Have you ever played the board game, Monopoly? Were you successful at buying properties, and charging people rent? Did you go from buying and selling the little green houses to bigger houses? Did you dream about becoming a successful real estate agent, making billions, winning the game, and retiring at an early age? You’re not alone.
Today, I am talking to Pat Hiban, a real estate agent who got better over time to have an illustrious career in the real estate sales business. Pat practiced what he preached and like most agents, bought houses and then rented them out. At 46 years old, Pat retired from selling homes for commissions to living off the income he made from the real estate that he purchased.
[02:45] Labeled as Learning-Disabled: How Pat overcame it, and didn’t let it bother him.
[03:35] Go Getter: Don’t reinvent the wheel. Listen and copy others to sell houses.
[04:09] Done is better than perfect: Things don’t need to be perfect, but need to get done. Hire others to make them perfect and fix problems.
[05:58] Building a Billion-Dollar Business: One sale at a time, one staff member at a time, one commission at a time. Get rich quick is a slow process and takes discipline.
[07:54] What holds people back from growing their business? Themselves. There’s someone else that has the same goals, but there’s no difference between them.
[11:00] What’s going to happen? You’re going to quit affirming and focusing on your goals, or they’re going to come true.
[13:25] Unwilling to Give Up: Entrepreneurs tend to have tenacity and relentlessness.
[14:31] Are they not setting goals? Or, are they setting goals and failing? If they don’t have any goals, they’re never going to get anywhere.
[15:30] GoBundance: Find accountability partner for positive peer pressure to set goals, create affirmations for each goal, and make sure each goal and objective gets done.
[19:42] Why people fail to succeed? They give up too soon and don’t establish proper mastermind.
Jason: Welcome, DoorGrow Hackers to the DoorGrow Show. If you are a property management entrepreneur that wants to add doors, interested in growing your business and life, and you’re open to doing things a bit differently, then you are a DoorGrow Hacker. DoorGrow Hackers love the opportunity, daily variety, unique challenges, and freedom that property management brings. Many in real estate think you’re crazy for doing it, you think they’re crazy for not, because you realize that property management is the ultimate, high trust gateway to real estate deals, relationships, and the residual income.
At DoorGrow, we are on a mission to transform property management businesses and their owners. We want to transform the industry, eliminate the BS, build awareness, change the perception, expand the market and help the best property management entrepreneurs win. I’m your host, property management growth expert, Jason Hull, the founder and CEO of DoorGrow. Now, let’s get into the show.
And today’s guest, I’m hanging out with Pat Hiban. Pat, welcome to the show.
Pat: Good to be here, Jason. Thanks, man. I appreciate it. I’m excited to be on DoorGrow.
Jason: Give everybody a little bit of background on you and how you got involved with real estate. Help them understand who Pat is.
Pat: That’s a big question as far as who Pat is. It’s easier to say how I got involved in real estate. I went to college and I got a degree in sociology. I was going to be a probation officer and I couldn’t get a job. What happened was I became an agent, a real estate agent, a poor one in the beginning. I sold 10 house in my first year, made $13,000. Over time, I got better, and better, and better, and I went on to an illustrious career in the real estate sales business. I did practice what I preach and like most agents, I bought houses along the way and then I rented them out.
I played monopoly a little bit, sold the little greenhouses, bought bigger hotels, shopping center, lots of apartments, things like that. Then, at 46 years old, I retired from selling real estate homes for commissions, and just live off of the income from the real estate that I purchased currently.
Jason: One of the things in the bio that you’ve mentioned is you’re labeled with a learning disability at the age of eight. Maybe you could share a little bit about that and how you overcame.
Pat: Basically, I was learning-disabled. It was all a label. At that point, just like anything, I didn’t let it bother me. When you’re 8 years old, or even 10, or even 16, you’re not conscious of any of that. You’re really unconscious of it until later in life when your parents tell you about it.
I got a 2.3 GPA in college. I didn’t really think of myself as being really smart. I really saw myself more as a go getter. Someone who would actually be able to do whatever somebody told me to do. My office managers would tell me, “Pat, this is what you need to do to sell a house or to get a listing,” I would actually listen where 99 of 100 other agents wanted to try it their own way or reinvent the wheel. That’s how I grew everything in my life. It’s just by copying off other people.
