FLIGHT FROM NOWHERE
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.
—George Bernard Shaw
“HI, MY NAME IS RICH—ALTHOUGH I’M NOT”
“Hi, my name is Richard McTavish. I see you’re involved in real estate. Man, I wish I had got in before the real estate boom,” he said, just loud enough for me to hear. I had heard similar sentiments of regret many times over the years, from many people, most of whom just continued making such excuses and creating reasons why they didn’t act. However, this time when I looked up, I saw a spark in Richard’s eye—a spark of determination.
“Hi, my name is Don Campbell. Yes, I’m involved in real estate. Very observant of you to notice.”
“My name is Richard. Some people call me Rich, although I’m not rich, yet,” he said wryly, as if he had repeated this line a thousand times before. I knew there was a lot of work to do; starting with turning around the negative attitude he had about himself.
I asked him why he felt he’d missed the boom, although I already knew his answer. It was the same answer everyone gives who doesn’t understand real estate investing.
“Well, isn’t it obvious?” he chortled. “Prices have skyrocketed everywhere in the last 10 years. Then they slipped. They just can’t go any higher!”
“And what makes you believe they’re at the top?” I asked.