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The Decision

Posted on September 17, 2015 by

It was March 12th, 1982, when I had a decision to make, and it didn’t seem like a very big one. You see, there was a seminar coming to town called “How to Buy Real Estate with No Money Down,” and it caught my attention because I certainly had none and didn’t want to continue doing what I had been doing for most of my life. I believe I saw the commercial on television, and after about the third time it aired I got to thinking about it and said, “Well, gosh, what have I got to lose. I know it’s a scam, I know they’re full of crap, but I might as well go down and check it out. Maybe there is something there, maybe I can find a way to get out of this mechanic job and make a little money for a change that lasts more than 15 minutes.”

Now, this was not an easy decision because I was going to miss my favorite television show “Dallas” with J.R. Ewing. For me to miss J.R. in order to go to the seminar was a big, big deal. We laugh about it now, but it wasn’t so funny back then because J.R. was the guy that gave me hope. He’s the first exposure I had to see what it was like to be very rich. I couldn’t really see myself as J.R. at that time, but I certainly wanted to be like him. I’m not sure I wanted to be as mean as he was. Of course, some people will say I am. I certainly wanted to have his money and his power. Read More→

Are You Accountable?

Posted on September 17, 2015 by

Have you been in real estate for 6 months, or have you really been in real estate for 1 month? Because if you’re really in real estate, you’ve made a deal by now, maybe several.

Here’s the truth: If you’re not making offers, if you’re not making deals, you’re not in real estate…yet.

Are you making the mistake of preparing and then doing nothing? Listen, if you’re prepared, then you have the education. You’ve paid a lot of money to take courses, you’ve read the books, and you’ve watched the videos. You understand that buying real estate is not rocket science. You understand that making an offer is not difficult. You have a power team: a contractor, an attorney, a survey company, and a real estate agent.

But you just don’t seem to be able to get one deal done.

What will it take for you to make a deal?

How can you overcome this fear and lethargy? Read More→

“Investment personality?” you might ask. “What’s an investment personality? I want to make more money than I have. That’s my investment personality.” Okay, we’ll admit it: the idea of an ‘investment personality’ might not seem to have a lot of merit at first—until you realize that you do have a set of clear priorities and preferences based on your experiences. To one person, Real Estate IRAs—for example—might fit perfectly in line with their investment personality. For someone else, a Self-Directed IRA of a different sort might be more appropriate.

The question becomes: what exactly is your investment personality, and how can you know it? Let’s look through some basic questions to find out exactly what yours is – and whether or not Real Estate IRAs are the right match for you.

Basic Investment Personality Questions: A Short Quiz

Your investment personality might not be the same as your normal personality. Some people who find themselves perfectly risk-averse and introverted in their personal lives might enjoy a riskier approach to their investments…and vice-versa. Let’s take a few moments for some questions that may just reveal some things about your investment personality: Read More→

Is It A Rental Or Flip?

Posted on September 17, 2015 by

Over the years investors have always wanted to know which way they should go. Buy a house cheap, fix it up and rent it out. Over time collect the cash flow, keep some and use a portion to pay the house off. It’s the oldest and truest way to build wealth and a secure retirement.

Then there are those who are seriously focused on making some money now. They either want to “Wholesale” a house doing nothing to it all or the alternative option may be to acquire, renovate and sell for a really good profit and do it again. This method doesn’t build wealth but you can make some potential steady income.

Truly good real estate investors know the valuation of their deals is key to insuring success and protecting projected profits. To effectively determine if a deal is a rental building wealth or flip to make some much needed cash, you have to analyze a deal fully. All the market areas covered by REIAComps.com, insure you easily know which way an investor should go. Read More→

Recently I was having a discussion with a friend of mine discussing some of the different ways to create wealth not only from real estate but other forms of investing that can give huge returns. We talked about the usual ways of making money buying real estate and we also talked about other ways of creating income without having to do any physical work for the money. Of course when you are a real estate investor your first thought is usually either about, buying foreclosure properties, wholesaling properties, fixing and selling houses at retail prices, and also buying long term income properties.

One subject I have never talked about before that I think is an important part of every real estate investors portfolio of investing opportunities is to also own paper assets for income. From this point forward we will refer to paper assets simply as “Paper”. So what are paper assets? Paper assets come in many different forms. Some different paper assets come in the form of property tax certificates, land contract paper, contract for deed paper and promissory notes secured by a mortgage or a deed of trust paper. It is my belief that every real estate investor should be diversified and have several different income streams to help them build the wealth they desire. Read More→

Winning The Fight Against Time

Posted on September 17, 2015 by

If you are blessed and fortunate enough to have lived on this planet for a while, there eventually comes a time when you start to notice the same thing that countless ancestors of ours have noticed over the eons… The undeniable fact that, sorry! You’re getting old.

