How to Never “Work” Another Day In Your Life…

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I had just hit the snooze button for the third time…

Although I had a busy day ahead of me which I knew would be good for my business, I dreaded the thought of even getting out of bed and going to work.

For some reason that particular morning, I just couldn’t stand the thought of getting up out of bed going through my normal morning routine, kissing the wife and kids goodbye and heading off to a job that I had over the course of the previous few months had very little interest in doing.

I hated the thought of telling my kids to “follow their dreams” and here I was not even doing it. Frankly, I felt like a fraud for not pursuing what I really wanted in life and could be totally passionate about.

For some reason that day, I just hated the thought of getting in my van and making another pitch for a product and service I no longer had passion for.

I was just burnt out.

Something had to change.

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Big Changes on The Way to The Same Thing

Rewind a few years prior, I had just departed my family’s flooring business, moved to a new town and started looking for work. I actually started interviewing for jobs with flooring manufacturers after running my family’s business!

I soon found that I was actually over-qualified for some of the jobs I was interviewing for. Needless to say, I didn’t get any job offers.

After the fourth interviewer had told me I was over qualified for working for them, I thought to myself: “Why the hell am I trying to go work for someone else? I should just start up my own flooring business!”

After all, I was a flooring guy, right?

So I did start my own franchised flooring business and made it pretty darned successful.

But two years later, there I was lying in bed, feeling completely trapped and unfulfilled. I was right back to doing the same thing I was doing before.

Worst of all, I was lying to myself. I was back to doing a “job” even though that job was my own business, it was still a J-O-B because I had no passion and no enthusiasm for it whatsoever.

Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day the Rest of Your Life

I had always been fascinated by real estate though…

I had tried to sweep it under the carpet…because I was a flooring guy.

But was I?

Deep down, I knew I wasn’t really a flooring guy, it’s just what I did for work. But after that first little taste back in the late 90s, I had gotten a glimpse of what it was all about.

And that little taste had convinced me that what I really wanted was to be a real estate investor. But for some reason something for the last year or two I had stifled it.

But here it was coming back again….

“What Are You Gonna Do, It’s All You Know”

It’s not like I hated my job – it was just that I was tired of doing something that I didn’t really love to do anymore. The only reason I had done it is because up until that point, it was all I knew.

But just because people kept telling me I should stay in flooring because it was “all I knew” – I knew that was no reason to not do what you love.

Deep down, I knew I could do it – I just had no idea HOW to do it.

Plus, I had just turned 40 and I was at the point in my life where I was about halfway through my work life. And I thought to myself: is this all there is?

It wasn’t about the money at all. It was about passion. I am confident I could have made that business into a million dollar business – I’m convinced of it. In fact, I was already halfway there. I just had zero interest in doing that.

I knew what I wanted to do – and it had nothing to do with money. Sure, I knew plenty of people “making a killing” in real estate investing. But that wasn’t it. It wasn’t about the money, it was all about doing what you love to do.

Passion and Hard Work Beats Cluelessness Every Time

I knew what I wanted, but there was just one problem. I had no idea how to get there and how to do it while supporting my family. After all, I was completely switching careers and taking this flyer in the real estate investing business without a real safety net – which quite honestly, scared the crap out of me…

Later that day, after a long talk with my wife – “the day of the alarm clock”, I made the decision to wind down my flooring business and make plans to go headlong into the real estate investing business.

And although success did not happen immediately, I could actually say I was a full-time real estate investor – and best of all, I was doing what I loved to do…and still do to this day.

Not too shabby for “a flooring guy”.

Are you doing what you really love to do? Are you not listening to that inner voice that’s been telling you to follow your passion? Or have you done it, made the scary leap and never looked back?

Please leave a comment below and share YOUR story of how you did it or if you haven’t done it yet, leave a comment as well. Perhaps together, we can get you to follow that inner voice and pursue your dream too…

Photo: Indy Kethdy

About Author

Mike LaCava

Michael LaCava is a full time real estate investor, house flipping coach and the President of Hold Em Realty located in Wareham, MA. He runs the website House Flipping School to teach new real estate investors how to flip houses and is the author of "How to Flip a House in 5 Simple Steps".

73 Comments

  1. Melodee Lucido on

    Michael,

    I’ve earned as a writer that it’s important to communicate in a way that the reader can feel the emotions—and even relate in some way. You did this beautifully in this post.

