“…No one wanted it Dead Man’s Cliff, as it was thought to be un-developable and valueless; plus local legend held that many a man died on “Dead Man’s Cliff…”

Image result for caricature of man falling down a cliffOPPORTUNITY: What others see as difficult…I see as opportunity?  You can’t make money on the easy stuff….the harder, the more risky…the better the return.   Or, if you’re not careful…greater the fall.   As a youth, I once fell down a 100’ (sloping) cliff onto a railroad track.  As soon as I realized I was not dead…I climbed back up the cliff and scaled back down, numerous times, until I mastered it. The property was known as “Dead Man’s Cliff.”

No one wanted it.  Dead Man’s Cliff,  was thought to be un-developable and valueless; plus local legend held that many a man died on “Dead Man’s Cliff.”  Later, as an adult; I bought the property for about one-third of its then value, and three years later…I sold it for a 300% profit. I saw the potential in what other’s saw as difficult. I saw that I could make a “living” off of what some thought was “dying.”

Another thing…. When that “special opportunity” shows its pretty face….you have to “be ready.” The early bird gets the worm.  Remember: Cash is King.  By offering “cash,” very often that throws you ahead of everyone else in the line.  Often times, you can “low-ball” someone, and because you’re “offering cash,” they’ll opt for your offer, sometimes even, for less money that others may have offered….all because of CASH.

And finally… Know your deal inside and out.  Be Prepared. Don’t make an offer on a piece of property that you don’t know “anything about.”  This is another opportunity that often will present itself.  If you can make an offer with “no contingencies,” (meaning NO CONDITIONS), then again…. that will put you ahead of everyone else.  I once bought a plot of land with  three buildings on it.  I “didn’t bother” to check out the buildings, and didn’t put “any value” on them.  The reason: If they were not immediately usable, then I’d tear them down; as the property, without the buildings, was worth a lot more than I was offering.  But, because of these circumstance, by offering to purchase the property with “no contingencies,” and for CASH, I was able to get ahead of everybody who was willing to “pay more,” but because I could “close in 10 days,” I got the deal.  I kept the property for a few years, and gave the buildings away for “salvage value” and sold the land for twice what I paid for it.

When Christ died on the Cross “for our sins,”  He was even offering us “free access” to Heaven.  He, in effect, removed all but one CONTINGENCEY.  The “only thing” He wanted in return….was that we “believe in Him.”  There was “no entry fee” at the Pearly Gate.  He PREPAID all costs with His Blood.

Jesus paid the penalty for all sin, for all people, for all of time. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – tells us this very clearly: For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Jesus died to take our place…He paid the penalty for ALL of our sin.  There’s no sin that His death did not cover. But, if you’re one of those who “don’t accept” the concept… that Jesus died on the cross for our sins; then we won’t be with Him in Heaven. Think about it…. Before it’s too late.   …Blessings…cjlb…7/01/15.  

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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