The Success Process: How To Get From Where You’re At To Somewhere That Doesn’t Suck

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“Whoever told you the process of success was quick, easy or even fun, lied to you.”
– Darren Hardy, CEO Success Magazine

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”
– W. C. Fields

“Buy houses with no money down!”

I had been surfing through channels desperately looking for something – anything – that might spark an ounce of hope in me and keep me from pulling the trigger.

Again.

I subtly paused on a Girls Gone Wild commercial by accident but ultimately settled on a random old guy talking about buying real estate without any money, credit, experience, brains, conscience, self-esteem or clothing.

“This is it,” I thought. “My dreams are about to come true. I don’t have hardly any of those things.”

According to this guy you didn’t need anything but his CDs to buy a bunch of houses and start going out on boats regularly. I wasn’t sure how it worked exactly, but based on how easy he was making it sound, I figured you just took the CDs, handed them out to people, they listened to them and then handed you the keys to their house.

Simple enough.

I set the Nintendo Duck Hunt gun down, picked up the phone and dialed the 800 number on the screen.

Call Center Operator: Hello! Welcome to the life of your dreams and the end of your personal nightmare – how may I sell you? I mean help you?

Me:  Wow. It’s 2:30 am. I wasn’t sure anyone would answer the phone. What are you guys in India or something?

Call Center Operator: No sir. We’re in Utah. We DO NOT SLEEP here, sir.

Me: Oh, ok. Well send me those CDs. I need them now. Can you have one of your Mormons same-day courier them to me with their special powers so I can get started this afternoon?

Call Center Operator: Of course, sir. That will be a $49 Magical Mormon Shipping Fee, which brings your total to $348. Would you like to super-size your order with a $15,000 coaching package?

Me: No thanks.

Call Center Operator: Damn it. Ok, well thank you sir! Your package will arrive in about 15 minutes. Enjoy the dream!

I hung up the phone more excited than I could ever remember being that whole entire week.

Goodbye Rat Race, hello Freedom. I couldn’t wait to break the news to my boss.

3 years later …

“I seriously hate my boss.”

I was sharing at a local AA meeting. I didn’t even drink, but these people were really good listeners so I just came to vent about whatever was irritating me that particular week.

“He’s holding me down, man. The system is rigged against me. I don’t see a way out.”

Dave, one of the regulars who, as it turns out, was a multi-millionaire with a penchant for Goldschlager first thing in the morning, stood up and slurred the following words that changed the course of my life:

“Shon … at hwon point hyou had a dweam. Gyo back to that.”

“Hmm. Ok did you just say ‘son, at one point you had a dream – go back to that’?”

Apparently he passed out because he had decided to lie down on the floor and not respond.

“Someone make sure he’s breathing please.  And why do we keep having these things in the morning anyway? You know that’s a bad time for Dave.”

But I got the point. I did have a dream, and it was to get rich with real estate. True, passing out those CDs three years ago hadn’t worked. But there had to be another way. I made up my mind to make it happen no matter what the cost. I marched out of that meeting a man on a mission and got to work.

Within just a few months I was staring at a check for $19,000 payable to someone that went by my name. I had to punch myself in the face to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

It was from a house I had bought and sold – no money down.

The following is a brief explanation of how I went from Death By Duck Hunt to $19,000 Payday and why that was the last check I’d see for another year until I finally became a multi-millionaire.

“Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.”
– Oscar Wilde

After building a number of different businesses and attempting to achieve a host of lofty goals, a distinct pattern has emerged – a way things tend to happen.

Let’s call this The Success Process.

The Success Process

I want to share this process with you now, but with one caveat: this applies strictly to those of us who have previously gone through the inner-Success Process. Meaning we have done the hard work of improving ourselves holistically to the point where we are strong and wise enough to make it through the outer-Success Process if we just know how it works.

If we neglect the inner-Success Process (which I’ll be sharing with you in a future post), then our lives are going to be a repetitive and insane series of tepid tiptoes out of our comfort zone and mad dashes right back in.

Kind of like this …

pain

It’s like a Polar Bear Plunge except pain is chasing us out instead of icy water.

Let’s begin.

The Success Process starts with the Imagination Phase. We have an idea, vision or dream of some sort. It could be a new business, a novel project within an existing business, a different career path or a work of art of some sort.

It’s something that resonates deep within us and generates excitement.

It’s bigger or different than anything we’ve done in the past, but we believe we can do it.

We believe this because we have the perfect combination of high hopes, fantastically high levels of self-confidence and complete ignorance as to what exactly we’re getting ourselves in to and just how excruciatingly painful it will be.

“All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.”
– Mark Twain

So far so good.

If whatever goal we’re trying to achieve is something outside our expertise, the process moves in to the Preparation Phase. Here we learn everything we can in every way we can about this new thing.

We seek out a mentor, read books, go to seminars – the whole shebang. We immerse ourselves in this new world. If we don’t get overwhelmed and drown in the ocean of knowledge we get to move on.

Next we proceed to the Action Phase where we take concrete action toward our goal. This inevitably requires us to overcome a fear of some sort. If nothing else, a fear of the unknown.

If our goal is to start a new business we begin creating the product.

If our goal is to write a book, we begin writing.

If our goal is to be an actor, we sell our soul to Satan and book a one-way ticket to hell – I mean L.A.

And so on.

Once we’ve gone out on a limb and taken somewhat of a blind step of faith, something genuinely amazing tends to happen: we have some sort of immediate success.

It might be big; it might be small. Whatever it is, it’s always significant.

If we’re working on a new business, maybe the product just effortlessly comes together and it’s mind blowing. Or we score a big deal of some sort right out the gate.

If we’re writing a book, possibly the first chapter quickly flows out of us and shocks us to death with its profundity and wit.

If we’re acting, we get an immediate opportunity to exchange sexual favors for a supporting role in a reverse mortgage commercial.

We’re always pleasantly surprised, but we shouldn’t be because it’s just a part of the process.

Life is rewarding us for taking a step of faith and whispering, “keep going.”

Without this immediate success the next part of the process would be simply unbearable. We’re getting a taste of the dream to whet our appetite and provide the motivation necessary to make it through what I call “This Part Of The Success Process Sucks Big Hairy Knuckles.”

But before we get to that, let me just say this: you may be sitting there thinking to yourself, “Wait a minute. I’ve tried things in the past and didn’t get that immediate success. What the heck? You are a LIAR, Preston Ely. I’m going to continue to read and buy every single thing you put online, but you are a LIAR, sir.”

If that’s you then, first of all, screw you for calling me names, man – that’s messed up. But here is what happened; it’s one of two things…

1. You attempted something without first going through the inner-success process, in which case nothing you do will ever succeed.

2. You weren’t supposed to keep going. You were on the wrong track. Be grateful for that so-called failure and look for the hidden lesson.

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
– Malcolm Forbes

So we’ve tasted sweet success and have “arrived”.

“It’s going to be this easy forever,” we think.

Unbeknownst to us we have just unwittingly “arrived” at something akin to a Navy SEAL tryout. One hundred people show up … maybe three live to tell the story and strap on a navy snorkel for duty.

Everything up to this point has been a mere pre-screening process.

It’s like someone has handed us an MPK5 machine gun to use on a target dummy, we experience the joy of violence, and then they take the gun back and say, “Ok, see how fun that was? Now sign up for this thing over here. I know, I know – it says ‘Hell Week.’ Hahaha. Never mind that. It’s just a funny name for it. You’ll survive most likely.”

Enter the Hairy Knuckle Sucking Phase.

Pause.

Have you ever sucked on a big hairy knuckle? 

It. Is. Horrible. You feel like you’re gagging on a whiskery ball of devastation. You beg for God to do a hairy knuckle Heimlich maneuver on you and end your misery, and He does – in about twelve months.

Our job during this phase is merely to stay alive and don’t stop trying to breathe.

The ease with which our initial success came? Replaced with resistance.

We may as well be trying to bench press two planets connected together with a plutonium barbell for all we can tell. And we cannot do that in case I’m not being clear.

The initial excitement about our dream? Converted to torment.

As the reality of what it really takes to succeed in our chosen endeavor sets in and the true level of our abilities is exposed, the bliss of ignorance is promptly transformed into the pain of reality.

The ideas stop flowing.

The money stops coming.

We stop smiling.

At the climax of this apparently sick cosmic joke we hit what appears to be an invisible wall. It’s like an invisible ceiling except for all races and genders equally.

Things stop working.

What made so much sense in the beginning now seems like utter nonsense.

The things that appeared so easy are now almost unbearably difficult.

Whereas previously we were prancing freely and joyfully across a field of wheat like Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, we are now marching painfully and miserably through what appears to be a mixture of boiling hot tar and quick sand.

And this, my friend, is the defining moment.

“When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.”
– Kevin Cosner, Tin Cup

What are we going to do? Are we going to keep plowing forward despite the pain and lack of results? Or are we going to quit?

Contrary to what you may be thinking, either way is equally noble depending on the circumstances. But before I explain why, let’s answer this question:

Why does the Hairy Knuckle Sucking Phase (HKSP) exist in the first place?

I want you to start a new habit. Pretend you’re four years old, and start asking “why?” again. Ask it about everything.

There is a reason things happen.

Don’t just assume the worst – or the best – out of ignorance. Ask “why?”.

Look for the reality behind things. Become a truth seeker.

Not doing this would be like going your entire adult life with a guy in a big red Tickle Me Elmo suit following you around and Russian leg sweeping you every 5 minutes and hating it but never really wondering “why is this happening?”

It’s not an exact analogy, but it’s pretty close.

The HKSP exists for the following purposes:

1. To initiate you.

One of the main goals of things like male initiation rites of passage, fraternity hazing, and military boot camps is to get you to identify with this new group of people and way of life – to alter your perception of who you are – on a deep fundamental level.

This works in part because we are at our most programmable state when at our wits end and highly charged with emotion.

Once your new identity is solidly in place you will act accordingly. 

Consider the horrors of the HKSP your personal rite of passage.

You go in a burrito maker and come out a  _______________________ (fill in the blank with … whatever you want to be).*

2. To prepare you.

As much as you might like to just dive headlong into the sea of success and start swimming the dream, life is too kind to let that happen. The water is full of sharks you see. And you’re just a little baby sea horse. Your death wish shall not be granted.

If you want to swim with the sharks you have to slowly morph into a freakishly large sea horse that breathes fire out of its nose even while under water. This will really impress the sharks who will consequently not eat you and might even help you find some sea horse success.

The HKSP will assist with your metamorphosis.

3. To protect you.

Success gained quickly is suicide. Without the humbling process of the HKSP the success will go straight to your head and you’ll self-destruct.

Small souls cannot sustain success (say that ten times fast). Your heart must be softened and enlarged by the pain of stretching outside your comfort zone for an extended period of time.  Not many people are willing to do this, and, frankly, I’m thankful for that. Can you imagine if I had to deal with a thousand other people writing blog posts about sea horses, hairy knuckles, and Tickle Me Elmo’s? That would suck!

4. To perfect you.

Your original vision for your venture or project was good, but it wasn’t sufficiently thought through. Most people with the courage to step out and do something big on their own are visionaries with relatively weak structural skills. When forced to systemize the dream they find it extraordinarily hard to bear.

Through the HKSP your original idea will be crystalized and something way cooler than you had in mind will appear.

5.  To qualify you.

Every human being that has ever been and ever will be was born with a mission to accomplish. All our gifts, talents, abilities, inclinations, passions, successes, and memorable experiences up to now have been clues as to what this mission might be.

We’ve had a sneaking suspicion that this new thing we’re attempting may be, if not our main mission, at least a step in that direction. The HKSP is here to let us know if our suspicion was right or not.

If it was right then we will find the desire within us to persevere through the pain and succeed. If it wasn’t, we won’t. We’ll appreciate the lesson learned, scratch that thing off the list of potential callings, realize it was a training exercise for the real deal and keep it moving. And who knows … sometimes “the real deal” is the exact thing we’re scratching off. The timing simply wasn’t right. Remember the three years in between my infomercial CD’s and the $19,000 check?

“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”
-Oprah Winfrey

Sometimes life takes us down a certain road for no other reason than to allow us to experience the joy of that particular journey.

“My dream has been shattered,” you say. Maybe so. But underneath the pieces of your broken dream lies something infinitely greater and more real, if only you don’t lose heart.

So we come to our defining moment – the peak of pain in The Success Process. A still small voice in our head whispers, “Quit now or I am going to kill you myself”. We have no idea who this voice is, but they seem fairly sincere. The pain demands an answer, but we hold off as long as possible unsure of the right thing to do.

This is when being familiar with the process becomes critical. If we are unaware of what’s really going on, we will assume the pain is a sign to stop. But if we understand the process, we know we could be “three feet from gold” as Napoleon Hill put it.

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“In moments of doubt in the present, the memory of past experience rises to the surface. Filled with trust in the process, [Masters] trudge on well past the point at which others slow down or mentally quit.”
– Robert Greene, Mastery

If we find the motivation within us to plow through this point of no return and break through the HKSP barrier, we then enter the final phase. I call it Heaven On Planet Earth (HOPE).

HOPE is where you’ve always dreamed of being but have refused to pay the price of admission.

HOPE is what you feel deep down in your bones life is supposed to be like but can’t figure out how to make happen.

HOPE is what you were made for; so expect to be miserable until you get here.

The HOPE phase brings us back full circle to when everything was easy and exciting but with one small difference: it’s a thousand times easier and more exciting.  And it doesn’t go away for a really long time.

We stop seeking for opportunities. Opportunities begin seeking us.

We cease striving for money. We may as well be printing it in our living rooms it comes so easily.

We no longer chase after people. People chase us.

(The only time HOPE goes away is when it is time to move on to something even greater and more intimately aligned with our ultimate life’s mission. Expect to repeat the entire Success Process at that point only on a much more intense level.)

We have paid our dues and have arrived.

It’s like we’ve been arduously climbing a snow-covered mountain for what seems like a decade wearing nothing but underwear and a foggy ski mask. All of a sudden we reach the top and are handed some Gucci winter clothes, the ability to move things with our mind, and a solid gold sled worth a million dollars to slide down with.

All the way down the slope there are tiny elves cheering us on and throwing snowballs at us full of hundred dollar bills that feel like sex when they hit us.

Life is nothing more than a series of mountains placed before us – each bigger than the one before it, each leading us closer and closer to Home. When we get to the end and look back, it won’t be the golden sled rides we value; it will be the snowballs.

