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How to Be Unstoppable (And Win a Real Estate Course)

I’ve got something heavy on my heart I need to share…and it involves a personal challenge, and a little bribe/contest with a couple of pretty enticing “carrots” for you if you’re feeling snappy –if you’re game here, I really want to make it worth your while…

Please watch this short video for what this is and how to win…and please freely enjoy the two cutest kids in the world at the very end 🙂



IMPORTANT UPDATE – EVERYONE WINS: This contest has run it’s course, and “The Shift” video referenced here has been taken offline and is no longer available at the moment.  Sorry…you missed it.  BUT…please take a moment to read people’s “Pivotal Moments” in the blog comments below this post.  They’re inspiring and motivational to say the least…

So it all started last night when I found myself watching this inspiring little “SHIFT” video just before supper……and something started stirring within me…

To be really frank, I think this is going to hit home pretty hard for some people, especially if you’ve been struggling a bit in your real estate stuff lately.

Let me ask you this…

Ever feel like the success you’re reaching so long and hard for in your REI endeavors always seems just out of reach?  Like the world is somehow conspiring against you, and no matter how hard you try, how much you learn, or how many hours you put in, things just keep getting sabotouged over and over again?

Look, like it or not, the fact is we’re all defined by basically just a handful of “pivotal moments” in our lives.  I’ve certainly had my fair share.  Many of them quite wonderful…..marriage, children, Faith…..and others, well, just plain awful…..death in the family, wife with cancer (recovered), epic business failures…

If you can relate to this at all — and even more so, if you’re desperate for change and maybe a whole new “pivotal moment” to set things straight and push you in the right direction again…

Then here’s your assignment, and my contest/bribe for you:

STEP 1: Please start by watching the same video clip I watched last night:  Enjoy this video about 2 guys and their game-changing “pivotal” moments… (you may have to opt in first)

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STEP 2: Take a personal inventory of the pivotal moments that have shaped your own life up to this point – and whether or not they’ve helped propel you forward or held you back.  Have they been success accelerators or success eaters?

STEP 3: List your results in a comment below this blog post, along with what you now realize you should SPECIFICALLY do differently to create another pivotal moment that propels you past the crap that’s been holding you back.

THE PRIZE: Take your pick — your choice of either half off the SIMS training system being launched this Wednesday 8/12 (I can pull some strings to make this happen) or take your pick from one of the many fine REI home study courses now collecting dust on my home office shelf.

contest prizes

STIPS & DEADLINE: 500 words or less please, and all entries must be posted by 11:59 pm EST on Tues 8/11/09.

OK………GO!

IMPORTANT UPDATE – EVERYONE WINS: This contest has run it’s course, and “The Shift” video referenced here has been taken offline and is no longer available at the moment.  Sorry…you missed it.  BUT…please take a moment to read people’s “Pivotal Moments” in the blog comments below this post.  They’re inspiring and motivational to say the least…

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About 

JP Moses is a roughly-hewn man-child who first got into REI after reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad back in Y2K and went full time in 2002. He's tinkered in everything from landlording to short sales to rehabs to Realtoring to REOs to notes to owner financing, blah, blah, blah...Till he finally stuck his flag deep into wholesaling and has since flipped somewhere north of a couple hundred deals.

JP's not a “guru” but also doesn't think it's a bad word. Among his core values are authenticity, creativity, big honkin' value, general fun-ness and being unshaven. He's super proud to be chief blogger guy at REItips.com and host of the free REIology podcast. He also thoroughly enjoys sharing his 53 best real estate investing forms with anyone who wants them. You should totally check that out. :-)

  • I am a Real Estate Entreprenuer newbie trying to get off the ground. After purchasing quite a few courses I still was at the same level I started. After viewing the above video twice, something click in my mind. I am just stuck on stupid, not taking action and consuming 80% of my work time in screening junk and non-junk emails. I wrote down an action plan to follow and shut my phones. This is when I started seeing results and my ““pivotal moments”” came to play. I now can say I am much ahead now than I have been for the past 3 months in just one day. If possible, I will rather win one of those dust collecting R.E. Home Study Courses and implemented to my new plan. Thanks fellas!

  • I am a Real Estate Entreprenuer newbie trying to get off the ground. After purchasing quite a few courses I still was at the same level I started. After viewing the above video twice, something click in my mind. I am just stuck on stupid, not taking action and consuming 80% of my work time in screening junk and non-junk emails. I wrote down an action plan to follow and shut my phones. This is when I started seeing results and my ““pivotal moments”” came to play. I now can say I am much ahead now than I have been for the past 3 months in just one day. If possible, I will rather win one of those dust collecting R.E. Home Study Courses and implemented to my new plan. Thanks fellas!

  • Red

    Hey Jp…
    Hi I’m Red, 16 yrs old , from Philippines….
    My pivotal moments in my life is when I read rich dad poor dad…It changes the way I think about money and life…It makes me a better person….
    Another pivotal moments in my life is when I knew JP…YES…It’s true.. maybe he didn’t know but I knew him bcuz of this website ( obvious )….because of his free tips here ..I am able to learn though I don’t have any money…He teach things that other guru’s may not give for fre…and I admire him for that… THANK YOU VSO MUCH JP and Robert Kiyosaki,,, I admire both of you..

    ,Red, 16 yrs old, Philippines

  • Red

    Hey Jp…
    Hi I’m Red, 16 yrs old , from Philippines….
    My pivotal moments in my life is when I read rich dad poor dad…It changes the way I think about money and life…It makes me a better person….
    Another pivotal moments in my life is when I knew JP…YES…It’s true.. maybe he didn’t know but I knew him bcuz of this website ( obvious )….because of his free tips here ..I am able to learn though I don’t have any money…He teach things that other guru’s may not give for fre…and I admire him for that… THANK YOU VSO MUCH JP and Robert Kiyosaki,,, I admire both of you..

    ,Red, 16 yrs old, Philippines

  • greg hall

    JP,

    As you know I am one of Bob’s coaching students. One of the pivotal moments that shaped my life came from my wife. We had a discussion on a particular subject that (I cant even remember what it was)but at the end of the conversation she told me “you know I have never seen you or heard you talk so negatively before, but in the last couple of months you just have been negative. Wow, that shocked me!! Then Bob had a coaching call and talked about behaviors and goals. He brought up how he was raised and what impact it had on his life and how he worked to get out of that behavior. He recommended some books for us to read and I have purchased one that he has talked about from Zig Ziglar. You see I am also a salesman in my real JOB. If my wife noticed that I am getting negative my customers must realize it. No matter how subtle. I am not sure if that is what is holding me back, but I can tell you it is what is creating this funk about me and it is time to move it and clear it off my plate. Thanks

    Greg Hall

  • greg hall

    JP,

    As you know I am one of Bob’s coaching students. One of the pivotal moments that shaped my life came from my wife. We had a discussion on a particular subject that (I cant even remember what it was)but at the end of the conversation she told me “you know I have never seen you or heard you talk so negatively before, but in the last couple of months you just have been negative. Wow, that shocked me!! Then Bob had a coaching call and talked about behaviors and goals. He brought up how he was raised and what impact it had on his life and how he worked to get out of that behavior. He recommended some books for us to read and I have purchased one that he has talked about from Zig Ziglar. You see I am also a salesman in my real JOB. If my wife noticed that I am getting negative my customers must realize it. No matter how subtle. I am not sure if that is what is holding me back, but I can tell you it is what is creating this funk about me and it is time to move it and clear it off my plate. Thanks

    Greg Hall

  • Jared

    Well, it all started when I was very young. Me and my family lived in a trailer park a little outside of town. My dad worked very hard and long hours to make ends meet to provide for our family. I heard my parents stress many times about paying the bills and “what are we gonna do?”. Somehow they always seemed to manage. At age 12 my dad ask me “Have you ever thought about what you wanna be when you grow up?” I said “a millionaire”. He said good luck son b/c none of us has ever been able to make it!My uncle was a builder and always had the best of everything. Real Estate was the answer! @ 21 I stared studying, @ 26 bought rental property all on my own. My family thought I was crazy. I lost my job of 8.5 yrs in april09. I found a mentor and last week @ age 32 I flipped my first property. I made 4,000 in 1 week!! I will not let anything stop me from being successful! “Never give up!”

  • Jared

    Well, it all started when I was very young. Me and my family lived in a trailer park a little outside of town. My dad worked very hard and long hours to make ends meet to provide for our family. I heard my parents stress many times about paying the bills and “what are we gonna do?”. Somehow they always seemed to manage. At age 12 my dad ask me “Have you ever thought about what you wanna be when you grow up?” I said “a millionaire”. He said good luck son b/c none of us has ever been able to make it!My uncle was a builder and always had the best of everything. Real Estate was the answer! @ 21 I stared studying, @ 26 bought rental property all on my own. My family thought I was crazy. I lost my job of 8.5 yrs in april09. I found a mentor and last week @ age 32 I flipped my first property. I made 4,000 in 1 week!! I will not let anything stop me from being successful! “Never give up!”

  • Looking back at the pivotal moments of my life one thing was true throughout, that was I had to step outside my comfort zone in order to get passed them.

    Breaking my leg playing soccer and almost losing it from complications. I had to work my but off to fully recover. Taught me how to push myself.

    While failing out of Engineering at Virginia Tech (not from a lack of effort), I pushed myself to study 4 hours a night in order to get an ‘A’ in the hardest class I’ve ever taken, Statics. I learned that if I put my mind to something I can do it. I transferred out of engineering after that..haha

    Graduated with a degree in Business Management but realized I wanted to be a programmer. So I bought some books and learned how. That taught me discipline as I only had to answer to myself and nobody was going to hold me responsible except me. (been a programmer for 9 years now)

    Real Estate Investing is proving to be the hardest “moment” of them all right now. It tries my patience, relationships and my will at times. It would be easy to stay in my current job and live the “comfortable” life I live but I want freedom. My plan to overcome is to stay consistent, learn from failures and step through every uncomfortable hurdle that is in front of me.

    What I’ve learned the most out of my life is to embrace the challenge.
    .-= Scott Costello´s last blog ..D.D.I.Y. (Don’t Do It Yourself!) =-.

  • Looking back at the pivotal moments of my life one thing was true throughout, that was I had to step outside my comfort zone in order to get passed them.

    Breaking my leg playing soccer and almost losing it from complications. I had to work my but off to fully recover. Taught me how to push myself.

    While failing out of Engineering at Virginia Tech (not from a lack of effort), I pushed myself to study 4 hours a night in order to get an ‘A’ in the hardest class I’ve ever taken, Statics. I learned that if I put my mind to something I can do it. I transferred out of engineering after that..haha

    Graduated with a degree in Business Management but realized I wanted to be a programmer. So I bought some books and learned how. That taught me discipline as I only had to answer to myself and nobody was going to hold me responsible except me. (been a programmer for 9 years now)

    Real Estate Investing is proving to be the hardest “moment” of them all right now. It tries my patience, relationships and my will at times. It would be easy to stay in my current job and live the “comfortable” life I live but I want freedom. My plan to overcome is to stay consistent, learn from failures and step through every uncomfortable hurdle that is in front of me.

    What I’ve learned the most out of my life is to embrace the challenge.
    .-= Scott Costello´s last blog ..D.D.I.Y. (Don’t Do It Yourself!) =-.

  • Thanks for the motivation to take this essential step in recovery, JP

    My personal SHIFT

    The good times were a blessing:
    I’ve lived a privileged life enabled by a sound mind and strong motivation. Achieved an MBA in marketing and established an impressive 30 year career in corporate marketing, primarily selling food products. I had strong self confidence and knew I was skilled. My wife of 35 years and I had been living the good life, lots of toys and wonderful lifestyle. Only disappointment was we never had kids.

    The bad times have been a challenge:
    In early 2007 I was laid off from a VP level role in a major downsizing. Thought that getting another gig would be easy, however, I discovered being an unemployed executive can have its challenges in a tight economy and declining job market. I’ve been bridesmaid on 4 occasions in job search—been searching broadly across the entire US. My self confidence remains high because I know how to grow big businesses with creative marketing campaigns. I just wanted someone to give me the opportunity.

    Our lovely home and expensive lifestyle kept churning through our savings. But I was certain the next job would soon be our financial salvation. Now, of course the expensive home’s value has dropped over $100 grand, our savings have been devastated by the stock market debacle in late 08 and the spending flow continues unabated.

    Last year I turned to real estate to try to make money to live on while I continue the job search, did two flips. One was pretty good, the other deal was good but I mis-managed contractors and ended up loosing a boatload. Would have done more but getting access to funding was a perceived limitation and I’m certainly not credit worthy from the bank.

    Now the money is almost gone and bills are stacking up.

    The future is bright!
    My personal shift has recently occurred. With an entrepreneurial mind, I realize it’s up to me to create opportunity rather than to expect to get this from someone else. Especially in this economy.

    I also have just made the breakthrough realization that rather than being in the real estate business, my new company is really a marketing endeavor driven by creative marketing solutions. That is something I’m an expert at and CAN DO WELL.

    I’ve crafted a website from scratch and am starting to get traction. Still no deals yet doing “pretty” house subject-to’s, short sales or selling on terms, but I know it’s out there for me. Have developed a big thirst for knowledge on best practices. Am fully convinced that Jeff and Greg’s paradigm of building a sustainable lead source on the internet will pay lasting dividends.

    My journey has begun. Not sure where it will ultimately take me, but my entrepreneurial juices are flowing and I’m out to dominate my local market and re-create wealth.

    Real estate just happens to be the transactions I’ll use to fuel my marketing engine.

  • Thanks for the motivation to take this essential step in recovery, JP

    My personal SHIFT

    The good times were a blessing:
    I’ve lived a privileged life enabled by a sound mind and strong motivation. Achieved an MBA in marketing and established an impressive 30 year career in corporate marketing, primarily selling food products. I had strong self confidence and knew I was skilled. My wife of 35 years and I had been living the good life, lots of toys and wonderful lifestyle. Only disappointment was we never had kids.