    My story is kind weird. I was riding in the backseat on a family trip when I was about 10 yrs old. Staring out the window I would see little abandoned houses—in really bad condition. I remember like it was last week thinking I could go and fix that little house up and live in it or sell it to someone that needs it.

    In my early twenties my husband and I were looking at houses to buy and I wanted a fixer on the hill in Ventura Ca (which is now like GOLD) but he said no those were old & too much work. I tried to talk him into going to an investing seminar but he wasn’t interested.

    Being a woman in the smoke trail of the 50’s I dutifully acquiesced to his wishes. What a WIMP!!! Wish I woulda gone forward with my gut.

    But it’s all good because those memories drive me forward to fulfilling my life long dreams of succeeding in real estate.

    I had a couple deals fall apart this week and I was disappointed for about 30 minutes and then got back to my motto—even a bad day in crei is better than a good day at the j.o.b.

    Thanks Michael

    • Thanks for sharing that Melodee. That is so cool that at such an early age of 10 you had that vision. Sorry those deals fell apart and this business can be challenging for sure but don’t you just love it when things go right. I think we tend to focus sometimes more on the stuff that goes wrong and not enough time on the stuff that goes right but I am always trying to do better at that. Great job turning it around in 30 minutes. No sense and gloating about it It won’t get you a deal.You working on anything right now?

  2. As a sidekick,I started at age 28, with an 8 plex, 1 bd rm each, in 1969 for 24k total price, is not so good neighborhood, but as a learrning experience. Than to 12 units in 1982, and to commercial in 2001……
    But had a full time job as an engineer, and as professor With investment income, retired at age 50.

  3. I have been working in a job I hate for 12 years. I am 42 with 3 small kids, which is the only reason I still work in my JOB. In 2005 I was doing well in my quest to invest in RE and had 4 rentals and was about to make my move into rehabbing, when, the market crashed, all my credit lines were closed (which killed my debt to income and my credit score) and eventually led to Chapter 7. I didn’t give up and thought that I could start over in multifamily. After reading and learning for 2 years I had exhausted all attempts at financing something and realized that I had to get some serious funds together for a down payment. I got my RE license and have been working my butt off in regular RE sales to try and build up some funds to by some small multifamily buildings. I have seen some incredible opportunities and have been unable to pull the trigger due to the mess in my past. So, I have not given up, but am still struggling to make something work after about 8 years at this……I’m getting tired working a JOB and real estate.

    Thanks for the article!

    • Chris:
      Hook up with your local real estate investors groups (you can find them at http://www.NationalREIA.com) and local landlords associations. You will learn about your local market and who the buyers in your area are. When you run across deals that you can’t handle, other investors will buy them from you. Great way to start accumulating investing cash.

      Plus, there are plenty of ways to buy real estate without going to a bank. We haven’t used a bank since 2008. This is what you need to study to get going TODAY in your investing business.

      Here’s wishing you tremendous investing success!

    • You’re welcome Chris. Keep pushing forward and never give up. You might want to consider partnering with someone with good credit or a money person. You put the deal together and you can both share in the profits. There are many ways to do this and it is a great way to get going until you can do it on your own or you might just keep the building on the relationship and making you both some good returns.
      Keep at it & if you have any questions please let me know.

  4. Great Post.

    My story started in September of 2012….I got laid off from my medical sales position, I had been in sales for 10 years, real estate and medical (i’m 30yrs old) straight from college and kept doing it even though I really hated it, but I was good at it, so I just kept rolling with it. I had always had an affinity for real estate and investing. I saw a lot of it in my RE agent days working for investors that were doing flips/rentals and I had always wanted to do it but didn’t know how to make the plunge, no money etc…So there I was laid off from sales, feeding my newborn daughter at 330am in the morning, an infomercial comes on tv for a Scott Mcgillivray investor seminar in Hartford CT for that coming weekend…Call now to reserve your free spot blah blah blah….I thought maybe it was a sign, so I called and reserved my spot…and while the seminar was just a sales pitch for all their programs it did have some useful info and one very important thing, MOTIVATION. i decided that day when I left, I’M DOING THIS, WHATEVER IT TAKES. I closed on my first property this past January (took me a few months to start hunting properties, raising money etc…) and now I own 27 units and counting in the last 6 months.

    To me its not rocket science, with a little motivation and passion any one can do it! You just have to have the guts to make the jump and take a chance. Life is toooooo short!

