Matt Andrews, CEO of REI Collective, decided a long time ago that he was going to make a positive impact on the world—and it wasn’t long before he came up with his overall game plan.
“I realized that by investing in people rather than products and on building relationships over profit, all the other aspects of my business fell into place,” Andrews said. “I wanted to share that information with others because there’s room for everyone at the table. There’s no reason to believe the “dog eat dog” mentality of those who are bent on getting to the top of their field no matter what it takes.”
The “dog eat dog” mindset skews your thinking process, and that can be harmful to both you and your business. You could find yourself straying off the path your moral compass has set for you and traveling a road that grows ever darker with each deception.
Taking the high road
Andrews started out in the real estate industry flipping houses. He then segued into holding the properties for investment purposes and got into the rental business. From there, he progressed into putting together portfolios for foreign investors.
Andrews knew others could benefit from the information he’d acquired over the years. He put together a curriculum to teach others to use his methods to build successful real estate businesses of their own.
The curriculum covered:
- Wholesale properties
- Rehab properties
- Buy and hold properties
His target audience was small to mid-sized business owners in the real estate industry. The courses were well received, and Andrews soon had other real estate educators reaching out to him. So, he started a consulting business too.
He didn’t stop there. Instead, he kept thinking of ways to create outlets to share his expertise with the world. He uses several different approaches allowing people to learn his methods in a way that appeals to them.
The Family Mastermind
Mastermind groups are where entrepreneurs gather to discuss all things business. For some, it’s a place to hammer out the details and close a deal, but others use them as an opportunity to meet like-minded people.
Matt created a space for like-minded business owners to come together to celebrate each other’s victories, brainstorm new ideas, and work together to determine why a particular idea fell flat.
“At our first meeting after the pandemic hit, the group didn’t waste time focusing on any of the negative aspects. We spent our time together brainstorming ways to help each other rise above. We pooled our resources and all worked together as a team.” Andrews explained. He was proud to add that for some members, 2020 was their best year ever, and without the Family Mastermind, that may not have been the case.
Matt has another mastermind group that includes a larger group of entrepreneurs. The Real Estate Influencer (REI) Collective group isn’t as close-knit as The Family Mastermind but is a success, nonetheless.
Real Estate Influencer Family Reunion
You don’t have to be a Family Mastermind group member to attend this annual event. Instead, you can expect to learn from the most successful players in the REI Education industry. If you’re a part of the real estate education community, you might want to consider attending this year’s conference. It’s happening on September 29th and 30th in Tampa, Florida.
Real Estate Influencer podcast
Matt started a new podcast last August targeting real estate influencers, coaches, trainers, speakers, and software developers. Matt and his co-host, Jason Hartman, discuss all things real estate and pack each episode with loads of information and engaging conversations with top-notch guests.
If you’re a real estate entrepreneur who wants to learn how to think outside the box, you need to check out the REI podcast.
Real Estate Investor’s Guide
The Real Estate Investor’s Guide series proved Andrews’ ability to engage readers through the written word.
The best-selling series walks readers through the real estate process and provides targeted information for using networking on various social media platforms to discover buying leads. One of the books focuses on how to start making money in real estate without any money or experience—that’s got to be a popular choice!
Paying it forward paves the way
Like many entrepreneurs, Matt Andrews takes a hands-on approach to his philanthropic endeavors. He and his wife, Lindsay, are the founding members of three organizations focused on giving.
The Ja’Mobility project provides wheelchairs to the people of Jamaica who would otherwise go without—most likely for their entire lives. Each year, Ja’Mobility provides 550 low-cost, low-maintenance wheelchairs to the citizens of Jamaica who need them.
The Khusi Hona Orphan Project
The Khusi Hona Orphan Project provides more than just the necessities that orphaned and abandoned children need to survive. This organization ensures these children have a happy, healthy childhood.
The Rising Heroes Project
Matt’s also a film producer.
The Rising Heroes Project produces films that inspire viewers to overcome their personal adversities and encourages them to engage with the world in a positive way. The films depict real-life stores that share a message of hope, courage, and commitment.
Digital platforms, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and iTunes, picked up the films.
Values are more valuable
Matt Andrews doesn’t want his secret to success hidden away from the world. Being successful doesn’t mean getting yourself to the top of the heap and making sure you stay there at all costs. It’s not about raking it in hand over fist either.
The end goal of your game—no matter what industry you’re a part of—should be about reaching out to support others. You should want their businesses to be successful too. The world is a big place with plenty of room for everyone to find their niche and thrive!