There is an old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” These words could not be truer in the fight towards achieving a financially sustainable life. For those well-connected people born into the wealthiest 1%, it is a lot easier to achieve and maintain financial independence. However, for the rest of us, we may have a few barriers to overcome. No matter who we are or where we come from, we all have to start from the very first step. For some, it may mean starting out with no money and some experience with real estate. For others, it may mean starting with no experience and no money. Whatever the case may be, we all have to start somewhere and the sooner we take that first step, the sooner we will become the navigators of our own lives and of our own futures. It often means overcoming what seems to be insurmountable obstacles to achieving the dream of financial sustainability.
The number one barrier for many of us is having a fearful and doubtful state of mind. We second-guess ourselves to death or we allow the negative thoughts, beliefs, and opinions of others to condemn us to a life of mediocrity. As a result, we end up making poor choices that lead us off-course only to find ourselves in situations that only work against us by reinforcing the doubt and fear we already have about ourselves and our capabilities to create the life we want for ourselves and for our families.
To make matters worse, there are a myriad of real estate gurus out there that promise the moon and the stars in order to extract the next dollar, but who fall short in one way or another, and never deliver on their promises. Once again, this reinforces the fear and doubtfulness of ever becoming financially independent. It feels like an “Impossible Dream.” This–in turn–causes hopelessness, depression, and a diminished sense of self-worth.–all because we are unable to see through to the truth.
One of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century–Napoleon Hill–summed up the truth in just a few words, “In every adversity, there is the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” When it comes to financial sustainability, one must face the unknown and tackle the obstacles that appear along the way. We must persevere through the discomfort that often comes with stepping outside of our comfort zones in order to learn the things that will lead to the financial freedom so highly desired by many–but only achieved by few. No matter the obstacle, there is a solution–and no matter the solution, there is a learning curve. Take heart. Get educated and don’t take that learning curve on alone. Find the people and professionals who CLEARLY have a vested interest in your success and stay away from those merely interested in extracting your hard-earned dollars without supporting your path to success every step of the way.