The first signs of this sad truth probably reveal themselves to you in a very subtle fashion… An extra ache when you wake up in the morning; Recuperating from injuries takes longer than it used to; Or it could be a grey hair or an extra wrinkle in your smile. As my (older) brother always likes to tell me, “getting old is not for the faint of heart.”

Such subtle signs are a painful reminder of our own mortality. They can either make you sad or remind you that you may only have a certain amount of time left on this spinning blue rock we call home.

If you like movies, you know you’re getting old when the actors you grew up watching & admiring start showing their age… or die. (Even though Tom Cruise & Keanu Reeves are immortal. They never age!) Read More→

My Top 10 Landlording Lessons

Posted on September 17, 2015 by

Kim and I have been managing rental property and tenants since 1997. We still own the very first single-family investment property we bought way back then!

Between then and now, we’ve made every landlording mistake in the book. We’ve bought bad rental properties, rented to awful tenants, and let tenants get three or four months behind in rent.

Here’s the important thing to remember: With every mistake we made, we learned what not to do. And with everything we did right, we learned what to keep doing. That said, here are the top 10 landlording lessons I’ve learned over the years.

Number 10: Take the magic nickel. Why own rental property? If you flip a house, you make a dollar. The only way to get another dollar is to find and flip another house. With rental property, you only make a nickel. But it’s a magic nickel that you get every month for as long as you own the house!

Number 9: Begin an eviction ASAP. Over the years, we’ve had tenants not pay us on time. In the beginning, we’d work with them only to be left holding the bag after three or four months of non-payments. When a tenant defaults on the lease, immediately file for eviction in order to get the eviction clock started. Read More→

Last month it was in California, this month it was in South Carolina. All across the country we are seeing rescission letters stopping foreclosures in their tracks. Over the last few months I have been writing about how effective a Truth in Lending Act (TILA) rescission of your mortgage could be, and how the banks are getting nervous. Well, the results keep coming in, and they are extremely encouraging!

One of my real estate investor students recently explained to his father how he might be able to use rescission to stop the foreclosure on his home. His father sent in a rescission letter and the 20-day period for the bank to respond went by without a peep from the bank or their attorney. When the auction day came up, the investor and his father went to the courthouse and explained to the judge about the rescission and the Supreme Court’s ruling on the matter. The judge pushed their auction to the end of the day in order to move onto other houses. At the end of the day, the judge asked for a copy of the Supreme Court decision to review it. After reviewing the decision, he canceled the auction and called for a new hearing. Read More→

Beach REIA Meets on September 17, 2015

Posted on September 16, 2015 by
Thurs, September 17th at 6:30PM – Madeira Beach
Beach REIA – September 17th
Sunset, Investor Networking, Making Money & Doing Deals

Let’s Meetup at our NEW LOCATION
Hooters, 192 Boardwalk Pl E, Madeira Beach, FL

Tampa REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Tampa REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

Rex Gaugh, Courtney Larsen, & Mark LepzinskiCome join your fellow real estate investors in a fun networking atmosphere at the Beach REIA! We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30PM at Hooters located at 192 Boardwalk Pl E, Madeira Beach, FL Hooters is an awesome waterfront restaurant right on the other side of John’s Pass as Gator’s, and is also on the beach, which still makes for a great sunset backdrop during the meeting while networking and doing business!

Our goal is to get the Real Estate Investing community together in a fun setting where we can discuss opportunities, ideas, brainstorm, network, and figure out additional ways to help each other make more money investing in real estate. There is no fee to attend. Everyone is welcome!

So come on out and network with us and let’s have a good time and talk about deals! Bring your deals and business opportunities to discuss.

Tampa REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
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Thurs, September 17th at 9AM – St. Petersburg
Creative Real Estate Exchangers September 17th
Join us Every Thursday Morning at 9AM at the…
Creative Real Estate Exchangers
With Wayne Arnold, Jonathan Henrich & Pete Fortunato

The Creative Real Estate Exchangers (CREE) is group of Real estate investors and exchangers who meet with the sole purpose of finding inventory and creating transactions that benefit everyone involved. In this type of setting, even the beginner can find a deal and make a creative transaction. It’s educational, informative, and a great experience for all investors. Everyone, no matter their skill level or situation, has the opportunity to be the catalyst in a transaction in this type of meeting. CREE is led by Wayne Arnold and Jonathan Henrich who presents deals along with Peter Fortunato.