Just kidding. It will be who we have become in the process:

A mountain mover.

Question: Where are you at in this process right now? Does any of this ring a bell? Leave a comment below or Elmo will leg sweep you later today when you least expect it. And don’t forget to click the Facebook and Twitter icons to share the love with your friends!


Recommended Reading: Mastery by Robert Greene

Ancient Wisdom To Memorize: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain ‘move from here to there.’ It will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Affirmation For The Week: I eat hairy knuckle sandwiches for breakfast.


* So let’s say you’re trying to become an actor. And let’s say this because it’s been the funniest example so we’ll keep rolling with it.

You’re trying to become an actor, but you currently have the identity of a burrito maker. This identity is so deeply ingrained in you that you have a hard time not speaking Spanish at auditions. And you don’t even speak Spanish. You have to bring a translator with you to interpret your lines. You sound like Erik Estrada after ten shots of tequila. It’s a mess.

You’re in the new world of acting going through the motions of an actor … but you’re not an actor yet. Not in your mind at least.

You’re auditioning for Hawaii Five-O, but you feel like a chef at Taco Bell because actually you still do that during the day.

You taste a little success with the reverse mortgage gig. Then you enter the HKSP for years. The closest you get to stardom is a back up dancer in a Justin Bieber video. You can’t dance, but the director spotted you in the reverse mortgage thing and you had the right look so they CGI’d your face over the winner of last year’s So You Think You Can Dance body. The video goes viral on YouTube.

Right when the Hairy Knuckle Heat is at it’s hottest … you get your big break. You land a role co-starring with Brad Pitt in a blockbuster movie that will be subliminally preparing the general public for the actual end of the world!

It’s the twenty-sixth movie about the end of the world in one year, and that’s not at all suspicious to you even though you know that the richest most powerful sociopaths in the world finance all the movies and pull all the strings on world events. You’re about to be famous! That is what matters.

Because you paid your dues leading up to the shooting of this movie you’re not just mechanically prepared, you’re psychologically prepared. You did so many of those reverse mortgage shows that you eventually became the star of the commercial once you turned fifty-five years old, joined AARP, and started seeking out restaurants with early bird specials.

You are no longer a burrito maker in your mind. You are an actor. World War Z is a hit, and your career is finally launched. Sure, it took thirty-two years, but it was worth it. Had you received this role thirty years ago when you were acting on the outside but folding burritos on the inside you would have messed the whole movie up. The zombies would have won.

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2,633 Comments on "The Success Process: How To Get From Where You’re At To Somewhere That Doesn’t Suck"

  1. Thanks for the article. Always informative and entertaining.

  2. So much of this rings true!

  3. Great blog! Excellent steps to success..

  4. Great Read. Thx

  5. I can relate to this. I have done so much thinking and planning. Success is in the action and failure. One has to keep on going.
    Thank you.

  6. Curtis Olive July 8, 2013 Reply

    I’m ready to move through the Hairy Knuckle Sandwich Stage

  7. Like….

  8. Preston,
    Awesome story, you are a great motivator and story teller. You can do just about anything you set your mind to. So I have just one small favor to ask;
    Can you get me the phone number of the girl standing behind Elmo??;)

  9. Great post, this info is very useful

  10. Elliott Days July 8, 2013 Reply

    Man you are funny. How do you come up with this? Funny and at the same time so insightful. I have been in the places you speak of and wish I knew then what I just learned now. Awesome post.

  11. Good article, but I don’t understand what HKSP is…

  12. 1 word, “Amazing”

  13. NVM I got it!

  14. I liked it very much. Excellent food for thought.

  15. ryan baldwin July 8, 2013 Reply

    Love it. Interesting read.

  16. Charles Hoover July 8, 2013 Reply

    Lots of different directions from knuckle sucking to HOPE to Oprahs inner thoughts and Cosners “quote” and being a burrito cook!! All in all…maybe directional steering or thinking. Still interesting to read!!

  17. Mike Schrader July 8, 2013 Reply

    I right now am at that invisible wall not sure what to do or where to go next. I will preserver but unsure were the next door will take me. My thinking has been manipulated and who I am now was not who I was a year ago. I see the transfermation and accept it. The struggle continues as I proceed through the pain and torture to get to that place you call HOPE.
    Your blog was helpfull to stay positive and look ahead, thank u.

    Mike Scharder
    1932 Penfield rd
    Penfield ny 14526

  18. I have so many people in my life that I could help if I had a decent amount of money. Sick people not so much but I have grandchildren that I want to send to college without them having a life time of loans to pay back.

  19. Julius Briley July 8, 2013 Reply

    Sarcastic but Very Important and True…

  20. Phenomenal, I am at that very crossroads. . That is truly what I needed to pursue my realestate investing business. . Fear has no more room in my life..

    • Cinderella May 17, 2016 Reply

      Those truck look old but I know they were all expensive. I want to know what's thew feeling riding on those kind of truck.:)Nice piTrktes.chanus for sharing it.

  21. Very true about having to work on yourself first. For a long time I could feel something between me and the things I want, and it was real, like a concrete barrier right behind my eyes. I’ve spent the last two years reading and studying and meditating to get rid of that barrier.

  22. Hey Preston!
    In my mind life has been cruel. I know I am not the only person to see himself/herself in such a mental state, so I don’t want you to think I am going to cry about it. I am not going t cry because I don’t have any tear ducts you see (true).

    I am presently in a situation that if I am allowed to get out, will finish me with e-books and seminars and “Gurus” and the like. I don’t have many more years to enjoy and that is what I want to do most of all is to enjoy what is left (I probably don’t have the 30 plus years of which you spoke), but whatever there is I want to enjoy.

    Thank you for all that you do for others. You are a nice guy in my book. Thank you for your attempts to help me. I do appreciate them!

  23. Leslie Vinson July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for helping to get my week off to a great start!

    • To Rosanne
      your comment touch my heart. I lost my wife to cancer in August. Wishing you the best God can possibly give. Preston is right on and a Godly man as far as I can see. Don’t be swayed by his street talk dynamics. Let God Be your strength hope and joy.
      Paul

  24. Good thoughts,logical steps, great conclusion anticipated……..
    Thanks for sending the “flipping” tutorial.

    Be Blessed Today

  25. Quite to the point! It’s all here right now, within, if we just get out of the way.

  26. I really enjoyed this email, and laughed when you talked about doubting mormans due to my living in this area. I have been in real estate over 21 years, and still have things to learn on investing and reinventing the wheel. I have for the past few years tried to help all of the sellers not loose their homes due to foreclosure and the market, doing BPO’s and hoping somehow to help. This is maining due to husband with cancer, and my schedule for him, and no money when spending 400- 600 a month on pills, and doctor appointments. Thank you Preston I will try to get all this together, so I can afford to make some money also.

  27. Alejandro V. July 8, 2013 Reply

    Hi Preston , I like to know more information about flipping homes step by step with out money of my packet. Thank you.

  28. Don’t know what your selling, not interested in buying or spending any money, if what you have is truly a money maker, you could take a commision or percentage, not ask for $ outright.

    Thanks, but if i need to spend x amount of dollars, no thanks,

  29. Leslie Vinson July 8, 2013 Reply

    Imagination, preparation and action is the formula for success. Action is what I need to take!

  30. Jerry Clipston July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thanks, it was good.

  31. It was ok

  32. Scott Tatge July 8, 2013 Reply

    Excellent advice Preston!
    Thanks for sharing!

  33. Paul Anastasi July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the encouraging words.
    ? At what point do you ask for help? I could use some.

  34. Thanks for the post Preston, I am going down a similar path right now. I know I have what it takes to be successful in real estate investment, but feel like I need that memtorship to get my first check, not to mention money lol I’m dead Broke! But that’s motivation right?

  35. Preston,

    I’m looking forward to receiving my FREE tutorial

    Many thanks!

  36. shelly alvarado July 8, 2013 Reply

    I am in!

  37. Craig Ferguson July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for sharing on the HKSP factor, I am now able to wrap my head around whats going on, and see the end of the tunnel.

  38. you are unique individual and your process is unique to you. Thanks for the awareness.

  39. This story has revitalized my interest and desire to be successful in Real Estate. I am once again exited about Real Estate. Thank you!

  40. scott markowitz July 8, 2013 Reply

    Preston

    I have been following you for years and made serious $$ using your systems and continue to draw in all your knowledge which makes me a better person, investor and family man. thank you for the inspiration to keep pushing forward.

    scott

  41. Yeah.

  42. As always, nuggets of gold. But it all boils down to, get up off that big butt and do something!!

  43. Ok, I read the rest of the story, once I got past the Elmo girl. But I am stuck with the hairy knuckle. What do you do if you made it big, lost your life’s work and wealth in the crash, and your stuck back at the the hairy knuckle. I just keep pressing on, and on, and on. Wondering how, and when, things will change, and I get back to being that person I once was.

  44. Dustin Skarphol July 8, 2013 Reply

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. You are very funny!! Thanks for making me laugh. Its been a while. Looking forward to the info. God Bless

  46. Dan Drexler July 8, 2013 Reply

    I like your humor … and it is so true that the road to “success” is really a journey, and it should be appreciated not shunned.

    Thank you for your encouragement along the way….

  47. This is exactly where I am today. Totally freaked out about all the information and not sure of the next step to take. I want to figure out who and what I want in the next chapter of my life. Coming out of corporate after 32 years and asking why????? about everything. That chapter closed, Now what? It seems like a copout to not know what to latch on to. Defining life in a new way, new adventures, new desires and trying to unpack what no longer serves me well.

  48. I appreciate that you take the time to educate others from your lessons in life & business. Your steps provide anyone with determination the insight to be able to create their own success!!
    thank you!!

  49. david s clough July 8, 2013 Reply

    The worst part of a workout, the hardest question of a test, the longest distance in a long walk is always the first question, the first stretch, the first step. Knowledge without action is no knowledge at all. Thank you for your willingness to show us how to make that first stretch by answering the first question to take that long step into the unknown.

    Regards,
    David S. Clough

  50. Thanks P.E., this was needed 1st thing this morning. I refuse to give up! Thanks 4 the motivation!

  51. Preston, You are such a blessing. Thank you for always being in tune with what your students need. God Continued Blessings, DrFaye

  52. Lois Tribble July 8, 2013 Reply

    Amen! Been there brother — 40 years in the wilderness. Time to do battle in the Promised Land.

  53. Thank you.

  54. Wally Abraham July 8, 2013 Reply

    That was a great blog! It kind of puts everything in perspective as to what life is all about and where I need to go from here.
    Thanks, Wally

    • Eurica Dick October 23, 2013 Reply

      Great info and very true, but how will one get from here to over there, it’s a long and winding road with no end in sight. Thus, faith, dedication and determination will see me through.Right? Maybe. Thanks!

  55. Thanks for the blog Preston…It was very informative. I will read through it again and take notes. I am looking forward to using this information and the subsequent tutorial.
    Much success to you and thanks for reaching out to others who want to rise out of suckiness…

    Les

  56. BOB SCHARF July 8, 2013 Reply

    Preston,
    Very interesting. Very inspiring. But I was looking for a step-by-step, by the numbers tutorial for flipping houses.
    Thanks,

  57. Preston,
    Great great insight here!! We all need to understand that the things we go through, means we “are just going through” to get to the other side….THE BETTER SIDE 🙂 If you don’t learn about the setbacks or problems and the solutions you find or ASK for help in finding the solutions, you ARE DEFINITELY bound for failure.
    It is always a constant in moving forward and telling yourself you ARE moving forward. Keep improving your mind and strengthening your mind and you will go far. There is no SUCCESS unless you go through some of the things in life we feel SUCS!! 🙂
    Thanks again and keep up the good work Preston !!
    Keith in Nashville, TN

  58. Thanks for the wake up call..

  59. jeff akins July 8, 2013 Reply

    Pretson i really needed to this. This is exactly how our journey has been So far started out with some success but now have hit a point where we are asking ourselves where and what do we do now. Thanks again.I have a family depending on me need and want to keep going.

  60. Woodrow E Mitchell July 8, 2013 Reply

    There is a lot to be said about the “PATH”. Every man that journeys on it will tell in different degrees the torments and pleasures along the way. The ‘Humbling’.
    Those who in faith act upon their desires steadfastly seem to always have a time in the pleasure zone of success. Where it appears to the uninitiated that the successful one has it so easy he must have some special nack or ability.
    Like T. Edison said “I learned 98 ways not to make a light bulb”.

  61. AC Smith July 8, 2013 Reply

    PROFOUND!! VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING.

  62. Outstanding

  63. denver burdette July 8, 2013 Reply

    Hi Preston, phenomenal msg. I especially like the quote from
    Robert Greene about the masterful trudging on while others slow
    down or quit.

    Yes it’s very important we condition ourselves from the inside for success!

    Love your work, keep sharing, please!

  64. I am between the preparation phase and the action phase.

  65. This is it!!! And you are so so funny!! where do you come up with this crazy stuff that really gets you to thinking. I’m Encouraged!!

    • As many before me has pointed out they have some explaining to do regarding the power metesremuna. I can’t think of anyway that this could measure the total power except for taking the left leg power output and double it. I guess we’ll get an update eventually

  66. Amos Barnes July 8, 2013 Reply

    Would like to try this

  67. Very encouraging and gave me a lot to think about. Ben

  68. Pam McCray July 8, 2013 Reply

    For anyone who had a doubt that things could be worked out….I just read it…Thanks I needed to hear every word of this today….

  69. I have to admit that yesterday was a hard one for me,.. I am a advent learner who fail out of college to become a euntrepeneur in the city of Camden New Jersey where most middle and upper class citezens deemed to be a bad palce to live, but I happened to see opportunity to transform. But theres one problem I left school with debt, I lost my drivers license, It seems I can’t get a job, and to top that off I feel like i’m going to be on a Jerry Springer, or Bill episode of ARE YOu the Father. SMH…. And Yea, Ive been bitting my own Hairy Knuckles, But guess what I still believe in HOPE. And I have To say this BLog is SUPER ENCOURAGINg… SO Im definitly intrigued and waiting on that moment when I recieve my first check for whatever the amount is,.. because I so desperatly want it.

