The Five Elements of a Single Page Life Plan

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The Five Elements of a Single Page Life Plan:

1. Mission or Vision Statement:
This is the overarching vision you have for your life. All other parts of your plan synchronize with this.

2. Life Categories:
Your Life Categories are the six major highways that lead a path towards your Vision Statement. These Life Categories are what you consider to be the most vital aspects of your life.

What They All Have in Common

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4 Characteristics of Top Real Estate Pros

What they all have in common. This was what I wanted to know. In my first book, Walking and Talking – 57 Stories of Success and Humor in the Real Estate World of Business, I recounted stories from some of the top real estate professionals in the Midwest. After observing their careers and listening to their stories, I asked myself this: Other than their sheer success, what do all of these winners in real estate have in common? This is what I learned:

A SP Checklist for Buying Apartments

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In my book, Single Page Life Plan there is a chapter on the importance of extending single page planning to all of your important projects and ventures. Unlike your Single Page Life Plan, your checklist is meant to be more encompassing; a ‘catch-all’ that you can review regularly to make sure that you are considering every aspect of your endeavor.

The Single Page Checklist: Investing In Multifamily Real Estate, summarizes on a single page the 4-color, 6 page laminated flyer I created that explains:

“I Wish I Had Smoked More Cigarettes!”

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When I speak to young adults in 8th grade or in high school, I promise them this:

Nobody ever looks back on their high school or college years and says

“I wish I had smoked more cigarettes. I could be up to a pack-a-day smoker by now!”

“I wish I had spent more nights, staying out drinking ’til  2:00 am in the morning.”

“I wish I had purchased more drugs while in school.”

They don’t. And you won’t either.

Do You Salute Your Troops?

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“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.”
– Ronald Reagan, Speech at Omaha Beach on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984.
 Few people realize that Ronald Reagan was the first president in modern times to salute the troops. Even General Eisenhower did not do this when he became commander-in-chief. It simply was not the custom.

You’re Never Too Old to Lead

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Smile When They Say You’re Too Old to Lead

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Excerpt from Lead Like Reagan – Principles of Dynamic Leadership:

“One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson is when he said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, but by his acts.’ And ever since he told me that…”
– Ronald Reagan, Annual Salute to Congress Dinner, February 1981.

Imagine that you are Ronald Reagan when he was 65 years old. You have just spent the last 20 years of your life dedicated to implementing a policy of political leadership that you believe will help your country, and the world. All of your efforts to touch hearts, garner support, and gather the votes necessary to further your vision, come down to a single vote at the national convention in 1976. The vote is 1,187 to 1,070. And you lose.

Simple Isn’t Easy… Only Better!


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Don’t mistake simple for easy. It takes a lot of effort and creativity to reduce things to their most simple form.

The genius of Albert Einstein was not that he could comprehend so many of the complexities of space, time, gravity, and light. All scientists can do that. His genius was in his ability to simplify those complexities into an understandable theory of relativity.

He often commented that unlocking the greatest mysteries of the universe would be useless unless you were able to make them understandable to a young student.

My First Lesson in Commercial Real Estate – Walking and Talking

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The Day I Learned About Walking and Talking

My first lesson in commercial real estate came shortly after I joined a team of 25 brokers at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate. They ultimately became a who’s who of Columbus real estate that included Richard Schuen, Ed Joseph, ,John Hall, Don Matsanoff, Greg Schenk,Chuck Manofsky, Doug Goddard, Ted Hobson, Bob MatiasBenton BenalcazarTom McGarity and several others. One of those brokers was Wayne Harer. Wayne had played 10 years of minor league baseball for the Red Sox and Yankee organizations and, one season, actually won the AAA Batting Crown with a .350 batting average. Unfortunately for Wayne, that was not enough to replace American League MVPs Freddie Lynn and Jim Rice, or Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski from their spots on the roster.

How To Explain the Value of Experience to the Young Person in Your Life

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Sometimes it is difficult for young adults in high school to have an accurate appreciation for the value of experience. Like most of us when we were in high school, they think they have all the answers, and can do anything as well as their parents. One way you might want to explain the nature of experience to a young adult is to begin by asking: