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94: Hungry and Humble

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Justin Williams had a conference, Flip Hacking Live 2017, that Danny spoke at that got him thinking about the kind of growth he needed to take for his business to grow too. In 2016, Justin asked Danny to speak at this year’s event, so this was a long time coming. Between doing the Flipping Junkie podcast, and the videos, and being in front of people online, speaking in front of people in live events has always been a bit difficult for Danny. Never the less, Danny committed to it, overcame that stage fright, and presented in front of 600 – 800 people.

In preparation for the talk coming up, Danny went to public speaking classes every Wednesday evening. After Flip Hack Live was finished, Danny was talking to the instructor who said something profound. He said:

“I didn’t think you would have any trouble at all. You know why? Because you are humble and hungry. You’re hungry because you’re willing to put in the work, and do what it takes, to make something you want happen. But you’re also humble. You’re willing to accept criticism and knowledge from others, and not go into it thinking you know more than you do.”

Those words stuck with Danny. When you’re willing to be humble enough to be open to learn something from anyone, you will be a success. When you’re hungry enough to drive yourself forward, you will be a success. When it comes to success for real estate investors, you need to be hungry enough to always keep going, but humble enough to take every opportunity as a learning experience.

You can learn how to do this from anybody, no matter how new they are in the business. The more open you are to getting knowledge on things that you’re struggling with, the better your real estate investing business will be. The number one key when it comes to success for real estate investors is knowing when to ask for help. That’s not a bad thing. That shows that you are both hungry for the opportunity, and humble enough to know you can’t do it alone. Saying “I don’t know how to do this and I need help” is a way to grow your business and make it a success.

You’re already taking a big step forward by listening to the Flipping Junkie podcast! The more you learn in these episodes, the stronger you’re making your real estate investing business. If you haven’t subscribed yet, please do, so that you can keep learning how to make your real estate investing business a success. And don’t forget to check out this video, and others like it, on the Flipping Junkie YouTube page!


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Danny Johnson: Welcome to the Flipping Junkie podcast, the podcast for flip pilots everywhere. Flip pilots are the house flippers that work more “on” our business instead of “in” our business by keeping a 30,000-foot view. You’re now part of a small group of house flippers that considers themselves flip pilots that strive to build the life of financial freedom and time freedom so that we can spend more time doing what we love with who we love. In this podcast, I give you a glimpse of the daily life of a flip pilot, so let’s gets started.

Hey, everybody. Welcome back to the Flipping Junkie podcast. I’ve got a really quick episode. I want to share just a quick message with you about some growing that I’ve done over the past several months and basically that relates to my speaking at a conference at my friend Justin Williams’ Flip Hacking Live 2017. It was after Flip Hacking Live 2016 that Justin had asked me to present at the next one and so I’ve basically been stressing for about a year about this, and some people find it kind of fascinating that I do the podcast and the videos and all that kind of stuff and I’m scared to death to speak in front of people though, in front of audiences, and it’s just something that I’ve never really done much of. And when I’m doing the podcast, I’m just kind of speaking to the camera or speaking through a microphone, so it’s different, it’s not the same thing. But getting in front of a crowd, my heart is pounding like crazy and I can’t think straight and all that kind of stuff, and so I was like, I’m just going to commit and tell him “yes, I would do it” and then I’m going to own it, I’m going to figure out how to overcome that and grow and be able to do it.

And so, just last Friday, so a week ago, I had presented in front of I think it was between 500 and 600 people at this event and it was pretty crazy. So you might be wondering like, how did I do that, how did I overcome that. I had a really good presentation, really enjoyed it and I took some training, and that’s how I was able to do it. I just decided, well, I’m going to need to find out how to do this properly so I went and got some training and I spent 8 weeks going to class every Wednesday evening to do this. The instructor, after I came back, we had our last class and after I had the event and was talking to the instructor and he told me, he said, “I knew that you would do well and here’s why. I didn’t think that you had any problem at all because you are humble and hungry.” So I wanted to talk with you guys about being humble and hungry.

He said, “You’re hungry. You want to do it. You want to succeed and you’ll do what it takes. You’ll put in the work, you’re willing to do the work. But you’re also humble, so you’re willing to accept criticism and you’re willing to absorb knowledge and not go into it feeling like you know more than you do.” And I was thinking about that and I was like, “Man, that’s awesome.” That’s most of us find a lot of great success is when we’re willing to be humble enough to understand that we can learn something from anybody and we got to be hungry enough to want to do it. It’s the same thing for real estate investing and getting into flipping houses. You’ve got to be hungry enough to do the work and to make the mistakes and still keep going and learn, and humble enough to understand that you can learn how to do this from anybody really and so anybody, no matter how new they are in this business, I’ve learned things from people that had just started in the business because maybe they had studied something or had experience in a different industry that they translated to this industry and it’s been awesome.

So I advise everybody listening to this when you’ve got something that you’ve been struggling with or you’re having trouble with, maybe look at your level of hunger and whether you’re being humble enough to go out and reach out and ask for help because that’s huge to be able to say “I don’t know how to do this. I’m struggling with this, I’m not good at this,” and to understand that you can do it. Other people had success with it and to reach out to them and find a way to learn from them.

And you’re already doing an awesome job by listening to the Flipping Junkie podcast of course and continue to do that. So if you haven’t subscribed to the Flipping Junkie podcast, please subscribe on iTunes, leave us a rating and review if you’re enjoying this a lot. We’ve also got the videos for these on YouTube at And stay humble and hungry, my friends, and we’ll get another episode up for you soon. Have a great day!


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