  70. I have to admit that yesterday was a hard one for me,.. I am a advent learner who fail out of college to become a euntrepeneur in the city of Camden New Jersey where most middle and upper class citezens deemed to be a bad palce to live, but I happened to see opportunity to transform. But theres one problem I left school with debt, I lost my drivers license, It seems I can’t get a job, and to top that off I feel like i’m going to be on a Jerry Springer, or Bill episode of ARE YOu the Father. SMH…. And Yea, Ive been bitting my own Hairy Knuckles, But guess what I still believe in HOPE. And I have To say this BLog is SUPER ENCOURAGINg… SO Im definitly intrigued and waiting on that moment when I recieve my first check for whatever the amount is,.. because I so desperatly want it

  71. Wil Bartels July 8, 2013 Reply

    I’ve gone to the seminars (several), Listened to many, many webinars……have a realtor who is a friend who plugged me
    into the MLS listings for bank-owned properties. We discused
    working together on deals….can’t do that because NM has
    passed laws stopping a licensed realtor from working with a
    non-licensed person. Homes in Santa Fe are now selling for
    94% of asking price. One realtor said a house on his street
    was on the market for 7 days and sold for 98% of asking price.
    All of this adds up to no sucess for me! I’m open for big help!

  72. Michael Campbell July 8, 2013 Reply

    Wow, Preston, you hit the nail right on the head. You see, I was a military man for all of my adult life. That is who I am. I am slowly changing my identity. But, just like the boot camp analogy you used you do not become a Marine until you graduate. You have to earn the title. I feel the same way about this. If my first check as a real estate investor is $10.00 or $1,000,000.00, I just can’t call myself a real estate investor until I have earned it. I am doing the work and I am exhausted working 76hrs a week and this on the side. I am eager to make that first payday, I will persevere and I will make it. The main difference between this and boot camp is that in boot camp the drill instructors are always in your face. You never have to work in order to find guidance. In this business it seems finding a mentor is harder than finding a needle in a haystack. I did like the message that is portrayed here. Thank you.

  73. I am in the imagination phase.I see what I want, but I don’t know how to get it. Thankfully I can relate to this post and I’m prepared to do what’s necessary.

    Thanks for sharing!

  74. “The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”. Ancient Pashtuan saying (Afghani). I need to take the first bite!

  75. like

  76. randy hill July 8, 2013 Reply

    all i can say this good , need more of this.

  77. Taliilagi Young July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for this story because it feels like you have read my mail. It’s funny but real and it’s really where I am today… I have spent so much money in the last 5 years trying to do this thing. The sad thing is that it’s not even my money, it’s my son’s and still I haven’t made any money in real estate at all.
    The irony of this is that no matter what I try to do to change dreams, being a Real Estate Investor still screams way too loud to me in my heart. I thought I did all the right things, yet still never made a penny but I’m still drawn to it and I’m so passionate about it. I’m an ordained minister and we don’t own a house and my son who game me the money still is waiting for a house. All I want is to finance the ministry of building houses for the women and children who are out there lost in the world.
    Make enough to give my son a house and help our entire community with their needs. Being an ordained minister, your heart is so not about you but about others, it’s a call from God so I believe this Real Estate Business I believe is from God so I can be in position financially to invest in building up people as I preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Thank you for this story because I’m motivated, I’m never afraid of hard work and I will give time to it to make it work.
    I’ll learn all the lessons that I need to learn, because this is way bigger than myself.
    Thank you for your help and your story

    Taliilagi (Real Estate Millionaire in the making)
    (541) 636 3675
    1621 Adkins
    Eugene, Oregon 97401

  78. Kerry Jordan July 8, 2013 Reply

    As a member of REO Rockstar, PMOD and MMI with Josh Cantwell, I have been gathering information to get my home business up and running. No deals closed yet and therefore I am somewhat frustrated but continue day in and day out to make it happen. Your positive motivation is very inspirational and keeps me going and striving toward success in the real estate market. Thanks!

  79. Lawrence July 8, 2013 Reply

    yes, I can identify with the process, especially experiencing what I deemed was success (though not financial success) then not progressing but becoming stuck, entrenched and losing hope and the commitment to reach my goal, my dream. I ready now to pick up the pieces of my dream, remove what was a waste of time, identify what is useful and move forward again. Thank you for what to me is encouraging words, my hopes and dreams are renewed. Lawrence

  80. Great article!!!

  81. kevin byrd July 8, 2013 Reply

    Very informative, very motivational,

  82. jerron dove July 8, 2013 Reply

    This was very motivational especially the quotes. It’s a good read and help to keep pushing foward to achieve your dreams especially if you’re going through the hairy knuckle sucking phase or the defining moment of becoming successful. The analogies are very good also they hit home for me.

  83. Man I can’t wait for the HOPE Phase. I live in the HKSP stage and it sucks.

  84. This was a very inspiring article. The steps you listed are so true. Life gives you a little taste of what you can have and then takes you through the valley of the shadow of death! It’s all based on how motivated you are to consistant work towards success. Many people drop out when things get hard but miss out on the opportunity to grow. Thanks for the article!! Great information!

  85. OMG… You are hilarious! 🙂 Awesome, awesome article. I enjoyed reading. I’m not afraid of the HKSP because I’ve got HOPE… with little elves hitting me with snowballs cheering me on! Lol.

    Thank you for writing this. 🙂

  86. Joycelyn Harris July 8, 2013 Reply

    This is great, interesting and so true.

  87. Very inspirational, hilarious, and down to earth anologies.

  88. very insightful. action phase. just closed on 1st property and beginning rehab. hoping to net 40k on the flip

  89. SIDNEY NORRIS July 8, 2013 Reply

    To rambling to make a point. You almost lost me a few times before I got to the end.

  90. CoachRon July 8, 2013 Reply

    well written, and humorous.

  91. Thus is very informative

  92. The points you make are needed in order to be successful for yourself and others.

  93. Great article…. Perfect way to start my week…. There’s always a need to refocus and motivate yourself and that’s what this article has done.

  94. Mary Edith Rosson July 8, 2013 Reply

    I am one of those who have been hesitating about ‘jumping in’. Not so much because I don’t know what to do but because I don’t know how to do it. Making a phone call is easy, but unless you have an idea of what to say, it is not a good call, and you have left the potential investor, seller, buyer with the idea that you are a klutz.

    Finally got the pieces of the process in place.
    Got an iron clad purchase and sales contract.
    Got a crm tool (Fredomsoft)
    Got a tutorial from Patrick Riddle in the Private Money on Demand module that took care of the final concern about contravening the SEC regulations that everybody mentioned.
    Have started working on building a list of motivated buyers and making contact.
    There is a difference between lazy and not willing to do something when the process is not perfectly clear and there are legal ramifications to your actions.
    Have one investor in train and working on more.

    On my way!

    Thanks, Mary Edith

  95. Ken Moskowitz July 8, 2013 Reply

    Humorous, informative and insightful. We can always count on you to hit it on the head and entertain at the same time.

  96. Deep and very uplifting Preston!! Keep the spiritual analogies coming!!

  97. Bill De Martin July 8, 2013 Reply

    Ya, that makes sense. Good perspective!

  98. Scott Schneider July 8, 2013 Reply

    I would like to start making money online I signed up with 2different companys and haven’t made a single dime

  99. Looking forward to getting started.

  100. Great article. We hear a lot about success, but very few realize its a process. Too many think of it as a lottery or magic, and its not, its a process. And the process does indeed starts within first. If you miss that important first step, you can forget about all the rest. Again great article!

  101. Michael Herline July 8, 2013 Reply

    I see myself in this success process. I’ve experienced both the failures and successes. I’ve quit when perhaps the success was just about to happen and I’ve kept on going, to experience the success, just when I was about to quit.

    Dream or imagine, prepare by studying and learning, and take action. Don’t give up when you think you are on your last breath, for the the fresh air just may be around the rock! And anyway, it’s better to try, and fail, than to not try, and succeed.

  102. Thanks, I needed that eye opener. Keep them coming

  103. Devon Heinrichs July 8, 2013 Reply

    Preston, just read this article out loud in a van filled with musicians. We are a 10 piece reggae/funk project out of south Florida-just heading home after a very humbling (hairy-knuckle-chomping) southeast U.S. tour. This article had every one of us nodding our heads and laughing along at the truth of it all.

    Bless Up!!!

    -The Resolvers

  104. It’s truly amazing to grow in areas of life that are not the way you would have design it to go if I were the designer I would never have a problem and would have paved the way of no errors but how could I have grown if I never ever had a problem and knowing that the creator was there to show me that HE is dependable at all times so in this process of getting success it’s not just success I’m looking for it’s good success that keeps going long after I’m gone the seeds that I’ve planted will grow up and become new life to bud and spread just like the smallest seed the mustard yet when it come to full plumage it’s the largest so the mountain is going to be moved because of the faith that I have and the work on the wheel that I am because the potter formed everything in a fashion that pleases HIM so just like the clay in the hands of the potter so are we in the hands of the Almighty God who gives and takes away but blessed be the name of the LORD and thank you P. E. for this platform and an the words of wisdom and like the reluctant astronaut I can’t keep my feet on the ground so my asteroid is on the go to higher ground using momentum moral and motivation to the great thrust to success tell me can you fill this if you can then hold on we’re on the way forward and full steam ahead go go go.

  105. Margarete July 8, 2013 Reply

    I love the wit and entertainment that goes into the messages Preston puts out, even if I represent one of the early stagers.

  106. Mary Stead July 8, 2013 Reply

    Preston,
    You have such wisdom and teach so well. I love your article and hope to come back to it many times. It is really a pathway to success.
    I also fell for the rich over night through real estate. There are strategies as I found that do not require money down, but there are costs such as marketing, escrow, etc. There also is the time factor. One can not just read a book or listen to a tape and get money. There is action to take and costs to pay.
    Keep up the good work of giving out the message of hope.
    Mary

  107. Ahhh, the “Process”

  108. Jane Bohls July 8, 2013 Reply

    I embrace hairy knuckle sandwiches. Thanks for the directions and encouragement.

  109. Thanks! You made my day!!!!!

  110. Richard Woodward July 8, 2013 Reply

    Preston,
    I relate to the different phases. I have not hit HOPE yet. I am still gagging on hairy knuckles. As you say keep on powering through HOPE will arrive.

    Thank you,
    Richard

  111. DON JACOBS July 8, 2013 Reply

    Most of my team dropped off of your marathon blog here at the potty breaks. I crossed the finish line over twenty years ago, shortly after I fired my boss in 1985 and pretended that I was a real estate investor. I never looked back, and the thrill each time that I was again successful lit my fire again. It was war, and that was what made my day, not so much the profits. At one point I decided to be a landlord, and that is the only point that I really wasn’t that thrilled.

    Now I wholesale the properties I find from REO Realtors, and I still admire Lee Kearney and how he has made Tampa belong to him. At 78 years old I don’t need that much money, but it is nice to do what is necessary to go and come when I want to. My family is all over the place, and they don’t really need me any more very often, except for my visits to see their families.

    Now I just smile at the humor that you use in your blogs, books and emails, I admire your many adventures besides being an investor, and I think that your team does more Wholesaling that you do. Congratulations on your successes. I have never given up; I choose the best options for my goals and press on. I have the faith of a mustard seed, and I can say to that mountain, “MOVE!” and I believe in faith and it happens every time.

    Thanks for what you do, Preston. I consider you my friend. God is blessing you and your family. Walk with Him.

  112. Joe Thomas July 8, 2013 Reply

    Good stuff! Like Japanese proverb: Fall down 9 times, get up 10.

  113. Inspirational!!!

  114. Jorge Cordova July 8, 2013 Reply

    Always good info. Always so energetic. Thanks, Preston

  115. Great post. I can definitely identify with the process. Thanks for the reminder.

  116. great stuff and true too

  117. RAUL GRIEGO July 8, 2013 Reply

    ELY
    I have been reading your pages for around six months, and have learned a lot . I also have been trying to flip for seven months and its been the hardest thing to find enough money. I have been unemployed for a while and cant afford to purchase all your program.
    THANK YOU

  118. Wise and Wimsical with a touch of clas. Good read.
    Thank you

  119. Interesting blog. Rings true for almost any venture.

  120. Vontesch barnes July 8, 2013 Reply

    Very informing, I definitely have a problem starting out. Thanks for the support and motivation!

  121. Humor is the best medicine…perhaps it works for motivation too.

  122. The guy who sold me “the CDs” [insert very expensive mentoring program] asked me to promise never to give up. Two years later, I haven’t because I know I’m just “Three Feet from Gold”! Thanks for the encouragement Preston.

  123. Joseph DeLuca July 8, 2013 Reply

    Great article! Love the girl standing behind Elmo even more!!!

  124. martin cordero July 8, 2013 Reply

    it would be fantastic to be one of those navy seals

  125. I’m a realtor in California and I would love to get into investing. This article is very up lifting.

  126. Victoria July 8, 2013 Reply

    Awesome and exactly on time! I was HKSP heavy, knowing that there was some ingredient I was missing, but also knowing that I would somehow make it. Then I won Wake Up Wealthy and I knew I’d found my missing ingredient. I am very close to entering the HOPE Phase!

    I’m moving forward and the cloud of confusion is lifting.

    Thanks again for Wake Up Wealthy!

  127. Looking forward to reading more… Thanks for the insight.

  128. Jeff Leigh July 8, 2013 Reply

    This was AWESOME! I have been in the HKSP for several months, and was wondering what was wrong with me. This was just the motivation I needed to keep going with renewed effort! Thanks Preston!

  129. I always have time for brain food. Thanks for all the useful information.

  130. Thank you for the great content.
    This article rings true in all walks of life, not just in business.
    I’m looking forward to more of your hilarious, yet serious teachings.

  131. Good information
    Thanks

  132. Very entertaining & interesting.

  133. felix perez July 8, 2013 Reply

    bueno si ledoi gracias por el articulo entendible e informativo y como decia mi biejo gue del cobarde nada se aprende ajjajajajja gracias “

  134. Russell G Hopkins July 8, 2013 Reply

    Preston,
    You are accomplishing your stated mission in life, “…to Glorify God”
    You encourage, motivate, support, teach, give, in every way possible!
    You do it all while staying true to yourself, and having fun in the process!
    You make me, not only want to succeed in RE investing, but succeed in LIFE!
    You keep me in the game of LIFE, and I want to be just like YOU!
    You have already taught me so much, and I want to continue learning from YOU!
    You have been placed in thousands of peoples lives by God, must be a reason!

    Thank You!…for Succeeding in your mission!

