Challenge; Things Don’t Last Forever; Have a Backdoor Plan

Things Don’t Last

The first time I became aware that things don’t last forever was when “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.

The second time was in my own career when my employer no longer saw the value I brought to the table; it was golden handshake time. I had a great ride and have no regrets.

One door closes and ..….

The Backdoor Plan; An Exit Strategy

Even though Gretzky did not lose his job he did lose a position with a team he thought he was untouchable.  Gretzky realized he needed to have a backdoor plan; an exit strategy.

How do I know Wayne was developing an exit strategy?  His Dad told me.

I have never met Wayne Gretzky but meet his Dad, Walter.

Walter Gretzky is a humble guy and it was my Great Pleasure to hear Walter speak.

There was an open question section of as part of Walter’s presentation and I got to ask Walter a question.

I am a huge Wayne Gretzky fan.  It is my opinion that Wayne retired too early from the NHL and his on-ice hockey career..  (Rick Harris, armchair general manager, and one-time Edmonton Oiler season ticket holder)

Gretzky retired with 2857 total points; 894 Goals and 1963 assists.

My Question to Walter Gretzky?

Walter; Wayne had 2857 total points; 894 goals and 1963 assists; his last three seasons in the NHL and with the New Your Rangers; Wayne was averaging over a point a game.

Why did he not keep playing; go for 3000 total points; he could have easily ended his career with over a 1000 goals and 2000 assists?

Walter; said he asked Wayne the same question.

Wayne’s Answer:  He had a Backdoor Plan; an Exit Strategy.  Wayne knew his on-ice hockey career would not last forever. Wayne retired in 1999; for you hockey enthusiasts you will agree Wayne had a Backdoor Plan; formulated a plan long before he retired.

Wayne was setting the bar again; unfortunately; I was not paying enough attention.

The Accidental Plan

In 2002 we started to purchase investment real estate but it was not a plan.

By 2005 we had purchased a couple of more investment properties; still no clear plan.

The Awakening Read

In 2006 I read a book that changed our investment real estate life; Real Estate Investing in Canada by Don R. Campbell.

The Backdoor Plan; Should You Have One?

My reference to the backdoor is in regards to computing and not your house.  Having a backdoor to your home is another way out and a safe escape route which are both important; for me having a backdoor plan was there for a new beginning.


Computing; according to Wikipedia
A backdoor is a method, often secret, of bypassing normal authentication or encryption in a computer system, a product, or an embedded device, or its embodiment, e.g. as part of a cryptosystem, an algorithm, a chipset, or a “homunculus computer”. Backdoors are often used for securing remote access to a computer or obtaining access to plaintext in cryptographic systems.
In 2008 we incorporated our investment real estate company with coaching and consulting elements as part of our articles of incorporation.

There was no crystal ball; it was time for us to have some control over our investments and investment real estate was our Backdoor Plan of choice.

I did not keep our investment real estate business a secret; just did not share with most people at work.

I had been building another method of investing and did not know that sometime in my future we would have a secure remote access to a new career.

Career Advice 

Don’t give your day job; use your job to build a strong financial foundation; your lenders will look kindly to you securing investment real estate mortgages.  Remember you are an employee.

My Great One Question for You

What going on in your life that has got your interest in investment real estate?




About the author, W. Rick

Dynamic entrepreneur and sales management strategist; with over 20 years of experience in his field. Rick has achieved multimillion-dollar sales growth while providing award-winning sales leadership and coaching in highly competitive markets.

An active real estate investor since 2002, Rick has developed his purchasing strategies and processes specializing in vacation and recreational properties, single-family homes and condo rentals.

In 2005, Rick re-financed his first rental property to fund the purchase of more positive cash flowing rental properties.

Rick sits on the Board of Directors for several condominium associations and is an active President and Treasurer. Sitting on these boards has given him a wealth of experience and insight into working with property management companies.

Rick has partnered with several joint venture associates and is committed to creating a positive investing experience for his associates by finding the properties, developing the investment, securing the financing and executing a proven positive cash flow system.

Why should you choose Rick as your Online Vault to Investment Real Estate Success Advisor?

An outstanding mentor and coach, Rick will work with you to build your investment real estate business starting from the foundation. From guiding you through the market research and critical drivers, building your team of trades, realtors, and lenders to attracting the investment real estate properties right for your portfolio and the joint venture partners to help you grow.

Through direction and training, Rick will help you develop your investment real estate goals and be a catalyst for you to purchase your first investment real estate property so you can build a strong financial foundation unlocking sustainable wealth and a living legacy for you and many generations to come.

Thank you for taking the only asset that gives us so much through life, but we can never get back our time.

Please join Rick on living his mantra:

” Prosperity for all aspects of your life forever.” W. Rick Harris