Personal Development

5 Daily Habits to Help You Steadily Reach Your Entrepreneurial Goals

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About two years ago, I came across a Jim Rohn quote that completely changed the way I saw the direction of my life.

“Income seldom exceeds one’s personal development.” – Jim Rohn

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Not quite what you were expecting? I understand.

I kind of glossed over it the first time I read it as well. After all, the guy has like a million famous quotes! But that was before I truly understood what he was talking about.

So let’s dive into the tao of Jim Rohn a bit more and figure out exactly what it means.

Personal Development

In a nutshell, “personal development” is the conscious and consistent pursuit of individual growth through expanding one’s knowledge, skills and self-awareness.

Personal development can come in many shapes and sizes depending on what your goals in life are. Reading, writing, learning a language, getting in shape, going back to school, getting a certification, going to a seminar, learning a skill, teaching a class, meditating, waking up early, networking with business professionals and even taking an improv class could all be considered ways to increase your personal development.

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Each of these actions, when done consciously and consistently, make you a better and more effective individual over time.

Why does this all matter?

Because no one was ever caught off guard by success!

That’s why it matters.

You will only reach the level of success in your life that you are prepared to handle.

This is precisely why 70% of people who win the lottery go broke. Their income exceeded their personal development. They were not ready for the windfall of financial success that they achieved through luck.

What’s a Person to Do?

We’ve all seen this question on the BiggerPockets Forums.

"Hi, my name is Something Something. I'm 22 years old and want to make a million dollars in real estate. What's the first step I should do to get started?"

Welp. Here’s the answer that I wish I knew when I was 22.

Get started by developing yourself personally first.

Building a solid personal development foundation in the present is the only way to reach the level of success that you dream about in the future. After all, do you think Donald Trump got to where he is by playing World of Warcraft every day?


Speaking of which… any chance we can get him on the Podcast? Surely he isn’t busy.

5 Daily Habits to Help You Steadily Reach Your Entrepreneurial Goals

Here’s a few tried and true exercises in personal development that will get you started on your path to becoming a real estate investing magnate!

Wake Up Early

This has been a game changer for me over the last year. Since I work a full time job (like most people on BiggerPockets), I can’t really control what happens in my life from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. However, I have complete control of what happens from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. This is when I have the opportunity to write emails, find properties, read BP articles and develop my business plan.

Eliminate Bad Patterns

Jim Gaffigan is a brilliant and hysterical comedian. There are a number of great lessons that can be learned from his humor. One of my favorite all time skits is when he talks about McDonalds. He understands that it isn’t good for him and people always judge him for eating there. But in the grand scheme of things, everyone has their “McDonalds.” For some people, it’s watching “Kardashian” marathons; for others, it’s reading US Weekly; and for others, it’s playing 5 hours of “Call of Duty.” They’re all McDonalds… just packaged differently.

Related: 6 Non-Negotiable Habits of a Successful Real Estate Investor


Go to the BiggerPockets Network page and find some people in your local area. Schedule a time to get together and talk about real estate. It doesn’t need to be anything more complicated than that. If you can’t do that, talk to people through the Forums. Remember, you’re the average of the 5 people you associate with most. So associate with people you want to be like!

Set Goals

Start backwards. Figure out where you want to be in 10 years. Then figure out what you need to do in 5 years, 1 year, 6 months, 1 month, 1 week, and 1 day in order to get you there. If this sounds cosmic, listen to the AskBP Podcast Show #39. It will all make sense after that.


When I was younger, I rebelled when it came to reading. I didn’t do it because those mean teachers in high school told me to. Unfortunately, this means that I missed out on about a decade’s worth of outstanding books! So in an attempt to make up for lost time, I’ve been reading my face off. According to my Kindle, it has been 43 books in the last two years. I can safely say that it has changed my life — and will absolutely change your life too.

What habits would you add to my list?

Let me know with a comment!

