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How to Make 2022 Your Best Year Ever

How to Make 2022 Your Best Year Ever

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How to invest in real estate?” is a commonly searched-for term across the internet. With home prices continuing to climb and inventory staying low, more people want to know how it’s possible to buy real estate in turbulent times like 2022. It’s no surprise there’s been an uptick in investors—real estate offers consistent, reliable returns, paired with big tax benefits and the ability to scale with ease.

But don’t you worry, we’re not going to make you go through all the trips and stumbles uneducated investors have to face. David Greene, host of the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, has made these mistakes for you, so you can achieve financial freedom faster and with less stress.

David shares eleven powerful tips that you can use to make 2022 your best investing year yet! He also provides examples from his own investing career on what you should (and should not) do when getting your footing in the investing world. If you pair this information with daily consistent action, you’re in for a phenomenal 2022 (and beyond)!

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This is the BiggerPockets podcast show 562. You can sit around wishing for things to do change, hoping that they change, they don’t actually change. Too many people in the world wait for something to come their way. All right. It’s like sitting on the beach and hoping that treasure washes up on the shore. I suppose it happens every once in a while, but you’re much better off if you go treasure hunting and you go look for the treasure. Let’s not become passive spectators of our own life, hoping that things come our way. Let’s be purposeful about making it get better.
What’s going on everyone. It is David Greene, your host of the BiggerPockets podcast, here with a very special podcast for you today. Now, today’s podcast is actually a webinar that I did for BiggerPockets, where I talk about what I’m doing to make 2022 the best you’re ever and what you can do the same. I actually dive deep. I open up the door and I share what my personal goals are, what my business goals are, what people can do to help me and how I’m looking to help other people. It’s very intentional. It’s sort of me opening the book and showing you guys, this is what goes on in David Greene’s life, behind the scenes.
We also get into some pretty cool, practical advice of how you could apply that to real estate investing, which is what we all love. Now, BiggerPockets has been having some changes going on. As you know there is no more large beard sitting here across the table from me, like there was. We just got done interviewing with a couple other guests. We’ve had Henry, we’ve had Craig. Coming up next you’re going to see some stuff from Rob Abasolo. I want to hear what you guys think. Whose opinion is striking you the hardest? What do you like about the shows we’re putting out? Do you like the live shows? Do you like the traditional stuff?
You can let us know on YouTube. If you go action below the video. Now also I want to say, if you listen to this and it strikes you, if it resonates with you, if there’s a part of you that feels like I need to do something, I cannot have 2022 go like 2021 went. I want to hear from you, and so does BiggerPockets. Go to the forums and say, I listened to this podcast episode and tag it. And this is what I was thinking. Is anyone else there? Send me a private message, send me a message on BiggerPockets and tell me, David, this is what you can do to help me with where I’m trying to go.
Reach out to other BiggerPockets members and let them know what they can do to help you. We have an entire community of over two million people, many of who are pro members and have actually gone out of their way to commit to letting real estate fuel the life of their dreams. I want you to be able to have that too. Don’t just listen to this, think that’s nice, and then go back to doing exactly what you were doing. 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now, you are either going to be a different person based on the decisions you made right now, or older version of the same person that’s listening to this here.
I want to make sure that you and me are together getting better every single day. Now, if you would like to become a pro member and commit to that yourself, because you are listening to this podcast and it’s the beginning of the year and we’re starting off with a fresh foot, we’re going to be offering you a discount of 20% off of that membership if you sign up for an annual pro membership. Go to biggerpockets.com/proupgrade. And if you’d like to get 20% off of that pro membership, use the discount code repod1. Like repod1. R-E-P-O-D one.
All right, we’re going to get to the webinar. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did making it. All right, tonight we’re going to be talking about how to make 2022 the best real estate year ever with 11 powerful tips for making it exactly that. The year that changes everything. I will be your webinar host tonight. My name is David Greene. I’m the co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast. You could follow me on Instagram or anywhere on social media at DavidGreen24. Now, I’d like you guys to go ahead and get your phones out right now. I’m not one of those people that says, hey, don’t take your phones out. I demand that you pay attention to me and that you don’t distract yourself from it.
Here’s why, I really feel when a speaker tells you to put your phones away, it’s compensating for the fact that they’re not good at doing their job. If they were doing a good job speaking, you wouldn’t want to be looking at your phone. I’m okay with you having your phone out. I want you to have it because there will be points where I’m going to ask you to take a picture of the screen. If you can have your phone out with your camera handy, that way we can make sure we get through one material. I don’t have to wait for everybody to spend a couple minutes going to look for their phone and then take pictures.
We’re going to get into this. If you have a question that I’m not able to answer, I would really like it if you would DM me at DavidGreen24 or even better go on to the BiggerPockets website, look up my profile. It has a little gold bar that says premium underneath my shiny bald head and send me a message on there. There’s lots of things I’ll be able to help you with, but I know a lot of you will have specific questions that I’m not able to get to. I hate to leave you hanging, so I will do my best to communicate with you guys. You can do it through the BiggerPockets website. You can send me a DM on Facebook messenger on Instagram, or you can go to davidgreen24.com, check out my website. You can maybe get ahold of me there.
That being said, welcome. Let’s get into it. All right. Do you want 2022 to be different than 2021? Do you want more real estate? Do you want more passive income? Right? It’s a very popular concept, I don’t know of a human being alive that doesn’t want passive income right now. Do you want to flip more houses maybe? Do you want more time with your family and friends? Very difficult for anyone to answer no to that. Do you want to travel more, especially now that we can travel? Well, sometimes we can travel, it depends on what’s going on in the world. But for a long time travel was stopped. And for all those people that loved traveling, I think they had a really hard time, the travel bags.
Could 2022 be your pivot year? Could 2022 be the start of your stack? We’re going to talk about a little bit later what that means. Well, here’s something to keep in mind, wise words of Jim Rohn, “Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.” Here’s the reality, you can sit around wishing for things to change, hoping that they change, they don’t actually change. Too many people in the world wait for something to come their way. All right? It’s like sitting on the beach and hoping that treasure washes up on the shore. I suppose it happens every once in a while, but you’re much better off if you go treasure hunting and you go look for the treasure.