Jason: You’ve had a lot of success where a lot of other agents haven’t been able to experience success or they eventually folded in and just gotten out because they just couldn’t make it. What do you attribute to being different? Is it just that you would listen and learn? Or do you have a little bit more tenacity and bite than most people?
Pat: One of my favorite quotes is, “Perfect is the enemy of done.” I never really had to have things perfect, but I always had to have things done. I think that served me in that I would get them done. If they weren’t perfect and there was a problem, I would hire other people to make them perfect for me so that I could stay in my superpower, which would be getting business, doing business, making money.
It was like what Robert Kiyosaki always says, “The B students works for the C students.” That’s true with me, I think. I’ll be able to get it done. I’ll be able to come up with the idea and implement a copy of it to somebody and implement it, then just hire other people along the way to make it perfect or better.
Jason: I love that idea of, “Perfect is the enemy of done,” which is funny because I say to my clients of a whole training video that talking about it and getting their websites launched. I say, “Done is better than perfect,” because once it’s done, it can make money. It can do its job. If you’re waiting for perfect, it takes forever.
Let’s get into the topic on hand, which is building a billion dollar business. How do you build a billion dollar business?
Pat: How do you build a billion dollar business? One bite at a time. That’s like an elephant […]. It’s crazy. With me, it’s just one sale at a time, one staff member at a time, one commission at a time. With regards to properties and property management, it’s the same thing. One unit at a time, one door at a time. You’re just building on that. That would be the answer to the question.
So many people today want to get rich quick. The truth to the matter is to get rich is a slow process. You got to know how to get rich slow. If you know how to do that, you’re going to succeed.
About a decade ago, there’s a movie out called The Secret. The whole half of the movie was talking about what you need to do to become a millionaire is to sit there and basically just tell yourself, “I am a millionaire. I am a millionaire. I am a millionaire.”
There’s a great quote by Jim Rohn. He says, “Affirmation without discipline is delusion.” What Jim meant by affirmation without discipline is delusion is you can sit all day and be like, “I am a millionaire. I am a millionaire,” but at the end of the day, if you don’t earn a dollar and save a dollar, you’re never going to have a million. It really should be, “I save $10 a day, I save $10 a day.” Or, “I earn $20 a day and save half.” Whatever it is, the point is, you need to add discipline.
Jason: For those listening, they’re struggling in their business or they’re wanting to grow their business, what do they need to realize that it’s maybe holding them back?
Pat: Themselves. The answer is themselves. There’s someone else in another state, another country, that has the same goals, and aspirations as them, that’s so far ahead of them already this year. There’s no difference between them. As a matter of fact, that person somewhere else may be disadvantaged compared to them in some way. Meaning, they don’t have the money, or they don’t have the skills, or they don’t have the degree, or they aren’t the right race, or the right sex, whatever the case maybe. They may be disadvantaged in many ways, but I guarantee you that there’s tons of amount there that are way ahead of you with the same goals as you and there’s no difference between you two.
Jason: Yeah. We could hold on to our story and excuses or we can get results. We’re the one creating our own blindspots. If we’re the ones that creating our own blindspots, we’re the ones that’s holding ourselves back, then how do we see that?
Pat: What you have to understand is how psychology and how people are raised, and how most people are raised. I’ll speak for America or North America. The average two-year old boy hears a negative statement from his or her parents or people older than him 16 times for every one positive statement. They might tell that little boy, “Don’t touch that.” “You’re doing it wrong.” “Wipe your face, you’re messy,” anything that’s negative. None of that is positive.
By the time you’re 18 years old, your subconscious mind is conditioned to believe that you can’t do stuff because you’re doing all these things wrong. The only way to reverse that effect on your subconscious mind is to work on your subconscious mind. That’s where you basically take goal-setting to whole another level where you actually set goals which everybody’s listening to this probably has goals set. You reduce those goals to ridiculous.
I just talked about earlier, whatever it is you want to do, let’s say you want to buy a house once a year or buy a house a month, that means you need to look at 20 everyday. You set your goal to that. Then, you create an affirmation around it for your subconscious mind that says, “I analyzed 20 deals a day.” If you analyzed 20 deals a day, your mind believes that you’re supposed to be analyzing 20 deals a day, and your mind believes that you’re supposed to be buying one house a month, then it’s going to happen. You can’t help it.
