This article originally appeared on Forbes and written by Rachel Ritlop.
Brett David is the 29-year-old CEO of Prestige Imports Motor Group Miami. At 19 years old, he took over the dealership after his father passed away. David’s father instilled in him an honest work ethic and the value of giving back. As a result, he’s become an active supporter of charitable organizations such as Kids vs. Cancer, Make-A-Wish, and the American Heart Association. In 2011, David created the Ride2Revive Foundation which provides children affected by life-threatening diseases with a memorable, adrenaline filled driving experience to revitalize their senses and distract them from their health related struggles.
Aside from his charitable endeavors, David has excelled in taking his father’s business to the next level. Overseeing one of South Florida’s most prestigious luxury car destinations and the leading Lamborghini dealership in the United States. Since taking over in 2007, Brett has sold over a billion dollars of luxury automobiles and continues to expand the Prestige Imports business with brands such as Pagani, Karma Automotive and luxury boating brands such as Van Dutch and Midnight express. In 2015, David orchestrated the largest Audi Dealership sale in history, in excess of $80 million. David attributes his success to providing the highest level of service to his customers and maintaining a work-life balance that keeps him excited about the work he is doing.
What does work-life balance mean to you personally?
Work life balance is being able to achieve the professional success you desire while living a healthy, enjoyable and exciting life. What I have learned is that without being able to step away to take an hour for yourself each day, time on the weekend to do something special that you enjoy, or spend time with people that you love, you’ll become burnt out quickly and your mind won’t function optimally to create the successful business you desire. I find that when I step away from work, even if it’s just for a morning workout or a weekend boat day, I return to work at a higher level and think of better ideas than I would if I skipped these activities. It is important to give your mind and body some time to recharge.
How do you create time in your busy schedule between work, tending to clients, and staying involved in charities to maintain work-life balance?
I naturally wake up fairly early and always take time to meditate and get centered first thing. I then enjoy a healthy breakfast while I answer emails missed from the evening prior. After breakfast I make sure to take an hour to get to the gym, or get some type of exercise to start my day off right. I typically get into the office around 9am and leave around 8pm, aside from dinner meetings which I have 2-3 times per week. I do always make sure to have one guys dinner to catch up with friends at least once a week.
While I do go into work on Saturdays to meet with clients, I always make time to get out on the water on Sundays as it helps me clear my mind. During my childhood my father always set aside Sundays for spending time on the water with me no matter what was happening at work, and in turn I continue to do the same to honor him and enjoy memories we shared together. It is also important to appreciate one’s surroundings and I am lucky enough to live in a city that provides the quintessential landscape for these types of experiences.
You’ve taken a more progressive approach for car dealerships, amassing a large social media following to build brand awareness. What other progressive strategies have you implemented and do you help your employees achieve their own work-life balance?
You are only as good as the team you surround yourself with. Many companies in the past (and present) operate based on the antiquated philosophy that hard work, long hours and continuous productivity are the keys to a successful business. While I acknowledge that hard work is pertinent for success. I currently make an effort to create opportunities for my team to partake in activities together like competitive workouts, like a Sales vs Service Crossfit Competition, Baseball, Basketball and the like. I also often invite team members to join me after hours at fun dinners and events where they can meet and socialize with our clients, forging their own friendships that will help them excel in their own careers.
What advice do you have for millennials looking to achieve work-life balance while working towards their desired level of success in their career?
First, I’d tell them something I heard as a young boy: If you don’t make time for your loved ones and family, you can never be truly successful. Second, that today is the first day of the rest of your life. Being a second generation dealer who lost his father to a heart attack has made me realize that every minute counts. While it is important to work hard towards your goals it is also important to take care of yourself and the ones you love. Take it from somebody that is surrounded by Miami’s artificial backdrop of material things: all of these things do not dictate who you are as a person. At the end of the day, it is your character that defines you, so above all else, make sure you are proud of who you are and how you treat others.