    The bad times have been a challenge:
    In early 2007 I was laid off from a VP level role in a major downsizing. Thought that getting another gig would be easy, however, I discovered being an unemployed executive can have its challenges in a tight economy and declining job market. I’ve been bridesmaid on 4 occasions in job search—been searching broadly across the entire US. My self confidence remains high because I know how to grow big businesses with creative marketing campaigns. I just wanted someone to give me the opportunity.

    Our lovely home and expensive lifestyle kept churning through our savings. But I was certain the next job would soon be our financial salvation. Now, of course the expensive home’s value has dropped over $100 grand, our savings have been devastated by the stock market debacle in late 08 and the spending flow continues unabated.

    Last year I turned to real estate to try to make money to live on while I continue the job search, did two flips. One was pretty good, the other deal was good but I mis-managed contractors and ended up loosing a boatload. Would have done more but getting access to funding was a perceived limitation and I’m certainly not credit worthy from the bank.

    Now the money is almost gone and bills are stacking up.

    The future is bright!
    My personal shift has recently occurred. With an entrepreneurial mind, I realize it’s up to me to create opportunity rather than to expect to get this from someone else. Especially in this economy.

    I also have just made the breakthrough realization that rather than being in the real estate business, my new company is really a marketing endeavor driven by creative marketing solutions. That is something I’m an expert at and CAN DO WELL.

    I’ve crafted a website from scratch and am starting to get traction. Still no deals yet doing “pretty” house subject-to’s, short sales or selling on terms, but I know it’s out there for me. Have developed a big thirst for knowledge on best practices. Am fully convinced that Jeff and Greg’s paradigm of building a sustainable lead source on the internet will pay lasting dividends.

    My journey has begun. Not sure where it will ultimately take me, but my entrepreneurial juices are flowing and I’m out to dominate my local market and re-create wealth.

    Real estate just happens to be the transactions I’ll use to fuel my marketing engine.

  • Lisa

    Well, I am still waiting for the confirmation after 90 minutes. I suppose with all of the gurus marketing the SIMS program, it will be pretty challenging to view the vid that is required to enter this contest. I will not send my email in again because it will probably state that it is already in the system. So I suppose I will survive the exclusion…,

    Nonetheless, after viewing the intro I know what I need to do. It’s time to thoroughly review this site, determine what I can utilize to be effective, reformulate my game plan of actions to achieve successful results, and implement those steps.

    There is enough information, maybe too much information. It is challenging to put an effective plan together when inundated with webinar invites of the next new method. It also gets expensive trying the next new method to end up still trying to figure it all out. Not to knock the successful ones who made it through the learning sieve and are now true investors, it just appears that I became a sponge = full of valuable knowledge, sitting and holding it all in.

    Well time to sit, click, take notes, make the outline, take advantage of the free investing forms (Thanks ! I may be able to use them!) and get ACTIVE so I can be successful and finally achieve my financial freedom.

  • Lisa

    Well, I am still waiting for the confirmation after 90 minutes. I suppose with all of the gurus marketing the SIMS program, it will be pretty challenging to view the vid that is required to enter this contest. I will not send my email in again because it will probably state that it is already in the system. So I suppose I will survive the exclusion…,

    Nonetheless, after viewing the intro I know what I need to do. It’s time to thoroughly review this site, determine what I can utilize to be effective, reformulate my game plan of actions to achieve successful results, and implement those steps.

    There is enough information, maybe too much information. It is challenging to put an effective plan together when inundated with webinar invites of the next new method. It also gets expensive trying the next new method to end up still trying to figure it all out. Not to knock the successful ones who made it through the learning sieve and are now true investors, it just appears that I became a sponge = full of valuable knowledge, sitting and holding it all in.

    Well time to sit, click, take notes, make the outline, take advantage of the free investing forms (Thanks ! I may be able to use them!) and get ACTIVE so I can be successful and finally achieve my financial freedom.

  • Hey JP,

    I think the one major pivotal moment I had was back in January 2001. At that time I had been investing in mobile homes. Buying (or getting them for free) older mobile homes and then owner financing them. They were typical “Lonnie Deals” and I was doing well with them but I couldn’t help want Bigger Money.

    I wanted more than the small monthly payments I was getting and I wanted to get into single family homes but I honestly was scared. Sfh’s were bigger and they were wayyyy more money then mobile homes (I’d get mobile homes from FREE to a couple thousand bucks.) I was afraid that a) I couldn’t get the money for sfh’s b) that I couldn’t make the mortgage payments if I did get one c) that I couldn’t sell it if I did get a sfh……all of this fear had held me back from making myself bigger profits.

    One day I was at my mom’s house and I was talking to my stepfather, Mike. He asked me what I had going on and I was telling him about some mobile homes I was checking out. He asked if I still liked doing it….I told him yes, but I’d love to get into single family homes. He asked “well why don’t you?” I said “uhhh I guess I’m just scared.” He went on to ask me what I was afraid of. I, of course, told him everything I listed above.

    He said to me “You don’t have anything to be afraid of. You’re very smart and already know what you have to do. Besides, what if it turns out that you buy a sfh and you find out later on that you can’t make a payment? Guess what? There is NO Foreclosure jail? You’re not gonna go to jail if you can’t make your mortgage payment. Plus, if you ever get into trouble financially you can always come home. You have absolutely nothing to be afraid of so just go out there and do it girl!”

    I gave him a big hug and kiss and thanked him. That was in January of 2001. On February 1, 2001 I made settlement on my first single family house! It was an reo and was a true no-money down deal and I even got money back at closing lol I sold that house hmmm about 4 or 5 years later and made a very, very, very nice profit. 🙂

    I recently gave my step-dad a father’s day card and it was a very mushy one and it recalled that day and what he said to me and what it helped me to accomplish. He was so touched he started crying while reading it…then of course, I had to start crying too cuz here is this big, tough guy crying over a card! lol

    Anyway, that was a very pivotal moment in my life and my real estate career.

    I hope reading this helps someone get that lil extra nudge they may need.

    Carey

  • Hey JP,

    I think the one major pivotal moment I had was back in January 2001. At that time I had been investing in mobile homes. Buying (or getting them for free) older mobile homes and then owner financing them. They were typical “Lonnie Deals” and I was doing well with them but I couldn’t help want Bigger Money.

    I wanted more than the small monthly payments I was getting and I wanted to get into single family homes but I honestly was scared. Sfh’s were bigger and they were wayyyy more money then mobile homes (I’d get mobile homes from FREE to a couple thousand bucks.) I was afraid that a) I couldn’t get the money for sfh’s b) that I couldn’t make the mortgage payments if I did get one c) that I couldn’t sell it if I did get a sfh……all of this fear had held me back from making myself bigger profits.

    One day I was at my mom’s house and I was talking to my stepfather, Mike. He asked me what I had going on and I was telling him about some mobile homes I was checking out. He asked if I still liked doing it….I told him yes, but I’d love to get into single family homes. He asked “well why don’t you?” I said “uhhh I guess I’m just scared.” He went on to ask me what I was afraid of. I, of course, told him everything I listed above.

