The Exercise That Drove Me to Reevaluate My Cubicle Life, Purchase a Triplex & Start 2 Businesses

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In August 2014, I sat in my cubicle staring at the computer screen and a wave of sadness overcame me. I was “killing it,” as my friends would say. I had a nice gig at a Big 4 accounting firm, was making great money in an awesome city — and yet, I hated it. In fact, “hate” was an understatement. The job was boring, tedious, and repetitive. There was no fulfillment, it wasn’t clear how my work was adding value, and the promotion schedule and guidelines weren’t transparent, further adding to the demotivation.

I’m an achiever, and I have always done well. In college I founded organizations, participated in tough financial research challenges, and graduated without ever seeing less than an “A” on my transcripts. On this August day, I finally realized I had done so well because there was an end goal in sight. I could quantify the value that my studying was adding to my transcripts and subsequently my resume. I knew that if I graduated Summa Cum Laude, I’d have a solid chance to work for a top tier firm, and I did.

But once I was out in the corporate environment, everything was different. I couldn’t figure out what the end goal was. It wasn’t clear to me what the point of working was, other than to collect a paycheck. I found myself constantly asking, “Why am I going into work today?” and “What value am I really adding to the client’s business today?” Every time I asked myself this, I always answered with a dreary “I don’t know,” and it was a tough pill to swallow.

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I needed a change, and I realized simply switching jobs or industries was not going to cut it. I needed to change from within. I needed to figure out what it was I wanted to get out of life and define my ambitions. I needed a light at the end of the tunnel to guide me through each day and provide me with the motivation I needed to become (feel) successful once again.

The solution I developed was to write out my life’s goals, from the small ones to the overly ambitious, monumental goals. I decided that once I was done writing my goals, I would print and hang them above my desk in my room so that I would see them and be reminded of them every single day. These goals would guide me in the face of challenges and indecision.

I highly underestimated the impact this simple practice would have on my life.

It has only been seven months since I wrote my goals and framed them in my room. In this amount of time, I have become a CPA, purchased a triplex, started two businesses, lateralled to another Big 4 firm and subsequently received a promotion, signed up for a half marathon, and expanded my network by meeting like-minded folk.

And best of all, I wake up every single day motivated and ready to conquer the world. 

You see, once I wrote and framed my goals, my perspective on life changed. No one can get me down. If someone tells me no, or it’s impossible, I laugh or shrug it off. I find it sad they think that way; don’t they know anything is possible?

It’s difficult to sweat the small stuff when you have defined a path for yourself in life. By being completely honest with yourself about your ambitions, you allow yourself to keep your eye on the end game, and everything in between is just a stepping stone that you can leverage and learn from to help you get there. You’ll constantly be thinking about the future and developing strategies to achieve your goals. You’ll be able to drown out all the noise and the things that don’t matter.

My motivations for writing this article are simple: 1) it’s time to re-evaluate my goals and create new ones as I have already met several of my “one year goals,” and 2) I want to motivate you to write and frame your own goals.

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Tips for You Based on What I’ve learned

Set broad long term goals, as these will need to adapt as your life changes. Set specific and measurable short-term goals. In the short-term, time is of the essence and you need to have a laser focus to achieve the goals you have set, as they expire in one year.

Enhance accountability by sharing your goals with a like-minded friend. Review your goals with each other every six months to a year. It will turn into a form of friendly competition of who can accomplish their goals first.

Your “ambitious” short-term goals will be rather easily achieved, at least in the beginning — and that’s okay! Make sure to aim higher when you re-evaluate and re-write your goals. Achieving your short-term “ambitious” goals will prove to you that anything is possible, and your “insane” long-term goals can (and will) be accomplished – talk about a confidence booster.

If you work a 9-5, make sure you have goals relevant to your job, such as reaching a certain promotion. This is an area I will be exploring when I re-write my goals. While the ultimate goal is to go full-time into a business, I have under-appreciated my W2 job and it needs the attention it deserves.

The coolest thing I’ve learned is that this goal setting/framing process has boosted my leadership abilities. Leaders have clear goals they want to achieve, and they understand their personal motivations. It’s amazing how people rally around those who are have set themselves on a clear path. They want to work with that person, they want advice from that person, and sometimes they want to partner with that person. People like to associate themselves with other successful people, and a great way to become successful is to make it a priority to accomplish set goals.

