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I recently sold a house and wanted to share a few lessons I learned from this particular project. As you can imagine, I learn something from every single property I buy...and sometimes, I learn the same lessons more than once. (lol) 

The project was a bit unique in that we had a buyer lined up even when we were less than 50% complete with the construction. Now, I've sold properties within 10 - 20 days after listing the property, but never before have I sold a property we were currently renovating. And by 'sold', I mean having a purchase and sale agreement in place. 

I really enjoyed the experience of working with the buyers and with the real estate agent throughout most of the process. 

I met the buyers at the house one particular evening to discuss the house and to specifically discuss the "finishes" such as kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, kitchen and bathroom tile, carpet, etc. 

I had recently finished renovating another house and shared pictures of the kitchen with these buyers. Much to my surprise, they wanted the exact same cabinet style, color and granite as well as the tile floor. Wow....I thought, this is gonna be a breeze. 

They were super easy to work with and on many occassions, I went out of my way to get their opinion/decision on many other finishes. 

For example, I remember being in Home Depot on several occassions ready to purchase finish material and I would simply snap a pic of what I wanted to buy, text it to the real estate agent who in turn would connect with the buyers and minutes later, I'd get a response of yeah or nay.  

They loved the exterior doors I picked out, so I bought 'em. 

The loved the ceiling fans I picked out, so I bought those as well. 

It got to the point where the realtor said to simply reach out to the buyers directly when discussing these finishing touches, which I did on numerous occassions. 

It truly was a fun time because I was building a house for someone. I was installing things they wanted.

This was a big change for me because on every one of my other projects, I'm buying things that I 'hope' the buyer will love. I am always asking myself...will she like this, will she like that?  Because I know, the woman makes the decision and I need to think like a woman...which is not easy to do. 

Everything was going along smoothly until I hit delays in getting the work done.  I had my contractors on a few different projects at the exact same time and this project was not getting the attention it deserved. On top of that, when my guys came out to the project, they were not 100% focused on project and their workmanship, or lack thereof, showed. 

In the end, I had to re-do several aspects of shotty work, which costs time and money to do so, while at the same time causing frustration and angst for my buyers. 

Even at the closing table, we agreed in writing that I would address 8 or 9 items that were not addressed prior to closing. 

Do I wish this project went smoother...sure I do. 

Am I happy with the end result. You bet I am!!!! 

These buyers essentially have a brand new home with new windows, new HVAC system (which is very unusual in this neighborhood), brand new kitchen cabinets and granite countertops, brand new stainless steel appliances that they picked out, brand new flooring they they picked out and the walls were painted to their specifications.

As you can see by the pics, the house looks really, really good.  And what about what you can't see? Good question. Well, we spent extra money installing sound proof insulation between the party walls. Previous to that, you could literally earn the neighbors in the kitchen talking. We insulated walls and ceilings that were previously not insulated. We had a master electrician run the wiring within the house that was then inspected by a 3rd party inspection company.

I am proud of this house. My only regret is hiring the right guys who could focus 100% on this project and get the job done right and on-time. 

Will they have some work to do when they move it...Of course they will. The buyers had some awesome ideas of building custom shelves in the living room and master bedroom as well as the hall closet. I'm sure they are going to create lasting memories in this new home for many many years to come. 

 

How sad is that?

We live in the richest and wealthiest land the world has ever known. We are so blessed to live in these times of massive opportunity.

Yet, many folks can’t withdrawal 5 Benjamin Franklins from their savings account.

Think about that!

$500.00!

According to the Huffington post, “nearly half of Americans don’t have more than $500 saved up, according to a recent study by CreditDonkey.com, a credit card comparison company. Of the roughly 1,100 Americans polled, 41 percent reported having less than half a grand of readily-accessible savings at hand.”

“Over two thirds of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, a survey by the American Payroll Association found last month.”

“The survey of 30,600 people found that 68 percent said it would be somewhat difficult or very difficult if their paychecks were delayed for a week. These results show Americans are still struggling with the recession’s effects, the association said.”

I define the term “wealth” as having multiple cash flow irrespective of time.

What does that mean?

It means you earn income throughout the day, without having to report to a job and clock in and report to your boss.

It means you earn money while you sleep, or while you are playing with your kids or grandkids. It means you earn money while on vacation traveling the world and experiencing all the wonderful  places you dreamed of visiting.

There are multiple ways to generate cash flows irrespective of time. One great example is owning residential properties and having tenants pay you rent every month. Another example is network marketing companies. I recommend not going with one of those “old school” MLMs where you need to host parties at your house, invite your friends and family and attend weekend events every month.