      • Hi Mike, thanks! I own a 6, 11, 3, 3, 2, & 2 family…the 6 and 11 were basically fully rented but were reo’s/short sales that just need some proper management. The smaller ones were also reo’s/short sales that were in need of rehab…fixed them up and have them all rented as of now. I am investing in Connecticut. Currently prices are low and the rental market has always been good in my area so its a win-win right now. I have a good private lending company which helps. Once I got the ball rolling its a pretty smooth process now. Starting to get low on inventory right now though, honestly if I was a year earlier I’d be absolutely killing it cash-flow wise, the 6 properties I’ve got were sort of on the tail end of the heavy reo inventory (at least for my area of the state). So now its a little more slim pickings but oh well, cash flow for what i have now is great just wish I could been a little bit quicker to the game as I would be double where im at now, but so far so good!

        • Have you thought about expanding into Western MA? I’m trying to get a rehab business up and running. Maybe we could talk?

        • Jason, no I have not but im always up for a conversation. Feel free to message me privately. Thanks

        • Thats great Glenn – Absolutely amazing what you did in such a short time.
          Congratulations and keep it up. Many ways to find deals outside of MLS.
          Keep it going.

          See you at the top!

          MIke

        • Thanks Mike, yea outside-MLS is the next step in the growth. I havent done much of that yet except a few signs but nothing systematic.

        • Hey Jason where abouts in Western MA are you working?
          I have done some work out in Chicopee and Monson in the past and am currently doing a project in Sturbridge.
          Always like to make local contacts!

        • Jason Brooks on

          Hi Shaun,

          I actually live in Palmer, Ma right in the middle. I have a couple deals I’m working on right now I’d like to JV on as well as some wholesale opportunities coming up.Lot of growth in this market. Foreclosures down 72%, House values up 12% from this time last year, and investors are moving in…The problem for most of them is they are missing anyone I will be marketing to! Let’s talk, look me up on BP and shoot me a colleague request. My number is right on my company page.

        • Jason Brooks on

          I also see that you are an Eastern Ma guy, the deals out here are pretty good am I wrong? You seem to be busy, let’s rock n’ roll on some of these deals!

        • Hey Jason – I know Shaun very well and he is a great guy that can be trusted to do business with.
          Hey Shaun – I have yet to meet Jason but our correspondence tells me he is doing it right and making all the right moves to make it in this business.

        • Thanks Jason. Its a great business and like any business working with people you know like and trust will make for a more pleasant experience.

  5. Hey Mike,

    I enjoy posts like this very much. They keep me motivated to chase that dream…I just received a well deserved promotion at the Audio Visual company I work for, and I was kinda like “eh”. So I understand what you mean about not wanting to get up and do the same thing every day, no matter how good you are at it…

    It’s funny how we all need little reminders like this to stay motivated, not lose focus, and drive out of the “rut” of everyday “work”, into that wide open road of the attainable dream.

    Thanks again.

    ~Shane

    • thanks Shane. We all need motivation including myself. Congrats on your promotion and that does make it more difficult when you are making good money. Don’t give up and keep making steps forward even if they are small steps.

  6. Your story is exactly where I want to be. I wake up every morning thinking I hate my job! Although I am only 24 and just really started working I can wait to be getting into real estate. I just need way more knowledge before u make that leap.. Hopefully soon ill have the right books in my hand to get started eventually!

    • You are young and have your whole life ahead of you but getting started now is easier than later. You have BP and getting educated with the resources here on BP is unlimited.
      Get on the forums and ask any question you want and you will get the answers. Put in keyword searches on what you are interested in to get emailed directly from BP.
      go to your local reia meeting and speak with active investors. many are willing to help.
      Good luck

  7. Michael:
    I was very successful in high end furniture sales and interior design. But, I was over it! So, (because it’s what I knew and what I “did”) I moved to the top furniture/design store in our area and quickly became one of their top performers. Having been a single mom, I knew how to be a motivated sales person.

    Not only was I bored with doing the same thing for years, but there’s only so much money to be made in your waking hours. I knew I’d never have the income or lifestyle I truly wanted and at, at almost 50 (!), I didn’t know how I’d ever be able to comfortably retire and not end up a financial burden on my children.

    So, I started studying the wealthy, the generationally wealthy. How did they get it and how did they keep it? So often, it was real estate. I thought, “I can do that,” though I had no idea how and knew no one doing it.

    One night, on an infomercial, I found Carlton Sheets. I’ve never looked back. Real estate was certainly not a passion for me, I knew nothing about it and had never been exposed other than having bought 2 houses in my lifetime. But, BOY, is it a passion today! I’m so, so thankful that I found real estate.

    Thank you for your post. Love your articles.

        • Wow. That is great. I am working towards that myself thus the name change like you read in our recent BP post. I like the idea of keeping the brokerage separate from the investing business….. You can inbox me more about your coaching so If I know someone in your area I would be happy to send them your way.

          Always a pleasure connecting with you.

    • Karen, you just reminded me as I was reading here how I actually got started. Like you I did the Carleton sheets thing too alongside Tony Robbins goal setting – both on casette tapes and VCR tapes lol! As a coprorate world guy who could get dumped at any time due to the whims of the company – I needed security. So I did my coporate job on the weekends and then put on the hard hat and the tool belt and punched in on the weekends rehabbing houses we bought with all traditional mortgages on the cheap – flipped some, kept some – some of whcih we still have today which is a nice safety net.

      I think the thing that got into my head on real estate at first was reading the Rich Dad Poor Dad series of books – and that line by buckminster Fuller on the definition of wealth not as how much you have but as a definiton of TIME. He said it as:

      “Wealth is a person’s ability to survive so many days forward – so if I stopped working today, how long could I survive?”

      That blew my mind. So if I bought enough rental properties – and the income exceeded my outflow of expenses, then I was rich? Crazy stuff.

      If my expenses were: $3500/month but my rental income after expenses was $3501/month – then I was wealthy? That was the goal I set out to acheive.

      I was determined to do it from then on – thats when I found Sheets stuff and got busy. We finally did it 10 years later – all part time, then I got fired from my corp job just a few years later and then I really needed it! LOL

      Thanks for reminding me and taking me down memory lane!

      • karen rittenhouse

        Ralph:
        What a great story!

        Love this quote: “Wealth is a person’s ability to survive so many days forward.” I’m going to use that one!

        Tony Robbins is our business and personal coach. We’re getting ready for a 10 day event with him on Marco Island, Florida. Nobody like him.

        Thanks for writing!

        • Nice Karen! I’ve never actually seen him live but I must have listened to those tapes 20 times! Is he your business coach for your company? That is pretty awesome.

      • I love that quote as well Ralph. “Wealth is a person’s ability to survive so many days forward”. Looks like I will be putting the math to that one.
        Funny thing about the carleton sheets tapes is that I have them in a box still unopened.
        They might be worth something like my unopened baseball card packs. LOL. When my brother in law found out I was getting started in real estate investing he gave me his sheets collection. I never opened it up but now I am curious.

        • I bet that feels good to have now admitted that in public!Thanks for sharing. I bet you can sell them on eBay for a nice little profit 🙂

      • Hello Adam
        Like any successful business. It takes time and as much as I would like to say I became a millionaire over night. That is not the case. If you look at most successful businesses and talk to the owner you will find a common pattern here.
        Thanks for reading the post.
        You working on any real estate and where?

        • Mike,

          Been an RE agent for almost 10 years now, and owned a freight brokerage for many years before I decided I needed something else.

          I’ve owned a tri plex, but I would say I’m just learning the ropes of investing. I’m located in Fresno, CA between Los Angeles and San Francisco. I’ve always loved real estate, but I must have been distracted because I never bothered to learn the cool stuff.

  8. Great story, Mike. I started seriously looking at Real Estate Investing two years ago and am building my business while still working full time at a W2 job. Since I actually like my job, it’s not as difficult to keep doing it, but I would like to be my own boss someday.

    I’ve had jobs that I have hated in the past, where I started feeling the dread on Sunday night knowing I would be going in to work Monday morning. Thank God I no longer have that feeling, at least.

    • Thats a great position to be in John and many will envy you. You have the best of both worlds where you can enjoy what you do everyday while you are pursuing your real estate investing. Best of luck and would love to hear about your first deal.

      • Michael, my first deal was after ten months of looking for a rental property. Part of it was that it had to be a totally awesome deal because I wanted to prove to my wife from the beginning that it was something that I could make work. It was a true learning experience, that is for sure. Finally found a place that was mis-listed on MLS so it had no interest for six months. Even though it had a sign out front, nobody seemed to notice it but me. SoI got a great deal on the place and have rented it out. More learning and adventures there, but that is for another post on the proper topic.

        • Good point John. That is part of the fear a lot of face when doing something outside our comfort zone. Sometimes is more fear worrying about what others will think if we fail more than failing itself. Well hope your wife approves now once those rental checks start rolling in and you continue to build more passive income.
          Best of luck in getting the bugs worked out and keep pressing forward.