Lastly, make sure that you keep old versions of your goals. Hopefully one day you will look back on this effort and amaze yourself.

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My Current Goals

One Year Goals

Pass all parts of the CPA exam by the end of November 2014 and become officially licensed a month afterward. I have completed this goal.

Achieve $100 in monthly book sales by the end of January 2015. This is a goal I will be dropping. While I have achieved about $10 per month in book sales, it wasn’t the scale I thought I could achieve in the timeframe I set for myself. This stemmed from a story I read about a guy who was hiring people to write books for him and then selling them on Amazon for the passive income, and he claimed he was quite successful. I tested this idea by putting about $500 into it. I received nowhere near the same level of results and came to the conclusion that successful authors write their own books and add substantial value to someone’s life. I was doing neither of these so I have decided to drop this goal from my list.

Start a business in a niche that will be profitable, obtain 20 clients and $4,000 in annual gross revenue. I kept this goal broad initially because I didn’t know what type of business I wanted to start. I ended up starting a CPA firm offering tailored services to real estate investors. While I haven’t quite met the client and revenue quotas, I’m well on my way.

Obtain one investment property that cash flows $200 per door per month. I completed this goal by purchasing a triplex in March that should cash flow $400 per month after mortgage, expenses, and capex accrual.

Run a half marathon. I signed myself and my twin sisters up for the Navy/Air Force Half Marathon held in September. Time to start training.

Five Year Goals – By 2020

Enter into my business full-time. Eventually, I want to run my own business full-time. It’s been a dream of mine for a while, so it deserves a spot on my list. I think a five year timeframe is fair.

Grow a business to $1MM in annual gross revenue and employ at least 20 people. This is one of my aggressive goals and it mainly depends on when I go full-time into my business. I think if I can enter a business full-time within the next two or three years, I will be able to approach the $1MM gross revenue mark by 2020.

Own at least 15 doors providing cash flow of at least $200 per door per month. Gotta have real estate on the list for obvious reasons.

Create and grow a blog/educational platform to at least 1,000 monthly visitors and $500 per month in income. I’d love to create a personal finance, real estate, tax, or some other type of self-help blog. I haven’t figured out how to do it, as the markets for those types of blogs are saturated or there isn’t enough demand. But that’s why it’s a five year goal, as it gives me time to think.

Be admitted into an Ivy League master’s program. This is a goal that I have been tossing back and forth in my mind for some time. It’s hard to argue the value an Ivy League master’s program would add to my life. The network I would be able to build during the program would be priceless for my future business development. The problem is I’m not sure if it would make economic sense if I’m trying to grow a business at the same time.

Travel to two different countries. Always enjoyed traveling.

Run a marathon. I have to stay healthy somehow.

Ten Year Goals – By 2025

Grow a business to $10MM in annual gross revenue and employ at least 100 people. Once I go full-time into a business, I think $10MM in gross revenue will be achievable.

Own at least 50 doors cash flowing $200 per door per month. Can’t have enough real estate.

Publish a book on how to create a better life, business, or world. This ties to the blog idea.

Grow my blog/ educational platform to at least 10,000 monthly visitors and $5,000 per month in income.

Pay cash for an exotic car. This is how I’ll tell myself “I made it.”

Purchase a beach house for mom and dad.  Support your loved ones.

Travel to ten different countries.

Build a relationship with an amazing life partner.

Become an extraordinary father. This one is probably more around the six or seven year mark; however, I don’t have a six or seven year category and I don’t want it to be a five year goal so it was thrown into the ten year bucket.

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Lifetime Goals

I won’t explain my lifetime goals, but these should be the main things you strive for in life. These are the end goals that motivate you to wake up every day and dominate. 

Build a business to more than $100 Million in gross revenue and create 10,000 jobs.

Own 100 doors cash flowing on average $200 per door per month.

Launch a venture cap/ private equity firm that invests in solving major world problems.

Give a Ted Talk and speak in front of 50,000 people.

Live a fulfilling and happy life.

Conclusion

If you want to go through life and live like everyone else, then do what everyone else does. But if you want to make a substantial impact and live a high value life, then dare to be different. The world is abundant and it’s yours for the taking. You just have to go out there and grab it.

[Editor’s Note: We’re republishing this article so those who have joined BiggerPockets more recently can benefit from it. Let us know your thoughts with a comment!]

How do you set goals for yourself? What are some of your year, 5 year, 10 year and lifelong goals?