The Creative Real Estate Exchangers meet every Thursday at 9:00 AM (except major holidays) at the Denny’s Restaurant located at 4999 34th St N in Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Thurs, September 10th at 6PM @ Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay
Tampa REIA – September 10th
at the Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay
How to Find, Fix, & Flip Your Way Into Massive Profits
with Special Guest, Don DeRosa

Tampa REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.
Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or Pay $20 at the Door.

RSVP Now!

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Don DeRosaThe real estate market is on fire right now. There are so many money making opportunities right around every corner. Do you know this but don’t know where to get started to claim your profits? Have you already gotten started but need an extra bump to kick things into higher gear? Don’t sit back and watch all your friends get rich flipping houses. Get in on the action and get your house flipping business making the money that you deserve.

Don’t miss the Tampa REIA Main Meeting on Thursday, September 10th at 6PM, where our special guest speaker, Don DeRosa, will be teaching all about rehabbing houses for massive profits. The meeting will take place at the Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay located at 3050 North Rocky Point Dr West in Tampa, FL.. During his presentation, Don will teach you all about…

  • Where to get started
  • How to get the biggest “bang for your buck”
  • How to evaluate deals based on repair costs
  • How to find and manage good contractors
  • How to protect yourself from being taken advantage of
  • How much rehab you should do to a house
  • How to evaluate what repairs to be done
  • And much, much, more!

About Don DeRosa

Don is a seasoned investor who has completed many of his own profitable rehabs. Don is also a mentor and has taught many other investor how to successfully complete their own. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get your house flipping business up and going quickly. You will learn a great deal of information about the entire rehab process. All this is happening at the Tampa REIA main meeting on Thursday, September 10th at 6PM at the Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay located at 3050 North Rocky Point Dr West in Tampa, FL..

As always, Tampa REIA Members can attend the event at no charge and Non-Members can Register Online for $15 or pay $20 at the door. Be sure to bring your business cards and flyers and join us for an evening of real estate deals, vendors, networking, education and fun! See you there!

5 Days & 4 Nights in CancunWIN A 4 NIGHT STAY IN CANCUN: All participants who attend the Tampa REIA Meeting will entered into a drawing for a chance to win a *Complimentary 5 Day, 4 Night Stay in Cancun! *You must be present at the meeting to win. Giveaway does not include dining, transportation, transfers, taxes, upgrades, etc.

RSVP Now!

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*Meeting Agenda
6:00 PM: Tampa REIA Meeting in Tampa
6:15 PM: Announcements, Introductions, Haves & Wants
7:30 PM: Main Presentation with Don DeRosa
9:30 PM: Late Night Networking at Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill

*Please Note: Meeting agenda is subject to change.

Late Night Networking at Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill

Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill Tampa FloridaAfter the conclusion of the Tampa REIA Main Meeting (around 9:30PM), we will be reconvening at Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill located at 7720 West Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa for the “Meeting after the Meeting”. Come eat, drink, network and have fun with us as hang out late into the night on Tampa Bay!

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Sat & Sun, September 12th & 13th at 9AM – Tampa, FL
Find ‘Em, Fix ‘Em, and Flip ‘Em
How to Create a $100,000 Business in 29 Days!

A 2 Day Boot Camp with Don DeRosa
Sat & Sun, September 12th & 13th, 9AM-6PM
DoubleTree Suites Tampa Bay
3050 N Rocky Point Dr W, Tampa FL

Find 'Em, Fis 'Em & Flip 'Em ManualAre you ready to take advantage of the rising real estate market and get in on the red hot house flipping scene? Are you thinking about flipping but don’t know how? Does the idea of renovating properties scare you to death? Don’t know where to start? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you absolutely need to attend Don’s new two day renovation event.

Come see Don on September 12th and 13th at 9AM at the Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay located at 3050 North Rocky Point Dr West in Tampa, FL, where he will spend two full days teaching you how easy it actually is to Find ‘Em, Fix ‘Em, and Flip ‘Em. You will spend two full days learning the art of flipping houses. Don will show you a Step-by-step process to evaluate, avoid rookie mistakes and build a highly profitable fix and flip business.