    He said to me “You don’t have anything to be afraid of. You’re very smart and already know what you have to do. Besides, what if it turns out that you buy a sfh and you find out later on that you can’t make a payment? Guess what? There is NO Foreclosure jail? You’re not gonna go to jail if you can’t make your mortgage payment. Plus, if you ever get into trouble financially you can always come home. You have absolutely nothing to be afraid of so just go out there and do it girl!”

    I gave him a big hug and kiss and thanked him. That was in January of 2001. On February 1, 2001 I made settlement on my first single family house! It was an reo and was a true no-money down deal and I even got money back at closing lol I sold that house hmmm about 4 or 5 years later and made a very, very, very nice profit. 🙂

    I recently gave my step-dad a father’s day card and it was a very mushy one and it recalled that day and what he said to me and what it helped me to accomplish. He was so touched he started crying while reading it…then of course, I had to start crying too cuz here is this big, tough guy crying over a card! lol

    Anyway, that was a very pivotal moment in my life and my real estate career.

    I hope reading this helps someone get that lil extra nudge they may need.

    Carey

  • Wow JP, not an easy assignment!
    I have had multiple moments like this in my life. I will only share a few of the biggest. My freshman year in College I took a course called mountain orientation, which consisted of a 7 day backpacking trip in my new backyard. This was my very first class. I flew in from the flat lands of Indiana to the beautiful mountains of Colorado. I spent the first night at 8,000 ft., the second at 10,000 and the third at 13,000 ft. Never having been in the elevation before, I had very bad altitude sickness and couldn’t eat anything, which meant I had to keep carrying it. In the this trip was life changing for me, because I proved to myself that I could accomplish things that seemed impossible by putting one foot in front of the other.
    In stark contrast, the next shift I want to talk about was when I realized that my ability to make things happen by sheer will also has a few boundaries. After being married to an alcoholic for three years he was seeing a counselor who brought me in for a session. We both agreed that if the relationship were to work we BOTH had to be willing to work on it. I agreed and said that I was willing to do whatever it took; when he was asked if he was willing to put forth some effort and actually work on it, he said, “I don’t know, probably not.” This made me realize that no matter how badly I wanted it and how stubborn I was, there are some things that you can’t do alone. There needs to be a unified effort in order to accomplish certain goals.
    For me, the next step to create a pivotal moment is that I need to continue to seek out friends and mentors who are active, moral, positive, and two steps ahead of me, so that I can grow in the right direction. I am putting effort into this daily, and I am committed to making the world a better place for my son and everyone in it. Thank you for the opportunity to put this into perspective. You are a great inspiration JP. ~Nicky

  • Wow JP, not an easy assignment!
    I have had multiple moments like this in my life. I will only share a few of the biggest. My freshman year in College I took a course called mountain orientation, which consisted of a 7 day backpacking trip in my new backyard. This was my very first class. I flew in from the flat lands of Indiana to the beautiful mountains of Colorado. I spent the first night at 8,000 ft., the second at 10,000 and the third at 13,000 ft. Never having been in the elevation before, I had very bad altitude sickness and couldn’t eat anything, which meant I had to keep carrying it. In the this trip was life changing for me, because I proved to myself that I could accomplish things that seemed impossible by putting one foot in front of the other.
    In stark contrast, the next shift I want to talk about was when I realized that my ability to make things happen by sheer will also has a few boundaries. After being married to an alcoholic for three years he was seeing a counselor who brought me in for a session. We both agreed that if the relationship were to work we BOTH had to be willing to work on it. I agreed and said that I was willing to do whatever it took; when he was asked if he was willing to put forth some effort and actually work on it, he said, “I don’t know, probably not.” This made me realize that no matter how badly I wanted it and how stubborn I was, there are some things that you can’t do alone. There needs to be a unified effort in order to accomplish certain goals.
    For me, the next step to create a pivotal moment is that I need to continue to seek out friends and mentors who are active, moral, positive, and two steps ahead of me, so that I can grow in the right direction. I am putting effort into this daily, and I am committed to making the world a better place for my son and everyone in it. Thank you for the opportunity to put this into perspective. You are a great inspiration JP. ~Nicky

  • JP, very interesting contest idea!

    My mother was a stay-at-home mom but she was VERY active in the community, whether it was with church, the neighborhood, the PTA at school, or some organization that her girls were involved in. It’s because of her that I am always, always actively involved in something and working really hard (my husband doesn’t think I ever truly relax, but that’s not entirely true LOL!). Sometimes I multi-task to a fault – you really need to be able to focus and not do too many things at once.

    When I think about it, this has been both a success accelerator for me as well as a success eater at times. It served me well growing up and preparing to be successful in college and then in corporate America.

    However, now that I am older and have more responsibilities other than myself (I’m a wife and mother of two girls), its a success eater because time doesn’t permit all of that chaos when you’re working towards true financial freedom and desire to spend time with the people you care about.

    Taking action has never been a problem for me — but taking laser focused action has.

    So what’s my constant challenge? To focus on turning my hard work into smarter work. Building a business while working full time is forcing this, but I’m consistently working on finding ways to improve in this area. Focus, positive thinking, weekly goal setting, and removal of distractions have been a good start for me.

    Keep up the great work, JP!
    .-= Shae´s last blog ..The Crisis of Credit Visualized =-.

  • JP, very interesting contest idea!

    My mother was a stay-at-home mom but she was VERY active in the community, whether it was with church, the neighborhood, the PTA at school, or some organization that her girls were involved in. It’s because of her that I am always, always actively involved in something and working really hard (my husband doesn’t think I ever truly relax, but that’s not entirely true LOL!). Sometimes I multi-task to a fault – you really need to be able to focus and not do too many things at once.

    When I think about it, this has been both a success accelerator for me as well as a success eater at times. It served me well growing up and preparing to be successful in college and then in corporate America.

    However, now that I am older and have more responsibilities other than myself (I’m a wife and mother of two girls), its a success eater because time doesn’t permit all of that chaos when you’re working towards true financial freedom and desire to spend time with the people you care about.

    Taking action has never been a problem for me — but taking laser focused action has.

    So what’s my constant challenge? To focus on turning my hard work into smarter work. Building a business while working full time is forcing this, but I’m consistently working on finding ways to improve in this area. Focus, positive thinking, weekly goal setting, and removal of distractions have been a good start for me.

    Keep up the great work, JP!
    .-= Shae´s last blog ..The Crisis of Credit Visualized =-.

  • randy

    Hey JP
    First of all I want to thank you for turning us on to that excellent video!
    Well, the first defining and pivotal moment for me was my graduation from college. Graduating from high school was really no big thing for me because whenever someone would ask what I’ll be doing after high school I’d just say that I’m going to college. It just seemed like the next step. Graduating from college, however, meant facing the “real world”. Deciding what career I wanted to have for myself wasn’t as easy as I thought it’d be. After floundering for a year or so I settled upon teaching. It happened by chance. After being an honor student in high school I found myself not knowing what direction to take and was about to quit college when I had to babysit some younger cousins and found that working with kids wasn’t all that bad. I wish that I had thought things through more, however, because I am now a poorly paid teacher who is struggling to pay my bills each month.
    This takes me to where I am now. I feel like I’ve been a student all of my life and in order to be successful in the business or real estate investing I now have to take action. I’ve had analysis paralysis for the past few years now and have yet to “pull the trigger”. I’ve read books, taken courses, shadowed mentors, and now have to finally take some action if I want to see any success.

