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How Real Estate Changed My Life (& How It Can Change Yours, Too)

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I was lucky enough to become a professional soccer player at the age of 18, which is something that was my dream, passion, and obsession. It’s all I knew how to do since I was five years old. I sacrificed so much and even quit school at the age of 14 just to follow my dream. Still to this day, that is the biggest achievement of my life. There are so many kids out there dreaming about the big leagues, and I was one of them to actually achieve it. When I did get the gig, I didn’t believe I could secure my and my family’s financial future within 10 years, which is how long a typical soccer player’s career lasts. So I reluctantly decided to hang up the boots. That was soul-crushing because it was all I knew how to do. I had no formal education, so what was I going to do?

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I worked on dirty construction sites laboring just to make ends meet, but I knew that there was something bigger and better out there. I thought to myself, “How can I make money work for me instead of me working for money?” From there, I caught the real estate bug. I immersed myself in anything and everything related to real estate. I was obsessed with real estate as much as I was obsessed with soccer. Real estate became my new passion. I loved it, I lived it, I breathed it, I ate it. My whole life revolved around it.

Finding Passion in Real Estate

Fast forward to where I am today, and it’s given me financial freedom and passive income. It allows me to do what I want to do. It allows me to go wherever I want to go. It’s a humbling experience knowing that you are financially secure, that you can help your loved ones, and that you have a business that supports other people and their families. There is also a satisfaction and fulfillment knowing that you are looking after all of the people investing in you.

Related: Developing Your “Why”: How to Work for MORE Than Just Money

I recommend it to absolutely everyone. Once you catch the real estate bug and start that path of buying, fixing and flipping your first property or buying, fixing and holding and getting that first rental check, I guarantee you will not want to go back to anything else. Look, if you lose money, that is great—I lost money when I started too. Learn from your mistakes, pick yourself back up, keep moving forward. The name of the game is making more money than you lose.

There is a saying that I love: Make a passion an obsession and you’ll never work a day in your life. I was obsessed with soccer and it didn’t feel like work to me. Now, I’m obsessed with real estate and it does not feel like work to me. So that is my message to you: If you can transition your passion into an obsession, you’re going to live happily ever after.

Hope you enjoyed this and found something useful in my message.

I’d love to hear from you or if I can help you in any way comment below.  

Engelo Rumora, a.k.a."the Real Estate Dingo," quit school at the age of 14 and played professional soccer at the age of 18. From there, he began to invest in real estate. He now owns real estate al...
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    Barry H. Investor from Scottsdale, AZ
    Replied over 2 years ago
    ENGELO….Inspiring article. I had your same experience, though my sport was not soccer. Your summary statement regarding passion rings very true. I retired at an early age after making a few mistakes with my real estate investing. However, my passion to never again work for someone else pushed me to learn from those mistakes. I now find myself in a unique category of too young to hang out with my peers because most are chained to a desk, construction site, or some other form of slavery. Some LOVE what they do for a living and I am admittedly envious, because I was not able to find that type of joy and passion when working for someone else. Your passion and dedication to being a MASTER in the game of soccer gave you a recipe for success in all you do. You should be praised for sharing your passion with others to help them succeed financially….IF they want it.
    Chris Ayers Rental Property Investor from Warrenton, VA
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Follow your passion … ehh only if its profitable. You ran into the exact trap Mike Rowe talked about. Your passion of soccer was great until you found out it wasn’t profitable. At least your new passion makes a few bucks.