It’s all fine and dandy to have an ambition for end goals, whether it’s becoming a millionaire or becoming financially independent or turning your income into a passive one, etc. However, life can become an insurmountable roadblock in your plans toward that end goal you have in mind.
That’s where this week’s guest, Jason Wojo, comes in!
Jason is the current CEO of Lifeonaire (think of the word millionaire with LIFE). Lifeonaire is a company dedicated to helping people discover what they want their life to be while assisting them to focus on how to support that lifestyle. Jason believes that producing a life that you love can be beneficial to you as a business person, as you’ll be able to support and fund that life.
Listen to this episode, as we tackle Jason’s family life story, Lifeonaire, and Jason’s journey from zero to real estate investor.
What You’ll Learn on this Episode:
The difference between Lifeonaire and Millionaire. (3:57)
Jason talks about life insurance and what it means to him.
The mission and what life insurance is about.
How to separate your life and business. (6:58)
Separating life and business is not the answer.
The key to success is balance.
The importance of having a family meeting. (9:20)
The importance of family meetings.
The wake-up call that changed everything.
Setting boundaries for your life and business. (11:44)
Challenges for entrepreneurs, real estate investors and business owners.
Firm boundaries for life and business.
Who are you and what are you doing? (14:24)
How Jason got into real estate investing.
The overwhelm of being new to real estate.
Transitioning into lending and joint ventures. (17:03)
The cashflow quadrant. Robert kiyosaki.
What is the mission of Lifeonair? (19:22)
How to get a copy of the book “Lifeonaire”
How to become a real business owner? (22:41)
The good life getaway and business builder workshop.
How to get more information about Jason.
One thing Jason wishes he would have known earlier in his life.
The grind mentality.
Who is Jason Wojo?
Jason’s powerful life story
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Good morning. Good morning and good morning guys. Welcome to another fabulous episode of Exit Strategies Radio Show. Hey, I am your host. Yes, that is me. Corwyn J Melette. Broker and owner of Exit Realty Group in beautiful, beautiful North Charleston, South Carolina. Hey, If this is your first time listening to this show, you sir or ma’am are in for a treat because our mission here is very simple. Yes, it is simple. That is to empower our community through financial literacy and real estate as education guys, we are legacy building as what we do. So, guys, we have been on a mission and the mission continues. And we are bringing it to you. Real today. Guys, we have none other than Jason Wojo, the CEO of Lifeonaire with us today. And he is going to share with us some unique tips. But most importantly, he is going to share his journey. What got him to where he is? So I’m not going to steal any more thunder from him today. And I’m gonna introduce to you Jason Wojo, with Lifeonaire. How are you doing today, boss?
Hey, Corwyn, thanks for having me on, man.
Well, thank you for being here. So if you don’t mind, tell our listeners about you. And about Lifeonaire.
Yeah, man. So Lifeonaire. I know it sounds like a kind of crazy silly word. But I just think of the word millionaire. Except with life. Now. That’s not to say that you can’t be a millionaire in your Lifeonaire. They’re not exclusive. But the key difference between us as a Lifeonaire and someone who’s a millionaire. A millionaire is someone, who’s chasing money, with the belief that once they have the money, life will become great and amazing and awesome, they’ll be satisfied, they’ll be fulfilled, and they can sail off into the sunset. And what we’ve found with people is that it’s the life you want that you believe the money will buy you. And so Lifeonaire is about pursuing life first. And in fact, I believe this is we could have a side conversation about this. I think when you pursue life first, you’re more likely to make more money. And once you produce a life, once you create a life that you love. Now we’ll focus on business now we’ll focus on how how to fund that life and support the lifestyle you want to experience. So that’s what Lifeonaire is. I came into Lifeonaire in 2009, as a member. The founder, Steve Cook, had invited me in, and at that point, I had never even done a real estate deal. I had never flipped a house, I didn’t have a single rental property, and I had nothing. And through Lifeonaire, I was able to leave my job, I was able to go into real estate investing full-time. And one thing led to another until I’m in a place in my life right now that I never would have experienced where I get to run the company with Steve. I do the events, then, we speak all over the country and share this message and it’s just I get to see light bulbs go off in people’s minds everywhere that someone hears this message and it’s just awesome. I feel like I’m like living a dream here. Man. It’s awesome. Similar to what you do, you’re impacting people, right?
