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Sunday, September 7, 2014

If Not...??

I've taken up surfing again. The last time I surfed was when I was 20 years old. I'm not happy to report that that was more than 20 years ago. I didn't decide to do this on my own. This decision is part of my philosophy to always surround myself with more experienced people than myself. Put yourself in the midst of those you want to emulate and they'll pull you up. One of the guys I do a lot of fly fishing with does a whole lot of business in Orange County. He's operating in that $400-$1M price range. He mentioned to me how he had started surfing with another investor we've both learned so much from. Since I was also friends with that person and we've done some business together, I decided to give him a call and see if it was an open invitation type of event.

The first weekend I went, the waves were quite big. I did manage to get up once and had a very nice ride almost all the way to the beach. While we were out there, we talked more about life decisions than business ideas. It was actually quite hard to not talk about business with him and I was doing my best to make a conscious effort to not bring up any real estate related topics.

At one point, he talked about his new house down near the beach. Then, while discussing his decision to buy it, he said "If not now, when?" Later on, in his living room he was showing me a few surf boards he had recently acquired. He then went on to say that he had just ordered another one that he really wanted and again, the phrase "If not now, when?" resurfaced.

Back at home the other night, I called up my fly fishing buddy to see if he was heading down this Sunday morning to join the surf club. He said he was up in Mammoth doing some mountain biking. I decided to share with him my experience at that first surf outing and the quote I had heard several times during my two previous trips to the beach. He added, "That's right. Also, you should be asking yourself 'If not me, who?' because someone is going to do it."

If not now, when?

If not me, who?

I put my goals on my white board above my desk. I have a copy on a yellow sheet of paper next to my bed and another in the bathroom (when I'm stinkin', I'm thinkin'). I have ticked off quite a few of them, but still have some hefty goals on the list. It is only Sept and I have lots of time left this year to complete them. I have other, non-business goals on that list that I want to accomplish as well. I've been to Thailand more than a dozen times and have never been to Cambodia or Vietnam despite saying I'm going every year. If not now, when? If not me, who? This year I've decided I'm going to Cambodia. If I don't go this year, when will I go? If I don't go this year, who WILL go?

What goals do you want to accomplish? Ask yourself; if not now, when? If not me, who?