Are you a good leader?

If you want to improve your business and your life in general, you need to learn to be a better leader. Too many times people are either a pushover, a worker bee, or use their power to “lead” aka push people around. Yet none of that is being a true leader. I interviewed one of my closest friends and one of the best leaders I know, Tod Davis on my podcast. Todd started Life Lock from the ground up and sold it for a billion dollars. 1 billion! If you ask him why he was successful, he will tell you the learned how to be a true leader. These are the qualities he feels you need to be a real leader and have success in your business.

1. Allow yourself to be challenged. All too often we get in a position at work, with our family, or in our company where we shut down when someone challenges us. Why are we shutting down? It’s because we don’t want to be wrong. We think we know everything. Having an open mind is something every leader needs to have.

2. Make sure people can ask you for help. Make sure they don’t feel stupid when asking a question. You should be open to all questions and be patient with your answers. To found out the other three qualities of a leader and to have Todd motivate you to get your ass up and be successful. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Until Next Time,

Ken

Facebook Forum Question

Be sure to check in on the Facebook group each week where I answer questions that are asked by the community.

Jay asks:

I’m a believer in surrounding yourself with a team and we do that in new home construction. However, when we select a realtor, we do not put realtors on our team who also have their hands in building new homes. We avoid this because we know who’s product will be shown first.

My question is about property managers. We are wanting to enter multi family properties with long term hold, cash flowing, models. We would also like to work toward your strategy of value adds with cash out refinances to provide returns, tax free. The area we are exploring is about 85k people or so. The larger and better appearing property management companies own several of the larger apartment complexes in this market. How would you approach this, or what would you consider, to avoid simply paying your competition to fill their vacancies and aggressively represent your interests instead of only their own? Thanks!

Ken Answers:

A great question. Not all PM companies are created equal. I know large ones that are horrible. I know small ones that are horrible.

The key is the individual and a MF property manager may not do a great job on single family.

Find a local realtor or local investor that OWNS rentals. Ask them for referrals. Look for housing associations in your area where they have ongoing education, this could be a small owner group inside a larger apartment association. I know these are available in AZ, Texas and California. Just check your state.

6 Skills you have to master in order to be wealthy

There are six skills that every future millionaire must master. These six skills will put you in the millionaire mindset and prepare you to stay in that mindset throughout your life. When you build on the six skills; persuasion, reading people. Sharing the wealth, leverage, problem-solving and saying no, you set a foundation for the life that you want to have. They are skills that you have to hone and work on every day of your life and when you make them a priority, you will begin to master them.

Persuasion

Persuasion is the ability to convince someone to see things in the way that you want them to. You have to be able to persuade your family to support you when you start a business. You have to have the ability to persuade investors to invest in you and employees to work for you. You also have to be able to persuade yourself, that you can accomplish what you set out to do. You have to be able to persuade yourself to keep moving forward. Persuading is not a perversion of the truth, it is a form of selling. Therefore, if you are a good salesperson, you will be good at maintaining the skill of persuasion.

Reading People

Reading people is a very important skill. You need to be able to have good instincts about people and knowing who you can trust. You have to be able to know how to read your investors, your customers, and even your family. You need to be able to read the signals to know what your investors need to feel assured in their investment. You need to be preemptive about understanding your customer’s needs and being able to read your customers is a good way to give them what they want before they even have to ask for it. Behind ahead of the game is a great way to make sure that you never fall behind.

Share the Wealth

You cannot be greedy when it comes to building your wealth. Sharing your wealth is a very important skill to maintain throughout your life. Ways that you can use this skill include; hosting charity events, gift cards, letting people test your product for free. You have to be willing to put some of the work in for free. You need to be willing to give things away in your business in order to help you build a reputation and referral source from clients.

Leverage

Leverage is an important skill to hone. You have to be able to leverage people to see how they can benefit you in the most productive way. You have to be willing to leverage your contacts, your friends and even your family. Leverage is more than just about how they can help you, but also how you can help them. You cannot leverage on only one side of the playing field. You have to be willing to give as much as you get.

Problem Solving

You have to be able to solve problems rationally. You cannot let problems distract you from your end goal. You have to learn to calmly handle these problems as they come up. If you cannot learn to handle problems quietly and calmly, then over time they will start to have an effect on your business. This is why you have to be consistent with how you solve the problems and when possible, keep them at an arm’s length.

Saying No

You have to be willing to say “no” more than you say “yes.” There is a guilt that can sometimes come up when we say no to things. You have to remember that your time is valuable and you need to give your time to the things that are consistently making you money. This is why it is an important skill to know when to say no and stick to that as your answer.

Conclusion

These are six skills that all millionaires maintain. These skills are important to work on and hone over the years because they will make you more successful and better respected in your life. They work hand in hand to help you build your life without anything getting in your way. This is how you begin to set a foundation for the life that you want to have.

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Until Next Time,

Ken

ATTN: Baby Boomers

There are three very important things that baby boomers need to pay attention to when it comes to making plans for their retirements. Most individuals in this generation are not actively involved with where their money is. Either they have turned it over to family or a bank, trusting that they will handle it properly or they just do not keep track of their spending at all. Most individuals in this generation are not fully educated on asset retention and do not have a solid plan for their retirement. Understanding the three biggest mistakes that baby boomers make and having the knowledge on how to combat them can help create a more solid plan for retirement before it is too late. 

Turning Your Money Over

Not being active in your finances at all, nonetheless not being active in your investments is always a mistake. It may seem easier to hand your money over to a financial planner and hope for the best but this will not be fruitful in the long run. When you entrust a financial planner to handle all of your assets and investments, all the information you are given overtime is in projections that they give you in their reports. More often than not, these projections are not in layman’s terms and hard for the average person to understand completely. If you do not understand something, you cannot verify it. This opens the door to be easily tricked or lied to without the knowledge to know when it is happening. This is why it is important to be vigilant with what is happening to your money. 

