Hello family, today is the first day of the rest of my life. I have a desire to become a REI and I intend to make it a reality. This journal will seem slow or even boring to a lot of you but I'm writing this as a means to hold myself accountable and to stay on track. See I've been interested in REI since about 2002 and to date I have done nothing more than to purchase the home that my wife and I live in today. Don't get me wrong I don't look at that as a bad thing but I know there's more to be gotten. See I think it's easy for most people to purchase a home when they use the popular conventional means, but when you flip the coin on the other side and now it's up to you to do all of the leg work and speaking to people outside of your normal click things become a little more challenging. I've taken that fear away by talking to brokers, agents, lawyers, etc. Did I know what to say all the time ---no. Did I stumble over my words from time to time---yes. But that's where I got the confidence. First of all don't try to be something that you are not. I'm a new REI trying to get started in the business and I tell people that. It seems to relax me and lets them know from the start with whom they are dealing with. I ask a lot of questions, I even write them down so I don't for get to ask something. I've been taught and have taught my children that the only dumb question is the one you don't ask--- you'll probably never find the answer. See I told myself along time ago that I didn't want to work for anyone else for the rest of my life. Why? If they can do it so can I. This is not a get rich quick scam but, a workable system that if action is applied WILL work. My problem is I've been afraid to take action. I'm so accustomed to my "comfort zone" that I'm afraid to step out of the box. It's easy in here, I don't have to try anything new, I don't have to talk to anyone out side my normal click, just drag that same old ball and chain around day after day with my fingers crossed hoping that I'm not the next one to be laid off or fired for whatever reason the company can come up with. See here in Indiana we are an "AT WILL STATE", meaning that a person can be let go of their position or job pretty much with no real explanation. And on the flip side an employee can leave or not come back to work for whatever reason again with no explanation. All of this leads up to why I feel a little insane. Fear to move forward and remove myself from this seemingly "uncomfortable zone" has got to be a form of insanity. But I don't hold myself 100% accountable because I've been programed this way by family and society."Find a job, work hard, pay your bills, and try to save what you can for the future is what I was taught. So out of that 100% I'll assume about 50, only because I'm a man now and have the choice to change my out look on my life. That's why I named this "Leslie's Journal...My new Comfort Zone". My way will have it's trials, hurdles, leaps and bounds. All that I'm positive will lead to VICTORY!!!!! That one victory will make it all worth while. Kinda like working all week and getting that pay check, but I've heard an REI pay check is sweeter!!!!
Stay true to one's self.
Commit yourself to greatness.
Conquer your fears.
Stay focused and motivated.
See yourself and know your full potential.