Making Decisions & Taking Action: 2 Factors That Dictate Real Estate Success


G’Day Mates,

How many emails, calls and meetings have you done since reading my last blog? For 10 months I was eating peanut butter and drinking $1 gas station coffees in order to survive. During those depressed times, I was still committing to the numbers daily until my breakthrough moment came. Today, I find myself talking and working with investors from all over the world. I just finished a Skype call with investors from Madagascar and Dubai. We have also been entertaining one of our awesome UK investors for the past 3 days here in Toledo. It has been a “pressed for time” kind of week for us so I hope you still enjoy this blog even though it was composed and submitted last second.

Let’s get into it…

I was reading the other day how experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. We all know that ONE thought. The moment of inspiration where your heart is pumping, your dreams are expanding and for a split second, you experience the feeling of SUCCESS. However, the next thought after that is doubt, fear, and failure. The “what if?”

As some of you may know, we have been looking for an individual to become a part of our company and also to believe in the same bigger picture and vision that we do.

Related: Does Education Paralyze Us? An Argument for Action in Real Estate

Those who know me well and follow my blogs and posts can vouch for the fact that I always emphasize that it comes down to establishing trust and relationships with the right people more so than focusing on the stats and demographics of a particular area or deal.

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The Importance of Making Decisions & Taking Action

With that being said, I would like to bring to your attention to an individual who possessed many of the traits found within our ad, along with two key characteristics found within this blog. This individual that we have decided to take on board and name “The Kid” is now on his way to achieving his goals and dreams.

“The Kid” made a DECISION and took ACTION.

This kid made a decision to leave college; he took a similar path I went down. People may look down on you and think you’re going nowhere in life because you are different or your beliefs are unattainable to them. I was told that I would end up under a bridge. How wrong were they?

It’s what happens next that can make or break an individual.

They say that you need to be very cautious about a warrior trapped in the corner. Desperate times call for desperate measures. His decision after putting formal education on the back burner was to achieve success through real estate.”The Kid” was literally stalking us daily, from sending emails to cold calling our office. He was reaching out to us because of his desperation to grow and learn. Without making a decision and taking action, life can and will come to a halt. You must create opportunity, not wait for it.

If you want to improve your lifestyle and exceed your standards of living, one must adapt to change, and that means making decisions and taking action as soon as the idea has been thought. Do not procrastinate. This kid came to me knowing there was a better life for him. What he was doing now simply was not good enough. And not what he wanted to do. Many people live life like this day in and day out. They have those thoughts that inspire and get their heart pumping (like we mention above), but they fail in taking action on a decision they might have made.

Related: 3 Types of Paralyzed Real Estate Investors (& How to Overcome Inaction)


Please take serious consideration into the following. Make a decision today, take immediate action on that decision, and have faith in the process. Accept that no matter what happens, every experience is a good experience. Learn and grow.

I’ll leave you with the following quotes:

“Being average is a plan for failure.”

“It’s impossible, ” said pride.
“It’s risky,” said experience.
“It’s pointless,” says reason.
“Give it a try,” whispered the heart.

When in your real estate career have you put it all on the line and made a decision to take action?

Leave your comments below!

About Author

Engelo Rumora

Engelo Rumora is the CEO/Founder of Ohio Cashflow and a successful property investor that quit school at the age of 14. He is known for buying “Australia’s Cheapest House” and building a property portfolio valued at over $1,000,000 in only 6 months. To find out more go to


  1. Ross ellington

    My friend, another good blog. You’re right about the burning desire that leads to action. I think for me it was that moment when I became disgusted with what I had been allowing to be my lifestyle for all those years. And of course lack of action was the result and lack of desire the root of the cause of all that. In that moment Real Estate came in and I guess was that connection I needed and became that burning desire. You mentioned Think and Grow Rich in your podcast, and Napoleon mentions the importance of desire. I think for me desire was fueled by the disgust 🙂 I’ve got a quote that I believe in, maybe you’ve heard it. ” I’ll do today what others won’t so I’ll have tomorrow what others don’t” Have a wonderful day.

    • Engelo Rumora

      Hey mate Ross 😉

      Love it dude,

      I 100% feel what you’re saying.

      Very similar story with me just not so much disgust but more “pain”. I had a very rough patch a couple years back. Lots of mistakes made and lots of pain and suffering that forced me into the Stoic mindset I now possess (Google Stoicism, I am sure you will find it interesting).

      Awesome quote and I know it well.

      Here is another one for your “There is NO limit to what you can do, the only limit is YOU”

      Pump the day mate. Saturdays and Sundays are what make the difference 🙂

        • Engelo Rumora

          Yep 🙂

          I am not

          Having trouble finishing most books I start, the last thing on my mind is reading after a grueling day 🙁

          I am still piling up on books for when I get a tad more time lol

          These 2 you mention are good?


  2. Tommy DeSalvo

    This article sums it up perfectly. For well over a few years I read every real estate article and book and blog I could, and watched how the market was changing and how property values were changing, buy I never went and visited a single property, much to my mentors dismay. This year something finally clicked. That burning desire to actually do something instead of sitting there watching the deals go by. I’ve walked through over twenty properties this year and have made multiple offers. Its terrifying and exhilarating, and it gets easier with every offer. Keep going everyone. Make it happen!

    • Engelo Rumora

      Hi Tommy,

      Awesome stuff mate and thanks for your comment.

      Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and loose money 🙂 – It will be the best thing that could ever happen to you.

      You will learn more from those times than from when you make a $50,000 profit on deal.

      Just accept it as a piece of paper that today you might have $1m worth and tomorrow ZERO. Once you truly accept that and you don’t let the $$$ rule your emotions, you are onto a winner.

      “One that conquers himself can conquer all”

      I lost between $200,000 – $300,000 when first starting. To this day I am still feeling some of those consequences.

      Another good saying is “It doesn’t matter how many times you’re wrong, as long as you’re right once”

      Example: Loose $10k on the first 10 deals you invest in and then the 11th you buy next to a hospital that decided to expand and wants to buy your house for 5 times what you paid. BOOM 🙂

      Keep the dream alive mate 🙂


      • Tommy DeSalvo

        No problem. Thanks for posting something motivational and informative. That fear of failure is a major hurdle, but it’s just one more thing between you and success. I would ideally like to make a few good deals before I lose too much money, but we’ll see what happens.

  3. Nathan Eberly

    I think “The Kid” made the right decision at the right time! And to be working with you, I think he will be successful! You will be a great inspiration to him and I think he fits well with your vision and goals.

    Wishing him the very best! Not easy to make the decision he did, but he made the decision and hopefully he won’t look backwards. I’ve made my decisions too, but I did so later down the road than he did. He is in the right spot at the right time, with the right organization of Ohio Cash Flow!

    Once again, great post!

  4. Ross ellington

    Yeah buddy, they’re not bad at all. They’re written by Stoic philosophers Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus. If you don’t have time for the books maybe a quick search for some of their quotes might give you insight to their thinking. My friend have a wonderful night.

  5. Mark Morris

    Hi Engelo,
    Great blog – spending time with The Kid, Dominique and yourself was a great experience. Thanks for looking after me. As well as making a decision and taking action – being around like minded individuals is so motivational. The kid is keen and has a great future ahead. As we say in the UK – he’s a chip off the old block !!
    It’s exciting times at Ohio Cashflow – great service and product. I’m in for the duration. Will try and reduce my stay next time – can’t have it affecting your content output.
    Ps those bananas over there are definitely bigger than over here in the UK !! ????????

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