Let’s not become passive spectators of our own life, hoping that things come our way, let’s be purposeful about making it get better. Today is all about how to make that change and how to make 2022 the best real estate investing year ever. Now, here’s the problem with resolutions that we all make at the beginning of the year, they specific enough, there’s no plan to reach it and there’s no way to force action. What most resolutions end up being is you’re saying, this is what I wish I had. All right? Now, if there was a genie in a model that you could rub, New Year’s resolutions would make a lot of sense, because a genie comes out and then you give your resolution. And then that thing just happens.
The problem is you got to make it happen. That’s why resolutions never work, because they’re not specific, there’s not a plan, and there’s no way to force anybody to do it. Studies have shown that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail and many of people over the years, including myself, have written about new approaches needed to achieving our big goals and resolutions, including naming them differently, approaching them differently and viewing them differently. Well, here’s the shift change formula. You need the right goals, the right plans and the right actions.
By the end of this webinar, you will have a day by day battle plan for actually achieving your goal. Here’s the agenda. Here’s what we’re getting into, here is why you are here. We’re going to have some free door prizes to make sure you stay all the way to the end, because I’m going to be giving away some stuff for you. We’re going to talk about BiggerPockets. We’re going to talk about 11 tips for making 2022 an incredible year. At some point in here, I am going to let you know ways that I might be able to help you and then give you ways that you can reach out to me, because I’d like to help you with your goals, just like I’d for you to help me with mine.
We’re going to give you Harold’s example, including a real life deal search and analysis. You’re going to get to see how I and the people on my team analyze deals and how easy it can be if you have the right tools. We’re going to have a tools and tips to help you blast off section. And then we’re going to have a giveaway, but you got to be here all the way at the end, in order to get your chance to win some free prizes, as well as get the door prizes, then we’re going to open it up for Q&A. All right. Here’s some door prizes, and if you wait till the end, you’re going to get this slide deck. I will give you the URL if you want this slide deck where you can download it yourself.
You will get this work book. It’s a work book design to help you set powerful goals that become reality, for helping you make 2022 the best year ever. Let’s talk about BiggerPockets itself. What is this company? Well, it’s got over two million members. That is a lot. That is a lot, lot. A lot. If you’re into following trends on different websites, there’s not a whole lot of websites that have two million members. They’ve got the number one podcast for real estate investing. They’ve got over five million forum posts. People asking questions and getting answers to those questions where you can learn.
And then 40 million total YouTube views and counting. Go to youtube.com/biggerpockets, and you can follow their YouTube. BiggerPockets believes that real estate investing is the greatest tool on the planet for the average person to build wealth and passive income. It’s not get rich quick. The goal of real estate is not simply get rich, but to live an amazing life of freedom to do what you are meant to do. Anyone can invest in real estate, no matter how much money, experience, time or connections they have.
All right. I’m going to talk about my slow start, what went wrong and how BiggerPockets helped me to turn that around. That’s one of the reasons that I love working with this company, is because things were going okay for me but they weren’t great. When I got more involved with the resources that BiggerPockets had for me, my investing took off and now it’s a company that I love to work for. I love to work with, I love to be involved in, because I really believe in the principles that they stand for. Let’s talk about it went wrong for me. I started investing at 25. At the time I thought that that was pretty young.
After interviewing some people in the podcast that are 2021, I realized it’s not young. It was old compared to them. Really age is not really significant in this game. It’s, if you believe that’s young, then it’s young. If you believe 21 is fine, it’s fine. How you perceive that is everything. If you’re in your 50s, that’s not old. If you’re in your 60s, that’s not old. That’s actually very appropriate. You’ll have resources that younger people don’t have. And if you are very young, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get started. That actually means that you should be getting started. Many young people have been successful in this and you can’t too.
The reality is I almost gave up. I legit would’ve sold the first house I bought if it had appreciated enough that I could, it was a terrible experience. And I’m so glad that I didn’t. I then went on to buy more property, not knowing what I was doing. I didn’t know what to look for. Right? The first one went terrible, but I bought something anyways. I didn’t even know how to calculate if it would cash flow. I didn’t know what ROI was. I didn’t know what an ARV was. I didn’t know how to tell, was this a good deal or a bad deal? I had no idea.
I then tried to manage these properties myself, another horrible mistake, because I didn’t know anything about real estate investing. I didn’t know anything about property management. I was actually starting a job as a deputy sheriff and trying to make it right out of college. And now I’m trying to manage this property at the same time. I did a terrible job. I ended up losing my desire to continue. I screwed up. My tenant took advantage of me. I ended up with an eviction. I ended up in court. I lost a lot of money. It took a lot of energy and time to try to get that happening. I didn’t have any help. I didn’t have any friends that were really supporting me in that. It was horrible.
I would have legit stopped if I could. Like I said, I struggled to say the least. A few things got turned around for me. I figured out a couple things. If you want to learn more, go check out BiggerPockets 169. That’s the first time that I was actually interviewed on the podcast, where I tell that story. I decided to start living proactively, set goals, define my processes and started taking massive action. All right. Here’s an example of my good friend, Brandon Turner, making a cameo on the webinar here. Brandon and I co-hosted the podcast for a very long time, and now I’m running the podcast, but Brandon is still here in spirit.
He’s provided me with a couple examples of his portfolio to share along with his super cute little daughter, Rosie, when she was just a baby. And that’s him, the giant tree of a human being, standing in a doorway, looking it’s like it’s a chucky cheese door, because he is so tall. This fourplex that Brandon owns, he bought for his cute little daughter, Rosie, that we’re seeing right there. The plan is to pay it off in 18 years and give it to her when she turns 18 to do whatever she wants with. She’s going to have a paid off property that she can either sell, refinance, keep the cashflow from whatever, that she can use to buy her first house, her first car, pay for her college, probably all of that put together.
In the meantime it’s making Brandon $1,432 a month. Pretty cool. He wins. And then his daughter is going to win, because he took action right now. It’s almost impossible for Rosie to not be starting off life financially secure and in a great position, based off a decision that Brandon already made. Here’s a triplex that he bought in Grays Harbor, Washington. That one brings in a little over $1,000 a month. Here is a fourplex that he added an extra unit to, making it a fiveplex. That one brings in almost $1,600 a month. These are all examples of ways that Brandon went on to build a portfolio that provides income for him even when he is not working.
