Will “Power” Duquette – Finding Your Path & Achieving Significance

by Tim Houghten

Choose where you want to go and figure out how to get there. Sounds easy, right?

International trainer, consultant, real estate investor and speaker Will Duquette empowers people to make as much as six figures an hour. So how did he land this prestigious gig? How does he help you unlock your income potential?


Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate the hype from the real deal out there today. There’s a lot of noise and fluff. But you won’t find that when you attend one of Will “Power” Duquette’s high-powered events or one-on-one consulting sessions. The proof is in the results.

Duquette has…

Helped Shark Tank investor, co-founder and CEO of HSN Direct International, and author of

Act Now: How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products”, Kevin Harrington, to catapult his on-stage sales – with five PowerPoint slides.

• “Never lost a penny in 17 years of investing in real estate.”

Just “bought” a property with $110,000 in instant equity last week, with no money down.

Had real estate investing students make $70,000 in less than 30 days after training events.

Helped the Jax REIA President crush it with a 25% closing ratio.

Had 12 year real estate veterans raving about the value of his experience.

Has shared the speaking stage with Donald Trump and Richard Branson.

Is launching a YouTube challenge to 2016 Presidential candidate Donald Trump.


Will is dogmatic in his belief and service in helping others to not only achieve their financial goals, but personal dreams and more. In fact, he says, “Anyone can receive great wealth and significance, without needing anyone else’s permission. If they’ll invest in learning, and take action.”

Duquette insists it is this combination of effective training and action that has not only unlocked the massive success potential of his clients, but his own as well. He says there are irrefutable laws like gravity, and our subconscious that run us, and differentiate our results. Through recognizing them and harnessing their power, Duquette empowers leaders to “experience life transformations that stay with you and serve you.”


Will Duquette says Donald Trump offers the classic example of how wealthy people think differently. When Trump was $900 million in debt, he didn’t hide like most would. So what did he do? Operating from that millionaire mindset, he attended a cocktail party with those creditors that he owed $900 million to. Gutsy, right. Yet, in a side room at that event, Trump surrounded himself with this mastermind group, and not only seriously discounted this sum, but leveraged their wisdom to craft a massive success plan. Trump is now worth almost $9 BILLION, and is running for U.S. president.

So if you want different results, you’ve got to take different actions.

But beyond just curating the success habits of others; Duquette has lived it himself. When he was young, he was always told that his family couldn’t afford things.

When he found out that he was going to have his own child – that’s when it changed everything, and created a new sense of urgency. He didn’t want that to be the story he had to tell his daughter. Still, he admits that it took several shifts and years for him to make his own ultimate leap. Because most of what he teaches today just wasn’t shared or known back then.


1. Got fired from the rat race after calling in sick for having pneumonia

2. Opened his own business

3. Began investing in real estate to make bigger chunks of money

4. Discovered the power of blind faith belief

5. Accepted his ‘license to make mistakes’

6. Learned how to manage and change his own perspective on happiness

7. Decided his apex was in significance through helping others, not just making money


When Duquette started on his adventure the close-knit group that was banking huge in speaking and sales weren’t sharing their secrets. They kept those closely guarded. Yet, he found a way. And he credits his own success to four main factors.

Vowing to never give up

Modeling success wherever he could find it

Investing big in education

Just taking action

Duquette says the really significant quantum leaps came when he forced himself to step out of his comfort zone and chose to “pay more than comfortable with” for better training. In one case that meant putting $10K on a credit card to really learn how to take his game to the next level. And today, Will might not notice if ten thousand dollars dropped out of his billfold on the way to the podium.


Duquette trains real estate speakers and investors, and still invests in real estate himself. While you may find him gracing the stage at events in London, Prague, and Germany, Duquette’s home base is in Jacksonville, FL. While often overlooked by others; ‘Jax’ is the largest city in the contiguous United States, and the most populous city in Florida. It has also been praised by RealtyTrac as offering the biggest profit margins for house flippers. But you don’t have to tell Duquette that. He once bought a half a million dollar home with just $10 out of pocket, and has mastered a transaction engineering skill set that allows him to invest in many properties with nothing down. Duquette says it is all about “looking for problems and finding solutions.”

