We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Perazzo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think one of the most valuable factors to success, in addition to luck and hard work, is learning how to analyze one’s self. What I mean by that is that I have learned what I am good at and what I am bad at. This has allowed me to focus on those attributes which I excel at and delegate those which I do not. For instance, I am extremely good at seeing the big picture and how different pieces of a problem fit together, I believe that I am fairly creative and solving problems which fall “outside of the box” are relatively simple for me; on the other hand I am horrible at compartmentalizing and storing information for later. While I know where all the pieces go, I know that I lack the ability to consistently put them there. That is why I employ people who excel in those areas. No one person is an island, thus learning how to build and manage a team with complimentary traits is key.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a personal injury lawyer with two office in Miami-Dade County and am currently considering opening a third in Orlando, Florida. I started The Perazzo Law Firm, P.A., in a spare room in my home. I lived off of credit cards and worked 20 hour days until I was able to pull through and made it. It was scary; there are no guarantees and you never really know if you are going to succeed. I learned to tame the emotional roller-coaster that is a new business. One day you will feel invincible and the next you may be down in the dirt. The idea is to push on and not be distracted by the ups and downs; if you push hard enough, it all balances out at the end. My business is my life. It is how I feed my family and it has become an extension of who I am. I care for my clients and employees because they are, in some way, a part of me. That is why I continually strive to grow and do the best that I can for them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Miami, there is no shortage of fun things to do (even if COVID-19 has limited it to some extent). You could do anything from go-carting, to drag racing, to bar-hopping, to gun-shooting. It’s a bit like the modern day wild-west here for now. That said, I’m not much of a party animal as I have two small children and a loving wife at home. I spend most of my days at home caring for them. I do enjoy taking them to a car show here and there and, by the looks of it, when they get older I will likely spend most of my days at Disney World in Orlando.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
No person is an island; I would not be where I am today were it not for all of the people that came before me. My upbringing was thanks to two loving parents who taught me the benefits of hard work and, though they barely spoke English and had no formal training, they were grateful for the opportunity to work and create a better life for themselves in this great country. They passed away just as I had just become an attorney and their legacy is what propelled me forward.