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Diary of a Real Estate Entrepreneur – My Journey towards Financial Freedom – Episode 20

By Juan Pablo on February, 21 2018
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Breaking the Broke Mentality


Many of you starting out in business may be broke. This could be a good thing. Having limited resources will force you to be resourceful if you have a burning desire for success.


Starting any business broke should spark a creative mindset to enable you to do more with less.


When I was a government employee, I wanted to pour as much money as I could into my growing real estate portfolio! A portion of my disposable income was invested in my real estate portfolio regularly.


In order to make this pot grow, I reduced my personal living expenses to the point I was living a meager lifestyle.


I would not hang out, I didn’t have cable, I didn’t own a car while living in New Jersey, I didn’t buy new clothes, and I lived in an attic converted into an apartment to save money.


If you were looking at appearance only, then I would have appeared to be beyond broke. I was broke when it came to having material objects, but rich in assets.


After succumbing to this lifestyle for four years, I was able to earn enough passive income to the point where I no longer needed a paycheck from my day job to survive.


In fact, the returns from my real estate portfolio greatly exceeded my lifestyle to the point I was able to live anywhere and anyway I wanted!


Shortly after submitting my two weeks notice, I moved out of that makeshift apartment and headed south to Atlanta, GA, where I moved into a real apartment with great amenities.


I took it a step further and even bought myself a Mercedes Benz as a reward for all the sacrifices and the hard work I did in those four years.


Yes, I treated myself to better living and driving conditions, but I realized I still had a broke mindset lingering around.


It can be a slow transition to go from always thinking of how you can save money, to how you can spend a little extra money on things that don’t add passive income to your portfolio.


I recognized I had to develop a system.  Each time I reached a business goal, I decided to celebrate my success by buying something new, taking a nice trip, or outsourcing mundane activities like hiring a cleaning lady, etc.


To break it down even further, when I purchased a nine-unit apartment building that was cash-flowing $800/mo, I used a portion of it to get a nicer place to live in, and started taking weekend trips every month, and set a budget to buy myself new clothing periodically.


Slowly break the broke mentality once you start earning additional income.


Each time you reach a business goal, celebrate your success by using some of the proceeds to hire a virtual assistant, to buy a better piece of equipment or anything that will increase the efficiency or effectiveness of your organization.


One last thing, don’t forget to reward yourself too!

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