It's been a long time since we posted "Success Secret Numero Uno" ... and we still get a lot of comments about the idea.
And for a long time, we've thought about other "success secrets" ... if there are such unicorns.
We've never wanted to write about another success secret because none seemed up to par ... they were either common knowledge already or just didn't seem worthy.
Well, it's time.
We've uncovered another.
Over the past few months, it's become apparent to both of us that there is something that definitely plays a large role in achievement.
And this week we're going to share it.
Ready to rock?
Let us begin...
If you're not already aware both of us worked for our father's drywall company all the way through school - along with other odd jobs.
This meant that Christmas Break, March Break and Summer Holiday's meant we ended up on various job sites around the Greater Toronto Area.
Sometimes downtown Toronto, sometimes Georgetown or Mississauga or even Pickering.
Let me tell you ... getting to Pickering from Mississauga for 7:30 am sharp start time wasn't always fun ... especially after very late nights of fun with friends.
But our father didn't accept excuses so we didn't dare miss work ... or be late for it.
We were often dropped off at job sites with very little instruction and just informed of what must be completed at the end of the day.
It was up to us to figure out how to actually get it done.
We had to figure out which of his staff to talk to for instruction, where to find material, what tools worked the best etc.
During these work days, our father would sometimes "pop by" with a surprise delivery of material for the job site.
And he didn't want to disturb his more senior employees to unload it so we were almost always tapped to load the material from the truck(s) into the job site.
Often these loads of material were 100-150 boxes of "ready-mix" ... which is essential taper's mud that they use to smooth out the drywall walls.
These boxes are heavy.
We're not talking a little bit heavy, they are very heavy.
And the jobs that we often worked on were condo projects.
When we were around our father never thought it was necessary to grease the hoist operator $50 for him to lift it up to the 22nd floor ... and then wait a couple hours to get some time on the hoist.
Why do that when you have two young sons available?
So right in the middle of our busy day, we would be greeted with the task of lifting these crazy boxes up 22 FLOORS!!!!
I am not kidding.
Remember it like it was yesterday.
The taper's needed their ready mix mud and we had to get it up to them ... couldn't have them waiting around.
So we had to run these things up.
These boxes are awkward, the crappy handle holes break and it's just a nasty, sweaty, exhausting experience.
I'm getting to the point ... promise.
At the end of the day, our dad would walk around to check that we got our work done.
Often when we explained we were behind schedule because we were interrupted with a nasty delivery that he made us unload he would FREAK OUT.
To him, that was no excuse.
Interruptions were part of the game to him.
Interruptions were to be expected.
You just accepted them.
But they were NEVER ... we repeat NEVER ... accepted as an excuse for not getting our work done.
Without exception, the day's work must be completed no matter what "popped up" that day.
He would be livid if he felt we were not working to our ability.
Blood vessels that we had never seen before would pop out of his forehead when he shared how he felt.
He was intimidating.
But he was successful.
Our father worked with a sense of urgency like no one we have ever seen.
At one point he was one of the most productive drywallers in Toronto. Seriously.
A friend's father once told me that our dad was the only guy on the job site parked outside, in the middle of winter, waiting for just a tiny bit of daylight so he could begin working.
He would run into a house, brush off the snow from the drywall and begin ... sometimes hours before anyone else.
That's what stirred him to start his own company.
Nothing stopped him from getting a job done.
Not the weather. Not his car. Not his attitude. Not how tired he was. Not what day of the week it was or what time of year it was.
His sense of urgency was not lost on us.
It is what lifted him from coming to Canada with literally $3 to launching his own company and raising us with everything that we could ever want.
We're forever grateful. I'm emotional as I type.
So where the lesson?
We don't believe you should rush into deciding what you want to do with your life.
Or with your investing.
You should spend time reflecting, studying, planning and preparing.
These are important decisions and you should make them carefully.
But once you go...
....once you begin, you do not look back.
You operate with a sense of urgency like no other.
Far too many investors in real estate lack this.
And it's ruining them.
They take too long to call back tenants.
They take too long to handle issues.
They take too long to handle repairs.
They take too long with everything and it hurts them.
