Robert Shemin is a self-made man in every sense of the word. He runs numerous businesses and is one of the world’s leading real estate investors. As a New York Times and Washington Post bestselling author (many times over), Robert’s messages have empowered new generations of investors from around the world to make strategic decisions and find unparalleled success. Early on, it was discovered that Robert had not only part-dyslexia, but a speech impediment as well that impaired everything from academics to his ability to communicate effectively from a young age. Emerging from an unimpressive academic career, he found himself a young man in an unremarkable job.
True to his nature, however, he was unsatisfied with settling for the status quo. Urged by someone to pursue real estate investing, he almost immediately found a promising property. The problem, however, was that he lacked any funds to buy it.
On a mentor’s recommendation, he started reaching out for investors. Even in this infant stage of his future success, people in high positions realized they weren’t just funding a real estate transaction: they were buying into Robert.
And “buying into Robert” is what people have continued to do ever since. He represents a totally unique kind of businessman. Robert’s packed speaking tours and training courses are full of people who realize he actually cares about their success. Robert has leveraged the humility of his start in this field and literally lives to pay it forward.
“I want to touch people’s lives. Not just in real estate or with money, but in how to build relationships. On the charity side, we’re saving lives. In every area, I’m into results. I’m about transformation.”
One of Robert’s core messages is that you can start from nothing. The real key to his success was his own inner fortitude, which in different iterations has looked like charisma and compassion. Instead of building an empire on tricks of the trade, he has built a community that self-populates.
Project X, his Hands-On Real Estate Training Program, takes on students with high potential and is about an experience, not just static instruction. The conveyance of facts is insufficient. In Robert’s world, it is the doing that truly equips someone for long-term success. Graduates of the program are regularly seen as emerging talent and forces to be reckoned with in the industry.
Some of his more recent endeavors include weekly webinars, where he speaks candidly to real estate investor hopefuls all around the world. Rather than just impart knowledge, he favors a hands-on approach that gets real, immediate results.
“Now I’ve got over 2,000 international investors in Israel who we’ve trained in the Community Help Project and they close between 200-500 deals a month in the United States. But we teach people relationships, long term, how to take care of people, community and giving back.”
Of course, the businesspeople who attend these events are being given unprecedented access to someone with Robert’s credentials and body of work. But Robert doesn’t see it that way.
“Everything’s a decision. I like doing deals. I like teaching people, starting businesses and doing charity. I’m busier than ever. I’ve opened three new businesses, done 10 deals, new books, new courses and going 18 hours a day. I love it. We did more deals and made more money during the pandemic than I did before and most of my students have, too.”
The democratization of something that may seem unattainable, especially for people without means, is game-changing. Robert’s resources give people who are truly on the outside of wealth and knowledge a full-pass ticket to success. He works in Africa, Israel, South and Central America and all over the world to provide a pathway for unlikely people to make it big. What makes it even better is that isn’t even the extent of his big heart.
Robert is very well known for his charitable work. He specializes in supporting standards for people in section 8 housing. As one of the first to do this, Robert explains that his mission was to treat people in homes like these the way he would want to be treated.
Many low-income families and whole communities in the U.S. are unknowing beneficiaries of Robert’s generosity. He imparts a vision for this servant-heartedness to investors in his program, other world class business leaders and everyone he meets.
In many ways, it is this compelling culture-setting that typifies Robert’s contribution to the world. The spotlight finds him because his approach to this business is so totally different than others with the mic.
In fact, he has tried to retire many times over, only to be drawn back in by irresistible opportunities to make a difference. It’s safe to say that he will continue to be both a force and an industry leader for some time to come.