Mental quicksand

Mental quicksand

  So, I had an epic fail this week … in front of everybody.   We have a praise day at my congregation a couple of times a year. The praise offerings range from the reading of psalms and other verses that have spoken to the reader to recitations of poems — and then, of course, music.   I had planned to sing and play a special song on my…

Flip the Script

Flip the Script

  As I was going through the TSA checkpoint at Hartsfield International Airport, I got an opportunity to practice some principles I learned from Dale Carnegie in his book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”     As we waited in the crazy long line at the security check, I noticed some of the TSA agents didn’t look thrilled to be at work.   I decided to interfere with…

Don’t be stupid

Don’t be stupid

  I’ve been blessed to have a great friend — but an even better mentor — by the name of Bill Cook. He’s the man who taught me most of what I know when it comes to property management, creative deal structuring and running a real estate investing business. And to this day, he challenges me to be better.   You may be asking how Ashley and I earned the…

What direction are you going?

What direction are you going?

  According to a recent article by businessinsider.com, 80 percent of New Years resolutions fail by the second week of February. By the time you’re reading this, it will be the third week of February.   So let me ask you, how are you doing?   Another article I read by Forbes said only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. That’s staggering.   I’ve never been a…

Rotating out

Rotating out

  “The Ranger Regiment is the U.S. Army’s premier large-scale special operations force, and is made up of some of the most elite Soldiers in the world,” according to goarmy.com.   For the past two and half years, I’ve had the pleasure of having a Ranger work for me. His name is Miles McGuire and he’s currently my project manager.   During our time together, Miles has told me stories…

The Proctor Doctor

The Proctor Doctor

  I’m a firm believer in chiropractors, and I’ve been going to them since I was 5 years old. During that time, I have witnessed them do some remarkable things. I’ve seen them break fevers, stop vertigo, heal migraines and much more.   One of the biggest of these things happened to me in Calhoun with Doctor Max Proctor. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with tendonitis in my…

Pay it forward

Pay it forward

  For Ashley and me, 2012 was a big year. We became full time investors, but more importantly, it was the year we started our family.   It was late December 2011, and I was painting a huge master closet in a house in Cartersville, when I received a message from Ashley with an image of a positive pregnancy test captioned “Congratulations Daddy.” With a surge of emotions, I immediately…

Seek out good advice

Seek out good advice

  The other day, Ashley and I were shopping for appliances for a flip. Normally it’s not a big deal. We use the same stove, dishwasher and vent hood on almost every house. But this time, it was after Black Friday, and everything was on sale. We pointed out some different appliances we liked to the salesperson. But on each one, they tried to up-sell us. And each up-sell added…

Remember to be Thankful

Remember to be Thankful

  Ashley and I went up to Kentucky to see her side of the family for an early Thanksgiving. It was great. Her Dad lives in Pulaski County, and the mountains there are just beautiful. We spent our time riding the kids through those mountains on four wheelers and visiting with family we see only a few times a year.     We came home the day before Thanksgiving. Traffic…

66 Days

66 Days

  Gary Keller, founder of Keller Williams Realty, wrote a fantastic book called “The One Thing.” In it, he challenges some modern ideas about multitasking, its effectiveness and its impact on the successfulness of your career.     His basic conclusion is that multitasking is a farce. He sights a study performed on college students to determine their effectiveness while multitasking. What the researchers found was that the people who…