Here’s the thing, it doesn’t take that many properties to achieve financial freedom. As you saw, there’s not a ton that we just went over. It just takes the right goals, the right plan and the right actions. Now let’s talk about me. I’m a real estate investor. I live in the Bay Area of California. I have real estate teams here in the Bay Area and in Southern California. If you would like us to sell your house or if you would like us to help you buy one, please reach out. I would love to do that. Do that through BiggerPockets.
I own a lot of rental property. I also flip houses. I have some commercial properties. I am the host of the BiggerPockets podcast. I’ve written a couple books for BiggerPockets. The BRRRR book, that’s me. Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat. The book on Long Distance Real Estate Investing. I wrote that one as well. It details the systems of how you can buy real estate anywhere. And then I wrote a book called, Sold: Every Real Estate Agent’s Guide To Building a Profitable Business. If you happen to also be a real estate agent or there’s one in your life that you love, go to BiggerPockets.com/store and get a copy of Sold.
Most agents really need some help. They don’t know exactly what to do. And if you’ve ever worked with an agent, you know what I’m talking about. Sold is written for the beginner agent to get a good idea of how to be successful in business. And then it’s part of a three part series. The next book will be coming out or maybe it is out called, Skill, and that’s going to be a book that explains how to be a top producer. And then Scale is going to be about how to build a team. Like you, I was once a newbie to real estate. Here’s the thing, I don’t want to come up here and sound braggadocious.
I’m not trying to be grandiose and say, look at me, I wrote books and I own rental property. I’m here because I remember what it was like to be you. I remember what it was like to want something so bad, but not know what to do to get it. Not know how to put anything in gear, to move towards it. To be like, can somebody in the world fricking just help me out? If you just told me what to do, I would go do it right away. I just need some direction. I didn’t get that. Not until BiggerPockets came into my life and played a bigger role. Then I met a couple other people, and I slowly picked up momentum.
And now I have a heart for the people that are in the position that I used to be in. I’m sharing all the stuff I do. I have a mortgage company. We can do a loan or a refinance for you. I’ve got a real estate team. I flip houses. I own rental properties. I have short term rentals. I run a mastermind. There’s a lot of things I do, because I jumped in with both feet to real estate. And now real estate provides for me. See, I learned everything that I could about how to make money in real estate, how to do a good job at real estate. I took care of myself there and now real estate takes care of me in many ways.
My rental properties take care of me. My real estate business takes care of me. My mortgage company takes care of me. The books that I’ve written take care of me and you guys will all take care of me as I’m trying to take care of you. And that’s what really being a part of a community is all about. You want to be in a position where you can help people and they can help you so that we can all achieve our goals together. You can follow me on Instagram at davidgreene24. Go ahead and take a picture screen if you want. So you don’t forget it. There’s a E at the end of my name. I’ll give you a warning, I don’t have the best looking Instagram in the world that needs to change at some point. It probably will.
As a lot of you look at that and just shake your head and say, what the heck? This guy could have such better page. I know, I know. It’ll get better in time, just on my priority list there, but you could follow me there. You can also follow me on YouTube, youtube.com/davidgreenerealestate. And then you can follow BiggerPockets on each of these as well. BiggerPockets has a really cool Instagram page. I follow it. Sometimes they post things about me. You can look them up, they’re at BiggerPockets. And then they have a YouTube channel as well, where I actually produce content that isn’t on the podcast.
A lot of people don’t know, I do interviews for their YouTube channel as well, where we talk to different investors. If you need that fix and you’re not wanting to wait until the next podcast, go check out youtube.com/biggerpockets and see some of the content that they’re putting out there. What was the key to this success that I’m talking about? Well, it was setting goals, it was making plans, it was taking action, not just wanting a better life. Here’s one of the segues I told you I might take. I’m going to tell you guys a story. It’s one of my favorite stories. I actually wrote, I think my first blog article ever for BiggerPockets was about this story and you can go look it up. It’s got a basketball theme.
I’m in high school and my high school teams were very good. We were some of the best teams in the state. We had a new coach come in at the same time that we had a really good crop of players coming along. And so is the perfect storm. We had one day after practice where we just didn’t shoot the ball that well. Now to be fair, most times in practice, if you take a good shot and your form is right, the coaches don’t really get on you if it goes in or not. But we had a new coach come in who had very high standards and he was actually a little irritated or angry that we were missing. And so he lined everybody up at the baseline and he said, all right, who here wants to be a better shooter?
All of us raised our hands. He said, who here at the beginning of the year said, one of my goals is to be a better shooter? Everybody raised their hands. He said, okay, keep your hand up if you stayed after practice yesterday to practice shooting. Everyone’s hands went down except for me and Scotty Thompson, we were the only two that stayed after practice to shoot. He said, that’s how I know that you guys don’t want it. Because if you wanted it, you would’ve stayed after practice to shoot. Now everybody start running. And then they blew the whistle and we just ran and ran and ran. It was really bad.
I remember as I was running, I had this thought going through my head, how is he saying we don’t want it? Of course, we want to be a better shooter. Why would we not? But then yeah, it’s a good point. Why didn’t we stay? Why was me and Scotty the only ones that stayed? I came to this little conclusion in my head that has stuck with me my whole life. There’s a difference between wanting something and wishing for something. Wishing for something is, I would receive this if someone gave it to me. In other words, if the shooting fairy came to the gym and said, David, would you like me to touch your head? I had hair back then, it was thinning, but I still had some hair.
Will you receive the gift of good shooting? I would’ve re received it and said, yes, I wish I was a better shooter. I will receive that. Wanting something is something you take action to do, right? This changed my life, because it helped me be honest with myself about everything. I can’t say that I want a better body if I am not eating better and working out better, those are the things that give you a better body. I can not say that I want financial freedom if I am not saving more money, paying off more debt and investing wisely. Does that make sense? I wish that I had financial freedom if I’m not doing those things, but I would receive it if someone gave it to them.
The difference between wishing and wanting is goals, plans, and action. That’s what we’re talking about today. This is how you take your wishes and convert them into one, so that they actually become real. That’s real, but said with an accent and a W. All right. Let’s walk through exactly how to do that. First off, you got to define your why. If you don’t know why you want to be better at something, you won’t do it. Now, I wanted to be a better shooter because I wanted more playing time on that team. I was a junior. It was the varsity team, so there was a lot of seniors and it was super good.
