Tyler's Mistake of the Month Newsletter

Monthly Solutions FOr Real Estate Investors

Vol.1 Issue 4

Embrace Your Mistakes: A Key Ingredient for Success in Real Estate Investing!

Tyler Sheff - Cash Flow Guys

Tyler Sheff

Michael Marino - Cash Flow Guys

Michael Marino


How it happens…

Navigating the complex world of real estate investment is not a flawless process.

Mistakes are inevitable, especially for those who are new to the field.

These errors can range from misjudging the market, picking the wrong property, overleveraging oneself to even neglecting due diligence.

Unfortunately, a common and often detrimental mistake many investors make is not learning from these missteps. This could stem from an inability to accept one's errors due to pride or lack of awareness, not understanding why a mistake was a mistake, or simply failing to analyze and internalize the lessons that could be gleaned.

Such an approach not only leads to recurring errors, draining financial resources, and hindering portfolio growth, but it also stalls personal growth as an investor.


Ways to avoid the mistake:

Avoiding the mistake of not learning from your errors requires a shift in mindset, viewing every mistake as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Start by acknowledging that you've erred, which while it may be uncomfortable, is an essential first step towards learning.

Next, conduct a post-mortem analysis of what went wrong. Unpack your decision-making process, examine the assumptions you made, and scrutinize the due diligence you conducted.

This process will illuminate where and why you erred, offering invaluable insights into the areas you need to improve upon. It's crucial then, to seek knowledge in these areas.

This could be through reading books, taking courses, finding a mentor, or even hiring a professional. Remember, the objective is to ensure that while you might make new mistakes, you'll never repeat the old ones.


How to deal with the mistake:

If you've already fallen into the trap of repeating your mistakes, don't despair. It's never too late to shift course.

Begin by recognizing and accepting your repeated errors. This acceptance, while difficult, opens the door for learning and growth.

Now, revisit these mistakes, examining each one critically. Unearth the root causes, and identify the lessons they hold. From this point, you can devise a plan to rectify the issues if possible, and more importantly, to avoid them in the future.

If a mistake stemmed from a lack of knowledge, commit to learning more about that aspect of real estate investing.

If a mistake was due to rushing into a decision, pledge to take a more measured and thoughtful approach in the future.

Over time, this approach will not only help you avoid recurring errors but also make you a more resilient and savvy investor.