Please share below!

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Brandon Hall

Brandon Hall, owner of The Real Estate CPA, is an entrepreneur at heart who happens to be good at taxes. Brandon is a real estate investor and CPA specializing in providing business advice and creative tax strategies for real estate investors. Brandon's Big 4 and personal investing experiences allow him to provide unique advice to each of his clients. Sign up for my FREE NEWSLETTER to receive tips and updates related to business and taxes.

86 Comments

  1. Riley F.

    Congratulations. I would revisit those goals frequently — some of them that seem ambitious today, you may find are much more easily achieved that you originally thought.

    I do a planning session once a year, in December/January to recalibrate and figure out which of my goals I just blasted right through accidentally. I also break down my annual goals on a month to month basis and do a full review of my goals on a weekly basis and monthly basis.

    Goal setting is huge.

  2. Sonya Stovall

    Nice read Brandon. At this point in my life I stepped away from this practice but I did do it in m early years and it is very helpful. Kudos on the half-marathon, I ran the inaugural race in 2012 and it is a beautiful course.

  3. sean ploskina

    Great stuff Brandon. I started doing something similar this year and put my 4 big goals for the year in big print on the passenger dash of my car. That way it is somewhere I know I will see it everyday.

    I will be going back and creating some mid-term goals as I have neglected those.

  4. John Thedford

    Thanks for the article and inspiration. In our office we are encouraged go have a board that we can update regularly. Three columns: do, doing, done. We use sticky notes. Everyday you look at your board. What do you need to do. What are you currently doing. What is done. This gives a daily reminder…and the post it notes in the done column always give a little incentive to keep working on the first two columns. When you write out goals and put them in front of you to see daily it helps keep you motivated. Congratulations on yours…and we all wish you the best in achieving your longer term ones as well.

  5. John Thedford

    They are focused around both. As RE agents, we are contract labor. If we produce for ourselves, the agency makes some commissions as well. A non-producing agent makes nothing and costs the company. We get a lot of stuff from Mike Ferry. Check him out.

  6. Phillip Iwugo

    Good job Brandon. Keep that tunnel vision! We have similar goals. I’m interning with Grant Thornton this summer for auditing. I have one more year of school. I want to become a CPA by 2016 and purchase my first investment property by 2017.

  7. Ryan Arth

    Great article Brandon. I think this process can be instrumental in people getting what they want out of life, instead of looking back at the boat’s wake and wondering if they are headed in the right direction.

    It is like budgeting, extremely important for people that need it. Some people don’t have to budget or write down goals because they have singularity of focus to where these things are always in the forefront of their mind. This is not most people though, which is fine. Those people aren’t the ones that you are trying to help.

    On a side note, I think your projections for the amount of people that you will need for your revenue goals in business are high. That amount of overhead isn’t necessary. My one company did $4m with less than twenty, in manufacturing, which is much more labor intensive. So basically your revenue targets should be easier than you think.

    • Brandon Hall

      Hey Ryan – exactly my thoughts! If people set goals, they will be amazed (at least I have been so far) at how easy it is to accomplish anything once you set your sights on it.

      As for your side note – I really appreciate the feedback. When I set these goals I had no clue what type of business I wanted to grow to that level. I’ve now primarily narrowed it down to a CPA firm. I think to get to that level I’d only need 5-8 people.

      I’d love to hear about your business(es). I’ll connect.

  8. Cindi Anderson

    Nice post. I am at a point in my life where I’m trying to be in the moment, and not have many goals. But I got here by doing what you are doing.

    I would suggest re-framing the goal: “Grow a business to $1MM in annual gross revenue and employ at least 20 people.” You are knocking out many potential successful businesses, plus you could be quite miserable if this really came true. What you really want in business is profit, not revenue, and life is usually better the fewer employees you have. Unless you truly want to provide jobs for other people, or your ego wants to say you have a lot of employees, consider something like “Grow a business to $X profit, spending no more than Y hours/week on average, so I can continue to have a life outside the business”. I speak from experience. Businesses can easily take over your life.

    • Jesse T.

      I agree it is a good post.

      Along the same lines I agree you want to focus on profit vs. headcount for your business.

      I also think your real estate goals might interfere with your business goals. Since you have ambitious business goals I would focus on Real Estate more as a tax strategy/long-term investment than as a core business. I think your profit goals there are probably good – but I would aim to get there with fewer doors.

