At this time of year, I like to take the time to say thank you to everyone who is a part of my life – my family, my friends, my team and all of those special individuals (you know who you are!). There are so many phenomenal people I’ve met who have touched my life and I wish you all a great holiday.
It has been a tremendous year. I’ve learned a lot about myself through challenges (and of course great successes) that have allowed me to gain clarity for 2013. Next year will be an amazing year! I have awesome planes for growth and I am excited to keep moving forward.
Our U.S. real estate acquisitions and synergy of businesses continues to expand and of course, now I have bigger plans, as I am sure many people do. If you really are serious about making it as a U.S. real estate investor, you already know there is a lot of finesse involved in finding deals and procuring financing.
For 2013, give yourself the gift of a reality check when you take stock of your success and failures to really learn how to leverage your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. To help you along the way, here are 3 crucial traits your need to cultivate to be successful as a U.S. real estate investor:
1) Be adaptable
We all know how hard it is to stick to our plans. If that sounds like you, join the club. Don’t give up! Instead, modify your planning to give yourself room to be flexible. It’s hard to roll with the punches but Darwin was right – those who adapt also succeed.
2) Take risks
Look, if you can’t learn to take some risks then you aren’t going to make the cut. Investors who are successful take calculated yet bold steps to make big moves. When you are pitching to an investor, if you don’t have that “anything is possible” mindset, you’re going to come across as a risk because you don’t demonstrate confidence. If you don’t have faith in yourself, you can’t really expect others to either.
3) Fine tune essential skills
We all have areas of strength and weakness that we are somewhat aware of. The more you know yourself and are honest about the hard facts, the closer you will get to gaining clarity you need to create your success. Yes, it is possible for you to realize your dreams, but you have to put in the time to make those aspirations a reality. That is part of the beauty of life and the hidden opportunity in any perceived ‘failure’. If you take the time to choose one area of strength and one area of weakness that you can fine-tune and develop to better yourself and your business this year, do!
It’s always a good idea to write out your plans and talk to others, just be sure to direct your energies to make the most of your efforts and your experiences!
Happy Holidays everyone!
P.S. I do have one holiday tip for all of you out there, from none other than Kung Fu Panda (a household favorite for us):
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift – that’s why it is called the present”