I’m Just Like You! Don’t Believe Me?

People who meet me are always shocked to find out I am just like them. That amazes me, but I understand it too. Yes, I have experienced business success and yes many, many people have seen me on stages nationally, on TV, in movies, in publications, on the internet, etc.

But at the end of the day, I am just me. I graduated from college in Springfield, MA where I grew up and moved here to hang out with my cousins a week after graduation! Yes, back then, life was all about hanging out! LOL I worked a 9-5 job like most people up and commuted in traffic until about 2005 before starting my own business.

I didn’ have anything special or magical that happened to me. I had that same feeling of dread getting up every morning to go to work that you may be feeling. I got fed up with it and decided to stop complaining and make it happen. We all have the power to do that if we want it bad enough. Has nothing to do with college education, money or anything else. But it does have EVERYTHING to do with taking action and surrounding yourself with positive people who actually “get it”.

But enough about ME. I want to know about YOU! What is it that you want to do and what are your obstacles. Fear? Afraid of failure? Afraid people will tell you that your nuts? Scared of losing friends? Scared of success? What is it?

I can guarantee you that I felt the same way, because I experienced all of the above! But guess what? It was nothing to overcome compared to the feeling of unfullfillment I had before!

So what’s it gonna be?

Let’s talk about it, enter your comments below. Oh…and Happy Friday!!

Vicki Irvin
The Real Estate Investment Queen

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16 People have left comments

» Jackie Hammonds said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 11:03:37 }

I would like to make extra money but I don’t have any money my day job takes up all my check. what to do?

» germaine said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 11:03:41 }

Financing is my hold back.

» Wanda said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 11:03:02 }

Vicki, I truly “get it!” I am a mother, a wife, I work a 9-5, and I’m an entrepreneur and I know how difficult it can be trying to hold it all down. It’s no easy task but it can be done as evident by you, me, and millions of other women all over the world. All I can say is that if you are ready to get out there and do your thing, please do not allow fear to stop you. In the beginning, it was a major road block in my path and I shunned away from even attempting to try for a long time. But when I finally made up my mind to take the plunge, I told fear that “it” had better be afraid of “me!” Don’t get me wrong, fear is real and it is paralyzing, causing you to stay boxed in. It’s chief aim is to stop you from achieving your goal but you must determine in your mind that you are going forth with the power of God and NOTHING will be able to stop you. All things are possible when you believe. I encourage everyone to just go for it. Take calculated risks, strategically planning your moves, surrounding yourself with resources and positive people who can help you, and just jump in with both feet. Life’s much too short and most people have already wasted enough time as it is. Stop procrastinating and let your light shine. You will never know how many others you will bless when you do what it is you are afraid of doing. We all have gifts and talents and that very thing you’re sitting on could save someone’s life, give a lost soul hope or start a revolution. We have no clue of the magnitude of the things that are waaay down on the inside of us. I promise you that once you get going, everything will fall in place and you will find that while you were sitting in a corner shaking in your boots, the whole universe was waiting on you.

» Cindy P. said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 12:03:21 }

My obstacle is I don’t have the money to put down on the classes for Real Estate Investing. I started last year I put down the first half for the class and was ready but I had to withdraw my money becasue I had to get food for the house. I am the sole provider for my family, I have 4 children and they eat all day long. I was disapointed in myself and had not had the chance or the money to put up to take the class. I know that is what I want to do but I don’t know how to get out of this living pay check to pay check. I know that is the key and I have been speaking on it and praying on it since I heard you on the radio one day on my way to work, on Haven 1580. I am still praying on it and speaking on it I know God is going to work it out to have it come to pass. Well that is my story.

» Latoya said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 12:03:51 }

Yes, Vicki. I am a single mother of three beautiful children and we are homeless. I am struggling trying to raise them on my own with no help from the father, friends or family. I work a full-time and a part-time job and even that’s not enough. I have always wanted to make it in the real estate industry but I have been afraid to “step out there”. I have also had people to tell me that I was crazy for even thinking about investing. That investing was for the “BIG PEOPLE”. That investing was for the “Wall Street Folk”.

I am also afraid becuase my credit is horrific, I have no experience and not a spare dollar to my name. I have seen a lot of “As Seen On TV” Real Estate Investing programs and have bought a few over the years and they have made me even more confused about investing as before! One of my biggest dreams is becoming a Real Estate Investor like you and your husband. To be finacially free! To spend more time with my children and to be able to provide for them and give them a better life. But I don’t know where to begin. Again, like I said, my credit is horrible, I have no clue where to begin and I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY. Please help!

Homeless Family USA

» Candice Redmouse said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 12:03:53 }

Vicki you’re the best. You inspire so many people, you’re the reason that I’m out of debt now. I saw you in the movie the phenomenon and I want to follow in your foot steps.