  • randy

    Hey JP
    First of all I want to thank you for turning us on to that excellent video!
    Well, the first defining and pivotal moment for me was my graduation from college. Graduating from high school was really no big thing for me because whenever someone would ask what I’ll be doing after high school I’d just say that I’m going to college. It just seemed like the next step. Graduating from college, however, meant facing the “real world”. Deciding what career I wanted to have for myself wasn’t as easy as I thought it’d be. After floundering for a year or so I settled upon teaching. It happened by chance. After being an honor student in high school I found myself not knowing what direction to take and was about to quit college when I had to babysit some younger cousins and found that working with kids wasn’t all that bad. I wish that I had thought things through more, however, because I am now a poorly paid teacher who is struggling to pay my bills each month.
    This takes me to where I am now. I feel like I’ve been a student all of my life and in order to be successful in the business or real estate investing I now have to take action. I’ve had analysis paralysis for the past few years now and have yet to “pull the trigger”. I’ve read books, taken courses, shadowed mentors, and now have to finally take some action if I want to see any success.

  • Bob H

    How I Lucked into My Career Pivotal Moments, By REH.
    Some people say, “In poker, its better to be lucky than good”. I prefer a version of Thomas Jefferson’s quote, “The harder I work, the luckier I get,” because all of my career pivotal moments have come when I was really pushing hard, sweating some crisis. It’s interesting how your perspective changes when everything is on the line and the outlook is bleak, when as my Dad once told me “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” I’ve faced that situation 6 times in 45 years, the most recent 2 years ago at age 64 after a new day-trading venture went seriously belly up, nearly wiping out the retirement account. Two years of unsuccessful job searching led me back to real estate where I’d previously found great luck and pivotal moments. After months of due diligence, examining and evaluating dozens of real estate opportunities, I rediscovered short sales, relocated cross country, and in short order I lucked into SSR, SREC, RealeFlow, and SIMS. Yep, The harder I work, the luckier I get: it’s Pivotal Moment #7. Thanks Guys!

  • Bob H

    How I Lucked into My Career Pivotal Moments, By REH.
    Some people say, “In poker, its better to be lucky than good”. I prefer a version of Thomas Jefferson’s quote, “The harder I work, the luckier I get,” because all of my career pivotal moments have come when I was really pushing hard, sweating some crisis. It’s interesting how your perspective changes when everything is on the line and the outlook is bleak, when as my Dad once told me “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” I’ve faced that situation 6 times in 45 years, the most recent 2 years ago at age 64 after a new day-trading venture went seriously belly up, nearly wiping out the retirement account. Two years of unsuccessful job searching led me back to real estate where I’d previously found great luck and pivotal moments. After months of due diligence, examining and evaluating dozens of real estate opportunities, I rediscovered short sales, relocated cross country, and in short order I lucked into SSR, SREC, RealeFlow, and SIMS. Yep, The harder I work, the luckier I get: it’s Pivotal Moment #7. Thanks Guys!

  • Rashawn

    For many years, I have operated under the motivation of fear, mainly the fear of failure. Being the eldest in my family, I was expected to be on top of my game at all times. I was the A student, the responsible kid, the helper, the good one. I was so consumed by my preconceived assumptions about what I thought everyone and everything needed or expected that I totally forgot who I actually was. One day a few years ago while playing with my friend’s daughter; I just kinda stopped and thought “What happened to me?”

    At that point, I began to take a serious inventory of myself to find out why I was so scared to disappoint myself and others around me. It boiled down to 3 things that I think drives all of us to do, say and think. We all need to feel safe, acknowledged/respected, and loved, or at least liked. The needs to satisfy these innate desires are so strong that we are often willing to sacrifice one or more for the other and wonder why we are never quite happy. Unruly children acting out to get attention to getting involved with some questionable characters like street gangs in an attempt to feel kinship are everyday examples of these. Perhaps many of us will never going for the dream job, being a comedian, artist, or writer because of being out of our comfort zone. Or we stay at a crappy job or with a partner that makes us miserable because at least that’s familiar, even though it is beyond unhealthy. Doing something out of the box invokes great fear and questions our safety levels.

    What the shift was for me was learning to pause in the middle of the madness, and ask myself why I was reacting to things the way I was. Every time, it all came back to one of those three things. By doing that, sometimes on a daily basis if I am in a funky spot like I was yesterday, I became the problem solver in my life instead of being a meat suit victim. I became the solution for me, which gave me focus & direction. I am to be in control, which makes me safe. But I was starting to take time to give and listen to me, which ultimately made and continues to make me a better person. And much to my surprise I got more respect and love from friends to strangers on the streets. I still have my hiccups, but I am not quite so scared to confront them and they are getting fewer and farther in between as the days pass. All I can hope and strive for is being the best me I can be in the moment. I have been an extended self realization project for the last 5 years. I amaze myself more and more each day. Cheers everyone.

    Rashawn aka KhroweJayne

  • Rashawn

    For many years, I have operated under the motivation of fear, mainly the fear of failure. Being the eldest in my family, I was expected to be on top of my game at all times. I was the A student, the responsible kid, the helper, the good one. I was so consumed by my preconceived assumptions about what I thought everyone and everything needed or expected that I totally forgot who I actually was. One day a few years ago while playing with my friend’s daughter; I just kinda stopped and thought “What happened to me?”

    At that point, I began to take a serious inventory of myself to find out why I was so scared to disappoint myself and others around me. It boiled down to 3 things that I think drives all of us to do, say and think. We all need to feel safe, acknowledged/respected, and loved, or at least liked. The needs to satisfy these innate desires are so strong that we are often willing to sacrifice one or more for the other and wonder why we are never quite happy. Unruly children acting out to get attention to getting involved with some questionable characters like street gangs in an attempt to feel kinship are everyday examples of these. Perhaps many of us will never going for the dream job, being a comedian, artist, or writer because of being out of our comfort zone. Or we stay at a crappy job or with a partner that makes us miserable because at least that’s familiar, even though it is beyond unhealthy. Doing something out of the box invokes great fear and questions our safety levels.

    What the shift was for me was learning to pause in the middle of the madness, and ask myself why I was reacting to things the way I was. Every time, it all came back to one of those three things. By doing that, sometimes on a daily basis if I am in a funky spot like I was yesterday, I became the problem solver in my life instead of being a meat suit victim. I became the solution for me, which gave me focus & direction. I am to be in control, which makes me safe. But I was starting to take time to give and listen to me, which ultimately made and continues to make me a better person. And much to my surprise I got more respect and love from friends to strangers on the streets. I still have my hiccups, but I am not quite so scared to confront them and they are getting fewer and farther in between as the days pass. All I can hope and strive for is being the best me I can be in the moment. I have been an extended self realization project for the last 5 years. I amaze myself more and more each day. Cheers everyone.

