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The 7 Seemingly Innocent Habits Holding You Back From Success

What big things do you want to accomplish this year? Are you going to start a new business? Double the revenue in your existing company? Write a best-selling book? Lose 50 pounds?

Goals are great, and you should definitely have them. But goals can easily be sidetracked when something bigger comes into the picture: habits.

Now, of course there are plenty of good habits that an entrepreneur should have . . . but what about the bad ones? We all know some habits are obviously bad, like smoking or excessive drinking. But for entrepreneurs, the distinction between “good” and “bad” habits is often blurry and situational.

Therefore, I want to lay out seven habits that, although seemingly innocent, can actually hurt your chances of achieving your goals this year.

But first…

***Hey, you! Yes, you! If you are reading this post, you’re likely interested in growing your business and building wealth. If so, I want to invite you to this week’s BiggerPockets Webinar, How to Use BiggerPockets to Become a Rockstar Real Estate Investor. We’ll be talking about how to harness all the tools BP has to offer in order to find partners, lenders and sellers, build your reputation as an investor, and much more! Hope you can make it! And now back to the post!***

1. Checking email

How many times a day do you check your email? More than once? That’s probably too much.

Email tends to be the thing people do when they don’t want to do what they should be doing.

I know you think you need to be in your email throughout the day, but chances are, your addiction results in your putting off the one thing in your life you really should be focused on right now. So, make an effort to reduce the amount of times you check your email.

Related: 10 Seemingly Harmless Habits That Sabotage Ambitious Millennials

Set up smart “filtering” criteria, unsubscribe from email newsletters you no longer need to read (I just unsubscribed from over 1,000 newsletters, using Unroll.me), and get people used to your responding just once a day.

2. Logging onto Social media

Let’s be honest: We all spend way too much time on social media.

Whether your social media habit leads to your sitting “in the john” a bit too long, or to a quick status update that turns into 35 minutes of mindless scrolling through your newsfeed, this habit can quickly take over the limited time you have to be productive.

So, do yourself a favor and limit the time you spend on social media.

For me, Facebook is my “go-to time-waster.” That’s why I installed theFacebook Newsfeed Eradicator, which essentially shuts off the Facebook newsfeed on my laptop. This alone has saved me several hours per week.

3. Procrastinating

Yes, procrastination is a habit. It’s often much easier to say “tomorrow” than “now.” But the things we procrastinate about are often the very things that most need to be done now.

So, instead, make it a habit to “time-block” your most important things to ensure they get done on schedule today, not tomorrow. For more on-time blocking ideas, don’t miss “This Productivity Hack Completely Changed My Life, and It Can Improve Yours.”

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Want to Lose All Your Money & Cry Yourself to Sleep? Make These 4 Newbie Mistakes!

You know that I love you, right?

Maybe not the “I want to have your baby” kind of love, but the “I’m about to yell at you, and I’m doing it because I care” kind of love.

Don’t you feel special?

Now, as the title suggests, this post is geared toward newbies.

But what’s a newbie?

I would define “newbie” as anyone who doesn’t feel like they “know it all” in real estate yet.

Yes, that means you. And me. And of course, Ben Leybovich. (But not Brian Burke, ’cause that guy really does know it all.)

So, really, this post is for anyone who is trying to build their real estate empire.

That means you! So keep reading.

These are the four mistakes newbies can’t seem to help making — but not if I have anything to say about it!

1.) “I Can Do It All Myself! I’m Superman!”

As a real estate investor, you wear a LOT of hats. giphy

One day you are a home inspector. The next day a master negotiator. The next a marketing wizard. Then a manager. Sometimes a plumber.

And that’s not a bad thing, necessarily. When you first start, you don’t have a lot of cash to use to hire other people, and you need to use what you have.

However…

The problem is newbies tend to stay in that state for FAR too long.

Like, years.