Thanks a million

» Vanessa Davis-Harper said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 12:03:54 }

Hi Vicki,

Thank you for your email. I think my biggest problem is that I just don’t know how to do it! I don’t think I have enough confidence in myself.

Many years ago, I did some research on the best businesses to start at home. At that time (1996) I had my own home and the space for an office. I was a full time working mother taking care of my elderly parents, who are now deceased but I was full of determination and excitement because I saw the opportunity to make a better life for me and my family. I have a terminal illness so working for myself seemed ideal because I would have the time to take better care of myself. I bought a new computer, fax and copier, took some courses, created a logo, ordered stationary, etc. – everything to get started, and then – I don’t really know what happened! That was almost 13 years ago and now medical billing is still a lucrative home based business, and I would really like to try again. I’m almost 46 years old and I would like to be able to retire at age 55 or before. I am a single parent/grandparent (my husband passed away several years ago). I have a decent job – THANKS TO GOD! but I do want more for myself and my family. I’m sort of in a rut and I don’t know how to get out. All the plans and dreams I had so many years ago have just sort of faded away. I want to revive them and get them back but I can’t fit it anything else in my life right now.

I have lots more but I know mine is the not the only email you have to read. Thanks for listening and if you have any suggestions – I’M LISTENING.

GOD Bless,
Vanessa Davis-Harper

» Owen Wayne said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 01:03:25 }

I am also taking action.

I have tried a number of Real Estate oppertunitys, however, the cmpany’s were not legitamite.

I bought a number of books tapes, went to seminars and I still have not progressed much.

I am taking action by getting my real estate license again and I with a new organization called Real Investors. Hopefully I can do better this go around in my Real Estate indevors.

» LaKisha Nevels said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 02:03:17 }

My comment is in reference to the email “I’m Just Like You”. It’s funny because I too have dreaded waking up every day to only be unhappy by the end of the day. My life consist of commuting about 68 miles and it really puts a toll on you mentally and physically.

It wasn’t until just the beginning of last year, turning thirty, I realized that I need to work on changing work I’m doing. Now, I’m a co-author to a book being released at the end of March called “The Queen’s Legacy” and I’m working towards my business ventures.

I realized this year that it might hurt, there might be some blood, sweat and tears, but I want a better life for me.

Thanks for your email.

Best regards,

» Johnny said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 06:03:34 }

Hi Mrs. Vicki;

Yes I can’t see how you are like me, I have lost my wife to illness and I’m still trying to pay off medicate bills. So can you tell me how can I do this business of investing with little cash and below credit score. Tell me… I’m all ears, I have the time to devote to the business.

» Rederica Whitfield said: { Mar 6, 2009 - 07:03:41 }

Hi Vicki,

I am not sure how to go about getting started in real estate investing. I do not have any extra money to even begin investing in the programs or purchase of property. What advice do you have in order to get started?

» Kyscha said: { Mar 7, 2009 - 12:03:33 }

I feel like as if I am out there on my own, afraid and feeling discouraged because I didn’t know all of the answers. For example once you get the signs posted and the calls start coming in, what will I say, when they start asking questions? My fear over-powered me, fear of the unknown, any advice??

» Robin said: { Mar 7, 2009 - 11:03:01 }

I think in a lot of ways, we are all alike. We have the same successes and failures, our friends and enemies are alike. Out lows and highs are the same. Our happy dreams and nightmares are so much alike, and this is just the beginning. Life is not easy and the system brings a lot more pressure on folks like you and I and everyone else who is not at the top of the ladder.

I have a 9 to 5, I have a snow plowing business, I have a information technology & electrical business, I am a Notary and looking for more opportunities which can bring in money.

I have been to a number of real estate investment classes all around the Washington Metro area, and have tried to make that system work for me to bring in some fast money. But I have not been successful in that line of business. I have a vision and dreams of futures success and will not trying until those happy dreams come to life.

The Dreamer


» CD said: { Mar 7, 2009 - 12:03:54 }

May all your dreams come true! Your opportunity will come!

God Bless.

(As the song goes: Jesus can work it out!

» valeria myers said: { Mar 10, 2009 - 11:03:50 }

I am interested in flipping homes; purchasing homes, remodeling and sellling them. At the time, I am retired with limited funds but wanted to explore my options. What steps do you suggest I take?

» Denise said: { Mar 20, 2009 - 09:03:24 }

I’m a single mother with two children. My daughter will finish college in May 2009 and a son whom I also pay tuition for. My children and I have never had anything free as far as tuition or housing. I own a time share and really enjoy it when we have chance to use it. I would love to keep, but financially I know that it could bring in some needed money! Should keep it or sell it? I really need some advice on what to do! Thanks.