How to Survive (and Thrive) When Change is Forced Upon Us


We humans tend to like things to stay the same. We like things tried and true. Tried and true has a familiarity that makes us feel comfortable. And honestly, that comfort, that tried and true, can be a very good thing. It builds trust. It helps us lay plans for the future. It just makes many things easier. However, we all know that nothing ever stays the same. Everything will eventually change.

Change though can be a good thing. Being comfortable many times leads to getting stuck in a rut. Being in that rut may be slowing us down or not letting us move forward. Yet we stay in it because it is what we know and are comfortable with. Sometimes it can be very difficult to even know that we are actually in a rut. Things become so routine and so comfortable that we can’t even perceive that we are not moving forward. We can’t even realize that change is needed. But change has a funny way of coming at us whether we want it to or not. Change is not something we can always control.

Most of us generally do not like it when change is forced upon us. But as investors and entrepreneurs we have to learn to embrace change no matter when it hits. Many times forced change may actually lead to better things. It will open new doors and lead to opportunities, often times better opportunities that you had before. It may not seem that way at the time, but it is true.

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Change Equals Opportunity

Ever have a trusted contractor take another job or just stop returning your phone calls? I have. And it always happens when your roof is leaking or an apartment needs to be painted. What are you going to do? First, you can panic a little but then you need to see this as an opportunity. Deep down you always knew you should have another roofer or painter contact in your phone just in case something like this happened. Plus, you always wondered if you were getting the best prices or if the comfort had caused your pocket to be picked a bit. Now is the time to get on the phone, to get on craigslist, on Thumbtack or Taskrabbit and find new people to work for you. And you know what? You will likely find someone as good as or better than the person you were using. That new person may also have more skill sets or know people with different skill sets that they can refer to you. Forced change just made your business better.

Related: Change: Do You Run from It Or Learn from It?

Change Equals Improvement

Sometimes tenants go off the deep end and stop paying rent or wreck your property. No matter how well you screen people, you will not be able to keep all of the bad ones out all the time and there is no way to screen for future issues and concerns. So now you have a bad tenant, one you have to evict. You have been taken out of your comfort zone. But again, there is opportunity here. Perhaps once the tenant has moved on you can rehab your property to take advantage of recent rent increases and improve your cash flow. Perhaps now is the time to sell the property as things seem to be beginning to boom again. Perhaps now is the time to review your rental criteria to determine if they can be made better and stronger. Now is the time to find an even better tenant for your property. Any of these outcomes will make your business better.

Change Equals Better

Ever have to let go of a trusted employee? We have and that can be a really big forced change. But does that mean you should never trust or hire anyone again? No. You need to see this as an opportunity to make your business stronger and better. There is always someone else out there and you have learned a valuable lesson and gained experience. The next person you hire will be a better fit, trust me.

Ever been beaten to the punch on a great deal? I have and I hate to watch those good deals slip away, but again you need to see this as an opportunity. Why did you lose the deal? Figure it out and make your system better.  Get out of your comfort zone and keep trying. Remember also that your competition is now tied up on the deal you lost. A better opportunity may come along tomorrow that they cannot move on, but you can.

Related: One Easy Change of Perspective Could Vastly Improve Your Real Estate Business

As real estate investors we have to learn to embrace change. Why? Because everything changes and more importantly change is going to be forced upon you. Sometimes it seems that more and more is forced upon me all the time, but I guess that just goes with the territory. Change can be scary I know, but you have to learn to see it as an opportunity and a chance to grow. It is so easy to sit in that rut and be comfortable. It is good to be jolted out of it from time to time.

How has your business benefitted from an unexpected change?

About Author

Kevin Perk

Kevin Perk is co-founder of Kevron Properties, LLC with his wife Terron and has been involved in real estate investing for 10 years. Kevin invests in and manages rental properties in Memphis, TN and is a past president and vice-president of the local REIA group, the Memphis Investors Group.


  1. David Roberts

    Bp members have a habit of writing articles about topics im dealing with at that moment.

    Im trying out a new contractor on this rehab since my last one seemed to forget who was paying who. Not a bad guy, he just got comfortable.

    But this new one will be more work for me, but will force me to build a material list like I should have already done and learn my costs more.

    Also, im trying to find another house to flip or rehab since i have the money but dont have the team in place. That will force me to grow and work harder. All good things.

    Growth is painful, but it seems the more efficient, the better you become.

    • Kevin Perk


      Good for you for seeing the bright side in what you are dealing with. You are absolutely correct that building a materials list and learning more about your costs will help you in the long run. But remember that it never stops. I am still doing that to this day, tweaking here and there.

      Now go find that team you need and thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I do appreciate it,


    • Kevin Perk


      Thanks for reading and for your kind words.

      It sure is hard to embrace and not fear change though. The trick is to not let the fear rule you but to listen to what it is trying to tell you. What are you fearful of and why? You have to apply some thought to your fear. Fear can be a very reasonable response but if you can learn if the fear is warranted or not and act accordingly, I think you are going to do well no matter what you set your sights on.

      Thanks again for commenting,


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