  135. Great read !!!!

  136. Thank you Preston. It’s great to start off the week with a belly laugh,and some great insight. The “sociopaths”, line was too funny and the plain truth. Sometimes nothing is funnier and more frightening then the truth. Thanks for taking the time to elucidate us on the process,
    I know it well, I’m 68 years old, minister,father,husband, writer,TV star, (public access in Kona) and on again off again real estate investor (20 deals in 20 years) i. had a great life and I’m enjoying the wisdom years in Hawaii. I love your stuff, you are funny, and smart, and a good Capitalist. My definition of a good capitalist is someone who has not forgotten to act like Christ, or Buddha,or Moses ,or Mohammed. They have not forgotten that helping our brothers and sisters to lift themselves out of the hell world that they are in is where the joy and the self worth comes from in our life. When the sociopaths start saying, ” it’s just business” that’s when Christ starts to fade out of the picture and we have Kapitlism and a corporate run state, which was Mussolini’s definition of fascism. So keep up your ministry, make a lot of money and spend more time with your wife and kids. Aloha, Len

  137. Stephanie Brown July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the article and the chuckles. I laughed because it’s funny AND it’s true. This is just what I needed for a Monday morning. Thanks again!

  138. SCOTT WASCHER July 8, 2013 Reply

    I OVE YOUR MOTIVATION blogs… thanks Preston…

  139. Michael Berrios July 8, 2013 Reply

    Preston this was classic! For as long as I’ve been following you I am always amazed by your genius.
    Dude I appreciate you for inspiring me and the masses who are also sick and tired of the status quo.

    Keep up the great works that you do. I will definitely reread this over and over as well as pass it on everyone I can. God bless you and yours.

  140. cool article!

  141. Good stuff here….If you can dream it – you can achieve it.

  142. Interesting reading, I like it…read it to my girl out loud. We are in mountain climbing phase, and definitely have the HOPE, belief and sticktoitiveness to get to the other side of the mountain…weee

  143. Baaaaaa!

  144. Looking forward to seeing more

  145. Thanks for the blog Preston. Loved the lessons. Keep them coming.

  146. Tempering of the self.. I am a sea horse.. now, where are those pesky sharks. Nice analogies Preston 🙂 I certainly relate.. great job! Keep going!

  147. I like it Preston … it does “capture” a lot of life, and especially when you are pursuing a vision. Yes, most of us do give up and call it unattainable … when we could be “three feet from gold” … I will persevere though, even when it doesn’t seem like I have too many allies. But, when God is on your side … what do you have to fear … hold on.
    I feel like I’d like to correspond with you personally.

    thank you,
    Mark

  148. Great, hits home.

  149. Edward Harvey July 8, 2013 Reply

    Preston, I know that you are God sent, because you continue time after time producing and sharing information, that makes it easy for an Investor. I thank you for all your efforts, and information. I’m in this for the rest of my life, so I appreciate the information you share because I want to know it all if possible.

    Thank You

  150. You hit the nail right on the head!

  151. Interesting blod. You’ve put a lot of effort in this to get your point across. Thanks for sharing…

  152. I really like and identify with this post? Though I haven’t yet reached HOPE I’ve hit the HKSP a bunch of times without that initial success but have learned much through the process. I wish I would have read this article a few years ago.

    Thanks for the article.

  153. Charles Pichoff July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thank you Preston! Super Excellent…..God Bless

  154. Donna Smith July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the great advice!!!

  155. Wow I’m still waiting for the sales pitch. Until then all I can think about is being tormented by Tickle me Elmo

    Thanks Preston

  156. Shonnece July 8, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the Article! Very inspiring …

  157. Have to check my stop watch. See what kind of time my brain got in the hurdles. Very thoughtful process.

  158. Thanks for good words of wisdom. After feeling motivated now i find myself looking up a large mountain. i wonder what it is like on the other side. where & how do I get started as I’m ready to climb this beast but know nothing about mountain climbing.

  159. Ira D Moore July 8, 2013 Reply

    Wonderful blog! I`ve gone to any number of seminars and spent money on various programs by the different “GURUS” out there and didn`t have any success.I didn`t think real estate would work for me.Thanks Preston for showing me by using yourself as that example in that great blog that success is a series of challenges that we will have to go through to get to the land of HOPE and ACHIEVEMENT!

  160. Thanks for the humor and the approach you use to success, what I have been doing has not worked so far. Your method to success provides some new options for me.

    Thanks again, Todd

  161. Thanks.

  162. Preston:

    Great blog post, if more than a little scary! Two Fridays ago I sold my first rehab house. ‘ve been in rentals for 18 years, but had wanted to transition into rehabbing and flipping. I worked myself into financial position, spent over $28K on education, and bought a house before even coming close to finishing my education. I figure you learn best by doing, and by making mistakes. I overspent on the rehab, spending about $94K on the house. I’m proud of how it came out, but I know a lot of things not to do on the next one. I didn’t make $19k. I lost about $10K. The cost of learning by doing. As soon as I close on the sale and have my money in hand, I will be looking for several more reasonable houses. I tell you this because sometimes hairy knuckle sucking comes in other ways.

    Despite the loss on the sale, I was still excited to be selling, because it completes the educational rehab and clears me to get on to the next project. I was going to celebrate the next evening, following the sale. Except I woke on Saturday to a first ever seizure or stroke. Still not sure which. An MRI showed something on my brain, possibly a tumor, possibly stroke damage. Investigations go on, but I guess this is kind of serious. But, during the two days I was in the hospital, I kept up with my Real Estate Mogul lessons. Today I’m determining if, assuming the sale closes as planned, I can make an upcoming bootcamp. I’m attending another 4-day training next month.

    So, I don’t know where that puts me on your process. But I know, once you’ve prepared yourself, there’s nothing left but to take action and keep on taking action. Just sometimes one has to tweak the actions one takes to make them more effective. Because when the final stroke comes and you recollect what you’ve done, it’s a pity if you can’t say you’ve done “something.”

  163. Very interesting.

  164. Sylvester P. Brown July 8, 2013 Reply

    Good Info Please send me more

  165. This line right here summed up this whole article for me:

    “(The only time HOPE goes away is when it is time to move on to something even greater and more intimately aligned with our ultimate life’s mission. Expect to repeat the entire Success Process at that point only on a much more intense level.)”

    Thanks, Preston!

  166. Thanks for sharing, so true.

  167. As usual, right on time P! Excellent reminder!

  168. Greg Hargrove July 8, 2013 Reply

    You are very profound, the whole thing ,every word really hit home.

  169. I thought the zombies did win. Your comments ring home and gives me another perspective… one of hope.

  170. donald clark July 8, 2013 Reply

    very accurate .. and funny!

  171. Thanks Preston; you have been gifted with a fantastic story telling ability. The message is clear and the humor just makes me read faster. One thing I have learned from my first hint of success is to slow down, pace yourself. Success comes with one step at a time, like building blocks. The foundation always comes first.

    See you at the top. George

  172. Ron Lloyd July 8, 2013 Reply

    This is so thing to think on I will go now an work my ass off to be a good agent selling an bying homes

  173. Bonta Penrose July 8, 2013 Reply

    Show me how

  174. Preston, you are one seriously disturbed little boy. However, I suspect that you are really an alien in a little boy costume with cosmic knowledge of the the universe, so I’m gonna listen to you. Although, I admit it is a little scary imagining what you really look like under your little boy costume. I expect you are really about one thousand years old and have lived about a dozen human lifetimes. Either that or you drink waaaaayyyy too much green tea.

    Really, thanks for the kick in the pants. I need it fairly often and it is so much better than a leg sweep from Elmo. By the way, I want to go to the next party that Elmo goes to. There were some seriously hot nurses in the background of the pic.

  175. diane mccrea July 8, 2013 Reply

    i like the HKSP ,and the phrase that say’s I don’t believe in failure, it is not failure if you enjoyed the process. It took me 5 years to get where I am now in being a real estate investor,never flip a house, bought a house or houses, went to a lots of seminars ,listen to webinars , ordered lots of real estate materials and nothing has worked for me, until I heard of Preston, the man that I know will make things happen for me, I trust him and I like his teaching. So after I get started with this Freedom Soft Real Estate Matchmaking software, I know that it will move and nothing will be impossible for me. Peace, let’s make it happen for me.

  176. The article sounded all too familar. I just need to keep climbing that mountain because I am convinced that golden sled is still waiting for me.

  177. Bob Davis July 8, 2013 Reply

    Like it!

  178. I always believed anything worth having will not come easy.

  179. Alrighty then

  180. It is always good to start the day out with some laughs. You do know how to write. I am always open to ways to be able to increase my financial gains. You stated all this can be done with no upfront monies
    or loans. That does interest me. I am having problems with the internet signals. Hope this gets through.

  181. Christine July 8, 2013 Reply

    I just finished telling a close friend that our life can still be anything we can dream or imagine. Thanks for the added encouragement!

  182. Faith is believing what you can’t see
    The reward is seeing what you believe…
    I love this post it’s all true and moving.
    You may drown in knowledge but you tread when you put the knowledge to use. Then float in the money.
    Konweledge isn’t power,
    But the use of knowledge is power

  183. Kristina July 8, 2013 Reply

    I really like what you have to say… My dreams of succeeding have been stalled since 2007/2008. Hope you can help me move forward!

  184. this id great info just trying to get firdy desl done truly can’t wait. just losy my house for closure grest info

  185. A lot of what seem to be funny lines in your the article, in lots of ways, you were telling my story in a way.

  186. Russ Olds July 8, 2013 Reply

    Inspiring, need more of this out there on this thing called the internet.

  187. Ready to launch!

  188. Interesting story love the covert tie ins. Now if you could point me in the direction of the elves with the
    snowballs filled with $100 bills that feel like sex when they hit you I would appreciate it!

  189. You make a very good point in a humorous and unique way. I have to be prepared mentally and see myself as successful before I can ever BE successful.

  190. One of the best ways to make fast cash and to maintain a great lifestyle in the REALESTATE WORLD.

  191. Yup I’m a perpetual planner. I’m in the process of eliminating that, and becoming an action taker.

  192. One of the greatest ways to make FAST CASH AND MAINTAIN A GREAT LIFESTYLE IN THE REALESTATE WORLD.

  193. Richard Evink July 9, 2013 Reply

    This helps to remind us that we are on a long and winding road not knowing what lies around the next curve, but we continue on striving to reach the end, “Our Goal”. We give up or continue on until we reach our goal. There will be obstacles along the way to make it easier to give up or push harder to get past them. It is up to us.

  194. mark mire July 9, 2013 Reply

    Why can’t it be as easy as. $$$$GIVE ME THE MONEY $$$$$ Iknow it is about teaching a better way to say $$$$SHOW ME THE MONEY$$$.Mark R.Mire

  195. Nels Sjostrom July 9, 2013 Reply

    You have very creating word pictures!

  196. angelo diaz July 9, 2013 Reply

    after I read your emails I feel like I can do anything thanks for the energy and confidence.

  197. LIFireGirl July 9, 2013 Reply

    Very interesting…thank you!

  198. Thank you, great words of wisdom!!

  199. Great as always Preston! I eat my share of HKSP and just realized something…Maybe it’s because I’ve had the wrong mindset. Instead of thinking it sucked I should have realized it is part of the process making it a little easier and maybe by now it would be over. Funny, its never ended until now. I will make a change for the better and enjoy it rather than sucking it up…lol and much appreciation for what you do!

  200. Very good read Preston,lots of good points,we all must stay focused on the big prize and make the most out of each and every step during this journey.

  201. Preston, I am in the hope phase. Thanks for all you do!
    Yvette

  202. michael oxendine July 9, 2013 Reply

    So true it’s almost scary! Great insight.

  203. Alysia Verdell July 9, 2013 Reply

    Fear is the hurdle I must jump! I’ve been studying RE Investing since 2011 and haven’t made a dime yet! Now that I’m broke, I have no choice but to take the leap of faith. I have overcome many obstacles in my life, so I know how to withstand adversity.

    I challenged myself to earn 50K by the end of this year.
    Thank you for this course Preston. You presented it the way I learn best hands-on. ” Look Alysia, take this and do that!”

    I see myself there! I just need for my feet to catch up with my vision. I pray for courage every day As my Bishop always says
    “faith without works is dead!”

  204. Richard Barnhart July 9, 2013 Reply

    truly a good blog,with alot of inner,deep wisdom,had to be “GOD”S insight on life,an always bettering ones self,

  205. Each lesson is a stepping stone! Thanks!

  206. Great read. So true.

  207. trying to remain calm while coagulating fecal matter.thanks for the lift

  208. Thanks it was a fun read and so true to life

  209. tom vessels July 9, 2013 Reply

    in your rambling I forgot why I was reading this.

  210. As usual Preston your style and ability to communicate has hit home again. I saw my self with several mouth fulls of the HKSP, slowed down at times even stopped a few, but something in me keeps pushing me back and now I’m heading to HOPE – I just didn’t completely realize what it was till now.

    Thx Again!

  211. john horne July 9, 2013 Reply

    GREAT POST AND INSPIRATION TO KEEP PUSHING FORWARD.

  212. John Van Gorden July 9, 2013 Reply

    very true!

  213. Good read

  214. Art Ross July 9, 2013 Reply

    I really like the way you broke down the process. I felled like you have described me to a T save the last step.

  215. Brilliant article !!

  216. Russell Harper July 9, 2013 Reply

    Interesting twist on the whole “it’s not the destination but the journey” point of view, and a nice reminder that the HNSP is just a phase. Definitely motivational if not nuts and bolts practical.

  217. this is some deep intense words to ponder in life. I have found this to be true in some of my endeavors. The Hairy Knuckle Sucking phase does really suck thanks for the enlightenment on why that phase can take so long.

  218. Preston,

    Great stuff bro! Every time I read something of yours I know I’m going to be entertained and educated at the same time.
    Thanks man

  219. Preston, if you have hairy knuckles may I please use them in my sandwich for lunch tomorrow? Thank you kind sir.

  220. Thanks, great article,

  221. Tom McGill July 9, 2013 Reply

    WOW! Great Article! It was like reading about myself. Opened my eyes, I’m not a failure!!!

  222. Chris Charles July 9, 2013 Reply

    Thanks,thedreamcontinues.

