|Do you own a treadmill or do you use one at your local gym?|
Personally, I like to get outside and hike the hills around Los Angeles for exercise, but a lot of people either don’t have the time or are inhibited by their local weather to get outside this time of year to exercise. Enter the treadmill.
The treadmill has a very interesting history. William Cubitt, a civil engineer raised in a family of millwrights, created the treadmill in 1818. Why would a millwright invent an exercise device?
Well, he didn’t invent an exercise device. He invented a torture device for inmates in British prisons. The contraptions he built powered corn mills to process corn.
The inmates spent 10 hours a day on these devices and hated every minute of it. Some prisoners even died from exhaustion. The idea was that the mere idea of having to work the treadmill would reform prisoners.
Over time, prison torture went out of fashion and the treadmill was forgotten until it resurfaced in the 1960s as an exercise device.
Nowadays a lot of people feel like they are stuck on one of those prison treadmills. And the real estate world is not immune. I’ve talked to hundreds of investors, brokers, and agents who feel like they are forced to grind out long days with little to show for it.
The reason people get into this business is for freedom, but most end up feeling like prisoners with no way of escaping. And this is especially true during this market shift.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Your mindset is the key to your escape. If you allow yourself to feel defeated or down when things don’t work out, you’ll never get off that grinding treadmill.
So what can you do? You could give up and go back to a regular 9 to 5 job. Or if you’re working real estate part-time, you can just give up on your dream and pick up more hours at your day job. But all you’re going to do is trade one prison treadmill for another.
You need to change your focus and come to the realization that you are not a victim of circumstances. With probate, you need to be a hero for all the families who are stuck in probate’s tangled web and need your help. They’re there waiting for their probate superhero.
Use my three-step process to become that hero. Find the damsel in distress, be the hero, and save the day.
To your success,
Ernie “Probate Superhero” Vargas | The Probate Fox
Death By Treadmill