Show41:Don’t Let the Fear of the Unknown Hold You Back

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“To get what we’ve never had, we must do what we’ve never done”



I am a teacher.  I come from a family of teachers: my sisters, their husbands, my parents and many of my cousins are all in the education field.

So growing up, that’s all I knew.

As a result, we have never been extremely wealthy. We lived off of my father’s income, a teacher, turned coal miner, turned guidance counselor.  My mom, although educated as an elementary teacher, was a stay at a home mom.  Growing up in a rural area, we lived comfortably and I’m fortunate for the childhood I had.

When my husband joined our family he was the black sheep.  He’s not a teacher. His background and family’s background is in real estate, mortgage lending and finance.

I can remember in our early years together we would argue over the concept of ROI.  I hated the fact that ROI was looked at as a percentage.  I wanted to only look at ROI as the actual physical cash in my pocket, paying no attention to the actual amount of money put into the property and how that affected the cash flow.

Have you started to see the connection yet to the quote- we must do what we’ve never done.

Anything related to finance was like learning a new language to me.  Real estate was something I never paid attention to.  I lived in the same house my entire 18 years of my life, before I moved to college.  While my husband and his family moved to a variety of houses throughout his time growing up.

So when he had the conversation with me about investing in real estate I was clueless.

I was scared.  I didn’t understand. 

At the same time, I wasn’t opposed to learning something new.  I like to learn new things and take advantage of opportunities.

My husband has always had lofty goals for our financial portfolio from when I first met him.  And in the beginning, I honestly thought he was crazy to think that we could accomplish some of those goals by the time we are 30.

The reality is, we are turning 30 in the next year or so and we are just about to reach our financial goals.  Most likely, we will reach the goals early.

What I’ve learned is that had I never taken the plunge and trusted my husband and his vision, we never would have come close to reaching our goal.

We never would have built a rental portfolio that has allowed us to earn passive income and start our real estate investing business.

So what’s that mean to you?

You may know nothing about real estate, investing, financing, etc.  but that doesn’t mean that you should let that hold you back.

Don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back.

Had I been opposed to going doing this road with him a few years ago, I’m pretty confident that we would not financially be where we are just a few short years later.

Invest in yourself and invest in your future.

Do what you’ve never done.



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