From Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog…Light, Camera, ACTION!!!


The key to success is action.  These principles work to bring about fast, predictable improvements in performance and results.  The faster you learn and apply them, the faster you will move ahead in your career- guaranteed!
There will be no limit to what you can accomplish when you learn how to Eat That Frog!” ~Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog, xiv

Its true, the words you just read, action is key.  You can plan the most elaborate idea out to the very last detail, but if it just stays on paper, then that is all that it is;  A plan on paper.  Deciding to take action, while it is great, and awesome if you’ve gotten to the point to decide; it is merely a decision if you never actually act.  So stop thinking, planning and deciding, just act.  Whatever you have been running your thoughts over, act.  Want to take a class? Then sign up for the spring semester.  If you want to pursue baking, bake a cake, decorate it like you’re in a competition and take a picture.  If the goal is so large you’re not sure where to act first, go back to your plan and start at step 1.  The point is START NOW.  Like the saying goes, Do not put off tomorrow what can be done today!  With that said, take the action to find your way to Happyville! Take Charge! Giddy Up!

Until then,

From Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog, We’re on our way to Happyville!

Success Is Predictable….I had developed deep feelings of inferiority and inadequacy.  I had fallen into the mental trap of assuming that people who were doing better than me were actually better than me.  What I learned was that this was not necessarily trueThey were just doing things differently, and what they had learned to do, within reason, I could learn as well.” – Eat That Frog, page xii

It is normal that we take a look around at the people who surround us and wonder what makes them so special.  If they are successful it is human nature to assume that they are “lucky”, because that is usually the general consensus.  We do not realize that these are not our own thoughts, but the thoughts of others, that have been repeated so many times that it because a false truth.  Its easy to say that someone else is successful because they have something you do not.  However, we are all successful, it all begins with taking the first step towards achieving whatever goal we decide to go after.  The difference between “winning” and “losing”, being special or not, is making the decision to act.  ACT.  If your thoughts lie with believing that everyone else is lucky, that you have all the bad luck, that things never go your way, STOP.  We are our own worst enemy.  Figure out what that special person is doing differently, learn it and see results.

Let 2012 be the year that we let go of all the silly notions of not being good enough.  lets GET IT!  Giddy up!  Happyville, hear we come!

Until then,

What do you need to have in place to purchase a home to rent?

Well lets be serious – the world today, especially NOW, since the ridiculous collapse of our bubble economy built on debt, you need MONEY. Haha, who would have thought – right? Money is the key to all things evil, and thus maybe owning a house is too, but nonetheless that is the way it is. You have to have some sort of deposit to put down on the house and display that you’re serious about its pursuit, and then also to use it as your down-payment. I would find out what the minimum is for the mortgage you end up applying for and getting, but I always told myself to aim in the 10-20% range – the higher the better, of course.
So other than money, another thing you need is a mortgage, unless you have enough money to pay the whole house, in which case you’re done and you can skip this blog post all together. Do a ridiculous amount of research until you find the mortgage company you think is right for you and apply – I recommend being confident in this process and to remember that buying a home IS NOT for everyone. It takes a lot to manage the responsibility of owning a home and if you haven’t managed your credit well, then you can either be denied for a mortgage, or receive a horrid rate (kind of like the sub-prime mortgages handed out not too long ago – remember). After you get the mortgage you know where you should target your home’s price!
Last – I would say you need patience, and probably more of this then the previous two combined. I for instance went after a home that NEEDED to be repaired and touched up because in the end, it costs less to do all that then to buy it already done – BUT at the same time you are sacrificing time after the purchase so you have to ensure that, in this case, you have A. the money to fix up the home after buying it, and B. the money to support the home purchase during the time you repair it (in my case – about 4 months (yes, I know LONG)). Also, remember that looking, selecting, and bidding on homes is a very stressful, and time consuming process – AND – VERY REPETITIVE. I must have looked at 10 homes, put bids in 3 times, and had to re-bid to compete once which ended up being my winning bid, and I was told that was a lucky and decently short process, but that alone still took me about 3 months of dedicated want, and searching. Its tough, trust me, but just stick with it and you will find the right one.
Those are my big 3: Money, Mortgage, and Patience. Trust me, dedicate yourself to finding a home and it will be yours, but don’t get caught up in the process of finding it – although its tough, the journey is half the inspiring part in the end – the other half? Owning your first home.
Thanks again – and remember – feel free to check out my blog as well @ http://mrrua.com

Why become a landlord?

