I have been very successful in real estate, but not because I was lucky or extremely smart. I became an agent in 2001, but I did not become very successful in real estate until 2008 and 2009. I have not disclosed this before, but in 2006, I made only $28,000 the entire year! I now have eleven rentals properties and nine active fix and flips and I recently bought a Lamborghini.
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Being successful in real estate or life is not just about knowledge, hard work, or luck. Many real estate agents and investors have just as much knowledge as I have and work very hard, but are not successful. I am not trying to brag, but rather I am showing people there is more to being successful than knowledge and working hard. I follow a plan that involves many different actions and strategies to help me to be successful. I have many goals and plans, I read self-help books all the time, and I am constantly trying to improve myself and find better ways to do things.
Sharing my strategies for success in life
I hear people talk about how goals do not work, how being positive does not work, how doing what you love will never make you money, or that you have to be lucky to be successful. I think Brian Tracy has a great attitude towards luck.
“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”
As soon as I started setting goals, making plans according to those goals, and taking action my luck changed and my life changed for the better. When I started reading self-help books and taking additional steps to improve myself, my life took off.
What about people who have tried to set goals or to be positive and it has not worked for them? I think there is more to being successful than setting a couple of goals, being happy sometimes, or reading one self-help book.
Here is another great quote from Jim Rohn.
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
― Jim Rohn
I have read many self-help books and listened to many audio CDs telling me what I need to do to improve my life. I have also taken Jack Canfield coaching and I am always looking for better ways to improve the way I do things. Changing your attitude and beliefs about being successful is not a quick and easy fix. When I took Jack Canfield coaching, I had to spend ten hours a week on assignments. I write articles about success, goal setting, and attitude on Victory Coaches and Bigger Pockets, which help me focus on improving me, not just working on my job. You cannot do just one thing and suddenly become successful; it is a process with multiple steps.
I have decided to start a new venture with InvestFourMore. I am going to post detailed articles on the things I do that help me to be more successful in real estate and life. Being successful is not just about setting a couple of goals (here is a great example of a goal), it is about creating a system to follow that helps get your mind in the right place to be successful. You have to do many things differently in order to be successful, and it takes a lot of work in the beginning. People who slam goal setting have probably never spent the time it takes to break goals down into actionable steps. The people who think being positive is worthless have probably never read any books on why it works and have probably not coupled being positive with goal setting, taking action, or visualization. There are many facets to being successful; trying one thing for a couple of weeks is not going to get the job done.
Organizing a plan to be more successful in life
My goal is to write one article per week that focuses on being successful, but is not specific to real estate. I want to use this article as a guide (much like my Complete Guide to Purchasing Long-term Rental Properties), with each new article linked in this post as I write them. My hope is that I can help others achieve success, be more successful than they already are, or just be happier. I am not a certified life coach or a self-help guru, but I know these techniques have helped me be more successful, be happier, and to have more free time. To start things off, I am going to link to a couple of articles that I posted last year about buying a new house, and one I posted this year about buying a Lamborghini. There is no way I could have done either of these things without a complete attitude change that helped me see more opportunities and take more risks. Then as I write new articles, I will link them in this article in a series of beginning to advanced techniques.
To learn how to use mindset and attitude to make yourself more successful, check out: How to Change Your Mindset to Achieve Huge Success: Why your attitude and daily habits have more to do with making more money and having more freedom than anything else. A 200 page book available as an eBook or paperback on Amazon.
Series on how to become successful:
Previous attitude articles:
Do not stress about changing your life overnight
One of the most important things I have learned to do over the last couple of years is to relax. Do not stress about the past because you cannot change it. Do not stress about the future because you do not know what will happen. Do what you can now to be successful, but know that it will not happen overnight. I will write a much more detailed article on stress, but I think the more we are able to relax, the happier we are. I try to improve every day, but I know I cannot do everything at once. Having nine flips at one time can be stressful. I wish they were all completed and on the market right now, but that is not going to happen. All I can do is to keep working hard to get my contractors to finish quickly, find new contractors, and make sure I am on top of everything.
I hope this new idea helps people to achieve more success and to be happier. I will have my first new article on success and attitude published next week at the latest, but I may get it out this week. If anyone has any topic suggestions or things they need help with, please send me an email or leave a comment and I will do my best to answer. Mark@InvestFourMore.com