Day One:

  • How to put together a solid flipping strategy
  • The best methods for securing multiple types of funding
  • How to evaluate properties, work with contractors and manage renovations
  • How to Flip multiple houses at one time
  • How to crunch numbers and evaluate high profit margins
  • How to negotiate like a seasoned pro with Sellers, Lenders, Contractors and Buyers
  • How to handle Legal and Tax Regulations
  • How to choose the best marketing strategy that guarantees sales
  • And much more…

Day Two (Field Trip):

  • Field trip to Home Depot
  • How to automate your renovation business using SKU based model
  • Compare prices and learn basic costs of materials that will be used in every job
  • What are the low, middle and high end products to use depending on your level of renovation
  • Visit 3-4 actual houses and estimate repairs, discuss potential renovations and more
  • First hand experience looking at real houses, using real numbers, and making real offers

Don will give you his manual practical tips with real life examples, easy to use systems and killer paperwork so you can tap into this exciting and potentially unlimited source of income and financial freedom. This will be one of the best, most affordable boot camps you’ve ever attended! So don’t miss it!

Register Now!

PLEASE NOTE: Location and schedule subject to change. Pricing is per person. No refunds 5 days prior to event. Register before early registration expires to save $100 off tuition.

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Sat & Sun, Nov 14th & 15th @ 8:30AM – Tampa, FL
Tampa REIA Presents…
The Wealthy Code
A FREE, 2-Day Member Appreciation
Workshop for
Real Estate Investors

Learn To Structure Deals For Passive Income Like the Top 1% of Investors…
Avoid Key Mistakes & Lower Your Risk!
November 14th & 15th from 8:30AM to 7:00PM
Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay
3050 North Rocky Point Dr West in Tampa, FL

Join us on November 14th & 15th for a Special 2-Day Hands-On Member Appreciation Workshop Where You’ll Learn:

  • A proven way to generate cash flow from any investment method.
  • How to structure your real estate investments to minimize risk and maximize upside.
  • How to quantify risk and return, and how to adjust both metrics to make deals work for you.
  • What key mistakes to avoid in order to earn a consistent and dependable monthly income.
  • How to live a dream lifestyle with less work, less stress, more money and more freedom!
Special Offer,
Register Today!

Regular Price: $797
Tampa REIA Members: FREE*
Non-Members:
    Register before Nov 13th: $297
    After Nov 12th: $497

Register Before Seats Are Gone!

This is a special opportunity for 60 Tampa REIA Members Only. Seating is very limited and will fill up fast.
Register Now to Reserve Your Seat!

Learn The Closely Guarded Strategies Of The Top 1% Of Passive Income Investors!

Yes, there is a secret way to wealth. At this event you’ll discover what most will never know about creating passive income.

This is your opportunity to gain the strategies, skills, resources, and tools for building passive monthly cash flow into your business. Follow this formula to create a fortress around your family’s financial future today… and for years to come!

See a Preview of The Wealthy Code Training

Your Bonuses for Attending
The Wealthy Code Workshop

The Wealthy CodeThe Wealthy Code Book ($15 value)
You will receive a complimentary copy of “The Wealthy Code”, a book which is a story of how a very wealthy man shared with the author the practical secrets to becoming wealthy. The story reveals the code the wealthy use and unveils the details of the code. It allows readers to understand wealth, to build wealth, and ultimately, to become wealthy. This simple, easy-to-understand book walks the reader through advanced and powerful concepts that can help you become wealthy.

The Wealthy CodeThe Class Workbook ($297 value)
All attendees of the Wealthy Code Workshop get a copy of the Wealthy Code Training Workbook to use in class. The workbook contains formulas, calculations, problems, answers and examples used in class. You’ll get to complete the workbook in class and use it over and over again when needed.

The Wealthy CodeThe Wealthy Code Calculators on USB Flash Drive
In addition to the class workbook, all attendees of the Wealthy Code Workshop get a USB flash drive that contains all the Wealthy Code formulas and calculators that you will need to analyze deals and construct offers in class, at home and in the field.

The Wealthy CodeWealthy Code Graduation T-Shirt
Also, every one who attends the Wealthy Code Workshop, shows up on time and stays until the end for both days, and participates in all all the in class activities will get a Wealthy Code Graduation T-Shirt upon successful completion of the training.

Seating is VERY Limited! Register Today!