  223. Speaking the truth

  224. Liked what I read.

  225. Paul Romero July 9, 2013 Reply

    You have been videoing my life!!!
    After all the preparation phase I jumped all in last year and risked “Everything!!” After some some final educational refinement and just a few short months worth of work before having to abandon ship to return to the J.O.B. for the summer in order to gather up enough “working” income to keep everything from totally collapsing, 60 days later I was rewarded with not just one but two $16,000 checks–Thank you Universe I am very grateful for that motivational gesture.
    We then (I have a partner since I took my show on the road almost 1000 miles away to better market) put it all back in doing what we “thought” we knew as the simple steps to reach HOPE, And NOTHING!! for 5 months when we we’re given a tidbit ($3500) to keep us going. But then again another 3 months of NOTHING!! until our 4th deal (5k) was again just enough for us keep up, and keep going. This was then followed by another 3 months of nothing and we finally picked up another sizable deal, one large and one small (2 actually) totaling 12,500 in June. But again we had fallen behind and this was only enough to get caught up and put some go forth $$ in the account( Which we are doing now as June was another “Nothing” month.
    But we persevere knowing that if you eat enough Hairy Knuckle Sandwiches for lunch day after day (and these aren’t the store bought kind either, these are Really Nasty ones you make yourself at home and eat them cold the next day) that day by day we work ourselves one day closer to H.O.P.E.
    But here’s the most interesting part for me. Over the course of this whole journey I have been receiving one gift after another. Personal growth on all levels–Mental, Physical, & Spiritual has been growing also day by day from these gifts. All of which I know have been coming to me–even though at first i didn’t even know I was seeking them–because they are all an integral part of my reaching the Financial plateau I originally had set out to achieve.
    I had NO Idea there were so many missing pieces in my life which I needed to become aware of, reprogram myself to overcome, learn new thoughts and ideas, APPLY Them, and keep the good stuff and toss out the stuff that doesn’t work for me before I would have the chance to step through the invisible barrier into HOPE–the place I originally thought I would reach in like 6 months.
    I wanted to relay my story for all those who are going through this, read and love your post–as I have–and yet still have that incling of doubt in their minds.
    You Must Keep Going, Period! That’s it, just keep going, and believing, and you will eventually, when Your time is right, reach all that you strive to achieve.
    And Keep reading Prestons stuff, not just cuz it’s funny and entertaining–although that certainly makes the pill easier to swallow–but because it’s Real, and it’s Great motivation for whenever you feel yourself drifting.
    Thanks Preston I am grateful for having been lead to you as well as all the others who are helping me transform my whole life–HOPE is just around the corner!!! I Am A Believer, I Always Believe!!

  226. Thanks Preston for the encouragement and wisdom

  227. Awesome Post!!! Perfect timing…So very true

  228. Alan Murphy July 9, 2013 Reply

    Oh mighty purveyor of wisdom and motivation-KICK MY ASS into the ACTION phase! Give me one of them mustard seeds to plant on the mountain I plan to move. I know that change starts on the inside-HELP ME PLEASE!

  229. Excellent reading. You really tell it like is and have a great grasp of life’s perspectives.

  230. Rediculous but true. pleasantly weird story of success metamorphases that envelopes the heart. Coming from and still striving through the mire of the world of my recent debt reconciliation of tithing on first fruits and fullfilling emotional availability from a most recent divorce, this latest installment of Elyisms inspires me to plod on. Upwards and onward unto heavenly places that are abundant in unknown blessings granted from our Messiah Yeshua. Shalom and God bless everyone who chooses grace.

  231. what a great share!!

  232. Johnny Awesome July 9, 2013 Reply

    OMG! Funny true and now I find out the tickle in my throat was from a knuckle!! Just hurled a little but I’m ok now. Your motivational skills are contagious and enjoy it. Lost business, marriage, and starting over at 50! I will be looking forward to your offer as most previous issues are gone and have a clear path to ignorance and confidence once again.

  233. Thank you for the information, I spent most of my night trying to
    figure out how to get from where I’m to where I want to go.
    Thank you

  234. The inner-success is where so many fall short.

  235. ADOLPHUS July 9, 2013 Reply

    LOVE IT

  236. John Martin July 9, 2013 Reply

    Thank You for all the inspiration you have given us, who have not been able to achive the level of success that you have yet. It is not that we don’t want to but for some of us that daytime job sure makes it difficult to get out of the rut.

    Thank You

    Sincerely

    John

  237. that was a great story, it has happened to me several times.

  238. Contains some very interesting analogies. Gives one the confidence to follow through with ones goals.

  239. Thanks for the entertaining post Preston! LA is in fact hell for actors…but because I’m not, it’s a pretty nice place. LOL
    Seriously, everything you said is true. I’m currently going through HKSP phase and it does suck in so many different ways. It does give me motivation though to keep learning more and to keep moving forward until I get to the HOPE phase.

  240. Tom munkers July 9, 2013 Reply

    Excellent read

  241. Great piece Preston!

  242. I hope the tutorial is better than HKSP…

  243. A great read. Working on he steps as I type.

  244. Neil Coleman July 9, 2013 Reply

    Great read! Very inspiring, just made “blue Monday into super Monday”. Success is a process, it’s been that way with all things previous and will be with accomplishments moving forward. Thanks for the reminder.

    Neil Coleman

  245. Hope springs eternal!! good to get a light punch on the shoulder… I better make some sales before I need that slap in the face followed by a cold glass of water! thanks.

  246. The success process is good, but how do I get the confidence.

  247. whether you think you can or you think you can’t… either way you are right.
    H. Ford

    Stop whining!
    Start winning!
    M. Taboada

  248. I like what you wrote after it was translated in Spanish, I did understand the BURRITO maker. Elmo likes nurses and drinks hehehehe. Good article and hit it on the nail with each mountain get taller and hard to climb as times go bye. You are right what’s life without the knuckle sandwich. Thanks for article.

  249. Sara Hyatt July 9, 2013 Reply

    I love the way you explain things! So much of this hits home…thanks for this blog. It helps put things into a better perspective!

  250. This all makes a lot of cents!

  251. I enjoyed reading this (especially your humor), got a good laugh after a very bad day. I can relate!

  252. Thanks, now to get out of my own way

  253. Great article. I am at the stage where I’m ready I just do not know exactly what to do.

  254. Joan McIntosh July 9, 2013 Reply

    liked, want to learn how to make money

  255. Good hearing from you – always inspirational

  256. MIKE STONE July 9, 2013 Reply

    MADE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY MIAMIAND PISSED IT AWAY SO FAST…..JIMMY BUFFETT

  257. Thank you Preston. There’s such a balance because Jesus calls us to be servants of all which of course is a tall order. Your point about this being for those who have gone through an inner success process is good because we need to be at a point where we do it for the glory of God to be used by him as His servants and not for our own selfish ends.

  258. Powerful Message….

    Thanks

  259. Jamiah James July 9, 2013 Reply

    this really motivated me all over again!!

  260. Jamiah James July 9, 2013 Reply

    awesome post! thanks!

  261. Chris Holloway July 9, 2013 Reply

    Always helpful and inspiring! Thanks!

  262. Thought-provoking….thank you for sharing. Success and motivation definitely go hand in hand.

  263. very entertaining, insightful and you wax poetic my friend. keep’em comin’ big boy ++++++++++++++++++++++++

  264. Entertaining and informative!

  265. 32 years?!?!?!?!HOPE is a long way off it seems. HKSP appears to be eternal.
    Is that why they say Hope springs eternal?

    Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
    Man never is, but always to be blessed:
    The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
    Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
    – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man

  266. Great Article with lot of information

    Thanks!

  267. Great stuff ! as usual Preston, informative reading

  268. Hey Preston, You are SICK!!!! I am convinced of that now,you my friend are one sick puppy, But we all love IT! How you can come up with these things that you do is just crazy but effective…..Your teaching style is the best,reality,imagination,inspiration,and stuff so off the wall that it’s just funny. I would love to meet you because you would be a very interesting drinking buddy,For Sure!! Here’s to SUCCESS…………..

  269. Daniel Brown July 10, 2013 Reply

    Thank you.

  270. entertaining and informative, as usual!

  271. Preston, Thanks for the post! It is amazing to read that so many others are experiencing what you write including myself. My faith to forge ahead in RE continues because I have a mission. God bless…

  272. Roger Pickett July 10, 2013 Reply

    This is certainly a different slant on success. It is very interesting reading. I hope that I will be able to make good use of the material presented.

  273. Thanks for the inspiring story… I needed that!

  274. Glynn Whitney July 10, 2013 Reply

    From the mind of Preston comes another gem. I love the fact that you “edu-tain” us. That takes real effort and imagination. I appreciate it because touches both sides of my brain ( I think. Anyway that’s how it feels.)
    Bring on the Hairy Knucles!!!! Let’s go!!

  275. Awesome article. It is incredible how you can convey deep and profound life lessons with such a humorous and relatable analogy.

  276. Another great philosopher put it this way: ” I think I can , I think I can, I think I can….”

    It needed some elaboration, though. Thanks for filling in!

  277. John Williams July 10, 2013 Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed this blog. It reaffirmed everything that I’ve been doing up to now…trying to remain positive and optimistic. I am in my HKSP as we speak.

  278. A O Salako July 11, 2013 Reply

    Hi Preston,

    How appropriate! Very entertaining, informative,
    motivating, and encouraging.

  279. Milton Patterson July 11, 2013 Reply

    Very sarcastic, but oh so true. Success is an endless ride trying to reach that bright light at the end of the tunnel.

  280. as always plesently twisted

  281. Michaelb July 11, 2013 Reply

    Thank you Preston for the awakening once again. I love Elmo!!!

  282. glynn whitney July 11, 2013 Reply

    Only the “sexiest” mind in the game Real Estate could come up with this gem. The perfect balance of “Edu-tainment”.
    I really like that you take success seriously and take yourself lighlty.

    May I have a plate of Hairy Knuckles please.
    Please sir, may I have another?
    Thanks again.

  283. glynn whitney July 11, 2013 Reply

    Only the “sexiest” mind in the Real Estate game could come up with the perfect blend of Edu-Tainment.
    I really like that you take success so seriously and take yourself lightly.

    May I have a plate of Hairy Knuckles?
    Plaese sir, may I have another?
    Thanks again

  284. Inspiring

  285. At that “place” right now as I type this. Breakthrough seems impossible. No longer “frozen” with fear, I’m in the “chasing my tail” phase. Moving with no discernible direction.

  286. Catherine July 12, 2013 Reply

    After reading this, I think I will be able to handle that difficult phase a little better knowing that someone who’s been there has put down into words some encouragement and wisdom for others so that they have a form of written support along the way.
    Thank you Preston.

  287. Thanks Preston. I can relate. I’m in information overload, time to take action. Look forward to your tutorial and I hope you’re leaving some deals on the Pinellas side of the bay.

  288. Preston, thanks for your Words of Wisdom, Intellect and Motivation. No one can ever doubt that you were Blessed to be a Blessing. May God grant you the ability to keep on entertaining and instructing in your unique manner. We all enjoy it.

  289. Preston,

    This REALLY hit home for me as I am in the HNSP RIGHT NOW, and have been for the past year.

    I have really been in quite a funk lately, peaking this week. I have been trying to push on even during times that I don’t really want to.

    I read a quote somewhere that stated that when you do those things you don’t really want to do or feel like doing at the time, is the time that you are growing the most. While I may only be growing very minimally, I can take stock that I am growing none-the-less.

    I am still pushing on towards my goals and dreams and know that I have the tools to make it happen and will appreciate the HOPE phase that much more when, not if, I get there.

    I also read a quote once that says that if you aren’t reaching the success you want, there must be something you don’t know. I am still trying to learn and figure out that nugget that will put me where I want to be.

    Thanks for the encouragement, especially at a time that I need it most!

  290. Elisa Morales July 13, 2013 Reply

    Well said. I have about four in-depth personal profiles that recognize my abilities and challenges. Been to hell and not really all the way back. But I could use a kick in the butt since I’m not a starter. However, I am a fabulous execute, finalize.

    Thanks for all you do to encourage, teach and challenge us. And thanks for making me laugh. I look forward to the email.

    Truth,
    Elisa

  291. randanll July 14, 2013 Reply

    great artical. hit the wall but get back up and try again!!!!!!!

  292. I was truly moved as I read this article. The truth within inspires me to believe that all things are possible, not cave in to obstacles or difficulties, and take it slow if not cautiously. Success may take longer than desired, but doubt may prevent it from ever happening. The lack of confidence or self doubt can be the biggest hurdle of all. Thank you Preston. I feel as if I have refueled and now I can complete my journey.

  293. Vicky Huerth July 14, 2013 Reply

    Enjoyable and motivationable blog, fun to read even at the end of the day (past 12 a.m.). Great food for thought and action. & I need to expand my life and comfort zone. Will work on it daily. Thanks, Preston.

  294. Judith English July 15, 2013 Reply

    Like this guys attitude.

  295. Love this, I’m going to refer to it as needed!

  296. This is the best thing I have read in a long time, I will print out a copy keep reading it every day to keep it at top of mind. I now know that I am in HKSP and that I have to pay my admission to get into HOPE. Thanks for posting.

  297. Excellent work!
    I have to say you are a metaphorically unique individual.
    Thanks and God bless.

  298. Powerful stuff Preston!! Thanks

  299. Very eye opening thought process you presented. Makes one think what they have been doing or rethink to go in the right direction to success.

    Look forward to your additional info.

  300. Tons of insight

  301. Peter Kon July 23, 2013 Reply

    gets the mind going. Thanks Preston

  302. Very informative. Thanks.

  303. OMG HILARIOUS!

    “All the way down the slope there are tiny elves cheering us on and throwing snowballs at us full of hundred dollar bills that feel like sex when they hit us”.
    Sounds like an acid trip! ( not that I would know, but have heard stories)
    But I get the gist, and especially appreciate the
    Heaven On Planet Earth (HOPE) reference! Dig it, feel like I’ve embarked into this territory now @ this present stage in life and if I may reference on of your (now my) affirmations:
    Doors are opening for me.Big opportunities are presenting themselves to me every day. Key people are are coming into my experience to assist me in my mission in life…(Preston) Thank you man, you are the bomb,Yeah!

  304. Dalene Hess July 28, 2013 Reply

    I just learned what persevere means…thanks Preston!

  305. Jenn@REIGuruReview.com July 29, 2013 Reply

    Love your stuff! Washes all the other gurus out of the water.

  306. Harriett Shaffer August 14, 2013 Reply

    Great expression in conveying the idea and reality of pushing through ourselves to achieve our goals. thank you preston for your on going support.

  307. I am truly going through the HKSP right now (again) I have faith I am about to break through to a whole new level of success! I am 3 feet from gold except I can not, will not, could not even if I tried to STOP (quit). Don’t Stop, Won’t Stop Get it Get it!!!

