We are doing a four part series of our past and how it led to where we are today. The reason we're doing it is because we're in the middle of starting to write a book. And in the middle of that process, and part of it in there is going to be our story. So why don't we just tell our story, because I don't think we've went through our story from start to finish in this podcast.
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We are writing a book! Part of the book will focus on our lives and we want to preview it with you. Dani’s childhood was filled with moves and the encouragement to try new things. Most importantly, she was exposed to a family that believed in giving back to the community. In many ways, this desire to give translated into a financial focus, not to earn income but to put herself in a position to help others. Flip grew up in the upper midwest, in a close family. When his father passed away, his mother, who was a principal at a christian day school helped shape him. She taught him the importance of saving and encouraged him to work hard and become independent.
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Hey everybody! Flip and Dani here, founders of the Freedom Real Estate Group Family of Companies and welcome to another episode of our podcast which is called Freedom Through Passive Income. That's right and welcome to another episode and this one, ohhh, this is the "Flip and Dani story, a four part series". Edition one is? Edition one is childhood. You're so dorky.
I won't quote it because it's so not politically correct anymore. But I grew up watching lots of boy movies, and I watched Steve Martin movie called The Jerk. Okay. Yeah, was it? Yeah, It was The Jerk. And anyway, it's a very funny movie. But in the movie he talks about going back to and he goes, I was born and I won't finish the line, because it's so not politically correct today. Anyway, for those of you out there that are listening, and you heard that, hopefully if you've seen the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about. But again, that's the movies that they got away with in the 70's. That's true.
Anyway, so back to our childhood. Yeah, so this four part series, the reason we're doing it is because we're in the middle of where we're starting to write a book. And in the middle of that process, and part of it in there is going to be our story. And so we wanted to share it. And we were going to actually record, you know, a 30 minute video that kind of went through our story, top to bottom so that our team could, you know, write it out and start putting it in the book. And then all of a sudden, I went, Hey, we have to record the podcast. So why don't we just tell our story, because I don't think we've actually went through our story, start to finish in the podcast. Yeah. So we just wanted to, you know, do both and figure it out that way, so that you guys can hear it as well.
So we're gonna start with our childhood. And so when I was thinking about what parts of the story that we want to share, it's really, what are the things that happened in our childhood that maybe created some traumas, or some very motivating desires to achieve what we've done so far in our lives today, right? Because usually, where you end up in life has a lot to do with where you started, and how you grew up. So I'm gonna start and then I'm gonna let you share your childhood. So I think the things that I want to take away are, well, number one, I had a very, very positive environment. So it was always you can do anything that you want, you are fantastic. You're amazing. What do you want to do, we support you, there was never anything that I could not try with absolute confidence, because I was allowed to try one. And they're telling me what's gonna be great at it if I tried it. So that's why I've probably tried so many things, and have not ever been afraid to just do something new, just tackle something. So that is a characteristic that carried all the way through. But the money part, I've always been very money motivated. And some people would say that that's, you know, evil. The purpose behind my desire behind money was because I grew up poor. And I wouldn't even say poor, we lived in nice houses. You know, it was just a regular house. Yeah. Not like the house we have now, obviously. But it was just a regular house, we were always taken care of. We did move a lot. But we never had enough to do whatever we wanted or take vacations or, you know, buy the really cool things that all your friends are buying. So I always viewed ourselves in that stage of my life as being poor, because I saw other people doing more than what we could. So even though I look back at it now, and I use the word poor, it's even the wrong word to use, because we were just taken care of, right?
So but that mindset led me to, so the other thing that I want to share was my parents were not money motivated. They were very much giving back motivated. We went to church three times a week, they were children's ministers, they were a part of a youth choir, who traveled and did all the stuff in ministry and went on missions trips. And I remember just being on buses, where we were going out and you know, just doing different things for the church to give back. And that's where they were motivated. And they were trying to give us that in our upbringing of giving back and helping others. And that's where my money motivation kind of stemmed from is because through those years, I became I can do anything because of all their positivity. I also became I want to be able to take care of them because look at how much they give back. But they don't get to live like a king when all these other people are just like they've got so much money and they're doing so much stuff. And so I thought, number one I don't want to ever want for money. I want to be able to take care of ourselves. I want to be able to take care of them and give back to them because they always give back to the people. And then I want to give back because they taught me giving back was a good thing.
So I thought if I make all the money in the world, I'll be able to achieve all three. Right. And I'll take care of me, take care of my family, be able to give back as much as and I think that's where like the idea of or the core belief of me meaning to chase, chase, chase, chase, chase, chase money, and the fulfillment was really making sure that I was achieving those things. It wasn't money the object, it was just achieving those things so that I could be a, I could give back and make an impact in a different way. Because I had the money to be able to do so much more. So that's my story.
Yeah, so just take Dani's story that she just said and remove her and insert me. I mean, because it's funny. I mean, though, I mean, growing up, born in Ohio, moved to Michigan, again, were we poor? No, we weren't poor, but we definitely weren't rich or wealthy. You know, and, you know, we had a nice house. But you talked about not having the same thing as the other kids, right? Everybody else wore Jordache jeans. I wore Huskies. Right. So it's my self belief, it took a hit back then. You know, everyone else is wearing, you know the shoes, Reeboks and K-swiss, right? I wore keds. Right, right. Oh, it was brutal. You know, but I mean, and, but I was motivated. And I was so motivated even back then I remember I was 10 years old. And I wanted a pair of Vans and if you don't know what Vans shoes are just Google them. But they were super popular back then, they're still popular today. But I wanted the black and white checkerboard Vans, and I wanted them so bad. And they cost $30 in 1980, $30, right there I just dated myself. I was 10 years old in 1980. And they were $30. And so I saved up every penny I could for I don't know how long. Those were the best shoes ever. And I mean, I've got probably six or seven pairs of Vans now because it's a thing now. Now I've got to have like 10 pairs of Vans. That's right. I guess it goes back to childhood. You know and so, but again, I grew up in the church as well. My dad was a Lutheran pastor, my mom at that time she taught the Sunday school and she also directed the choir, you know, and then my dad passed when I was growing up. And my mom she went on to be, she was a principal and director of a Christian day school. You know, so I was always involved in the church. In fact, there was times where Dani and I actually compete on how many, what's the most services you went to in one day. And so far, I've won five services on one Easter, it was brutal. But yeah, it's all the same thing. You know, it's again, very positive environment, you know, it was, and I think that's why I've always, I knew I could do whatever I wanted. Yeah, you know, we're gonna talk about college on the next, on the next episode, or the next series or whatever. Anyway, the next chapter of the documentary. Oh jeez. But anyway, you know, so it's always a very positive environment, I could do whatever I wanted to do. And in fact, I did do whatever I wanted to do. You know, and, and going through high school and, you know, I was successful in high school as far as a high school student, I didn't get into trouble that they knew of. I was a pastor's kid, I'll tell you right now. You know, but anyway, so it was, but that's where my motivation was never really, wasn't money motivated, because my mom she did, she did try to teach me about money, but that didn't happen. Christmas, you know, these Christmas bank accounts, right? You put in something every week. And then at Christmas, you get all this money? Right? Yeah, I think it may be less like three or four weeks. Yeah. And that's still true today. Hahaha!
But it was still very positive, that I could do whatever I wanted. And I did do whatever I wanted. And that always led and led me to where we are today, you know, because I don't ever have a feeling that I can't do something. Right. I know I can do it. And then it led me into the three feet from gold, which is tell me don't stop doing what you're doing. That's right, you know. So anyway, there I fit three feet from gold on to another episode. Yes, you did. That's impressive. So I think that wraps up our episode. Our childhood. Part one of our Docu series. That's right, yeah.
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