Mark Podolsky AKA The Land Geek - Issue #344





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The Land Geek Weekly Digest

October 8 · Issue #344 · 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
“We’re so caught up in trying to do everything, experience all the essential things, not miss out on anything important…We can’t read all the good books, watch all the good films, go to all the best cities in the world, try all the best restaurants, meet all the great people…Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.” ― Leo Babauta
This quote basically boils down to that gnawing feeling I often have… I’m not doing or experiencing enough.
I make fun of my parents because we’ll be eating lunch and as we’re eating start planning what we’re having for dinner.
Jeff Dettmer at Boot Camp would say that his wife Kim would scold him to stop “shoulding” all over himself. I love that phrase because I do the same thing!
When I observe my mind it’s telling me I should be meditating or exercising or reading or learning that new valuable skill or traveling or checking out that podcast that everyone’s been talking about and on and on and on.
One of my favorite books is Essentialism by Greg McKeown (listen to our interview with him here). Greg writes, “Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.” 
So I have started being more mindful of my time and even more intentional. On Sunday nights, I plan out on my calendar the most important goals I want to accomplish that week and then block out the time on my calendar to get them done.
Then, I try to fill my calendar with the activities that I know I would enjoy and block out all the other distractions like social media or the news that would just give me more FOMO anxiety.
I have so many incredible books and I love to read. I don’t have the time to read them all and so as I’m reading if It doesn’t grab me, I just stop reading it. On to the next! I’m trying to apply that attitude to more aspects of my life. There’s just an abundance of everything and if it’s not a "hell yeah” then it’s a no and I’m on to the next thing.
This way, I’m trying to live more intentionally, purposefully and with much less anxiety. There’s an old Zen story of a Zen Master shopping in the open market. He says to the butcher, “Which is the best cut of meat?” The butcher says all my cuts of meat are the best. After hearing that, the Zen Master becomes enlightened. He realizes all the moments are the best moments…
Whenever, I start “shoulding” on myself, I think of that story and just ground myself in the moment and get back to what’s most important in my life and let go of everything else.
“The things that matter most should never be at the mercy of the things that matter least.“ - Goethe
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 the Founder of Note Investing Made Easier, Martin Saenz to the show.
Episode Notes
Martin Saenz is known to be a thought leader in the mortgage note investment industry. He founded Note Investing Made Easier in 2009. Prior to launching NIME, Martin has owned and operated multiple successful companies. He is a successful entrepreneur and real estate investor with over 15 years of experience under his belt. 
Martin is very generous with his first-hand expertise, to the benefit of his many clients and followers. He is passionate about creating a better world through profitable businesses and works hard to share and spread success. He has directly aided over a thousand families to stay in their homes and countless more through the influence of his mentorship.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University, and a Master of Science in Project Management from George Washington University.
Listen in as they discuss:
  • Martin’s journey into note investing
  • What is note investing
  • How note investing works
  • What is the cost and risk associated with note investing
  • What happens when one stops making payments on the secondary market
  • The payment policies of note investing
  • How much capital do you need to get started with note investing
  • What attributes should you have to be taken seriously in note investing
And, more!
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In This Week's Round Table...
On this week’s roundtable episode, the Land Geeks discuss some of the actions you should take to sell a property that has been in your inventory for a long period of time.
Episode Notes
Joining Mark this week is:
  • Mike Zaino
  • Scott Bossman
  • Erik Peterson
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd
Listen in as they go around the room and discuss several approaches you can take to sell a property that has been sitting in your inventory for a while. 
Scott: My tip of the week is “Learn to Delegate”!
Mike: My tip is a Youtube video clip, it’s called “How to bend reality to your will and become unstoppable” by Moren Cerf on Impact Theory. It basically goes to the fact of a story, we tell ourselves how our lives changed. It’s important to tell yourself the correct story. So, listen to this video.
Want To Listen More?
Did you enjoy this episode? If you did, check out one of our exciting roundtable episodes where we share with you how we establish trust with buyers and sellers.
G -Gratitude
We’d like to express our gratitude to Derek Gelber for sharing these kind words about our Land Geek community. We are very happy to have you!
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