A few years ago, I was searching for my new passion in life. After selling my company in 2008, I was a bit lost and needed a new adventure to tackle so I decided to spend an afternoon in the bookstore looking for something that sparked my interest.
I’ll admit…I spent quite a bit of that afternoon in the self-help section, but I couldn’t find a book titled, “What To Do If You Sold Your Company and Don’t Know What To Do With Yourself.” If you want a better love life or if you want to get over an addiction, there’s lots of help for that, but not as much for people looking for a new calling in life…at least nothing practical.
After a while, I decided to mosey over to the business section and discovered it’s a much better section of the bookstore for me. One of the books I picked up for the first time was Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” The book is good and it made me rethink a lot of my beliefs about money, but the main thing I took away from it was Real Estate. That’s how Kiyosaki made the bulk of his success, so I thought, maybe that should be my new calling.
I didn’t do much in terms of taking action right away, but a few months later, completely by chance, I met John Fisher, a real estate mentor who teaches people how to fix and flip (or hold) properties. A few months after that, I signed up for his program and six months later, I flipped my first house.
When I signed up for the mentoring program, I mentioned it to Anna, a long-time friend of mine who was living in New York City at the time. She said she’d always wanted to get into the real estate business, but wasn’t sure how to get started.
Seeing this as a great opportunity to share my new experience, I invited her to participate in the program with me…and she accepted. Two months later, she moved to Denver to help me flip my property.
Anna made some valuable contacts while she was here and was even asked to help out in my mentor’s office with some of the real estate research they were doing. It was a great learning experience for her.
After my flip was finished, she convinced her parents and brother to work with her on a couple of flip properties in Kansas City, so she picked up once again and moved back home to Kansas to pursue her life-long dream of being in real estate.
While showing one of her flip properties, she met a very successful real estate agent who immediately took Anna under her wing. Her new mentor sponsored her so she could get her real estate agent’s license and now Anna is officially working in real estate!
I honestly believe Anna would have ended up in the real estate business without my assistance because she’s just that kind of person. But I’m really happy that I was part of her journey. A journey that started in the bookstore where I read a book about real estate investing, which made my ears perk up when I heard John mention his mentoring program. Then I mentioned it to Anna who took the huge leap and quit her job to follow her dream. That led her to flip her own property where she met her new mentor. Now she’s doing what she always wanted to do. And it all started with a trip to the bookstore.
That’s the Butterfly Effect in action. You can never predict where a course of action will lead you, nor the impact it will have on those around you. That’s the beauty of the Butterfly Effect: One small action can have enormous reactions.
The only way the Butterfly Effect doesn’t work, is if you don’t take any actions. So start taking action right now. Do something different than you normally do. Go to the bookstore and just browse. Attend a seminar or a class. Find a mentor who’ll show the ropes and introduce you to influential people.
The Butterfly Effect starts with one small whisper of wind, but that whisper can lead to a storm of accomplishment and success. All it takes is one small action…. What will yours be?