Re: Shazaam - $1200 ?!?!?!?! - Posted by Merle
Posted by Merle on February 02, 2001 at 07:08:18:
I cannot tell you about any of the courses being offered today, but $1200 is peanuts!
I am reminded of the people who say something like, “If I can’t get a job by the end of the month, I’ll get my real estate license.” Or, they might suggest some other type of sales situation.
My last “job” ended in 1962 … I was 20 years old. Over the years, I spent more dollars than I can recall on education … sales, management, motivation, etc. Years ago, we donated a pickup load (w/camper shell) full (to the top of the camper) of books, cassette tapes, and seminar materials to a local college library. They calculated an original value into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. And, that did not include the ones I had loaned out and did not get back.
Even at that, when we began the real estate investing business, we spent about $8,000 for books, tapes, etc. We bought them with the thought that if we found even one new and useful idea, the price was OK. Some had return policies. If the material was simply a rehash of what someone else offered, we returned them.
Perhaps the information might answer an important question as you try to formulate your business plan. Or, maybe it will stimulate your own creativity to see another answer.
Today, our business is pretty much a “cookie-cutter” operation … but, I still read many of the posts here as well as on other sights. Over the recent years, we purchased a couple of courses … resulting in some new directions. We purchased Lonnie Scrugg’s materials on mobile homes … we’ve never bought a mobile home and probably won’t. But, the information is still stored in the data banks of our minds. We probably use that info subconciously in making decisions.
If you plan to make any money in real estate investing, you should open your thoughts to the need for a “college” education in the business. Since no formal college offers this, you will need to obtain the training elsewhere.
You probably need to buy every course offered on this sight as well as any others you can get. You should attend the convention in Atlanta if you have to hitchhike to get there.
Your success in this, or any, business will be in direct proportion to your commitment to learn and apply that knowledge. Many failures result from people looking for an easy way to do it. The ease of doing the business comes after perfecting the plan.
If you find one idea in the $1200 course that leads you to buying a property, you will get your money back many times over. Use that money to buy more education.
Become a “student of,” but not necessarily a “follower of” every successful real estate investor you can find … in person, in books, on tape, on the web, wherever. Only then will you acquire the total education you need to make the real wealth availble in this business.