    Rashawn aka KhroweJayne

  • Bob

    As with the other posters, I’ve had several pivotal moments in my life. These have been good moments and not so good moments.

    I can go back to disappointments from my childhood, which at the time I thought were the end of the world but were mere bumps in the road of life. Or go to the joys I experienced by making the final cut on various athletic teams or achieving various academic honors in the schools I have attended.

    These moments were always accompanied by words of wiser people who encouraged me to overcome my disappointments and be humble with my achievements.

    However, the first time when I was left on my own to deal with a pivotal moment was when I was in the military. I was preparing to graduate from a service school and proceed to a secondary school I qualified for through academic achievement. The week of graduation my company and several others had our orders suddenly changed to begin two months preparatory training for combat in Vietnam. We all had to make an appraisal of our situation and make an immediate transition from “wet behind the ears” teenagers to adults being prepared for life’s ultimate challenge.

    Whenever I am faced with a pivotal moment I recount the feelings I had the day my orders were changed.

  • Bob

    As with the other posters, I’ve had several pivotal moments in my life. These have been good moments and not so good moments.

    I can go back to disappointments from my childhood, which at the time I thought were the end of the world but were mere bumps in the road of life. Or go to the joys I experienced by making the final cut on various athletic teams or achieving various academic honors in the schools I have attended.

    These moments were always accompanied by words of wiser people who encouraged me to overcome my disappointments and be humble with my achievements.

    However, the first time when I was left on my own to deal with a pivotal moment was when I was in the military. I was preparing to graduate from a service school and proceed to a secondary school I qualified for through academic achievement. The week of graduation my company and several others had our orders suddenly changed to begin two months preparatory training for combat in Vietnam. We all had to make an appraisal of our situation and make an immediate transition from “wet behind the ears” teenagers to adults being prepared for life’s ultimate challenge.

    Whenever I am faced with a pivotal moment I recount the feelings I had the day my orders were changed.

  • Sandra K. Bobinski

    I have dabbled in real esate since 1998, buying,rehabbing and selling one house at a time. Now, I just want to jump ahead and really get to the point of really buying and selling to where it really pays off. I am now really to make my time to pay off and stop dilly dallying aroung. This system (as much as I am able to grasp looks as if it has all the tools to do what I have dreamed of. Sandy Bobinski.

  • Sandra K. Bobinski

    I have dabbled in real esate since 1998, buying,rehabbing and selling one house at a time. Now, I just want to jump ahead and really get to the point of really buying and selling to where it really pays off. I am now really to make my time to pay off and stop dilly dallying aroung. This system (as much as I am able to grasp looks as if it has all the tools to do what I have dreamed of. Sandy Bobinski.

  • Roy L Godfrey Jr

    Hey Jp,
    The pivotal point in my life was when Jesus Christ revelad his self to me.
    In junior High school I could remeber the teacher force feeding me big bang theroy.Now I was taught faith and that there was hope and one day things will be better,but at a very young age my family fell away from faith and into lawless living,so when that teacher argued me down telling me there is no God,and me not knowing what to say or think cuzz he was the teacher I left angrey, but what had happened was my thought peocess changed from there is hope when we die to ther is nothing so the anger i felt i unleashed it on the world and myself I wanted to die I didn’t care anymore i was consumed with hate I got deep into drug using selling gangs the whole 9 becase to me life didn’t matter. I concived a child at 15 and I was, well on the wrong path.When she was born i thought to myself she will need a father in her life so I left the gang life but continued to sell drugs use everything else.Well eventual I hit rock bottem the girl i was with was chheating on me i didn’t have any money i was addicted to all sorts of substances and i had nothing,in my mind i had tried everything the world had to kill me with and yet I was alive but dead and tiered, at the 26th year of my life I said there has to be somthing better than this i tried everything but this God and Jesus thing so i went to church and it was ok at the end of the service there was an alter call and I went up the pastor laid hands on me and I felt the power of God,I was amazed I thought to myself God is real and if God is real Hell is real that there opened my eyes and made me realize i need Jesus and the Father for life so i strated seeking him longing for a realationship. Now I am 34 years of age I am a positive person I live by and through the word of God. I am truly blessed, I have an excellent job so I am not free (and I desire to be) A butiful wife 3 girls and God is and always have been good to me,I am very new to this investing thing I do not no very much about it but I would like to! I just closed on my second house personal family dwelling of course and I am trying to do somthing with the first one place i don’t maybe rent or sale but i never did this before,I know that I can do all things cuzz Christ strenthens me but where do I start??
    Roy

  • Roy L Godfrey Jr

    Hey Jp,
    The pivotal point in my life was when Jesus Christ revelad his self to me.
    In junior High school I could remeber the teacher force feeding me big bang theroy.Now I was taught faith and that there was hope and one day things will be better,but at a very young age my family fell away from faith and into lawless living,so when that teacher argued me down telling me there is no God,and me not knowing what to say or think cuzz he was the teacher I left angrey, but what had happened was my thought peocess changed from there is hope when we die to ther is nothing so the anger i felt i unleashed it on the world and myself I wanted to die I didn’t care anymore i was consumed with hate I got deep into drug using selling gangs the whole 9 becase to me life didn’t matter. I concived a child at 15 and I was, well on the wrong path.When she was born i thought to myself she will need a father in her life so I left the gang life but continued to sell drugs use everything else.Well eventual I hit rock bottem the girl i was with was chheating on me i didn’t have any money i was addicted to all sorts of substances and i had nothing,in my mind i had tried everything the world had to kill me with and yet I was alive but dead and tiered, at the 26th year of my life I said there has to be somthing better than this i tried everything but this God and Jesus thing so i went to church and it was ok at the end of the service there was an alter call and I went up the pastor laid hands on me and I felt the power of God,I was amazed I thought to myself God is real and if God is real Hell is real that there opened my eyes and made me realize i need Jesus and the Father for life so i strated seeking him longing for a realationship. Now I am 34 years of age I am a positive person I live by and through the word of God. I am truly blessed, I have an excellent job so I am not free (and I desire to be) A butiful wife 3 girls and God is and always have been good to me,I am very new to this investing thing I do not no very much about it but I would like to! I just closed on my second house personal family dwelling of course and I am trying to do somthing with the first one place i don’t maybe rent or sale but i never did this before,I know that I can do all things cuzz Christ strenthens me but where do I start??
    Roy

  • Kelly

    I believe my pivitol moment just happened a few minutes ago listening to Greg and Jeff’s webinar tonight on the Sims Profit system. I have been “stuck” in my investing business for a few reasons, one being finances, two being my own fears. Greg mentioned that most people don’t take action because they are afraid of making a mistake, instead of taking action and learning from the action you take. I have realized that is me!! Unfortunately I won’t be able to purchase their system because of the price (it was just announced on their call). I will be implementing some tips they have given tomorrow! Time to take action!

