There is a lot going on for me right now and it's been more challenging than usual trying to juggle all my responsibilities. It is at times like this where my motivation wanes and I stop and question if what I am doing is worth it.
I have been finishing the rehab for House #9 (and the difficulties that came with it) and getting that house ready to go on the market. I have also managed to find and purchase House #10 and to top it all off we are in negotiations for what could soon be House #11.
I can only do this part time because my day job comes first during normal business hours. So really my wife handles a lot of this and I help her with what she can't. But that still leaves plenty of work for me on nights and weekends. She is truly a champ because after all her first responsibility is to be the great mom that she is to our children. So being able to handle both as well as she does is admirable.
As you might imagine, when I am installing light fixtures at 9pm on a Wednesday night on House #9 (7th straight night of work at that house) I can't help but ask myself, why am I doing this?…
I could be at home watching TV and relaxing or reading a story to my children before putting them to bed…
Sometimes the answer is not very clear nor does it come right away. Yes, I know I am doing it to make money. But I'll be honest with you and tell you that at that moment that answer isn't very comforting.
But I figured out a while ago that if you let it and you don't realize it and you don't fight it, the society that we live in will push you towards mediocrity.
There is a natural impulse to follow the crowd, do what everyone else is doing. And what is every one else doing on Wednesday night at 9pm?...
Watching TV... not doing anything to change and/or improve their lives so they can go to work the next day and complain at the water cooler about their lives!
So in reality I am not installing fixtures I am trying to change my future…to create the life I want to have.
Even though I have a great job I realized a while ago that I cannot depend on it for my financial well being. And if I want to later on live the life I want that includes freedom and independence, I need to do something different...hence the light fixture on Wednesday night at 9pm.
Believe me, if there is someone out there that is REALLY does not like doing handyman work it's me!
But I have goals and I have a plan to achieve those goals. My wife and I have a vision and have agreed that we want to be debt free, financially independent and build wealth for our family. Real estate investing is a big part of that plan.
I guess what I am trying to tell you is that there is a lot of comfort in doing what everyone else is doing. But if you want to break the mold and change the path that you were set on then you need to have a big WHY…a big burning desire deep inside of you to break free from mediocrity.
So when you hear me talking about the importance of goals and a plan for your life and how others that are more successful than I am do the same, that is why. When we commit ourselves, truly and willingly, to something we want to achieve then the only limits we have are the ones we give ourselves.
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