Either one of two things are going to happen. I guarantee it. Either you’re going to quit, meaning you’re going to quit affirming, you’re going to quit reading your goals, you’re going to quit focusing on your goals. Or number two, it’s going to come true. I believed that if you focus on that goal everyday, whatever it is, buying a house, and you focus on what you need to do to get into that goal everyday, it will happen. You will actualize it. I think that’s how you overcome the subconscious mind of yours that’s not believing that you’re worthy, not believing that you ever will be a millionaire.
I never really had much of a doubt that I would do well, that I will be rich. I was lucky and I was naive enough. A lot of people struggle with that. They don’t have that naivety. The way to work around that is reprogramming your subconscious mind but not just in glorious goals. Not just in big goals, but in how you’re going to actually act to get to that big goal.
Jason: I like this idea. You’re saying if you have a big goal, you have to break it down into the smallest action, the action that you’re going to be taking on a daily, consistent basis. Then, you create an affirmation connected to this. That affirmation is just basically that you’re completing this microcommitement, this action. Like, “I’m going to cold call this many owners to see if they’re out of state. To see if I can get them on for business. I’m going to do whatever.” It needs to be a daily, consistent, action. I’m going to go to this many real estate network. I’m going to commit to that.
Breaking down into the smallest action, “I’m going to take this many agents out for lunch and have a conversation with them. Hopefully, we meet the referrals.” They need to start setting some micro commitment and creating affirmations that they’re saying regarding these to affirm that they’re doing it. Then they need to live with integrity and take action towards those affirmations.
Jason: Say, somebody’s doing the affirmations. They’re believing in themselves. They’re taking these micro commitments. Then you said they’re either going to quit or it’s going to come true. There’s this tenacity that I sense in you, this relentlessness, that I think a lot of entrepreneurs carry, that they’re just unwilling to give up. If you’re unwilling to give up, eventually, the universe just got to cave to you because you’re relentless. Eventually, you’re going to get it.
Pat: And giving up is hard. You don’t want to give up on the ultimate goal, but you’re going to have to change how you get there. Things are going to pop up on your way. You’re going to have to go around them. Some people would say that would be quitting but it’s not really quitting. You’re just doing things in a different way all the time.
Jason: Right, like course correcting.
Pat: Course correcting, yeah.
Jason: You’ve worked with quite a few different entrepreneurs and business owners. What advice would you give to those listening that you would typically give out for those that are wanting to move towards goals and they’re struggling to figure stuff out on their own? What would you recommend to them?
Pat: Are they not setting goals? Or are they setting goals and failing?
Jason: That’s a good point. What if they’re not setting goals? What if they don’t have any goals right now?
Pat: Silly. Then they don’t have any goals. They’re never going to get anywhere. I have goals since day one. I can’t imagine life without goals, even today. Most people don’t have goals. That’s why they’re in a situation that they are. Your circumstances are a direct result of your goals and how many times you review your goals.
Jason: Got it. First off, they’ve got to set some goals, then they need to review these on a regular basis.
Pat: Daily. I would add something. Maybe have an accountability partner. One of the things we do at GoBundance, The Tribe of Millionaires is we have what we call peer partners which are people in the tribe that keep each other accountable. If they’re goal is to call 20 out of state owners everyday, they text them, and say, “Did you call 20 today?” Then, we have GoBuds, which are about four to five GoBros that are in The Tribe of Millionaires that meet on a bi-weekly basis to talk about their goals, talk about where they’re at, what they’ve done, and what they haven’t done, that sort of thing, and it works.
The point missing would be the accountability aspect. Not only set goals, not only create a subconscious affirmation for each goal big and each goal small, meaning the act-oriented goals, the discipline-oriented goals, but bring accountability around those discipline-oriented goals to make sure that they get done.
Jason: Got it. They need to be accountable with somebody. If they’re accountable to one, then the likelihood of them actually it is probably none.
Pat: […] works so well.
Jason: It’s probably because they have a coach, right?