I also wanted to impress my coaches and I wanted to help us win. My why was so strong in being a better basketball player so that we could win more games, that staying after practice was totally worth. There was a lot of other people on the team who didn’t have the same why. They didn’t want to be better, or they didn’t want to win. They just wished that they would. What they wanted was to go home and relax. That was their why. They played basketball for the social status, or just because it was fun, but they didn’t really, really want to win. They had a different goal than me. And so that showed up in our actions being different.
Harold is tired of working his nine to five job. He wants to spend more time with his kids. He wants to see them grow up and also wants to spend more time traveling the world. Number two, you’ve got to commit. Isn’t this a cool picture? I love this picture. I don’t know that it’s entirely safe to be running in the middle of the road like that, probably isn’t a great idea. Hopefully the person who’s taking this picture was spotting traffic for them. But it just looks so cool. Right? You’re committed on this path and you’re running into the treacherous, dangerous, mysterious mountains that are both beautiful and wonderful at the same time.
Sometimes that’s what it feels like when you’re taking on a new challenge. You’re looking at it like, man, that’s amazing, but I’m also scared of it at the same time. Harold, doesn’t just desire or freedom. He’s committed to it 100%. There is no other option. I want you guys to think about commitment. It is a difficult concept. Commitment is the marriage of when you are adhering to an ideal or a goal in your emotions and your actions and you don’t waiver a regardless of how you feel. It is easy to sit here and say, I wish I was a better basketball player. Commitment would require you to go after practice and practice shooting, do extra work.
I also used to do cardio. I have really bad asthma. When I was a young kid, I was much skinnier than this. It was really hard for me in the second half of practice to keep up, because once I got tired, my skills significantly decreased. My asthma was really bad. I knew that I was really good in the beginning and I was really bad in the end. And if I wanted to get better, my cardio had to improve. I would go running after practice all the time. That was a reflection of my commitment. What I would say is, if you’re not staying after practice, if you’re not doing sure work, if you’re not putting, investing something, time, energy, emotions, resources, whatever, into what you’re doing, then you’re not committed.
Harold succeeds because he’s 100% committed. Define your five year vision. This is really important. You have to know where you’re going. I knew what being a better basketball player looked like. I needed to be able to shoot the ball better to complement some of the other skills that I had. If I didn’t know that I have a vision for what I needed to improve or who I was going to be, I wouldn’t have known how to play the game. Well, real estate is another game. It’s a game with stakes, right? It involves your money and you can lose in it, but there’s rules just like a game, there’s strategy just like a game. And if you play it right, you’ll win just like a game.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Great quote from Yogi Berra, very wise man. Where do you want to be in five years? Do you want to have a job? What kind of a job do you want to have? What kind of income would you like to be making, do you know? Not, I wish I was making a million dollars. Do you want to make a million dollars? I mean that, because if I said, do you want a six pack? Most people would say, yeah, but you don’t, you wish you had a six pack. If you wanted one, you’d have one right now. You would be going through the pain of what it takes to have a six pack. And if you have a six pack, know what I’m talking about.
I’ve never had one in my entire life, which means I haven’t wanted it bad enough. Right? I’ve just wished that I could have one, but I’m honest with myself about that. You should be honest with yourself too. Do you want passive income? How much do you want? The reason I said that thing about, do you really want a million dollars? Is it’s a lot of work. You might not want that much. Maybe you’re cool with $150,000 because you’re willing to commit to that much work. How much free time do you want to have? Do you want to have all your time to yourself? Are you one of the people that like to work? You just want freedom on what you work on.
And then what kind of relationships do you want to have? Do you want authentic, genuine, amazing friendships or do you just want acquaintances that you sort of know? Because none of those things happen on their own. They are all things that have to happen intentionally. In five years, Harold wants to be generating $5,000 a month in passive income from rental properties as well as doing two flips a year for a total income of $100,000. That’s very clear. Number four, set a one year goal. This is after your five year vision. A goal is a dream with the deadline. Isn’t that cool?
You take your desires, you give them a deadline and now you call them a goal. People don’t like goals when you hear the word goal. But if you think about it like it’s a way to make a dream come true, it’s completely different. Why would you not commit to something like that? To be on track to hit your five year goal, what do you need to accomplish in 2022? Do you know what you need to accomplish in 2022? This year, Harold has committed to purchase his first two single family homes. That’s a pretty clear goal.
Number five, set a Q1 goal. We’ve gone from five years to one year to one quarter. What are you going to have done in the first quarter? Well, the great thing about having a 12 week year is that the deadline is always near enough that you never lose sight of it. It provides a time horizon that is long enough to get things done, yet short enough to create a sense of urgency and a bias for action. It’s human nature that we behave differently when a deadline approaches. We procrastinate less. We reduce or eliminate avoidance activity and we focus more on the things that matter. To be on track to hit your one year goal. What do you need to accomplish in Q1? And if you don’t know, that’s a great thing to start with.
By the end of Q1, Harold plans to have one property under contract. Define your weekly process. Okay. Now what are you going to do every single week to make that happen? This is the same way that I run different businesses that I have. My goals are a little different than some of you, because probably for most of you, I’m a little bit further ahead. I’ve already done a lot of the stuff you’re looking to do. That’s why I’m in the position of teaching you. But my weeks are set out every single week. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I’m going to be recording stuff for BiggerPockets. I’m going to be doing webinars. I’m going to be writing articles. I’m going to be working on the book.
I do a lot of making YouTube videos for them. I do a lot of BiggerPockets information. Tuesdays, I’m going to be running the David Greene team meetings. I’m in leadership meetings. I have performance coach meetings. I have our team meeting and then I have meetings with my chief operating officer to go over the projects that we’re all working on, right? There’s things that are set aside for Thursdays. Every other weekend I have zoom calls with different investors that I partner with and I put all of that in my calendar. That’s how I make sure that my goals get hit. It’s pretty much spelled out for me, be here at this time and we’re going to be working on this piece.
“Every result that you desire is preceded by a process that is required to produce the result. When you define your process and commit to it for an extended period of time, the results take care of themselves.” That’s from Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning. All right, let’s talk about the real estate funnel. It’s an acronym here. Lapse, leads, analysis, pursue and success. Basically, if you follow this process, you can find rental properties that are going to make sense to buy. It starts with getting a lead. A lead is anything that could work for what you want it for. This could be any property that comes your way.
