6 Powerful Words That Entirely Changed My Outlook on Success

6 Powerful Words That Entirely Changed My Outlook on Success

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Sterling White

Sterling White is a multifamily investor, specializing in value-add apartments in Indianapolis and other Midwestern markets. With just under a decade of experience in the real estate industry, Sterling was involved with the management of over $10MM in capital, which is deployed across a $18.9MM real estate portfolio made up of multifamily apartments. Through the company he founded, Sonder Investment Group, he owns just under 400 units.

Sterling is a seasoned real estate investor, philanthropist, speaker, host, mentor, and former world record attemptee, who was born and raised in Indianapolis. He is the author of the renowned book From Zero to 400 Units and the host of a phenomenal podcast, which hit the No. 1 spot on The Real Estate Experience Podcast‘s list of best shows in the investing category.

Living and breathing real estate since 2009, Sterling currently owns multiple businesses related to real estate, including Sterling White Enterprises, Sonder Investment Group, and other investment partnerships. Throughout the span of a decade, he has contributed to helping others become successful in the real estate industry. In addition, he has been directly involved with both buying and selling over 100 single family homes.

Sterling’s primary specialities include sales, marketing, crowdfunding, buy and hold investing, investment properties, and many more.

He was featured on the BiggerPockets Podcast episode #308 and has been contributing content to BiggerPockets since 2014, with over 200 posts on topics ranging from single family investing and apartment investing to mindset and scaling a business online. He has been featured on multiple other podcasts, too.

When he isn’t immersed in the real world, Sterling likes reading motivational books, including Maverick Mindset by Doug Hall, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, and Sell or Be Sold by Grant Cardone.

As a thrill-seeker with an evident fear of heights, he somehow managed to jump off of a 65-foot cliff into deep water without flinching. (Okay, maybe a little bit…) Sterling is also an avid kale-eating traveller, but nothing is more important to him than family. His unusual habit is bird-watching, which he discovered he truly enjoyed during an Ornithology class from his college days.

Sterling attended the University of Indianapolis.

Instagram @sterlingwhiteofficial

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“We become what we think about.”

This is a simple yet highly inspirational quote from The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale. From what is classified as one of the most important motivational recordings of all time, this insightful saying certainly carries a deep message.

Your Mindset Creates Your Reality

The main idea of this quote is that what you set your mind on will be what you will achieve in real life. Hence, if a person focuses solely on success, this is exactly what they will attract, and if someone always looks towards the negative side of things, the opposite happens.

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This is simply because what our minds concentrate on will often reflect into our actions. So if you consistently think about failing, naturally your first instinct won’t be on how to succeed, but in thinking that it is normal to fail. Confucius once said, “The man who says he can and the man who says he cannot are both correct.”

Smart guy.


Envision Your Goals

This is exactly the reason why it is so crucial to carry your goals around with you at all times. From literally taping them onto the visor of your car to making a beautifully aesthetic rendition for your wall to keeping them in your wallet (which is my favorite to do) or even just adding it as a simple reminder on your device, it is a good idea to keep your goals in mind on a daily basis.

Make sure you know what you want to achieve and ensure that your mindset is always pointing toward the road of success. So even if you are faced with a tough day ahead, by always keeping your goals firmly ingrained in your mind, you will be able to overcome any obstacle in your path and find even the slightest ray of sunlight in an otherwise seemingly dark day.

Counteract Negativity

Don’t ever feel down if you aren’t in the best of places. There is no doubt that everyone faces some difficult situations at times, and everyone is bound to have negative thoughts.


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However, keep in mind the first point covered in this article and counteract these tendencies by ensuring that you maintain a positive mindset. Even if this sounds difficult to achieve, still try to just take some time off and do what you love doing best. Whether it is by getting into a dreamy trance listening to inspirational podcasts or cozying up by the fireplace reading your favorite book, don’t ever forget to take time to look after yourself. After all, the most important factor to success is you. Without you, there is no positive mindset, and with no positive mindset, there is no success.

Now Go And Be Great, because you deserve it!