The Book on Investing In Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down: Real Life Strategies for Investing in Real Estate Using Other People’s Money

At the beginning of 2018, I sat and reflected on the previous year like I usually do. During this time I always set new goals and targets for the new year. One of my 2018 goals is to purchase a multi-family property in Colorado and rent the units out to tenants. Now I’ve been educating myself on how the real estate industry works and what to look out for. Here is one of the books I’ve been reading and enjoying.

High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way

High Performance as defined in this book is: succeeding beyond standard norms, consistently over the long term. This book is pure gold and recommended for anyone trying to reach peak performance in business, career, and life. Brendon is widely considered the world’s leading high performance coach (according to both Success Magazine and The habits in this book are precise, actionable, repeatable, scalable, and sustainable.

Brendon breaks high performance down into 6 habits and refers to them as the HP6:

  1. Clarity – Who you are, what you do, how you interact, where you’re going.
  2. Energy – maintain focus, effort, & well being, stay on your A game.
  3. Necessity – Success is your duty, responsibility, and moral obligation.
  4. Productivity – minimize any and all distractions.
  5. Influence – Getting people to believe in and support your ambitions.
  6. Courage – Express your ideas, take bold action, face uncertainty.

In addition to reading the book, I also recommend watching/listening to this interview with Brendon & Lewis Howes on The School of Greatness Podcast.

The Five Minute Foreman: Mastering the People Side of Construction

It doesn’t matter if you’re like me and have a career in the construction industry, this book applies to all businesses and leadership positions. If you are in the construction industry, you will find this book especially impactful as its opened my eyes to how valuable construction leaders are. Highly recommend for all readers pursuing leadership roles.

As Construction Leaders, “We don’t build buildings. We build the people who build the buildings.”

Expect Greatness: Living A Life Of Excellence

I had the opportunity to interview the author of this book, John Hawkins on NITCH Radio. This book is written to serve as guide that you can always come back to and reference. All of the chapters are stand alone chapters that cover a principle on greatness and living a life of excellence. “Greatness is not something that happens by accident. Rather, it’s accomplished through the successful completion of a series of goals, steps, and objectives over time.” This is recommended reading.

The Daily Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done

A collection of ideas from Peter Drucker, a highly respect business strategist and thinker. I enjoy books like this because the content is extremely practical. At the end of each entry is an action point describing how you can put each idea into use.

Themes: Management, entrepreneurship, leadership, decision making, the workforce, and philosophy.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

What is an Essentialist?

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.”

“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”  ~Greg McKeown

This book really resonated with me, and I will defintely incorporate many of these principles into my work and personal life.