To be Successful You Have to Be Passionate About Your Goals!

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about buying a Lamborghini and how real estate helped me accomplish that goal.  I had wanted a Lamborghini since I was a young child and it felt amazing actually sitting in my Lamborghini and driving it after I bought it.

I know one reason I was able to buy that car was how much I wanted it and how much I thought about it.  I mentioned in my article that I had a screen shot of a Lamborghini Diablo on my iPhone.  Every time I looked at my phone I saw a blue Diablo and that made me think about what I needed to do to get that car.

Why was the Lamborghini Such a Great Goal?

Many people questions the purchase of a $100,000+, especially on a website that is dedicated to creating passive income.  I understand why people would think it was the dumbest thing someone could ever do.  I still did it and I have no regrets, in fact I love it more than I thought I would.

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Many people don’t care about cars except as a form of transportation.  I am a car guy and I love cars; probably more than I love real estate.  I have been buying sports cars since highs school and modifying them to go faster.  My daily driver for ten years was a 1991 Ford Mustang convertible with a 5.0 liter engine and five speed transmission.  I installed a supercharger on the car along with headers, X pipe, bigger injectors, bigger fuel pump and a bunch of other goodies myself.  I doubled the horsepower and still have the car, which has 140,000 miles on the original engine.

Most of you have no idea what I am talking about, but that is okay because you aren’t passionate about cars.  My point is that I am passionate about cars and having a goal like buying a Lamborghini got me excited every day.  I imagined myself driving the car, what it would sound like and even smell like.  Thinking about buying a Lamborghini helped me make my business better, work harder and work smarter.

What Do You Love in Life that Gets You Excited?

We all have interests and things we are drawn to in life.

Most of us learn to dismiss those interests early in life if they are too expensive or not the norm in society.  I know I dismissed the idea of buying a Lamborghini for years, because I didn’t think I would ever be able to buy one.  My money attitude was very poor; I thought only the lucky rich people could buy cars like that.  I didn’t think to myself how can I be that lucky rich person that owns a Lamborghini.

Once I got it  into my head that it was possible to buy one, it didn’t take me long at all.  If there is something you have always wanted it always wanted to do, don’t be afraid to have a dream and pursue that dream.  That dream is what could propels you to unbelievable success.

Why Does Having a Big Dream Help You Succeed?

There is a scientific reason why big dreams and big goals help you succeed.

The more you think about something, the better chance you have of getting it.  Our subconscious mind will help is get what it thinks we want.  If you constantly thing of something, there is a better chance you will have ideas and see opportunities that will help you get what you think about.

Buying a Lamborghini was not just about making enough money to buy the car, but finding the right car, getting it at the right price and keeping my eyes open for opportunity.  I searched websites that had cars for sale everyday as well as eBay to learn what prices were and how many cars were for sale at any given time.

I was not planning to buy a Lamborghini until the end of 2014 at the earliest, but the perfect car came up for sale and I could not pass it up.  I am sure I would not have gotten such a perfect car for me if I had waited and it would have been more expensive as well.

I already see prices rising on the cars and inventory decreasing since I bought mine.  If I had not been constantly thinking of the car and passionate, I would have waited until the end of the year to buy it and then it may have taken another 6 months or year to find one.

My New Passionate Dream

In my Lamborghini article I talked about buying a Lamborghini Muira as my new passionate goal.

I think we always have to have a big goal that we are passionate and think about.  Once I bought the Lamborghini Diablo I had to come up with something else to be passionate about!

However, buying a Muira has not been nearly as real or exciting for me as when I wanted the Diablo.  I am not sure why the Muira has not been as exciting, but I found something that was exciting this last week.

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I have always been drawn to extremely old mansions.  I have thought it would be extremely cool to restore an old plantation or mansion someday.  To do this it would take a boat load of money and the freedom to be able to travel and live in another area.  There are not old, large mansions in Northern Colorado.

For some reason I stumbled upon an old mansion online and it reminded me of my dream to restore a house someday.  This new dream got me excited and enthusiastic about researching mansions and thinking about how cool it would be to restore one and then open it up for tours to the public.

This would be a long-term goal or at least at this point it would seem to be a long-term goal.  I thought buying a Lamborghini would be a ten-year goal 18 months ago and things changed quickly!

What Gets You Excited?

What is it that makes you excited about life?

What drives you to succeed and can make you stay up into the wee hours of the morning trying to figure out how you can make it happen?  Too many of us bury our dreams instead of make them happen.  Don’t let others tell you want will make you happy and what is best for you.  Chase your dreams and let them bring you along for the ride.

Can you share what excites you in the comment section?

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About Author

Mark is Real Estate Broker and investor in Greeley, Colorado. Mark invests in long-term SFR rental homes and also does 8-15 fix and flips a year. Mark started a blog this year that focuses on investing in long term single family rentals.

26 Comments

  1. Awesome article Mark!

    I personally created a dream board that has 9 different pictures in a collage and made it my background on my laptop so every time I turn on my computer it’s right in my face.

