I heard Tony Robbins say one time, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” After another 80 hour work week, I was certain he was speaking directly to me. I asked myself, would another 80 hours of work this week have gotten me closer to my goal, or further away?
I had three kids at home, who I hadn’t tucked into bed at night for almost a month. My family was my motivation for being successful, but based on where I was spending my time, they were not high on my list of priorities. The concept that I needed a new strategy and not to work harder was a novel idea to me at the time. After all, my dad taught me that you had to work hard for your money, and if it was easy, it was sleezy. But I knew that what I was doing was not sustainable. I finally said “enough is enough”.
The true story is I was not an overnight sensation. I was a teen mom, turned computer geek, turned business owner, turned real estate success story, and although I work at it still today, my portfolio gives me a sense of peace and passive income that frees me to do other things. I’m an entrepreneur at heart and I love helping others to find their way as well. That’s why my favorite stories from my students are those that were once thought to be impossible; the single mom who puts her kids through college, the wife who is supporting the family after her husband got cancer, the “mature” couple that didn’t think they could ever afford to retire, and they were too old to start a new career. If all I do is inspire others to believe in themselves, to choose never again to be the victim of someone else’s bad decisions, to take their dreams off the shelf and make them a reality, then for me it’s a successful day. My best days are when my message is put into action, and the lives of people are made better. It’s not about getting rich quick, it’s about committing to a process that helps you create a legacy that takes care of you and those you love for generations – which is what real estate has the potential to do.
Nate is a life and business results coach, speaker, author and serial lifestyle entrepreneur with over 2 decades in business – who grew his businesses from the age of 16, featuring his marketing firm, Innerspire, LLC which he grew with years of successful service to business owners. Now, a successful coaching and educational practice, Innerspire, LLC are the example of a Minimalist CEO business – with a small “virtual” team of incredible talent and a scalable business operation that allows him the freedom to work anywhere, while serving clients anywhere.