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After Several Failures, A Successful Website Launch

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It was an experiment gone bad. Actually, it was proof of how difficult it is to be successful online. About a year or so ago, I registered the domain ChartingYourWealth.com. I had plans on creating the BiggerPockets of Personal Finance. It would be easy: Get some good articles, set up a successful forum, find great [...] View the full article: After Several Failures, A Successful Website Launch on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Joshua Dorkin is a serial entrepreneur, investor, podcaster, publisher, educator, and co-author of How to Invest in Real Estate. He started BiggerPockets to help democratize the real estate investing landscape for himself and others, aiming to make it accessible for everyone, regardless of income or education. Today, BiggerPockets is the premier real estate investing website online with over one million members and reaching over 70 million people with the message of financial freedom through real estate investing. Joshua, along with his wife and three daughters, make their home in Denver, Colorado, and spend any time they can traveling, exploring, and adventuring. Read more about Joshua’s story in 5280 and Inc.com.

    makingitbig
    Replied over 13 years ago
    Staying with an unsuccessful Web site is one of the toughest things I’ve ever faced. Of course, on the Web, we expect things to happen so quickly, so when the money doesn’t come raining down, it’s tough. But good luck, I’ll be sure to check it out.
    Brian Gibbons
    Replied about 13 years ago
    Well Said! Info Junkies in the REI arena make REI info-mercial gurus rich! 92% of all REI Courses stay on the bookshelves, not even used! Why? Many reasons, mainly fear and never had any real past success at anything. So the hard belief is not there. In the HEART. Not the MIND. Many of my students THINK THEMSELVES TO DEATH. I believe, along with many others, that the two most important things you can do to be successful is to take action and be disciplined. Tom Hopkins, a noted sales guru from way back, said in one of his books that the key to success was discipline, not determination. Isn’t PASSION enough? Isn’t DETERMINATION enough? NO. You need PRECISION in this business, which takes discipline. By the way, I have used as a successful sales person and a high producing sales manager Tom Hopkins’s book, “How to Master the Art of Selling”. Get the book and be a better parent and a better business person. Getting back, What is discipline? Discipline is doing the basics very well to make you successful everyday, day after day, year after year. If you are trying to lose weight, the only way to accomplish this is through action and discipline. Walk 30 min EVERY DAY, drink alot of H2O, and eat alot of salad. Then eat what ever you want! 🙂 Doing the basics in real estate investing is simple. Making calls everyday, more importantly, returning calls everyday! How many of you have called realtors or investors only to have them never call you back. Searching the newspaper everyday, calling key investors everyday and feeding your mind with real estate articles and books everyday is discipline. The next part is to take action. If you find that first deal that fits your numbers and criteria, what do you do? A lot of people go back and rerun their numbers, call their friends and family searching for any reason or justification NOT to do it. STOP IT! If you have created your desired numbers on sound research, when you find something that fits the criteria, do it! What is that NIKE ad? Just do it! I can tell you that there is so much room for mistakes in real estate it is ridiculous so get out there and take action! I challenge people to go to my site and LEARN. Then DO. Without the DOING the LEARNING is just entertainment. And, Write this down: Common Sense + Action = Power It is common sense to have systems for Motivated Sellers, Eager Buyers and Happy Private Lenders. It is ACTION in the PROSPECTING that makes the business HAPPEN. Then CLOSING. Then FOLLOWING UP on the REJECTS. Why follow up? Because EVERYONE CHANGES THEIR MIND! All the best to all at BiggerPockets.com Brian Gibbons Since 1986, Teaching one Newbie at a time, 1 on 1
    Brian Gibbons
    Replied about 13 years ago
