Step by Step

Some of us see our dreams so clearly that we expect to attain those dreams immediately. We want to have a hundred rentals or we want to triple our income or we want to be financially able to quit our job or take two months vacation this year.

And we become disappointed when things take longer than we had hoped. Patience is a virtue and sometimes we don’t feel very virtuous. Disappointment weakens our resolve and before you know it, the dream goes back to sleep again. Out of sight, and out of existence.

You can have big dreams, but you must stay focused to reach them. When you look at dreams you’ve reached or goals you’ve accomplished in the past, there is a success pattern that always seems to emerge. That’s putting one foot in front of the other in a steady and unrelenting pursuit of what you want.

Step by step. Neither left nor right a half of a degree, but straight for the prize. Slow and steady wins the race. Sure, you get to go galloping off here and there, but normal everyday one step at a time really has a way of getting the job done like nothing else.

Assume for a moment that you could walk from LA to New York. It would take you a LOT of time, but step by step you could do it. The only way you would fail to get to New York is if you quit moving towards it step by step.

Learn the basics, add to that. Be a sponge for learning. Learn what you really want to do in this business and focus hard. Keep it in front of you and keep moving towards it. Day by day. A little bit every day. A little bit more, another phone call, look at one more house. Something, something every day, but keep moving towards what you want.

Don’t be swayed from your goals. The only way you don’t get to where you want to be is if you quit moving towards it. When it seems like you are not making headway, in reflection you find that that is where you learned the most. It is in those steps taken one right after another until we get where we want to be. Don’t give up.

I had a friend in the advertising business some years ago who told me that if I was thinking about making a phone call, then I was making a mistake; I should be making the phone call. That’s relentless.

If the next step is to talk to a seller or a buyer and you don’t want to make the call, make that your first call of the day. Get over it; get out of your own way. If you know you should do it and you don’t, it will just interfere with you until it gets resolved. Take the step and then the next. Every step you take brings you closer to what you want.

We’re on your side. We want to be one of the main ingredients in your success story. We love to hit home runs and we are just a happy to see you hit one too. We’re here to help you, and we’ll be here every step of the way.

Until next time, happy (and profitable) investing!

Doug Smith

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Posted on Nov 26, 2008

Author: Doug Smith

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