Steady wins the race

Steady wins the race   During a recent walk with my kids, my first-born was showing out on his roller blades and my daughter was rolling around on a three-wheeled scooter. As we were walking and talking, the story of the tortoise and the hare got brought up.   Now I don’t know about you, but when I think about that story I don’t see a book of Aesop’s Fables….

$2 in the tank

$2 in the tank   This morning’s workout was exceptionally difficult for me — yet it was not an exceptionally difficult workout. I just had no energy. You know, most of the time you get a second wind when you’re working out. But for me this morning, I never caught my first wind.   It’s kind of weird, too. I ate well yesterday. I went to bed on time, and…

Why do we fall?

Why do we fall?   Two people fell this week at the gym where I work out. They were both middle-aged women, and both falls were centered around some sort of running. As I reflected on what happened in each instance, I saw some very good learning lessons I’d like to share. But first, let me tell you about what happened. The first incident took place on the treadmill.  …

Comfort can kill you

Comfort can kill you   On a recent morning, I was heading back from a new acquire we have out in the Ranger area of Gordon County. The house is currently being rehabbed to get it rent ready.   I was at the house after leaving the gym before 7 a.m. to drop off some materials for the guys.   We got them unloaded, and I headed home to take…

Just Keep Going

Just Keep Going   Have you ever had Yahweh speak to you before? I’ve been blessed to hear Him three times. Now it wasn’t as grand as a booming voice from heaven, but it wasn’t something just impressing on my spirit either.   Three times now I’ve heard a still small voice in my ear that was not my own. The most recent was two years ago when I was…

It’s a journey

It’s a journey   I’m often asked by newer investors how long it took for Ashley and me to get out of corporate America. It’s an interesting question, because neither she nor I have ever been part of anything corporate other than the entities we’ve set up. Truthfully, I’ve never had a “real job.” And when I tell people that, I get some rather puzzled looks.   What I really…

Weighing in

Weighing in   I don’t know if I’ve told you this, but Ashley and I have been self producing a reality show called “What’s the Deal.” It’s a different concept than most of the real estate investor shows you see on TV. We’re trying to bridge the gap between what you might see on TV and what a mom-and-pop investor experience is like in real life.   The other thing…

Effective massive action

Effective massive action   I’m writing this to you at a quarterly business mastermind group. The meeting’s location changes every time, and this quarter, it’s in Nashville Tennessee.   On a recent night after the meeting let out, I needed to go to Kroger to pick up some supplies. My GPS said there were three of these stores equidistant from me. Not being familiar with the area, I just picked…

You can change the world

You can change the world   Recently, I was standing in line at a home improvement store purchasing lights and other finishes for two flip projects we have going. As the cashier was ringing me up, I struck up a conversation with her about how life was going.   Life has been challenging for her, to say the least. She is battling kidney disease, one of her children has Stage…

Invest in yourself

Invest in yourself   I wonder if we, as real estate investors, get so caught up in flipping and landlording that we don’t take time to focus on what the word “invest” really means. One definition of investing is to devote one’s time, effort, energy or money to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.   Now, that’s easy to wrap your head around with a flip…