  9. Michael Dorovich on

    Excellent post. You don’t mention how long it took from when you made the decision to go full time to when you were able to sustain yourself as a real estate investor, or how much cash you had to work with when you started. Thanks!

    • Hi Michael – Great points.
      Because I owned my own business I was able to wind it down as oppose to just quit with no income coming in. I tell anybody thinking of quitting completely you should have atleast 1 years salary put aside to fund your living expenses as you build your real estate business.
      I didn’t have much cash but had a little on my HELOC and used some credit cards to get me through.
      Thanks for asking and reading

  10. Hi Michael,

    I come from a management background. Always knew I wanted to be in business and making the decisions but for the longest time was for someone else. Being the guy in charge, I saw the numbers and could see the potential but also knew I wasn’t going to get any further because I was the one in charge and only so many hours in a day. As of about 2 years ago I’ve been working more REI, specifically lease options and preforeclosures, and gradually decreasing my JOB schedule, even switching to a job that allowed me to work less but make decent money for my time. As of three months ago, I am now full time REI. Which is wonderful and am loving it!
    However, now it’s time to get the wife out of her job that she dreads going to on a daily basis. She works in the behavioral health field (mental health) and is just tired of the bureaucratic BS associated with the JOB.
    Wonderful story and thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Roy. Thats great to hear how you transformed from you current job to a full time REI. Its amazing when you have a plan set with goals how things get done.
      A Lot of people dream of doing what you just did so congratulations on taking action and getting it done. I am sure it won’t be long before you help your wife fulfill her goals as well.
      Goals without action are just dreams. What are you investing in now? and where?

  11. Jason Brooks on

    Michael, Excellent story! It’s quite motivating to hear you tell your story.
    My interest in Real Estate started when I became a mortgage broker, I started to research markets and areas, began visiting REIA meetings as a way to generate leads and business as a broker. I feel like I have always had a tugging feeling inside and I would get a little uncomfortable when I heard the term being “on purpose”, or if I was asked what I really wanted to do with my life, if it was my choice and not dictated by the JOB I had. The truth was I was unsure if I had a purpose in the world, when I started researching wealth, and freedom as a principle in the lives of those who were achieving these results, I saw a common thread. Real Estate. The rest is history, I am building my business as we speak, learning every day, making new connections and not a second of the day goes by that I do not feel completely filled with energy and motivation and that burning feeling in the pit of my stomach has become a permanent fixture in my physiology. I work full time in the corporate world for a medical software vendor, I am also very good at what I do, but I am not able to provide my family with the life they deserve as I am the only one who works full time in my household. I support myself, my wife and three children. They don’t ever need for anything, and they never will, but I have no tangible assets, no retirement saved due to some hardships faced along the way, and a less than shoestring budget to build my business on. You would think that may hinder my ability to stay motivated, but not a chance! I am going to build a successful Residential Investment, and Investment Marketing Company that will provide my family with the life they truly deserve! I have built so much momentum I feel that I am absolutely unstoppable. I have had the fortune of meeting some really great people in this business, and Mike I think you are one of those people! I thank you for everything sir! It is a privilege to be able to learn from you.

    • Hey Jason – Your desire will get you there faster than knowledge. Don’t get me wrong I am a big fan of knowledge and always seeking more myself. With all the knowledge in the world and no desire you get nowhere. If you haven’t read the book think and grow rich by napoleon hill I highly recommend it. One of my favorites.
      Thanks for sharing your story.

  12. I have read it numerous times Mike! I have also read Dale Carnegie “How to win friends and Influence People” . Have you ever listened to “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightengale. Another powerful message. “You become what you think about all day long”.

  13. I cant believe I read this article today. I have lost all the passion for my job and am completely unmotivated. Ive dabbled in real estate investing but would love to focus all my energy on it full time I have a family to support and stepping away from steady income and benefits is scary and seems impossible. what do I do? help! – “passionate real investor wanna be”

    • Hello Brian-
      I would suggest you start by checking out all the BP information. Ask questions.
      Check out the blogs and podcast. Find what you like about real estate and start to focus on that niche. It could be you like to wholesale or you like to rehab ugly homes or you want to buy multis and be a landlord. Don’t rush into buying any mega $$$ programs.
      A mentor or coach may be something to consider but depends on yourself and motivation to get things done. Thanks for following and look forward to hearing how you move forward.

