My name is Matthew Cole and I live in an oceanfront condo in Miami, Florida.

I have a lovely wife, three beautiful children, and I drive the car of my dreams.

Life here in Miami feels like a permanent vacation. I get to spend a lot of time with my family, travel often, and put my effort into things I’m really passionate about.

At 34 years old, I feel like I’m already retired.

However, life wasn’t always like this for me.

Seven years ago, I was uninspired, tired, and lonely. I was lost and directionless even though I went to college. I worked at a job I hated and the future looked bleak.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, fate would have it that I would come across a life-changing opportunity that would allow me to live a vibrant, happy life.

One day, on one of the rare occasions that I read the news instead of playing video games before work, I stumbled across an article that mentioned real estate investing.

I was living in a small town at the time, but the article spoke about the real estate market here in Miami.

Miami was a place I’d always wanted to visit, so I took time off work and made the trip down here a few weeks later. I had never traveled much before, so taking a trip to Florida was an exciting prospect.

I quickly forgot about the article and slipped into a two-week-long daydream about my upcoming vacation. Little did I know that this would be a life-changing trip.

The minute I arrived in Miami, I knew that I couldn’t waste another year in that small town. But how would I afford to move down here? I couldn’t just quit my job, right?

My mind flashed back to the article.

Real estate. That’s how I would escape.

My heart was set on Miami. I was determined to make it my permanent home.

I spent the rest of my trip sitting in my hotel room reading everything about real estate I could get my hands on. I bought books and scoured the internet for information.

By the time I got back home, I knew I wanted to own properties. I knew that if I could generate enough passive income from my properties, I could live a life of freedom in Miami.

I had some savings built up from my job and a decent credit score. After researching properties for several months, I decided to buy my first home.

I was terrified at first. That fear now seems like a distant memory.

My first tenants moved in one year after my trip to Miami. A year after that, I bought my second property.

I was now making enough passive income to replace the income from my job. I decided to take the leap of faith and quit.

I found a place to rent in Miami where I met my wife.

Since then, I’ve purchased several more properties that have generated more passive income. I’m no longer stuck at a job I hate, and I get to fully enjoy life on my own terms.

Buying real estate was the best decision I ever made. It’s my passion and I want to do it for the rest of my life.