I recently had an opportunity to speak with Mo Dadkhah, Chicago’s first rate attorney, ace realtor & handsome renaissance man.
By: Joshua Conner
Mo Dadkhah is the broker-owner at Main Street Real Estate Group, principal attorney-owner at Dadkhah Law Group, host-producer at Wheelhouse, co-host at WGN Radio- Market Overdrive and 2018 Chicago Association of Realtors YPN Chair. Dadkhah inspires me both personally and professionally. Professionally, I am inspired by Dadkhah’s work ethic, how he has successfully diversified his brand, entrepreneurial spirit and how he was named top producer by the Chicago Association of Realtors in 2016 and 2017. Personally, I am inspired by Dadkhah’s physique, style, and passion for racing.
What is a day in the life of Dadkhah like?
“Depends on the day of the week, but for the most part, I am not one of those early risers, that’s up at 4:30 in the morning. I typically wake up around 8 am. I also go to sleep very late. I’m usually the type of guy who’s awake working until 2 or 3 in the morning, cause late at night, fewer people bother me. I coach and train a lot of people, with the ventures I have. I end up having to deal with a lot of phone calls and emails throughout the day and emails throughout the day and very late at night, I get a lot of my best work done. So, I wake up around 8 am, and I let my dog out to play a little bit. I don’t drink coffee in the morning, so I just make myself a pre-workout smoothie, which is kind of like my coffee. Then, I just begin, starting to respond to some of the emails. I respond to everybody’s emails at midnight, going back to the beginning of the day. Son anything going back to midnight, to about 8 am, I’ll start to answer. Depending on which office, I’m supposed to be at, either Main Street, the law firm, the podcast or tech startup, I end up starting to focus on wherever I need to go, to be for that,” said Dadkhah.
What would be the title of Dadkhah’s life story and who would play him in a movie?
“The title of my life story would be never quit. As funny as it sounds, I pick good old Tom Cruise. Everybody, says that I am a Persian Tom Cruise,” said Dadkhah.
If Dadkhah’s mantra was a hashtag, it would also be #NeverQuit.
“I think that throughout my career so far, which has probably been 10 years now. I graduated from law school in 2009, which was probably the worst job economy to come out in. The job offers were really bad, I got two terrible offers, and it lead me to question what I was doing, and then I opened my own law firm. So, I opened it, right out of law school, which was a pretty scary thing. I had no business at all. I had law knowledge, but law school doesn’t teach you to practice law. So, I literally would go on Craigslist and cover cases for $50, I grinded and grinded.
I went on and got a real estate license, just to have a second job, really, because law wasn’t cutting it on its own, but I didn’t want to quit my law firm. So, I worked two jobs, one thing lead to another, I find myself relatively successful to them, but it’s been 10 years. Between then, I had a really bad business partnership, lost business, and just every step along the way, I just every step along the way, I just keep thinking to myself as long as I don’t quit and I always say fail forward. So, if you’re going to fail, fail ahead, you know a good friend of mine Tommy, used that one time in a coaching session. If your going to fail, fail forward, no one has ever been successful without failing. I just keep saying to myself, whatever happens never quit, if you’re still making forward movement, you’re eventually going to end up successful,” said Dadkhah.
What is Dadkhah’s underwear preferences?
“I’m going to tell you, I only wear Alfani boxer briefs. They’re comfortable, they’re relatively inexpensive, if someone went through my boxer drawer, the only thing they would see are Alfani boxer briefs,” said Dadkhah.
What is the greatest lesson that Jiu Jitsu has taught Dadkhah?
“I think Jiu-Jitsu has taught me is that there are always levels in everything you do. To become absolutely great at something, you have to be willing to learn it practically your entire life. With Jiu-Jitsu, I have been on and off, because I have been working on different things. If you’re not learning Jiu Jitsu, and not constantly improving, I think that translates really well into business. I think that’s why a lot of jiu-jitsu practitioners are also very good business people because there is always someone better than you. Your always trying to learn new things, you’re always trying to catch up and as soon as you learn all that, and you learn what you need to learn, new things pop up. Same as business today, social media is evolving, the way you market yourself is evolving, the game of jiu-jitsu has evolved. I think it’s taught me that if you’re not constantly learning, you don’t make learning a lifelong passion of yours, you’re never going to be exceptional at it. I think that’s probably my best lesson learned from jiu-jitsu,” said Dadkhah.
What is one sentence would Dadkhah like people to use to describe his real estate business?
“I would say that every single client’s transaction, is the most important transaction that you’re working on. The reason being, for that person, that real estate transaction, is the most important thing that is likely going on in their lives. It’s the house, they are probably going to raise their kids in, probably grow older in, and they’re going to have a lot of experiences in. Definitely, the most expensive transaction, they are going to have to make in their lives.
Even though you may have 50 files your working on, you have to make sure, you’re giving that person that level of care, they need. If you can’t give that person that level of care, well then you’re going to have to create a team, within your structure, so that person doesn’t end up neglected. I think that a lot of realtors are afraid of creating a business themselves because they don’t want to give a piece of the pie, but at some point, it’s going to diminish return, when you’re not really taking care of your clients well,” said Dadkhah.
If Dadkhah could feature any famous guest died or live on his wheelhouse podcast, who would it be and what is one question would he ask them?
“There are so many people, I would want to feature for so many different reasons. If you did a top 3, I would do, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk and I would definitely do my favorite race car driver Michael Schumacher, that would be my top 3 for all different reasons. To be honest, I would probably have Elon Musk on, and I would just try to find out from him, what has constantly kept him evolving his mind, into different ideas and different areas of business. He goes from PayPal to Tesla to SpaceX, and he is successful in everything he does. I just would want to try to get a look into what Elon Musk thinks about when he is sitting there all by himself. He’s obviously, a problem solver. If I had to have just one on, I would want to have Elon Musk on because, he is successful in so many different areas, not just one and he is constantly evolving. I would love to figure out, what goes on in his head,” said Dadkhah.
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You can follow Mo Dadkhah on his Instagram @therealmodadkhah, http://www.mainstreetrealestategroup.com/, and check out his podcast by following on Instagram @aewheelhouse and https://open.spotify.com/show/0HNTZT83ayaztsJIyjA7Zc.