In this episode, Mark discusses why your attitude and daily habits have more to do with making more money and having more freedom than anything else.
– You are not too good for self help.
– It is really hard to be successful if you don’t know what success is.
– Set your goals and work backwards to build out a plan.
– How to set 101 goals.
– It doesn’t mean your goal can’t change or adapt to what’s going on with your life.
– Why failing to reach your goals is good, it’s a means to an end.
– The importance of staying positive.
– Think about the big picture, don’t get stuck on busy work.
– Not everything needs to be done today; have fun, make progress and work on the most important things.
– If your not willing to get out of your comfort zone, you could miss a huge opportunity.
– Goals can be great for accountability, motivation and reminding you what’s important.
– If your time is more valuable, hire it out.
I have been a licensed real estate agent since 2001. My father has been a Realtor since 1978 and I was surrounded by real estate my entire life. I remember sleeping under my dad’s desk when I was three while he worked tirelessly in the office. Surprisingly, or maybe not, I never wanted anything to do with real estate. I wanted to create my own path. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in business finance in 2001. I could not find a job that was appealing to me so I reluctantly decided to work with my father part-time in real estate. Many years later I am sure glad I got into the real estate business!
Even though I had help getting started in real estate, I did not find success until I was in the business five years. I tried to follow my fathers footsteps, which did not mesh well with me. I found my own path as a REO agent and my career took off. I think that I actually would have been more successful sooner without a safely net and someone showing me the way.
Now I run a real estate team of 9 that has sold close to 200 homes each of the last three years. I fix and flip 10-20 homes a year and I own 16 long-term rentals. I have even written one of the top selling real estate books on Amazon. I love real estate and investing because of the money you can make and the freedom running your own business brings. I also love big goals and one of those goals is my plan to purchase 100 rental properties by January 2023.
I started InvestFourMore in March 2013 and the primary objective was to provide information on investing in long-term rentals. I was not a writer at any time in my life, until I started this blog. In fact I had not written anything besides a basic letter since college. Readers who have been with me from the beginning may remember how tough it was to read my first articles with all the typos and poor grammar (I know it is still not perfect!). My goal has always been to provide incredible information, not to provide perfect articles with perfect grammar.
The name “InvestFourMore” is a play on words indicating that it is possible to finance more than four properties. The blog provides articles on financing, finding, buying, rehabbing and renting rental properties. The blog also discusses mortgage pay down strategies, fix and flips, advice for real estate agents and many other real estate related topics. To get started with the blog check out the Get Started page that describes the best way to find what you are looking for.
I was married to my beautiful wife Jeni, in 2008 and we have twins who turned five in June of 2016. Jeni was a Realtor when we met in 2005, but has since put her license on ice while she takes care of the twins. Jeni loves to sew and makes children’s dresses under the label Kaiya Papaya.
Outside of work I love to golf and work/play with my cars.
If you want to learn some of the tactics I’ve used to build a life with plenty of earned income, passive income and free time for my family and hobbies, check out the InvestFourMore store which has multiple eBooks and products with coaching from me.