First Entry: Well i've been reading a lot of whats posted on this sight, and i must say you guys really pump me up to get started. Then life hits and it seems like the brakes get thrown back on. So i thought that maybe my best chance was to start my journal and get myself into the mix. I like the thought of tracking my progress and the fact that there are other people i want to measure up too so... lets get to it.
I never worried about money before, i was NAVY bachlor and i never had plans for a family. Fast forward five years, i left the service and fell in love with an amazing woman who i can easily call my soul mate. The ironic part for the man who never wanted kids was that she had four boys from a previous marrage. I must say though that they are relativly cool kids and we get along well. We just recently added to the count with our own beautiful baby girl who perfectly completes the family. My life has plenty of problem and there's more than one area that needs improvement, but as far as family goes I know im blessed.
The thing that drew me to Real Estate and Dean's infomercial is that in the time we have been together we have racked up a decent amount debt. We have since realized and stopped our spending (a lot of it was my fault in the first year of being with the boys i think i tried to buy myself into there good graces..... its not easy being an overnight father of four) Besides the debt we had together we also have to deal with the debt her ex left on us (he claimed bankrupcy without her knowing, she was left with credit cards, doctor bills and a house in forclosure that we eventually lost) Add on a costly divorce and our funds are nearly gone. For a while we were both working two full time jobs and starting to get caught up. She had to drop one of them to take care of the baby. Then one of her old credit cards froze our account for nearly a month, my money too since it was a joint account. It starts to feel like every time we pull ourselves up something drags us back to where we started...or worse. Its extreamly disheartening. But anyway i saw Dean on TV a few times and would always watch to the end wondering if the guy was for real. Then one night a saying that might have come from Dean's infomercial popped into my head "if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got!" I decided i am tired of living this way, im tired of being tired, and that my family deserves better than what im providing for them! I picked up the phone and ordered Dean's Think A Little Different course, it came a week or so later and i dove in. I read the whole thing, was pumped up, thought about getting a mentor, and went back to work. I would think about REI at different times through out the day but would keep on working, making a living... if it can be called that. I would listen in on conference calls, get excited agian. But honestly it would get pushed down agian as i went through the motions of my day.
Im a factory worker from 7-3:30 (which i HATE), and a Security Guard from 4-12:30 (which i hate slightly less) I want to be a Real Estate Investor, I want that excitment that i first felt when i ordered, and i want a better life for my family. Thats why im writing this Journal, i went and ordered Dean's "millionare" book. Im reading through it, and going back through the course (doing the exercises this time). I've looked at my local RE Market and chosen to focus on assignments, and forclosures that i can fix and rent out until the market changes. I have realized i need constant encouragement, so im going to call about a mentor tomorrow and will be checking this site daily. Hey its a start... I want to thank everyone who contributes on this site and apologize for getting long winded. I didn't know i had that much pent up in me. Fun and theriputic... who knew? Later,
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. -Mark 11:23-
-Now who are you to say it can't be done?-