Choosing the Right Mentors - by Tony Martinez
It’s amazing what we can learn if we open our minds to the ideas and experiences of others. Of course, it’s not hard to find people ready and willing to tell you what they know…some of it is valuable, and some not. The important thing is to glean the real nuggets from shared experiences and conversations.
We’ve found that, in our careers, the more we’ve asked, the more we’ve learned. You can obtain plenty of good guidance from relevant reading materials, however exchanging information with others is where you can really take your learning to the next level.
That’s what makes the USTLA network of mentors, key staff members and fellow students so indispensable. By engaging them on a personal level, the insights will come. Each of our mentors is eager to share the lessons learned from personal experience as well as our foolproof research process. Our people have been on the front line; they’ve made a variety of successful investments and mastered the techniques necessary for optimizing returns in their markets of choice. Just as important, they know about the initial struggles and how to capitalize on positive reinforcement.
We also encourage students to talk amongst one another as many have some of the same doubts, dreams, fears and experiences. By strengthening some of these acquaintances you not only add to your knowledge base, but you also begin building a strong support system.
Saen and I could not have had such a successful start in the business without the guidance of our own mentors, which we make no effort to hide. To put it simply, it’s very difficult to embark on this journey alone, so make an effort to network. What may begin as a note here, an icebreaker there, will blossom into symbiotic partnerships. It is also very important to submerge yourself in the world of tax liens and tax deeds. Be sure to read my blog articles when they are released, listen to the protégé calls twice a month, and take the time to become familiar with different states rules regarding sales. If you didn’t know, the protégé calls are not only hosted by Saen or myself, but our mentors often take the lead and share rich information in an easy to digest format.
In sum, take a moment to think about ways you could improve your learning experience. Write them down and make an effort to implement them today.
Tony Martinez is the Founder and Chairman of the US Tax Lien Association, which is an organization that is committed and dedicated to helping others achieve total financial freedom through the power of investing in Tax Lien Certificates. With over 30 years of expert experience, Tony is the world's #1 authority on the subject of creating enduring wealth through the little know strategy of investing in Tax Lien Certificates, which gives anyone the opportunity to earn guaranteed fixed rates of returns of 18% – 36% interest per year, and acquire valuable real estate for approximately 10% of market value.