From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…Did you ever see the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams? Really great movie… back when Kevin Costner actually made good movies.  The gist is that this guy took a leap of faith to pursue a vision despite criticism, obstacles and the actual “facts” that were visible. It was that vision and faith that propelled him. It’s a rare person it seems that can do this. Why?  Usually because...
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Cody Sperber Testimonial - Jesse From Denver, Colorado If you want to learn how to invest in real estate the RIGHT way, and you are sick and tired of wasting time or money of programs that don't work, then I invite you to come check us out and get involved.  Hi, my...
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>From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…Yeah…the title is a song by the Doors. (Pretty damn cool one, too.) Today I want to challenge you to really explore the idea of what is YOUR other side?   Read carefully as I tell you a story that I think will illustrate this point nicely.Once upon a time…There lived a very rich man. Back then, they didn’t have the World Cup or organized sports or even...
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>From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…I love mentoring. I mean I really love it.I love that I get to help my students to achieve their goals. I love seeing the light switch on and see them roll into action.  One thing that is inevitable, however, is that tough times and challenges do come. Fear, lack of focus and distraction… these lead to procrastination, become overwhelming and eventually could mean the difference of...
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>From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…I’ve been an entrepreneur, real estate investor and mentor for quite some time now. It’s no secret that this path of has some pitfalls. It’s no surprise that there are external obstacles that can crash a business…But would it surprise you to know that one of the biggest reasons I have seen real estate investors stumble, fail and quit was due to an internal influence? Would...
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>From Darlene Root…Hey there, my name is Darlene Root and I am one of the new Clever Investor Mentors. I’m super excited about this opportunity to be part of the Clever Family. Currently I’m working 1-on-1 with several students and they are seeing some major breakthroughs in their businesses. I just love that!For today, I want to introduce myself and share a story from early in my real estate career. Although...
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>From Craig Fuhr, The Fix & Flip Artiste …One of my favorite questions for new investors is:“What do you want to make next year with your real estate business?”I’ll get answers ranging anywhere from $100,000 to $5 MILLION bucks. Now listen, NO ONE would ever accuse Craig Fuhr (yes, I did just refer to myself in the 3rd person) of being a dream stealer. I love dreaming big – but $5...
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>I enjoy encouraging others even though I’m not what you might consider a motivational speaker. I realize that life can get tough and sometimes discouragement can set in – that’s why I want to take a moment to encourage you, Clever Investors.Be IntentionalWhen I’m in the gym in the morning, I like to plan my week and my day in my head. I do that as a matter of habit. I...
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>From Darlene Root…Human behavior and self-improvement have always been interesting subjects to me. I have always been fascinated by “what makes people tick.” As a mentor, I have had students who get so caught up in why something won’t work, and they spiral down thinking things like: “I have always been this way,” “It’s just a bad habit that I can’t break,” or “Every time I try to do something I...
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>From Tom Nardone, Millionaire Mailman … Back in January of 2015, I dropped a simple mailing of postcard 10A in the Clever Marketing Center and had Go Big Printing mail it out. I only mailed about 1,900 postcards to an absentee owner’s list that I bought from ListAbility.I got a pretty good response rate, which was about 75 calls. About 20 of the sellers from the postcards left voice mail messages. The rest...
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>From Dave Victor, Real Estate Rockstar…I really don’t watch sports. I mean, I would rather watch farming than baseball. I would rather watch paint dry than football. You get the point.So, for a guy who isn’t really into watching sports, I really do love watching movies about characters who happen to be athletes. They truly have some of the best motivational speeches ever penned. I was watching one of my favorite...
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>From Craig Fuhr, The Fix & Flip Artiste …This post comes directly from a few 1-on-1 calls I’ve had recently with several of my mentoring students. So as not to offend the innocent, I will make no mention of their names. But if I’m being honest, I could list the names of most any investor – as most of us will struggle at some point in our investing careers with the...
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>From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…As I write this, we recently celebrated the 4th of July and had some fun blowing up fireworks.  Just like Memorial Day a couple months back, these are great holidays not only to celebrate our freedom, but also to appreciate and remember all those who have served and are serving to protect our security and freedom in the good ol’ US of A. I personally want...
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>Hi guys, Franklin Cruz here – REI Drill Sergeant and Mentor …So as most of you guys know, I served in the Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was at this time that I learned lessons that would serve me a lifetime, and I had the honor of being an aide to General Summerall, whom I truly admire.Now let me explain the level of responsibility that comes with being a General...
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>From Craig Fuhr, The Fix & Flip Artiste …As I’ve spent hundreds of hours speaking with students over the past several months, its occurred to me that we all are lacking one of life’s essential ingredients: Joy.Where did it go? What happened to the bright, hopeful childlike exuberance in all of us?I’ll never forget one of my favorite episodes  of Cheers where big Norm walks into the bar and Sam asks,...