Well I would base that on 3 things – past decisions, opportunities, and risk. Let me explain.
Past Decisions:
I like to describe myself as a 20-something year old “kid”. But the fact of the matter is I like to know that I have a good head on my shoulders. I’ve been working since I was 16 and at one point held 3 jobs at once. Also, while some people may have blown the weekly paycheck on new Jordans, or a night at a cool club, I would always put some of my money away. I’m not a penny-pincher – I just am a firm believer in making money work for me – can’t really do that without putting some money away.
This past decision of saving really put me in a place where I had funds available to be able to make a larger purchase. And just to clarify, this doesn’t only mean the house, but it encompasses all things. If I really want a camera per se I know I can go to the store and buy one, and I think that is a comfort we all need in life. We need to know that if we REALLY want something we SHOULD be able to buy it. (Also, don’t try and link that to “I really want a Lamborghini” – it doesn’t work that way). At the same time though, we have to evaluate those decisions. Really wanting doesn’t always mean you need to go buy it – I usually let the idea brew for a while before finally pulling the trigger or leaving it alone.
Opportunities:
Well here I am – mrRua – a 20-something year old “kid” living during the biggest financial crash in decades… obviously the biggest one during my lifetime. Some – actually many – would say this is horrible and one of the worst things that could happen – but I think, that perspective changes depending on what side of the fence you are on.
Like I mentioned above, I save money – I also make it work for me. You might ask – what does that mean? Well, here is an example. When everyone was scared about the economy dropping and pulled their money out – it make the stock market essentially semi-crash – prices on stocks were SO low. As most sold – I bought… see the opportunity? And now here we are in 2010, and the stock market is recovering and due to stock decisions I have made, I close to doubled my input and at the same time the real-estate market is still down… once again see the opportunity?
In life – there are instances where you do just have to do it. When is the next time the stock market will drop in the manner that it did this time? I don’t know, and if we look at history it won’t be for a quite a bit (knock on wood), so acting was critical. But at the same time, just because you didn’t act on this particular opportunity doesn’t mean there wont be another. Keep your eyes open.
Risk:
Of course risk had to play a part in this all. I saved via past decisions, things happened via opportunity, but I just signed a loan with 6 figures on it – that is called taking a risk. I bought a home, and now I have to essentially “manage” it. The risks are abundant from additional costs of fixing it up, to getting tenants who pay their rent and it is definitely a scary journey, but one I feel that I made the right decision on.
Nonetheless only time will tell, but until next time – thanks for reading and feel free to check out my own blog @ http://mrrua.com – thanks again to djRelAt7 for letting me talk my words.

Sometimes we need to be reminded to get out of our own way!

I was going to revisit goals today but last night I found myself watching a movie on the Disney channel.  This movie hit home and sent shivers over my skin.  This movie I thought was important to talk about on this Take-Charge Tuesday, because sometimes we need to be reminded to get out of our own way.

The story is of a young girl who learns to block out the things that hold her back from doing what she really wants to do.  I am not going into detail here as I truly believe if you have not seen it yet, you should.  If you’ve seen it already, see it again.  As I watched the movie, one of my favorite sayings was recited throughout, take a read when you have a moment.  Its in the left panel under Powerful Thoughts.  
I was reminded that in life, people will talk you out of a lot of things.  Mainly because in their minds, the goal is not possible.  They project that on us and if they influence us, as most of our “voices” do, we begin to believe that to.  As their words set in, our dreams become distant wishes, our heads hang a little lower, the skip in our step slows down and we are left with a strong sense of longing.  Sometimes we are lucky to have someone come along in our lives to give us the strength to paint a brighter future and snatch the words of pessimistic souls right out of the mouths before their breath can meet the air.  
Be that person to others and to yourself.  You never know when an encouraging word will let an idea blossom into a masterpiece.  The movie ends in a beautiful line...”You know that feeling where everything feels right? Where you don’t have to worry about tomorrow or yesterday, where you feel safe and know you’re doing the best you can? There’s a word for that, it’s called love. L-O-V-E.”
People L-O-V-E makes the world go round and the sooner you embrace that the better!  If you’re in the beginning stages of your future masterpiece, reread today’s quote of the day.  I posted the quote with my love in mind, to let him know, he is now what he will be, and I couldn’t be anymore proud and excited to watch his future unfold.  
Feel free to leave things that inspire you to push forward in the comments below or send me an email :) Also  look forward to our Health Guru’s next blog on My Pocketful Of Thoughts as Ms. Pillowz gives us the 411 on fasting.
Until then
djrelat7

Sometimes we need to be reminded to get out of our own way!

I was going to revisit goals today but last night I found myself watching a movie on the Disney channel.  This movie hit home and sent shivers over my skin.  This movie I thought was important to talk about on this Take-Charge Tuesday, because sometimes we need to be reminded to get out of our own way.

The story is of a young girl who learns to block out the things that hold her back from doing what she really wants to do.  I am not going into detail here as I truly believe if you have not seen it yet, you should.  If you’ve seen it already, see it again.  As I watched the movie, one of my favorite sayings was recited throughout, take a read when you have a moment.  Its in the left panel under Powerful Thoughts.  
I was reminded that in life, people will talk you out of a lot of things.  Mainly because in their minds, the goal is not possible.  They project that on us and if they influence us, as most of our “voices” do, we begin to believe that to.  As their words set in, our dreams become distant wishes, our heads hang a little lower, the skip in our step slows down and we are left with a strong sense of longing.  Sometimes we are lucky to have someone come along in our lives to give us the strength to paint a brighter future and snatch the words of pessimistic souls right out of the mouths before their breath can meet the air.  
Be that person to others and to yourself.  You never know when an encouraging word will let an idea blossom into a masterpiece.  The movie ends in a beautiful line...”You know that feeling where everything feels right? Where you don’t have to worry about tomorrow or yesterday, where you feel safe and know you’re doing the best you can? There’s a word for that, it’s called love. L-O-V-E.”
People L-O-V-E makes the world go round and the sooner you embrace that the better!  If you’re in the beginning stages of your future masterpiece, reread today’s quote of the day.  I posted the quote with my love in mind, to let him know, he is now what he will be, and I couldn’t be anymore proud and excited to watch his future unfold.  
Feel free to leave things that inspire you to push forward in the comments below or send me an email :) Also  look forward to our Health Guru’s next blog on My Pocketful Of Thoughts as Ms. Pillowz gives us the 411 on fasting.
Until then
djrelat7