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October 26, 2022

3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Left Field Investors Meetup

3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Left Field Investors Meetup

Here’s what I learned from FGCP’s first sponsorship experience.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the first in-person meetup of Left Field Investors, where FGCP™️ was the Grand Slam Breakfast Sponsor. 

This event in Columbus, Ohio was the culmination of two years of virtual interactions among a group of passive investors, sponsors, and real estate professionals. It’s always inspiring to be in a room with other like-minded people who are working to achieve similar goals, and I left with a renewed sense of focus and motivation. 

In particular, my time at this event reinforced three key ideas for me about culture, relationship building, and the importance of taking action: 

1. Culture is Paramount

I first connected with Left Field Investors because of my friendship with one of the Founders, Jim Pfeifer, who invited me to appear on the Passive Investing from Left Field podcast. At this meetup, I had the opportunity to meet the other Founders: Sean Donnelly, Steve Suh, MD, Chad Ackerman, and Ryan Stieg. 

Billy Keels posing with five men in Left Field baseball jerseys

I was immediately impressed by the way these Co-Founders are laser focused on creating and maintaining an excellent culture. Left Field Investors doesn’t only help people become successful passive investors, but it also encourages those people to think differently about wealth and investing.

These values showed up in every aspect of the meetup, especially in the diversity of niches, strategies, and mindsets shared by the expert speakers. They were also reflected in the genuine care that each of the founders so clearly has for their community.

The Left Field Founders understand that culture is paramount, and in order for a great culture to exist, it has to start at the top.

2. Face to Face is Where it’s At

The Left Field Investors community started over two years ago, but this meetup was their first in-person event. 

It was clear to me that many of the members had built strong relationships online, but those relationships culminated when they were finally able to meet face to face last week. 

I enjoyed getting to participate in those first-ever face-to-face meetings, and it reinforced in my mind the importance of in-person interactions, especially with the people we’re building meaningful relationships with. 

3. Education is Great, But Taking Action Changes Lives 

As a recovering perfectionist, I always appreciate conversations about the importance of taking action based on imperfect information. No matter how much you learn about investing, you’ll never reach your goals unless you actually take the leap and start putting your knowledge into practice.

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This idea was a central focus in many of the expert presentations, where they shared strategies for consistently taking action, even if you make mistakes or act on imperfect information. 

As a Grand Slam Sponsor, I also had the opportunity to speak during the afternoon of the event, where I shared a part of my personal story that demonstrates the importance of taking action. 

Billy Keels standing by a podium giving a presentation

If you’re interested in learning more about how I changed my life by overcoming indecision to start taking action — and how I’m helping others do the same — I encourage you to check out this blog post, or fill out this form to get in touch. 

October 26, 2022
Billy Keels