If you are trying to build a real estate business, begin thinking NOW about the systems you can outsource. Can you hire someone to clean toilets while you look for deals? Can you hire someone to answer phone calls and pay them on a per-deal basis? Can you buy such great deals that the cash flow covers management?

(And yes, Ben, you can buy properties that cash flow enough to cover management! You just gotta look harder!)

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Single family homes can be a great investment!

They are often far easier to manage than multifamily, they usually rise in value fairly quickly, and there are numerous ways to finance such a purchase.

But for most people, the process to buy a single family home is still too confusing.

That’s why today I decided to boil down the process for buying a single family home intoseven distinct “vital steps.” Use this guide as a sort of “road map” for your future as you search for and buy your next single family home.

Let’s get to the seven vital steps to buying a single family rental home!

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1. Do Your Research

There are a LOT of single family homes out there.

According to Census Bureau: 133,957,180.

So, when you decide that you want to buy a single family rental house, you need to narrow down the options just a tad. This is why the first step is research. 

Now, research includes two different categories:

  • Education: Do you know what you are doing? If not, there are plenty of articles,podcasts, webinars, and books here on BiggerPockets that can help you with that.
  • Location: Do you know exactly where you want to buy? This will dramatically help you narrow down the possible choices.

I wish I could simply tell you the best kind of single family rental house to buy — but I would be lying.

Because I don’t know you!

The perfect investment is one that helps you best accomplish your goals. (Tweet that!)

So what do you want? Start there and work backward.

  • Maybe you want to buy just a few really nice houses in really nice areas, and wait for appreciation to double the value of those homes.
  • Maybe you want to buy low-income housing and let all the cash flow allow you to quit your job.
  • Maybe something in between.

The point is you need to do some research before you jump in. But assuming you’ve done that, or at least are doing it, let’s move on.

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House Flipping: 5 Vital Tips for Success (Based on My Mistakes!)

House flipping can be a lot of fun, right?

You get to turn something ugly into something beautiful.

You get to hone your design skills and impress your friends.

And, let’s be honest…

You can make a lot of money.

But house flipping is not as easy as the TV shows make it seem!

You know that, right?

Good! You are already farther along the path than most flipping newbies.

House flipping can be fun, challenging, and profitable — but it can also be dangerous. Many people have gone bankrupt because they decided to get into house flipping.

I’ve lost money on flips that didn’t turn out the way I wanted.

It sucks.

However, like any business venture, practice makes perfect.

Ok, that’s a lie. You’ll never be perfect at house flipping. But at least “practice makes better.”

Today I want to talk about five vital tips for house flipping success that I wish I had known when I first started on my house flipping journey. Knowing these would have saved me hundreds of hours of wasted time and thousands in lost dollars.

Let’s make sure you avoid that and find incredible success on your house flipping journey.

But first…

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Okay, let’s get to the five vital tips for house flipping success

1. Understand the Math Behind House Flipping

Before the paint colors, before the new countertops, before the demolition…

There is the math.

The math is like a crystal ball, helping you see the future.

It shows you the right improvements to make.

It guides you to the best neighborhoods.

It helps you know if you will succeed or fail.

However, so many people struggle with the math. They see a dilapidated house and start thinking about all the beautiful things they could do to the house, but they don’t see the math behind it. Does it really make sense, financially? Is this house really going to provide a great profit? Should you really do this flip?

The math helps you answer those questions. The math helps you gain confidence. The math helps you avoid mistakes.

The math is not as simple as the TV shows make it seem, but it’s also not rocket science either. It’s simply a matter of knowing ALL of your expenses and subtracting them from your ultimate profit.

There are many blog posts here on BiggerPockets about analyzing a flip so I’m not going to dive deep into the topic here. Besides, I’m doing a 90-minute LIVE webinar on this very topic this week. (Can you make it? If so, click here to register.)

Also, if you are not using the BiggerPockets House Flipping Calculator… you are missing out. Seriously, it’ll save you a dozen hours a month analyzing deals!

