We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeff, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I majored in International Business in college and I think putting myself out in the world to travel modeling abroad after graduating college really gave me real life experience to learn about how to navigate and challenge myself in these different countries with all different types of languages and people. It forced me to be able to learn how to adapt quickly and communicate with those around me whether in business or day-to-day interactions that resulted in finer critical thinking and knowledge of all sorts.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A lot of people tell me that I am particular with how I choose to do things and with what I like to wear. My taste is different than others as everyone has their own personal preferences and style but my experience with fashion and intuition has given me a great deal to be expressive and somewhat of an individualist of how I present myself to the world. I do believe that first impressions are important however it’s also what you do after that and your consistency with how you present yourself and how you want to be perceived by the world. Being well dressed for any occasion and having my own unique style I believe really puts me in a category that people are drawn to which also in turn gives me the confidence to put my best foot forward with any door I walk into. It’s nice to look good, but it’s better to feel good. And if you dress good, you feel good, and if you feel good you get paid good. I want people to remember me for my style and see it as a part of caring about not only what I look like but also that I care about putting in my best efforts in my appearance which is important to me. Some people may think you may be trying to hard or cover up in clothes because you’re insecure, However, when it’s authentic and truly you then it also conveys parts of your personality and uniqueness that you possess and people can hopefully know and understand you better or why you may be particular about the way you are and do things.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Miami has always and will always be one of my favorites cities in the world. If my best friend were visiting we would go to Pura Vida to get a nice breakfast and coffee to fuel ourselves and go straight to the Equinox gym in South Beach and then hit the beach for an hour or two to get some sun and jump in the ocean.
It’s always a great refresher to take a dip in the ocean, especially if you have gone out the night before and are a little hungover. Cures the headache immediately! Time for lunch and my favorite spot near the beach is the sandwich shop La Sandwhicherie on 14th street between Washington and Collins. My personal favorite is the Italian and the store made special sauce on the side. The art in Miami is one of my favorite things about the city. It’s so lively and vibrant. I’ve been going to Art Basel for over 8 years now and it’s always such a fun time to see the artists work and people from all over the world in town. The Design District is great for shopping and the Wynwood District is really great to walk around, grab a nice cold beer and see the artwork at the Wynwood Walls. After a fun filled day, time to relax before getting ready for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants Mila on Lincoln Road and Meridien Avenue. The food is fantastic and the beach house vibes and music along with the flame dancers give it a nice touch for those dinner experiences Miami is known for. Then it’s time to do a little bar hopping and fun night out dancing which that can be done anywhere and many places all over the city. Pick your poison!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Personally, I thrive on mentorship from people that I know I can learn from from all walks of life. My father really was my first great mentor that taught me that if you wanted something you have to go out and make it happen for yourself. After gaining credibility from a young age from my drive and successes, I attracted like-minded successful people that wanted to see me do well and wanted to help me in anyway possible as they may have received from others from their upbringing and path of life.. If someone wants to help you and you are open to learning from them, it can really do wonders for your professional and personal life. From networking and being introduced to people that would fit your career path or even a potential job offer and getting your foot in the door. They say it’s about who you know, and it really rings true. It’s very healthy to nourish and respect these relationships that are beneficial to where you see yourself going. And they say you become like the five people you surround yourself with. Why not make those people who have gone through what you are going through, made mistakes already themselves, and can help guide you in the right direction.