July 15, 2013:

I’d like to write a bit today about opportunities.  One of the problems an investor faces is choosing the best investments with a finite amount of funds.  Unless you are Warren Buffett or another billionaire investor with almost unlimited funds, you only have so much money to invest.  And once you invest in something, you don’t have the funds available for other investments.  Let me give you a personal example.

Back in March 2013, I went out with my property manager to see some new properties.  When we met at the first property, he drove up in a new Tesla Roadster.  I had been watching Tesla’s stock which had recently done an IPO.  But I do not like to invest in new IPOs, as there is no price chart history to see where the stock has gone in the past.  So at this point I was just watching the price of Tesla’s stock.

Once we finished looking at properties, I got a test drive in the car.  I have to say, it was the coolest car I have ever been in.  They did an amazing job designing the car.

After I got out of the car, my first thought was, “I need to go home and buy Tesla’s stock immediately.  This is going to be a big hit!”  The stock was around 37 or so.

But I didn’t buy the stock.  I got caught up with a big rehab project on a property I already owned, and then a second rehab project.  I also was looking at another potential real estate investment.  And I was working on this Lifetime Investor program content and web design.  Plus, I had lots of capital going out to pay for these projects,

A few weeks later Tesla’s stock started to take off.  It is currently around 120 a share.

Do I regret missing out on Tesla’s run?  Yes.  I saw the potential, but did not act on it due to other investments.  But this is how it is with investing.


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