Hello! I am Ben Souchek, and I’d like to welcome to episode 12! I have taken a few weeks off from recording and have decided to rename the podcast “Real Estate Mastery.” While the goal is still to help you create a lifestyle that doesn’t require your presence, I feel this new title will help me find the right audience, leading me to the people I am hoping to communicate with. The people I am hoping to help include real estate agents, people who want to be agents, real estate investors, and people who want to become more involved in real estate investment. In some of my previous episodes, I have discussed the importance of the investor/agent relationship. As the market changes and evolves, agents need to be able to do the same in order to provide their clients with the best service possible.
Where I’ve Been…
For the past 7 weeks, I have taken some time off to travel with my family. During this time, I was fortunate to attend Carrot Camp in Roseburg, Oregon, an event help by Investor Carrot, the company who creates and hosts my real estate websites. I attended Carrot Camp last year and was extremely impressed with all I learned. This year, I wanted to be able to take my family with me, showing them this beautiful part of the country.
Our trip began with a few days in Heber City, UT, before heading up to Oregon to spend a couple of weeks in the Roseburg and Eugene areas. From there, we visited Newport then on to Seattle for a few days. We then spent several days in Montana, near Yellowstone, heading home only last weekend after sharing many wonderful moments with my family. I feel very fortunate to be able to do this.
I am able to do this because I have a great team, helping me with many facets of my business. I can work from wherever I am, allowing me to travel, yet still run a successful business. This is the freedom that I wish to help others achieve. Real estate, for me, means freedom in your lifestyle. The goal is to build your business to make your life better. You do not want to build a business that traps and consumes you.
Lessons From Camp…
Some of these lessons are exactly what was discussed during Carrot Camp. If you haven’t attended in the past, Carrot Camp is a gathering like-minded individuals to share information, learn from each other, and grow both personally and professionally.
There was a great group of people at Carrot Camp this year. Both agents and investors were in attendance, allowing us to share what was working for us, what wasn’t, and working together to find the inspiration to create new ways of doing business.
One thing everyone agreed on, is that you don’t have a business if you aren’t able to step away, letting things run on their own. If you have to be there to make things work, you don’t have a business, you have a job. Personally, I am not quite there yet. One of my goals and reasons for attending camp was to get feedback and ideas on how to find the person who can run my business going forward. In order to make things work, I need to provide the right training and the right environment. I need to let go and force myself to step aside and count on the team to run things. With the right training, I am certain they will make the business even better.
Trevor Mauch, the founder of Carrot discusses this quite often in his podcast. He often talks about finding freedom in your business, doing something that brings positivity, not something that ultimately consumes you.
If you haven’t joined a mastermind group or found a team of individuals with whom you can share thoughts, ideas, and questions, with, I highly suggest you get out there and find them. Some people avoid networking because it takes them away from their business. However, it is good practice to step away from your business, spending time working on it, not in it.
We will pick back up in Episode 13 with more information from the events attended during our excursion, as well as more tips to help you build a lifestyle that doesn’t require your presence!
Let me know what you would like to hear! I am always open to discussion topic ideas, questions, and comments from our listeners! Reach out to me any time at bensouchek.com