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7 Timeless Lessons About Getting Rich From a Book Your Grandparents Read

 

[This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com.]

Two major books were published in 1926 that rocked our world: Winnie-the-Pooh and The Richest Man in Babylon.

Although “stuffed with fluff,” Pooh Bear might have had a larger impact on American pop culture, but it’s The Richest Man in Babylon that has made a massive financial impact on untold millions of readers, myself included, over the past 89 years.

Written by George Samuel Clason as a collection of parables, The Richest Man in Babylon is a unique book that lacks a central storyline and a reccurring cast of characters. Instead, the book is a collection of stories about one thing: building wealth. The book seeks to answer the question: If wealthy people have the same 24 hours in a day, and work just as hard as others, how do they acquire such incredible wealth?

Can wealth creation be taught? According to Clason, yes!

In one of his parables, Clason tells the tale of Arkad, a merchant and the richest man in the city of Babylon. The king of Babylon asks Arkad to share his wisdom with 100 students in an effort to increase the collective wealth of the population.

You see, the same problem existed in ancient Babylon that existed in 1926 and still exists today: most people are broke. Clason refers to this “broke” condition as having a “lean purse.” To cure the problem of having a lean purse, Clason, through the story of Arkad, offers the following seven lessons:

1. Start thy purse to fattening.

Arkad, the richest man in Babylon, asks a very simple math question to his students: What would happen if, every day, you added 10 coins to your purse but only spent nine? The obvious answer, of course, is that wealth would increase by one coin each day.

Therefore, the first step in building great wealth is to simply set aside one coin each day. Specifically, Arkad instructs his students to set aside 10 percent of their earned income, which I think is a great place for anyone to start.

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Goals and Resolutions Will Make You Broke and Depressed. Try This Instead.

I want six-pack abs.

That’s right, I said it: Six. Pack. Abs.

You know, the kind that superman and David Hasselhoff have.

Oh, I also want a million dollars in my bank account. Oh, and while we are at it, let’s throw in an airplane, too. Grant Cardone has one, so why not?

These are all fine goals to have. And they really are goals for me.

But guess what? They are mostly worthless.

And, in fact, they might be worse than worthless.

They are dangerous.

Goal Setting Will Make You Broke and Depressed

There is one major thing getting in the way of my six-pack:

I like cake.

And cookies.

And pizza.

So every year I tell myself, this is the year I’m finally going to get my six-pack. I’m going to say no to the cake. I’m going to work out. I really want to get in shape.

But then I eat more cake.

And cookies.

And pizza.

And I don’t get that six-pack.

So I get depressed. And I eat more cake. And I get more depressed.

Now, maybe you don’t care about cake. Maybe you want something else.

Maybe this is the year you are finally going to quit your job! This is the year you are going to start your own business. This is the year you are going to buy your first rental property.

But then you eat more cake slack off.

You lose the momentum.

You can’t find a good real estate deal.

Your business partner flakes out on you.

You lose the fire.

And you get depressed.

Maybe, in an effort to accomplish those goals, you spend a bunch of “hype money.” Someone, somewhere, convinces you that the fastest or best way to achieve your goals is by purchasing some kind of product or $10,000 course or boot camp.

So you spend the money, thinking it’s going to help you.

You equate spending money with taking appropriate action.

But it doesn’t.

It just makes you broke.

And depressed.

Or let’s go back to the example of buying your first investment property. You really want to buy it. You know that buying rental properties is going to be your ticket to generational wealth for your family.

But because you are so focused on your goal of buying that property, you don’t buy the rightproperty.

You spend too much.

You didn’t run the numbers right.

You buy a bad deal.

And so you get depressed. And then you go broke.

And it’s all because you were so focused on this “goal” that you needed to hit.

Because here’s the truth you need to understand.

Are you ready for it?

Here it is:

Goals are not enough.

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