While he says that world travel and international training has revealed that all people essentially have the same fears, challenges, and belief issues, he himself certainly has a unique perspective, and style, that is proving itself with dollars and changed lives. He claims to be perhaps one of the only people to not have lost a penny in 17 years of real estate investing. His high energy, experiential real estate events that include live deal making have produced profits for attendees before they are done with their homework.

And the ‘Profits in Pretty Houses’ course is reportedly one of the first and only to include a flow chart so that investors are never stuck, or wondering what comes next.

Looking forward Duquette says the market is just like it was seventeen years ago, only better. “Because all the fundamentals are right, but others are scared to take advantage of the opportunities on sale.” As well as noting that rather than hurting his business, “massive buying sprees by hedge funds have actually helped” his business, as “they have depleted inventory levels”, and make his properties more in demand.


Will “Power” Duquette offers sales, confidence, and personal development training, real estate speaker training, speaker services, real estate investment courses, and one-on-one consulting. Find out how to get more of what you want at



From TOP Model to Top of the Real Estate World

Kaya Wittenburg, has gone from small Midwest town, to becoming a top fashion model working directly with Gianni and Donatella Versace, to leading U.S. and global developers in selling the most breathtaking condos in the world.

Through beautification in real estate design, Kaya Wittenburg has risen to being involved in over $4B worth of real estate sales in some of the most exclusive locations on the planet.

This has included promoting exciting world-class projects in Las Vegas, Miami, Panama and the Bahamas. As a public speaker and high-profile industry personality, he has been featured on CNN, BBC World, GQ, and The Wall Street Journal, just to name a few.

I managed to track Kaya down between photo shoots to tap into some highly credentialed insights on branding new construction, and profiting from the highest end real estate investments. So, what tips can be gleaned from Wittenburg’s successes for maximizing personal performance, scooping better deals on luxury real estate, and renovating or building new projects that push new limits in ROI?

Just what can the glamorous modeling world teach aspiring real estate moguls?

How do you go from growing up in a small suburb to selling over $4B of the Most Envied Destination Real Estate on the planet?

Kaya Wittenburg says from his first big casting in Milan with Gianni Versace, the modeling world provided countless experiences in learning about people, trends and the details of effective styling. From new countries to diverse cultures and new friends, Kaya says he found “Fashion, art, architecture and interior design,” all appreciated by those he mingled with.

Of his first Versace dinner Kaya says he remembers being “Totally overwhelmed. The attention to design was simply amazing. Every plate, tray, piece of silverware at the table was a work of art.”

While some might find this level of attention to detail and priority on luxury excessive in the real estate world, it has proven to be a consistent component in the success of leading luxury brands, while delivering real lifts to profit margins.

When asked what was behind his success, Paul McRae, broker of the Galleria Collection of Fine Homes in Fort Lauderdale once pointed to his $300 per foot office wallpaper. One of the top ten Manhattan brokerage firms MNS recently achieved a $200 per foot premium on unit sales at the Edge through its efforts in marketing. Wittenburg says he is currently working with a hot brand in Miami that plans to catapult oceanfront property prices by 35% with a new luxury development.

For real estate investors seeking the most attractive returns with maximum security, the Sky Five Properties founder says, “Investors have a greater margin of safety in branded residences because resale values have been proven to be somewhat more stable than non-branded residences.”

He also comments that when it comes to renovating or designing new multifamily, conversions and condo developments one of the worst mistakes is, “A lack of creativity and sex appeal for lobbies and pool decks, which can destroy pre-construction sales efforts.”

