THIS IS HOW
I DID IT

"The only thing keeping you from where you're at and where you want to go, are the stories you keep telling yourself between your ears."

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My Story

I was born on thanksgiving day November 26th 1979 in San Diego, CA. My first memories are at 3 years old. We lived on Dory Road in Bonita Ca in a 3bd 2 bath home. A typical middle class family. I started digging ditches on my dads job sites in San Diego. My father was a real estate broker turned developer in the early 1980's. He started small and became a self made millionaire by the late 1980's. I always remember him preaching the value of hard work and the value of a dollar. My dad's father died when he was 3, he had an abusive step father, he was in Vietnam as a door gunner... so on and so forth. When my dad got back home, he got into real estate. My dad did very well over his 40 year career until the financial crisis of 2008. Due to the housing crash of 2008 my very wealthy father lost everything. I watched my dad go through a $60,000,000 bankruptcy. My parents divorced when I was 8 years old, but I had a good childhood 1980 - 1998. They had an abusive relationship and lots of yelling, but they did show us kids stability. It was hard living in separate homes and moving a lot, but my parents did give us love and mentorship. Since my dad was a developer, he used our home as a profit hobby.

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He made sure to never provide a silver spoon, only an opportunity to work hard. I always had to work for things. My dad did open doors, but forced us to go through the doors and make stuff happen. After college in 2002, I went into the title insurance business for 3 years. I wanted to make things happen on my own and not ask dad for a job. I am happy I did that. I went and got my general contractors license and my real estate brokers license at that time. In 2005 -2007 I went back to school to get my double masters degrees (MBA and Masters in real estate development at the University of San Diego (USD).

After college in 2002, I went into the title insurance business for 3 years. I wanted to make things happen on my own and not ask dad for a job. I am happy I did that. I went and got my general contractors license and my real estate brokers license at that time. In 2005 -2007 I went back to school to get my double masters degrees (MBA and Masters in real estate development at the University of San Diego (USD). When my 91 yr old grandmother died she left the kids $15,000. We could either invest it into real estate or invest it into our education. I used that $15,000 towards my masters degrees. It was one of the best things I ever did. I worked part time while in school, graduated the MBA programs and was ready to take on the world making millions. Oh but wait.... the wonderful financial crisis of 2008 showed up. Just when things were about to go big, I got clobbered like many Americans did. 

 

Watching my dad go through 2008-2010 was a humbling kick in the butt. I had to start over and I NEEDED to re-learn the habits, the skills and the mindset that created success for the top 1%. Thankfully my parents instilled in me the value of the dollar, hard work & self reliance. The one thing I had to shift, was my relationship with money. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thousands of units over hte coming years. Dream big, put a plan in place and then religiously go after it. As my dad says... "Son, there are doers and dreamers in this world. Doers take their dreams and make them a reality. Dreamers keep on dreamin. Dreamers talk, talk, talk, but never execute."  

 

You see... there are 3 relationships you can have with money. 

  1. Poverty relationship (Money is the root of evil and does more harm than good. You don't need money. Money doesn't help people. I don't need money. I can be poor and happy). You can be poor and happy... but' I'd rather be rich and help others.

  2. Just enough relationship. (You make just enough to get by in life). 

  3. Abundance TO GIVE relationship.  (I need to accumulate as much money as possible, so I can give back to the world and help others as much as possible. Money is good and I can help a lot of people, follow my passion projects if I have the resources to do it. Money is abundant and I need it to help the world).

I was never comfortable with "The abundance mindset" until I added "TO GIVE."  Which mindset do you have? Most people are at #2. I was at # 2.... Until I shifted my mindset and relationship with money. You see... I've seen money do good and money do bad, so I struggled with the fear if I made too much money it may cause more harm than good in my life. That is until I shifted my mindset... TO GIVE. So now I have a purpose behind it. I want to accumulate as much money as possible to help give back to our military, veterans, wounded warriors and young kids without good mentors and households to grow up in. I know how valuable a great education and mentorship can have on the trajectory of a child's life and the critical age between middle school and high school where some kids are forgotten. This is why I support "Reality Changers" for youth, "Wounded Warrior Project" and "Wounded Warrior Homes" for our veterans.

Where I am today:

After my divorce in 2019, I took some time to focus my life and what I wanted. I know i want a purpose driven life. My biggest fear is meeting my 80 year old regretful self. I would hate to meet that person and have that person regretful about not going for things. We have a limited time here in this realm on earth. Make sure you embrace it and fulfill yourself personally, professionally and in health. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a learning disability. I never really knew it, but apparently I was really bad with standardized tests because of my inability to focus and retain information. I didn't let it stop me and my parents made sure it didn't get me down. I always had to work harder in school than most kids, but i was willing to put in the work and then outshine most the "smarter kids." I was provided an amazing education both in high school and college. I was very fortunate to get to spend half of my college time oversees in Europe and also on Semester at Sea around the world. I've traveled to 6 continents and over 30 countries 60 + cities around the globe. I feel so blessed to have lived overseas gotten exposed to the world, cultures and people. It made me appreciate how lucky we are to live in America. It has shaped the person I am, the legacy I want to leave and my mindset of Abundance2Give. "Freely Ye Give, Freely Ye Receive" was a quote on the building at Pepperdine University. I grew up under Christianity, but I don't practice it today. I value religions, but see myself  as a spiritual person and less a religious person. Nonetheless, there are many lessons I took from Pepperdine University and the University of San Diego Grad School. 

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So I picked myself up, went and worked at an asset management company handing foreclosures for many of the major banks around the country. While at work, I started selling homes on the side and went to my MBA buddy, Christopher Pohle, and told him we need to start a company to buy rental properties. Our first property was a $100,000 condo in Murrieta CA. Then we bought a SFR home in Hemet, 3 unit in National City, 4 unit in National City, 4 unit in El Cajon, so on and so forth. We did most of it with our own money and some with investors. We developed a few properties in San Diego in 2016-2018. 

 

In 2018 I knew we needed to expand outside CA and grow. So i went to a syndication conference in Boston. I met many investors and syndicators from around the country and begin to learn the markets I wanted to invest in. Kansas City MO was our first. Most people are suprised when I tell them Kansas City, but it has been one of the best markets ever. I could see it when i traveled there in 2018. Since that conference we have purchased nearly 500 units and growing. We now invest into MO, TX, OK, AL, TN and AZ and have plans for 

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I currently live in San Diego. I travel to our properties throughout the West and Midwest. I run several companies focused in apartments, real estate, education and online commerce. I am a multi-millionaire thanks to real estate and apartment investing.  I have two beautiful children and I am in a good place spiritually, health, professionally and personally. I hope everyone gets to experience financial freedom and personal fulfillment. 

I Want to Take a Moment and Thank You For Being Here.

If you made it this far, I appreciate the time you took to read this and deeply value every relationship I make from this. I’m here for you as both a guide and as a friend. I try to respond to every email and want to hear your story – both the good and the bad. I want to provide a safe community where new investors can collaborate, provide encouragement, and work smarter. 

Thank you for reading.

I hope that the story of your life brings you peace, freedom, and happiness.

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"Everyone has a story. Everyone has tragedy in life. Everyone has a different starting point in life. You can't control your starting point, but you can control where you go. Here is my story." 

“There are doers and dreamers in this world. Doers take their dreams and make them a reality, while dreamers keep on dreamin.”

— My Dad Jim Brennan