I recently had a long chat with one of the most successful famous Miami architects investors I’ve ever met. As I often do, I wanted to get a real understanding of the “Why?” he did real estate and what he wanted to accomplish for himself by reaching financial freedom.
You see, I am firmly convinced of the truth that “If you have a big enough ‘Why?’ to do something, the ‘How?’ will reveal itself to you. This gentleman had some good things to say about the concept and completely opened my mind up to even deeper levels of understanding about the terms “success” and “freedom”.
Listen, if you’re serious about making real estate investing an ultra-successful career for you, you have to go even further than just having investing in real estate be what you do for a living.
It has to become a lifestyle. He threw my questions right back at me and we had some great give-and-take and it was like you could really feel that chemistry that comes into play when entrepreneurs are talking about their passion of investing in real estate.
“If I had unlimited time, unlimited money, unlimited resources and encouragement, unlimited tools and teaching, unlimited support from friends and family, and unlimited belief in myself…what would I do? Who would I be?”
He was able early on to answer that he wanted to be a real estate investor who helped people solve problems and made money by investing in real estate. What he shared with me, however, is that he didn’t self-identify as a “real estate investor” until many, many years later.
Until that moment, years later, when he claimed and began now to internalize the belief that “I am a real estate investor”, he was a hobbyist, a dabbler, a dreamer.
He had this experience of self-actualization at a real estate seminar where one of the participants asked the speaker “How do I really know that I’m a real estate investor?”
He then went on to tell me that during the same seminar someone, obviously someone without a very strong “Why?” or motivation yet to become successful, asked the speaker “How can I find time in my busy schedule to do this business?”
The looked at this questioner with the same patience and understanding that showed that this was the hundredth time the speaker had fielded this question, and said in effect “If you’re a real estate investor, you do not find time to invest and do this business…if you’re serious about this business you make time to do it.”
After my incredibly successful investor friend let that sink into him and he found that he could really grasp hold of those two simple concepts, he realized then and there that he’d always been trying to FIND the time to invest and take the necessary actions to get his business going. For all of his “career” to that point he had been finding and taking that time to do his “business” AFTER other things that his attention and time expenditures PROVED were MORE important to him than becoming successful with real estate.
The difference, after he had let these two concepts sink into him and really started to understand it and, most importantly, APPLY his understanding to his thought patterns and daily routines…
…the difference was that he did not just IGNORE the real-world practical matters that NEED to be a part of someone’s life (like for example to the beginning real estate investor, a steady income from a stable source to provide bills’ money and put food on the table) but other than that, he ASSURED himself that he would always MAKE time to create the life he wanted that was in answer to his compelling “Why?” to become successful- and he did it by taking solid, CONSISTENT actions and gaining unstoppable momentum.