291: Choices & Decisions

Real Estate Survival Guide
Real Estate Survival Guide
291: Choices & Decisions


Today’s episode was inspired by a few different conversations I’ve had since we’ve been in Florida. There have been a lot of people interested in how we were able to come away for a month. So, I want to talk about what makes all of this possible for us and why it’s possible for anyone. It’s all about choices and decisions. I watched Ken Carfagno and Vincent Pugliese both go away for a month at a time with their families and never dreamed it was possible for me, but then by learning from them, I realized that it could be a reality for us as well. It’s possible for anyone depending on the choices and decisions they make. Many of you know that my wife and I paid off our house last summer and we had a year of living expenses in savings. We decided to take around $10,000 and go to Florida. We would still have plenty of money in savings and be able to do something we dreamed of and was important to our family. This kind of freedom is possible for you if you make choices about what is important to you and good decisions on how you use your money. When I talk to people about financial freedom and that journey, so many don’t think it’s possible for them, but then I see how much they spend on Starbucks, eating out, cigarettes and alcohol—and it’s insane. We don’t do any of that stuff. We don’t spend money on car payments. One of my dreams is to own a Tesla, but I don’t want the car payment. That’s a choice we have made. When my wife and I talked about buying a Tesla, I realized that the root of it all was that I really wanted a nice radio with Apple CarPlay. So, my wife told me to go spend $500 on a nice radio with Apple CarPlay to put in my car—which is much better than a recurring car payment. I could afford a car payment, but we have two paid off cars—they aren’t the nicest cars in the world, but certainly not the worst either. I upgraded my current car instead of getting my dream car. You can have the freedom, but you have to make the choices and decisions that are financially wise and live frugally. Even when we bought our new house, we kept it close to what we sold our old one for. We upgraded, but we didn’t need a mansion. We wanted a garage; I wanted an office—but those were choices we made. I’ll also tell you that those decisions get a lot easier when you can create a recurring income. If I have a membership that produces one to two thousand dollars a month, I can come to Florida twice with the money generated from the membership—and that membership is growing. Part of making those choices and decisions means that you don’t mind investing in building relationships for your business and doing the work needed to be successful. Choices and decisions are a huge thing in our personal lives and our real estate business, so I would encourage you today that freedom is possible. Having success in real estate is possible. You can do anything if you can make some hard choices and decisions. Thank you for listening today. If I can ever help you with anything, let me know. I’ll see you on the next episode.


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Podcast edited by Kenny Carfagno.

Show notes and blog posts are created by Jennifer Harshman and RealtorEmails. John Schuchman is a licensed REALTOR® in Lancaster, PA, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty and a part of the Andrew Welk Group. The opinions shared on this show represent the opinions & values of John Schuchman and do not necessarily represent the opinions & values of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty. The opinions & ideas shared in this podcast do not guarantee or promise any results of success to the listener.

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