When you get a lead, you analyze it. We’re going to go over a quick, easy and safe way that you can analyze properties to have a really good idea of what to expect. Once it’s been analyzed, if you like it, you pursue it. That would be writing an offer, telling an agent to look into it more, doing something to try to make it happen, contacting the seller yourself. And then after pursuing it, a certain number of those you’re going to have success with. Each week Harold will analyze five real estate that he gets from the MLS and will make offers on at least one of those. He will listen to two real estate podcast episodes each week and will read the book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner.
This is an example of how Harold has set up his funnel to make sure that he’s successful. He’s going to look at different properties. He’s going to analyze five of those and he is going to pursue the ones that have the return or the equity that he’s looking for. It’s very simple when you actually cut out all the BS. 99% of the properties out there are not really deals. You have to analyze for the best deals. Let’s analyze one now together. Basically there’s a couple different ways analyze a deal, but I like to break it into two categories. You can do it by hand. You can do it with a tool.
Here’s the way that I look at it. Let’s say I’m a contractor and I’m trying to build a deck. I get paid for building decks. The more decks that I build, the more money I make. Just like us, the more rental properties we buy, the more money that we make. It would be faster in the beginning and maybe cheaper to use a hammer and a nail for every single board. To hammer in every nail individually would be how most people would start off building a deck. Now you’re going to break a lot of nails. You’re going to make mistakes basically. You’re going to hit it wrong. You’re going to miss the nail and hit your thumb a couple times there.
When you don’t make a mistake, it’s still going to be really slow. And then it’s going to be much less accurate. That’s the downside of doing everything by hand, everything that I mentioned. You make more mistakes. You hurt yourself more often. It’s much more slow and then it’s inaccurate, right? You could also use a nail gun, which are amazing tools. You basically just take this machine, touch it to the wood and a nail goes right in there. Now those are accurate. They don’t bend nails. They don’t make mistakes and you’re much less likely to hurt yourself. It’s also way faster.
Here’s what I’m getting at, if you’re serious about being a contractor, you would invest in a nail gun. You would not go out there and try to hammer in every single nail by hand. Now, if you were just a casual person who might need to replace a fence board after a storm in your backyard, you might just get a hammer and a nail. You see what I’m saying here? If I look in your garage and I don’t see a nail gun, that tells me you’re not a contractor or at least you’re not a serious one. If I see that you have tools to help you accomplish your goal, I know that you’re serious about that goal. That’s the difference between wishing and wanting.
We’re going to analyze a deal now together, and this is the information we’re going to be looking at. All right? Here’s a property in Louisville, Kentucky. I think it’s pronounced Louisville. I always say it wrong. It is four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 2250 square feet. This is a fourplex. All right? I can see that because in the description on the bottom here. It says that it is units two, three, and four have had cosmetic upgrades. I know it’s four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Each of them is a one bedroom, one bathroom property. Here’s how easily you can analyze this thing. All right?
First off, I’m going to go to biggerpockets.com. I’m going to go to tools. Remember that word that I used, really easy to remember. And then I’m going to go to rental property, under calculators. This is going to do the work for me. This is my nail gun. I’m going to click start new report. All right. 841 south 41st street. If I do this right, BiggerPockets will know which property that I’m looking up. There it is. I’ll just click on it right there. I’m now going to scroll down a little, hit next, the purchase price. Let’s just assume we can get it for whatever it’s listed for, 205. We’re going to assume $5,000 in closing costs. Now, what if you’re not sure how much to punch in for the closing costs? You’re doing this yourself.
Well, if you just hover over where it says calculating closing costs, they will tell you what those are. They’re typically between one to 2% of the purchase price of the property, but can differ depending on location. They have all these little helpful things that tell you how to use this calculator if you’re not sure how to use your nail gun. We won’t be rehabbing the property, so we don’t need to worry about putting any of that in there. Now we’re going to go to loan details. Let’s assume this is an investment property. Those are tip typically 20% down. We have 20% highlighted, which is $41,000. You don’t have to be good at math. You just have to be good at clicking buttons and making things go from blank to blue.
Interest rate, I’d say right now my mortgage team is probably doing, rates went up a little bit, so let’s say that they’re around 4% right now for investment properties. We’ll put that in, that’s with no points. And then you always want to put in 30 years because that’s what a standard mortgage term typically is for a property. Let’s say that we want to put in the gross monthly income, but we don’t know what it is. Well, BiggerPockets is telling us that it’s likely 899 a month, which is awesome. But it also is assuming this is a two bed and two bathroom property.
If we go at a view rent estimate, we can adjust that because we know this is a one bedroom, one bathroom. We’re just going to click one bedroom, one bathroom, hit adjust details. We can see that it’s probably closer to 725 a month. And it says that with high confidence. Now this right here is all the comps that BiggerPockets is pulling from to try to determine how much other people are paying for rent. We take that information of 725. We go back to our page. 725 times four. You could use a calculator for that, but I know 725 times two would be 1450, do two of those, that’s 2,900. That’s what our gross rents would be on this property.
It’s going to be 2,900 bucks in gross monthly income. Move on to the expenses. It’s already calculated the property tax for us, which is awesome. If you don’t know how to do that, you could just click here and it will tell you. I know in a property like this insurance would probably be around 60 bucks a month. You will probably get it cheaper if you put a high deductible, but we’ll go with, let’s go with 65, just to be a little more conservative. We typically budget on properties in this price range, 5% for repairs and maintenance, 5% for vacancy, 5% for capital expenditures. Let’s say 8% for management fees.
Now, if you’re renting it out, the tenants in this area will typically pay for their own electricity, gas, water, and sewer, HOA, garbage, that’s all on them. There is no HOA, that would be on you. But in this case, this property doesn’t have one. We don’t have to put anything in there. But if you’re analyzing a big apartment complex, that might be different. You might be paying for some of that. And now all we have to do is click on finish analysis. Here’s the nail gun. It did all the work for me. All right? I don’t have to worry about making mistakes. I don’t have to worry about my math being wrong. I don’t have to worry about taking a really long time to calculate all this by hand or with a calculator in my phone and possibly clicking on the wrong thing.
This property is estimated to bring in $1,329 a month cash flow. We can see that it got that number from taking 2,900 in rent a month, subtracting the monthly expenses of this property, which is 1,570 and dividing that by the down payment, which would be the closing cost plus the 41,000 that we put down on the loan, because we put down 20%. With a 30, almost 35% cash on cash return on investment. Now, here’s the thing, I personally don’t mind real estate math. I did not love math in high school. When math started using graphs, I didn’t like it. I think we got as advanced algebra or calculus or pre-calculus probably, is probably how far I got.