  308. Wow, what did a Mormon do to you to make you say mean things about them? Shame, shame. You talk all Christian but then slam someone else’s Christianity–Hypocrit?!

  309. Its easy get confused along the way as theres soooo much to learn to do! Your programs are an immense help so far. Thank you.

  310. useful and truthful at the time

  311. Just another cool way Preston has to get the point across!! Thanks again for everything!

  312. I have tried quite a few things with little to no success. Very informative and stimulating. Thanx for the article

  313. Theresa Vincent September 12, 2013 Reply

    The initial videos I paid 37.00 for got deleted from my computer before I got a chance to watch them Is there any way you can hook me up with them again at no charge?

  314. Randy Golightly September 12, 2013 Reply

    Great article. Thanks for sharing.

  315. Philliop Wilson September 13, 2013 Reply

    It’s time to move a mountain! Hope will bring me through any frustrations or obsticles.

  316. Philliop Wilson September 13, 2013 Reply

    It’s time to move a mountain! Hope will bring me through any frustrations or obstacles.

  317. Conquering mountains builds character and leadership. America once was a great mountain chain to conquer. Our mountains are collapsing in the sea…no values…no leadership. TIME TO FIND A NEW MOUNTAIN CHAIN!!

  318. So True!!!!

  319. Wow! Ben there, done that. Time to get up and take action

  320. Ha! Interesting, I like your example & no, the zombies won’t win! You see, it’s not so much waiting around wondering if you have just the right implement to defeat them … It’s more the willingness & conviction to just use it! Charge on!

  321. I have been looking to get where it doesn’t suck for a long time. It seems like being with lack keeps me in lack, does that make sense? I must redeem myself by the Power of the Holy Spirit. “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me” I must do as you say for as long as you say it and do it some more. Keep pushing me please!!! Are you a professional Pusher? Help!! I must decrease and He must increase!
    Come on! I can do this!

  322. George Nitzschke Sr September 15, 2013 Reply

    Preston Ely, YOU are the “real deal”

  323. Alan Aarstad September 15, 2013 Reply

    Ophra says it All For Me!! Much Thx. Preston I will Fight another Day!

  324. Glad to see you haven’t lost your sense of humor Elmo! Great story and oh so true. Thanks for the encouragement.

  325. So he ,(YHWH, JEHOVAH, Elohim, El Shaddia) says to me, “…Ye have naught because you ask naught.” So, when I get to heaven, I’m going to ask Him (The Lord), “What happened? I asked for everything in the universe, under all the stars, the sun, the moon, and on planet Earth and all I got for my effort was this blog post from guy named Preston whose real name is Roger! Where did I go wrong Lord?

  326. Linda Lee Sharpe September 17, 2013 Reply

    Enjoyed reading it — was very insightful and inspiring. So glad there’s people like you in the world. Why aren’t you running for some kind of political office??? Preston for PRESIDENT!!!

  327. Very good thoughts from the point a perspective and can’t wait to be directed toward how to get to point b! Ahh the other side!

  328. WOW! like the analogies.

    I am feeling fear. I want to put deals together, but I am afraid of not being able to flip and get stuck making payments. I have a tendency to second guess myself.

    Thanks Preston

  329. nice read. good blog

  330. DJ McCormick September 21, 2013 Reply

    I read your piece. Please send me your study. I will test your hypothesis.

  331. A different twist on having people see things from a unique point of view as most people somehow fail to see what is going on around them. Hope this approach helps alot of people to think outside the box and take responsiblity for their success.

  332. does it cost anything?

  333. Very Good.

  334. This is the start to a new life.

  335. Stevan Roberts. September 23, 2013 Reply

    Jason you were not paying attention HKSP is the Hairy Knuckle sucking Phase

  336. I can relate to what you are saying here. Success is a habit

  337. Richard Shaull September 24, 2013 Reply

    I can testify that this is the truth. Success takes perseverance and laser focus, especially during the initial struggle. I actually recently posted a blog with a similar subject on my companies blog. I won’t spam and share it though. Great stuff! Looking forward to reviewing your free guide on flipping.

  338. Ely,
    Thanks for this motivational and so true to life message. I will welcome the opportunity to suck on some hairy knuckles knowing that success is just around the corner!
    Tricia

  339. Ruben Martinez September 25, 2013 Reply

    MIND=BLOWN!

  340. Nancy Andersen September 27, 2013 Reply

    Exactly!

  341. Ekbal Rayani September 27, 2013 Reply

    Well I will say this much. This blog is different! Wasn’t sure whether to take it seriously or consider it gospel. Maybe I will read it again.

  342. Michael Rathbun September 28, 2013 Reply

    Preston,

    Thank you for this inspirational blog! Tremendous food for thought as you have clearly hit a nerve for me in how I have unsuccessfully prospered financially to date but have gained a great deal of experience in real estate investment. I believe the Holy Spirit moved me to take the time to read this one in a million emails in my Inbox about how to move forward for the rest of my life at just turning 65! I quit real estate investment 19 months ago after spending over $150K in 5+ years in pursuit of success without a single $1 in profit! As a fellow brother in the Lord, I felt you would have some great words of wisdom — and you certainly have!! Thank you! I have new HOPE! //Michael

  343. Very intriguing

  344. Dude, you always have the best wake up call that is never boring.
    I’m in whatever you hot goin
    Paul
    Sequim WA

  345. Good info.

  346. Thank you so much for this article…I especially like the Success Line…it puts into pictures what the process is truly like! It ain’t about straight and easy, it is about getting your feet wet and following the process no matter what direction it takes you. Bottom line, I need the drop the Wii controller and take control of my future…I’m at the wall…it’s really time to knock it down and take over the Hairy Beast!

  347. All joking aside, this article really moved me. With regard to the process, I’m in the HKSP phase. I’ve had flashes of brilliance. Now, things have slowed dramatically. Yet, those brief moments of success propel me forward. My God given fortitude is lined with titanium. I won’t quit until I scale my Everest like like situation and ski down on my platinum sled. Thank you Preston.

  348. I guess I am at the HKSP! I bought my first property 5 months ago and have found my second one. Financing is going to be the hurdle this time, but maybe NOT! Waiting to read more of what he has to say..

  349. Great read. Comes at a perfect time. Appreciate you sharing.

  350. Thank you. I believe it is your sincere desire to help others. I intercede for you as the Holy Spirit directs. There is more for you.

  351. Words for the wise.

  352. So true, Preston. You have to work on yourself first and change your circumstances from the inside out. The healthier you are in mind, body and soul; the more able you will be to achieve and enjoy success. Whatever “success” means to you.

  353. Came to the part about movies, and went to one

  354. Being psychologically prepared…yes that is a big deal. It is the difference maker for so many.

  355. You are a crack up…I am in the analysis paralysis stage.. So lets see if you are all ‘upfront’ about what you will ‘give’ me. i’d need to know HOW to go forward.

  356. Great info as usual very informative eye opening content!

  357. Naeem "DaDream" Joseph September 28, 2013 Reply

    Dude…that’s why I love reading your posts they always express you; Truth! you are amazing dude, your creativity even show in the words you use to illustrate a pointI i just shifted my strategy a little, I also took off my jr pants that was too tight which made it almost impossible to bend down in order to get to the hairy balls.now it’s time to bring Big out my Big Pappa King pants so I can better SUCK…ess Whatever hairy balls that standing between me and my dreams. It’s funny, I’ve always known the process in theory, yet I’ve had a hard time put it into practice. I always look for the short cut. As Paul Santisi would say, “you must master the basics in order to become a master of your craft”. A million thanks for sharing your story, it gives me renew strength and it also awaken the fire of hope within me. May you continue to be the best you!

  358. Hey Preston,

    Very creative.
    I think you hit the nail on the head when you said think like a four year old. Question EVERYTHING.
    Once we lose that ability, to think like a child…we all need to be grown-ups now…the magic goes away.
    Every one of you know what I’m talking about.

    I think it would also help every one of us if we shut off the tv, radio, cell phone, COMPUTER and or whatever else it is that is distracting(read controlling) you. Listen to that voice in your mind…
    that everyone has but most don’t take the time to listen to.
    It knows what you want and need and knows how to get it.
    We don’t take the time to listen to it.
    How can you, with all of the distractions we are bombarded with on a daily basis.

    Take some time.
    Listen to that voice.

    I know it sounds scary but… you can do it…

    IT knows…

    Peace,
    Love and Light
    Duane

    P.S. you also might be able to hear ELMO sneakin up to leg sweep you again and be able to avoid it!!

  359. Well it sounds grate if your not in a pinch with on way to start with out money in hand.

  360. Phillip G Hudson September 29, 2013 Reply

    Very informative. After I close my first deal, this will help me navigate the “Hairy Knuckle” situation that is sure to follow. Thaxs for the advance warning. Peace.

  361. Great! On time step for success. Thanks

  362. Hi Preston, i always love, get much out of (relate to) and feel inspired by your writings in a spiritual way. (a deeper way). They are inspirational. do you offer a coaching program for freedom soft? THANK YOU! Mitch

  363. Great article. This information lays a great foundation. Thanks

  364. Jeffrey Blossom September 29, 2013 Reply

    Your BEST ONE YET Preston. I’m gonna chew on that thought all day. That and a big hairy knuckle sandwich.

  365. Willie Rucker September 29, 2013 Reply

    great info, love it

  366. Gotta admit, didn’t expect this from Ely. There’s treasure within these words. And it isn’t the buried-away type of treasure that’s rusted over wth archaic niceties manufactured by modern-day Dale Carnegie sound-alikes. Trust me, from someone who’s enduring, Ely’s nailed it. That pain lies waiting. Not predictably but sure enough, you’ll reach it during your path towards something new and untried. When you round that corner, and come up to it, what you see is not a fork in the road but instead a defining moment. Here the quote Ely introduces is like a dagger that’s primed either to strike at your heart and defeat you, or slay the monster dragon and free you. What’s interesting and true is that here, at this inevitable point of the success path, the choice you make will self-prophesize your journey’s destination. What you do now, in this instance will either end of changing your life (if you decide to let go of the past and go ahead into the future however uncertain you feel) or end the life of this your creative pursuit. I enjoyed this piece very much. My sole criticism is it’s execessive humor that detracts rather than advance the story. That’s because Ely is actually more genune in telling the truth about the hardships and joy that are inextricable parts of the ride to success than he is funny in trying to soften the reality of it.

  367. Thanks for the article! I think it sounds very truthful, can’t wait to read more soon.

  368. Scott D Smith September 29, 2013 Reply

    I am definitely the guy standing on this side of the river with a group of guys who have a boat that only goes half way across. Somewhere deep down I have known my whole life I can swim across but it will be a really painful swim as the water is polar bear cold. Send me the steps Preston, it is time to get wet

  369. Jerry Eastridge September 30, 2013 Reply

    Second time I’ve read this and it cracked me up even more this time ( while whacking me over the head with the bamboo shoot of true principles bro ‘
    In Him
    Jerry the learner

  370. Great info on the Process, Pay that Price to get to the other side. I am willing to Pay that Price. It is Worth It. See you on the other side.

  371. randy hunter September 30, 2013 Reply

    Thank You, I’m hooked, tell me more.

  372. Great information Thankyou

  373. Excellent read!

  374. Tiloria Arrington September 30, 2013 Reply

    Great read very informative. Thanks

  375. Edward L. Harvey September 30, 2013 Reply

    Great article. Your words of wisdom creates strong foundational basis for my future REI endeavors.

  376. Great stuff, and made all the more enjoyable with your sense of humor 😉

  377. Let”s see what going to happen ????

  378. Hi Preston,

    You’ve come through again with your infinite wisdom. Very though provoking and helpful.
    We should also remember that “the answer lies within”.

  379. Thanks.

  380. A very moving article.

  381. This lesson couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks!

  382. Sometimes you come off as being a little “off the wall” but everything you have said makes sense – which is more than I can say for a lot of other “gurus” out there!

  383. Great article and motivating!

  384. Richard Noah October 1, 2013 Reply

    Very true information

  385. Robert Ellzey October 1, 2013 Reply

    Whenever I get stuck, finding something like this begins to remove any obstacles Thanks Preston.

  386. Halloween advice for new real estate investors:

    Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you’re in trouble if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.

    If you find a town which looks deserted, there’s probably a good reason for it. Don’t stop and look around.

    A vampire bat came flapping in from the night covered in fresh blood and parked himself on the roof of the cave to get some sleep.
    Pretty soon all the other bats smelled the blood and began to hassle him about where he got it. He told them to knock it off and let him get some sleep but they persisted until finally he gave in.
    “OK, follow me,” he said and flew out of the cave with hundreds of bats behind him.
    Down through a valley they went, across a river and into a forest full of trees. Finally he slowed down and all the other bats excitedly milled around him.
    “Now, do you see that tree over there?” he asked. “Yes, yes, yes!” the bats all screamed in a frenzy.
    “Good,” said the first bat, “Because I DIDN’T!”

    If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws!!!
    This also applies to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house.
    If Bob Vila is not available, MOVE AWAY IMMEDIATELY!!!

    It’s a tough business, but you can’t lose your sense of humor!!!

  387. Very good Thank

  388. I am sooooooo ready to be a star after failing 15,000 times!

  389. You have put a lot of things in perspective, thanks.

  390. It is encouraging to be reminded that what got my business to $3mm will not be what gets it to $10mm, but the process will require another Hairy Knuckle Sucking Phase!

  391. I really like this article. Everything that was mentioned rang true and I have been through those different stages, so I can relate.

    I hope to eventually reach the “Hope phase” and become successful in all my endeavors. Keep writing interesting articles that help inspire people.

  392. I believe we are all born with a purpose in life. It is our job to find that purpose. We may go through many successes and “set backs” but they all lead to what God has for us, to make us into what He wants for us. Thanks for all your insight and the effort it takes to get it to us.

  393. Well Played, my friend 🙂

  394. Brett Owens October 1, 2013 Reply

    Thanks Preston you sir are quite inspiring

  395. Not Good, but Greaaaat blog; very true words

  396. This article provides a great starting point for evaluating your dreams and aspirations.

  397. Nice. Just remember you can’t eat your gold when there is no food left.

  398. Preston, you held my attention like no one else has before with your wisdom and motivation. Everyone needs this on a regular basis and you really know how to put it out there! I’m looking forward to learning more from your materials. You are spot on!
    MC

  399. Great article! Thanks

  400. Mike Vaughn October 2, 2013 Reply

    I am very lost on where to begin. This great advice.