Rather, check out internet marketing / affiliate marketing programs on the internet that allow you to earn substantial incomes irrespective of time.

I truly hope you become one of the ones that has $50,000, $500,000 or $5M in your bank account in the coming years. Your life will be so rewarding and your impact you can have on friends, family and community is priceless.

To your success!!!

How do I know…because I have been in dozens of companies and they were all the same. The folks with the big lists made the money and the guys (like me) that jumped in thinking they can make a difference in his financial future, simply struggle.

And struggle and struggle to get leads and more importantly, buyers.

This ends now with the NEO Network.

Last Friday, I literally saw Kris Darty increase people’s incomes  from $100/mo to $650/mo. The folks that were impacted were simply amazed and grateful. On top of that, others spoke about how they just received a $5,000 check from only one month in the NEO Network.

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Kris Darty has been building online businesses for several years now and has attracted a pretty sizeable following.

In fact, Kris’ goal is to bring in over 10,000 people in the next 90 days, with the intent that they all will be making money.

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Earl Nightingale

I absolutely love listening to Earl Nightingale’s audio programs.

For one, he has an amazing voice.

Its no wonder he was involved in thousands of audio programs, from TV to radio.

But secondly, what comes out of his mouth is pure gold. And if properly implemented, can provide the listener (e.g., you and me) with a solid foundation to build a very exciting and engaging life.

Today, I listened to Earl’s Lead the Field and specifically, the section on “The Magic Word.”

At first, I thought the magic word was Gratitude. Well, its part of the magic word, but not THE magic word.

Earl believes the Magic word is ATTITUDE!

Our attitude tells the world what we expect in our world and from out world and how we interact with those in our world.

Our attitude is something that we can control. We chose our attitude every morning when we wake up, throughout the day and in the evening before we go back to bed.

It is, then, up to us to determine the attitude we give to the world and the world will reflect that attitude back to us.

Earl Nightingale said “In trying to describe the attitude that has worked so well for me over the years, I find myself using two important words: Gratitude and Expectant.

“I wake up with a sense of gratitude in the morning. Secondly, I expect the best.”

What a phenomenal way to live one’s life. He is grateful for what he has and carries that into expecting more greatness to come into his life.

Imagine if we all felt that way…

In my house, I’m the first one awake every day.

I wake up with a sense of gratitude.

Within the first few minutes of being awake, I usually say a quick prayer thanking Jesus for the gift of today.

I wake up with a sense of excitement as I start my day and everything that will be accomplished during the day.

I’m grateful that I’m moving forward in the direction of my dreams, goals and desires.

Sure, there are setbacks and obstacles that I have to overcome every single day, but I’m not worried about those. I focus on the goal and the achievement of that goal.

Earl shared a test, that if acted upon, could alter our lives tremendously. Here it is:

“Treat everyone I come into contact with as if they were the most important person on earth. Do this for 3 reasons:

1.    As far as every person is concerned, he or she believes they are the most important person on earth

2.    That is the way human beings ought to treat each other

3.    By treating everyone this way, we begin to form an important habit, there is nothing in this world that men, women and children need more than self-esteem, the feeling that they are important, that they are recognized, that they are needed, that they count and are respected. They will give their love, their respect and their business to the person that fills this need.”

For me, I need to treat members of my family as the most important people in the world, because they are.

Thanks Early for the golden nuggets you shared with me today. I’m am truly thankful.

 

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I just listened to Earl Nightingale’s recording of the Strangest Secret….

For at least the 50th time

And every time I listen to it,

I get so excited about life

About my future

About my business

About my family relationships

About achieving my goals

Earl said “Persistence is simply another word for faith. If you didn’t have faith, you’d never persist.”

I have persisted in some endeavors because I have complete faith in myself and my future

And I know I will achieve the goals I set out for myself.

On the nightingale.com home page, Earl’s has another quote

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

For me, I am not giving up on my goal.

No way

No how

No matter how many haters I have

No matter how difficult live becomes

No matter how many obstacles I need to overcome

I will not quit

I will not give up

I will not succumb to the masses

Why do so many people fail. What happens to the sparkle in someone’s eye at the age of 25

Earl refers to a book called “Man’s Search for Himself” and quotes “The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardness, it is conformity.” And that is the problem today.

Most folks follow the crowd and unfortunately, statistics show that the crowd is broke.

Be yourself.

Follow your dreams.

Blaze your own trail and do what makes you happy.

There are so many golden nuggets in the audio “The Strangest Secret.” You owe it to yourself to get a copy, listen to it intently and follow the 30 day exercise Earl recommends.

 

 

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