I went to a McGregor fight in New York last fall and after I returned home my daughter asked me, “What’s more important, talent or obsession?” I told her talent doesn’t mean anything unless you’re obsessed. That led me to doing a live stream over on Facebook where I told people to ask me anything […]

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There is a famous quote that says, “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” Throughout my career, I have always sought out leadership and mentors to help me ensure my success. I have always been willing to be taught and always willing to ask lots of […]

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Your time is valuable, so I will abridge the story of “Acres of Diamonds” by Russell Conwell so you can get the meat and bones without going through the fat. Read it all the way to the end. “There once lived not far from the River Indus an ancient Persian by the name of Ali […]

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Recently I wrote an article discussing cryptocurrency and posted it on a new social network called Steemit. This is a site that gives rewards to people who post content based on other users up-voting or interacting with the post. If people see and like your posts, you get rewarded in what’s called “Steem Dollars”. I’ve […]

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When Thomas Edison was asked about all the times he failed to invent the light bulb he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” In business, you do not want to find out 10,000 ways your presentation or pitch won’t work on the customer. Every one of those ways […]

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The top 10 most polluted cities was recently released* and a handful of cities in California including Bakersfield, Fresno, LA, San Francisco, and Modesto officially have the worst air quality in the country. Polluted air cities outside of California includes Reno and Salt Lake City. When it comes to air quality, you think about smog, and […]

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I have been investing in real estate for 25 years and bought and sold over $750,000,000. Over that period of time, I have rehabbed thousands of units and spent tens of millions of dollars in rehab. You can see those here. I have made many mistakes and learned a lot from those mistakes so you don’t […]

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Jack Ma, the Chinese tech billionaire behind e-commerce giant Alibaba.com, recently predicted that “pain” is coming to much of the world very soon. He was referring to the fact that over the coming decades, robotics, artificial intelligence, and more advanced manufacturing is going to make large portions of the human workforce obsolete.  It will become […]

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Who you are, what you wear, what you drive, how much money you make, how long you’ve been with someone, how many faithful customers you have, or what kind of shape you were in yesterday means nothing compared to today. Every single day you must keep making investments, keep growing, keep getting new customers, keep […]

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I started out many years ago in the automobile industry. I was 23 years old when I got in the car business. I started in a low traffic dealership that was basically one of those aluminum temporary buildings. It probably cost only $4k to put that little temporary building up… and it only fit two […]

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Beliefs can come and go in life—this is natural as you learn and grow as a person. What you believed at age 6 is different than at 19, and still different at age 42. Sometimes as you look back in your life you see what you used to believe and see how silly it was. […]

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For much of my career, I have had to deal with very smart business people in huge financial transactions. Sometimes these transactions have aggressive “Type-A” personality buyers. They are intimidating and pushy… even bullying at times. Have you had to deal with these types of people? I admit that I myself have taken this position […]

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I know a friend who had a phone interview with a company and the questions they asked were so generic that he declined a second interview. He didn’t want to work at a generic company that couldn’t even properly handle a job interview. Too many companies make their job interview process so long it’s ridiculous. […]

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What are the dollars in your pocket? It’s paper that the government prints. This paper is called fiat currency, and this fiat currency is money that the government decides to be legal tender for us to pay for things, but it’s not backed up by any physical commodity these days. America got off the gold […]

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We all know the stereotype of the used car salesman. Pushy, poorly dressed, aggressive, smells like too much cologne… you know the type. But, the reality is the only salespeople that fit that profile are the unprofessional ones. Those who don’t train daily to improve their skills and don’t continually push themselves to dominate with […]

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