What You See
July 15, 2012
What you see depends on what you look for, believe it or not. We have so much stimulation coming into our brains that our brain’s have developed filters. Let me give you an example. If you need to rent a place, then you see all the for rent signs but if you have no interest in renting more than likely your brain will ignore the for rent signs. In effect, you don’t even see them. In investing, they say opportunities show up when you look for them. In education they have a saying, when the student is ready the teacher will show up. Basically, what they are saying is that opportunities and teachers are there, you just didn’t see them because you weren’t ready or looking. Your brain sees only what you have an interest in.
Same with cars, let’s say you buy a new car, immediately you will notice all the new cars on the highways that are the same as your new car. They were there before but your brain just didn’t process them. No interest, no see. So where is this going? Many people say that I see more than they do when I go for my morning walks. The reason is simple. I am looking for nature so I see nature or put it another way, if I am looking for birds, I see the birds that are there. By having interest, I have opened or removed or tuned-in my brain filters to see or receive the birds and nature that are in my time space…or in this case my morning walks.
Take this morning walk for example. Since I am always scanning the skies and surroundings for birds I just happened to see a Giant Blue Herron fly over. Wow! Then to even my surprise, because it was after daylight, I saw a mature barn owl do battle with a Cooper’s Hawk in a palm tree. I think the barn owl must have been defending its roosting place. The Cooper’s Hawk just happened to picked the wrong place to land. Like most things in nature, it happened fast and then it was over. Blink and you miss it or be thinking about something else and you won’t even see it. In this case the barn owl won and the Cooper’s Hawk retreated to a nearby chimney to recuperate or at least rethink its options. See photo. If you want to see more, just think about what you want to see and then look for it as you take your strolls. It is not that nature opens up to you but that your thoughts will open you up to nature.
This is the time to put out your Oriole feeders which will also bring in the hummingbirds. Just like fishing, you usually get better results if you bait your hook.
To those that joined us on houseinvesting.com, I want thank you for watching and chatting. If you missed Tony Alvarez’s talk on real estate it is recorded so you can watch it anytime now. Just click “Videos” below the viewing screen and select the video you want to watch. To join in the live chat when we are broadcasting, just click on “Chat” next to the Videos. You will need to sign in using your Ustream login. You can use the same login you used when you were watching Molly or any other Ustream channel since this is a feature of Ustream.
I plan on doing a live broadcast and chat on July 20th at 9 AM Pacific Time on houseinvesting.com. I will be talking and taking questions on house investing. I will be doing this from my home office so it will be a casual event. Kind of like having a cup of coffee or tea with a friend while talking about the basics. My topic will be “An Epiphany – Compounding” This is the secret that Warren Buffet, the multi-billionaire, said he discovered at age 10 or 11 and thus knew that if he lived a long life he would become rich. He was right to the tune of $80 billion. We will make it fun and we will talk about what if you are older than 10? Is it too late?
I am thinking I might be able to make our chats a weekly event except when Donna and I are travelling. I will let you know in advance. Our travel plans take priority. We plan to see the world in all its splendor.
Give thought to what you want and see what doors appear.
Carlos, Donna and Austin
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