  • Kelly

    I believe my pivitol moment just happened a few minutes ago listening to Greg and Jeff’s webinar tonight on the Sims Profit system. I have been “stuck” in my investing business for a few reasons, one being finances, two being my own fears. Greg mentioned that most people don’t take action because they are afraid of making a mistake, instead of taking action and learning from the action you take. I have realized that is me!! Unfortunately I won’t be able to purchase their system because of the price (it was just announced on their call). I will be implementing some tips they have given tomorrow! Time to take action!

  • Jack

    My pivotal moment happened after I completed high school. I felt like I needed to go to college just because everyone else did, and also it was the “right thing to do” according to everyone in my family. I did go, but I felt almost forced but it didn’t feel right. I knew going to college, and then coming out to get a well paying job wasn’t something that I was made to do. I knew I could to better than work under someone and make someone else rich. I have always been talented in solving daily life problems for me and for others whenever I came across any. Then I found the world of REI.. and I knew it was for me. At first the information was scattered everywhere and I didn’t know where to begin. I read a few books, and I was over confident I could do it and I had a super positive attitude. Most of the books I had read said I had to definitely take action to get anything done, and I did exactly that. I then attempted a few deals right away but ran out of marketing money because I wasn’t tracking my expenses correctly. I later figured out that I went in with not enough knowledge of REI and tried to rely on luck. Now I know better and I am getting a lot more educated on the REI business while taking action at the same time without rushing myself.

  • Jack

    My pivotal moment happened after I completed high school. I felt like I needed to go to college just because everyone else did, and also it was the “right thing to do” according to everyone in my family. I did go, but I felt almost forced but it didn’t feel right. I knew going to college, and then coming out to get a well paying job wasn’t something that I was made to do. I knew I could to better than work under someone and make someone else rich. I have always been talented in solving daily life problems for me and for others whenever I came across any. Then I found the world of REI.. and I knew it was for me. At first the information was scattered everywhere and I didn’t know where to begin. I read a few books, and I was over confident I could do it and I had a super positive attitude. Most of the books I had read said I had to definitely take action to get anything done, and I did exactly that. I then attempted a few deals right away but ran out of marketing money because I wasn’t tracking my expenses correctly. I later figured out that I went in with not enough knowledge of REI and tried to rely on luck. Now I know better and I am getting a lot more educated on the REI business while taking action at the same time without rushing myself.

  • John

    A pivotal point occured while taking flying lessons a few years ago. The aircraft I was awaiting to solo never returned from its previous assignment because it crashed and killed another student and instructor. While waiting in state of shock in the terminal after hearing the aircraft had crashed, the notion struck me that if I had been the student on board and had died, would I be going to heaven or hell? I made the conscious decision to be re-baptized as an adult and asked Jesus to be my Savior that day. Since doing so, friends and family tell me that I am a better person, and I have been given comfort and reassurance when I confront mortality. While this experience does not have much to do with real estate investment directly, what it shares with it is by not procrastinating, taking action leads to benefits.

  • John

    A pivotal point occured while taking flying lessons a few years ago. The aircraft I was awaiting to solo never returned from its previous assignment because it crashed and killed another student and instructor. While waiting in state of shock in the terminal after hearing the aircraft had crashed, the notion struck me that if I had been the student on board and had died, would I be going to heaven or hell? I made the conscious decision to be re-baptized as an adult and asked Jesus to be my Savior that day. Since doing so, friends and family tell me that I am a better person, and I have been given comfort and reassurance when I confront mortality. While this experience does not have much to do with real estate investment directly, what it shares with it is by not procrastinating, taking action leads to benefits.

  • Lear

    I’ll be frank, I havn’t had the pivotal like I want yet in my life. I have had many moments where I “thought” they were pivotal moments, yet days or weeks later I would be back in my same routine. I have lived a fairly safe, secure American life. Mix in with a bit of laziness and you have somebody who thinks the world owes them somethings, as funny as that sounds, it is true for me and generally all of my friends and family. I would hate to think that my pivotal moment is going to happen when I hit rock bottom, emotionally, physically or financially but it might. I need to constantly keep in my head that we only live this life once, and when I’m 80 years old I dont want to think “I wish I did this or what” I need to think “Ya, my life was fulfilling”. I hope success to everybody in their endeavors and God bless. Thanks JP!

  • Lear

    I’ll be frank, I havn’t had the pivotal like I want yet in my life. I have had many moments where I “thought” they were pivotal moments, yet days or weeks later I would be back in my same routine. I have lived a fairly safe, secure American life. Mix in with a bit of laziness and you have somebody who thinks the world owes them somethings, as funny as that sounds, it is true for me and generally all of my friends and family. I would hate to think that my pivotal moment is going to happen when I hit rock bottom, emotionally, physically or financially but it might. I need to constantly keep in my head that we only live this life once, and when I’m 80 years old I dont want to think “I wish I did this or what” I need to think “Ya, my life was fulfilling”. I hope success to everybody in their endeavors and God bless. Thanks JP!

  • Jodi Quinn

    I’ve always been fascinated by real estate. I dreamt about investing for years, but didn’t feel like I could ever do anything ‘that big’.
    I didn’t have a speck of confidence. I’d made bad decisions, and felt I was destined to a certain life. I spent my twenties hanging out at bars with the other Losers. I was a failure at everything. I married an alcoholic, and I knew no one was wishing they were me.
    In 1998, I became a Christian. This changed my life in a million ways. I wanted to be better. This was my first major shift. But I didn’t magically have all the courage I needed. There were still challenges, and I was still dealing with the consequences of my earlier choices.
    I had a troubled marriage. With my husband’s drinking problem I had often wanted to end things with him. I don’t usually support divorce, but it was getting unbearable. The problem was I just didn’t think I could stand on my own. I’d been a stay at home mom, and figured I might be lucky enough to find something that paid $10/hr. But I didn’t even really have the confidence to get a job!
    In January of 2007, after an episode you don’t wanna hear about, I had had enough. I told my husband that I was through. And I meant it. I couldn’t live like that another minute. I was ANGRY. I decided that I was never going to depend on anyone again. I would dive into this real estate business and make it work, because my life depended on it. All fear was gone, and I wasn’t going to take No for an answer.
    One thing led to another and, in April, I ended up going to Steve Cook’s boot camp. This changed my thinking and confidence tenfold. I saw people there who were smart, positive, and confident! Eye-opening moment! The boot camp was followed by 2 deals in the fall, and 3 more after that, and in June of 2008, I joined Steve’s FlipVip Group. This was another gigantic step for me. I would have never thought I was worthy! ? It boosted my confidence a hundredfold!
    There is a bonus twist to this story! Shortly after my revelation, my husband went to treatment and began to turn things around. In the meantime, my self-assurance grew through my real estate endeavors and changed my whole outlook on life. Eventually, this change motivated my husband to want a better life too. We have a totally new relationship! God is awesome!
    We’re now planning to make another drastic change in our lives. (still kind of a secret at this time) THIS WHOLE CHAIN OF EVENTS WAS HUGE for me. I have come a hundred thousand miles from where I was less than 3 years ago.
    So – I guess “the moment” was a drunken night in 2007! Ironically it began a chain reaction that changed both of our lives completely.
    Who knew?