Well, yeah, and that’s what this thing is about. I see that word impact and then I love that word impact Jason. I have one word and last year my word was impact whatever I’ve touched, whatever I hit, I wanted to have an impact. So that’s what this thing is about. So I’m gonna say this and kind of get a little bit further into the mission and what you guys are doing with life in there to help people but when I saw it when I read the background and as I sort of dug in and as you and I talk in the studio. Let me tell you what stood out to me. We take millionaire, we think you make it as a millionaire, you made it. That’s what it’s about. It’s about getting to this place. But when you tie that in with life when you are doing the things in life, big things in life, and having a major impact on your life that spills over into every aspect of your life. I just feel it spills over into your spiritual, into your mental, into your physical, into your financial, it hits all areas, and it covers you, as a whole. So that’s something I found profound in the name of the company. So I don’t want to steal anything from you, I want you to share that with us. But tell our listeners about this journey into this space.
Well, let me touch on something you said that’s important. Most people think they can separate their life and their business. And that if you’re having relationship issues at home with your spouse, you can go to work and won’t be affected by that. Or you can have a significant health issue. And you can still produce at your optimum levels and your business and you can’t and that’s the part people miss is that every part of life is interconnected with your business. And most people will end up focusing on their business at the expense of their life. And as a result, their business does worse. And so you need to be bound. I don’t like necessarily the word balanced, but you need to have each area of your life deliberately designed and complementary to each other so they don’t conflict. That’s the key to success. We see people as they miss that part, they just want to focus the money, they just want to focus on business and the money. I’ll tell you at some point, and listen, I’m a slow learner, I had to experience this myself too. At some point. I know it sounds ridiculous. But another zero in your bank account does not mean anything, it will not feel any different. And so maybe whatever that is for your listener where you are in your business, that’s not the trick. So when I first got into Lifeonaire, I had that job, I became a broker, and I had a health and fitness business. And I also started flipping houses. And so I quickly found myself working all the time. And I remember that was those well and dandy and you think that life was great for me. On the surface, things look great. And I had a brand new three-story brick home in a gated community and I’m making all this money and my wife is doing well until one day, she approaches me and she says she wants to get a divorce because well, we had issues in the relationship, but I wasn’t there to help fix them because I was working. And I remember telling her like, listen, I feel like we are, a few years away from complete financial independence. Like, look at this stuff, I’m getting some real traction here. I’m making all this money I still have at this point, I still have my job. I hadn’t left yet. And she didn’t care. She wanted a husband, she wanted these issues resolved. And so certainly me not being there wasn’t the only challenge we had, but it did not help. This is a tip for all the guys, I guess for everybody. When you’re having issues with your spouse, ignoring those issues does not make it better. Like don’t, you can’t do that. It’s like the couple who’s fighting because he works long hours, and he doesn’t want to go home and listen to his wife complain about working long hours, so he stays at the office. That doesn’t work. And so that’s when I realized that this was an out-of-balance equation where I had sacrificed the things that were most important to me for business, and the belief that someday like I would, I would be there I’d arrive and life would be great. But what I ended up doing is causing a wake of destruction in my life. Now I had to go back and fix and redesign everything in a way that I’d never do that again.
That is a powerful statement story. Thank you for sharing. Because sometimes we do, we get so tunnel-visioned, that we forget about the other things and it has to be by [inaudible]. I’m gonna share this with you, I have certain stages: I call a family meeting. We started this a few years ago where when something was coming up, or the possible direction changes something that was outside of what was already going on. Meaning, I’m looking at this or I’m looking at doing this, or looking at doing that. I want feedback from the family because I need to buy in from the family. So I’m gonna bring everybody together and sit them down. And hey, look, I’m gonna lay this out. This is what I envisioned. This is what it looks like. This is what the undertaking is to get the buy-in before the undertaking. And sometimes when we’re in the midst in the throes of, as the, maybe the spouse that is hard at it building or what have you. Sometimes we start adding on and doing things without having to call in a family meeting. Does that sound fair?
Yeah, man, that’s a great idea. It’s a great way to make you’re all on the same page with that.