Tyler is a pilot by day and aspiring entrepreneur by night. He started investing in April of 2014 and acquired three properties in the first 8 months. His goal is to become financially independent ...
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    Replied about 5 years ago
    Great article, Tyler. I especially appreciate the bit about waking up early and reading. It feels amazing to prepare for each day as if it were on purpose. I have found that a maintaining morning routine is the best physical, mental and spiritual preparation.
    Tyler Flagg Investor from Pensacola, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Thanks for the comment Dan! If you haven’t already read it, Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a great book about waking up early as well.
    Account Closed Investor from Camp Springs, Maryland
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Tyler, great post! When I purposely changed my schedule to wake up early instead of staying up late my entire life changed and I honestly become much more productive. I also realized that when I created a daily list of about 5 things a day that I wanted to get done, I stayed focused on knocking each thing off of my list and felt much more accomplished at the end of my day. And a quote that I love is “you are what you read” no clue who said it but it is the TRUTH!
    Tyler Flagg Investor from Pensacola, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Couldn’t agree more Julian. I used to think that I did my best work at night too, until I switched up my schedule. Glad you enjoyed it!
    Zachary Delaney from Jackson, TN
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Thank you for a great post Tyler! It’s encouraging and a good reminder that anything that might seem daunting just needs to be broken down into manageable pieces.
    Tyler Flagg Investor from Pensacola, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Thanks Zachary. Happy to help!
    Andrew Davis Rental Property Investor from Winter Park, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Great post Tyler, personal development and success are inextricably linked!
    Tyler Flagg Investor from Pensacola, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    100% agree. Thanks for the comment Andrew
    Daniel Schulman from Santa Monica, California
    Replied about 5 years ago
    I highly recommend reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, Total Recall. Not only is it an enjoyable read, but it’s very inspiring on the personal development front. He repeatedly talks about how getting to where you want to go is all about “reps and mileage”. Once you embrace that there are no shortcuts, you won’t take that initial resistance you feel personally, you won’t be bogged down by the magnitude of the mountain, you’ll just get excited about chipping away at it day after day. He also makes a convincing point about needing to make use of all 24 hours in the day. So many of us don’t even realize that we are wasting our time. When you really break it down properly, there’s a way to work full time, take classes or work a side job at night, exercise daily, and still have enough time to go out with friends, and get enough sleep. He also made a killing in real estate, so it was cool to hear his story about how he got started in that.
    Tyler Flagg Investor from Pensacola, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Thanks for the recommendation Daniel. Just added it to my Kindle! It’s amazing how much you can get done in a day when you remove all of the little time wasters. Best of luck to you!
    Sean Williams Real Estate Agent from Louisville, KY
    Replied about 5 years ago
    I was the same way when it came to reading but I can honestly say since really diving in about a year or so ago myself it has fundamentally changed my mindset, attitude, knowledge and overall confidence. The saying is true…junk in, junk out. So filling your mind with insightful and useful information is just like exercising at the gym .
    Tyler Flagg Investor from Pensacola, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Absolutely. And to top it all off, books are a lot cheaper than a cable subscription! haha. Thanks for the post Sean.
    mike drummond
    Replied about 5 years ago
    I totally agree that being around people tends to make you more like them. It is definitely important to take your time and find people that represent your goals, not just the first person you meet that can be used to your advantage.
    Tyler Flagg Investor from Pensacola, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Great point Mike. Thanks for the comment!
    Andrew Cordle
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Nice information Thanks for sharing
    Tyler Flagg Investor from Pensacola, FL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Anytime Andrew
    Ben Staples Investor from Chicago IL
    Replied about 5 years ago
    Three weeks ago I made the decision to wake up early. It is definitely a game changer!! I read waking up three hours before leaving for work is the way to go so that is what I’ve done. I was concerned with not getting enough sleep, but it is really not hard if you plan things out a bit and go to sleep when you should. Great article, thanks for writing
    Linda Summer from Dalton, Georgia
    Replied over 4 years ago
    You’re right Ben. Getting up early starts the night before and getting to bed in time to get a good night’s sleep. I remind myself when I am being “rebellious” about going to be that tomorrow starts tonight. I believe along the same line Brandon has said “In a year you will be glad that you started today”, this is another motivator for me. Great post @Tyler Flagg, thanks.
    Benjamin Cowles from Cape Coral, FL
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Them some golden nuggets