On Saturday, I learned a friend of mine had died. I
was really startled as I had never given any thought
to him not being around. He was 82 but I just
assumed he’d see 100…he was that tough.
Now “friend” might be a little bit of a stretch as I
hadn’t seen him in quite a few years…but I still
considered him my friend. I’m pretty sure I could
have picked up the phone and after a little work I
could have gotten my call through to him.
We worked together for a few years and at times
I saw him every day, seven days a week.
He was the most unusual and STRANGEST person I have
ever known or met in my entire life and I’ve met some
VERY interesting buckos. Yes siree Bob!
You see my friend had an addiction…not an addiction
to drugs, not to alcohol, not to sex…but to success.
Yes, he was addicted to success. And he was TOTALLY
committed to creating the most successful business in
his industry…and I do mean totally. That’s all he
thought about day and night.
I never saw him reading a book, never saw him go to a
movie, didn’t hear much about his family. I did see
him eat once in a while but that was just an
He was totally COMMITTED AND FOCUSED on his business
He was focused like no one I have ever seen, to the
point of being an unhealthy obsession.
Now there were lot’s of things I (and many others)
didn’t like about him but almost to a person we admired
his dedication. At an early age he picked out one
thing he was going to do in life and that’s all he
He decided he liked a game and he was going to become
the very best at it…not playing it but creating a
business around it. He wanted HIS business to be the
very, very best.
He started at the lower levels of it, an assistant coach,
and worked himself up through the ranks to become an
owner and be one of the most powerful men in the game…
and that game was professional football.
Now never in a million years could I become like my
friend. I like other people to like me, I like
vacations, I enjoy going to movies, I have hobbies
and leisure time activities, I like going to church
and belonging to social groups.
And I DO like the dinner table.
My friend?…not so much.
However, my friend taught me one HUGE lesson that has
served me very, very well since we were together many
years ago and that’s the lesson of…
FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS!
…and that’s my reason for writing to you today.
Most of you know of me as a person who teaches a
strategy about real estate investing but if you have
followed me for a while you know I often write about
things other than that.
What I write about are the things I think you must
do to become successful, whether that be growing
tomatoes, training dogs or real estate investing.
Just look at the successful people you read about
every day, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs (RIP), Bill Gates,
they all are (were) focused on one thing…Doing their
business well. They were (are) all driven to be the
very best at what they do.
So my question to you today is “what would happen
if you just exhibited some degree of focus on your
real estate investing for just one year?”
What if you committed some time each and every day
to improving your Probate investing business?
What would happen if you decided to get very good
at real estate investing? Not the best, just very good.
Is there any doubt in your mind that after one year
you’d be way better than you are today?
Now I don’t mean Donald Trump good but don’t
you think with just little bit of focus you’d fall
into a couple of deals?
So what I’ve learned from my friend is to focus
on what you do and every day strive to be your very,
So good-bye my friend and may you…
Rest In Peace, Al Davis.
“Commitment to Excellence”
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