Being one of the most transparent authorities in the world of real estate sales, Kaya has often ruffled the feathers of his competitors by openly giving condo buyers and investors the upper edge. He says, “Everything is negotiable, even in pre-construction developments,” and often offers insights on common real estate sales tactics via the Sky Five Properties Blog.


In addition to world travel, Kaya Wittenburg was blessed growing up in a real estate household with his mother actively sharing her deal-making and entertaining client-friends for dinner. It was at this young age Wittenburg caught the excitement of real estate investing.

Of course, as any investor, REALTOR ® or CEO knows, it takes regular maintenance and intentness to keep up an elite level of passion and innovation to operate at the very top of the game. To this end, Kaya has nurtured a lifelong yearning for learning and constant self-improvement. The Miami real estate innovator says “meditation and yoga practice has helped me elevate the quality of my thoughts – thinking thoughts that induce a sense of excitement, confidence, and gratitude, every day.”

While others striving to compete in this fast-based business normally wind up letting what they have learned fall to the wayside, Kaya says religiously sticking to “daily journaling makes a huge impact in long-term success,” a practice he picked up from former Florida Governor, Bob Graham.

Want to find out what’s the next big pivot for Miami real estate, and which top global label will be the next to unveil a luxury branded building in the Magic City? Kaya says we’ll have to look out for his next update.

Find out more about Kaya Wittenburg’s story and track Miami real estate trends online and via Twitter @Sky5Properties.


Exploring The Changing LA Market With Baseball’s Brennan Boesch

When not coaching local kids on how to hit homeruns of their own, you’ll find former top rookie and Major League starter for the Detroit Tigers, and an MLB veteran with service logged for New York Yankees and Angels as well, Brennan Boesch is still giving back to others – and giving high profile buyers an intimate tour of LA’s best neighborhoods to scout out new homes and investment properties.

Now a real estate agent to pro athletes and their families with The Agency, Brennan Boesch is sharing his experience and knowledge of LA real estate in a refreshing way. Giving former and current pro athletes everything he didn’t have in a financial partner and agent as a pro ball player. With such detailed understanding of Southern California’s unique communities, and having proven to be such a successful investor himself, there may be no one better to explore the local property market with.

When Brennan left his home Friday morning for an early a.m. meeting in Venice Beach, he had no idea the Woosley Fire would close the road back and he would have no home to return to.  As fire swept from the valley to the ocean in a matter of hours, it took Brennan’s house at Point Dume and hundreds of others – dramatically changing Brennan’s life as well as the real estate market for many years to come.

Building a Give-Back Legacy that Really Matters, and Lasts

In such a difficult time for him and for many, Brennan does not forget to remind us how fortunate he has been – to experience the best schools, to learn from the best teachers and coaches, and to live a major league life.  He says how grateful he is that he still can help those in need, from teaching baseball to kids, teaching high schoolers how to compete at the highest levels, and volunteering with Tree People, Heal the Bay, the MS Society, Miracle League, and for this avid surfer perhaps most rewarding, the surf therapy charity for disabled kids, A Walk On Water.  Giving his time and money to another local charity, The Emily Shane Foundation, to help kids with learning disabilities, this picture shows Brennan releasing butterflies, 50 of them at $10 each, at the Shane Foundation’s Fourth Annual Fundraiser.

The More A Market Changes the Smarter Buyers and Sellers Have to Be

As the LA real estate market copes with such upheaval, Brennan says his clients are becoming smarter and more knowledgeable about their finances, with one of their major concerns and decision factors being led in the proper direction for their family. They are often newly married. They want to make wise choices for their kids. They want to know what it’s like to grow up in these neighborhoods, and Brennan has the firsthand experience to guide them. Those that can look forward 10 to 20 years, and make the right money moves now, are those most likely to keep that feeling of success, even long after they retire from the game.

While he’s got some serious baseball pedigree, Brennan is no rookie to the real estate. He saw his father make moves he didn’t understand when he was young. Like buying a piece of Venice Beach, which was definitely not a tourist destination then. It was a lot more gangsters, and a few artists. Yet, the family had a vision.

