July 2

20 Hours of Rain Killed My Phone

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Sorry I wasn’t able to send out an email on Wednesday.

Kathy told me that she filled in for me and sent you a funny video about cell phones.

Well, it turns out 20 hours of non-stop rain in the remote wilderness along with heavy cloud cover before and after the deluge leads to a dead battery.

My backpack solar panel won’t work if Mr. Sunshine doesn’t make an appearance lol.

As our group was hiking through the rain-drenched outback of New Mexico, I started getting really discouraged. My body ached, I was wet, cold, and miserable. I started questioning if I had what it takes to complete this 80-mile trek.

Then I started looking at some of the other dads in our group. They were younger, in better shape, and seemingly in better spirits than myself.

I found myself getting jealous of the experience they were having compared to my misery.

Then I remembered something one of my old mentors told me many moons ago. He told me “you can’t reap the benefits of someone else’s success.”

What that means is the race is with yourself. There is no use comparing ourselves with others because our ultimate success comes from our actions, not theirs.

These words of wisdom don’t just apply to my adventure here at the Philmont Scout Ranch. Its best application is for us as entrepreneurs.

It’s tempting to look at someone else’s amazing success in real estate and immediately assume there’s no way we could achieve even a fraction of their success. After all, they have special talents, knowledge, or connections that we do not possess.

I guarantee that at one point in their lives, they were exactly where you are now, looking at someone else way more successful than themselves wondering how they got there.

You can choose to look at other’s success wishing it was yours, or you can take action to move down a path that will help you achieve the success you’ve always dreamed of but never thought possible.

That’s what hundreds of my past students have done over the years.

Oops, it looks like my group is packing up and getting ready to head back out on the trail.

I’ve gotta go. Enjoy your Independence Day weekend! Hopefully I’ll have sunshine and cell reception on Monday so I can let you know how things are going.

Committed to your success,
Ernie “Soaking Wet” Vargas | The Probate Fox


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