If you have ever tried to build a successful real estate business from scratch, but have been frustrated, I have some good news for you.
I’m so excited to announce to you that I am dedicating this clog to sharing the exact knowledge and the different strategies I used to free myself from the financial clutches I’d been in. If I can move from being homeless to developing different passive income streams from a successful real estate business, you can as well.
Why You Should Listen To Me
Before we get started on this journey, so that we are clear on why I can help you, let me give you a little bit of my backstory.
My name is Ryan Enk. Feel free to call me Ryan. I am married to a beautiful lady from New Orleans and we have five awesome kids. Now, I am more grounded and live in the New Orleans area, but I used to move around a lot as a kid. You can say I feel at home here. Haha!
By the way, did I tell you all my kids are boys? Trust me, I tried all I could. Uh, you better not give me any suggestions. I tend to go all in. But you probably already know I’m not a quitter. So, I’ll be updating this blog when I hit that goal too.
No, I don’t quit.
Just like when I failed twice right after college.
In case, you haven’t figured college was a bad idea of its own. I quickly amassed a large debt. The college fees, which was $16,000 a year quickly went up to $20,000 by the time I graduated. I had believed all the promises of the awesome, high-paying job I’d get after school.
Well, that didn’t happen.
Take the first job I got, for example. It was a teaching job that was making $24,500 a year. This barely paid for two years’ worth of college fees. Oh, and don’t forget that you can’t just take your salary to fund your college debt directly. You actually have to survive on it first, and hope there is anything left.
Okay, maybe it wasn’t that bad. They actually did pay me an extra $5,000. However, the caveat was that I had to drive a bus. I had a coach, two sports, and I had three moderate clubs. All I was able to do with the extra $5,000 was survive on ramen noodles. Yes, I had to eat those noodles at every single meal because that’s all I could afford.
Then, I got married to my lovely wife. It was a hard time financially, but we made that decision and maintained a positive outlook. My wife got pregnant right away and we started making arrangements for our first child. Eight months later, Katrina came visiting…
Remember when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans? It completely smoked us. Before I could say Jack, we were homeless.
Picking Myself Back Up
Man, was that a tough time! For a while, I was homeless and didn’t have a place to live. My wife was eight months pregnant and that was mounting more pressure on me. But that is not all. I lost more than the home. I also lost my job at the school where I was teaching. You see, the school was also hit. It was six feet under water.
Guess who was hit the most.
It was tough taking it all in. I kept thinking about how to provide, not just for my wife and me, but also for the kid coming in a few weeks. They needed a place to stay, but no headway was forthcoming.
So, I immediately swung into action. I did the only thing I could think of – a crazy search for a job. I went to over a hundred job interviews. I got over a hundred No’s. No one would hire me. I started to wonder if there was something wrong with the way I look.
Is something wrong with my face?
Do I dress funny?
Do I walk funny?
I just couldn’t figure out what was wrong. So, I made the next logical decision.
I hired myself.
Yes, since nobody would hire me, I hired myself. Unlike what you hear many people say out here, I wasn’t a born entrepreneur. I was literally forced in. I simply had to somehow figure out a way to provide for my family.
You would think I got my break straight away, but no.
I made a major business mistake. In retrospect, I still ask myself what I was thinking. I hired a friend from high school. This is not just any friend, either. This friend of mine had gotten into drugs a little bit. Here was I starting a brand new business and, as if that is not risky enough, hiring my friend in a bid to help him.
It was a tragedy.
I ended up getting about $4,000 withdrawn from my bank account and he moved to Australia with it. Talk about yet another colossal failure! Everything sort of spiraled down from there. I started acquiring more and more credit card debt until I eventually crashed the business completely.
Getting A Job
My newly launched business was over and I had to return to searching for jobs. Somehow, this time I did something right. I interviewed for a job and actually got hired. It was a job selling copiers. That experience almost crushed my soul.
Just imagine waking up with anxiety every single day, going into a cubicle, and literally having to use the bathroom 10 times a day, not because you are pressed, but because you are almost depressed. That was how I felt. I don’t want to get on the phone and call somebody, selling them something like a copier.
The copier is like that thing that makes everybody mad in an office. What else could possibly make people madder than the copier? Even when I was a teacher, I kicked that sucker a couple of times. Now, I had to be the one selling that thing? Entering offices where I was completely unwelcome and trying to sell something that everyone hates?
Well, that was my job.
But it gets worse. You see, there are 34 people involved in the transaction. Even if I do everything right, any of those other people could do something wrong and mess everything up. And, since I was the only point of contact for the customer, I get the brunt of all those problems. I hated it, but held on to the job. As far as I could tell, it was at least a secure job.
Boy, was I wrong!