  401. Jemal Hinton October 2, 2013 Reply

    This blog was very enlightening. I’m one who have experienced this process before now. Except for the hairy knuckles and am in the process of starting an untreaded path in real estate. I’m just getting started and I want to prove the words that Preston Ely is sharing with us to be 100%,emphatically True. So look forward to reading my next comment on this subject.

  402. Alec Rogowski October 2, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the article very helpful

  403. I have been interested in getting started for many years. I need help and am ready to cut through the chase and madness.

  404. RENE BARBERENA October 3, 2013 Reply

    THANKS, THANKS, THANKS, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE TIME AND YOUR EXPERIENCE THAT YOU SHARE WITH US. THANK YOU.

  405. Loved the article Preston

  406. Funny yet informative as always!!!

  407. Tis true… Keep planning.,, spinning in circles… Until, finally, finally, finally we get shot out in the direction we planed for.

  408. Clarity

  409. Wayne Espy October 4, 2013 Reply

    Never made it to HKSP. Now’s my time!

  410. it was like reading my own story. I flipped my first house in less than 2 weeks and never did a deal again until last Monday. I did 3 deals this past week, tonight I am renting out another property I just bought, got 6 subject to deals this past month, 2 properties I bought using a hard money lender and got a private lender to loan me $300,000. Life is good now but sucked for months. great article

  411. stephen giesing October 5, 2013 Reply

    realistic wake up call to persevere and probably expect to fail in the try so that the ”need for change” lesson is learned….and that sukingness will happen outside comfort zone of no progress.

    Looks like I have a lot of push to get through!

    I volulnteer.!

  412. Josh McCanless October 7, 2013 Reply

    There was an Elmo in that picture? 😉
    Good points about self-preparation.
    It truly is the key to moving mountains.
    Once you believe that, the rest is following the peace.
    I HOPE you continue doing well for yourself.
    Keep up the good work.

  413. This is an excellent synopsis of the process and a solution I truly want to believe in.

  414. Sir, are you SURE? your name is…. should be angel GABRIEL, cause YOU Sir, YOU got THE ALMIGHTY BLEESING,thank you for sharing with us.

  415. mark goulder October 12, 2013 Reply

    thanks for the info,have a good day.

  416. sandy hoffman October 12, 2013 Reply

    I believe you have to have all your “ducks” in a row. Mentally ready, have a need to “make” it happen, have energy, educated enough to know its what you want to do, have a good business partner, and ready to dive head first into those shark infested waters……

  417. Tom Quarles October 12, 2013 Reply

    Wow you made my day very informative I am in the action stage. I am a new real estate investor looking for motivated sellers of apartment buildings to buy. I also am looking for finance partners to work with on deals that are cash flowing with a good upside. Thanks for the humor Tom.

  418. HI PRESTON,
    i ENJOYED YOUR POINT OF VIEW ON LIFE !!! sSUCCESS IS BELIEVING
    b ut MAKING IT A WIN after the finish line is the most important
    part for me…. Now I am looking forward on making some money.
    i am teachable and ready to learn!!!

    Thank you sinserely,
    EJ.

  419. Diana Cruz October 13, 2013 Reply

    The commodities of life – housing – Food – Clothing – Education – and Business. These will all outlast everything else and the best avenues for becoming wealthy. and yes there are many that are ahead of the rest so I am a baby seahorse in the ocean of mass guru’s. With the education and guidance we can all make it big. the stimulation of the economy.

    Thanks for the blog looking forward to your next lesson on life and what to expect.

    I was trying to borrow 107,000.00 for a 4 br to rent but I ran into the hair knuckles so I have to try in a different way.

  420. Diana Cruz October 13, 2013 Reply

    Can I also mention for those how are still wondering were to get started and for those of use how are trying to start. Perhaps a avenue of communication on asking questions might be good I’m open to discussing things email me or im me in any of the social networks we could talk and see if we could help each other out. eternity.vijnana@gmail.com

  421. Yo Preston: good article for those who wish to leave the sheeple behind and learn to fly like eagles…out of mediocrity!

    Lead on Sir

  422. The feeling of drudgery and wrongness is my reminder that it is time-albeit scary- to exit this rat race. What phase is is this?

  423. Ready to exit the rat race!

  424. Very informative,some of the tongue and cheek comments would have been even funnier if they weren’t so true. Aside from the real estate business, it appears you are very knowledgeable in the things that are going on in this world and that is refreshing.

  425. You are a very talented writer with some amazing insight.

  426. Thanks for the motivation

  427. You have to keep on trucking, and just take it one day at a time. Learn, take action, learn some more, and suffer a bit. Faith, time, and patience.

  428. Tatela Anderson October 16, 2013 Reply

    seeing things through your eyes scares me but I am doing so much thinking now I know why I hang by myself and I will start today to see only things that will help me prosper thanks for the amazing information it helps me to move foreward at the right speed

  429. Very informative and familiar to my senses.

  430. Darren Briggs October 16, 2013 Reply

    Very enlightening post on how one truly achieves success. It is so true that a person must be willing to stay out of their comfort zone long enough if expecting any success and be willinng for failures along the way. As long as a person fails forward or learns something from every failure about what to do better and implements the needed changes in their life, they can then expect success to be attracted to them.

  431. Clark Shepherd October 16, 2013 Reply

    Awesome, thanks!

  432. This is solid information. Your writing is insightful and encouraging. Keep it coming!

  433. Great read!!!!

  434. Dianne Herman October 17, 2013 Reply

    Interesting analogies, something to really think about!

  435. Interesting reading. Lots to learn, and a tricky market to get into. Thanks for all of the free information!

  436. James Hussher October 19, 2013 Reply

    Entreprener – the mind-set I look for in people who want to join up with me. Me, personally, my friends have watched as I suffered hospitals all summer from liver problems. Unable to even walk. I came back to good, even better health than I have ever enjoyed. I am now writing a book for Amazon Kindle about wellness. Selling nutritional supplements through Amway. Selling other Amway products, too. Running my foreclosure property maintenance biz and now looking for homes to refer to my flippers. Meanwhile I am homeless, lost my apartment while in the hospital so much. I live in my truck and in hotels for now. But my Amazon and E-Bay stores are doing great and about to pay off big due to holidays, so I will be able to pay off all debt, buy a home. Buildup my mutual funds and retire wealthy.

  437. excellent article I mean I agree with everything you wrote. You seem to have a holistic view of things and you truly seem to care about your fellow man and that is endearing. a trait that’s unfortunately very scarce these days. Thank you

  438. Harry walker October 20, 2013 Reply

    Exactly correct. As soon as I have any money I will buy.

  439. Preston, I really enjoy your energy, and in so many ways, Right, Most people don’t want to hear what you have to say, Because it is the Truth, Enjoy listening to you.

  440. Alandz Geffrard October 20, 2013 Reply

    Thanks a lot . It really open my eyes.

  441. Interesting

  442. Awesome article.

  443. This Blog will not only inspire those who have tasted success but those striving to get there. Thanks and look forward to more of your blogs/posts!!!!!!!!!

  444. Richard Kay October 23, 2013 Reply

    Preston, So much of what you say is founded in your belief system. My Hope is that others become doers of the Word and not hearers only.

  445. James Colby October 23, 2013 Reply

    Went through the fire comparable works of J P Morgan I lifted the two planets or shook heaven an earth played hurcules & carried the world on my back an since your quoting similar writting of mustard seed = yellow gold because the other master says I
    James don’t know when to quit my burrito or whole enchilada is equivalent to a mustard seeds weight of gold after the gentle sled ride to the bottom. Now if that mustard seed is invested well with Preston ely I could euqual to lifting both planets clear the national debit with many billion left for me & mine
    Ahh to complete the sermon I kept my soul although I had to go to hell to get it back so I am a rich out of the cold. Nether trucker anyway even though I really do not have $39 dollars for mr Elys video disc or a computer /. TV to play the sob on YET.

  446. Starlene Nairn October 23, 2013 Reply

    The information is great! Appreciate highly.
    I am really hungry and is now ready to eat the
    (‘Hairy Nuckle Sandwich).

    Continue to succeed as you share the joy of success.

    Thank you.

  447. I can really relate! For a minute there at the beginning , I felt like you were describing me – afraid to take action. Thanks for an inspiring read.

  448. Tamara Davis October 24, 2013 Reply

    Sharing this with my loved ones and excited to see my next installment.

  449. Inspiring read! Thanks, Bruh!

  450. Milton Ramirez October 25, 2013 Reply

    Preston , thank you for your motivation ! Your really made my day !

  451. Nice!!!!!!!!!

  452. Ron Vasquez October 25, 2013 Reply

    It’s 3:40am in the morning and I can’t sleep. Haven’t been able to this week. Money is running out. I haven’t made that elusive first deal yet. It’s coming, I know. Odds are in my favor. Will keep marketing. I have to. I have been in that HKSP phase for years now. I am still here. I look at my vision board, not as much as I used to, I admit but I cant miss it as I walk by it daily. The board is there, speaking to me. Three feet…Three feet or maybe inches away. I am still here. I am not going to give up though I do wish this phase would be over already. Thanks for the insight. It hit home.

  453. A good read and necessary steps to succeed thank you preston

  454. Jason Nuckols October 25, 2013 Reply

    It was a good article.

  455. Thanks for this article and your others. I print them off and read them.

  456. I must read on …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  457. Ron Forbes October 25, 2013 Reply

    Enjoyed this and it reminded me of me at one stage.

  458. I thought this was very informative and non sugar coated. Made me take a look outside of myself and ask what is my why. Thanks and look forward to working with you and your knowledgable staff.

  459. ditta scully October 26, 2013 Reply

    Fabulous! Really resonated with me…and belly laughed for the first time this mos.!

  460. Chanel Vaughn October 26, 2013 Reply

    Good blog 😉 !

  461. Rick Butterworth October 26, 2013 Reply

    It’s obvious why Preston is a success. I’m looking forward to working with him! RB

  462. Michael S. Davis October 26, 2013 Reply

    Well Preston, you’ve done it again. You’ve convinced me to make the jump off the cliff! Anyone can prepare the parachute and practice the maneuvers, but it still takes courage to make the jump. You see I understand that anything worth while will not come easy. You may not make steps toward your goal only to be sent back to square one. Perseverance is not something taught, it’s something you have to live through. I’ll keep stepping even after I cross the line that says Happy Days are Here! Thank You Again.

  463. Haha you are a funny dude Preston.

  464. Haha you are a funny dude Preston.

  465. So you are a slick smart ass with some quirky ways of approaching the path to success. The world is filled with people who have taken a class in”The Artist’s Way”, attended countless self-realization retreats, and bought every late night infomercial package promising wealth and prosperity with little or no effort. You, with the big brain, come along to tell them this is not the answer. They actually need to know who they are, have a vision and what else? Oh no! They need to work hard, not give up, digest the wisdom and pointed humor of Mark Twain and you? You will then sprinkle a little more fairy dust on them in the form of advice on Flipping Houses. Your fans are in awe and secretly hoping you are just joking !

  466. Hey Preston,

    Great Lesson.
    I’ve been trying to bring things into my comfort zone,
    So I’m somewhere between that and HOPE.
    Note to self cancel Reverse Mortgage Gig…CHECK

  467. Great info as usual. I love the fact that your comments always include the mental aspect. Please keep it coming

  468. Elliott Curry October 29, 2013 Reply

    no it does not relate to me but it’s the
    truth I do not base my life things that is surrounding this is world I live gods
    word so anything outside that I can not deal with it so I ask every day keep safe
    in his name even if that mean I am broke
    just keep love in my heart for other.God
    Bless you.

  469. Did you really want these typos:“Shon … at hwon point hyou had a dweam. Gyo back to that.”

  470. Thanks, I liked the quotes. Especially the one about the confidence and ignorance. It is so true. There are people who have an iron-clad proof and knowledge that something is impossible to achieve. Yet there are some ignorant people who do not know about it: they just do it.

  471. Edward Arakelian October 29, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for your emails. I am a Union Electrician and I thought to myself this is what I always wanted, but it’s not I want more out my life. I apologise for not writing you when you first e-mailed. The ideas that you give out are true you have to fight through to get there. My problem is I don’t know what I want. I want to be wealthy but don’t know if flipping houses or starting something is what my calling is. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the chance to change.

    Thank you,
    Edward G Arakelian

  472. Catherine Von Ach October 29, 2013 Reply

    Thank you, Preston. You are exactly right. There is a process to success and there are very painful periods one seems to have to go through. I had great success with several no money down deals and got very nice checks for a period of time, (several years,) and then bit off more than I could chew, with a commercial building rehab, and then lost my shirt, along with two other investors. I quit investing. I want to get started again, with your help. I very much appreciate your blog, as it made me realize, I had a very successful thing going, but bumped into the next level of difficulty and then quit.

    You have made me realize that I just need to keep going, despite the pain.

    Your inspiring article made me realize everyone goes through these periods, and I should not have lost confidence because of this.

  473. I want to be a warrior ! I am in the PREPARATION stage. and will be seeking coaching soon.

  474. Harry Waller October 29, 2013 Reply

    We forget that life is not the goal, but the ‘trip’ to the goal!!!!!!!!!!

  475. Is this bull sh…

  476. Loved the timeline of the “journey” defined. Think I am in the prep phase of my second more intense mountain…real estate investing. Getting ready for the HKSP…Life is about the journey…Burrito Makers R Us.

  477. Patti Petko October 30, 2013 Reply

    What do I do know n why should I believe you ?

  478. You’re a hoot! U got issues =)

  479. jahaira Ramirez November 1, 2013 Reply

    This sounds great I want in!!!

  480. Preston,

    Great article. I am a firm believer in that failure is called learning in a different way. You know the easiest thing to do is quit, it takes no work and all it requires if for you to just STOP!!

    Thanks for the encouragement,

    Ronnie

  481. interesting reading. now i really scratching my head. thanks

  482. George H. Harrison November 3, 2013 Reply

    I read this over rather swiftly since it was late and I wanted to get to sleep. I’ll go over it again in the morning, but it seemed to me that it was a round-a-bout way of introducing, initating, preparing and protecting you for what is to come.

  483. George H. Harrison November 3, 2013 Reply

    I read this over rather swiftly since it was late and I wanted to get to sleep. I’ll go over it again in the morning, but it seemed to me that it was a round-a-bout way of introducing, initating, preparing and protecting you for what is to come.

  484. Thomas Russell November 3, 2013 Reply

    Fantastic! Great incite! We all could use some great wisdom to combat the vast negative things we are exposed to daily.

