Cyrus Rajabi: Success Through Service
When Cyrus Rajabi was a teen, he watched as his mother had a severe allergic reaction. “As she struggled to breathe and turned blue, I felt powerless—so profoundly afraid. All I could do was run for help,” he says.
Help came in the form of firefighters who saved her life. “I am eternally grateful. I could not imagine my life without my mom all these years.” He was so grateful that he chose to pay it forward when he became an adult.
Why Kelly Klee?
“I chose Kelly Klee because of their focus on a strong relationship built on trust. They have a genuine interest in meeting my insurance needs and making sure that the impact of life’s unexpected events is minimized so I can focus on the things that truly matter to me.”
— Cyrus Rajabi, March 2016
Even though he is afraid of heights, horrified by fire and hates the sight of blood and gore, he spends roughly 60 hours per month training and working as a reserve firefighter and EMT in Arvada, a municipality of about 112,000 people located between Denver and Boulder in Colorado. The role is a volunteer position that can be mentally and physically exhausting, but his calling to the work energizes him to do it.
After committing numerous weekends and weeknights to this demanding volunteer work, it would be understandable if Rajabi chose a low-key profession during the week. Instead he continues his dynamic life by trading 70 pounds of firefighting equipment for a very different uniform—a suit and tie. Rajabi is a shareholder at Jones & Keller in Denver, where he is an attorney with a concentration on securities, mergers and acquisitions and real estate law.
He sees common traits—optimism and tenacity—in those he works with in both of his positions. “Firefighters look at a burning building and operate under the belief that no matter how bad the situation is, they can make it better; entrepreneurs often share this same resolve.”
Rajabi says both roles invigorate him. “I love my area of practice because it’s about helping entrepreneurs bring ideas and businesses to life, or make existing businesses better or more available to the masses, all of which are exciting activities.”
“And after my firefighting shifts, I always leave with a sense that I’ve done something to make someone’s very difficult day somewhat better. On an amazing day, I get to be small part of a team that saves a life.”
That team appreciates his contribution. He was recently recognized with a citation “for serving as a role model of exceptional compassion, attitude and work ethic from the Arvada Fire community.” Receiving this award assured Rajabi that he is on the way to achieving the type of success he is aiming for.
“Living a purposeful life is the best way to be successful. There are few things more purposeful than donning bunker gear and going into a burning building to try to save a life. Your survival instinct tells you to stay away, but your heart pushes you forward, knowing that you are someone’s best fighting chance for a better outcome. Working with people who share this view is inspiring and humbling.”
Coming up, Rajabi will be volunteering in another hotspot—he is a new delegate to his party’s state political convention. “I’m getting involved in politics a bit to hopefully try to help change the tone. I’d like to ignite people’s passion and work ethic rather than incite their fears.”
To accomplish all that he does, Rajabi stays focused, even listening to continuing education courses related to the law and firefighting in the shower. “I think a life of leisure gets old,” he laughs.
But he grows serious when asked how he measures success. “Every day I think about whether I’m where I want to be. The thirst for always wanting to do more and leave a lasting impact is important. I’m probably my own harshest critic. But that’s what prompts a person to do bigger and better things. You don’t always have to be the best, you just have to keep going.”