Pat: Yeah. They have to go in and step on a scale every week or every day. They have to write down and track what they put in their mouth. If you do that and someone’s looking at it, it works. But if no one’s looking at it, you’re not looking at it, you’re not stepping on the scale, and you’re not writing down what you eat, chances are you’re not going to lose weight.
Jason: Yeah. I worked out with a trainer for a solid year to get in shape. He had me fill out a spreadsheet. Every time I showed up (like once a week), he was pinching me with things to measure my body fat. There was no hiding. He was like, “I could tell you didn’t eat right this week,” or, “I could tell you’re not getting enough sleep because you’re retaining water.” He’s just tell these stuff. He’s done these with so many people.
Same thing with working with any business coach that I’ve worked with. There’s this level of accountability, that I’m checking in with them. I know I’m going to be talking into them and say they’re going to ask me, “Did you keep your commitments? Did you do what you said you’re going to do?”
I think there’s that positive pressure. We’re so good at applying negative pressure to ourselves. I think it’s rare for us as entrepreneurs to apply pressure in a lateral or a positive way among our peers or among our people that their goal is to level us up. We firmly are really good at attracting people around us to tell us that we can’t do things, that it’s difficult, that maybe we should get a job. We’ve all heard these things as entrepreneurs. We really do need to have some sort of accountability. We need friends, we need partners, we need those that are in our corner. We need a coach, we need mentors. We need people that believe and can support us in our objectives.
Pat: I agree. That’s why we created GoBundance. That’s why we do what we do and why there are over 220 members now, why our retention is extremely high. It’s just because of that accountability piece. Your life just amplifies when you put it out there in front of other people.
Jason: Got it. I love the idea of adding an accountability partner. It’s a simple buddy system.
Pat, I appreciate you coming here on the DoorGrow show. Is there any other advice you’d love to share related to how people can get out of their own way, start working towards building the legacy that they want, and building the finances that they want?
Pat: I’m sure everybody here has heard of the classic book, Think and Grow Rich.
Jason: You said, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill?
Pat: Yeah. What Napoleon Hill did is he just went around rich people. He asked them, “How did you get rich? What are your habits?” There was a newspaper article that said Napoleon Hill had to break it down into two things. He actually asked for one thing, “Why people fail to succeed?” He said, “I don’t have one but I have two.” He said, “The first thing is they give up too soon.” They’re about to hit the gold and they stop digging.
He said, “The second one is they fail to establish a proper mastermind.” He was the one that came up with the mastermind concept. He had a mastermind with Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. These are all big name people. They would hang out, grilled marshmallows at a fire, and share secrets.
That’s how we came to write our latest book which is Tribe of Billionaires. I want to give everybody on the show an opportunity to get a copy of this if I could. You can get a free copy by going to tribeofmillionaires.com and all you’ve got to do is pay the shipping. It’s a story of a guy who loses touch with his father. For 20 years, he doesn’t see his dad. Then, his dad dies and he has to settle the estate. He sees the pallbearers of his dad’s coffin. They’re six guys. They’re all billionaires and multimillionaires.
He scratches his head because he’s like, “I thought my dad was a deadbeat. How are his pallbearers billionaires?” Then, he’s lucky enough that in order to get his estate, his dad wants him to spend a week with all these rich guys. What ensues are lessons that he learned. He journals about these lessons after spending or during his weeklong time with these six pallbearers. That was what Tribe of Millionaires was all about.
You can get it on Amazon for $20. You’re welcome to have it for $7 or free. All you’re doing is paying $7 shipping. You just go to tribeofmillonaires.com.
Jason: Perfect. All right, I appreciate that. Check out tribeofmillionaires.com. It sounds like a really good story that teaches some lessons regarding money, finances, and growing your business.
I appreciate you sharing that, Pat. Any other words you want to share before we let you go?
Pat: Nope. I’m easy to find. Luckily, my last name is not really popular. Just type in Pat Hiban. You can find me in multiple places. Follow me on social media, Instagram, Facebook, everywhere.
Jason: Perfect. Pat, thanks for coming on the DoorGrow Show.
Pat: My pleasure.
Jason: There you have it. Check it out and get a free copy of the book. You said you can go to tribeofmillionaires.com.
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