    • Brandon Hall

      Hey Cindi – thanks for the feedback! When I wrote these goals I had little knowledge of the businesses I’d want to involve myself with, and now I’m focused on growing out a CPA firm with a side real estate venture. To get to $1MM, I’d only need to employ 5 – 8 people. In my world, gross revenue is the common variable amongst growing businesses, however I certainly understand your point and will figure out how to add those variables in. Thank you!

  9. Aaron Wright

    Great post Brandon. Keeping your focus on the end goal is critical to success. I’ve started thinking this way myself, and found it so effective that I decided to build a website around the concept. It let’s you write out your goals, then break them down into actionable steps you will take to reach your goal. All of your steps are then compiled into one master to-do list of everything you have to do to reach your goals. It is currently in the early stages, but if you’re interested, you can check it out at FyreDo.com. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

    Some of my goals (of various time spans):
    – Build a blog earning $1,000 per month
    – Move out to the west coast
    – Get a Lamborghini
    – Get a cabin on the lake for my mom
    – Go to Italy

    – Aaron

  10. Alexander Pirhonen

    These goals are on point. You will wake up to dominate everyday, the same way I do. However, I have a question about the Ivy League part. I’m still thinking if I will go to college, or pursue my dream directly. How can you know that you will tie those important connections by pursuing your master’s degree? Is it just something you think you will do?

    • Brandon Hall

      Hey Alexander thanks for reading and commenting. Framing goals certainly helps with the motivation and dominating every day.

      Regarding your Ivy League question – I absolutely think Ivy League programs (at least those related to business) will help you grow an invaluable network. From the people I’ve met who have gone through these programs, they say Ivy programs are more about meeting people than actually learning. You do learn a ton, but that’s not where the value of the program really pays off.

      If I can get into an Ivy program, I think it will be hard to turn down. Hope this helps!

    • Brandon Hall

      Hey Brandon – thanks for commenting. #1 piece of advice (aside from framing your goals) is to share them with someone you trust that can hold you accountable. Doesn’t have to be a close friend, but maybe a close like-minded colleague. Good luck!

      • Brandon Johnson

        Yeah that is a great point. I just finished listening to audio book The One Thing and there was a study reported of over 200 professionals and the study found that those who wrote their goals were 39% more likely to achieve them. Further, those that shared their goals with someone and told them about their successful steps in progress toward the goals nearly doubled that result at around 76% more likely to achieve their goals.

  11. Louis Puma

    Thank you for this, Brandon. I think most of us have goals in the form of ideas floating around our minds, but when we have our goals organized on a piece of paper and framed on the wall, it is a concise reminder of what we want to accomplish, and will further motivate us to achieve them.

    I’m going to get working on my goals list. I wish you great success in achieving yours.

  12. Larry S.

    A very good post Brandon. I have always done the same but not quite as nicely. The result was good success in real estate investing and enjoyment and freedom in my senior years today. Next to your list should be the things that can sabotage the goals. I have observed the following destroy a lot of peoples plans over the years.
    Accidents
    Disease
    Cancer
    Alcohol
    Drugs
    Wild wild women
    Illegal activity
    Religious zealot-ism

    Be vigilant to these. Get your regular doctor checkups. Don’t text and drive.

    • Brandon Hall

      Hey Ken – thanks for the comment. The shiny objects are all around! It’s tough to stay focused and I assume as time goes on my goals will become more siloed, but for now I’m keeping them broad because I’m not 100% sure which way I want to go.

  13. Kiara Walters

    I loved this! I feel like my goals are very similar but with a slightly different focus so it really caught my attention. I am always writing and reviewing my goals and even have a vision board up but I really like the idea of breaking it out this way and simply framing it. Currently I only post my current year goals but I think looking forward is important as well.

  14. Albert M.

    Brandon, I applaud your present and future achievements and aspirations.
    I appreciate your candidness regarding your goals, regardless of how high
    you’ve set the mark. As I’ve heard it said said before from, methinks, the
    Donald, if you’re going to think, you might as well think big.

    I always find this type of blog piece refreshing, inspirational. Makes me
    realize that if we really want something, we can get there. To do so, we may
    have to change out mindsets, our habits, the material we read/listen to/watch,
    our scenery, or the people that choose to associat with. Even something as
    relatively straightforward as declaring your goals on a sheet of paper, a post-it
    note, or a screen-saver. Whatever is needed to remind ourselves on a daily basis
    that there is a finish line out there and there’s nothing that’s going to take you
    off-course – you’re going to reach it, it’s a given.

