It’s good to have goals in front of you that you try to reach for. By always moving toward those goals you’re able to become the best version of yourself and your goals.
John Getz grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While he loves the city of Brotherly Love, he now resides in the Big Apple, New York City. Growing up he knew he always wanted to find his path as an advocate. Initially, he began life after college as an environmental consultant. Through that job, he came to realize the best option for seeing things improve for those he worked for was through he, he chose to become an attorney.
With his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, he was able to enter Brooklyn Law School smoothly. There he obtained his law degree and passed the bar. Since then he has been working to find his place in law by learning different focuses and expanding his knowledge. In the last six years, he has worked hard for many clients and looks forward to expanding his skills.
John Getz currently works with New York City property owners and various agencies. He is currently an associate attorney at a private law firm. In his free time, he enjoys going to New Jersey to visit the beach and enjoy the sun and time away from the big city.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
I’ve always wanted to advocate for others and affect change. While serving as an environmental consultant, I came to see that the most viable option for serving as an effective advocate was through law. I went back to school and got my law degree, and now I’m able to be an effective advocate for all of my clients.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Many of my mornings are often spent in courthouses around New York City (NYC). After the morning with clients and working on their behalf at a courthouse, or in conferences, I go into the office. There I respond to emails, follow up with calls, and do research that needs to be done for each of the cases that are coming up. Whether it’s writing motion or emails, I think the variety helps me keep it productive. Also, I make it a point to keep all of my clients up to date with the status of their cases in the afternoons as well.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Research from previous case log or different aspects of a case often starts the process of bringing new ideas and projects to life. Careful thought and research go into every decision I make. It is important to take action when you have a defined plan in place. This is why I make it a point to do everything I can to research past cases, the court established rulings that might apply to a client and anything that may pertain to whatever I’m working on.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The way things are opening up for people to be able to craft their own careers. With the use of the internet and the entrepreneurial spirit spreading as it is, options for people to structure their own careers is making it possible for people to design how they want to work.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I believe organization and attention to detail are the most important aspects of what I do every day. Keeping everything on track is crucial to being an effective attorney, so staying organized is key. So is attention to detail. It’s far too easy to miss things that need your attention when you’re not as focused as you should be.
What advice would you give your younger self?
You should always be looking ahead. It’s good to have goals in front of you that you try to reach for. By always moving toward those goals you’re able to become the best version of yourself and your goals.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
That opportunities are everywhere these days. People are making their own opportunities every day thanks to the internet. I’ve heard many tell me that the traditional method of doing things is a better and more established option, but the spirit rising among those who want to make their own path has really forged new options for every industry.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I start every morning by going over everything I have to get done the day. This has allowed me to begin the day with an organized plan of action and set goals to achieve.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.
Communication is a big deal for an attorney-client relationship. This means that it is crucial to be able to maintain open lines of communications with your clients, even if it is only a report on the progress of the case. Being available to your clients and being open to their questions builds trust and respect between both parties.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
There have been times when I have been unable to move forward in a case because of a detail I should have known. This has only motivated me to become more focused on the details in my research, in my cases, and with my clients.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
One good business idea would be to develop an app where people can get in contact with a local attorney for free advice on a given case. This won’t substitute for an actual consultation; however, it will allow for a person to know if their case is valid or if they need to take a different direction before spending money they may or may not have.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I take several trips to the Jersey Shore every summer. Getting out of the city allows me to reset and move forward refreshed and ready to face anything.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
In the office, we use Outlook for everything. This helps us manage client appointments, email, our calendar and whatever might be coming up. I couldn’t go a day without it.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I would strongly suggest everyone reads Lee Iaccoca’s autobiography. He really was a pioneer that was able to set the standard for people to reach, even today. His story sticks with me even today.
What is your favorite quote?
Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” That was my quote as far back as high school. What he said rings true even today. If you don’t try, nothing will come of it. If you do try, you could be surprised by your results.
• Give attention to detail
• Be willing to learn
• Remain organized
• Always communicate well
• Always look to improve and grow in each area
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.