Posted on: May 25, 2017

This is the most important thing that entrepreneurs need to prioritize, but often fail to: family, friends, and the other people that matter most to you.

What’s the point of buying the vacation house if there’s no one to vacation with?



  • How you can use the simple 3-2-1-4 system to prioritize the most important people in your life


Making People Your Priority

Blocking out time with the important people in your life is a great way to show them that they are a priority to you. Putting it on your calendar also helps you keep the commitment, and maintain a more balanced life.



We like to talk to our families and plan down time for the upcoming 12 months:

  • 3 Week vacation
  • 2 week vacation
  • 1 week vacation
  • 4 long weeks


If you don’t work for yourself and can’t commit to that much vacation, commit to what you can – the most important thing is that you put it on the calendar and make the commitment.


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Episode Transcription

Tom Krol: Okay. We are going to crush 2017 with the right priority right now because this is the most important thing. Hey guys, my name is Tom Krol. I am America’s number one wholesaling real estate coach, and today I want to talk to you about planning for the next 12 months. Right now it’s 2016. We’re about a week away from 2017, but you could do this anytime a year. It doesn’t matter. And it is the most important thing because when you make a lot of money wholesaling houses, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a family with you or friends or loved ones or whatever your situation is.
So here’s the deal. If you buy the vacation home for your family, but you don’t have a family to bring with you, no good. And here’s how we’re going to fix this. We are going to make sure that priority, that family and friends or loved ones or whatever your situation is, is a priority. Meaning we’re going to plan ahead right now and I’m going to give you some meat and potatoes, some actionable things that you can implement right now today to do with your loved ones so that it is a priority.
So one thing that my family and I follow, and this is amazing, it’s an awesome trick to make sure that it’s a priority, is right now we plan out our time together for next year. We call it our 3214 methodology. It’s super simple. 3214, and here’s exactly how it works. That means that we are going to take one three-week vacation, one two-week vacation, one one-week vacation, and four long weekends. Now, that might not be possible if you’re working for somebody. If you are working for somebody, I strongly recommend that you get started making cash in real estate right now, creating a business in real estate investing right now, but do whatever works. So if 3214 doesn’t work, then come up with your own analogy, but get it on the calendar right now.
And that is the key because if you don’t plan ahead and make time, then time is going to run out and you’re going to get to the end of the year and you’re going to have been distracted with other things. It’s a disaster. So here’s the deal. Get out your calendars, talk to your loved ones, friends, family or just by yourself. If it’s just you and you want to kind of go have some free time on your own and see the world, that’s great too. But get it on the calendar right now. Pick out how much time you want. And when you get there, see if you could shut your phone off, shut your laptop off. But I am telling you, this is the most important thing because no matter how much money you make investing in real estate or at whatever you’re doing, if you’re not making time for friends and family, that’s all that matters. That is all that matters.
I know this from some of my mentors are older men who are way past retirement age and they still do some deals and things like that, but they have given me a lot of good advice. And I will tell you that the only thing that matters is that, but it’s so surprising as entrepreneurs how we don’t really plan ahead for this, right? Everybody, all the entrepreneurs, all my mentors, they have vision boards, and our students, they have vision boards of how many houses they’re going to flip, how many contracts they’re going to assign, how much money they want to make, how big their rental portfolio is going to be. But it’s so amazing how they don’t, when you look at their plan, if you don’t ask them, if you just look at what their plan is, you know there might be something like more time with friends and family, but what does that mean? That’s not concrete.
So get it done today. Do it now. Do it today. Make it a priority. So you guys, 3214 if you can do that. If you can’t manage that, do something else, but make sure that you plan ahead, you get it down and you get some trips booked. We’ve got Hilton Head, Key West, Lake Tahoe. We did a cruise this year that we put on. Where else did mommy and … Oh, Italy. And I think we’re doing our two week in Italy. I have to look back at the calendar, but it’s going to be an amazing year. So 2017, plan for it. Make time for friends and family. Be specific. Get into the weeds. Get granular with the details. Where do you want to go? How do you want to get there? What are the dates. And have a great 2017 everybody. All right, talk to you soon. Bye, bye.

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