Last week I was at a four day marketing boot camp. Besides the information I learned, the best part of these types of events is hanging around other “players” in this business….positive people who are closing deals and making money. If you haven’t already figured it out, the way to faster success is to associate with other like minded and successful people. If you hang out with poor people, you’re most likely going to be poor. Just like if you hang out with meth addicts, you’ll turn into a druggie.
As we get closer to the end of the year, I would recommend putting the following at the top of your “to do” list for 2009: Join a mastermind group. It can be local where you meet in person or national where you do teleconferencing. But whatever you do, find a group of people and get together on a regular basis. Also, find people who are more successful than you, to be in your group (the dumbest thing I see people do is to take advice from people who make less money than them). Since the game of business is measured by dollars and cents, the only people I ever get advice from are those with a larger bank account than me.
Another thing I want people to do is to take responsibility for your life (the rest of this post is in response to a ton of emails I’ve been getting lately). Most people know that I started out investing in real estate while I was in college. I was broke. Because I was broke I was forced to be creative, which was a blessing in disguise. I’m getting a ton of emails lately where people are whining about how they’re broke and can’t get started in the business now. If you’re broke, that is the number one reason to get started now. If you do nothing, you’ll continue to stay broke (The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. So are you going to your cubicle job everyday, expecting a different result?).
It all comes down to how bad you want it and how big your balls are. 95% of people’s are small, but 5% of people have the guts to get out of their comfort zones, learn creative real estate and spend their time how they wish.
To those 5%, start looking for a mastermind group and it will greatly increase your chances of getting out of the rat race in 2009 (I feel much better now). Oh yeahh, here’s a winning headline for your next postcard “6 Reasons You Can Sell Your House In The Next 11 Days…No Matter What Your Realtor or Mortgage Broker Told You!”……you’re welcome.
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