I am a Failure, Thankfully

1Almost a year ago I was in a bad place.  I was about to run out of money.  (It wasn’t even my money, it was investors.)  I still had no idea about what I was really doing with rehabs, rentals and real estate in general.  I had no idea what I was going to do.  And openly, I had a breakdown.  Everything failed. I failed.

I learned two very important things about myself when this happened.  The first was complete and utter failure was not going to stop me.  I had done one thing absolutely correct.  Before I started all of this entrepreneurial business, I had truly found my why.  So even bringing my family to the brink of financial ruin was not going to stop me.

The other was that I really needed people.

I am a driver.  Once I get a destination, I will push and push and push until I get there.  No matter what I have to force or what obstacles are thrown at me.  What I am not is a fine details person.  I will get everything in place, but I will tend to not watch all of those things equally.

So I finally started asking more people for help.  I found mentors who were willing to help me.  I found partners who complemented my strengths with their own.  I found people who could do the things that I never could even if I practiced for the 10,000 hours of mastery.

Yesterday I was sitting in a meeting with a partner who made me realize how lucky I am that I learned this lesson.  He was telling me about processes in our business that I did not even know existed.  He had taken the reins of one of those things that I started and then slowly dropped over time, and he was going gang busters with it.  I feel so grateful to have him as a partner.

All of this is to say, don’t try to do everything on your own.  Find the things that you are great at and stick with them.  Find people who play in areas that you abhor, and find ways to work with them.  Do not take your time trying to learn something just to save a few dollars.  If it is not your passion, you are most likely going to end up earning less or spending more than if you had found someone who is already amazing at it.

Of course, use me.  I love helping people buy homes, sell homes, and invest in real estate. And I am getting much better at it.  You can reach me at 515.724.3163 or RyanLynch@KW.com.  You can learn more about me at RyanjwLynch.com.

~Ryan Lynch