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Most of us resist setbacks and struggles, but both are crucial to our growth. In fact, the most successful investors respond to failure with resilience. These investors pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and then take the next step of uncomfortable action toward their dreams of financial freedom.

Rob Rowsell embodies that kind of human will. In 1999, he was a homeless crack addict living on the streets. Then, he stumbled into a rehab center, and through sheer grit, Rob turned his life around. Today, he is a real estate investor, motivational speaker, multiple business owner and bestselling author of Addicted to Life: How I Went from Homeless to Extraordinary Success and Happiness in a Short Period of Time.

On this episode of Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing, Rob joins cohost Garrett Lynch and me to share his journey from homeless addict to successful multifamily investor. He explains why so many aspiring investors don’t succeed, challenging us to develop a strong WHY and leverage visualization to reach our goals. Listen in for Rob’s insight on cultivating the mindset where you need to take action, grow through the challenges, and achieve financial freedom as a multifamily investor!

Key Takeaways

Rob’s struggle with addiction

  • Hooked on both meth and crack cocaine
  • Homeless and unemployable

What inspired Rob’s decision to change

  • Realized he was on the path to death or prison
  • Pain to stay the same was greater than the pain to change

How Rob got back into society

  • Choose new people, places, and things
  • Willing to take uncomfortable action

Why aspiring investors don’t take action

  • Biggest hurdle is equal to previous successes
  • They lack a big enough WHY

How Rob uses visualization to reach his goals

  • Write out your goals as if they are already accomplished
  • Read over in order to instill yearning and belief

The traits of a successful entrepreneur

  • Builds momentum via stacked action
  • Willing to act despite uncertainty
  • Grow through catastrophic failure

How Rob used knowledge in order to build momentum

  • Ziglar taught potential to succeed
  • Saved so he could buy Carleton Sheets course

How Rob got into real estate

  • Bought auto repair shops with no money down
  • Used hard money for first few SFHs

How Rob grew a 1K-unit multifamily portfolio

  • Start with SFH buy-and-hold strategy
  • Flip SFHs into small multifamily
  • Reinvest profits in larger multifamily

About “Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing” Podcast

The Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing podcast is all about how you can achieve financial independence and control your time through apartment building investing. Each week, hosts Michael Blank and Garrett Lynch interview experts who share how you can get started with investing in multifamily real estate even if you don’t have previous real estate experience or cash of your own to invest. You’ll hear from experts like Grant Cardone, Robert Kiyosaki, Ken McElroy, Robert Helms, Brandon Turner and Hal Elrod about developing the right mindset and scaling your portfolios. You’ll also hear from dozens of people who share how they have been able to quit their jobs with multifamily real estate. Whether you’re just getting started or want to scale your syndication business, this is the show for you!

Have you ever experienced hardships you thought you would never overcome?

Today’s guest is best selling author of the book, “Addicted to Life – Your 8-Step Formula for Achievement,” Rob Rowsell. Rob’s story is one of hardship, triumph, and inspiration.

Rob struggled with a life of drug addiction, which led him to homelessness. After meeting his future wife, he decided he was “done.” Rob began his extraordinary journey of recovery and entrepreneurial success. This journey has landed him in the Hall of Fame for two different prominent real estate mentorship programs. He is also now a best selling author.

Rob shares his 8 step formula for achievement with us that can apply to any aspect of our lives:

  1. You have got to be done.
  2. Get uncomfortable and then take action.
  3. You must create the wave of momentum.
  4. Prepare now for what’s coming.
  5. You must be open to the unexpected.
  6. You won’t always feel like your winning.
  7. Understand the law of exposure.
  8. You won’t do it alone.

Rob is a huge advocate of coaches in every aspect of his life to continue to build success upon success. Set 1, 3, and 5 year goals and then develop quarterly action plans to pave your path of success. Coaches will not only guide you but also help to hold you accountable. You should always be investing in yourself.

About Prosperity Through Multifamily Real Estate Investing

This podcast is for anyone seeking to learn how to create a lifetime of wealth and financial freedom by investing in multifamily real estate. Whether you are an aspiring syndicator or a passive investor seeking better returns and cash flow from your investments, this show is for you. Cody Laughlin, John Batey, and Brian Alfaro speak to industry experts to discuss all aspects of investing in multifamily real estate. They seek to help all multifamily real estate investors to both improve their education and learn proven strategies to grow their businesses.

Realtor Jacob Garcia discusses his story with Rock Star Marketing’s Jennifer Filzen in this clip from a recent ATL Community Gathering. Jacob discusses going through drug rehab in the same group as Rob. Jacob details his journey of getting clean and then building his real estate business.

He also talks about his business’s current structure amid the COVID-19 crisis and dealing with subcontractors. What has changed with his sobriety support group during the pandemic?

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has adversely affected every single person on Earth. Is God using this outbreak event to get our attention? Perhaps we have let too many distractions get in the way of our faith. God’s Word tells us that he is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). Is God using COVID-19 to cast down idols such as money and sports heroes and draw our attention to Christ?

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Who inspires you? List you top five leaders and teachers. Read their books, listen to their podcasts, invest in their training courses. The Law of Exposure (Addicted to Life Chapter 7) says what we will become what we expose ourselves to. You are worthy of success. Cultivate the seeds of greatness within yourself with the right content.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has brought some unique challenges for auto repair shop owners. On his way to check on his staff, Rob talks about how we as owners need to bring our “A” game to the table. It will take some long hours and ingenuity if we are going to ride the pandemic out and remain successful.

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Rob offers an early morning motivational talk. The world’s landscape has changed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Your job as a business owner is to press on and work harder than you ever have, especially if you don’t have the proper nest egg to count on.

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In this video, Rob talks about the challenges presented to auto repair shop owners by the COVID-19 crisis. How can we prioritize our tasks, and navigate this trying time in history?

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Free video shot on Rob’s ride to work. Rob discusses principles from “Addicted to Life” Chapter 8. No matter what walk of life we come from or what business we may be in, we must be mature enough for interdependence. You can’t be a success on your own!

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If you think you are a self-made person you are confused! Be humble enough to ask for help – get a coach who specializes in your field! In this final chapter discussion, Rob talks about “the Flimsy Reed”, and how your staff members are your lifeline.