    The highlights are the charitable efforts I will be involved in along with multiple travel destinations, my dream car (even though I’m not as big of a car guy as you) dream house, and the big one for me…..dream boat…aka yacht! :)

    I absolutely love big boats to the point where I could walk around a nice marina all day long. Every time I think about cruising in my dream yacht it motivates me so much!

    • Hi Nick! I have a dream board as well and I record my goals and try to listen to them once a day, but I have been slacking lately. That’s great you have something you love as well as charities. I am not a boat guy, but I hope you get it!

  2. Absolutely true Mark. I did my goals in reverse from 20 years back. I started it about 5 years ago.
    I was challenged to do this because in year 20 it seemed like an unachievable goal based on where I was at the age of 42. Well I am 5 years into it and although the first 3 years I didn’t reach my goals even at the 50% level however I can tell you this. Years 5-10 I will exceed and year 20 now look like a walk in the park. Hope all is well!

    • Awesome Michael! I have similar results with my goals. Not all work out as planned, but unusually reach my big goals and if it takes a little longer than planned hat is okay!

    • Hi Alex, I think we all want to give as much to our children as possible. But I also think we need something for ourselves as well. Sometimes trying to pay for the expenses we incur and our children require can be more stressful than fun. When we are chasing a goal that gets us excited it is much more fun and motivated and in my opinion produces better results.

  3. Hey Mark — Whatever motivates is invaluable, right? Though it wasn’t the driving factor for me, pun completely intended, I too bought a ‘niche’ car several years ago. Why? For no other reason than it had dawned on me that I’d never ever bought a car that I wanted. It was always something dictated by current logistics, or me being ‘practical’. I owned it for five years, loved it, tired of it, and sold it. But I’ll never forget buying it and that first drive, alone with my thoughts. I had to pull over when my emotions surprised me, causing me to begin crying. It was the first time I’d come to terms with everything I’d accomplished, and how much water had gone under the bridge, so to speak.

    Thanks for the memories, Mark. This post made my day. I’ll wager you’ve set a whole lotta folks down a very good road.

  4. Hi Mark – wonderful way to start this next week, thank you! I’ve got this inner goal that I haven’t allowed myself to think about until recently: writing a novel. It is becoming a part of my long term motivation as I look ahead and visualize being able to spend days at a time doing that in a beautiful and remote location, without worrying about paying the bills or if I make a dime off of it. It is important that whether it is a hot new car or a hobby we would like to have the time to pursue….we should give ourselves permission to value these goals as much as (or possibly more than) straight financial goals.

  5. I love these articles.
    It is great you talk so freely about your mindset, your goals, what drives you and how you are achieving these things.
    And also great that you are open and honest knowing that lots of people will be aghast that you would spend that kind of money on a car while still in your “wealth building” phase of life.

    At the risk of sounding all 15 year old #YOLO… You do in fact only live once so why work so hard for wealth if you aren’t going to do things that will make you the most happy with it. Sure don’t just put life of a credit card and hope the next 40 years don’t suck after. But if you work hard and achieve these monetary milestones then enjoy yourself and dive yourself more!

  6. My dream is to own 10 rental houses that are all paid in full. As of now I have 2, one will be paid off after this deployoment. It will be a slow process but once I get the first two paid for I feel the others will come fast, they will pay for each other. Once I have that income coming in along with my Military retirement at age 45, I want to build a beautiful home on 20 acres that mirrors the White House. When you walk through the french double doors in the front of the house I want stairs that go up each side of the house like in the movie Scarface. Then when you look strait forward the whole back of the house is glass with a beautiful swimming pool and jacuzzi in the back. I will have this one day!

  7. WOW! what a great article. It’s always good to think outside the box. I believe that “thoughts are things” and “what ever the mind can conceive it can achieve”. In our society, people have tendency of being jealous when they see a person with expensive stuff, but they never think of how hard the person worked or how many goals they had to achieve to have the good things in life.
    Congrats on your new car and enjoy driving, even show off to people who doubted your dreams..lol

    • Thank you ilhan,.
      It’s funny when I bought the car it was never about see what I did and you thought I couldn’t. It was more about, wow this is awesome. I really didn’t even want to mention it to the people who had a negative idea about it, because I wanted to concentrate on the positive people that had supported me.

  8. Im new to this site and find it very helpful, and very motivating, and inspiring. I’m a newby and still doing a lot of reading, and cant stop thinking about all the possibilities out there. I hope to be a successful investor one day, hopefully sooner rather then later. Just Ready!! for it to happen.

    continuing to read..
    maryanne torres

  9. Awesome article Mark! It’s so true — when I was in college the classes I did the best in weren’t the easy ones, but the ones that I enjoyed and was determined to do well in. I got As in 400 and level classes I enjoyed while getting Bs in 100 and 200 level classes I didn’t care about.

    Now that I’m out in the workforce, I notice that I’m at the top of my game not when I’m assigned something easy, but when I’m assigned something hard that I can wrestle with and take ownership of. There’s a real satisfaction from accomplishment!

    • Thank you Michael,
      What you say can easily be seen in sports. Many times teams play down to their competition when they have an easy opponent, but will play at their highest levels against a great opponent. There is so much going on mentally with everything we do!

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