All About SouthsideJohnny

SouthsideJohnny's picture
John Gillon
Moody, AL (15 mi. E of Birmingham)
About Me: 

Have very strong passion and desire to succeed in REI! Purchased Dean's Think A Litle Different course in early 2008; ran out of money (and nerves) to follow through after ALMOST being there. Worked in construction industry as Materials Mgr (12 yrs abroad). Became a Subway franchisee and went bankrupt. Have been working in Food Service industry (moslty management) for last 15 yrs. Have also done some residential remodeling. I am currently working as a Server in a BBQ restaurant (despise it, but at least I'm not managing)...too many hours/headaches!!
Just received SFL last week and I'm pumped!!!

My Road to Redemption:

Anything to do with RE, all sports (mostly football), doing yardwork, family (grandkids)

Basic Info

Have Child(ren)
Some College

Sites I Visit

Mainly Just This One


Yeah someone in B'ham

teetersmom2's picture

I live in Inverness off Hwy 119 so we are not far from each other. I have made a friend on this DG website who lives in Foley but she has been coming to B'ham to look at deals. Sounds like you have been through the ringer but are willing to try again. I'm impressed that you bought SFL. I could not afford it but I did order the EDGE 2010 videos and am waiting for them to arrive. Maybe between you, me and my friend from Foley we could get together and watch them. No pressure just glad to see that someone on here lives in my backyard. Hope to hear from you and welcome to the DG website. Be sure to sign up for the conference call on Tue. 14th. They're actually very interesting and FREE!

Someone in B'ham

SouthsideJohnny's picture

Hi Dawn,

Good to hear from you and that there IS someone else on this site from the area!!

Yeh, you might say I've been through the ringer (a couple of times), but I'm stubborn, persistent and don't give up easily. I only know that one day I will succeed, but ONLY if I keep trying!

I really couldn't afford SFL either, but felt strongly that it has all the tools needed in ONE place. I learned from my last RE experience that everything is out there and available (internet, etc.). You just have to go a thousand places and spend countless hours to find it. That's what sold me. I just pray that I have the money for the remaining installments. My plan is to automate myself first (such as Carol Stinson) and then dig-in!

I have the EDGE DVD's and have watched about 3/4 of them. If you don't get yours soon, I'd be more than happy to loan them to you. I'm not sure I'd have time to watch them all with you and your friend from Foley. I work full time and am only off on Thursdays and Sundays.

You two should join me at the next REIC meeting. It's on the 27th in Homewood at the Senior Center. They meet the fourth Monday every month. It's $20 for visitors. I have just joined ($72/year). It'll be a great opportunity for networking. The president, Jack Eyer is really a great guy!

By the way, I did join the conference call. I take every opportunity I can to learn and stay motivated.

Anyway, guess I'll go for now. You can PM me if you'd like. We could exchange numbers, emails, etc.

Talk to you soon...


Nelson5337's picture

Thanks a lot John! Much appreciated Smiling

Between you and Kevin, you guys are squaring me away when keeping me on top of some awesome forum topics, thanks!


Kevin A Goldman's picture

Thanks, John! That Cash Buyers forum has a load of info...breathing deep trying not to get more information overloaded! We gotta keep on target, too, but finding and passing along these tips we find to each other is FANTASTIC!



Kevin A Goldman's picture

Check out/bookmark the thread here

Turning out to be a gold mine of information!!


You still movin' and shakin'?


Kevin A Goldman's picture

Lay off the coffee (re: the heavy-handedness)! Just kidding. Smiling

Doing alright. Actually started a journal to track progress. It may help keep me even more answerable to myself and to people who visit.

Finished reading Be A Real Estate Millionaire and am trying to lay out my next action steps!

I still feel like a fish out of water, too. Stated differently, I feel like I'm trying to become the fish so that I can get in the water!

It's touch and it will take time and I know I'm only two months in, but I was not even this enthused the last time I tried, so I know I have a good thing going here! Keep the faith (and I don't say that about anything, so that's saying something!)


Aloha & Mahalo! Welcome

JJD's picture

Aloha & Mahalo!

Welcome Gifts For You!
download files, leave comments and Enjoy

Here are some resources to get you started! Please leave your comments in the post or two. And, Don't forget to check out all of the other great resources available in the books, links, downloads, conference calls and website provided here.

May You have Great Success on your Journey! You will find a vast array of information at your disposal on this site.
Most of your questions can also be answered by researching in some of the Forums, Posts, and other links available.
It would also be to your advantage to complete your profile to it's fullest as well.
Thanks For Coming Aboard!



Carol Stinson's picture

I want to welcome you to the DG family. Your desire to succeed in RE reminds me of myself when I first started.

I want to encourage you to keep the fire and follow your desire. Nothing is impossible if you believe!!

Good luck and welcome to the family.

To your success,
Carol Stinson


ntaber's picture

Thanks John. I live in the Lake Charles/Sulphur area. We were not hit very hard with the down market. But, still enough foreclosures and other good deals around. I have been doing lots of reading and using this sight for more info. Once again, many thanks for welcoming me, and good luck to you to!!!!

alabaster investor

Hi I am also in the b'ham area. Just gitting started, would like to network with local investors maybe even partner with some. The Only thing I have to bring to table is exprience in construction and time to invest. I have over 20 yrs. in the field. there is not much I do not know.I think I could save money on rehabs.But it is just nice to know there are others on the site close just wanted to say HI.

Hi John

Lex Templar's picture

I'm new to the site and I see that you are an involved participant in the DG family. I plan to do the same so I wanted to get to know the family members here. I see that you got involved in 2008 and now you're going strong. I'm starting to build my buyers list right now. Do you have any ideas on how to go about it without having a car? I'm going to get one pretty soon but, how did you do it brother?

Hey John

Valuni's picture

just signing in your guestbook to say hi and to wish you great success on your rei journey! It has been such a pleasure knowing you and hanging out with the gang at 5th St!

Now let's go out there and get those deals!


Hello from Winnipeg

Bird's picture

How is this working for you?
which city are you in?
Vern Bird
Winnipeg, Canada


NickandGen's picture

I just read your posting about your "late" good news! lol... Smiling I just wanted to stop by and say hello! I look forward to seeing more of your postings and just know that you are not alone! We all have gone through the "ringer" so to speak! The great thing is we are all STILL HERE!!!!!!! Jehovah God has made us stronger! So that's a GREAT thing! Take care and stay blessed! I look forward to learning from you in the near future!



Done any deals lately ?? hope you have a gr8 2015. all the best man.