Paul RossanoThis training is presented by Paul Rossano, who has been involved in real estate for the past 15 years. He has bought and sold dozens of properties and has been involved in hundreds of transactions on both the residential and commercial side of the business as both an investor and a broker. Paul is now a lead trainer for MPactWealth. Paul’s mission is to share his vast knowledge and experience with others to help them achieve the level of success and freedom they desire and deserve.

Register Now!

*PLEASE NOTE: This event is FREE, is limited to 60 attendees and will fill up quickly. However, there is a $25 reservation fee to hold your seat that is 100% refundable if you show up on time, attend both full days and stay to the very end of the event. There will be absolutely no refunds for no shows, late arrivals or those who leave early. No exceptions. Please do not show up late or you may not be allowed in to the event. Date, Time & Location are subject to change.

What Others Are Saying About The Wealthy Code

Important Info for those who registered for the Wealthy Code:

Date & Time:

Saturday, November 7th – Registration 8:00am to 8:30am; Workshop 8:30am to 7:00pm

Sunday, November 7th – 8:30am to 7:00pm

Location: Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay, 3050 North Rocky Point Dr West,Tampa, FL

WARNING: DUE TO THE ADVANCED NATURE OF THIS TRAINING NOBODY WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER IT BEGINS, SO PLEASE BE ON TIME!

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Read “The Wealthy Code” book

And here’s what you need to bring:

  • Fully charged laptop
  • Light jacket
  • Business cards
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Paul Rossano

Posted on August 20, 2015 by

Paul RossanoAfter graduating from Florida Southern College with a degree in finance, Paul Rossano returned to his home town in the suburbs of New York City where he immediately entered the world of real estate. Throughout his 15 year career as an investor and broker, Paul has bought and sold dozens of properties and been involved in hundreds transaction on both the residential and commercial side of the business.

Paul is a devoted student and teacher of success, and embraces a philosophy of constant and never-ending improvement in all areas of life. Now a lead trainer for MPactWealth (recognized by Inc. 500), Paul’s mission is to share his vast knowledge and experience with others to help them achieve the level of success and freedom they desire and deserve.

Beach REIA Meets August 20, 2015

Posted on August 20, 2015 by
Thurs, August 20th at 6:30PM – Madeira Beach
Beach REIA – August 20th
Sunset, Investor Networking, Making Money & Doing Deals

Let’s Meetup at our NEW LOCATION
Hooters, 192 Boardwalk Pl E, Madeira Beach, FL

Tampa REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Tampa REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

Rex Gaugh, Courtney Larsen, & Mark LepzinskiCome join your fellow real estate investors in a fun networking atmosphere at the Beach REIA! We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30PM at Hooters located at 192 Boardwalk Pl E, Madeira Beach, FL Hooters is an awesome waterfront restaurant right on the other side of John’s Pass as Gator’s, and is also on the beach, which still makes for a great sunset backdrop during the meeting while networking and doing business!

Our goal is to get the Real Estate Investing community together in a fun setting where we can discuss opportunities, ideas, brainstorm, network, and figure out additional ways to help each other make more money investing in real estate. There is no fee to attend. Everyone is welcome!

So come on out and network with us and let’s have a good time and talk about deals! Bring your deals and business opportunities to discuss.

Tampa REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Tampa REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

See Tampa REIA Events Calendar for More Events!

Shaun McCloskeyA Lifeonaire is someone who is full of life. Many people equate living life to the fullest with their financial means to do so; they think that having more money will automatically enhance their lives. At the root of a desire for money is actually the desire for what people think money will give them: a greater quality of life. That focus typically results in the opposite of the goal, causing people to funnel their energy into earning more money rather than living an incredible life.

When someone is very “successful” in their career and spending a lot of time making a lot of money, often times they never really get around to experiencing the fullness of life for which they are working so hard. This is evidenced by the broken families, damaged friendships, forgotten hobbies and interests, crumbling marriages and troubled children that result from neglect – all because their primary focus is on being more financially successful.

The first step to becoming a Lifeonaire is to determine what you want your life to look like. (Creating a Lifeonaire vision) Believe it or not, 98% (or more) of people don’t know specifically what they want their lives to look like. Most everyone says they do, but very few people have any amount of specificity to their answer, nor have they taken the time to put it in writing. Instead, what they know is that they don’t like the way it currently is, and they mistakenly believe that more money will be the solution. This first step is critical, since your Lifeonaire vision will become the foundation that subsequent actions will build upon. Read More→

What is a Lifeonaire?

