It’s Really Not Something A Woman Can Do

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“It’s really not something a woman can do,” or at least that is what they used to tell Anne Royall. Ever heard of her? More on that later…

All my life I’ve heard people saying why things couldn’t be done. There’s never a shortage of people who are scared to take a risk, with fear of failure holding them back from all of life’s great promises and rewards. We all have people like this in our lives.

Often times, it is our friends and family members who want to keep us safe that actually hold us back. They don’t really mean any harm, but if you are surrounded by too many people who tell you something cannot be done, then most likely they are going to be right and you are not going to do it.

And most of them right now are saying you should not become a real estate investor. They don’t know how many articles you have read on the internet, or that you purchased a solid course on how to buy and sell real estate. They haven’t looked at homes for sale in their local communities, or created checklists of how to go about being a successful investor. They just know that if you get started, you will fail.

Real Estate Investment Requires Action

Real estate investment is not magic. It also does not require the mind of a rocket scientist. Smart real estate investment is about observing the world around you, making a study of living patterns and population trends, identifying values based upon supply and demand, and then taking an action to become involved.

It’s the action step that stops 99% of all would-be real estate investors. It’s not money. It’s not credit. It’s not market timing, or interest rates, or tax laws, or even intelligence. No, most people allow fear of failure to stop them from taking the first step.

So the thought for today is this. If you are thinking about becoming a real estate investor and you’ve been doing your homework, what is going to stop you from “pulling the trigger” and getting started? Are you going to join the “wanna be” group, or is 2011 the year that you will get started creating the wealth that you need to retire?

Something A Woman Can Do

Were you wondering about Anne Royall? She was the first woman reporter in the US and was told time and again that she could not interview the President. You see, back in the 1820s, there were no female reporters, but Anne Royall certainly wanted to be one. And she wanted to interview the President bad enough that she chose to ignore the people who said it couldn’t be done.

Anne heard rumors that the President, John Quincy Adams, liked to swim nude in the Potomac RiverĀ  early every morning at 5:00 a.m., and this gave her an idea.

She went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until the President agreed to her interview. Before this, no female had interviewed a president. More importantly, once President Adams got over the embarrassment, he forgave her for the river interview and dubbed her “the virago errant in enchanted armour.” (I’ll let you Google that one!)

About Author

Joe Manausa, MBA is a 20+ year veteran of real estate brokerage in the State of Florida and has been investing in real estate since 1992. He is a daily blogger with content that focuses on real estate analytics and investing in the residential market.

5 Comments

  1. Hi Joe,

    This is some great advice. Anyone can invest in real estate, male or female, and the most important thing is to just get started. At the beginning I wanted to make sure I got THE deal, but in retrospect the most important thing is to get A deal. Once you know the basics, just get started, and you’ll learn the rest along the way.

    Speaking of being something women can’t do, my property manager is a woman and deals with all the headaches I don’t want to. Women can certainly make it in this business, and their charm is often great for finding the right tenants.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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