The faster you try to grow your business, the more you will compromise your values.
I’m super excited to introduce another past member of our 30-Day Accelerator, Jens Nielsen!
He told me the most important lesson he learned from our Accelerator was you need to understand what you really want first to be able to build a business that excites you.
He’s the founder of Open Doors Capital, a real estate investment consulting and coaching firm.
When Jens first joined our Accelerator, he thought transferring his IT skills into consulting was his most obvious path into solopreneurship.
After going through a few of our exercises and group chats, he realized he was much more excited about investing in real estate.
He’s been investing in multifamily properties for several years. He decided to turn the knowledge he’s gained from real estate investing to build a coaching and consulting business to help others learn how to invest.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- How Jens reaches out to potential clients as a self-described introvert.
- Why he put his own capital at risk first as he learned about real estate investing for himself.
- Get honest about your identity because it creates your reality.
- Treating his day job as venture capital for his side business.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Plan your actions
- Tell your story
- Manage your energy
- Embrace discomfort
How Jens Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 5:15 am
- Time spent on side-business per week: 8 – 10 hours
- Ideal work environment: Early in the morning and right after his workout at lunch.
- Superpower: Solving problems: looking at a complex situation and figuring a way out of it.
- Regains focus by: Getting up and walking around, taking a break, and talking to people to get re-energized.
- 90-day goal: Get his coaching website finished and find the next deal to start working on.
“I have just connected with so many people that I never had before and it really just excites me.”
“I’m saying, ‘who is the person that I need to become in order to be successful in this business?'”
“People buy you, versus your product.”
“I think we all have these thoughts and patterns that we can change through choice.”
If you really want to work for yourself, but feel like you’re struggling to find the time, Jens shared this advice:
1) Try getting up earlier and not watching TV
2) Look at how you spend your time as making a choice that you can change if you want.