No one has ever asked me this:
What is your best advice for achieving a successful life?
However, I know exactly how I’d answer:
Surround yourself with the best people who will have you.
Simple, right? It’s more difficult to implement though. If I had it my way, I’d be vacationing with Charlie Munger, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire. I have nothing to offer the first five and the last two are dead, so I’ll never get face time with any of these folks.
So, I seek out those who will have me.
Meet Chad Carson
Last year at a conference, I listened to a live podcast where the BiggerPockets crew was interviewing Chad Carson. A couple hours later, the Mad Fientist and I recorded a podcast on the same stage. Just as I had listened to Chad’s interview, he listened to mine. After it was over, Chad struck up a conversation.
From our chat and the BiggerPockets interview, I could tell Chad was someone I needed to follow. He’s an entrepreneur who knows how to make money; building a real estate empire at a young age. But lots of people know how to do that.
What I really appreciated is that Chad is a genuinely nice, thoughtful and accomplished person. He frequently quotes luminaries like Emerson and Aristotle. Even crazier, he was a starting linebacker at Clemson and a Rhodes Scholar finalist (I can’t make this stuff up). If Chad lived near me, I’d invite him over every weekend for a barbecue and beer just to hear his wisdom. I can’t do that, but at least I can collaborate with him.
Chad is filling in for me next week here on 1500 Days while I’m in Ecuador. I’ve already reviewed his post and it’s wonderful, but you have to wait until Monday to read it.
In the meantime, Chad was kind enough let me guest post on his blog, Coach Carson where I wrote about my adventures in live-in flipping. I haven’t discussed it much, but the core of my nest egg was built by flipping homes. Not like the drama fueled, risky flips on TV though. Our flips didn’t have a lot of excitement, but we made loads of tax free money anyway. Please click over to Coach Carson to read the rest of the story.
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