What seduced me into real estate investing was simply the adventurous opportunities but what kept me interested early on and still today is the people I associate with. Nowhere else do you find people with such positive attitudes, ready to help with no expectation of anything in return.
Once I became connected with networking groups, the people I met gave their time to share experiences, caution me about risks, answer my latest how-to questions, and suggest new directions for me. I learn more from them than I do from the training I take.
Other investors hardly ever see us as competitors, much more likely as potential partners. We share a lot without needing NDA’s, and even when hearing that someone in our network is going after the same property as us, there’s a feeling of mutual support and respect.
I’ve had the good fortune to work in a number of different industries in my career as a consultant, and this just doesn’t happen in most other industries. It’s how people burn out in their day jobs and we can see from the great “Covid Reset” that many of us left jobs we didn’t like, even taking a pay cut. Reprioritizing our lives.
It’s why I enjoy conferences and meetups. I had that experience just last week speaking to a local group. They were enthusiastic, brought their positive attitudes, and jumped into the Q&A, answering each other’s questions. They weren’t there to close a sale or impress their colleagues. They were there to learn and contribute.
Real estate, what an awesome and rewarding place to invest our time.