2 Lessons from My “Three Feet from Gold” Experience

If you haven’t read Three Feet from Gold – do it. It’s a life changing book on personal development, never quitting, finding your purpose and being a servant leader.

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I won’t give it away (cause I’m sure you’ll go read it) but for some context it’s about a guy named Greg who had a bad attitude and wasn’t doing well financially. Greg then meets a successful business man who introduces him to all these successful people because he wants to see Greg succeed too. Greg is blown away by all the introductions and does all he can to maximize the experience and give back to others afterwards. (ok, that’s all I should say cause I don’t want to tell too much!)

Well, yesterday I had a living, breathing experience that good ole Greg had in Three Feet From Gold.

Let me explain…

I got a message on BiggerPockets from Andrew Lanoie. He said he enjoyed reading my profile and would like to connect. I always like connecting with new people so we set up a call.

Little did I know all the wonderful things that would come out of it…

After we did our introductions on the call Andrew asked me about my background and my focus. I told him I’m working on finding my next large multifamily deal.

And then a flood of help came…

Joe says something like: I’m also doing a podcast and would love to interview you for it.

Andrew says something like: Sure, and I can help you get more people. Would you like to be introduced to…(then he goes on to list 3 seasoned investors who have incredible backgrounds in real estate and life)

Joe says something like:  wow, yes, that would be awesome. (Joe thinking: holy cow, be careful what you ask for because you just might get it!)

10 minutes after the call, I get email, after email, after email of Andrew making introductions. I feel like I’ve just opened up a gold mine of knowledge. I did not expect all of this to happen at once or so quickly. I had lots of stuff planned for the rest of the week but made it a point to follow up with each of the emails after Andrew sent them.

All three people he emailed replied immediately. It was incredible.

2 lessons learned from my Three Feet From Gold experience:

  1. Continue to give, give, give to others. (as Andrew did) Find a way to identify what others are looking for and then help them get connected with someone.
  2. Regardless of how busy you are, if someone goes out of their way to help you make sure you follow up on it. I was extremely busy but so is Andrew. I immediately followed up with the people and, one day later, have spoken to 2 out of 3 and have a call scheduled with the 3rd.

As my boy Tony Robbins says, “The secret to living is giving.” Words to live by. photo (34)

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