During this time, I was still working at the Telephone Company. My previous experience of leaving employment there led me to diversify my opportunities. Be prepared! In addition to the rental houses we acquired, I had several partners with whom I would periodically work deals. We continued to expand our Charolais cattle business. We bought 8 purebred Charolais cows and a bull named James.
I had acquired my Real Estate Broker’s license a year or so earlier, and had started selling some land in the McKinney area. Frequently friends would come out to visit us at our farm and they would say, “I wish we had a place like this.” I would try and help them find a place and one thing led to another and before I knew it I was in the land business.