There are a lot of underrated skills in this world.

Attributes that aren’t openly discussed but are widely shared by the most successful among us.

A thread on the little things and what you can do to increase your chances.
Knowing what advice to take (and what to ignore) is a superpower.

My method:

Take it from anyone.

Weigh it according to how happy / successful the giver is.

Put it through my bullshit meter.

Do the work to apply it to my life.

Ignore 75% of it.

Cherish the rest.
Energy and excitement are underrated.

If you aren’t excited, even the most lucrative tasks can seam pointless.

The grass is always greener. Every opportunity has 10 really good reasons why it will fail.

Energy > competence.
Positivity is the way to win.

People do business with people they like.

The #1 way to be likable?

Be in a good mood.

No gossip. No complaining. Ever.
Brevity is a lost art.

Learn to say in 15 seconds what it takes others 3 minutes to say.
Life punishes the stagnant.

Things change a lot faster than you think.

Over analyzing, aiming, researching, waiting, second guessing... all hold back our brightest minds.
Nobody ever got an opportunity while sitting silent in the corner.

“Listen more than you speak” is good advice most of the time.

But when the door opens you better stand up and walk through it.

If you already have status, talk less.

If you’re trying to get it, speak up.

Be respectfully direct.

People don’t have the energy, time, or desire to try to read smoke signals to figure out what you want them to say / do.

Successful people separate emotions and logic.

Just tell them exactly what you mean as succinctly and kindly as possible.
Ok this one is widely known but it’s critical and maybe you need to hear it right now.

There is always something more fun you could be doing right this second than the work it takes to succeed.

We live in a world of instant gratification. It’s poisoning our ability to suffer.
And the stuff that’ll make you successful is uncomfortable. Not fun. Sweaty. Confrontational. Risky. Easily procrastinated.

So get focused, get off twitter, and stop being a soft glutton in this cozy world the successful people have created for you.
Embrace a bit of healthy suffering.

Embrace the uncomfortable nature of success.

And put yourself out there.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

And “success” (whatever that might look like to you) is achieved way down the road.
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We buy small mom-and-pop self storage facilities in rural / tertiary markets in the northeast.

Wrap them in technology, increase efficiency / profits.

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We are fully integrated from the private equity we take on to the expansion / development to the customer service.

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My partner and I sold that business this January to focus on building the real estate holdings further.
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Crazy out there.
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Could be wishful thinking though.
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My network is growing.

And I’ll continue to get even more opportunities and meet more people.
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Surround yourself with great people, add value to their lives so they keep you around, and focus on spotting opportunities.

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Our physical world needs people to move, clean, maintain, build, sell things.

Sitting around all day doing fun things doesn’t contribute to society.

We’re soft!
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Open the borders and let immigrants come in, do the work, pay taxes, and pay to live.

Americans are not willing to do what is required any longer.
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Their kids and grandkids.

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Sharing business and adventure with them.

Experienced and memories.

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50% of people are totally incompetent.

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Trying to drag along the dead weight is a fools errand.

And the negativity that comes from the bottom group is toxic and contagious.
This sounds sad and it is.

You can try to change it and spend your life getting let down, frustrated and solving other people’s problems they refuse to solve themselves...

Or you can accept it as fact, adjust accordingly, prosper and be happy.
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