Feeling The Fear And Doing It Anyway

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In this podcast, Liam and short-term rental host Jason Reece discuss overcoming fear and taking action. Jason, with 5.5 properties, shares his journey from a successful medical career to Airbnb hosting due to burnout. Overcoming hesitations, Jason's first success was in bookings and positive reviews, leading to hosting 3000 people yearly.

His transition from a medical expert to a host in just two years showcases the transformative potential of embracing new ventures despite fear.

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[00:00:00] Liam: Hi everybody, today we're talking about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. So you're listening to the Boostly podcast. If this is your first time listening, this is the podcast the tools, the tactics, the training, and most importantly the confidence to go out there and get more direct bookings. And confidence is something that we're talking about today.

[00:00:18] We do a mini-series on the Boostly podcast which talks to a short-term rental host, somebody who has started their journey who felt that fear and, uh, and has got started and is now helping to motivate others to do the same. So this is the mini-series where we dive behind the host and here today behind the host, we've got Jason Reece.

[00:00:37] He's got 5. 5 properties, and we're going to share why it's 5. 5, um, in during the podcast, and he's going to be sharing his tips on, uh, things that he's learned across this journey and how you can, uh, get started yourself. So let's dive into it. Reese, welcome along.

[00:00:53] Jason: Yeah. Thanks, Liam. I'm looking forward to the

[00:00:55] Liam: conversation.

[00:00:55] So first of all, can you give yourself an introduction? Let us know about your business and anything you'd like to share.

A Bit About Jason

[00:01:04] Jason: Yeah. So I started hosting just a little over two years ago. I haven't hosted a single person before that. Um, and going back to 2011, I started my career in medical devices. And after about 11 years, uh, Long and successful career there.

[00:01:26] I got restless. I saw the business there from multiple different angles and ultimately decided that along with some burnout, I decided now was the time to dive into the entrepreneurial journey that I've always kind of felt a pull to do. And Airbnb was kind of an intersection of a lot of different interests of mine.

[00:01:52] So I dove head first, um, and bought my first property in October of 2020. And so that was during the pandemic. So I didn't let the, didn't let the pandemic shut me down and, and, uh, you know, put out that fire. Um, I've done that. I've, I've let the fire, uh, go out too many times in the past and I haven't pursued some of the things that I wanted to do.

[00:02:18] But this time I was pretty determined not to, not to let that happen again. So

[00:02:23] Liam: what were your fears before having your first short-term rental? What were some of the things you're worried about? And how did you overcome, those fears, those challenges?

What short-term rental fears?

[00:02:33] Jason: My career was very rewarding in a lot of aspects.

[00:02:36] And I was, um, I felt extremely rewarded. Um, sorry. I felt extremely fortunate. Uh, to have found that line of work, um, it was rewarding both personally and also, uh, financially. Um, you know, at the end of the day for the work that we were doing, uh, we were, um, working with patients that had abnormal heart rhythms and we would build 3D maps of their heart during the procedure.

[00:03:06] I would co-pilot for the physician. Um, and together we would go into fixing that patient. And, uh, oftentimes we fix their heartbeat. Um, you know, within a split second of finding the right location, and a lot of that had to do with, uh, you know, the insight and navigation that, you know, I was providing or eventually my team was providing.

[00:03:28] Um, it's a very rewarding, uh, role. And as I climbed the ladder through that company, um, I found myself, uh, learning a lot about the business from all aspects. But… Um, the further I got away from that reward, the patient reward, um, I would say the less fulfilling it became. And eventually, I worked my way into the corporate office out on the West Coast.

[00:03:57] And, um, I managed our 3D mapping software portfolio, uh, for the United States. And, uh, led some of our, our key programs and initiatives. And again, very rewarding because it was complex. It was fast-moving, et cetera. But at the end of the day, it burned me out. And so the discomfort that I faced was leaving a career that I had built and that I love.

[00:04:28] I worked for Johnson Johnson for almost 11 years. I built a reputation. I built a network, all things that I was proud of. Um, but. I didn't feel, didn't feel fulfilled at the time. Uh, I no longer felt how I did. earlier in my career. And from that position in corporate, I didn't see anything that appealed to me within the organization any longer, or even within an employed setting of any sort.

[00:05:01] So it was extremely uncomfortable to leave behind, or the idea of even leaving behind a career. that so many people would be thankful to have and should be thankful to have. It's a great place to be. But for me, there was a feeling of being called toe to answer that entrepreneurial, uh, knock, if you will, at a time where it made sense to me.

[00:05:30] Um, you know, the burnout was real. You know, I experienced physical symptoms in the office where I had to go to the doctor, the on-site doctor. You know, chest pain, stress, high blood pressure, all things that were very foreign to me as, uh, someone who was known to be extremely hardworking and, uh, committed.

[00:05:48] So once it got to that point for me, uh, it was, it was eye-opening.

Some of the wow moments

[00:05:53] Liam: What have been some of the wow moments since you've started this journey? Because your first one, feeling the fear and then doing it anyway, and then obviously you've, you've added to that. What's been some of the wow moments along the way?

[00:06:09] Jason: I think the first wow moment is when you get your first property and the bookings start to roll in and then the reviews start to follow and you're like, wow, I can do this. I'm actually, I'm one of the people that I've been studying and researching for, uh, for so long. Like, wow, it's not that hard.

[00:06:30] Uh, you know, I think we tend to build things to be quite a bit more intimidating and daunting than oftentimes they are. But more recently, I would say that when I crunched the numbers on how many people I'll host this year based on my projections. Um, it's going to be over 3000 people and going from zero people to 3000 people in roughly two years' time frame.

[00:07:03] Um, is very eye-opening to me. And, um, I've reflected on that several times and It just, the speed at which that came and I got to this point where, you know, I've been interviewed now a couple of times on podcasts and, um, you know, I'm looked to for a lot of different direction from others on online and my network.

[00:07:27] Um, and people find me through social. It's like, so I've, I've gone from, you know, a medical device, uh, expert and resource in that field. To, you know, within two years, um, you know, building a portfolio, a business and, you know, starting to build a reputation. Um, so when I look back at all of that, it's, it's all kind of, uh, a wow.

[00:07:51] Liam: Thank you, Jason, for spending your time with us today. And, uh, yeah, thank you again for the Boostly listeners. We'll see you on the next one. Bye for

[00:07:57] Now. Having a blast. Gonna get it on the Boostly

[00:08:00] Jason: podcast. Bruce Lee. Let Bruce Lee 'cause it's so hard on the tea's loose leaf, making up those rhymes. Don't write it, just do it loosely.