YOUR Plan or the Other Guy’s?

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More


Hey there investor friends, you tuned in on a very good day. Well, it’s true, every day here at Must Know Investing is good, but today is an especially great day.

Why? Because, my friend, fellow REI expert and all around awesome guy, JP Moses, is sharing with us his more than 15 years of investing knowledge. JP has done landlording, note buying, rehabbing and wholesaling, which is the area he enjoys the most and where he brings the most experience and expertise.

But, as corny as it may sound, he also has expertise in being the most stand up, ethical guy at the investing table. And he has a positive attitude and killer mindset to boot, which brings us to today’s terrific post…

So, for all those reasons (and more!) I’m so excited to introduce y’all to JP…

From JP Moses…

Okay guys, time for a little in-your-face challenge.

Can ya handle it?

I think you can.

Don’t wimp out on me!


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

                                                    ~ Jim Rohn


Man, I LOVE this quote. Speaks volumes to a topic very near and dear to me, which is…

Visioneering your life…

Let me ask you straight-up: Who’s really planning your life?

You may think you know the answer to this, but let me put it to you this way…

bullIf you’re not crafting your own specificmeasurable plan — i.e. goals… or even better, a vision — for your life (including your REI biz), …then like it or not, you’re mostly just being led around by the expectations of your peers, your family, your boss and the culture around you.

In other words, you may feel like you’re in charge, but you’re really just being willfully led around by a ring in your nose.

It’s just the way things work, you bull, you.

It’s simple really: Not having your own plan = following someone else’s.

Consider this…

As a research experiment into whether planning and goals really make a difference in a person’s life, the 400 students in the Yale graduating class of 1953 where asked to write down their specific life-long goals.

Out of the 400 students, only 12 were able to actually write down their goals in any specific form.

Then in 1973 (20 years later) the students from that same class were contacted again by researchers and asked to complete detailed financial summaries of what they had achieved thus far.

Astonishingly when they compared the achievements of each student against whether they’d written goals 20 years previous, they uncovered a really incredible fact…

Turns out the 3% of students who’d written goals 20 years prior were now worth more financially than the other 97% of the students combined.

It gets even better…

While measurement of financial success was the easiest measure, they also found that the 3% were more satisfied in their lives and ultimately enjoyed a higher quality of life in their relationships, health and careers across the board.

Brian Tracy, one of the world’s experts on human behavior and achievement, says this:

“No other quality, such as environment, appearance, grade level or family background, is nearly as important to personal success as the habit of personal goal-setting. It is intense goal-orientation that marks the winners in every single area. Unless we have goals, we simply go around in circles in our lives. We go nowhere. 

When we set goals, we go straight and true. We develop purpose, we develop direction, we develop focused and channeled energy. We develop more in a short time with goals that we could accomplish in years without them.”

planI know, right?!

And if that one doesn’t hit you square between the eyes, let me toss this one at you…

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”

                        ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

So… got a lot of wishful thinking going on?

How’s that been working for ya? {spoken in my best Dr. Phil voice :-)}

Seriously, what are you going to do now?

Keep dreaming? Wishing? Hoping?

Stop it.

Stop wishing. Start planning.

Instead, set aside some real, focused time — make the investment in yourself to start today — to craft some real, tangible measurable goals for biz and life.

Better yet, why not kick things to the next level and actually craft a VISION (which is much bigger and more powerful than goals), and starting making some actual progress toward the life you’ve been dreaming about all this time?

I’m not talking about pie in the sky fantasy stuff, nor am I talking about “the secret” law of attraction stuff either.

I’m talking about a real life road map for you to follow from this point forward.

Would you take a trip from North Carolina to Los Angeles without any kind of map or GPS?

Of course not.

Then how on God’s green earth can you hope to end up where you want to in life or hit any of the milestones in between that you desire, if you haven’t made the effort to actually map out your route?

Think about it.



PS – A few years ago, I chose a different path. I determined that I’m not letting my course in life be dictated by what other people think is best for me.

Then I got serious about crafting an actual vision for my business and my life.

Some of you who’ve known me a while, already know exactly what I’m talking about when I preach the “vision crafting” gospel. If not, and you want to learn more about how to plan out the life you want for yourself, rather than letting everyone else in the world plan your life, you should definitely check out this book. Guarantee it’ll rock your world (for the better).

These cats are bosom buddies and mentors of mine, and intentional lifestyle vision/design is their passion. I’m an avid student and a passionate fan.

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