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Mark Podolsky AKA The Land Geek - Issue #324


The Land Geek Weekly Digest

May 21 · Issue #324 · View online

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We are going to a new newsletter format T-L-G. Thoughts. Land. Gratitude.
email me your opinions about the change at [email protected]
Thanks for your time and attention and feedback to help me improve!

T- Thoughts
  1. “I’m telling you, these walls are funny. First, you hate them. Then you get used to them. Enough time passes, it gets so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.” - Red, From Shawshank Redemption
Spoiler alert… If you haven’t watched Shawshank Redemption skip ahead…
One of the few movies that I HAVE to watch if it’s on while I’m flipping through channels is Shawshank Redemption. I know you’ve seen the movie and it’s one of the most beloved movies of all time. Can you believe it’s been 27 years since they made it?
Anyways, I love the quote above, because it’s so easy for us to get used to our lives. I remember hating my job as an investment banker yet I adapted quickly to the paycheck every two weeks. The same drive, the same routine the corporate culture. I adapted and it took me five years to break through my own self-imposed prison to create a new life for myself.
Like Andy Dufresne, I had hope for freedom.
Even still with all the planning and working towards my eventual goal to be free to the job I hated, I still tried to negotiate a way to stay there! I didn’t want to let go of my benefits and asked if I could "consult” on the side and help close the bigger deals.
My boss (or warden) told me I was either all in or all out. I was sick, but I said I was out… And the rest is history.
Nevertheless, how many times in our lives do we just settle because we’ve adapted to our environment? Do you feel stuck in an unhealthy relationship? A job that doesn’t serve your higher purpose? Are you procrastinating on that new exercise program because you’re comfortable?
Take some time this weekend and re-watch Shawshank Redemption. I think the movie is so beloved and stands the test of time because we all can relate to our own types of prisons. We can all relate to the themes of friendship, hope, and of course creating our own future and escaping those that are holding us back.
“I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope” Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding
If you have thoughts or more insights you’d like to share with me don’t be shy! Email me at [email protected]
L- Land
This Week on The Art of Passive Income...
On this week’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott welcome real estate investor and developer, author, mentor, and engineering genius, Victor Menasce to the show.
Episode Notes
Victor Menasce is a real estate investor and developer, author, mentor, and engineering genius. His journey into the real estate industry came about out of his need for a change in routine after spending 25 years in the high-tech industry. He started his real estate journey locally in Canada before quickly moving into the US markets when he became aware of the prospects for additional investments and the opportunity to widen his network. Through many trials and errors, Victor has managed to establish himself as a highly sought-after real estate investor and developer with over 9 years’ worth of experience.
As a serial entrepreneur, he had the role of founder and Chief Operating Officer at Somerset Technologies. Also, he held several senior roles in marketing and engineering with Tundra Semiconductor before moving on to start his career at Bell Northern Research and Nortel where he designed microchips that were utilized in the manipulation of the telephone network.
Today as Victor enjoys his life as a real estate ‘big shot’, he looks back at his engineering days with a smile on his face as he realizes that for approximately a decade, 54% of the phone calls in North America were routed by a microchip designed by him.
Listen in as they discuss:
  • Victor’s unorthodox journey into the real estate industry and his incredible ability to secure quality investors for any business venture. 
  • Building a responsible financial relationship.
  • Charting an admirable business track record.
  • Seeking out compelling opportunities.
  • Creating perfect alignment between your goals for the money and your goals for a project.
  • Forming mutually beneficial business collaborations to give your business the boost you need that cannot be gained on your own.
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone for the good of your business
  • Being very specific with your investment goals.
  • Assessing your environment and business associations to see if they are adding to your business or taking away from it.
  • Understanding that there is a thin line between seeking opportunities from your network and solely using them for the good of your business.
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In This Week's Round Table...
On this week’s round table episode, we are switching things up a little. With the majority of the Land Geeks away, Scott Bossman hosts this week’s roundtable along with Erik Peterson and special guest Matthew Forbes.
Episode Notes
Listen in as they go around the table and discuss the topic “How to Build a Team For Your Business.” They each highlight effective approaches you can take to build a great team if you are getting started in the land business. Tune in to hear more!
TIP OF THE WEEK is one tip of the week, but there’s another one that is also good for a tip of the week. You may have to be a MAC user for this, there’s an app called Session ( This is an app for time management, it’s kind of a Pomodoro tool that enables you to segment your day. Let’s say you have something on your priority list like county research and you need to sit down and spend or focus time on county research for 25 minutes today. When you go to your timer you can block out all the other apps on your computer: type in county research, set your timer for 25 minutes, and there you go, you can focus time. You can segment your day and at the end of the day, you can see where you spent your time. It does integrate with your calendars as well.
Want To Listen More?
Did you enjoy this episode? If you did, check out another exciting roundtable episodes where we discuss how to start a successful land business with 10k in 2021.
G -Gratitude
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