    Your line that if someone tells you no, or its impossible, you just shrug or laugh it
    … that line resonated with me. I wish I had had the same mindset many years
    ago. I wish that more people had that mindset today. I think that’d there would be
    a helluva lot more people in the world today.

    I’ll end my reply here with 2 quotes that I think about from time to time:
    1) If you are willing to do in the next three to six years what most people won’t,
    you will be able to do for the rest of your life what most people can’t.
    ~ said by an investor with a zany amount of units under his control
    2) You must reject common thinkingif you want to accomplish uncommon results.
    ~ John Maxwell

    Best of luck to you, Brandon, with all. Hope to hear you’re still killing it 5, 10, x
    years down the road 🙂

    ~ Al

    • Brandon Hall

      Thanks for the comment Al. I appreciate your words and the two quotes. I’ve learned early on that most anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Most people just don’t.

      Best of luck in the future. If BP allows me to continue to post for them I’ll definitely keep everyone posted in the future years.

  15. Gloria Dulan-Wilson

    Hi Brandon – very much enjoyed and found useful the posting – in fact decided to reorient my goals using the format your recommended – just finished hand writing them and am getting ready to type them. Just the exercise alone has caused me to focus more on certain areas that I had pushed to the back burner and bring them up to short range goals. I will be sharing some of them as I go forward, but just want to thank you for the concept – going to pick up a frame tomorrow so I can hang them on my wall. Actually going to recommend your methodology to my kids.

    • Brandon Hall

      Hey Gloria – thanks for the kind words, I’m glad my writing resonated with you. If you need someone to share your goals with, I’m more than willing to hold you accountable!

      Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  16. Steve Vaughan

    Very helpful and inspiring post, Brandon. To broadcast your goals took guts, my friend! To do, do well and love what we do, we need a why. Outlining goals on paper is very powerful and helps us see our why. I am proud for you, recognizing where you were, even if it’s what you thought you wanted and what you strived so hard for and breaking out so early. Even high achievers have to step back and ask ‘why am I doing this?’ Many go years without having the nads to do what you did. You are an impressive young man and I look forward to hearing of your progress!

  17. Arthur Banks

    Great article. I keep reading blogs and articles about setting goals. I guess this is more confirmation that it works and needs to be done. But I’m confused on one goal. You said a goal was “Obtain one investment property that cash flows $200 per door per month. I completed this goal by purchasing a triplex in March that should cash flow $400 per month after mortgage, expenses, and capex accrual.” How did you complete this goal if your cash flow is $400 on a triplex? Aren’t you $200 short?

    • Brandon Hall

      Details, details! Great job though, you are the only person who caught that.

      So based on my estimates, I won’t cash flow $600 and I will be $200 short as you point out. However it’s important to remember that these are simply my estimates, and I like to estimate very conservatively, so my annual cash flow may end up a bit better.

      Additionally, the point of that goal was to take action and find a profitable property. I considered my goal completed because I took action, left analysis paralysis behind, found a profitable property and closed on it.

      Your goals should motivate you to take action. If you don’t meet your numbers, that’s okay. For instance, my ten year goal is to grow a business to $10MM and if I only grow a business to $5MM in that time, I’ll still consider it a success.

      I appreciate the comment Arthur!

  18. Jeffrey Cadwell

    I wish you luck and hope to hear more of this adventure. This one strikes close to home since I am going through the college grind and will have an internship at a Big 4 this summer myself. I know business ownership is in my future though.

  19. Kathy Henley

    Just saying things out loud helps too. ‘Good job on the SFH,’ said Husband last December. In January I asked, ‘What should we do in 2015?’ Husband said, ‘Let’s add 10 units.’ ‘Wow,’ I said, ‘Is that possible?’ This meant getting better at analyzing deals and putting out more bids. We closed on a 4-family in March, in St. Louis. We bid on three 6-families. None have worked out, but that hasn’t changed our goals. We shall proceed ahead. Friends think we are crazy people. ‘Not so,’ I tell them. ‘Just trying to make things happen.’

  20. George Bittar

    Great article, Brandon.

