Posts tagged "winning"

JC 022: Grit and Billion Dollar Real Estate with Brendon Bergen

August 23rd, 2017 | no comments

Your success and failure depends on you

Every deal starts with a financial model. Brendon Bergen is the Director of Asset Management for Affirmed Housing Group in San Diego. He embraces the team aspect of the real estate game and is always on the lookout for the most efficient way to operate an asset and add value for the residents.

Brendon’s company looks after the environment and has implemented solar powered electrical systems at their properties in order to strive for Net Zero electric. Solar offers a triple win solution; the owner benefits, the city benefits and the tenants pay a fraction of “on grid” electrical prices. They install high efficiency water systems as well.

Brendan loves working on repositioning older, rundown assets. He tackles the challenge of each project head on and enjoys witnessing the tangible transformation of the renovations. Improving the asset and the tenant experience results in win, win.

Brendon moved from Cleveland to California to pursue his real estate career right at the beginning of ‘The Great Recession’ – the worst time to be knocking on doors to interview for a job in real estate. He relied on the grit that he developed on the wresting mat to manage the “no’s” that he received job prospecting. His perseverance paid off and Brendon landed a job as an analyst for a portfolio holding retail centers, office and industrial real estate.

Brendon’s number one tip for success in the real estate game is to be resilient. He highly recommends joining the Urban Land Institute as a networking platform and a way to learn who the players are in your market.

5 Key Points:

  • Always look for ways to be more efficient and add value.
  • Surround yourself with the right experts.
  • Add solar technology to multifamily and commercial real estate projects.
  • Understand the fundamentals of real estate development on small projects before you tackle larger projects.
  • Be resilient. Your success and failure depends on you.

Favorite athlete: Lebron James – NBA player

Favorite book: An Unfair Advantage by Chad M Robinchaux

Favorite quote: “The strongest iron comes from the hottest flame”

Brendon trains for success by waking up early, working out and getting to work early.

Connect with Brendon on LinkedIn or send him an email, brendon@affirmedhousing.com

Affirmed Housing Group – www.affirmedhousing.com

Thank you Brendon for taking time out of your busy day to share your success tips with us today.

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JC 018: Every Action Matters

July 5th, 2017 | no comments

Massive amounts of focused action required

Host John Carney shares his beliefs about taking massive amounts of focused action to achieve success in business and in life.

John references three books that helped him grow as an entrepreneur and real estate investor. These books taught him how to focus his attention, cut out the chatter and accelerate his career as a real estate investor and developer.

John believes that every action matters. Consistently working hard is the key ingredient to success in the real estate game. All of the action, mistakes, lessons and wins that you have accumulated over the course of your life matter today and in the future.

All of the “little wins” add up to bigger wins. You will have more “little wins” over time and those are the lessons that you want to recall when you encounter obstacles. Tap into your past experience to keep moving forward.

We all have multiple tasks to accomplish every day. A hierarchy of priorities exists, and we have to remember to focus on what’s important now.

 

Recommended reading:

The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

Do you want to stamp “Guarantee” on your success? Apply a multiple of 10X to what you do in life and every action you take. Be accountable for your actions and the results they produce – both good and bad.

The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday examines the writing and wisdom of Marcus Aurelius. “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” We face resistance in our lives the minute we wake up each morning. We encounter obstacles in our life every day, at home with our families and at the office in our chosen professions. We have choices. We are in control of how we react to challenges and failures. Our reactions determine either success or failure.

The Way Of The Seal by Mark Divine, Commander, US Navy SEALs (Retired)

Learn how to become laser focused on the task at hand. This book is about forging mental toughness as the key to a better life, better relationships and a better business. Being physically strong is important in life but without mental and spiritual strength we will fall short of maximizing our true potential. The good news is that mental toughness can be taught and forged through practice and discipline.

 

Key points:

  1. Real estate investors face obstacles every day. The Obstacle becomes the way.
  2. Apply the 10X Rule to every action
  3. There is no short cut to success in real estate. It takes consistent effort over time to make it.
  4. Every action matters – you draw experience and lessons from all of your actions.
  5. Have a hierarchy of priorities and stay focused on what’s important now.

 

Thank you for tuning in to my first solo podcast. I truly hope that you took away some actionable advice. Until next week, work hard, play hard, and profit hard.

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