It hurts their relationships, it hurts their confidence, it hurts their cash flow and it ultimately hurts their success.
Operating with a massive sense of urgency is a huge success secret.
Strolling along at a slow pace, not being decisive, not taking action right now in this moment does not serve you.
Recently an investor told me that they were going to call back an interested tenant for one of their properties "later this week".
Are you kidding me??
Later this week!!!
Call them right now, drop everything you are doing, stop talking to me and call them!!
Another investor told me that they were going to get their documentation ready for the bank when they were asked for it.
Do it now, this second.
Get busy, do it now.
A friend told me he wasn't going to start writing material for his new business website until he felt inspired because that's what a social media blogger suggested.
Are you freakin' kidding me?
You sit down and you write it right now ... and you don't end the day without writing something. Stare at the screen for as long as it takes but you begin this second.
Time is a very precious asset and these people are wasting it.
There is no excuse for that.
And their success will suffer for it.
But more importantly, they missing out something even more important.
When you operate with a sense of urgency you create a rush of momentum, an energy, in what you are doing that carries you through difficult situations and into success.
There's some sort of magic that happens when you act quickly.
Momentum is a very funny thing.
It can be very helpful when you have it and it can be punishing when you don't.
Creating momentum in whatever it is you are doing should be your goal and acting with a strong sense of urgency is how you create it.
And when you have momentum in your life you need to keep working to maintain it or it fades.
Nothing frustrates us more than watching people wallow in their own inaction.
They're too concerned with getting things right instead of getting them done.
Move fast, act now, do it like there's a raging fire chasing you.
Are we communicating how strongly we feel about this?
Because we mean it.
And because we want the very best for you here's our advice:
Stop reading this and go do something important, something you've been putting off, and do it .... RIGHT NOW!!!!
Until next time ... Your Life! Your Terms!
I am 40 and I realize now real estate is what I wAnt to do.I have a full time job outwest which I fly back and forth from.What route do you suggest I take?It is difficult for me to make it to the GTA.I live in Nova Scotia.Do you have a program available.
Great article--was raised by a single parent (mom) with a brother and handicapped sister. Had to get up at 5:00 am to deliver 2 of the 5 paper routes I had while in public school just to help out with the family. No excuses just like you mentioned; 6 days a week, and the Nike logo of "just do it" is still with me along with some of my mom's own slogans. My mom never belly ached or left us wanting for anything. Getting things done leaves you able to sleep at night without worry of what did't get done that day.
Brendon, not that I am real estate expert, I like four plexs and I looked at properties in NS for my brother to buy and its one of the least attractive provinces for investing and for business in general if you ask me. Unemployment is high, taxes are very high, the cost of buying a home is very low for most people so rents are low. I don't see much on the horizon there that would change any of this. Likely why you left like a lot of east coasters to work in Alberta. I find this sad to work so far away. I think the NDP finally got kicked out there so things may change.
Tom and Nick, I can relate to your adventures when you were working with (or should I say "for") your father. I did the same growing up. My dad had a home electronics business (TV store) and repair shop. From very young I swept the floors, cleaned the displays and stocked the shelves every Saturday and through the summer holidays. Later when I obtained my drivers licence, I made deliveries from morning to late night. Having lunch or dinner was an option since there was limited time for that. Things had to get done, the customers depended on you. As an example, carrying heavy TVs up several flights of stairs to an apartment on the top floor was grueling in the middle of July. You hoped for elevators, but you got stairs quit often. Set it up and away to the next one. I was in great shape back then! When I got back late, my dad was not a happy camper. The sense of urgency was always what drove you, to get things done, to run not walk...success was at the finish line. Over and over again. Dad is a successful man, his lessons were tough, but essential. Yes Tom and Nick, I can relate.
Tom and Nick,
This is why I joined Rock Star because your stories are always inspiring and I believe in this. I started working from 13 to support myself so I know exactly what you mean. I hate people who are always coming up with excuses. My friends will tell me how lucky I am yet they don't realize how hard I had to work to get what I want. People want success but you find they don't want to get off their butts or to feel pain or be inconvenienced for a period of time. It's your life and your terms, you have to decide. what you want. Great article as always