Something I Have Been Wanting To Share…(Long) - Posted by Scott(AK)
Posted by Scott(AK) on April 27, 1999 at 11:37:38:
First, I would like to say Thanks to Joe for taking me under his wing and being patient with me threw my really rough growing times.
Second, to all the young investors like myself. Like Joe said in his post, the journey is the biggest part of the fun. Now as I look back at myself a couple years ago I see the growth I have accomplished. A good deal of it with the help of people like Joe Kaiser and other very knowledgable folks from this site. Too many to really name one by one and with the fear of forgetting someone. Although I must take the time to Thank JPiper for al the late nights we spent in the chat room.
Looking back I see some of the mistakes I have made along the way. I feel my biggest mistake is putting too much pressure on myself to get deals done. For me, real estate investment has been a part time escape from a career that I has not been able to meet my needs any longer. Both in terms of finacial rwards as well as being able to provide the things I WANT for my family. But it does pay the bills.
I know many people get into real estate investing because of the huge sums of money that can be made. (When you live on a military salary, the sums seem huge). As I look back, I wonder WHY. Why do we try and force it to replace something else? Why do we need to be rich TODAY? Why this, Why that. You know, I still ask why. But now I ask…
Why not just have fun?
Folks, I am not going to pull punches. It’s not going to be easy. At times you will want to guit. At times you will wonder if you have the ability. Then one day that deal will close and you will take a growth step like no other. Be patient and enjoy the trip. Look at yourself every now and again and give yourself credit for the growth you have accomplished. Don’t try to be a Joe KAsier, Terry Vaghan, JPiper, or Jackie Lange TODAY. We are the Joe Kaisers, Terry Vaghans, JPipers, and Jackie Langes of tommorrow.
Joe has told of his beginnings both on his website and to me on the telephone. It was rough. I remember he told me for about the first six years. We are much luckier because of the efforts of these people who put sites like this together to provide a forum for the knowledge to be shared. Much more lucky for the ones who are willing to share that knowledge so our trip does not have to be as rough.
In short…take your time, have fun, read EVERYTHING you can get your hands on. When you close your first deal invest in yourself. Spend some money on a congradulations outing and get some more knowledge. Buy more courses.
But most of all…HAVE FUN!
Thanks for listening, Good Luck!
To Joe Kaiser…Thanks for leading me to the gate, letting me walk through it, and being there to guide me along.