How's it going?
I was having this discussion the other day with the lady that does my eyebrows. Her name is Angie and she owns and operates her own hair, nail, spray-on tan, and waxing salon. It's a quaint little joint in the Valencia Industrial Center literally one block away from my office.
Somehow the conversation came up about freeloaders. I think it was because she mentioned that her sister refuses to work or do anything with her life yet she always wonders why she's broke.
I immediately asked Angie if she was older than her sister and even went so far as to assume that Angie was the eldest child. I was right, of course, because it was an uncanny carbon copy of my exact situation with my brother who is younger than I am. I've always had a "knack" of making money and taking care of myself yet my brother is the eternal excuse-maker, bitcher, and professional moaner with a piss-poor and sickening "poor me" attitude that can make anyone lose all faith in humanity within precisely 37 seconds of listening to it.
There's always that "nature vs. nurture" argument where you can take, in some cases, fraternal twins who grew up in the exact same household yet one turns into a mass murderer and the other grows a multi-billion dollar per annual business. And there is no explanation for it.
Is it your environment? Or is it genetics?
I have a deeper explanation for it which goes into something deeper that I don't think I want to get into right now. The short version of my theory is that we all have unique personalities which some may call our "soul" which differs drastically, even if we have an identical twin with the exact same genetic make-up who we grew up with in the exact same household/environment with.
So, what does this have to do with anything?
Easy. It's very simple to become successful. You simply get off your ass and set out with an exact, precise treasure map to get there.
And you have to want it. Badly.
Nobody can teach you to "desire" success. The good news for you is that, chances are, because you're one of my faithful students reading this email, you've already got that burning desire and ability to "hustle" until you become successful. So, unlike my lazy excuse-making broker or Angie's pitiful freeloading sister who can't, under the best of odds, be convinced to get off their ass and do something...you're way beyond that if you're reading this.
Back to the treasure map...
I'm (unfortunately) stuck watching Dora the Explorer quite often. If you're not familiar with the kiddie show then good for you! If you are...I'm sorry.
Every episode of Dora the Explorer has to do with her going on some type of adventure involving a map. The map is devised of 3 things. Each "thing" is a landmark of some kind that she has to visit in a precise order in order to make it to the end of her superficial maze to accomplish whatever shallow goal the hapless writers of the tv show devised for her.
So, after Dora's backpack spits out her map with her directions on what she's supposed to do, she sets off to follow the map, working to avoid danger along the way. Danger is this fox called Swiper who tries ripping her off or doing demonic things like taking her tools to get through her adventure and whipping them off into the forest, or some other such nonsense.
I was watching the show today with my little girl and I started putting some things together.
First of all, most paths to success are pretty simple. Not exactly only 3 items to get there but pretty damn close. Yes, there are always thousands of details in any endeavor but, really, aren't there only a few "large" things that are in a set of directions?
For example, if I were to tell you how to get involved in apartment building investing, I could literally give you 3 basic steps to pull it off:
1) Do a financial assessment on yourself; determine your down payment and funding options.
2) Find a cash flowing property using my CFE (Cash Flow Evaluator)
3) Put in an offer on the property and see what happens.
Of course, there are more steps. There's the acceptance of the offer (or rejection, in which case you go out and repeat steps 2 and 3) and then going into "contracts" then escrow then closing on the property. Then once you close, you set up your management then cash flow away!
Still, if you add up all the steps, you're at around 7. Not too overwhelming, is it?
Everything is like this. Absolutely everything!
So why are so many people not doing these simple steps to find success?
I think it's because they believe there's much more too it. They believe that success is difficult and way out of their reach.
I can tell you, from massive amounts of experience in both business and in investing that success is very easy to attain but there's a catch. You have to get off your ass and follow some simple type of Dora map and move along the map to go get it.
Plus, the map has to be followed in an exact order. You can't change the order of things otherwise you'll find yourself unsuccessful.
But here's the catch...
You have to get off your ass, follow the map, and follow it in a precise order. By doing this, two (2) things will happen:
1) You'll be able to build a $1,000,000 BLOC or Business Line of Credit
2) You'll have a successful completed business plan that has been submitted and accepted by an investor partner who is part of the mentorship group
Again, you have to follow the map or the plan which is simple, well-laid out, and specifically geared toward helping you acquire a property with an investor partner.
See you at the top!