January 8

Success Through Failure


I’ve been out of communication for a month, but I am back and want to encourage everybody to think about what you want out of this new year. In not only your personal life, but your business life as well.

You’re not here reading this email by chance. It’s because you have some kind of an interest in how probate can help you either start or grow your real estate career. And that’s awesome because I’ve made it my new year’s resolution to help as many people as possible by sharing my years of experience so you can shortcut your process to get where you want to be faster than you could have ever imagined.

My decades of experience have given me an elite level of wisdom in probate and if I could share one thing with you, it would be that you seek to gain wisdom in your probate career.

In the words of the great Jim Rohn, “Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”

There’s a quote from Bill Gates that I think about often.

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

I grew up dirt poor on the streets of L.A. and when I was born, my mother was literally homeless. She slept in the basement of an old building with me on her chest so the rats couldn’t get to me.

Contrary to what you might assume, I am so grateful for this upbringing. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t like the worn-out thrift shop clothes, or the almost constant empty stomach. And I definitely didn’t like seeing my mother cry when she thought I wasn’t watching.

But growing up like that taught me how to accept failure and rise above it. It created a fire deep inside me that kept me moving forward no matter what obstacles were thrown at me.

When I finally found probate real estate back in the 90’s, I set a goal and pushed hard. I knocked it out of the park with my very first deal – I made over 150k and did it in a ridiculously short timeline.

But not every deal has been like that. And even leading up to that point, there were several times that it felt like the world was working against me.

My encouragement to you is to keep pushing through. Especially when it feels like you can’t get it right. These are lessons that will shape you and make you a better real estate professional.

Things happen that are outside of our control. Even if you are the most skilled real estate professional, something is bound to happen eventually that you can’t predict and can’t control.

Knowing how to size up the problem, overcome these obstacles, and keep going is what will make you the best of the best.

To your success,
Ernie “Always Pushing Through” Vargas | The Probate Fox


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