I mean, thank you again for sharing. But what came out of that? That’s a wake-up call. I mean, that’s like getting punched in the face,
it’s my fault for not seeing the issues and kind of just thinking they’d be fine and they’d fix themselves. My wife serves me divorce papers, we end up– now I can’t afford to stay in that house by myself anymore, ended up selling that. Lost 80 grand on that, some bad timing there. Ended up moving into one of my rehabs like, I was living in one of my rehabs like on a concrete floor and air mattress, getting back on my feet. Because when and that was pretty tough for me, man. Like I meant those vows when I took them. And so like all my businesses crashed and burned at that point because I didn’t want to go to bed. I thought my life was crumbling down. And so what I vowed, then was that this was never gonna happen again. And I and so what I did is I re-examined. Now here’s, here’s something else that I want to challenge some people with. And certainly, I needed to challenge it on this as well. I wanted to feel successful. And at that point in my life, I wanted to make that money. And I felt like this was so– I’m like, this is a goal for me. And like I think this is a challenge for a lot of entrepreneurs, real estate investors, and business owners is like, there’s this drive inside of us that I think sometimes it’s drawn to accomplishment, right and like, so you want to make six figures, you want to make seven, you wanna make eight figures a year. And by the way, what I’ve realized is you’ll make the six figures and be like, Okay, well, I made 100 grand this year. Now, next year I make, I’m gonna shoot for 250. And it keeps going. And that’s great. But you have to take a second to reflect and see what is the cost of this. And then find out the answer to that question is like when is it enough, based on how much of your other life you’re sacrificing and how much of your life you want to sacrifice. And so if you can, look for a smarter way to do it. And so, it used to impress me a lot, when someone made a lot of money. Now I want to see if they have a life and make the money. It’s a different game. Like it’s a much more intelligent and sustainable game. And I think it’s more fun too because it’s more of a challenge. And so what I do now is, so for instance, like for life, now, I’ve limited my travel schedule to 30 days per year total for all business, that means all of our events, all my speaking, I’m turning people down, I’m saying, hey, we’ll have to do it next year. And I’m having firm boundaries for that. And I think those boundaries are something that business owners can do, and incorporate into their life and their schedule, in a very productive way. So they can have both the life and the business want, I don’t think you have to choose one or the other, you can have both if how to do it.
So, the whole time you’re talking Jason, that is very helpful. I’m gonna give you something else as a thought process. A prime example is that I recently made a stop at the post office to check our company’s mail. And when I go, I’m on the phone, the gentleman comes around from I guess one of the bosses or something coming towards me, he looks up and sees me and starts smiling, Hey, man, because he knows me. And I’m looking at him and me, in my head. I’m like, wait a minute. I’m trying to think of his name but what I don’t know is that I did something for him, I don’t know what I did. I don’t remember it. Unfortunately. Unfortunately, I don’t know, because I don’t keep tabs on what I do. But that goes to the word we were talking about earlier impact because that is my measure. So you’re measuring people, okay, Are you making money? And if they have a life? Well, I’m measuring the money you got. But I’m measuring impact. I’m measuring that because I’m surprised. Often, when I see people, see me, and they speak they smile. Hey, Corwyn, whatever. In my mind, I’m like, Well, who are you? I don’t remember. But, whatever it is that we’re doing– and because we do this show? I’ve been to places and been speaking, and then somebody will come up to me afterward and say, Hey, you’re on the radio, aren’t you? And I’m like, Well, yeah. I listen to your show every week. I’m like, Oh, well, thank you. So okay, well, what are you applying again? “I’m doing this”. And I’m like, Okay, wonderful. Because that’s what this thing is about. It’s not about me, Jason. I mean, it’s not about us, it’s about what we do to help others, I like that measure. So you’ve done real estate Investing. If you don’t mind, tell us– you say you started when you got connected with life in the air. I mean, you had nothing, you had done nothing, no experience. What did that look like? How daunting did what did that feel?
I remember this like it was yesterday. I remember the confusion and the overwhelm that comes with being someone brand new to real estate because there are so many different ways to invest. Especially, I started going to a RIA, that was local to me. And for those who don’t know what an RIA is, it’s a Real Estate Investors Association. They’ll meet periodically and many times we’ll have speakers come in and talk about topics. And so I got exposed right at the beginning to everything from storage to wholesaling to flipping to rehab into rentals, and commercial, I’m like, Oh, my gosh, where do I start? Like, what in the world? And so that was where Steve Cook, the founder of Lifeonaire. Listen, you just gotta choose one. Here are a couple of questions to help you sort out what your resources are, what your skills are, what you think you’d like, and where the opportunities lie. And we came up with rehabbing. So he said, he’s like for right now, until you get good at one thing, do not get distracted, don’t start chasing rabbits, you got to focus on one, get good at it, and then later, you can expand. And so I did that. So I got into rehabbing then, and then what happened was is as I got better rehabbing now, I’d have a deal come across my plate that I couldn’t handle with my team. So I’d wholesale it. And then as this is going now, rental properties start to come, and now I’m accumulating cash. Rental properties are coming along, then I made the transition from rehabbing to new construction. For me, that was more appealing because it’s much more systematic. And I had this blueprint, and I didn’t have to open up a wall and find out that I forgot to look for aluminum wiring and I liked that a lot. And then actually, as I started taking on more Lifeonaire, and Steve invited me to run the company with him, I realized that I had too much on my plate. And so I ended up kind of transitioning into lending. And so that’s in joint ventures. And so that’s, that’s kind of what I– and I think that it’s a common path for a lot of people, man, I think that at some point, a lot of people transition into either teaching people which is awesome because you’ve done it yourself, or, lending and putting their money to work. And so that’s kind of what I do now is– and I’m not boots on the ground anymore. I don’t run teams anymore. I partner with people that are doing that, and I have faith in their competence and their character.