    Well Said! Info Junkies in the REI arena make REI info-mercial gurus rich! 92% of all REI Courses stay on the bookshelves, not even used! Why? Many reasons, mainly fear and never had any real past success at anything. So the hard belief is not there. In the HEART. Not the MIND. Many of my students THINK THEMSELVES TO DEATH. I believe, along with many others, that the two most important things you can do to be successful is to take action and be disciplined. Tom Hopkins, a noted sales guru from way back, said in one of his books that the key to success was discipline, not determination. Isn’t PASSION enough? Isn’t DETERMINATION enough? NO. You need PRECISION in this business, which takes discipline. By the way, I have used as a successful sales person and a high producing sales manager Tom Hopkins’s book, “How to Master the Art of Selling”. Get the book and be a better parent and a better business person. Getting back, What is discipline? Discipline is doing the basics very well to make you successful everyday, day after day, year after year. If you are trying to lose weight, the only way to accomplish this is through action and discipline. Walk 30 min EVERY DAY, drink alot of H2O, and eat alot of salad. Then eat what ever you want! 🙂 Doing the basics in real estate investing is simple. Making calls everyday, more importantly, returning calls everyday! How many of you have called realtors or investors only to have them never call you back. Searching the newspaper everyday, calling key investors everyday and feeding your mind with real estate articles and books everyday is discipline. The next part is to take action. If you find that first deal that fits your numbers and criteria, what do you do? A lot of people go back and rerun their numbers, call their friends and family searching for any reason or justification NOT to do it. STOP IT! If you have created your desired numbers on sound research, when you find something that fits the criteria, do it! What is that NIKE ad? Just do it! I can tell you that there is so much room for mistakes in real estate it is ridiculous so get out there and take action! I challenge people to go to my site and LEARN. Then DO. Without the DOING the LEARNING is just entertainment. And, Write this down: Common Sense + Action = Power It is common sense to have systems for Motivated Sellers, Eager Buyers and Happy Private Lenders. It is ACTION in the PROSPECTING that makes the business HAPPEN. Then CLOSING. Then FOLLOWING UP on the REJECTS. Why follow up? Because EVERYONE CHANGES THEIR MIND! All the best to all at BiggerPockets.com Brian Gibbons Since 1986, Teaching one Newbie at a time, 1 on 1 Reply Report comment
    Brian Gibbons
    Replied about 13 years ago
    Well Said! Info Junkies in the REI arena make REI info-mercial gurus rich! 92% of all REI Courses stay on the bookshelves, not even used! Why? Many reasons, mainly fear and never had any real past success at anything. So the hard belief is not there. In the HEART. Not the MIND. Many of my students THINK THEMSELVES TO DEATH. I believe, along with many others, that the two most important things you can do to be successful is to take action and be disciplined. Tom Hopkins, a noted sales guru from way back, said in one of his books that the key to success was discipline, not determination. Isn’t PASSION enough? Isn’t DETERMINATION enough? NO. You need PRECISION in this business, which takes discipline. By the way, I have used as a successful sales person and a high producing sales manager Tom Hopkins’s book, “How to Master the Art of Selling”. Get the book and be a better parent and a better business person. Getting back, What is discipline? Discipline is doing the basics very well to make you successful everyday, day after day, year after year. If you are trying to lose weight, the only way to accomplish this is through action and discipline. Walk 30 min EVERY DAY, drink alot of H2O, and eat alot of salad. Then eat what ever you want! 🙂 Doing the basics in real estate investing is simple. Making calls everyday, more importantly, returning calls everyday! How many of you have called realtors or investors only to have them never call you back. Searching the newspaper everyday, calling key investors everyday and feeding your mind with real estate articles and books everyday is discipline. The next part is to take action. If you find that first deal that fits your numbers and criteria, what do you do? A lot of people go back and rerun their numbers, call their friends and family searching for any reason or justification NOT to do it. STOP IT! If you have created your desired numbers on sound research, when you find something that fits the criteria, do it! What is that NIKE ad? Just do it! I can tell you that there is so much room for mistakes in real estate it is ridiculous so get out there and take action! I challenge people to go to my site and LEARN. Then DO. Without the DOING the LEARNING is just entertainment. And, Write this down: Common Sense + Action = Power It is common sense to have systems for Motivated Sellers, Eager Buyers and Happy Private Lenders. It is ACTION in the PROSPECTING that makes the business HAPPEN. Then CLOSING. Then FOLLOWING UP on the REJECTS. Why follow up? Because EVERYONE CHANGES THEIR MIND! All the best to all at BiggerPockets.com Brian Gibbons Since 1986, Teaching one Newbie at a time, 1 on 1
    Ben Clardy
    Replied over 7 years ago
    I certainly empathize with your experiences with a website that requires too much baby-sitting. I can’t imagine running a monster website such as Biggerpockets.com, that would be just plain nuts! Very best of luck to you in all your future web-based endeavors!