Highly successful businessman J. Kale Flagg is the General Partner of the American Redevelopment Fund, LP, and the Chief Operating Officer at Array Asset Management. Throughout the decades that have defined his career, J. Kale Flagg has created, developed, and led multi-million dollar projects, as well as teams of managers, into positions of success and growth. Those experiences have given J. Kale Flagg a unique insight into what makes people successful—and what keeps others from achieving it. J. Kale Flagg currently lives in Reno, Nevada, with his four children and bride of 17 years.
Q: J. Kale Flagg, can you tell us what you find most frustrating about the business world?
J. Kale Flagg: I’m always disappointed when people complain about their situations—whether it’s in life or business—and then upon closer inspection, it’s obvious that they’ve never taken the proper steps to fix it. I don’t understand the mindset that allows people to sit idly by while their lives continue on in mediocrity or worse, crumble around them.
Q: What advice would you give those individuals?
J. Kale Flagg: There’s not really a cut and dried answer, and some of them seem to be beyond help. I know a lot of people who have been presented with amazing opportunities in their lives, but they don’t want to put forth the effort to go out and grab their slice of the pie.
Q: What do you find most people tend to complain about?
J. Kale Flagg: From what I’ve seen, people tend get down over trivial things. Whether it’s their boss, their financial situations, their physique—whatever it is, the problem seems to be that they insist on doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
Q: What’s the best way to go about changing that attitude?
J. Kale Flagg: First, they need to eliminate the behaviors that are bringing the wrong and negative results into their lives. By eliminating those behaviors completely, that frees people into having the ability to change the way they look at things and the way they approach their problems.
Q: Is there a relatively easy formula for someone looking for a change to follow?
J. Kale Flagg: Well, I always recommend that people find a mentor. Look for someone who has accomplished something difficult or something you aspire to and find out what makes them tick. Ask them how they got to where they are—then do what they did. Take their secrets and make them your own.
Q: What do you say to people who insist that achieving success is too difficult?
J. Kale Flagg: I think that’s nonsense. Success may seem difficult from the outside, but many times, all it takes is perseverance and determination. The blueprints for success are out there, and many have used them to reach their own personal goals. It’s just a matter of applying them to your own life, your own situation, and your own goals.
According to J. Kale Flagg, not everyone will find success immediately. Some blueprints may not work for you but the key is to keep trying until you find one that works. Most people’s personal quests share common attributes, and according to J. Kale Flagg, persistence is the name of the game.