“If you had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?”
Most well-known personalities, singers, movies, etc all talk about saying YES when opportunities pop up. Eminem talked in many of his songs about seizing the opportunity, just like the quote above.
There is value to this because most people won’t take advantage of the opportunities they are given. I’m not an avid listener of that genre of music, but Marshall Mathers really strikes into a vein of our society via music in a way that I’m not sure others have done.
The fact is most people let fear stop them from achieving something greater.
But, for those of us with an entrepreneurs mentality, we naturally say yes when opportunities pop up.
“Yes, I’ll buy that property.”
“Sure, I’ll partner on that deal.”
“This is a great business idea to create another stream of income!”
The problem is that almost no one talks about saying no.
As real estate investors or any other business minded person, it’s Often, saying NO is more valuable than saying YES.
It’s Hard to Say No
It’s easy to make excuses but it’s hard to say no. Be honest with yourself, when was the last time a friend asked you to help them move and you said in simple terms “no”?
Maybe you found something else to do that day. Perhaps you were ‘busy’. Whatever it was, you didn’t just say no.
It’s similar with business. Many people find excuses to not be successful, but few say “no” to success.
But, once you start saying “yes”, it’s addicting. More opportunities, more revenue, more income, more potential.
It’s HARD to say no to those things. But, sometimes we need to. Here are a few reasons why.
Think of Opportunity Costs
I recently met up with my good friend Jennifer over at REIMillionaire while we were both in Oklahoma City checking out some opportunities. She is really successful in real estate and has a number of income streams from various sources related to real estate.
We were assessing some solid BRRR Strategy opportunities. I asked her, “So, what do you think about these?”
“The numbers work. I have a few concerns but I think they are solid.”
“So, are you going to do it?” I asked.
“No, I don’t think so…”
After some more conversation, she pointed out that pursuing those deals don’t fit well into what she was doing elsewhere She wanted to focus on syndicating some new-build multifamily near Seattle that we’re working on together as partners.
It’s important to think about opportunity costs when evaluating a potential opportunity, be it in real estate or in other business.
We all have a ‘bandwidth’ meaning we can only focus on a certain number of things in a given period of time. When you take on a new opportunity, it will take you away from other things that you are working on.
And that is opportunity cost – what you give up in order to get something else.
As entrepreneurs, this is so hard to determine!
It’s Hard to Estimate Opportunity Costs
Think about it, imagine you’re earning money on your real estate, as an agent, with your website, doing some wholesaling. You’ve got a lot of revenue coming in.
Then, someone asks you to partner on a new build, or to start a property management company, or to do…whatever else.
So, you take the opportunity. You can make money doing it for sure.
You also don’t lose any money in your other areas. You’re still earning the same amount, so it’s good, right?
The hard part is going back and assessing if you could have earned even more if you had spent that time building up one of your other revenue streams.
Chances are if you had dedicated the same amount of time to buying more rentals, building your agent business, wholesaling real estate, or whatever else it is you do, you could have earned more.
Say No If You’re Too Excited
One of the problems investors run into is the excitement about a deal. It’s more common in newer investors but it happens with experienced investors as well.
If you find yourself overly excited about something, you might be trying to convince yourself to do it. If this is happening, it’s time to take a step back and take a deeper look.
When you’re evaluating any potential investment, regardless if it’s business, stocks, or real estate, you need to be totally detached. If you catch yourself fudging numbers to make it work, you’re probably too excited.
I’ve done it before tons of times. In real estate, you’ll find yourself bumping rents a little bit or dropping expenses in some way trying to get the numbers to pan out.
Remember, it’s always cheaper to lose a good deal than to say yes to a bad deal! So, it might just be time to walk away if you’re doing this.
Focus on a Few Things
The moral of the story is to focus on just a few things. Don’t get distracted by shiny objects and don’t chase things just because they could earn money.
When you are looking to chase a new project, be skeptical and avoid it if you find yourself getting too attached to it.
What about you, have you ever had to say no to a new project or investment even if it was a good one?
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In today’s competitive and demand-driven world, there’s a constant need to stay on top of things. Between incessant emails and back-to-back meetings, phone calls and dozens of things to cross off your checklist, it’s no surprise we’re struggling to reach our productivity’s peak.
Here are 20 apps that helps you do just that.
DIY: Your 5-Step Financial Planning Guide
If you’re starting out to plan your financial future, it can get overwhelming. While many opt for a financial advisor to take care of the entire process, you can always handle your financial planning all by yourself (it’s simple, really) if you’ve got the right tools.
For starters, here’s what you need:
1. Set Goals!
Chalk out your goals—it can be short term, like paying off your card payment bills or long term, to meet expenses like retirement and your kids’ education.
Take a step back and do a reality check. Where do you stand now? How are your cash flows? How soon can you meet your expenses? Create a timeline to achieve these targets (and ensure you meet them!)
2. Do The Math
Calculate your total assets, after deducting the debts—and budget smart. Ditch your debt to stay away from piling on more to your list of financial risks. If you’ve got way too many debts to clear and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of them, here’s a great tool that comes in handy.
3. Build An Emergency Fund
Uncertainties can be hard, more so if they have a significant financial impact—be it an illness, job loss, or even global downturns.
To evade being stranded, ensure that you’ve built an emergency fund (a good start would be to keep aside six months’ worth of expenses), along with solid insurance coverage to back you up.
4. Hire The Right Agents
Apart from the general power of attorney, also ensure you lay out a directive in case a medical emergency comes up (if you’re incapacitated—we know, it’s not the best of thoughts to ponder over). To ensure you plan right, avail the services of an accountant, a real estate planning authority, and a medical power of attorney.
5. Earn Money On Your Money
The final step is to make sure you earn returns off your money. How’d you go about this? To start with, educate yourself. Read, read and read some more—research about what stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs and other financial instruments do. Understand their risks, costs and how you can work on diversifying your investment.
It’s important to invest in something you understand.
Post this, set up your accounts to meet each of your goals—through monthly contribution plans, 401(k)s, low-cost index funds, IRAs or other savings plans. If all these details get you dizzy (or overwhelmingly hard), you’re better off with a financial planner who can do the research and investment planning for you.
VIDEO: How Shaq O’Neal Blew His Very First $1M Check In One Day
Shaquille O’Neal recounts spending $1M in under an hour, after locking in an endorsement deal just prior to being drafted by the Orlando Magic. The basketball star’s shopping spree gave way to a $150,000 Mercedez-Benz for himself, coupled with two others for his family.
What’s more, he successfully paid down all that his family owed and wanted to do “what all the homeboys do — gotta buy rings and diamonds and earrings and this and that,” he told Business Insider.