Last Thursday night, I met with four of my closest friends. Instead of the usual night of drinking and talking about football, I thought we could do something different, based on some of the self-development and goal-setting exercises I've done in the past.
People ask me about how I was able to invest in Florida while still living in Korea? How was I able to begin my journey to becoming an international real estate investor? The short answer: Getting active on the real estate investor forums on BiggerPockets was a huge first step.
But sometimes we find ourselves having a hard time taking the first step and interacting with "strangers." It might be because of a language barrier. Or fear of looking foolish. Or just generally being a shy person.
That can definitely hold you back. Here's the story of how I overcame my fears and took the plunge. I'm glad I did because it's paid off in big ways! I'm now in two overseas partnerships with the strong potential for at least one or two more.
It's sometimes hard to take the first step and network when you're introverted. But taking very small actions can lead to big results!
... I was able to attend a real estate development seminar held at the Google Campus Seoul next to Samsung subway station. The event was hosted by the Urban Land Institute and sponsored by Konterra, who is developing a large part of the corridor between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
Succeeding in real estate is a lot simpler than you may think. In fact, I'm going to share a tip with you in this email that will put you ahead of 90% of the people out there. One of the first books on real estate investing that I read was written by Bryan Chavez, a former athlete who wrote a very detailed book with a very cheesy title: Buy It. Rent It. Profit.
Today I was at my computer in the home office, looking at flips done by an investor in Tennessee, when in walks my seven-year-old daughter, still half asleep.
She takes a seat on my lap, without asking of course. She's still of the age where she sees my lap as her rightful place whenever it's available.
She looks groggily at the screen for a second and then says to me:
"Daddy... I have an idea."