Assets

Assets are an important part of planning for retirement. There are different types of assets that someone can have. If you buy depreciating assets instead of appreciating assets, you are hurting yourself in the long run. In the hunt to try to “keep up with the Jones’” you are hurting yourself more than you think. It may be nice at the time to live a life that looks valuable to those around you but those things that you spend all of your money on will lose value over time. It is more important to focus on appreciating assets that will build your initial investment in them over time. 

The Reality

Most baby boomers have less than ten thousand dollars in their bank accounts. This is not enough to plan a retirement around, especially if you have a future with foreseeable medical issues. If you do not take the time to be informed of your own investments and the status of your own investments, then you have no one to blame but yourself. You have to take the time to educate yourself on these matters so that you can make the decisions on your own without the opportunity to be taken advantage of.

Conclusion

Retirement is something that you need to plan ahead for. It is not something that can be left till the last minute. It takes planning, knowledge and the right investments and asset retention. When you understand what these common mistakes baby boomers are making for their retirement are, then you can understand how to plan to avoid them. It is less about “keeping up with the Jones’” and more about maintaining your lifestyle for longer without having to worry about depending on anyone else. Be active in your investing, educate yourself on the right assets you should have and retire in a place of comfort and safety.

6 Skills that Millionaires Master

There are six skills that every future millionaire must master. These six skills will put you in the millionaire mindset and prepare you to stay in that mindset throughout your life. When you build on the six skills; persuasion, reading people. Sharing the wealth, leverage, problem-solving and saying no, you set a foundation for the life that you want to have. They are skills that you have to hone and work on every day of your life and when you make them a priority, you will begin to master them.

Persuasion

Persuasion is the ability to convince someone to see things in the way that you want them to. You have to be able to persuade your family to support you when you start a business. You have to have the ability to persuade investors to invest in you and employees to work for you. You also have to be able to persuade yourself, that you can accomplish what you set out to do. You have to be able to persuade yourself to keep moving forward. Persuading is not a perversion of the truth, it is a form of selling. Therefore, if you are a good salesperson, you will be good at maintaining the skill of persuasion.

Reading People

Reading people is a very important skill. You need to be able to have good instincts about people and knowing who you can trust. You have to be able to know how to read your investors, your customers, and even your family. You need to be able to read the signals to know what your investors need to feel assured in their investment. You need to be preemptive about understanding your customer’s needs and being able to read your customers is a good way to give them what they want before they even have to ask for it. Behind ahead of the game is a great way to make sure that you never fall behind. 

Share the Wealth

You cannot be greedy when it comes to building your wealth. Sharing your wealth is a very important skill to maintain throughout your life. Ways that you can use this skill include; hosting charity events, gift cards, letting people test your product for free. You have to be willing to put some of the work in for free. You need to be willing to give things away in your business in order to help you build a reputation and referral source from clients. 

Leverage

Leverage is an important skill to hone. You have to be able to leverage people to see how they can benefit you in the most productive way. You have to be willing to leverage your contacts, your friends and even your family. Leverage is more than just about how they can help you, but also how you can help them. You cannot leverage on only one side of the playing field. You have to be willing to give as much as you get.

Problem Solving

You have to be able to solve problems rationally. You cannot let problems distract you from your end goal. You have to learn to calmly handle these problems as they come up. If you cannot learn to handle problems quietly and calmly, then over time they will start to have an effect on your business. This is why you have to be consistent with how you solve the problems and when possible, keep them at an arm’s length. 

Saying No

You have to be willing to say “no” more than you say “yes.” There is a guilt that can sometimes come up when we say no to things. You have to remember that your time is valuable and you need to give your time to the things that are consistently making you money. This is why it is an important skill to know when to say no and stick to that as your answer. 

Conclusion

These are six skills that all millionaires maintain. These skills are important to work on and hone over the years because they will make you more successful and better respected in your life. They work hand in hand to help you build your life without anything getting in your way. This is how you begin to set a foundation for the life that you want to have. 

 

How to financially prepare for the long term with Danny Nelson

Join Ken as he talks with Danny Nelson of Nelson Financial Group (https://dnelsonfs.com/) about how to prepare for the long term, in both your personal and financial life. Danny has wide experience working with professional athletes as they move through their careers and set financial objectives; and he reveals what he has learned working with them, and how it can be applied to all of us, in this episode.

Kathy Fettke: Where are we in the real estate cycle?

Join Ken as he speaks with Kathy Fettke from Real Wealth Network. Kathy specializes in teaching people how to build multi-million dollar real estate portfolios through creative finance and planning. She is passionate about researching and then sharing the most important information about real estate, market cycles and the economy. Author of the #1 best seller, Retire Rich with Rentals.

Kathy also produces a couple of podcast: The Real Wealth Show Podcast and Real Estate News for Investors. You can find out more at: Real Wealth Network.

Going from Employee to Investor with Dr Nicole Srednicki

In this second discussion for the podcast with Dr. Nicole Srednicki, Ken discusses her journey from an employee through business owner and ultimately to a real estate investor. Nicole talks about the courage it takes to make this leap, and the rewards she has gained from it. You can learn more about Dr. Srednicki at her website Ultra Healthy Human.

Dr. Srednicki is a Doctorally Prepared, board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who graduated Magna Cum Laude, from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. She is a primary care provider and is also board certified from the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. Her passion is facilitating wellness retreats in which clients stay onsite at her beautiful oasis in Scottsdale, Arizona, which focuses on internal and external health and beauty transformation. Dr. Srednicki successfully combines conventional and complementary medicine seamlessly in her practice.