Fake it ’til you make it.
I started reading books as if I knew what I wanted to pursue and do. I didn’t actually know. I kept reading. I read about business, sales, accounting, real estate and money. I kept reading. I still didn’t know what I wanted to focus on, but kept reading. I went to seminars, I introduced myself as a real estate investor, and I acted like I knew what I was doing. Well, at least enough to get in the door. Once in the door, I didn’t fake it or people would notice. In the door I fessed up to being a beginner. I fessed up but was noticeably interested and excited. People started helping.
Don’t take advice from someone you wouldn’t trade shoes with.
I learned quickly to focus on the advice coming from people who were already doing it. There are a lot of people who want to tell other people how to be successful, but they aren’t what most would consider successful themselves. I define successful, in terms of real estate investing, as being financially free. There are some well-known financially free investors out there. Read what they have to say. You’ll start noticing that most of them say a lot of the same things. Take note of what those things are. I did. And so far, those things have turned out to be true. Don’t be opposed to taking advice from other people. I wasn’t.
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
I figured out that problem solving is the key to investing. If it were that easy, everyone would do it. The two biggest problems I ran into were, where do you find the money and what do you do with the money you find? I heard in an investing seminar, “If it is a good deal, you’ll find the money. If you can’t find the money, don’t push it, it’s probably not a good deal.” I bought my first investment property under this premise. The money found me. I looked for it but found it easily. I learned to use intelligence to problem solve, which birthed major creativity, which led to fun.