As I work to balance a W2 income job, a growing real estate investing business as well as a growing family (our second son is due any day now), my windshield time has become sacred to me. As a younger professional, I had an associate (similarly trying to balance the same tasks I now find myself doing), share with me that his favorite time of the week was when he mowed his lawn with his headphones on. At the time, I thought he was nuts for making such a statement. I was in my early 20s and couldn’t think of anything I enjoyed less than mowing the lawn. As time has gone on, though, I realize that it wasn’t that he didn’t love spending time with his family or on his business – it was when he was mowing, it provided him valuable time to free his mind of disruption and allowed him to get creative.
My daily commute is one of the only parts of my day where I am undisturbed. My drive is pretty tame by Houston, TX standards (about 20 minutes to and from the office without ever getting on a freeway). There are a few podcasts that I have found truly add value to my life in various ways as a drive to and from work or investment properties. I am fascinated with the content available for FREE from highly successful business leaders and real estate investors. Other than reading books, podcasts have been a fundamental tool in my education leading me to confidently take my first leap into real estate (more on that in coming weeks). My list of favorite podcasts is built around self-improvement in all things real estate, investing, and finance. So, without further ado, here are my favorites:
Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever Show with Joe Fairless
Joe hosts the world’s longest running daily real estate investing podcast. He promotes that he only talks about the most important things without any of the fluff. And I think that is one of the main reasons I like his podcast so much – it is right to the point and constantly available for my eager mind to consume. Often, Joe asks a follow-up question during his interview that I have running through my head at the same time. I’d say that happens once a week and I am a little weirded out when it does. Joe shares that as he was starting the podcast, his first episodes were less than stellar. But, after conducting a little over 1300 published podcasts, he really has perfected the art of hosting a productive interview. Joe’s content has ranges from tax planning, to wholesale tactics and self-improvement. He really does a great job of extracting tons of useful information on a given topic in short order. You can listen to it HERE and see for yourself why this is my go to podcast.
How to Lose Money with Paul Moore and Josh Thomas
Paul and Josh have picked a topic that I really find inspiring – failure. “Failure is a fact of life,” as Josh always states. “Whether or not it defines you is a personal choice.” That is such a simple yet empowering view of “failure.” What I have found in my journey towards financial and business mastery is that the truly successful individuals are more than willing to acknowledge a variety of failures as part of the journey. They don’t necessarily celebrate the failure, but they do not let that failure side-track their success. The successful get up, dust off and get back after it again. I find their guest’s stories to be encouraging. Some of these people have really gone through hell (both personally and in business), so to hear of their journey from the bottom back up the mountain is enlightening. If you like a little dry humor mixed with fun facts and inspirational examples of what not to do (from a variety of angles), then I would suggest giving this show a shot.
Bigger Pockets Money with Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen
After reading Rich Dad Poor Dad, my first order was to take inventory of where my house was financially. If I couldn’t get my own house’s financials in order, then I believed I had no business asking for people or banks to invest with me and trust that I would be a sound financial steward on their team to create and protect wealth. At the start, I gave my house a grade of C. We weren’t heavy in debt nor were we swimming in cashflow. We were kind of back and forth between the two at any given time (ie: cash flowing on a rental and then in debt when an A/C needed to be replaced). So, my wife and I sat down and decided to make some changes to how we earned and spent money. Not long after that commitment was made, The Bigger Pockets Money podcast was born. Since Episode 1, I have been a fan. Scott and Mindy offer some super helpful and practical real-world examples of how to take control of your financial house by making simple tweaks and adjustments to your spending habits. My wife and I discuss the topics they cover and have conversations about how to implement some of the changes in our life. From grocery budgeting to simple money saving strategies, they do a great job of peaking my interest to explore better ways to strategically build a life of financial independence. You can listen HERE.
Investing for Life with Tamar Mar
Investing for Life is just a few months old, but the premise behind the podcast is right on target with my strategic focus in life and in business. Tamar promotes intentional living and the importance of understanding where you are headed and why. Tamar is very natural when interviewing guests (which I find to be very difficult to do naturally). The shows topics range from wealth generation to automated systems and the importance of mentorship. If you are looking for a useful variety of educational material ultimately centered around improving your life financially and with strategic purpose, this is the show for you.
Cashflow Ninja with M.C. Laubscher
M.C offers a large swath of enlightening topics ranging from real estate investing, entrepreneurship, online business, online marketing, online publishing, oil, stock trading, royalties, Bitcoin, raising capital, infinite banking, life insurance, wealth strategies, investment strategies, tax strategies, asset protection strategies, estate planning strategies, credit score strategies, and any related topic to preparing to create, grow and optimize cashflow in the new economy. If you have a cashflow or income producing strategy that you want to learn more about, I would start by looking at his list of previous interviews - odds are he has discussed it on his show at least once.
BONUS - BEST INTRO SONG
Simple Passive Cashflow with Lane Kawaoka
If you want to listen to the best intro song I have ever had the pleasure of listening to - please listen HERE. In addition to the great intro, Lane does offer terrific content related to wealth creation through real estate investing as well as other creative means - his intro song is simply the icing on the cake. You can find his podcast (and awesome intro song) HERE.
Do you have a favorite podcast that makes your windshield, lawn-mowing or any other free time more enjoyable?
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Justin Grimes has been an active real estate investor since 2007 participating at various levels in asset classes from single-family rehab and mortgage note creation to multi-family, self storage and mobile home parks.
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