It was very confusing to me when equations turned into graphs. Algebra was fine because that was still logic for me. But this type of math makes a lot of sense. This is not hard for me. But you might just hate math altogether and maybe that’s one of the reasons you haven’t got started as a real estate investor. Well, don’t worry. The math is being done for you. All you have to do is be able to pull the information in and punch it into this calculator. All right. Now we can see a breakdown of where the expenses are going. The majority of the expenses are in blue, about half is the mortgage payment.
The variable expenses, that would be our vacancy, our maintenance, our capital expenditures are the rest. And then you see taxes are this section right here. You know what, it shows insurance is five. I must have put in five instead of 65. If you make that mistake, which could happen, right? You load your nail gun wrong. It’s really easy. You just go back, you hit edit. You go into where I typed instead of 60, I put in five, you make your change. 65, that’s what I needed to do. Go to the bottom, click update analysis. I’ve now reloaded my nail gun and boom. The cash on cash return has been adjusted to 33.2. It was a little bit off with the almost 35%.
Now we can see that the insurance right here is accurately showing up. Now let’s talk about the returns on this property, right? NOI stands for net operating income of $25,000. The cash on cash return is over 33% and this graph is what I love. This shows me how this property is likely to perform over time. The green is the property value. You see that we’re starting at 205 and it starts to go up over time. I think it’s assuming about a 3% average, year over year increase. You see here right around year five, you start to get a significant bump up there. The purple is the loan balance. This is you paying your loan off over time. Okay?
The longer you own the property, the more the loan gets paid off as well as the more the property goes up in value. The difference between them is what we equity. You see in the beginning, your equity is not that big. This is why I said getting started with real estate earlier and sooner is really important. Because every year this equity exponentially grows and it gets bigger and bigger and bigger. You really want to start these timelines as fast as you can and get as many of them as you can. Here’s why, over time, now this is also not taking into account rampant inflation, have we seen anything only appreciate by 3%? This is super conservative.
We’re seeing way bigger increases in both rent and in the value of properties over time. At BiggerPockets we like to do things very conservative here. You see in year one, the cash flow is almost $16,000. In year two it grows to 16,266. Look when it hits by year 30 with very conservative estimates, it should be making $35,283 a year. It’s going to be way more than that. With the inflation we’re seeing, I wouldn’t be surprised that this was $300,000 instead of $35,000. I know that sounds crazy to say, but if you look back 30 years ago, we’ve had way more increases than 3%, and we’re printing way more money now than we ever did before.
But this is an example of how easy and simply you can analyze a property if you want to get started with real estate investing. If you were sitting there saying, well, I want to do it, but I don’t know how. This does all the work. You can get a nail gun, pretty ding cheap with BiggerPockets. And then you can just have the nail gun do the work instead of yourself.
Number seven, plan your week. Now I shared my plan for how my weeks go down, so that you guys could copy it, but you can do it however you would like to do it. But we recommend that you do it with the Intention Journal. If you’re a person that likes to journal, this as a great way to get. Brandon Turner developed this, because this is what he uses. He’s the most intentional person that I have ever met. He’s addicted to it. It actually makes him very successful in a lot of ways. The Intention Journal will help you do the same thing, where you can plan out every week what you’re going to be doing and what results you’re expecting to receive.
On Sunday night, Harold spends 30 minutes looking at his calendar and time blocking his weekly process. He will analyze deals between 12 o’clock and 12:30 each week day. There it is. Especially if he puts that in the calendar of his phone, he’s not going to make a mistake. Execute daily. It’s this consistency that really matters. “You cannot change what you get in life, unless you change what you do and even more so who you are. Rather than just I to find goals, identify habits and traits that will turn into the kind of person in which those goals would just be part of normal life.” Great quote from Brandon, who we mentioned earlier.
Harold ends up analyzing two deals per day, greater than his goal requires. He also is submitting several offers per week. Sometimes just verbally. There you go. He’s got his plan. Harold’s executing. You see how simple this could be. Number nine, track your progress. This is the deal funnel tracker. It’s a chart that you can use in the workbook that we offered to actually keep track of your own lapses funnel and how you’re doing. The very first column there, number of leads generated. Remember the very first column and lapse, is leads. It’s an acronym.
The next one is analyze, how many of those leads that came in did you actually analyze? Out of those you analyzed, how many of them did you actually make offers on? You can track that here. And then of those offers you made, how many of those deals were accepted? Really this is all it comes down to. This is the case for me in every business I have. Let’s say it’s my mortgage company and I’m trying to help people to either refinance a house or get a loan. Well, first I have to get a lead. That’s a person who needs a loan. I go out there and I try to find leads. Who wants to buy a loan?
People say, hey, I want to buy a loan or I want to refinance my house. You’re now a lead. I connect you with one of loan officers. That loan officer has a phone call where they analyze that client and they determine, is there enough equity in the house for a refinance? Does the rate make sense? Is this something they really want to do? Or for us in the loan business, analyze you when we’re pre-approving you, can you get a loan? If the answer is yes, we work with you. And then if you go into contract, that’s the offer being made. Okay, you’re under contract, is this loan going to close? And then as you close on the house, the loan officer closes on the deal.
It’s the same funnel, whether you’re an investor or a loan officer or a real estate agent or anything, this is what every single business follows. It’s why Brandon says that everything’s a funnel. Because he’s learned to look at it that way. So he stays consistent on hitting the metrics that will bring the numbers out of the bottom of the funnel that he needs to make money. Harold tracks his progress daily noting the number of deals he’s analyzed and the number of offers he’s made. Just like we showed you.
Number 10, be persistent. Harold joins a small mastermind group of four peers working on their real estate investing business. Each week they meet for 60 minutes to outline goals, set commitments and encourage one another to be persistent. He also journals every morning. Because he is persistent with his actions, he finally gets his first offer accepted, a single friendly home that he estimates will produce $300 in positive cash flow. Number 11, use BiggerPockets to help fill the gaps in what you don’t know or can’t do. Although Harold didn’t know exactly what he was doing, he asked questions in the forums. He met local investors and asked for vendor recommendations and even found a partner willing to fund the deal, all through networking on BiggerPockets.