Posted on August 12, 2015 by

Shaun McCloskeyA Lifeonaire is someone who is full of life. Many people equate living life to the fullest with their financial means to do so; they think that having more money will automatically enhance their lives. At the root of a desire for money is actually the desire for what people think money will give them: a greater quality of life. That focus typically results in the opposite of the goal, causing people to funnel their energy into earning more money rather than living an incredible life.

When someone is very “successful” in their career and spending a lot of time making a lot of money, often times they never really get around to experiencing the fullness of life for which they are working so hard. This is evidenced by the broken families, damaged friendships, forgotten hobbies and interests, crumbling marriages and troubled children that result from neglect – all because their primary focus is on being more financially successful.

The first step to becoming a Lifeonaire is to determine what you want your life to look like. (Creating a Lifeonaire vision) Believe it or not, 98% (or more) of people don’t know specifically what they want their lives to look like. Most everyone says they do, but very few people have any amount of specificity to their answer, nor have they taken the time to put it in writing. Instead, what they know is that they don’t like the way it currently is, and they mistakenly believe that more money will be the solution. This first step is critical, since your Lifeonaire vision will become the foundation that subsequent actions will build upon. Read More→

The Profit August 2015 Edition

Posted on August 10, 2015 by
The Profit Newsletter for Tampa REIA August 2015
Download the August 2015 Edition of The Profit Newsletter Now!

The Profit - August 2015 - High Quality PDFThe August 2015 edition of The Profit Newsletter is now available for download as a High Quality PDF (print quality) or Low Res PDF for mobile devices. The Profit Newsletter is the official newsletter of the Tampa Real Estate Investors Alliance and is a digital, interactive newsletter for serious real estate investors delivered as an Adobe PDF file to read on your computer, tablet, or smart phone with a PDF reader. Many of the articles and ads in The Profit contain hyperlinks you can click to get more information online. The high res version of The Profit is “print ready”while the low res version august load faster on your mobile device. Also, be sure to Subscribe to The Profit so you don’t miss a single monthly issue.

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Is the Road to Success Easy?

Posted on August 10, 2015 by

Shaun McCloskeyWhen I hear someone say that success is easy, it always raises my BS sensors. It really concerns me when someone says this, but then I have to look at myself because I say this as well. The difference is, I really mean it. But in order for success to become easy, you’re going to have to play a different game than most.

I’m not suggesting that becoming successful requires no work and that there are no struggles, but when I say that The Road to Success is Easy, I’m suggesting that when someone has a plan and they follow it, that success is attainable to all, and it can be done in a relatively short period of time.

We live in a world in which we idolize success and as a result we pursue it with all that we have. As a culture we have defined success as having a lot of money. We want it so badly that we look for shortcuts, we’ll compromise our values, and we’ll tear down things that are important to us in order to attain it. We’ll go into debt. We’ll buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t care about. What we all really want is life. We want freedom. We want to be able to spend time doing and experiencing the things in life that provide the most fulfillment, however, most of us today have given up any hopes of this life in pursuit of the almighty dollar.

What we teach at Lifeonaire is that if we will simply follow a plan, that success is easy. It’s an easy road. What we have found is that the world around us is pursuing success every other way, that what makes pursuing the path to success difficult is that we have to go against the grain and do things differently than those around us. The path is easy, but getting to the right path and living and doing things differently than others around us is the challenge. Read More→

Flyp My Phone

Posted on August 10, 2015 by

“The secret to multitasking is that it isn’t actually multitasking. It’s just extreme focus and organization.” ~ Joss Whedon

Have you ever watched a really good store manager while she works? It’s incredible! She can handle two or three customers at once, answer the phone three times while she’s at it, and approve a couple check transactions at the same time. And when you compliment her on her talent, she just shrugs and says, “I’m a multitasker.”

A few years ago, businesses were all about multitasking. Employers wanted people who could multitask. With life moving faster all the time, all of us have learned to do it to some extent. But experts now believe that multitasking isn’t really all that productive or efficient. For a lot of us, multitasking just means we do a bunch of things at once, but we don’t do any of them very well. I don’t know about you, but I’ll never be able to do what that store manager does.

So it turns out that it’s better to focus on one thing at a time. But this doesn’t fit too well with modern life. Between home, work, school, church, and hockey, it’s a wonder we ever get anything done at all.

Luckily, I don’t have to multitask anymore, because my cellphone does it for me. I can hardly remember anymore what life was like before I had an iPhone. I used to say that having a cellphone was a good idea, but not an absolute necessity. Well, it’s sure a necessity now. Read More→

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