Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Reassuring, Down to Earth Advice From a Very Successful Man On How to "Get Rich"

My recent trip to Virginia to visit with AJ's family was fun, and illuminating. We passed field after field of cornfields in Suffolk, Virginia, a novelty I've never seen.

One night I was taken to meet AJ's great uncle and aunt. This house, one of a few for them, was their modest "common" home, they joked. It had multiple bedrooms, a movie theatre, indoor exercise pool,  indoor bar, dock, outdoor kitchen and more dizzying amenities I didn't have time to take in. Over ample servings of sweet tea, roast beef (potatoes for me), green beans, and home grown tomatoes we discussed life and business. He owns 150,000 (I couldn't believe my ears) acres, ample real estate, businesses, other homes the size of hotels and much more, but his advice was humble and relatable. I wanted to share it for anyone who's struggling, it gives you hope!

1. You have to crawl before you can walk, you have to walk before you can run.

2. You're going to fall and pick yourself back-up, over and over and over again.

He talked about how he started his first business by a loan from his older sister, times of sleeping under bridges, going bankrupt and feeling like he'd never "make it". But he kept going. And then he did. I always admire that type of tenacity, his advice about crawling first and picking yourself up and keep going rings true. You're never going to "get rich" without failing first or making mistakes along the way.

It's how you learn from the mistakes, and more importantly, that you keep going despite the set-backs, that counts.
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  1. It is so inspiring meeting and talking with successful business owners! I would love to own 150 acres. We have plenty of cornfields in MA. At Halloween time many farms will create a scary corn maze in their field that you can get lost in at night!

    1. 150,000 acres! My mind, I can't comprehend it! Corn fields are a rare sight for me in Florida so they were a gorgeous novelty. There's a scary one open at a farm about an hour away just for Halloween I'll check out this year but I don't think the corn can grows as tall here as elsewhere :D

  2. Thank you for sharing this post, Vanessa:) It is amazing how most of the successful people we know are those who persevered and never gave up despite so many adversities in life. Truly inspiring.

    1. It is indeed, and reassuring for me and my many failures, haha.

  3. Great advices here! It takes time and a lot of hard work to make our dreams come true but seems humans are just to lazy to do that, só they go the easiest way, working for others with terrible salaries.

    1. Yep, you hit the nail on the head here Marta! It was funny to meet am extremely rich man who started with the hard work and being dirt poor to start and then let the momentum roll into a huge fortune on this trip because I've been reading Rich Dad Poor Dad which is all about not working for others for terrible salaries. It's strengthened my resolve to keep building up wealth my way.

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