Category Archives: Engage Today 2009

Is Your Big But Keeping You From Investing in Real Estate?

by Julie Broad

But I am just waiting until I’ve read your program a few more times before I make my first offer.

But I don’t know anybody with money to partner with.

But it’s not a good time to buy right now.

But I just haven’t found the right deal.

I wish I had just made those up but those are quotes from actual emails I’ve received this year. And I could go on and on with more from people who read our real estate investing newsletters, our blog posts and even join one of our real estate investing programs. These are people who really want to start investing in real estate but can’t even get themselves to put in a single offer.

I understand… it’s scary. There are people who have lost a lot of money investing in real estate.

But there are just as many (or more) that have made a lot of money.

And you’re taking the time to educate yourself on the fundamentals of real estate investing. And you’ve been learning from people like us that are showing you how to avoid the mistakes we’ve made. (I know you’re doing these things because you’re reading our blog!)

So, if you’re doing all of that and still not making offers, then you MUST read this book by Sean Stephenson called Get Off Your But. Sean says, “our BUTS are huge. And the longer we sit on them, the more they continue to grow!

It’s ok. We all do it! We all have a ‘but’ we’re sitting on that is holding us back from something we really want. But you have to know that YOUR BUT IS THE ONLY THING HOLDING YOU BACK from what you want.

I know this to be true, and yet I have allowed my but to be really big for some of my lifelong goals…¬† and I am going to change that. I’ve set my goals for 2010 and they are audacious. They are my biggest goals yet. I am going to get off my but and I hope you do too!

Besides being a fascinating and inspiring tale of the life of this three foot tall giant of a man who has never been able to stand on his own two feet due to having brittle bones (the non medical term for his condition), it’s a book full of resources and tools to help you overcome those fears, excuses and insecurities that are giving you the biggest buts.

I’ve said this before when I have talked about my mountain biking accidents … especially the one where I hit the root when there was a small path to the left of it that I could have used to safely get by … you get what you focus on. If you are focused on the things you fear the most or the things that are holding you back then you will have a hard time finding a way around those things.

Sean provides a great exercise in the book to demonstrate this. Essentially he gets you to ask a friend to spend 60 seconds finding everything that is blue coloured in a room. Then, after they have told you everything that is blue, ask the person to tell you a few things that were yellow or red.

It’s going to be nearly impossible for them to name anything that is a different colour because they have been so focused on the blue things.

The same thing happens to would-be real estate investors … they get so hung up on the financing challenges, the fact they can’t find good partners or the lack of good deals that they never actually get going and get off their big but.

So… get off your but! Stop making excuses and start making offers … or just stop letting your big but hold you back from whatever it is you want in your life.

And if you need a little help, I would highly recommend you pick up Sean Stephenson’s book or watch his new TV show on the BIO channel (check out a video about the show below).

No one is dealt a bad or a good hand in life; we’re just dealt cards. It’s up to us to stay in the game and play. Sure, some cards look ‘better’ but they’re really not.” – Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your But p. 257

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Engage Today: The New Reality for Us All

The days of people buying things before they have the money are over and it won’t be back in our lifetime. Spending habits have made a permanent shift in this recession” – Bill Harris

Day 4 of Engage Today 2009

Have you changed your spending this year? Think about it … and be honest.

I can only think of a few people in my life that haven’t really changed their spending habits this year. Most people have cut back on vacations or have started bringing their lunch to work or have made some other significant adjustment in their spending.

I know we made some changes. And it’s definitely in part been because of the recession but it’s also because we have come to realize that the things we thought were important aren’t. Suddenly the money we’d spent on clothes at Holt Renfrew seemed so frivolous. We realized that we wanted to make changes in our life to simplify. In the end what we really concluded was that the things we were allowing ourselves to believe were important weren’t important at all.

We’ve opened our eyes to see what we really need and want in life.

The old James Bond wouldn't fly in today's world ... but Jason Bourne is the perfect hero

The old James Bond wouldn't fly in today's world ... but Jason Bourne is the perfect hero

And while I thought this was a realization we’d come to on our own, Michael Drew took to the stage and explained that it’s actually an entire cultural shift that is happening.

It’s tipping point was in 2003 when Britney Spears had her infamous kiss with Madonna and then fell into a spiral of disaster after public disaster. That moment in time marked a point where we had reached the height of an individualistic society and began our shift slowly back towards a civic society; A society where we are all more human. A society where we all desire to be more authentic and demand that of the people we look up to as our heroes.

One only needs to look to the movies to see this shift happening in pop culture just as strongly as in our own hearts and minds. Look at the James Bond movies … once the icon for an individual reality that just wasn’t achievable for any real human, in the latest Bond movie we were introduced to a rougher version of James Bond in Quantum of Solace. This one bled. This one was definitely not perfect. He didn’t even hook up with the Bond girl … since when does James Bond not hook up with the Bond girl?! In a world where James Bond is more human… that’s where.

Or you could shift your attention to today’s version of James Bond … Jason Bourne. He is flawed in so many ways. He’s conflicted. And yet he is our hero.

Bill Harris really built on this presentation with his thoughts about how we, as a society, have changed our spending habits.¬† And he’s confident that this shift is not temporary.

We’ve changed our approach to spending and more importantly we’re changing the demands we’re placing on the companies that advertise to us.

No longer will we tolerate companies that sell us something that does not meet up to it’s promised benefits. With technology we spread the word in a lightning fast way. Corporations have to pay attention because, once again a quick look at the movies tells you just how fast we communicate. Thanks to websites like Facebook and Twitter we know BEFORE the movie is over whether people like it or not.

Yesterday’s Twitter stream was alive with the hashtag #TMobileSucks. In other words, somebody was angry with TMobile and started tweeting about it. Before long it became a community wide discussion about the flaws in TMobile’s service.

We’re Tweeting and Facebooking with each other from where ever we are. And mostly those words can be read publicly by anyone. That alone changes the face of advertising!

If you know you’re being watched and you have to be accountable for your every action will that change how you act?

I know having someone watching me run makes me run faster. I know that when I eat alone I make different choices then when I eat with a group. I suspect the same can be said for companies too! And as a consumer base … we’re watching …

Unfortunately … we had to leave at the lunch break to catch our flights, so we missed the afternoon of the final day of Engage Today. I checked out some video footage of what we missed and I highly recommend you do the same. In particular … we missed Vishen Lakhiani orchestrating an incredible symphony with the attendees.

I was so fascinated with Michael Drew’s presentation that I am heading back to Calgary in a few weeks to take his Book Publishing 2.0 program. I don’t have a book to publish but it was an opportunity to challenge my thinking in yet another new way and I just couldn’t pass it up. You might want to check it out yourself¬†

We’re also registered for next years Engage Today event scheduled to happen in June 2010. We hope to see you there! It’s hard to believe it’s possible because this year’s event was truly extraordinary, but Greg and Kourosh promise it will be bigger and better than this year. And, I believe they will deliver on that promise.

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