Christion Sadler is a real estate investor and educator. He is a tremendous source for anyone interested in residential real estate investment. One of the major young players in the west, there is no ceiling for Christion and his company. I was excited for the chance to speak with him. Below is the transcript from our interview.
How did you get into real estate investing and teaching?
"It first started with the desire. In my late teens I got it stuck in my head that I wanted to be in business for myself and specifically wanted to be a real estate investor. I spent a whole lot of money and many of my non-working hours trying different programs and systems that were supposed to teach me how to do it. By the age of 22 I was pretty frustrated with all the hype and the lack of support from most so called "education" companies in the real estate investor arena. It just so happened though that I stumbled across a handwritten sign on the sign of the road from a local group of investors that were looking for apprentices. Come to find out they were connected to an educational company as well, but this one was different. They had built a college style education to learn real estate investing and had local support from actual investors all across the country. I leveraged everything I had to pay the tuition and began applying what I was learning. Within a few months I decided to quit my job as a steel worker and become a full time real estate investor. Since that point I have never worked for someone else. The company who offered the education which helped me become free from the employee lifestyle also had a very generous referral program, and since I had a passion for not letting other people to go through all the programs like the ones that didn't work for me, it was a no brainer to also help them expand their student base. I surrounded myself with great mentors and soon became a mentor to other people."
To what do you attribute your success?
"Passion, stubbornness, faith, and most of all, surrounding myself with the right people."
What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
"Wake up! I wasted a lot of years of my life with a negative attitude, lack of focus, and an entitlement mentality. I treated people poorly and didn't have much direction. If I could grab my child self and shake him up a little bit, letting him know he could have, do, and be anything, I would be much further ahead and my impact would already be farther reaching."
What is the best part about doing what you do?
"Helping other people. As a real estate investor I am a problem solver. I many times offer solutions to homeowners that they would have never thought of or even been able to accomplish on their own. It's rewarding to put my knowledge and skills towards win-win outcomes."
What is the number one mistake you see people making when wanting to get into real estate investing?
"They try to shortcut the learning process and they think they can do it on their own. My network and my knowledge are the most valuable resources I have. There is a saying my colleagues and I often talk about that says "you can pay now for your education and learn from others mistakes or you can pay later and learn from your own. The second is always more expensive."
What is your favorite quote and why?
"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely." ~Karen Kaiser Clark
This quote screams accountability to me. Many people stop growing at a very young age. They stop progressing mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, etc. This quote reminds me that I have the choice to never stop my pursuit for personal growth."
What motivates you?
"Fear of insignificance and desire to make an impact. I think we all want to make a difference in this world, but some of us actually believe we can. I'm one of those people."
Thanks for your time Christion.
"Thank you Ryan. It is an honor to be able to share with you."
Contact Christion Sadler: