Becoming a Full-Time Investor in Just Eight Months, with Brian O’Neill

Becoming a Full-Time Investor in Just Eight Months, with Brian O’Neill

Episode 191:

Brian O'Neill was born in New York and moved to Florida at age 5 and spent most of his life there. He attended Florida State University and then at the age of 30 he moved to Chicago. Brian has been there for 17 years now and has a wonderful wife, Katie, who he has been married to for 10 years. They have a very soon-to-be 9-year-old son named Will. They love spending time together and taking family vacations, just the 3 of them. In his spare time, Brian likes to play golf, read, and play sports with his son.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Brian has managed to achieve enough success in real estate to resign from his career and turn to full-time investing
  • How Brian first joined the Smart Real Estate Coach team around Thanksgiving of 2019, and how he achieved his goal of leaving his job far earlier than his estimation of 2022
  • How Brian managed to overcome his fear and jump into investing full-time, and how he came to the realization that now was the time to make the leap
  • Why getting into the right headspace was critical for Brian's success, and how he realized that he needed to “get out of his own way” by starting with small changes
  • How Brian achieved his success so quickly through hard work, paying attention, and taking action every day
  • How Brian starts every day with the same key morning routine, and how that routine sets him up for success
  • How working from home during the global pandemic and realizing how much he enjoyed the extra time with his son became a key motivator for Brian
  • Why it is important to be “the authority” in your marketplace, and how Brian is now focusing on working with people he can help
  • How Brian manages a balance between focusing on his goals while also spending time with his family, and why success requires a “get it done” mentality
  • Why one of the most powerful quotes that Brian lives by is “if you turn the ship just a little bit, you’ll end up in a completely different place”


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