If you could do it all over again how would you do it?

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I am a 17 year old high school student who has a strong devotion to real estate and plan on pursuing it for the rest of my life. I've read the basic books and looked into the basic training but i just wanted to know if anyone here on the Bigger Pockets forum could give me an insight on how i could be a better investor/real estate agent. If you could start all over at my age what are some the things you wish you would have done differently ? What choices do you wish you would have made ? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I would have started at your age. I'm glad you've found your calling so young. Best of luck to you.

Instead of going to college to learn to play the violin, I would have become a CPA.  

Similar to Ben, I would have gone into a profession in relation to taxes. As they say, there are only two sure things in life, death and taxes. Might as well be able to master one of the two.

Originally posted by @Greg Baker :

Similar to Ben, I would have gone into a profession in relation to taxes. As they say, there are only two sure things in life, death and taxes. Might as well be able to master one of the two.

 Why would you choose a career related to taxes ? Does it play a big role in real estate investing ? 

Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich :

Instead of going to college to learn to play the violin, I would have become a CPA.  

 I feel I wouldn't be able to excel as a CPA because my math isn't the best, do you have any other careers that you feel would be of good use ?

Well, @Ulysses Arreguin - unfortunately that's a problem. If your math is not good, then REI is totally out of the question :(

Better get good at math and become a CPA.

Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich :

Well, @Ulysses Arreguin - unfortunately that's a problem. If your math is not good, then REI is totally out of the question :(

Better get good at math and become a CPA.

My math is good but not when it's leaning towards calculus and ect, but Its not something I'd enjoy doing that's why I was wondering if you knew of other carrers that would be of benefit to me

@Ulysses Arreguin  - take what Ben (or for that matter anybody) says with a grain of salt.  You don't have to be a calculus whiz to understand the fundamentals of real estate investing or identifying a good deal.  Yes, if you'd like to be a CPA then being great with numbers is pretty much a prerequisite.  However, 99.9% of the math you'll need to be able to do with real estate you will have learned by 8th grade.

The real estate agent that just sold our house in NY could barely bang out an email and it would have killed her to have needed to add two 5 digit numbers together.  But she did an amazing job marketing and selling our house.  She was amazing at writing marketing copy, networking and finding the right people to get through our house.  And when it came time to close she knew who and how to get the right people to right places at the right time.

Identify your strengths and capitalize on them.  Know your weaknesses and work hard to improve them.  There are literally 100's of ways you can be involved in and associated with real estate.

All the best!

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