One Word Stands Between You and the Life of Your Dreams

One Word Stands Between You and the Life of Your Dreams

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Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and podcaster. He is a nationally recognized leader in the real estate education space and has taught millions of people how to find, finance, and manage real estate investments.

Brandon began buying rental properties and flipping houses at the age of 21. He started with a single family home, where he rented out the bedrooms, but quickly moved on to a duplex, where he lived in half and rented out the other half.

From there, Brandon began buying both single family and multifamily rental properties, as well as fix and flipping single family homes in Washington state. Later, he expanded to larger apartments and mobile home parks across the country.

Today, Brandon is the managing member at Open Door Capital, where he raises money to purchase and turn around large mobile home parks and apartment complexes. He owns nearly 300 units across four states.

In addition to real estate investing experience, Brandon is also a best-selling author, having published four full-length non-fiction books, two e-books, and two personal development daily success journals. He has sold more than 400,000 books worldwide. His top-selling title, The Book on Rental Property Investing, is consistently ranked in the top 50 of all business books in the world on, having also garnered nearly 700 five-star reviews on the Amazon platform.

In addition to books, Brandon also publishes regular audio and video content that reaches millions each year. His videos on YouTube have been watched cumulatively more than 10,000,000 times, and the podcast he hosts weekly, the BiggerPockets Podcast, is the top-ranked real estate podcast in the world, with more than 75,000,000 downloads over 350 unique episodes. The show also has over 10,000 five-star reviews in iTunes and is consistently in the top 10 of all business podcasts on iTunes.

A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with Heather and daughter Rosie and son Wilder) spends his time surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and swimming in the ocean near his home in Maui, Hawaii.

Brandon’s writing has been featured on,,, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media.

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When I first started my business, I quickly realized three things—any of which could’ve destroyed my dreams:

  1. I had no money.
  2. I had no experience.
  3. I had no ability.

Can you relate? For your sake, I hope not. But even if you can, let me assure you, you can be successful.

Whether you’re trying to get through college, build a new business, run a marathon, backpack through Europe for a year, learn to surf—whatever it is you are trying to do in life, you can succeed.

But chances are you don’t currently have everything you think you need to make it. Maybe you don’t have the skill. Or the strength. Or the free time. Or any money.

And like me, maybe you’ve thought about throwing in the towel a couple times, giving up and going back to the things that you do have. Like television. And Netflix. And late nights. And sleeping in.

Maybe, like most of the world, you’ll fall back on the odd chance you’ll get lucky someday and suddenly find yourself living the dream. Maybe you’ll naturally get more free time. Maybe you’ll naturally find the money to start a business.

But I think we both know that’s likely never going to happen.

Like Jim Rohn says, “Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

What’s the Most Powerful Word in the English Language?

Sadly, many people evaluate their situation and decide that they don’t have the ability to do whatever it is they’re trying to do. So, they give up—on their dreams, their ambitions, the incredible life they envisioned.

But some—a select few—they learn to harness the power of the No. 1 most important word in the English language: “How?”

HOW do I build this business despite my lack of money?

HOW do I run this marathon despite my lack of time to train?

HOW do I deepen my spiritual walk?

HOW do I become a better husband to my wife, a better father to my kids?

HOW do I reach my dreams and achieve the life I was meant to live?

The word “how” transforms your brain from something passive to something active. It forces you to come up with solutions.

It forces you to say no to “no,” to say yes to pushing through, to expand your mind so it no longer is confined to the limits placed on it by our parents, our culture, our limiting beliefs.

In other words, “how” is the most important word in the English language because it transforms the soul from a passenger in life to the driver of the vehicle. “How” makes it all possible.

Start asking the all-important “how” question, then prepare for your life to radically change. Shout it into the universe and be prepared for the incredible machine between your ears to start answering you.

The more you ask it, the more you focus on it, the more you obsess about it, the clearer the answers will become. And it all begins with “how.”

Related: 21 Quotes to Keep You Going — Even When the Entrepreneurial Life Gets Tough

How are you going to transform your life, starting today?

Write down your commitment in the comments below.