This is a real estate blog, but my post this week is going to be a little bit different. Although, I don't think it's actually too far off. If nothing else this will just give you a little Thursday morning motivation. I've included a video titled "How Bad Do You Want It?" which features a motivational speech by Eric Thomas (AKA The Hip Hop Preacher) and an intense work out session by Giavanni Ruffin (running back for East Carolina). If you're a sports fan then you may enjoy seeing the amount of work that Giavanni puts into his craft because it is impressive. But if you listen to the message of the story, about a pupil going to a guru to learn the secret to success you'll find that it can be applied to nearly all aspects of your life. Essentially, the guru puts the pupil through his paces which makes the pupil question whether or not this guru is a genius or just crazy. The guru leads his pupil into the ocean and is holding his head below the water while the pupil is struggling to get to the surface for a gasp of air. The next part of the speech gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. The guru then raises the pupil out from under the water and says, "when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, that's when you'll be successful!"
I first watched this video a few months back and have periodically came back to it for a little shot of motivation. Today was one of those days. I've got that magical line, "when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, that's when you'll be successful" written down next to my desk at home so I can see it when I need it. I think when you really break down the message this is applicable to everyone's lives. You can translate this into a commitment to yourself to be the best parent, sibling, or friend that you can be in order to have a positive influence on someone else's life. When my friends ask me why I choose to wake up at 5:30am when I really don't have to be anywhere that early I always struggle to communicate to them why I do it. The truth is that I do it in order to start my day reading, for some reason my days just end up better when I get a chance to do that. I'm not in any kind of formal educational setting anymore, but I have the privilege and opportunity to continue to learn and grow in my role at work which makes things exciting. I sometimes struggle myself to understand why I automatically jump up when my alarm goes off, but when I sit down at my desk and see that note I wrote to myself, "when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, that's when you'll be successful" I smile and realize that's why I do it. I do it in order to create a life better than I could of ever imagined for myself and to have a long term positive impact on my family tree. That's my motivation. Yours may be different and that's totally fine.
In the speech in the video, the young man equates success with money, which is one of probably a million ways to define the term. If you so choose to attach money to the term success, then real estate can be an avenue that can help you along on your journey. Historically, people who own real estate have a higher net worth than those who rent. According to Harvard Universities study America's Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Building on Opportunities, "Near the peak of the housing bubble in 2007, the median net wealth of homeowners was $234,600—about 46 times the $5,100 median for renters. Even if homeowner wealth fell back to 1995 levels, it would still be 27.5 times the median for renters." If you're thinking about buying a home in Richardson, Plano, Garland or another one of the North Dallas areas then now could be the most opportune time for you in history in order to reach your goal. With the relatively strong and stable job market that the Dallas Metroplex has and the historically low interest rates you might not be able to find a better time to positively influence your financial future.
To your success,