Today that vision has been revived by Brennan and his designer wife Allison. It is now The Venice Beach House, the premier event space in Silicon Beach, a 9-bedroom boutique inn and historic landmark, a unique place to base yourself to discover the Los Angeles real estate market, and relax by the Pacific Ocean.

Under their watch, The Venice Beach House has hosted private affairs, weddings, events and speakers, featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and events for causes and charities Brennan and his wife Allison believe in.

Where to Buy in LA in 2019

While Brennan says he sees Los Angeles becoming more of a buyers market, he notes that open house activity is still brisk in his hometown neighborhoods of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Santa Monica, and he is ready to see the new turns happening as we roll into 2019.

He himself has invested in special properties throughout the West LA and beach area, giving him and his clients a depth of experience rarely found elsewhere. He was born here, knows the intricate differences between the locations on the map, and has a love and appreciation for the unique character each property and neighborhood has to offer.

Whether you’re looking for ‘hip and awesome’ in Venice Beach, the global luxury brand, the privacy of Sullivan Canyon, or the fabulous new developments Hollywood is so famous for, Brennan knows just where to take you. Each has a special feel, and fits a certain buyer and investor just like your favorite glove. Though right now, he can’t help to hold back his passion for West LA’s backyard neighborhood of Brentwood. It’s where he grew up, and what he describes as the “dream home scenario, that is never going out of style, and which makes a great place for your home.”

From Pro Athlete to Being Proud of Your Financial Game

Boesch has played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Cincinnati Reds, as well as in the Dominican Republic Winter League. He’s known the feeling of being an award winning player, an MVP in AA, a batting championship in AAA, hitting a double on the first pitch in his first major league at-bat, and he’s known suffering from a career-ending injury, and now from the life changes that come with losing everything.

He says that “while you might not get to play your sport forever, you can get that same successful feeling – by making investment moves you are proud of. You can keep that feeling alive by making smart real estate choices.”

As any other professional player or celebrity has experienced, Brennan had his fair share of agents for just about everything during his active years in baseball. With his personal experience and history, that gives him a unique perspective in the business. There are many agents out there, but this athletes’ agent knows the ins and outs of the game, and the ins and outs of life, and he provides the unique vantage point of having been on both sides of the fence.

Life on the road is certainly tough for professional athletes. There is a lot of moving and uncertainty where you’ll be playing next season. Yet, that doesn’t have to mean delaying making smart property purchases. He acknowledges that players often “get talked into dumb leases,” something he admits he might have wasted a lot of money doing in his peak years too.

As a crusader for these high earners Boesch recommends learning how to quiet the noise around you. Recognizing when you are in that ‘bubble’, and remembering to think of the long game.

Just like when you are playing and are strategizing a sports career you need to listen to that “go for it!” gut feeling. Sometimes you need to be more aggressive or less. Choose to play it safe or swing for the fences. Whether it is real estate, other investments or a career, he encourages you to “take information from the pros, but make good decisions for yourself, and do your own homework.” You may have to take small or calculated risks, but you already know what you get if you don’t make any efforts.

Tour LA with Brennan

Want to find the perfect place to live or invest in LA? Look up Brennan, or fly in and stay near the airport at The Venice Beach House and discover all the Los Angeles real estate market has to offer.

Reach out and connect with him directly via email at or give him a call at 424.203.1189.





Investing Insights from a REAL BLACK BELT

By Tim Houghten

Sensei Gilliland just kicked the real estate bandwagon in half. If you want to lead, get to the gold, and keep it – read this… Real estate master Sensei Gilliland has never claimed to be a real estate investing ‘guru’. He has just put in the work, stayed focused, and refused to be knocked out.

This warrior spirit didn’t just lead him to become one of the youngest martial artists to be ranked in the nation’s top three, for five straight years. It has earned him the title ‘Sensei’ from his students, and makes him one of the few REAL Black Belt Investors.