  • Jodi Quinn

    I’ve always been fascinated by real estate. I dreamt about investing for years, but didn’t feel like I could ever do anything ‘that big’.
    I didn’t have a speck of confidence. I’d made bad decisions, and felt I was destined to a certain life. I spent my twenties hanging out at bars with the other Losers. I was a failure at everything. I married an alcoholic, and I knew no one was wishing they were me.
    In 1998, I became a Christian. This changed my life in a million ways. I wanted to be better. This was my first major shift. But I didn’t magically have all the courage I needed. There were still challenges, and I was still dealing with the consequences of my earlier choices.
    I had a troubled marriage. With my husband’s drinking problem I had often wanted to end things with him. I don’t usually support divorce, but it was getting unbearable. The problem was I just didn’t think I could stand on my own. I’d been a stay at home mom, and figured I might be lucky enough to find something that paid $10/hr. But I didn’t even really have the confidence to get a job!
    In January of 2007, after an episode you don’t wanna hear about, I had had enough. I told my husband that I was through. And I meant it. I couldn’t live like that another minute. I was ANGRY. I decided that I was never going to depend on anyone again. I would dive into this real estate business and make it work, because my life depended on it. All fear was gone, and I wasn’t going to take No for an answer.
    One thing led to another and, in April, I ended up going to Steve Cook’s boot camp. This changed my thinking and confidence tenfold. I saw people there who were smart, positive, and confident! Eye-opening moment! The boot camp was followed by 2 deals in the fall, and 3 more after that, and in June of 2008, I joined Steve’s FlipVip Group. This was another gigantic step for me. I would have never thought I was worthy! ? It boosted my confidence a hundredfold!
    There is a bonus twist to this story! Shortly after my revelation, my husband went to treatment and began to turn things around. In the meantime, my self-assurance grew through my real estate endeavors and changed my whole outlook on life. Eventually, this change motivated my husband to want a better life too. We have a totally new relationship! God is awesome!
    We’re now planning to make another drastic change in our lives. (still kind of a secret at this time) THIS WHOLE CHAIN OF EVENTS WAS HUGE for me. I have come a hundred thousand miles from where I was less than 3 years ago.
    So – I guess “the moment” was a drunken night in 2007! Ironically it began a chain reaction that changed both of our lives completely.
    Who knew?

  • Yan

    My pivotal moments in my life is when a mentor of mine said that I SUCK!!! He said that I was the worst mentoring student he ever had….
    I can’t even believe that he said that in FRONT of my FACE!!!
    and now, I realize why he said that… .because he want me to do the very best that I can and to never give up….It REALLY Helps me a lot…for now I’m working my way to a better future!!
    ..and KUDOS to you Jp, thanks for all the rei tips here…I really appreciate it!!

  • Yan

    My pivotal moments in my life is when a mentor of mine said that I SUCK!!! He said that I was the worst mentoring student he ever had….
    I can’t even believe that he said that in FRONT of my FACE!!!
    and now, I realize why he said that… .because he want me to do the very best that I can and to never give up….It REALLY Helps me a lot…for now I’m working my way to a better future!!
    ..and KUDOS to you Jp, thanks for all the rei tips here…I really appreciate it!!

  • Tarheel Ed

    I know Im late here but I have limited access to the internet when overseas…Can I still get the freebies JP? wink wink… 😉
    I like many on here have had many pivital moments…Good and bad…
    Since I was a kid I was always the one that trouble seem to follow…Even when I was trying to do good things…
    On the other hand my younger brother could do the exact same thing and vwalla…He was the golden boy…(dont take that wrong…I love my brother and there is no jealousy…lol)
    Anyways since adult hood I have been divorced, kids that have disowned me, bankruptsy and a couple business ventures that went south…
    But in 2000 I was introduced to many of the books people read for motivation and it totally inspired me…Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Robert Kyosaki, etc…
    These people just to name a few are responsible for how my life changed and how I changed…
    As I kept reading I was gaining lots of confidence in my self but still felt like I was holding myself back…
    I discovered real estate and loved it right away and wanted to do it but fear kept me back until I came across Flipping Homes with Steve Cook…
    Steve and all the others have helped accelerate my learning about REI and I thank God for them…But fear was still lingering…
    It wasnt until I met Jackie that things have taken right off for me…She is an amazing women and totally believes in me…She believed in me more then I did and its been her constant encouragement about doing REI that has been awesome to me…
    We have a 2 year goal to be out of this job that takes me overseas for over half the year and then becoming a full time husband and dad to my 6 year old stepson…As well as bringing Jackie home from her job as a research scientist at UNC Chapel Hill…
    I just moved to NC so Im now in the process of doing a Bob Norton BLITZ and working very hard during my vacation time as well as doing as much as I can when Im overseas…
    Our goal is to get at least 1 contract done when I come home next and to get systems in place so that she can continue doing things while Im away on my next trip…

  • Tarheel Ed

    I know Im late here but I have limited access to the internet when overseas…Can I still get the freebies JP? wink wink… 😉
    I like many on here have had many pivital moments…Good and bad…
    Since I was a kid I was always the one that trouble seem to follow…Even when I was trying to do good things…
    On the other hand my younger brother could do the exact same thing and vwalla…He was the golden boy…(dont take that wrong…I love my brother and there is no jealousy…lol)
    Anyways since adult hood I have been divorced, kids that have disowned me, bankruptsy and a couple business ventures that went south…
    But in 2000 I was introduced to many of the books people read for motivation and it totally inspired me…Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Robert Kyosaki, etc…
    These people just to name a few are responsible for how my life changed and how I changed…
    As I kept reading I was gaining lots of confidence in my self but still felt like I was holding myself back…
    I discovered real estate and loved it right away and wanted to do it but fear kept me back until I came across Flipping Homes with Steve Cook…
    Steve and all the others have helped accelerate my learning about REI and I thank God for them…But fear was still lingering…
    It wasnt until I met Jackie that things have taken right off for me…She is an amazing women and totally believes in me…She believed in me more then I did and its been her constant encouragement about doing REI that has been awesome to me…
    We have a 2 year goal to be out of this job that takes me overseas for over half the year and then becoming a full time husband and dad to my 6 year old stepson…As well as bringing Jackie home from her job as a research scientist at UNC Chapel Hill…
    I just moved to NC so Im now in the process of doing a Bob Norton BLITZ and working very hard during my vacation time as well as doing as much as I can when Im overseas…
    Our goal is to get at least 1 contract done when I come home next and to get systems in place so that she can continue doing things while Im away on my next trip…

  • Ed (NC)

    JP…
    I clicked the link to wathc the video and it went to the SIMS product page…Is the testimony from these guys down now?

    Yeah, sorry, but it’s expired now – they seem to have taken it down. 🙁

    …jp

  • Ed (NC)

    JP…
    I clicked the link to wathc the video and it went to the SIMS product page…Is the testimony from these guys down now?

    Yeah, sorry, but it’s expired now – they seem to have taken it down. 🙁

    …jp