December 2

A Carton of Marlboros and 26.2 Miles To Go

It’s funny how our brains allow assumptions to become our reality. Do Twinkies really last forever? Nope. Will shaving your body hair make it grow back thicker and faster? Wrong again.

How about this one: Chain smokers can’t run marathons.

Ok, you’ve probably never actually put chain smoking and marathons together, but when you hear of a chain smoker I bet your mind immediately pictures a shriveled up guy convulsing in a fit of coughs while trying to make it up a flight of stairs.

Wrong again! A 50 year old heavy chain smoker named Chen Bangxian, from China finished the arduous race on Nov. 6 in 3 hours and 28 minutes. That’s a full hour faster than the average of 4 hours and 30 minutes.

And he was even smoking while he was running the race!

Now I’m not advocating heavy chain smoking. Obviously, it’s not a healthy habit. But you’d never think someone like that could finish such an epic race that fast.

The moral here is don’t make assumptions about any situation. Take the latest shift in the market for example. Are there a lot of real estate professionals struggling right now? You bet. There are tons of people who over-leveraged and got themselves way underwater.

But don’t make an assumption that all is lost. There’s a ton of money to be made – if you’re willing to see things a little differently than everyone else. There are a lot of disciplined investors, brokers, and agents who are doing just fine. In fact, many of them are positioned to grow in the coming calamity.

How? By mastering a niche.

I’ve been in this game for over 23 years and I’ve seen it all. I’ve been through the highest highs and the lowest lows. How was I able to make it through it all always on top? Easy – probate.

To your success,
Ernie “No Marathon For Me” Vargas | The Probate Fox

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