Our real estate investment business started as a Mom and Pop business, with lots of people helping us grow. Without our contractors who do the growthactual work on our properties, our photographer, videographer, and home stager who all make our finished homes shine, and our coaches who kept us moving forward, we have had so much support as our business grew to where it is today.

Lifetime Learning – Various Ways

One of our early commitments when we started this business was to lifetime continual learning. We had almost no real estate knowledge when we started this business, other than what we had learned over the years just from buying and selling our own homes. Two things anchored our commitment to continual learning; first, the business continually changed, so we needed to stay abreast of changes to stay competitive in this business, and second, there’s always more tools to add to our toolkit to be better real estate investors.

We attend workshops, conferences, and boot camps, as these are all ways to learn in person, while mixing with other investors. The networking time is just as beneficial as the actual sessions, because learning what’s working for another investor may be the next impetus to growth in our business.

As we commute, we listen to webinars, podcasts, and audible books, not only about real estate, but for our own personal growth and development. We also read actual books, but more often we’re listing to those books. So, that said, here’s the list of books that contributed to our growth and success in 2019.

Success Book List from 2019
  • Atomic Habits by James ClearMindset Limitations
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Dave Jenks, Gary Keller, and Jay Papasan
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
  • Zero Limits by Ihaleakala Hew Len and Joe Vitale
  • The Joy of Genius by Gay Hendricks, PhD
  • You Are a BadAss at Making Money by Jen Sincero
  • Who’s in Your Room? by Stewart Emery LHD, Rick Sapio, and Ivan Misner
  • The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
  • The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Miracle Morning Millionaires by Honoree Corder, David Osborn, and Hal Elrod
  • The Ultimate Law of Attraction by Joe Vitale
  • You Are a Bad Ass by Jen Sincero
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  • The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • The Missing Secret by Joe Vitale
  • Goals! How to Get Everything by Brian Tracy
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • Ice Breakers by Tom “Big Al” Schreiter
  • E-Myth Real Estate Investor by Paul Esajian, Michael E Gerber
  • Finding and Funding Great Deals by Anson Young
  • Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount
  • Go-Givers By Bob Burg and John David Mann
  • Great at Work by Morten Hansen
  • Go for No! by Richard Fenton
  • The Playbook for Success by Amy Broghammer
  • How To Be a Power Connector by Judy Robinson
  • Crucial Conversations by Joseph Grenny, Al Switzler, and Ron McMillan
  • Human Connection by Kody Bateman
  • Raising Private Capital by Matt Faircloth
  • Multifamily Real Estate Investing by Mark Sanders
  • Landlording on AutoPilot by Mike Butler
  • Build a Rental Property Empire by Mark Ferguson
  • The Millionaire Booklet by Grant Cardone
  • How to Get and Stay Motivated by Grant Cardone
  • Launch by Jeff Walker
  • Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate by Brian H Murray
  • Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson and Robert Kiyosaki
  • Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Unfair Advantage by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Rich Dad’s Guide to Becoming Rich by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrants by Robert Kiyosaki
  • The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
  • Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
  • Great at Work by Morten Hansen
  • Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount
  • Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury

I also read some fiction books, plus some books specifically for Realtors, that I haven’t included, and I’m sure there were others we read that I’m just not remembering. This is just a list to get you started on a path to success. Pick and choose to start your journey to success.

Where Our Business is Today

Last year our son joined our business as the Project Manager, as well as assisting in Acquisitions. Additionally, we hired a Virtual Assistant, who works continually on lead generation. This year, our first hire of many will be an administrative assistant to handle all our routine daily work to free us to focus on the growth of our Best REI!