I’m really inspired with the story of Jon Morrow from Real Estate Answered who is using blogging as part of his business activities. This alone is not amazing as many do it, what inspires me is that Jon has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and as the press release says he can barely move his fingers – yet using voice recognition he’s able to have a voice online.
I wrote over a year ago on another of my blogs a post on how blogging has the potential to give a voice to the voiceless and it’s great to see that people are discovering this for themselves and making it work.
Jon Morrow can barely move his fingers, but he’s designed a web site to teach everything he’s learned while managing over $20 million of real estate investments. Mr. Morrow designed the entire site using nothing but Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a popular voice dictation package.
Disabled real estate executive Jon Morrow has built a web site answering the most common questions people ask about real estate investing without lifting a finger… literally. Dictating through voice recognition software, he updates the site several times per week with answers to new questions that visitors submit.
Mr. Morrow has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a degenerative disease that causes increasing levels of weakness. It limits him to the use of one hand and his voice. Yet he manages three companies that oversee an estimated $20 million in real estate investments.
So, if he’s so successful, why is he answering people’s questions for free? “It only seems fair,” he says. “Everyday of my life, I’ve required extra help from everyone around me. My parents, teachers, friends, and even strangers — they’ve all given of themselves freely, asking for nothing in return. It’s time I returned the favor.”
Where people have given Mr. Morrow their physical and emotional support, he is giving back information. “My father started grooming me to take over the real estate empire at the age of 4. When you’ve been in real estate that long, you start to understand how things work and see patterns.”
Now, he’s taking all of that knowledge and turning it into a web site that promises to eventually answer every question about real estate investing. Broken into categories, Mr. Morrow has written articles about foreclosures, landlording, flipping houses, financing, and lots of other subjects. He also publishes free reports and performs audio teleconferences.
Is Mr. Morrow just another overhyped real estate guru? He laughs at the question. “I don’t have anything to sell, so how can I be a guru? No, for me, this is largely an altruistic venture. I might eventually make some money from it, but that’s not why I built the site.”
Yet, even for an altruistic venture, he has big plans. He intends for Real Estate… Answered to become the largest free information resource about real estate investing on the Internet. He doesn’t care if it takes years. “For my entire life, people have helped me selflessly. The only way I know to repay that is to help others as much as I can.”
You can see the site at http://www.realestateanswered.com.