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What Rehabbing Houses Taught Me About Vulnerability

What Rehabbing Houses Taught Me About Vulnerability

When I started selling homes as a real estate agent, I noticed a strange trend with the buyers I was showing houses to: People were willing to pay more for houses that looked pretty but lacked the important and expensive upgrades that were hidden behind the walls, such as good insulation, electrical system, and plumbing. Buyers had the ability to convince themselves to buy what looked pretty on the inside and neglect what’s on the inside or tell themselves that they will take care of those things later. 

This happens so much in the real estate business that many rehabbers have built a career on what they call “Lipstick Rehabs”. This is when you go into a house and make cosmetic updates that make the buyers fall in love. All it takes is a fresh coat of paint, newly finished floors, new modern fixtures, and stainless steel appliances. The problem with that is that eventually, the new homeowners have to start dealing with what’s hidden behind the makeup and many start falling out of love with what they thought they wanted. This trend of buyers going after what looks good from the outside taught me a great lesson; I did exactly the opposite of what others were doing.

The parallel of a house’s condition and the human soul has taught me a valuable lesson on vulnerability:

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Faith & Culture

3 Fascinating Lessons To Learn From The “Pokémon Go” Phenomenon

Pokemon Go

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook stating that I didn’t care to know about the new app “Pokémon Go” game. 12-hours later, I found myself downloading the app after a friend convinced me to get it while he was taking me to the airport to catch a flight. Once I arrived at the airport, I downloaded the app and few hours later, I landed in Kansas City and with very little sleep, I found myself walking around the city with friends playing the game. I was fascinated by how, in just few days, a game on a phone had the power to get millions to join and be worth billions of dollars. So, I looked up some scientific research and I asked several players, “why do you like it?” Here are 3 fascinating lessons to learn from the “Pokémon Go” phenomenon:

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Leadership Videos

Why You Should Celebrate Failure

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After reading on some of the most influential people in different streams of society, I realized that the difference between people that create history and those who don’t has a lot to do on how they view failure and success. Here are the lessons I am learning on failure and why we should all celebrate failing:

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Faith & Culture

12 Things You Need To Do In Your 20’s

12 things you need to do in your 20s

I recently celebrated my birthday. I took sometime to think about the things I am glad I did so far and other things that I am yet to do. Here is a list of what I believe everyone in their 20’s should do. If you are no longer in your 20’s, it’s not too late:

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Real Estate Videos

The 3 Things You Need To Get Started In Real Estate Investing

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Based on several requests received, I am adding a section on my website on real estate investing and design. Here is a video I shot recently where I share the 3 things you need to get started in real estate investing. I plan to add more videos and photos to help those interested to learn more on investing. I would love to hear your feedback to help me share what matters to you. Here is the list of the 3 things:

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Faith & Culture

The Emasculation of Men In Our Society

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What do many television shows, movies (mostly comedies), and reality TV have in common? Almost all of them have a male lead role portrayed as childish, stupid, and horny. After my latest blog post on “5 Reasons Why Christian Men Are Not Pursuing Women”, several men expressed some of the struggles they face and shared how they felt which has lead me to follow up with this post. The more I speak to men, the more I see how this frustration is an issue that many of them share in common:

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Faith & Culture Videos

5 Reasons Why Christian Men Are Not Pursuing Women

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Given my experience with starting small groups and leading in a young adults ministry, the hottest topic of discussion and one of the biggest questions I have been asked is, “Why are single men in the church not pursuing?” There are two advantages that helped me shed a light on the topic. The first one is that; I myself, am a single Christian male and writing this required some vulnerability. Secondly, I have had hundreds of conversations with guys and girls in the church on the topic. Though there may be hundreds of reasons, I believe these are the 5 most common ones:

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Faith & Culture Videos

10 Ways To Win A Girl’s Heart

how to win a girl's heart

Recently, I interviewed author and blogger Kris Wolfe. Below you will find the article he wrote that gained a lot of media attention and led him to publish a book. In addition, You will find my full interview with him.

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Faith & Culture Videos

Johnny You Show Episode 3: Tyler Ward on Music, Fame, And Taking Risks

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In Episode 3 of the Johnny You Show, I continue my interview with Musician and Vlogger, Tyler Ward who has some of the most popular cover songs videos on YouTube. He also writes his own songs, tours, and produces. His gain to fame has brought challenges and rewards. In this episode we learn:

– Tyler’s 3 practical tips on building a platform.
– His faith and how it helped him during times of struggle.
– How he grew so fast and the lessons he learned from it.
– Tyler’s most memorable experiences.

You can find out more about Tyler on his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/tylerwardmusic

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel here to know when the upcoming interviews come out!

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Faith & Culture Videos

Johnny You Show Episode 2: Tyler Ward on Music, Fame, And Taking Risks

In Episode 2 of the Johnny You Show, I interview Musician and Vlogger, Tyler Ward. With almost 2 million YouTube Subscribers, Tyler has some of the most popular cover songs videos out there. He also writes his own songs, tours, and produces. His gain to fame has brought challenges and rewards. In this episode we learn:

– Tyler’s take on taking risks and pursuing dreams.
– Tips on how to become a successful musician.
– Tips on how to become a big-time Vlogger and YouTuber.
– How he grew so fast and the lessons he learned from it.
– His personal life and his history with alcohol.

You can find out more about Tyler on his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/tylerwardmusic

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel here to know when the upcoming interviews come out!

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