For the first 20 years of my career….data was hard to come by, and very expensive……and Strategy…well…I probably mixed “gut and strategy” together, and didn’t know the difference…..but, I always had a HUNCH as to what would work, and what would not. And frankly, I was only wrong a few times. And, those were only when I had partners …when I didn’t really need them.
I’ve always said (to myself, and a few close associates), if I ever had to start my career over…there was only 5 things that I would like to start off with (not counting my wife)….1) my Yukon, 2) my Laptop, 3) my Samsung Galaxy II smart phone, 4) my Glock, and 5) about $100K in cash. Those “five things,” together with my “wits, my gut, and my God”….I would run again. …. (Four of them I keep with me at all times, the remaining one is well hidden).
Actually, $100K is not a lot of “cash.” Seriously… If I were “starting over,” I could do a “lot of damage,” with $100K. Think about it this way. Typically, you only have to put on “deposit” to hold a piece of property, say for 60-90 days, sometimes as little as $1000, to $5000.00. That would mean that I could tie up as much as 20 pieces of property, worth maybe, as much as $4 million dollars. You read it correctly… I have done it, and I could do it again, and again. It’s not that hard. I once had a $750,000.00 office building “tied-up” for 90 days, and only put $5000.00 on the contract as earnest money. See what I mean?
After I’ve tied up some $4 million-dollars-worth of property… I can set about trying to sell my contract(s), or the property… either one. It would only take one or two “quick sales” to raise another $100K, and then… I would be “operating” on my GAINS, and not my PRINCIPAL. This STRATEGY works, and it “happens every single day of the week.” Is this strategy “full-proof?” Of course not. But will it work, even “some of the time?” ABSOLUTELY, and it only take a few times … to make a few-hundred-thousand. And, I can do it without every “borrowing a dime.” I’m not, necessarily, interested in “buying the property,” but rather… I just want to “borrow it.” Basically… it the same thing as “buying options.”
But look… it takes more than money to do anything worthwhile. It takes a deep COMMITMENT in what you’re doing; it takes a clear UNDERSTANDING of all the particulars; it takes a double dose of CONFIDENCE in yourself and your abilities; and it takes a WILLING seller.
And with the GRACE of GOD… you can do just about “anything” you put your mind on…to do. It ALWAYS HELPS to have “God on your side.” Remember… God has a plan for each of us. God tell us in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I can stop, right there, with that passage. I don’t need to go any further. With “His Word,” I KNOW that He’s going to help me achieve “anything” that is “intended” for His Honor and His Glory. It only takes a “sincere belief”…. that God is going to HELP us. Regardless of the outcome… I KNOW that the “outcome” is according to His PLAN for me.