursuing something that was doomed. Pushed forward and discovered there was a market.
Affect entrepreneurship had on personal life
If you’re ever going to make something, there is going to be sacrifice and suffering. Gave up all hobbies and free time. Sacrifice for a few years can give you freedom for the rest of your life. If others don’t see you as your finished version, then let them go. Breaking out of your comfort zone will rub people the wrong way.
Moment he knew he had “launched”
There were many incremental success moments. The most meaningful was four years ago, endeavoring to create concept houses that incorporate all eco and green building, doubled the size of the company. Built two homes across the street from each other in order to make a statement. Before he even began framing, buyers approached him to buy them for prices he could never imagine. Proved that his idea was valid and sustainable.
Present day entrepreneurial venture(s)
Still involved in company that launched him. Leader in sales for three years and continue to innovate with sustainability. Started a non-profit, The Dream Builders Project that supports other non-profits through financial gifts. A couple of startups in fashion.
How he’s changed as an entrepreneur and a person since the pre-launch version of himself
Much of the same man he was before. Still the same leader, but people seem to listen more than they did before. Philanthropist. Service is his refuge. Spends his time innovating trying to progress humanity. Try to focus less on making money and more trying to leave a big impact on generations to come.
If he could go back to the beginning, what he would tell himself to do differently
Speak a little less and listen a little more. Opportunity can land right in front of you, but if you’re spending too much time talking and not looking, you could miss it. Relax, take it all in a little more slowly.
Book recommendation that embodies his journey
Tries to read one book a week.
Three actionable steps:
- Try to realize you don’t need to know everything to accomplish everything you want
- Innovation is not necessarily creation as it is the organization of good ideas in a working environment
- Versatility and nimbleness are the biggest assets – it’s your left and right punch.