You don't know how many times I
hear people told me that they can't do this like I did because "my partner
and I had each other". I understand why many of you think that I had it made
because "we had each other". Yes, that team support is important, but
we both came to the table with a "failure is not an option" mindset.
Neither of us waited for the other to tell us what to do or how to do it. We got
out there and made mistakes. The only difference is that we made them together.
What that means, if a deal goes bad, there are two people that feel the
effects. And having said that, keep in mind that nothing is perfect. And there
is a lot of caution to be taken when you are looking at forming partnerships with
people in business, especially your closest friends. We are very lucky to had
one another and we certainly don't take that for granted. Because of that, we
are working on developing our training programs to give that support to others
just getting started.
First, let me tell you that I absolutely would not
be where I am without Stacy today because she gave me the confidence and the belief
in myself and vice versa when we were getting started out. If I was slightly nervous
on a deal, she said "Let's go for it" and if she was on the fence, I
pushed her off!!!
Stacy handles the details on our deals. She makes sure
the insurance is ordered, the houses had electricity, the contractors do estimates,
all those things that I forget or hate to do! And I do things that she doesn't
like or remember. On that note, we balance each other out and I agree with you
Additionally, it is great to had that support when things seem like
they are falling apart or when one of us is caught up in personal things.
is very rare that we both hit a wall at the same time. But it happens and it's
not pretty when it does. We had been friends for over eight years and had a lot
at stake beyond our buildings. We vowed never to quit or give up on each other
when we started this together. When you are working day in and day out with your
friends, it can be hard to separate business and personal relationships. It can
be hard to detach yourself from external factors.
We had had our share
of disagreements, and if we didn't had a solid friendship, we may not had gotten
this far together. We are able to stop, take a step back and get through the issues.
Sometimes it may take some time and a lot of venting, but we muddle through it.
Each time, we end up stronger with more focus on our goals and better equipped
to solve problems that arise in the future.
We also had a lot of fun together
and really enjoy building this business because of the people. And through the
people that we had met, we had learned and been exposed to a variety of situations.
Our motivation has a great deal to do with the people we are able to help, both
investors and people in trouble with their homes.
We are absolutely fortunate
to had one another and never once take it for granted, but we also put a lot of
work into the partnership and individually into our business. It is not something
that just happened! It takes work and commitment to ourselves and our business.
And it isn't certainly isn't easier JUST BECAUSE WE had EACH OTHER, though it
is more fun that way!!!