When friends and people I meet learn about what I do and see my passion for real estate investing, I am often asked how I was able to get into it and sustain the passion for it. Just how did I end up having this burning desire to get out of the rat race through real estate investing? Read on to find out.
Let us first define what passion is. Wikipedia defines passion as:
“…an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. The term is also often applied to a lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity or love.”
Robert Kiyosaki also often mentions in his books that “passion is a combination of love and anger”.
I agree with both definitions and I use these emotions to sustain my burning desire to have a better life. Let me try to explain further by citing the following examples.
What I love that fuels my passion for real estate investing…
These compel me to just keep moving forward.
- I love having more time to live life to the fullest and not just for earning a living.
- I love having time to be with my loved ones and friends and this is not confined to brief moments away from my job.
- I love my family and I love having more quality time with them.
- I love having more quality time with my loving wife.
- I love being able to actually be with my son and be there for him as he grows up.
- I love being able to help more people and make a difference in this world.
This list goes on and on…
What causes my anger which also feeds my burning desire…
- Having to miss all of the above just because you have no choice because you are stuck in a 9 to 5 job. In reality, a 7AM to 9PM existence is more accurate and this usually gets worse as one climbs up the corporate ladder.
- Having to be an employee until you are in your sixties and beyond. Yes, even if you become the president of a company, unless you own that company, you are just an employee working for someone else. That’s the bottom line.
- Realizing that life passes you by as you do your best to earn a living while working yourself to death.
- The empty feeling after a job well done where you realize that all the sacrifices, time, effort, frustrations, rewards(or lack of it) are not really worth all the trouble. The keyword here is “job”. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are people out there who really love their jobs and also get a fair and just reward for doing their jobs well; I congratulate all of you who are lucky to find such jobs. I don’t know, maybe in my field (I’m an Information Technology professional), things develop at such a fast pace that the system is unable to cope and somethings got to give, somewhere, at some point, and usually it’s our health(due to stress) or our relationships(due to lack of time freedom), etc.
Again, the list goes on and on…
The key is to focus your emotions
Instead of letting the emotions get the best of me which I believe is a total waste of time, I would rather focus them on productive thoughts and actions. I let my emotions of love and anger fuel my passion and dictate the choices I make in each precious day that God has given me.
It really is just a matter of having the proper mindset where I combine these emotions to sustain my burning desire to have a better life and guide me with each task that I shall accomplish which shall in turn lead to my objective which is to get out of the rat race through real estate investing.
In each new day I face, I have already programmed myself with this mindset so that I will continue doing what needs to be done to have a better life… and that my friend is how I keep my passion burning for real estate investing!
“Stay hungry and foolish”
Lastly, I want to share a youtube video of Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech which he gave way back in 2005 which I believe hits the nail on the head.
Let me quote a portion below which has also fueled my passion:
“… for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something “
How about you? What fuels your passion for real estate investing?
To our financial freedom!
Text by Jay Castillo. Copyright © 2010 All rights reserved.
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