3 Ways to Succeed Despite Failure (Video With Tim Ferriss!)

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The reason many people don’t get started in real estate is because they’re worried about failing. In this short video with Tim Ferriss, bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich and most recently Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, we explore the idea that failure isn’t necessarily bad—and that embracing it can actually help you reach bigger success more quickly and more easily.

So what should newbies focus on when seeking success in real estate investing?

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3 Ways to Succeed Despite Failure (Video With Tim Ferriss!)

According to Tim Ferriss, if you do your homework and

  1. Focus on projects that help you build skills and relationships,
  2. Occasionally think very big and aim very big (within reason), and
  3. Always try to cap your downside (meaning manage risk),

…it’s hard to fail. A big proponent of this mentality is Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert. For more of his philosophies, check out this article. The point is that the path to success always involves getting started and making lots of mistakes, which allows you to succeed even if you fail.

Want to hear more of our interview with Tim Ferriss?

Check out BiggerPockets Podcast 254 for a 2+ hour conversation on the patterns and habits that help high achievers attain their goals.

About Author

Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. He began buying rental properties and flipping houses at age 21, discovering he didn’t need to work 40 years at a corporate job to have “the good life.” Today, with nearly 100 rental units and dozens of rehabs under his belt, he continues to invest in real estate while also showing others the power, and impact, of financial freedom. His writings have been featured on Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, FoxNews.com, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media. He is the author of The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down, The Book on Rental Property Investing, and co-author of The Book on Managing Rental Properties, which he wrote alongside his wife, Heather. A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with his wife Heather and daughter Rosie) splits his time between his home in Washington State and various destinations around the globe.


  1. Erika G.

    Failure is something that you can use to do better next time. It is not always a bad thing to fail. In fact, it is one way of showing that you are eager to succeed because you weren’t afraid to try. The good thing about this post is that it also teaches you how to avoid it.

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