Let’s wrap things up with two simple questions. Number one, do you want to make 2022 the year that changes everything for you? And number two, do you believe that if you have the right why, a full commitment from yourself, the right goals, the right plan, take the right actions and stay persistent long enough, that you’ll find the success you want? If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. If you answered yes to those questions, let’s look at some tools that can help you minimize risk, increase your confidence and blast off in 2022.
If you decided that this is something you really want to do, here’s a way that you can actually commit to doing it and tools that will help you to accomplish it. BiggerPockets has a pro membership that helps you become a better real estate investor. That’s frankly what it is. BiggerPockets pro helps you analyze properties and get your next deal faster. You can analyze investment properties in minutes and determine which ones are worth pursuing with unlimited access to analysis and rent estimator calculators. That’s pretty big. You just saw how quickly I analyzed the deal and I was going slow, because I was talking to you guys about how to do it.
So many questions pop up. Well, how do I know what it’s going to rent for? You can just pop it into that, set in the calculator and it will tell you what it’s going to rent for. Well, but David, what if I can’t trust that? Well, you can trust it in the analysis process. And then once you pursue that property, if you actually get your offer accepted, you can go to a property manager and you can verify all the stuff that you found on the calculator. That’s how most of us do all of our work. This is the example of the calculator that we just went over. They help you by providing you with that, so you know everything that you need to look into to analyze a deal.
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And then you can accurately estimate rental rates based on local property comps. Just like I showed you. Listing recency and proximity to your location using the BiggerPockets rent estimator tool. That was the tool that we went in that showed us what the rent would be on that property Louisville. And then I adjusted it to show, hey, it’s a one bedroom, one bathroom, not a two bedroom, two bathroom. All right, but what’s the number one reason to consider going pro? It works.
Let’s hear from Erin Caralhow, the BiggerPockets calculators are my go-to for analyzing potential properties. There’s no way I can analyze the volume of properties I do without being a pro member. I locked up my first three unit almost a year ago that I’m now selling for almost a 70K profit, that will go towards something larger. The BiggerPockets calculators were a huge factor in making sure my numbers were right.
Back in June I attended one of your webinars, right afterwards, I signed up for pro, and the next couple weeks I analyzed a bunch of deals. Eventually I found a fourplex. I got it under contract through weeks after signing up for pro. And a week later, I closed on another property that was six units. Big thank you to you and the entire team. Final quick tip, sign it for pro annual. I made my money back at the closing table. That’s from Patrick Menefy, another pro member.
Now, if you guys would like a discount because you have sat through this entire webinar, I’ve got one for you. If you guys register now, you’ll save 20% on the price of the pro annual membership, which is already really cheap as you’re going to find out. How much is it? Well, I pay for a premium membership, which is $1,200 a year. That’s what you do if you’re a vendor. If you sell houses, if you do loans and you’re a business person on BiggerPockets, it’s $1,200. But if you’re looking for a, the pro membership, which is for pure real estate investors, it’s only $390 a year. That’s how much the nail gun costs in this case.
That’s about a third to a quarter of what you’re going to pay for an appraisal on a property you put under contract. This is almost nothing when you look at the total cost that you’re going to be spending when you’re investing in real estate. But if you’re buying it now, it’s not 390, it’s 312. Because you sat through the webinar and you showed that you were committed and you stayed all the way to the end, just like I asked you to, so I get to reward you with a pretty sweet discount. You need to use the code on the screen. I want you guys to take a picture of that because we’re going to walk through how you guys can sign up if you’d like to do that.
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All right, now let’s talk briefly before you move on from this about your options. You’re going to get an annual option and a monthly option. If you choose annual, you’ll get all the bonuses we talked about. If you choose monthly, you can still be pro, but the bonuses aren’t going to be included. Now, what if you’re already pro? Well, you’re not going to get screwed. If you go to biggerpockets.com/pro/videos, you can get the bonus video content we described. You can also go to biggerpockets.com/bootcamp if you’re already pro and get information about those. Go ahead and take a picture of the screen if you’re already a pro member.
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And what do you know? Jim Rohn, there to say my favorite quote. Okay. Now I promise you guys door prizes if you stuck around. Let’s get into that. If you’d like a copy of these slides, go to biggerpockets.com/2022slides. I do this because I know I talk fast. And so many of you were like, I wasn’t ready. You went too quick. Well, don’t worry, you can get the slides and you can go over it. Door prize number two, the workbook that we talked about, where you can track your laps funnel. Go to biggerpockets.com/2022workbook.
All right, we’ve got some time to take a couple questions as a few more people are checking on the poll. Let’s go to the chat and let’s see who’s been asking what. All right. Alicia says, which is a better route to take, the pro upgrade or the bootcamp including pro? All right. Well, that’s actually an easy question, Alicia, because you have to be pro to be able to go to the boot camp. Sign up for pro with your discount and then you’re eligible to sign up for the bootcamp. It’s not either or thing, only pro members are allowed to register for these boot camps.
Jackson says, I love your bold head, needed to hear that bro. Thank you very much. A lot of people here that are already pro that just shows that they get a lot of value out of it and they like it here. All right. One of the questions, what is the stack? Because I actually didn’t get into that. The stack is a concept where you build momentum investing in real estate. You buy a single family house, then a duplex, then a fourplex and an eightplex and a 16-plex. The idea is you’re always going big and challenging yourself, but it’s never so big that it would cause you to fail. You’re just incrementally doubling however many units you’re buying every single year.
The sooner you start that, the sooner that you get to the end. It’s like that story of, would you rather have a million dollars or double a penny every day for 30 days? And at the end you make way more if you double the penny, but it just depends on you got to have 30 days, because if you only gave yourself 27 days, it wouldn’t be nearly as big. All right, questions are rolling in here. Are you lending in Texas? Yes, I am, Lynnelle. If anybody here would like to get in touch with me about getting a loan, message me on BiggerPockets or DM me on social media. I am happy to do so.
If you’re like me and you are in position where you can’t get more loans, we have a product that uses the income from the property, not the income from yourself, which is what I use when I’m buying properties now as well, because I have too many to get regular financing. We’ve got you taken care of. Message me and I will get you connected. You can get started that way too. Ivan George of Bourbon, is it best to have real estate license before starting any real estate business? Absolutely not. A license is if you want to sell real estate. If you’re just looking to own it, invest in it, make money from flipping it, you don’t need a license at all.
