Steve Cook

  • Loren,
    When I first started investing, I also was the rehab/repair man. After 2 weeks of doing work, I realized that it was going to take me 2 years to finish the rehab with me doing the work. I learned in that moment that I was better suited to get out and find the next deal that I could quick flip and pay someone else to do the work. I…[Read more]

    • Loren,

      Even more important, in my opinion, is a legacy of faith. If we are not teaching that, all of the money in the world is useless. But wisdom is far greater than money. They can not handle money without it.

      Blessings,
      Steve

    • I remember those discussions.

      I’ve been praying for your daughter and am glad to hear she is doing well.

      Blessings,
      Steve

    • I promise you when you have kids the struggle in these areas gets real. It doesn’t change what is right, but you will find yourself wanting to give them everything. Have a strong vision on parenting 😉

    • Love that quote Mike.

    • Loren,

      I agree, but in the right order is very important.

      Blessings,
      Steve

    • Kim,
      God was pleased with Solomon when he desired wisdom. In addition to wisdom he gave great riches, but wisdom was first.
      Blessings,
      Steve

  • I had a conversation with a friend not that long ago who is very giving. And at the time, he was being attacked from all angles (I should say- so was I). He said something that I was thinking “why do I keep giving when it leads to pain”. It took everything in me to tell him to continue to do so without ceasing, like me, it is his gift. I…[Read more]

  • Ethan,
    I believe that you and your wife have that kind of heart. Test it and watch what the Lord can do 😉

    Blessings,
    Steve

    • Loren,
      When I first started investing, I also was the rehab/repair man. After 2 weeks of doing work, I realized that it was going to take me 2 years to finish the rehab with me doing the work. I learned in that moment that I was better suited to get out and find the next deal that I could quick flip and pay someone else to do the work. I focused on the part that I was best at. The rest is history. I bought a house a week and never swung a hammer. Everyone is in a position to work on their business. You need to focus on the income generating activities and get them producing asap and be willing to make the investments “in” to your business.
      Blessings,
      Steve

    • How do you want to make some money?

    • Love this, Steve. Giving means without expectation of receiving something in return. Otherwise it’s not given, it’s a barter, right?

      It also means that you might NOT get anything back… At least not what you’re thinking tangibly.

      Sometimes the thing you’re given back is patience, understanding, humility and reminders that other people in the world aren’t here just to orbit around me in my own solar system. Those are sometimes the hardest things to “get back”, but often the most valuable.

      Thanks for another great blog post, Steve.

      • I had a conversation with a friend not that long ago who is very giving. And at the time, he was being attacked from all angles (I should say- so was I). He said something that I was thinking “why do I keep giving when it leads to pain”. It took everything in me to tell him to continue to do so without ceasing, like me, it is his gift. I wanted to tell him to take a break because I wanted to be told that. But I encouraged him. He didn’t stop, he is very blessed today 🙂

    • Ethan,
      I believe that you and your wife have that kind of heart. Test it and watch what the Lord can do 😉

      Blessings,
      Steve

    • Great share. Thank you!

  • Daryl,
    It is only hard because it is not what others around us are doing. It’s not the norm. However, it is also not hard to live out, but it starts with little steps. You don’t go from where you are not to being a free flowing vessel overnight. Each day ask yourself:

    What is something little that I can do today? How can I help someone else…[Read more]

  • Hi Jeanie,
    I love making people think. How will it change things?
    Blessings,
    Steve

  • Greg,

    Thanks for your comment. It starts out with having a vision for what you want your life to look like. Right now, you may not have any clue of what that is because you are so used to working, and working, and working. The only thing you know is that you want more time to yourself and the solution that you are pursuing now… start another…[Read more]

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    • Greg,

      Thanks for your comment. It starts out with having a vision for what you want your life to look like. Right now, you may not have any clue of what that is because you are so used to working, and working, and working. The only thing you know is that you want more time to yourself and the solution that you are pursuing now… start another business. The reality of the situation is that it likely will not accomplish for you what you you want it to. You will likely find yourself busier because there is now a new start up business that you have to get off the ground, figure out how to make it work, and take years to get it to the point where it replaces your other business income. Will you even be able to sustain that kind of work and stress? Will you have the energy and resources to give to a new business start up? Are you willing to pay that price?

      I’m not telling you that it can’t be done. Instead I’m going to answer your question in as great of detail as I can. You have to start out with a vision. You need a life vision and to know what you want your life to look like. I’m not referring to your business, your work or how you provide, but your life. How do you want to spend time with your wife and kids, do you want to serve, be available for others, stay healthy, etc… How would you spend your time. The next step is to figure out how to make your business fit into the life you want to live rather then trying to fit life into the time that your business leaves available for you. There is always a solution to this. But you need to know the right questions to ask. In others words, you may come up with the question “How do I need to run my business in such a way that it provides for my families needs in only 20 hours per week?” There is an answer to that question. Sometimes it is easy to pull off, sometimes it is harder. The hardest part usually is in between your ears. Believing that you can really do it and taking action on it is the hardest part. Because people are so conditioned to work they don’t actually believe they can provide in less time so they are not willing to make the necessary changes. They believe that more work means more provision, and more work takes more time. That is true for some, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It may mean letting some businesses go to focus on a better one, or to simplify and do what is most profitable for you, etc…

      But it all starts with a vision. Determining the right type of real estate investing for someone should not be done until you know what real estate investing needs to accomplish for you. There are many different paths you can take and the wrong path will only complicate life. Knowing what you want out of life so you can pursue the right business (or career) to achieve that life is the most important step in this process. If you want to homeschool your 10 kids, a business that takes you on the road 100 days a year (away from your kids) would not fit your vision. You would not be able to be there for your kids, so that business wouldn’t work. You would need to design a business that serves your vision, not compromise it.

      So I hope this helps some. It probably raises more questions then it gave you answers, but the key is start with your Lifeonaire vision.

      Blessings,
      Steve

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    • Hi Jeanie,
      I love making people think. How will it change things?
      Blessings,
      Steve

    • Daryl,
      It is only hard because it is not what others around us are doing. It’s not the norm. However, it is also not hard to live out, but it starts with little steps. You don’t go from where you are not to being a free flowing vessel overnight. Each day ask yourself:

      What is something little that I can do today? How can I help someone else today?

      Then do it. One little step at a time 🙂