A Story, and a Lesson of Perseverance…

I wanted to share with you: a short story, a lesson about struggling, and a recent Real Estate Investing article that was featured in a National Publication.

What do these 3 things have to do with each other?  On the surface… nothing, however there is an encouraging and inspiring thread holding them together.

The Story

You see, I narrowly squeaked through every one of my writing and English classes at school.  My writing was labelled as scatterbrained, incoherent, and my favorite… schizophrenic.

Come to think of it, I’m sure that many of my English teachers passed me just to keep me out or their classrooms for the coming year.

When I had a choice of the classes to take, English was never on the list.  I told myself that I cannot write and will never need ‘those skills’ in the real world, so why bother?  I gravitated towards science, math, and commerce instead.

When it comes to writing, the famous quote from Ernest Hemingway rings true:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Sounds like an enjoyable process, right?

The Lesson

Writing is a very vulnerable experience.  You often wear your heart on your sleeve, share your personal thoughts, feel very exposed, and WILL be judged.  I still have anxiety each time I finish and publish something (but it’s getting better each day).  Writing is a practice, a process and will take a lifetime to master.

If I can do this… you definitely ‘got this’.

If you think writing is not a valuable skillset to master, consider this; writers rule the internet. It’s all content and copy.

  • Videos are scripted – someone wrote them.
  • That trinket you recently bought on Amazon or ebay– someone wrote the product description
  • The review you use to determine whether you buy – someone wrote it.

Building your writing skills is one of the best ways to build your credibility, profile and authority.

With time, training, practice and doing the work, you can become a writer.  Over time you will find your groove, discover your authentic ‘writing voice’ and share your message with the world.

I am still a crappy writer, and just marvel at how effortlessly some people can create and write, volumes of compelling copy.  That is an amazing talent, one that I do not have in my arsenal.

I struggle, and struggle, and have an entire hard drive full of unpublished articles & book chapters sitting there waiting to be finished.

I struggle…

But I still do it every day!

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this:  It’s not the writing part that’s hard.  What’s hard is sitting down to write.  What keeps us from sitting down is resistance.

~ Steven Pressfield

The Article

What follows is an article that was recently published in a National publication (Western Investor).  I am soooo grateful for good editors and proff reiders :).

This article is a reprint of an article that was originally created and published while I was with the Real Estate Investment Network.

Seven foundational pillars of joint-venture investing
A guide to successful joint-venture relationships

By Russell Westcott
Article as featured in Western Investor, June 22, 2017

Most sophisticated and successful real estate investors utilize joint ventures to create wealth at an accelerated pace. Some of the key foundational principles of creating successful joint venture relationships include:

To continue reading the rest of the article, please visit the Western Investors Website >> here

Western Investor Joint Venture Article

Western Investor Joint Venture Article

The Inspiration

Hopefully, this post has encouraged and inspired you to tackle something that you may struggle with. Through my own experiences, I can tell you that with focus, time, and putting in the work, you too can tackle a skill that once had you labeled as scatterbrained, incoherent and schizophrenic.

Remember, past failures are NOT a predictor of future results

“To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

~Arthur Ashe

PS… to my 11th grade English Teacher, Mrs. Mighton.  Please accept this article as my incomplete assignment from 1987.  I’m sorry it’s 30 years late.  I am taking ownership and responsibility for not handing in this assignment on time, no excuses.

Russell Westcott
#Inspire #Encourage #Love


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