By Gene Guarino
Is it easy to start an Assisted Living home?
How easy is it to start an assisted living home? To those of us that own and operate these homes, we get asked that question quite often. The answer is “it depends”.
I don’t know you, your background, what you’ve done, what makes sense to you, what doesn’t, or where your heart is at. I don’t know what you’re willing to do to make something happen. I do know you can do anything you want in life if you’re willing to do it if you’re committed to making it happen. If you’re not truly committed and willing to do whatever it takes, at some point you’re simply going to give up. Now I want you to think back to something where the first time you tried it, it was not easy at all and now it is as easy as “riding a bike.” The 1st time was the hardest and after that, it became “easier.”
We can “tell” you that it’s easy, but when we can “show” you how it is done, providing the “context for the content” that’s what makes the difference for most people. Seeing IS believing.
How do you learn about opening an Assisted Living home?
When you learn something new, you probably watched somebody else do it. It became easier and easier until the time where you can’t forget it. It’s muscle memory. And then the next time you do it, you’ve got it down. Before you know it, you’re making it look easy to somebody else. There’s always effort that you have to put in. Out of the thousands of people that I’ve had the privilege of training how to do what I do. I know that I’ve helped them save time, effort, and money by learning what to do and what not to do.
One of the best suggestions I could give you is to find somebody who’s done whatever it is that you want to do and have them show you how to do it. They’ll make it look easy of course but when you try it, it will be “harder” than it looks. That’s normal. If they are a great teacher they will be able to communicate what to do step by step. If they’re willing to give you the key information, you will benefit greatly and speed up your process significantly. That is what a “mentor” can do to help you.
Once you apply the knowledge they have shared with you and you come back and show them what you have done, they give you more information and they take you step by step through this process.
It now becomes easier for you to do it. The “proof” is in the pudding as they say. As a mentor, I know that someone has truly learned something when they can share the information with somebody else and show them how to do it successfully.
How do you make it look easy?
The answer is easy for me because I’ve done it before. I was talking to some of our students that we’ve trained and they were we were talking through the different steps to open their 1st home. Each one had challenges and needed help along the way. Some needed more than others but they all needed some assistance. Easy? It’s never easy. But the second time is easier than the first time. That third time is easier than the second time, but it’s never easy. I am truly a believer in education. I’d much rather learn from your experience than mine.
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Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.