Back in 2014 I wrote this little manifesto called LEAP. It was well received by tens of thousands of people literally across the globe. When I started the project I just wanted to get something out on paper that would hopefully connect with a few people. But as time has gone on it has been humbling to receive emails and messages from people in all corners of the world and from all walks of life about how that little book struck a cord in their life.
The title of this post is copied from a subtitle in my book. And what's so interesting is that the following year after I wrote the book LEAP I was faced with some of the most difficult challenges in my professional life. For the first time in my career I was doing bigger business and making larger investments. I started a magazine, I had a number of high profile clients with large "price tag" homes which cost a lot more to market and yet don't sell as quickly, but my business was seeing negative cash flow. Was I concerned? Hell yeah I was. With a wife and three kids and countless financial obligations the well was running dry.
Did I make some miscalculations? Did I bite off more than I could chew? Possibly, and some may see it that way. But I happen to think that failing is simply part of the LEAP. If I was going to play the game on a larger stage then I needed to fail so I could learn how to win at a higher level. You see, there's no map that shows us how to get to there. We have to do the work...make the investment...take the risk....LEAP. And here's a truth....failing is usually the prerequisite to success....unless you quit of course. Then failure is just that, the end of the game. I wanted to learn how to win in the real estate business at a higher level which meant that I also had to be willing to take a few lumps, have some sleepless nights, and yes, even lose some money. And that's exactly what happened. But I didn't lose the game, I haven't died, or gone bankrupt. I'm still playing and doing so at a higher level.
As you enter into 2017 what sort of LEAP are you preparing to take? Are you starting a business? A new family? Relocating? Whatever it is I hope you'll do it and wish you the very best as you embark on a whole new world.