  485. Ought to be interesting to see what, if anything, shows up. Tried before but everyone wants money. Go figure!

  486. Amazing post. Brutal, but amazing.

  487. I’m digging it! Especially the * part!!! Thats the first time in a long time I have read the entire content of any blog!

  488. Sounds like my life.I’ve learned so much that’s made me who I am now.I am very thankful for what life has taught me.I appreciate you putting it in the right words.

  489. I would really appreciate a chance to succeed. Everything else I have ever tried has gone belly up.

  490. Wow, hit the nail on the head with that one. Awesome post in a way that makes it hit home. Thanks!!!

  491. tim buckley November 5, 2013 Reply

    great article, thanks!!

  492. Very insightful.

  493. Michael Milton November 5, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for the insight!!!!!! being in the HNSP at the moment it is very DE MOTIVATING however this has brought a little bit of that inspiration back to me and I am going to push through the barrier and be successful. no ifs ands or butts about it.

    Thank you again Preston I am looking forward to the tutorial.

    Mike

  494. Sounds good. I want to get hit with some sex snowballs.

  495. This is great motivational information guys. Thank you. insight

  496. great as always you are my inspiration that I could do this one day..

  497. donna strydom November 7, 2013 Reply

    thank its true.

  498. Good funny but true read. Thanks for the laugh and insite!!

  499. Harri Jefferson November 8, 2013 Reply

    I truly enjoyed that post; it gave me a clearer picture and a whole new outlook

  500. Informative, and so…. so true

  501. Ive got action, sadly the success rate does not reflect

  502. Deep in the sludge and your words and thoughts are the drain cleaner I needed.I know I have great things within me and they need to come out.

  503. duriel johnson November 9, 2013 Reply

    it was a nice read.

  504. Charlie Morris November 9, 2013 Reply

    That is a good blog and i agree with almost everything you say .
    But nothing from nothing is still nothing.
    And i was right you are unable to help me now and have me pay latter
    Thankks preston

    You da man

    Charlie

  505. Good article.

  506. Darryl Porter November 10, 2013 Reply

    Are you into a company thats MOBGAME is not nothing new it just the same as any other conpany that make sale’s it a buy one get one free thing /but hell,am looking for something I can make somthing like some money in two or one week can you help me out please don’t be playing cause I have no money at all rightnow but let’s mob,MOB we out mob game for life money pocket!

  507. Joyce Caldwell November 10, 2013 Reply

    I couldn’t stop reading and laughing. I thought about crying at first…but would that do…thanks 4 the insight. It is uplifting!

  508. inspirational and informative, lets rock n roll

  509. Good stuff

  510. good story and the examples are good.Excellent way of making an example show a point of interest.Keep up the good work.

  511. thanks for the explanation now I can keep going

  512. Interesting and witty!

  513. Brandon Reta-Cantu November 12, 2013 Reply

    Does make alot of sense

  514. Good stuff, a lot of info……

  515. jeffrey hart November 15, 2013 Reply

    As always this is yet another amazing story!

  516. Reggie Smith November 15, 2013 Reply

    Why is everything that is suppose to be free costs money? How about you show me how free when I actually make money I will pay you double!

  517. Already know life is a ditch, and you struggle to get out of the hole. Just like the President can’t get respect because of who you are.

    Been trying to change this for my whole life, still here and still trying. Hey Boy show me something different, cause just like the house, you good ole boys aint letting a brother play with the toys or let him work like he wants to live his dream.
    You talk a good game but lets play and see who is the real winner.

    YOU GAME???????
    Anthony is

  518. Preston,

    Thank you! Thank you! This is great stuff, I can’t wait to get started, the right way!

  519. Preston,

    What an interesting analogy of the continual ups and downs of our journey through the pursuit of reaching success! Testing of who we are on the inside out to see who will stand as a Pillar of Strength in a World of Storm. Without the test, we have no Testimony! Those of us who Believe that we will say to this mountain to move and do not doubt, IT SHALL BE MOVED!!!

    Our failures in the worlds eyes, are only stepping stones to our highest calling to make a difference in this world…and to literally bring HOPE-Heaven On Planet Earth into existence, as we are all called to do!:) Are we tough enough to see it through no matter the resistance that we will be up against?

    Only true Warriors who follow the Commands and Principles in the Bible, The Greatest Book that was ever written as our Life Guide and Coach, will pass the test and Rise to the Top as The Chosen Cream of the Crop…Harvest Reapers. Lots of work to do, and we need the right team who are uncompromising, who have been through hell on earth who get it to bring Light to a darkened world.

    It is time for us to not tolerate the crap that is being dished out to us in various forms, being held down by our government, accepting living in poverty and lack, or watching so many in need here in our own nation, and around the world who are suffering! God chose us to be Kingdom Royalty-Kings Kids, where we take Ownership and take back all the money and resources that the enemy has stolen from us in our years of pursuit of a dream or a Vision! No more being complacent…we are getting the Wealth of the Wicked and getting it placed in the Hands of The Righteous so we can do what we were put on this earth to do!!! To Dominate and Rule and Reign!!!

    To transform neighborhoods through our Real Estate Ventures or whatever else we are called to do, while at the same time Transforming Lives and Bringing The Kingdom of God here on earth in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ!

    Thanks for your Faith and Leadership!

    Love,

    Angel
    Rule & Reign Management

    P.S. By the way, I was attempting to join your Real Estate Mogul program the other day so we can Join Forces to stop this ridiculous attempt of wall street to take away our rights of home ownership and I would meet my high goals of being successful now in all Real Estate Investing!!! As I attempted to click on sign up, it went automatically back to another webinar…:(

    P.S.S. In case you do not realize it, you are an end time Warrior and Ambassador on our Special Forces. But of course, You probably already knew that.:)

  520. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  521. Richard Barnhart November 16, 2013 Reply

    Well?!Very well stated,Faith,Hope,an Almighty GOD,to seek one’s path,with Heart desires,as you said,all things are possible with GOD,The LORD WILL HELP,if you do what ever for an in the glory of GOD.He will guild you ,BUT<you need to be sincere.

  522. Mr. Ely,

    What a great article and what great timing. It speaks loudly to my spirit at this time in my life. A friend and I was just talking today about successes and failures (failures that aren’t failures but successes in disguise). I believe as you, if you try something and it doesn’t turn out the way you dreamed it would it is only because you are not ready to receive it yet or that path just isn’t for you and who knows better than our creator when we are ready.

    Thank you for the motivation, laughs and food for thought.

    Sincerely,

    Trish

  523. Great article!!! Also loved the quotes!

  524. From the pen of someone who has been down Success Avenue a time or two. Thx Preston.

  525. Todd "The Germ" November 17, 2013 Reply

    Wow! Such an inspiring post Preston. For real. Posts like this should encourage those of us who are in our comfort zones (including myself), to get out the ole oil can, lube up the gears of our inner-selves, and get them rolling! That’s the only way to get through the pain in order to achieve the success that we deserve…and should ultimately have.

    For me, my “comfort zone” is relying on Corporate America to provide me with this false sense of financially stability. When in fact, I should be doing whatever it takes to stabilize my own financial future. I can’t allow Corporate American to dictate what my financial future will be. It’s not up to them…IT’S UP TO ME!

    I remember many, many moons ago I was up late one night listening to one of those infomercials. I can’t recall exactly what the infomercial was for, and really wasn’t paying attention to it because I was half asleep anyway. I don’t know if this was consciously or subconsciously, but there was one thing this guy said that stuck in my mind, even to this day. He said, “Never let someone else determine how much you are worth.” I didn’t know what he meant, but he gave a quick analogy that clicked with me. He painted a picture of an employee who went above and beyond his normal job duties for an entire week. However, no matter what he did that week, he was still only worth that same $300.00 (or whatever dollar a week he was getting) to the company. So in essence, it was the company that determined how much he was worth.

    With that being said, this post will definitely help me to get back on track (mentally). I plan to utilize a recent course that I purchased from Preston, along with other material, to get out of my comfort zone and on to financial freedom.

    We all need a little kick in the rear from time to time in order to keep us focused, or even to see if we’re still awake. This post should definitely be a wake up call for those of us who are afraid to take that step to our own financial freedom…whatever road that may be!

    Thanks again Preston! Keep inspiring us to succeed!

  526. It was awesome and so true!

  527. Sad but true. I hate to say this but money would help the world go around a lot smoother. I have many projects but nothing to get it off of the ground. Pay check to pay check gets a little sickening from all of the time seemingly endless, so more often than a little it seems to just be part of the norm. It sucks!!

  528. Great blog!!

  529. It’s a clear vision that doesn’t let the rat race dominate ones life!
    Posts like these keep me on track!
    Thank you

  530. Kelley Brogan November 18, 2013 Reply

    Sweet stuff.

  531. Are you sure you’re not Hunter S Thompson come back to life dude??? Interesting perspective…

  532. Rick Bradshaw November 19, 2013 Reply

    As real as it can get

  533. “GOOD MORNING”!Thank You very much for this inspiring message to start my Tuesday morning. I’ve been going through my HNKLS for most of my life, I will get through the process at some point. There is NO other option in the matter. I will make it again one way or another.
    Please stay in touch wi

  534. This is and excellent article. Examples are very clear and to the point. Thank You.

  535. Great advice! This was a needed reminder that we ALL go through “the process” when striving for success and to just persist and keep going! Change direction, back up, readjust or whatever……but…..keep going!

  536. Great article. Very poignant to real estate and life success in general.

  537. I agree with the philosophy that you share. I am however having a difficult time moving from my current state to the one that I desire. I feel like I am chasing my tail. Do I work on advancing my psyche or focus on making money? All I know for sure is that my rut is getting deeper!

  538. Very Good. Keep it up.

  539. John Williams November 22, 2013 Reply

    Son,you are unmistakably,certifiably crazy.Brilliantly so ,I might add.Power on!

  540. Herbert Brandon November 22, 2013 Reply

    in the process of methodical thinking, I agree that one must first
    formulate in the mind before attempting to endeavor to climb a mountain. To fail to realize that there is indeed a first step in every process, subsequent ones are just not possible.

  541. Good article

  542. Great story Preston. I found it to be very informative. Keep it up dude.

  543. Preston, It is 1256 in the morning and I wasn’t going to read this until I woke up at 0800…and I’m glad I did read it now.

    You are absolutely crazy and hillarious. I laughed all the way through it (maybe because it’s late or I needed to read this) until I got to the HOPE. I got it spiritually weather or not that was your intention….I got it. I am right in the middle of the HKSP… it is sooooo deep and quick sandy right now… but I’m going to keep HOPEing and PRAYING and I WILL get there. Thanks for your crazy, funny blog.
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  544. Great read, Preston! Very interesting stuff. I can’t wait to receive the free tutorial on how to flip houses with no money. I’m very eager to do this and make lots of money.

  545. Kevin Foight November 24, 2013 Reply

    Like I said kind a dry reading but still learned some thing I didn’t know. Going to hard copy it and go back over it slower so I can absorb more of it. Its like trying understand the works of confucius. The answers are there you just have to look for them a little.

  546. Jonathan Payne November 25, 2013 Reply

    Excellent! Thanks for putting it into words.

  547. sounds grate just one thing i only get $197.oo a mouth to pay rent,electric, and so on but thank you

  548. thanks for your thoughts…inspiring and funny

  549. Thank you for your article it was very informative and true. Success does not come on a platter, you have to work it and go through all the challenges that come at you to stop you. Again thank you for your hard work. My wife and I just started your program and we are in it to the end. God Bless You.

  550. charles ford November 25, 2013 Reply

    What do you eat for brakefast? a 6ppk of 5hr. energy? But I rKeep it up!ead every word!!!

  551. I’m skeptical. Please prove me wrong.

  552. paula white November 26, 2013 Reply

    thank you, i like your style that was awesome and well written, love your humour. Thanks for the motivation and the guidance and yes I could relate to all of those phases lol

  553. In the Outliers; ten thousand hours to success. Here- Knuckle sandwiches to success. Well written!

  554. Lets get on it!

  555. Very insightful.

  556. Love your blogs I look forward to the next one. Keep them coming I will like this but sorry Preston I don’t tweet and I wish someone would tell pro athletes to stop doing it. Richie

  557. I just re-read this. It’s more brilliant the 2nd time round. The simple honesty is what makes it so identifiable. Who knew about big hairy knuckle sandwiches. Bring’em on I say.

  558. James Randolph November 28, 2013 Reply

    I can identify with you. Just celebrate 25 years in AA. STILL WORKING on dream.. need different directions

  559. Totally awesome blog. Lots of great words of wisdom. Thanks for this wonderful share.

  560. lawrence bruckner November 29, 2013 Reply

    need to demand writing down everyday one thing you learned and two actions you will do tomorrow as a a result of what you learned

  561. Great, thanks Preston!

  562. Glad you are willing to share this information!

  563. It takes alot of determination to succeed, and I like how Preston
    has simplified the process do even a dummy like me can figure it out. I am now motivated to get off my butt and do it. The first step is usually the hardest. I cant wait until in am running!

  564. Steve Haskell November 29, 2013 Reply

    Preston,

    Great insight! Not the normal crap I’m usually reading on the internet.
    Thanks for being the voice of abnormal!

  565. Thought provoking! Thanks for an excellent article.

  566. As always informative and entertaining

  567. Thanks Preston. Good information and as always thanks for motivating us.

  568. This is very well written, and the information really touched my heart, it works for all parts of life.

  569. So much of this sounds like the story of my life. Look forward to watching the tutorial.

  570. I have a good question Preston, so if this house flipping in real estate is such a good, profitable and easy to do thing? than why have you gone to the selling
    Dvd’s on how to succeed at flipping houses? Why not just keep on buying houses and keep making money that way??? Just wondering! But as for your blog it was good and yeh I always ponder on the thought of how to make it ever since I was in my early twentys, like you say I wake up every day thinking how can I make money and be successful. I also am very sceptical of those people out there such as your self that sell those videos because like the saying goes if it sounds to good to be true it probably isn’t.

  571. Wow. Finally. Somebody “gets” me. Thanks

  572. Very motivating post…staying positive the whole way through!

  573. Does this thing really work and can I get in without paying some fee?

  574. James Roy (tampa) December 2, 2013 Reply

    Spot on sir – I always truly enjoy what you deliver.

  575. I believe this info is going to help me, You should read this as well.

  576. If this be true then I am about to hit a an even bigger high than I had with my past businesses