Reflections or Reactions

Today I finished listening to one of my favorite podcasts during my workout: The Startup Camp Podcast by Dale Partridge. I was catching up on an episode with Bob Goff. It was full of incredible nuggets of wisdom. Here are a few of my favorites:

We’re either reflections of or reactions to the people we’ve been around.
I don’t think people follow vision. I think they follow availability.
One of the things that gets in the way of us leading well in our families and our work environments is we’re reading all the junk mail. These stories about who we used to be.

I highly suggest giving this episode a listen and subscribing to the podcast. Dale provides consistently helpful advice and valuable interviews for entrepreneurs.

📷: Alex Wong

Learning Garage & Estate Sale Flipping

At the beginning of this year I started reading a book that got me thinking differently about my money. The book is actually about real estate investing but had some really solid universal principles. One principle is that an investor is always alert to opportunities. So I got pretty amped up watching Gary Vaynerchuk's 2017 Flip Challenge video where he and his friends would wake up early, hit garage sales and flip the items they bought on eBay.

Then I clicked on the challenge's hashtag and saw these tweets: 

I was definitely ready to give it a shot. So last weekend I hit a couple estate sales... and walked away with nothing. There was so much stuff that was beyond my scope of knowledge. I tried doing a little research beforehand based on photos that were provided, but most of those items were just priced too high to flip.

Then I thought about something I read in a post about buying at garage sales to flip on eBayThey said that after about 10am, they changed their buying strategy from trying to find popular items to looking for offbeat items that people may have overlooked.

That's when I thought of a couple things I saw at the second estate sale and had a realization. When I was researching items I was only thinking about the items in their immediate context. I thought this is old/vintage so the only person who would buy this is some sort've collector. I failed to filter things through my context as well.

The item that caused this epiphany for me was a wooden whale. Nautical themes are huge in decorating baby's and kid's rooms right now and a vintage whale might be that unique addition someone is looking for.

I went back the next day and snagged the whale (and a large ceramic cat). Offbeat items for the win! Now I'll hopefully flip these things for a decent profit or some of my friends will be getting some awesome white elephant gifts for Christmas.

If you'd like to keep up with my progress, I'll be posting regularly about things I'm learning about flipping garage & estate sales. You can also give me a shout on Twitter and check out the hashtag #2017flipchallenge to see how and what other people are doing.


Today I turned 32.

My birthday started off at 3:30am with my oldest daughter waking me up to tell me it was time to get up and get ready. It indeed was not. Her Bluetooth speaker alarm clock only keeps 24 hour time so we've had several instances when she's set her alarm for the wrong time.

After sorting that I out I realized that my son had gotten in our bed in the middle of the night as did our youngest daughter. And I was very tightly sandwiched between them. The next thing I know, our youngest is reaching over in her sleep to grab my nose and then shoved her thumb up one of my nostrils. Happy birthday dad.

In my life I've been fortunate enough to travel to some incredible places, meet a lot of really awesome people and have a bunch of really fun experiences. But as I laid there at 3:30am and thought about all those things, my mind kept quickly coming back to the woman I was lucky enough to marry and the 4 kids that call me dad. Those things definitely trump everything else.