Build It – They’ll Come

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.


Usually because most people need to SEE it BEFORE we believe it.

A little reminiscing to get to my point…

Okay, sports fans… let’s talk Super Bowl – Patriots vs. Seahawks. (I know it was a few months ago, but people are still talking about it here and there.) Imagine it’s the night of the game, but you had to work so you couldn’t watch it. That sucks, but thankfully you are able to DVR it, so at least you can watch it later that night. So, you put your nose to the grindstone and do everything possible to avoid thinking or hearing about the game.

Now imagine that as you finish up the last 5 minutes of work and your co-worker comes up and high fives you on the Patriot’s win.

Double suck.

Of course, part of you would be happy, but the other part would be less than stoked that the experience of watching the game was ruined. So, you still go home and watch the recorded game. Yeah, you are way less excited because you know how the game ends, but you gotta see it through.

As the recording starts, your team goes down by two touchdowns within the first quarter. (Okay, I made that up, but just stick with me here.) Then, Tom Brady throws out his shoulder waving to his hot model wife (again… stay with me) and now we are down to a 2nd string QB. As if it couldn’t get any worse, by halftime, the Pats are down another touchdown.

Here’s the point:

If you knew the Patriots were going to win the game, you would have a very different attitude about the horrible start of the game than you would if you didn’t know the outcome. Knowing they win, you would relax and look forward to the inevitable comeback the Patriots were about to have.

So, what if you could look ahead at your life and found out that in 5 years you would be a wealthy and successful real estate investor? Would you have a different attitude when you have a bad day or week in your business? Would it really matter if that seller hung up on you or took another offer? How would you react if a deal fell through or if even you lost money on a rehab?

My guess is that it would be no biggie if you knew where you were going to end up.

Most people never realize that it’s not what happens to you that matters, but rather it’s how you respond to what happens to you that makes the difference between a winner and a loser; a successful or non-successful entrepreneur. We can’t control all that happens, but we are always able to control how we react.

Most people say “I’ll believe it WHEN I see it,” and so they never become successful.

I was taught to “believe it and THEN you will see it.” The trick is to relax and have faith that if you do the work, it will work out and you will win the game you are playing.

So, while the technology isn’t here to DVR your life (though I bet Apple is on its heels) – believing it without knowing is the key to making your success a reality. Go build that field of dreams. YOUR dreams.

Rock on,

Mentor Dave

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