So, first of all, Jason, I gotta give a disclaimer. For those who are listening, guys, remember in the state of South Carolina, wholesaling requires a real estate license, you have to be licensed in the state of South Carolina to do wholesale and that is a real estate activity that requires a license. So, Jason, your story is like, again, like so many others, that as you evolve, I just laid out and I do this on occasion, most times when I’m interviewing agents to join our firm, you always talk to them about the cashflow quadrants. Robert Kiyosaki; Rich Dad, Poor Dad, then subsequently wrote a book titled The Cashflow Quadrant, and I talked to him about that, and how so many people transition, because granted, the majority of people in our country spend their time working for money. The people that have money, spend their time putting their money to work. So it’s a different mindset because they don’t work as much. Their money works and makes the money versus the one that does the other. When you get it right. You crossed a line when you get it, right, being self-employed. So as a rehabber, I’m pretty sure some of the work on the property you did yourself, you probably did, you probably did some of that work, you did yourself you– that requires your work. Now eventually, you can get to a place where you hired all that stuff out. So then you didn’t have to do it you can take you can focus your time on finding deals and opportunities. And then you went to the money you made, you reinvest it by funding deals for other people for them to do those other pieces. And in turn, you made money there and now your focus is all the way, you are across the line and you don’t come back you’re not trading your time anymore, quote unquote, for money. That’s amazing. What is Lifeonaire’s mission? What is it that you guys are hoping to accomplish and help people to achieve?
So our whole thing is helping people realize that if you can put together a vision for your life, and address the things that are specifically important to you, and everyone’s vision is different, by the way, you cannot, it’s not one size, blanket for everybody. Create a vision for your life, and start moving towards that. And then as you put that out front and center, and you have the life you want, or you’re pursuing it, that’s where fulfillment is filled and found. That’s where success is found. That’s what’s going to allow you to wake up happy and excited every day. And for most people that we deal with. Now, by the way, you can be a Lifeonaire and not be self-employed or not be an investor. But what we’ve seen is most people, when they look at their vision, one of the things that we have people do is like look at, for instance, we have this event, it’s called Get-a-Life Getaway. And we spend three days helping people figure this out.
One of the exercises we do has a blank calendar, and we say, Okay, write down all the things you want to do. First, write down all the things in your vision first, and then we’ll figure out how much time you have left to work. And oftentimes, they’ll have like 20 – 30 hours left a week for work that they can still have in the office or the field and do the things they want. And so when they make that realization, many people are like, Wow, I can’t have a full-time job and still live this. And that’s where they go into business for themselves. But for us, it’s really about helping people create abundant, prosperous lives. Lifeonaire, we believe in the spiritual side of things as well, for many people that if we can help you take all of the worldly concerns that you may have, maybe you’re working too much, you’re not making enough, let’s help you with that. And then let’s focus on the deeper stuff too, and help you realize, what’s most important for you. And again, every person is different, but those, I think are where fulfillment is eventually found. And so that’s what we’re helping people to try to discover.
And you got to serve the whole man. Jason so, where we air this show, locally, we aired on an urban gospel station. And my conversation with people all the time is that we have to serve the whole man, the whole person, we have to make sure that we encompass and address the spirit man, as well as the physical man. So I’m with you on that. And I appreciate you opening up and sharing that because that is very important, you’re not going to be fulfilled in life, without fulfilling all areas of your life. You have to. So, you guys have events. I’m on your website, I’m looking at what is like, if someone wants an introduction to Lifeonaire, where should they go? What should they do?
