It’s all about mindset. If you believe you can do something, you will.
A former police officer in San Antonio, TX, Bettina Hernandez was faced with one of the most important decisions of her life. Her newborn unfortunately had some health issues and Bettina needed to find appropriate childcare or stay home to take care of her daughter. The decision to give up her career as a police officer and stay home with her daughter led to her decision to get into real estate investing.
“I wanted to build a home-based business so I could be with my daughter. Real estate investing was a good option for that, so I invested in education right away and started to fix and flip houses,” she said.
Eventually, she was flipping eight houses at a time. It wasn’t easy, but she never gave up.
When things get tough, how do you get going?
The first thing I do is pray for guidance and then I focus on “My Why” to push through hard times. No matter what business you’re in, you will have hard times. It’s what you do about it in that circumstance that makes you the person you want to be. I have been in so many life or death situations as a police officer, so now I have that same will-to-survive mentality in everything I do.
What is one of your goals for 2020?
I want to use the knowledge that I gained to help those just starting out or that just need some guidance and feel stuck. I know how hard it is to figure out this business, and to help others through this journey is a blessing. I feel that’s my purpose — to help and change lives. My plan for 2020 is to create more relationships and to bring value to other real estate investors on social media or in person by sharing content, resources, and how-to videos.
Best advice for new investors?
Make sure you have the right mindset, know what your goal is, and don’t stop. Learn from your mistakes. It will be worth it. Also, network and attend meetings that will help you learn more about the industry. I’ve invested over $100,000 in my education, and I am still investing to learn more. Time is advancing, and so should you.
What can more women do differently to achieve greater success in real estate?
It’s all about mindset. If you believe you can do something, you will. Doubting ourselves and our potential for success stops so many of us from reaching our goals and dreams. Focus on what you really want, do not feel guilty about it, and focus on time management and delegating. I had to acknowledge that I couldn’t do everything and had to ask for help. Think about the MOST important things to you, do those and delegate the rest to maximize time for your business and your family.
What do you do to alleviate stress?
I use essential oils. I am also a leader in Young Living, which is a health and wellness company. I educate those seeking more natural remedies in their everyday lives. Essential oils have positively impacted my life in so many ways including my real estate business.
What three strategies/tools within the real estate investing industry have helped you the most?
- Hiring a mentor
Connect with Bettina:
LinkedIn: Bettina Hernandez
Facebook: Bettina F. Hernandez