For nearly 20 years Sensei Gilliland has been investing in real estate and he may be one of only a handful of notable trainers that still makes money from investing in real estate today. So what makes this guy different?


Sensei is the founder of 12 Rounds – ‘The West’s Top Ranked Investor’s Club for Successful Cash & Wealth Building’. We asked Sensei why people keep flocking to his meetup group, and why people should do business with Black Belt Investors. He said: “In 2007 there were over 100 real estate clubs in Southern California alone. When 2008 hit that number was slashed to around a dozen; and two of those left standing were mine. Now there are even more clubs. But who will be standing when the markets flex next time?”

Of his ability to withstand the second most severe recession in our country’s history, and how that is contrasted with the other 90% who folded, Sensei says: “They were very linear in their business models and thinking, and were too busy selling retail. Everyone was just jumping on the bandwagon of these copycats.”

If you really want to try to put Sensei Gilliland to the test in today’s ring he suggests you pull out your phone and see what Google says. We couldn’t resist the challenge! Try it…Talk about ‘mission impossible’. There are pages, upon pages of Google results for Sensei Gilliland, and everything is positive. And this is a guy who says he has never worried much about SEO. Seriously, even your teenager’s toughened video gaming thumbs would probably fall off before you run out of positive reviews of this guy.

Why does Google love Gilliland? He’s got depth. He is established. He has a rock solid reputation. And he has been in the ring since before most people even thought about ever using the internet to search for a home or a home loan.


Most might have heard of Sensei Gilliland for his power packed, hands on, real estate training. Yet, he is still an active investor and is in the market doing deals every day. Sensei says that while you still might catch him helping distressed homeowners and serving up sweet wholesale deals close to home in sunny Southern California, he is also working with serious investors in re-emerging markets such as Cleveland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Investors can check out more details and find in-depth research on these markets at:


For new investors, intelligent experienced investors, and even new gurus who don’t want to get KO’d and go belly up, Sensei extends the invitation to step up, and check out the 12 Rounds Investment Club. For information visit: This meetup is for those who want to enjoy long-lasting personal and financial success from their real estate investments.


JUSTIN FORD – Owner at Encore Real Estate Group, Co-Founder / FOREX Trader and Educator at Team Take Profits

Learn with Justin Ford – Real Estate Broker, FOREX Educator, Entrepreneur and Visionary

From struggle to success, Justin Ford truly lives the saying “It’s not how to start, but how you finish.” At the age of 19, with his life in disrepair, Justin made the critical decision to turn it all around. Now at the age of 34, Justin has become a successful entrepreneur, business owner, real estate broker, investor, motivational speaker, author, and mentor.

Justin is the owner and broker of Michigan-based Encore Real Estate Group. He currently oversees a team of successful agents. In 2018, Encore will branch out to Florida as well. Justin plans to take his Encore Real Estate group brand nationally. He has his eye on soon opening a third brokerage in another state he frequently travels to: California.

Raised in a rough neighborhood, Justin is not shy about his troubled past and uses it as a tool to save young adult men and steer them on a positive path. He says life’s mission is to make a valuable difference. Justin has earned numerous achievement awards, and demonstrates daily that talent, drive, and ambition really do lead to success. Justin’s passion and desire to see people rise to success leaves a lasting impact as he challenges all to become the champion they were created to be.

Currently residing in metro Detroit with his wife and four children, Justin says the love and support of his family helps fuel his passion for success in all avenues. In his spare time, he loves to travel the world and donate his time to The Positive Zone Project Foundation, which empowers high school students through character education and leadership development.

Recently, Justin became involved with the financial strategy: FOREX. Trading foreign currencies is a trillion-dollar a day industry and individuals, as well as institutions and corporations are capitalizing on movement of currency. All trading can be done on your phone, 24 hours per day.

Justin and his team are actively trading on FOREX with a company that has opened up the knowledge and access to trading to average, regular people without a traditional financial background.