I’ve been at the FortuneBuilders Real Estate Ignite conference since Friday, on my Solo Knowledge Trek. It’s really a good conference to get new ideas for your real estate redevelopment business, but there are other advantages, too.
The FortuneBuilders company takes in a lot of bucks from students; I acknowledge that. But they sure do give back. They always bring in excellent speakers to remind you of who you are and what you are doing, and this weekend, I decided to attend more of that kind of session than the ones about analyzing money (which I know would be a good idea, but I need the inspiration).
I’m going to do a longer post about the guy who lived with a Navy Seal for a month, after I read his book, so stay tuned for that one. He got me to thinking about my own personal growth, both within and outside of this business.
I also got a lot out of a talk by Paul Esajian, one of the founders of the business. When he talked about why he is doing what he does, and shared the quote from Warren Buffett in the picture above, I felt like I really was in the right place and doing the right thing by trying to create homes for people to live in that are full of quality, but not over-priced.
There was a talk by a sweet woman, Julianna Reed, who worked on the I Am That Girl campaigns and now is the assistant to some dude in a reality show, The Partner. Even though she cried a lot, she won the dang competition! She reminded us that we all have a lot to overcome, but that we CAN do great things if we don’t let fear of failure stop us. That’s a lesson I need to remember often!
A real standout was listening to Chris Robinson, who Lee wrote about when he saw him last year. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more naturally gifted speaker in my life. His point was similar to Julianna’s, which was that you have to both work hard AND get the right people in your network to succeed. He talked about evaluating your life yearly and figuring out what people and places drained your energy, and eliminate them (they are Red). Then you figure out who don’t affect you one way or the other, and you don’t focus on them (they are Yellow). And finally, you are left with people who inspire you, encourage you, build you up, and help you. Those are your Green people, who you nurture and focus on. Great idea. Watch out, draining Red people! I made sure to get a photo with him just like Lee did last year.
And finally, there’s good old Andy Tanner, who I’ve heard many times, since Russell and I went to the negotiation classes with him last February, and he speaks at most of these events. The dude can really cry. It’s wonderful to see a man in today’s society willing to show that he has a tender heart. He talked about nurturing your network and growing it to include people who you reciprocate with. He, too, lives by what I live by, the Golden Rule. He also explained how the rules of Attraction and Exchange help you find the right people to nurture you and for you to share with and learn from. And he reminded us all that we all are good, and we all can do great things. Good old Andy.
After all this personal development, I know what I need to do to keep my life going in its current direction, which is toward peace, love, and caring for those around me, all the while fulfilling my dreams. I hope this can happen for you, too.