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Starting Early: Getting Involved in the Real Estate Investing Space at a Young Age with Benjamin Zelenka

In this 3 part series, Benjamin talks about how at such a young age, Ben has been able to get involved in the real estate investing industry. He talks about how he got educated about real estate and the importance of having a mentor who will teach you the nitty-gritty of the business. Ben also shares his thoughts on college debt and potentially underwriting deals in the future.

Part 1

Things you will learn in this episode:

[00:01 – 07:27] Opening Segment

● Welcoming Ben to the show
● Ben shares his background
● His ultimate goal of giving back to his community
● How Ben learned about real estate

“Sometimes, we don’t like to listen to our parents just because they’re our parents, so having somebody else that either you might respect or that’s maybe a little bit distance from you influence you in some certain way, you might be more reciprocal to that and you might actually listen more.”

[07:28 – 22:11] Getting Educated about Real Estate Early

● Educating the youth about real estate investing
● The significance of having someone who teaches you
● Ben’s potential for underwriting deals
● Ben on studying accounting
● His thoughts on college debt

Part 2

Things you will learn in this episode:

[00:01 – 11:34] Why the People You Surround Yourself with Matter

  • Teaching my daughter how to house hack
  • Not many young people get involved in real estate
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with the right people
  • The impact of Ben’s parents on his journey to financial freedom

“You have to surround yourself with people that are where you want to be.” 

[11:35 – 18:37] Thriving Inside and Outside Real Estate

  • We share our thoughts on adoption and being pro-life
  • Creating foundations
  • Ben on being 17 years old in college

Part 3

Things you will learn in this episode:

[00:01 – 10:50] Getting into Real Estate as a Teenager

  • Ben talks about being adopted 
  • Getting into real estate at a very young age 
  • Developing an interest in real estate without being exposed in it
  • Having the right kind of mindset 

“I’m doing fine. Like, I’m doing better than fine, right. And that’s just staying positive. That’s a big thing for me that I need and I’m just trying to work out right now.” 

[10:52 – 23:45] The Line Between Enough and Doing More 

  • Drawing the line between doing enough and doing more 
  • Asking the purpose behind doing more 
    • Is it internal or is it external gain?
  • How other people think affects our effort to do more or less
  • Dealing with the “spotlight effect” 
  • Recognizing your skills and achievements 

[23:46 -26:25] Closing Segment 

  • Keep in mind that you can get in real estate in any age
  • Know that people are going to help you 
  • Connect with Ben through the link below
  • Final words
You can connect with Ben on LinkedIn

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