    I have to be honest, last week was very rough (mentally) for me at work and I came in today just about the same, if not worse. It’s funny how we think the weekend is going to bring some magic formula into the new work week that is going to make the feelings you described in first paragraph go away,

    I believe I was led to read your article today on and with a purpose. Every word in the first paragraph and first sentence in the second paragraph I can identify with 100%! I am glad you found a breakthrough and on a clear path to achieving your goals and dreams.

    My next step is clear as day and it starts with the exercise your described. I will make one of my one year goals checking back in with you on my results and what has changed.

    Regards,

    George

  21. Karen Capps

    George Bittar – I have been where you describe… too much. I hope things are looking much better for you.

    Brandon Hall – Great article. I plan on sharing it with my husband when he gets back in town tomorrow since he is my partner in this journey. I greatly appreciate your open and down to earth honesty about it being okay to set a goal and then adjust it or even throw it out upon review. I think that is what holds many of us back from starting at all. We get intimidated by our own aspirations so we just choose not to acknowledge them. Sadly that means we sit dormant in fear of looking up and forward. The fear of failure will paralyze us. By you simply saying it’s okay…. go for the goal anyway…. if the fruit at the finish line is not quite what you envisioned, that’s okay! You are much younger than I but I still may learn from the young sprite. 😉
    Thank You!

    • Brandon Hall

      Hey Karen – thanks for reading and commenting. I’m sure you have found that you must constantly adapt in life, even more so in business. The same is true for the goals we set. I’m certain my goals now will not be the same as the ones I have when I’m 30. It’s important to analyze, adapt, and refocus to consistently stay motivated.

      Keep me informed on your progress and how this exercise has helped you!

  22. Taylor Henderson

    Great read! I started out this year with several goals I wanted to accomplish, but boiled them down to just one: identifying what is the purposese of my life? This has taken me down a very impactful road and opened my eyes to focusing on things that matter most. Thank you for sharing your goals and that matters most to you, I greatly appreciate it!

  23. Gabriel Garces

    Brandon,

    I just want to say thank you for such a great post. You are one of the best bloggers here on Biggerpockets.

    I actually just made the decision to quit my job and enter Real Estate full-time. I am 23 and I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Civil Engineering. After 1.5 years of working, I already know I can’t work for someone. I haven’t done any work that needed my engineering knowledge and I refuse to do menial, tedious tasks.
    I’m almost done getting my Real Estate License and I am going to hit the ground running once I do.

    I am going to adopt your method of framing your goals. It’s time I start steering my life in the direction I want it to go. I look forward to your next post and you will hear from me again.

    -Gabe

  24. Rick Grubbs

    Good article! I enjoyed seeing how much thought you put into this. I would also encourage you to remember to include goals beyond this lifetime. When we don’t include God in our goals we miss the most important goal of all which is making it to Heaven. That’s a long term goal that lasts forever!

  25. John Roll

    Brandon,
    Thank you for writing such a fantastic goal-setting primer! I’m a former “accidental” rental property owner. But I stumbled into it before finding out about BP, before learning I had a traumatic brain injury that knocked me out of the workforce, and most important, without any consistent effort at goal setting.

    After posting this I’m going to print your article, do some serious thinking about what I want from my next half-century (I’m 52), draft a set of short-term, intermediate and long-term goals, share it with my wife and at least one other person, frame it, and GET GOING.

    I wouldn’t be committing to any of those actions if you hadn’t written your story. Much obliged.

  26. David White

    “If you want to go through life and live like everyone else, then do what everyone else does. But if you want to make a substantial impact and live a high value life, then dare to be different. The world is abundant and it’s yours for the taking. You just have to go out there and grab it.” I love this quote. I make daily goals of things I need to get accomplished. But I never actually sat down and wrote out 1, 5, and 10 year goals while also listing my lifetime goals. I’ll have to get started on my list immediately. In fact, I’ll add it to my daily goals for tomorrow.

  27. Jerry W.

    Brandon,
    I love it when they republish an article I have not read by someone who I admire as a business person. About 2 years ago I wrote down some goals for the first time ever. Funny how it coincides with your article. In order to reach those goals I began reading self help books, and ramped up my investing. I have met many of those goals, but due to a local recession I backed off acquiring as many units as I had planned. Prices are beginning to decline a bit, but the rental market has softened up a lot making buying a bit scary. I have not looked up my goals or rewritten them for over a year now. Time to pull them out, check off the ones I made and revise and upgrade. Thanks for the article.

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