EP 266: Goal Setting on Steroids: How Rod Khleif Lost & Recovered $50,000,000 & His 3 Mindset Hacks for Success

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Your comfort zone feels great, but nothing grows there.

– Rod Khleif

Goal Setting on Steroids: How Rod Khlief Lost & Recovered $50,000,000 & His 3 Mindset Hacks for Success

Rod Khleif immigrated to Denver when he was very young and was raised by a single mother. He was bullied for his wooden shoes, teased at school, and held onto all sorts of limiting beliefs.

What got him through it all was his incredible mindset and desire for something more.

Today you are going to learn how his way of thinking helped him recover after a $50 million dollar loss, and how getting clear on his goals has brought him true fulfillment, happiness, and success. 

Read the Full Show Notes Below…


Here on the CarrotCast and also on my Thursday Truck Talks, you will often hear me talk about mindset. More than money, knowledge, or connections, mindset is important to help you further your real estate career, reach your goals, and create the greatest impact.

I am super pumped to be sitting down with Rod Khlief who has used his positive mindset to not only build wealth and fulfillment but to also find true freedom. 

Losing It All

There are so many self-proclaimed gurus out there who can tell you how to get rich quick. But when I’m learning something, I don’t want to hear it from the guy who struck it rich once. I want to hear from the guy who lost it all, learned a lesson and built himself back up again.

The mindset that must be developed to bounce back is a resilient one. Personally, I won’t invest in a company that has never had a loss. 

Back in 2006, Rod had it all. The cars, the house, the lifestyle. He had determined what he wanted, how to do it, and most importantly, he executed. But then, in 2008, the rug was pulled out from under him. 

Building it Back – But Better

Both Rod and myself are huge believers in Masterminds. As Tony Robbins says, when you get two like minds together, a third mind is created, one that is greater than the sum of its parts. After losing it all, Rod made it a point to join Masterminds and surround himself with those who were thriving.

They were able to motivate and inspire, helping Rod to reassociate with what he truly wanted in life. Instead of focusing on the loss, he instead focused on what he truly wanted out of life and how he could find true fulfillment.  

Setting the Right Goals

After having it all Rod realized he was missing one thing and that was true fulfillment. Through his mindset training in the past, he had learned the importance of setting goals. But for Rod, it goes much further than that. He will carve out about an hour to write down everything he wants in life. Things, experiences, financial goals, and most importantly, everyone you want to help.

This will give you your why, which will give you the motivation you need to jump out of bed each morning to make it happen. 

Set time limits on your goals to make them real. And keep in mind that we often overestimate what we can do in a year, but underestimate what we can do in five. Once you set your goals, make sure you also write down why you want to achieve them.

Rod utilizes visualization techniques, keeping a vision board and images that resonate with him, right there in his analog planner. 

3 Mindset Hacks for Success

1. Set Multiple Goals

Don’t ever set out on one big goal without others behind it. Without additional goals, you will be burnt out after hitting that big one, lacking fulfillment and unsure of what to do next. Set big goals, but always make sure you have others lined up right behind them! As the good book says, without a vision, the people will perish. 

2. Recognize That It’s Never About the Goals

Your happiness doesn’t arrive when you reach your goals. Your happiness comes in the journey of growing and recognizing what you have accomplished. The happiest days of a boat owner are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells it. 

3. Recognize That It’s Not About You

The problem with Rod’s goals the first time around is that they were totally focused on him. His house was a testament to his ego and his impact wasn’t a big one. Then one day it hit him. He had read all the books and done all the things, but he realized there was something more.

He realized that true fulfillment would be found only in helping others. He started by feeding just five families at Christmas, and today his foundation has fed over 100,000 children. It is only through giving back that Rod has gotten himself to where he wants to be. 

Want to learn more about Rod’s incredible mindset hacks?

Check out his Bootcamp using the code: RodFriend or text “multi-family” to 72345 to get instant access to his 18+ hours of training!

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