EP262: Our Story Part 3: Hitting Rock Bottom

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In this series, Natali and I have discussed our biggest real estate mistakes and downfalls. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t get better from there. We both lost jobs, questioned our worth, and eventually had to dig ourselves out from debt, bad credit, and limiting beliefs.

On this episode of Investing in Real Estate, we are sharing more of our family’s history—including how we hit rock bottom, financially. We’ll talk about losing our jobs, and how we finally decided to start implementing change and living life on our own terms. You’ll learn about the resources that helped us, and the major paradigm shifts that occurred. Please join us for another installment of our story! 

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As we discussed in part one and part two, Natali and I faced some serious hurdles before our real estate careers took off. After we got married, we believed the traditional advice about wealth building: that we should work for a paycheck, put some money aside in a 401k, and eventually retire.

But after I was let go from a broadcasting job in Philadelphia, my mentality started to change. I promised myself that I would never let an employer dictate my future or determine my worth ever again. Even though I did jump into another paycheck job, I started researching in-depth how to take control of my future and finances.

Because I worked weekends at FOX, I was able to spend the rest of the week learning about entrepreneurship and wealth creation. I spent hours upon hours reading books, listening to podcasts, and implementing ideas.

Shortly after we had our first child, Natali lost her job. She felt that same pain that I had experienced years before. When she tried to find something else that would fit our family’s schedule, it just didn’t work out. She wanted to work part-time, and nothing seemed right. She decided that if she couldn’t bring in income, that she would learn more about personal finance and how to be a better steward of the money we did have.

Simultaneously, we went on a learning journey. As I looked into investing strategies and entrepreneurial pursuits, Natali realistically surveyed how to implement them. At this point, we hadn’t yet pursued real estate, but the wheels about wealth building had started to turn.

On today’s show, we’ll share more about hitting rock bottom—including the huge paradigm shifts we experienced during this time. We’ll talk about the importance of self-education, and how Rich Dad Poor Dad changed our perspectives. Don’t miss episode 262 of Investing in Real Estate! 

If you’re ready to begin building a passive income through rental real estate, book a FREE call with our team today. We’re ready to talk about your goals and want to help you learn more about earning legacy wealth for you and your family.

On this episode you'll learn:

  • What is the importance of having a working balance sheet? 
  • How should you attack your balance sheet? 
  • What books did we read during this time?
  • Why is it so hard to create wealth in the stock market?
  • And much more! 

Episode Resources
EP256: Our Story Part 1: How Clayton Went Through Foreclosure and Destroyed His Credit
EP259: Our Story Part 2: Why Natali Made a Big Mistake Buying an A Class Property
EP106: How to Balance Assets vs. Liabilities
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
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 Natali and I faced some serious hurdles before our real estate careers took off.