The easiest thing to do man is first to just grab a copy of our Lifeonaire book, like on Amazon, quite honestly. And we’ve sold over 60,000 copies of this and it’s gaining more and more momentum, the longer it goes, it’s not a How-to book at all. But it’s a riveting story in terms of how you’re going to view wealth and prosperity and success. And that’s probably the best introduction to Lifeonaire, you can go to the website, of course at lifeonaire.com to read some of our blogs, articles, and things like that, but the book will help you will do that. If what you read in the book resonates with you– and by the way, we have a lot of people that read that book and be like, Were you following me around like this is like my life like this is creepy. So once you read the book, if you resonate with that, then I’d say come join us at a live event. I teach those personally, we have the Get-a-Life Getaway as I mentioned, that’s where we spend three full days diving into creating your customized vision with an action step and plan to achieve it. And then we also have a Business Builder Workshop, which focuses on the side of the equation, which is money based, right like so how do you produce the money you want in 10, 20, 30 Whatever your vision says hours per week, without you pulling all the levers and doing all the work and so this is where we focus a lot on something called we developed called SEAD process, SEAD stands for Strategic Elimination Automation Delegation, and that’s where we help you create a real business because you mentioned this with the Cashflow Quadrants man, most business owners I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we own a job. And so how do you get out of the operator role and into a true business owner role? And that’s what we’ve covered in the business builder workshop.
Yeah, you’re right about that. The most recent conversation that I’ve had was regarding where we talked about the quadrants. I shared that. I mean, so many people throw around business owners, and it’s a loose term now. If you’re self-employed, you own a business. But yeah, so you always run all the business, which means everything. Which means do you have a business? or you’re just working for yourself? So we missed that because we don’t get to the level we could get to. Because we get hung up on a title because I work for myself and I’m a business owner. And so I’m not a business owner, because it’s defined by that a business owner is not working, the business owner has people that are working for them. There’s a difference. So if you got to work for yourself, you’re not a business owner. So we got to get people across that hurdle, we got to give them a greater understanding, so they can achieve greater things. I know that’s what you guys are doing, man, I’m looking at your events. And I’m gonna challenge our listeners that Jason, we were quote, unquote, past our time, but we’re okay. Because this is a message I want to make sure we get out. But I’m looking at your website, I’m seeing these events, and I’m gonna challenge our listeners to go to the website, go pull the events and attend, go change your life. This is why we bring this information and content to our listeners, for them to have the opportunity to achieve greater Jason, how can people get in contact with you?
Man, I would love to see people, we have a private Facebook group. If you just search Lifeonaire on Facebook, there’s a community of people that are all getting into a situation where they’re helping each other, live their vision and help other people do that. Or I’d love to hear from you. Personally, if you’d like to hit me up. It’s just JasonWojo@lifeonaire.com
Awesome. Jason, thank you so much, man. I enjoyed this conversation with you today. I’m looking forward to doing this again. Because we have a lot more to cover. For our listeners, you have a unique approach to real estate investing. And I mean, you have a unique approach. And I’m in awe, inspired, and enamored with it.
Hey, man, thank you for the opportunity to share with your audience, I appreciate it.
So I’m gonna ask you one final question. I call it the mic drop question. I’m gonna get myself a mic soon and start just dropping mics. But what is that one thing? Or things that either you’ve learned along the way? Or that you wish you would have known if you will, that changed your life? What is it?
For me, it’s that and keeping it relevant to a topic that we’re discussing right now. For me, it’s that you don’t have to struggle like it shouldn’t be a struggle. That doesn’t mean that work is not involved. Because there is work involved. There are seasons to life in business. But you can have both the life in the business you want, you don’t have to choose. I think that’s a lie that is told. And also, I have a little bit of a, don’t wanna say a pet peeve, but I certainly like this, the grind mentality. I think I think that’s harmful. I think long-term grinding will lead to nothing but broken relationships and a lot of regrets. And so you don’t have to do that to be successful.
My man, thank you so much. Thank you. Jason. Thank you for being on the show today. Thank you for being a part of the exit strategies radio show family. Guys, to our listeners, this was profound information today. This is a snippet of an introduction to what the next level can look like. So please engage so you can achieve and reach that next level. Jason, again, from the bottom of my heart. I thank you for being on the show with us today. For our listeners, One final time. Y’all know how I feel. Y’all know what I say? I’m gonna put the two of them together and say it to you this way, which is I love you. I love you. I love you. And we’re gonna see you guys out there in those streets.