The company ended up getting sold later. There was massive layoffs and the health care policy got worse. At this point, we already had a couple of kids. You know how it gets, when you are struggling to make ends meet, you somehow seek solace with your spouse even more, and the result is more kids. I did just that.
Now with the large family, if my family wanted to go out to eat, we literally had to go find couch cushion money in order to do that. It was that hard and it was really embarrassing.
At the lowest of my lows, I couldn’t afford gasoline for my truck. So I would get up really early in the morning, not because I am so much of a morning person or it was a great success habit, but because I didn’t want anybody seeing me. I had to ride my wife’s pink bike to work, because I couldn’t afford the gasoline.
This was where I just hit a brick wall. I told myself, “You know what, no more! I can’t do this anymore! There’s got to be a better way. I’m working my butt off. I’m spending all this time. Yet, it’s not yielding any fruit to keep on having these kids. I really have to do something.”
Finding My Way To The Real Estate Business
You know how people say, “Get a job and enjoy a lot of fabulous benefits.” Well, that’s a total lie, in my opinion. The benefits you seem to get is the small exchange you get from imprisoning yourself to a corporate environment doing something that you hate every single day. As an entrepreneur, you can afford those benefits.
When I realized this, I made a decision that forever changed my life. I decided to get all the education I can about entrepreneurship and real estate. I decided to ruthlessly implement everything I learned.
So I just started reading every single book I could get my hands on. I was interested in real estate. So I started with real estate and learning how to invest in real estate with no money. Everything that I learned I implement. I took all the online courses I could find and tried them out. I would fail, succeed, fail and succeed again. I just kept on implementing until I got really good at it.
Within one year, I started buying real estate and other assets with no money down. I bought house after house. I wholesaled. I flipped. I did multi-family apartments. I did bond for deed. I did lease purchases. Just name it. I did pretty much everything you could do in real estate. I even built a $2,000,000 indoor sports arena.
And then another one…
Then, I bought some commercial property. I did short term vacation rentals. Then, I took what I learned from vacation rentals and I created an RV rental business. I kept buying and selling and cash started flowing in from over a hundred assets in one year!
It was so surreal!
I made enough passive income cash flow for my wife to quit her job as a nurse, so that she could spend more time with our kids.
I made enough passive income to fire my boss.
I even made enough income to fire myself as my own boss.
I increased my net worth to over a million dollars in one year, and then I traveled all over the US with my family in an RV and the yacht. And, yes, I bought my dream home on the river, just like I want it.
What I Want You To Know
If you are reading this and wondering how this could be even possible, I want to assure you that it is as real as life itself. If you’re in a position where you’re struggling to provide for your family, if you’re under this corporate crushing debt or just a soul killing job, if you’re living like five feet in front of your face, just running the endless rat race, trying to survive, I used to be there.
It is totally possible to soar 500 feet up where you have this vision of your life and the way that you want to help and serve others, grow your business, or just have freedom with your family.
It’s not hard to make enough passive income to quit your job and live life on your own terms or to grow your net worth to $2,000,000 or more. It’s actually easy. The reason why you think it is hard is because people have told you so. The truth is that people hate when I say it is actually kind of easy.
And I understand.
You see, the problem is one of these two things. People either don’t know how because they lack the knowledge or they just are not willing to invest in their education, much less implement it. If only people would invest in the right kind of education, like they do with a college education. If only people would get the actual specific education on how to do things that would help them in life.
Why I Created This Blog
I have been in a position where I had no idea how to pull myself and my family out of financial constraints. I don’t want you to feel the same way – not anymore. I am launching this blog to start giving you the strategies and techniques you need to help you actually implement those strategies.
My goal is to help you become financially free. I believe that the world is actually better when everyone is living out their calling.
How many people do you know who want to be a musician, artist, or a comedian, but it just doesn’t pay the bills? So, they miss out on their passion because they’re too busy working. They’re too busy in the rat race that they can’t see their life from 500 feet up. Likewise, many people had to miss something their kids consider special because of work.
This is sad, and I want to do my part in preventing that.
What I want to do is to give you as many different ways for you to figure out how to start creating passive income for yourself, so you can be financially free and be able to actually serve your family, your community, and the world.
It’s not necessarily about not working right now. What matters to each of us is different. For you, you may just want to network more. For me, it’s about how I could serve others at the highest level. That is my “why.” That is why I am doing this. I figured that the best way to serve is to be financially free from the rat race and break free from the chains of the corporate environment.
So, subscribe to this blog, bookmark it, and visit regularly, because the articles I share could potentially change your life. It would definitely help you be a better provider for the ones that you love. If this blog would help you in any way, I would consider myself fulfilled and mission accomplished.
What do you think about my story? Are you inspired? Please, introduce yourself and share your comments below. Can’t wait to talk to you.