Welcome to my blog.
A space for ultimate self expression. )
I grew up in Canada, moved to Michigan for high-school and college, and now live in So. The area was heavily influenced by the auto industry, which was the path that was laid out for me. I was excited for it.
In late 2008, I got laid off from my first cushy corporate job at Chrysler (was owned by Mercedes at that time)…this was during the recession and my high school friend offered a couch for me to sleep on. It was in Southern California in late 2008. I worked at a few tech companies then I got hit with an idea…
After reading books about finance and real estate, after working a 9-5 job in Anaheim, I left the corporate and started working for myself in consulting in 2013. It lead me to Texas where I found a business model that worked.
I was convinced income generating apartments was a great business to build a platform on. It’s been a long road, and I still have lots to learn, but real estate has been the one thing that I’ve been able to stick to … and we’ve been running our apartment management company ever since. Investing in real estate is not as glamorous as the media makes it out to be, but it’s very rewarding…I’ve been enjoying things I never thought I would do. Designing environments and being a housing provider.
There’s so many ways to do it and there’s no one way to do it. Most of it is common sense over long periods of time.
build a platform…one brick at a time…
In the Tim Ferriss Podcast, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he slowly started buying apartments during the 1970s in Santa Monica. This saved him from doing horrible auditions.
Big Arnold used apartments as his platform, so he could be patient and choose to do the work that he was passionate about.
I have a similar story in that I always wanted real estate as my platform (income properties, not flipping houses) … so I can freely express myself without the muzzle or limitations of working for a corporation.
My blog follows my entrepreneurial journey and what I’ve learned along the way. I have a real business in the real world, so I don’t have to monetize my content. Which was the original idea in the first place. :)
My biggest realization..
UNLEARN EVERYTHING. So we can focus on what matters.
I want to be like water.
We are taught in US mainstream media to constantly buy, buy, buy. To acquire things to make us happy.
They teach us, what we acquire in our lives, is what expresses who we are.
But after reading the Tao Te Ching at least 50x, I’ve realized that to become more “full of life” is to remove things out of our life.
Bruce Lee says, “Be Like Water”.
Water is formless.
Water does not limit itself with “thinking”.
When it’s cold, water becomes ice.
When it’s hot, water becomes vapor.
When it’s room temperature, water becomes a liquid.
Water is never limited by its beliefs, it is formless.
I feel unlearning everything I knew and to start from “beginner’s mind” helped me solve the biggest problems in my life.
When you remove the conditions that was taught to you by the system, it opens you up to learning new ways of doing things and using your intuition.
This blog is an expression of my journey through life with the beginners mind… an authentic view… and hopefully I can connect with more like-minded people along the way.
In my free time I enjoy…
Using video to tell stories and share ideas
Using media to express ideas
I enjoy books, ideas, events that empower people to be their best.
"All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you're Woolworth's." - Jeff Bezos