Money and a job. Talk to a local lender and see where you stand in their eyes.
As Warren Buffett stated, "Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing." Whatever strategy you are looking to pursue in real estate, there is a ton of information out there: of course here on BiggerPockets, YouTube, local REIA meetings. Gather information, read, listen, then act.
When I started in real estate over 30 years ago, I read any book I could get my hands on. I purchased some late night infomercial real estate courses (like Carlton Sheets,) and then went out there and made it happen.
As Harry Truman stated, "Imperfect action is better than no action at all." :)