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>From Darlene Root here…Recently, I had the pleasure of going on a Mentor Retreat with Cody Sperber and the Clever Investor Mentors. It was a “working” retreat, but we also had some time for fun as well. During the retreat, Cody treated us to an amazing time with Joseph McClendon. Joseph is a peak performance coach who has teamed up with Tony Robbins and is now the head coach and instructor...
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Perhaps these questions will help you figure out how to make it taste sweeter!  1. Are you listening to your instincts? Has something been bothering you lately? Maybe something in your life just feels a little off. That could be your sixth sense, or intuition trying to tell you something important about your life. Maybe it’s time to listen. 2. Where do you get relief and relaxation in your life? Are you all work and...
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> HOORAY...2012 is behind us, the Fiscal Cliff has been avoided (at least for a couple of months), and the future for real estate investors is looking bright (as long as you know how to outsmart those BIG BAD hedge funds). And if you are anything like me...you have some New Years Resolutions that you plan on keeping for at least 2-3 weeks! ;-) The good news for you is I...
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>From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…I was recently talking to a mentor of mine (yes, a mentor has a mentor. Guess what? That mentor has a mentor, too. I’m willing to bet THAT mentor has a mentor) and we were discussing vision.He said that as humans, we hunger for vision. If we are unable to create a compelling vision for ourselves, we will latch on to someone else’s vision. With no...
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>From Bridgette Cruz…Warning! What I am about to share with you could completely change the way you think, react, and perform from now on…Have you ever met someone who was critical or negative all the time? Let me guess, you either would ignore them or attempt to change their view on the situation for hours upon hours until you finally decided that this person was just the way they were.Let me...
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>From Darlene Root…As a Clever Investor Mentor, each week seems to carry a theme with my students... Recently, we had a week that was all about time management (or lack thereof). Most of the students feel like the weeks and months go by without producing a positive result in their businesses. (I’ve been there, I’m sure you’ve been there…)What it all comes down to though, is that the student is not...
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"Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked!"                                                                                                                    ...
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>Hey Clever Investors, Franklin Cruz, REI Drill Sergeant and Mentor, here again…I have been known to try many workouts in my day, but the awesomest one by far is Crossfit. Crossfit has a lot of parallels to my professional life, so I’ve boiled down this Crossfit knowledge into three key lessons that will hopefully help make you a better investor.1. The first lesson you learn in Crossfit is that you CANNOT...
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>Hey Clever Investors, Franklin Cruz – REI Drill Sergeant and Mentor – back again to finish the thought-provoking post I started a couple weeks ago. In Part 1, I talked about a disgruntled student of mine whom I affectionately referred to as Mr. Crazy Banana, and how mistakes I learned surrounding some circumstances helped me grow as a person, husband and an investor…The Saga ContinuesOkay, so where were we?I told you...
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>Hi guys, Franklin Cruz here – REI Drill Sergeant and Mentor …Today I want to share a personal story that taught me that you should embrace your past mistakes and use them as tools to craft yourself into a better person.Most of you know I’m out there in the trenches of the investing world doing deals all day long and that I am passionate about teaching others. As a coach, I...
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>From Franklin Cruz, REI Drill Sergeant and Mentor …How is my best friend 5 years old? Having a best friend that’s 5 years old is the best thing in the world. Having a best friend at all is a great thing. But sometimes as adults, we move on past our friends and we forget to connect with people like we used to…So our best friends sometimes become our kids. I am...
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>Hey guys, it’s Torsten Coulson again, taking a quick break from our 10 Critical Steps to Fix and Flip Success series for something I think is really important…Today, I wanna talk about challenging ourselves and giving back to the community.A few weeks ago in my real estate investing company, our team talked about ways to challenge ourselves. We talked about this so that we can become better than we were yesterday...
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>Hi guys, Franklin Cruz here – REI Drill Sergeant and Mentor …In the real estate investment biz, high performance is all about strategy. And one of the best ways that I’ve learned over the years to successfully plan my selling and buying strategies is to create a High Performance Triangle….and to work the system like the investing ninja that I am!Not Your Typical PolygonSo what does this High Performance Triangle look...
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>From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…I love this Yoda quote. For a little green guy, this dude had some pretty deep lessons. I wonder if he was a real estate investor…I could sure use some Jedi mind tricks with some of these sellers I work with.  The “Try It” SyndromeThe “Try It” syndrome is something that cripples would-be winners out there, regardless of the arena. It practically ensures defeat. Ever “try” to...
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>From Franklin Cruz, Real Estate Drill Sergeant…Being a real estate investor without eventually acquiring private money lenders in your corner is a lot like being a bajillionaire and getting married without a pre-nup. Sure, you can do it, but you’d be an idiot inviting tragedy by doing so.Which is why today’s tidbit of golden info is all about marrying for money.Of course, I don’t mean literally going out and finding someone...
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>From Franklin Cruz, REI Drill Sergeant …I had the rest of my career on cruise control…What drove me to work harder than ever? Keep reading...This process has transformed my life, and I have now helped many others chase their dreams and live the life they want to live!After 7 years in the military, a tour in Iraq, my last military service duty was to be Generals Aid in Central Command. After...
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