Today, I was called a piece of $%#! and a coward several times (by the same person). The coward came in because I hung up the phone after the first barrage of insults. What was my offense? I sent him a letter asking if they are looking to sell a house. Granted it was sent to a probate lead so I can understand how the letter may have come at a very difficult time for the individual. Though, it is still not an excuse for the behavior exhibited. Whew. I hope he did not go on a rampage afterwards.
The reason I bring this up is two-fold (bifold?).
1. You have to develop tough skin in this business. – There will be times when contractors and callers will push very hard on you and you have to be able to let it roll off your back. You have to be able to move forward and not let it bother you. The benefits are far greater than the negative situations that sometimes pop up.
2. You need to know and keep in mind why you want to flip houses. – If you don’t know why you are doing something, you are not going to be doing it for very long. When starting flipping houses you are going to have to learn a lot and likely be pushed outside of your comfort zone most of the time. This uncomfortable feeling and dealing with the uncertainty and self-doubt that most of us experience is enough to make most people quit before they’ve even given themselves a real chance to succeed.
If you sit down and actually really think through and are honest with yourself, and write down why you really want to flip houses, you will be in a much better position to push through the trying times. I mention writing down what you decide because when we write things down, it works to make us articulate our thoughts better. Having written goals and reasons also enables us to have something to look at from time to time that keeps us on track.
So many people just do things on autopilot day in and day out. Not much changes. When you really know why you are doing something and really know what you want, life becomes a lot more exciting. When Melissa and I feel like we need a push, we sit down and write down what we really want and then talk about it. This honestly gets us excited again and we become much more productive. We do this almost yearly and it really helps us with making sure we are heading in the right direction.
I’m always reminded of something I had read about a group of people chopping down trees. These guys were just working all day chopping down trees with their nose to the grind stone. They sure were hard workers. Staying focused and really getting the job done.
The problem was they were in the wrong forest!
They were working very hard but at the wrong things. If only someone had climbed up a tree and looked around and decided on where they were supposed to be before they wasted all of that effort, they’d be much better off.
Why do we flip houses?
Some of you might be curious as to why we’ve decided to flip houses. The incredible potential for huge profits of course is what most people think of, but it goes way beyond that.
We do it because it gives us freedom. We are in charge in our lives and in charge of our destinies. There is no fear of being laid off or having to do things we don’t want to do. We decide what we do and when we do it.
We are able to be home most of the day and to be there for our kids. This is huge. We are privileged to be there for them and are always able to make it to their games and recitals. Our schedules are completely flexible.
With respect to goals, we now have a way to work hard now so that we can retire early and do the things we want to do while we are still relatively young. This has really helped me to stay motivated and focused.
The picture for this post is my vision board. I highly recommend that you create one. The idea came from the DVD The Secret which I feel is a must have. If you don’t own this dvd, you are truly missing out. This DVD will change your life!
The vision board is a collection of things that represent what we want. It is something that changes over the years and we update it when we re-evaluate where we are.
The great thing about the vision board is that we are constantly reminded of what we want. People that go through life not really articulating what they really want are, for the most part, lost and lack direction. It’s never too late though. No matter how far fetched or crazy some of the things are, put them on there. Anything is possible.
Even without looking at my old vision board very often (really hardly ever), something crazy happened. I hadn’t looked at it in a long time and one day stopped to look at it.
Most of the things I had on my vision board had come to be.
I was stunned. Even though I had not conscientiously worked at each item as one would when working down a to-do list, I still accomplished much of what was on my board. When I had first put the pictures up, I really had some doubt about whether I’d ever really do those things. One of the pictures was of an airplane. It represented my desire to become a certificated private pilot. That was something I didn’t think I would ever be able to make time for and actually achieve. But, it happened. While working on getting my ticket, I was not thinking about the picture hanging on the wall. It truly is amazing and I hope this is hitting home for a lot of people.
So, why do you REALLY want to flip houses?
I urge you to leave a comment below about why you want to get into this business. Even if the reason is already mentioned by somebody else, mention it yourself. The purpose is to write it down and experience what it means to truly think about where you are and where you want to be and for what reasons.
So, why do you want to flip houses?