  14. Hey Michael, great post! I had a friend in the very same predicament as you: he worked in air conditioning, and even though he ran the company, he didn’t quite enjoy the work. He ended up getting into more environmental work such as conserving energy in homes and developed his own home-related product, co-creating two businesses, and he absolutely loves it. It really is true that the best jobs are the ones you have a passion for; those are the jobs you really want to put the work in for and go above and beyond.Thanks for sharing your story, really inspirational!

  15. Mike,

    Great post! Really hit home.

    I’ve been working a boring 9 to 5 for years and I really want to try something new.

    Being my own boss is something that appeals to me and I’ve always been interested in real estate investing. The only problem is, I don’t know where to start. I feel like there are so many intricate steps and protocol and a lot of paperwork to deal with.

    Something that I really think would be interesting is a sandwich lease-option. I think that would take your whole “never working a day in your life” thing to a whole new level because you’re not really the landlord but you make money each month.

    Just food for thought I guess.

    • Hi Matt – Great place to start is right here on BP and read as much as you can from all the contributors. You can be your own boss if you want to and you have the desire to make it happen. As far as the sandwich lease I have not done those so you may want to reach out to Brian Gibbons or Bill Gulley as they know these strategies for sure.
      Good luck

  16. Hello Mike,

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! It’s truly a wonder to see how your passion has evolved over the years, finally culminating into what you love. I’m currently a college student, so this is really great for me to see that people can actually follow through with their dreams.

    I’ve also recently read your e-book on house flipping. It was very concise, and very helpful when I’m trying to understand the house flipping process. I learned a lot about real estate through your e-book. Thank you and keep up with the great work!

    Sincerely,
    Michela

    • Hello Michela
      Thanks for reading the ebook and I am glad you learned some things about real estate. You are young and it is a great time to think about how you may have real estate play a role in creating wealth in your life. BP is a great place to learn as much as you can for free.

  17. Mike, I really enjoyed your post.
    I am a college student who often tries to plan out my future career plans. Although real estate is not what I plan on doing I can totally relate to this. With the job market now everyone seems to ask me “What is your major?” and “What do you plan to do with that?”. Going into my junior year of college, the pressure is on. I could have picked a path (such as the medical or law field) with a definite promise to make a lot of money. My parents would have been overjoyed. Instead I chose a different major, Communications. I chose passion. I don’t know what the future holds for me but I aim to pick a job that I enjoy instead of feeling bored and trapped in an every-day career. More importantly I want to pick a career that motivates me to push myself into further success.

    Your post really inspired me and reminded me that there are a lot of opportunities out there.
    Thanks!

    • Thats great to hear Marissa. You must make yourself happy before you can help make others happy. You will have no regrets taking that path now because there is nothing worse than saying would of could of should of. The worse thing in failing is never trying.
      Go for what you think you will love and don’t worry about if it doesn’t work out. Best of luck in your career choice and don’t forget to invest the money you make in real estate wisely.

      Thanks for your comments and sharing your story.

  18. Wonderful post Mike! I loved it.
    Good for you on making the transition to doing what you love!
    Your story really resonated with me because of the similarity I felt to your situation last year.
    So, in November 2012 I jumped off the cliff (quit my job) to invest in real estate full time.
    Haven’t looked back, and have not regretted one second of leaving my past career.
    Kudos to you for making it work, Mike!

  19. Great article Mike!

    I do think back to the day my former employer decided my services were no longer needed.
    Didn’t realize it at the time but after my wedding and the birth of my daughters it was probably the best day of my life!

    I was to wimpy to take the leap. The job paid just good enough and the benefits were really good, and with a wife and a young daughter it would have been irresponsible to quit. At least that is what I told myself.
    I wanted to do more with real estate (we had a few rentals already) but just couldn’t get over that hump.

    Well since then I have been much happier doing things that I enjoy far more than the old JOB. I get to spend more time with my family and participate in things with my kids that would have been hard with a ridged corporate schedule.
    Oh and make so much more money doing this that I can’t believe that I thought it was irresponsible to cut off that old income stream!
    We plow most of it back into the business but no fears about paying the bills even if my wife lost her job (which she likes).

    • That’s a great story Shaun and sometimes thats just what you need. I have a feeling you would have eventually got there anyway. That’s a great feeling knowing that even if your wife lost her income things would still be ok. Keep on flipping!!!

  20. Wow, this story is inspirational to me. I have just turned 40 been laid off from a job that I did not like and trying to figure out the next move. I have always been intrigued with real estate but did not know which way to go. Still looking for job in the meantime while I pursue wholesaling.

    Thanks,
    Mike

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