Bonita. Good question. What should the cash on cash percentage that you use be? Well that’s different for everybody. Okay? That one we looked at is incredibly high, 33%. That’s like in three years you make all your money back. That’s very difficult to find. That’s a very strong cash on cash return. I often buy properties that have a four, five or 6% cash on cash return, but they’re in great areas where that return will increase every single year, because rents will go up more. I can’t give you a number that you should use, but I can tell you that in general, you don’t want to buy anything that you’re going to lose money on.
What would be better is if you just pick your market, so let’s say you wanted to invest in Louisville. If you do message me, because I can connect you with the realtor out there, or you can use the BiggerPockets agent, find your tool, to find a realtor in any market that you want to invest in. Analyze a lot of deals, see what you can expect, what the average cash on cash return is and then look for something better than that, that’s still in a good neighborhood. All right, Maria or Mario, I’m in San Jose, a lender here is telling me I need 50% down for an FHA loan on a duplex. That doesn’t sound right to me. Is this true?
Mario, probably we’d have to look at it a little bit more. Oftentimes those multifamily properties do have different rules for FHA loans, but if you message us and I’ll have one of my guys look into that for you. Elmer, cash out refi to build a ADU or for down on my first investment home? Great question. Here’s my thoughts on ADUs versus buying another property. A lot of people look at, I can build an ADU and I can improve the property. The problem is you can’t finance ADUs. That you got to build it from the ground up in most cases. I haven’t come across a company that does 30 year loans on ADUs like you can on a regular property.
If you pull a hundred grand out of your house and you have to spend the whole thing on the ADU, your cash on cash return ends up really low, because you put $100,000 down. You’d have been better off putting $100,000 down on a $500,000 investment property instead of using it to build $100,000 ADU. You’d make more money and it’s going to go up over time. In those cases, I’m way more bullish about, hey, buy another property, don’t build the ADU from scratch. How do I use the calculator with the home equity loan, which is a 10 year term interest only? I don’t know that you’d have to use a calculator for that.
There’s an app on my phone I use called Mortgage Calculator Plus, and you can use that or you can just ask the bank who’s doing your HELOC, what your payment would be for that one. Enrique says, hey David, I currently own a co-op that’s fully paid for. The value of the home is probably 130K, should I pull out money to purchase my first investment? Or should I sell and find a multifamily and house hack? Enrique, it depends. If you love the property, keep it in refinance. If you don’t love the area, if you don’t love the property, if it’s got some deferred maintenance you don’t want to deal with, I would prefer selling it and using the down payment to get several homes.
If you’re going to get a house hack, you can use an FHA loan or a 5% down conventional loan and you don’t need to use the whole 130. In fact, you might buy another house hack every year for the first five to seven years, with that same $130,000, you just put 5% down every single time. You could probably take that money and fund the next five to 10 purchases you have just off of that. That’s the direction that I would lead you to go in. Rodrick, how can we get a real estate agent that can help you while you’re out of state?
Well, you can go to the BiggerPockets agent finder. When I clicked on tools, instead of the calculators, you can see that there’s an agent finder there and you can do it that way. Or you can email me or message me and tell me which area, and if I know an agent there that’s good, I’ll put you in touch with them. Lilas, how do you juggle all your positions? Well, that’s because I have people that help me with my calendar, and I also focus on the main things. What I’ve realized is that, you build money in real estate over time in buying in good areas.
If you buy the right property, the cash flows in the right area and you just wait, it will do really well. I focus way more on finding leads, analyzing them, pursuing them, and then wrapping them up, putting them in contract and hiring a property manager to manage it and then getting right back into those activities that will get me the next one. I put way less effort into the actual management of the property, the little tiny minutia, the nitty gritty. There’s people that might save more on maintenance than I do, because I typically just be like, yeah, go ahead and fix it. But I put more of my time into getting more properties under contract.
A lot of my businesses work that way. I focus more on clients into contract. When I’m taking listings, I focus more on selling them for as much as possible, so that we can get referrals and help that client reinvest their money instead of just having a good experience, but we don’t really do much for the money. I think the reason that I’m able to juggle all these different things, is that I figure out what is the most important stuff to do and I focus on that the most. Tom, I am lending in Washington, anywhere in Washington, we can do that. If you’re a student athlete with no cash, how should I go about starting my real estate journey, other than my education, which I already do?
Well, one thing would be you could start saving up money. I always recommend that to people. Another one could be, if you get really good at this, if you analyze enough deals and people trust you, you could find somebody else who does have money, but doesn’t know how to find real estate and you could be the brains of the operation and they could be the finances. All right, one last question here. What is the best time of year to buy? All right. That’s funny. Also Raquel said, you know this is recorded. He’s not really there. Well, I’m here. I just read that Raquel. Although Raquel’s the only one that will know that I’m really here. Everyone else won’t really know.
When is the best time of year to buy? It’s right in the holiday season, right? If you’re in the winter months, that’s really the best time that you should be buying. When you get into the springtime is when everybody else is buying and you have the most competition, that’s usually the best time of year to sell. The time you should be buying is when you don’t want to be. And the time that you should be selling is in the spring time. Nobody wants to be out there looking at property in the winter time, but I’m always selling clients during the winter months, now is when you need to be hitting me up, because we can actually get you in contract. And when the spring comes, it’s boom. Almost always instant equity because prices go up so much.
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Okay. And that was our show. That’s a webinar right there. There’s always a little bit of fear that goes into making those because the transparency that I have to have when I’m doing it is a little bit scary. Showing people what my goals are and the mistakes that are made. The reason I’m sharing this is I know that’s the same thing you’re feeling. Everybody always has fears of not doing it perfectly and making mistakes, but there’s also a fear of not doing anything. We call it analysis paralysis, when you get stuck thinking about what you want to do, but not doing anything. The best way to shock yourself out of analysis paralysis is to go do something. If you want to start working out more, just get to the gym. Once you’re there, things tend to fall into place.
And if you want to get financially fit, get in the process of the lapse funnel, find leads, analyze them, pursue the ones that make sense, and then start to have success. You can do this if you commit to doing it, you will do it if you commit to doing it. People that are less dedicated, less intelligent and less driven than you have done it. So you can do it too. I want to thank you all for listening to this and sticking along with me.
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