Your Entrepreneurial Declaration of Independence
From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…
I had a great 4th of July weekend and it left me feeling rather patriotic, and that feeling has been carrying through until now because I’ve been contemplating what an awesome thing it is to have freedom. Yes, there are some things that I feel are a bit whacked out with our country; but all in all, I feel very grateful to live in this great FREE country. In this country, we take our freedom very often for granted, until it is challenged.
Most real estate investors (entrepreneurs) get into this deal for just that… Freedom. And that can be defined in many ways, but in the end, it usually boils down to be able to do what you want to do without time and money restrictions.
So I’m wondering, why is it that more people don’t get there? Why are some able to achieve it and others just seem to still be stuck in their situations? It really comes down to one thing: Those who do, DECLARED their independence.
Today, I want to rap for a few minutes with you and see if we can’t help with this, if you find yourself bound to the “old country.”
I’m not a history buff, but between passing notes (yes, this was before texting) to the hot girl three rows over and sneaking a couple of zzzz’s, I do recall a few points that I feel carry over from what our good old forefathers did that can help us out in our modern entrepreneurial emancipation.
Here they are:
- Identify the problem
- Visualize and describe the outcome
- Create a plan of attack and execute
- Resolve yourself to the plan…
- Rocking white powdered wigs and knee high socks
1. Identify the Problem
So what ails, ye? Back in the day, it was the oppressive mother England and all the restrictions she imposed on the colonies. Our forefathers saw that there was opportunity and they wanted a better way.
What is it that is driving YOU? What is your why? Be very specific.
Sometimes it’s not enough to just look at what I want to gain. Sure… “freedom” is a great motivator. However, many studies support that most humans are more driven by a fear of loss than a desire for gain. I suggest putting both on your “why” list. So, what happens when you get free? What happens if you DON’T?
2. Visualize the Outcome
John Adams and crew saw a better life. They visualized a democracy, more freedoms, dissolution of class and no bloody accent. Okay, that last one just happened.
What does YOUR new world look like? Be specific again here.
3. Create Your Plan of Attack and Execute it.
This doesn’t have to involve a tea party or muskets, but by all means… declare your intent and get to work. Don’t leave your plan to chance or circumstance.
Plan your attack and attack your plan.
There are a number of great books out there on learning to manage your time and putting fear behind you. Bone up on your writs of war and do it.
4. Resolve Yourself to the Plan
No matter what – set your sights, dig in and expect that there will be some sacrifice. I can’t tell you how many would-be real estate investors gave up too fast at the first sight of blood.
Think of the men, women and children who sacrificed their very lives for our freedom. If it was as easy as just wanting something, we would all be healthy, wealthy and happy. That’s not how it works. YOU gotta work. Period.
5. Powdered Wigs and Knee Highs?
Well, I’ll leave that to the Ben, John and Thomas.
But here’s the deal, look at all the movies on freedom… Braveheart, Gladiator, Independence Day, the Matrix, Hanna Montana…
Freedom comes at a cost, but it’s worth it. Having been blessed to be in a free country and having achieved freedom through this great thing known as real estate investing… I will tell you without question, it IS WORTH IT.
Now, go declare yours.
The Rock Star Real Estate Mentor
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