Give it away in order to keep it! (part 1 of 2)

Real Estate Sales Representative with Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area

There's much written in Real Estate on business development and little on personal growth, at least not outside of nutrition, physical exercise and time management; self grooming on an exterior plain, and little about real inner improvement. Times are changing, or at least rolling back to simpler ideals, with humility and modesty replacing self importance and bigshotism.

How did I get on track? What keeps me grounded in the midst of the competitive, hard driving, money oriented, award crazed real estate culture I entered over 25 years ago?

The answer was to give back quietly.

I started by learning to invest an hour a day. It was that simple but not easy at first. I compare it to attending church as a child. That hour was brutal, it was an eternity for a 9 year old, but with time it had become routine. Looking back now, it was this hour that helped me become the person that is writing this passage. I've been derailed many times but something, or event, got me back to this practice.

Regardless of any business, this ensured that no matter what my business yields, I'd fill my soul with joy. The quest for happiness will remain alive and fulfilled regardless of the production portion of my life. After all, we know how quickly we can become super busy, leaving internal happiness for another day. Postponing family, friends, time for reflection, and community concerns, is all too easy. It's all symptomatic of the business culture our industry demands.Pizza baking

By now your thinking I sound like Brian Buffini. Funny thing is that I never took his program until late 2008, and noticed I was doing Buffini before I knew of him or his training. He's one of many that are on the right beam, and one of the few that apply and teach the principles of worthy living. He has validated me and my beliefs on daily living. Last year, Brian did it to me; he made an impact by doing the very thing that I strive to do. He found out that I was diagnosed with cancer and the recovery was taking a huge toll, Brian sent me a book and made me promise to read it. Thanks Brian...

Here's the deal.

So if you spend an hour a day on giving; a long range project for a charity, a quick reach out to someone, building a single non business affiliation, send a personal note or book. Personally, I love food, I love to cook, and so I deliver surprise a surprise pizza or invite clients and friends for dinner.


The ‘how to' in the Part 2....

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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Sergio,  love your first post to your blog. I knew you would write as well as you conduct yourself every day of life. So glad you are here on AR to share your wealth of knowledge and spirit of giving in the rain.  P.S. I can attest to the good cook in you having had some of your cookies last Christmas...mmmmmmm.

Jun 23, 2010 01:18 AM #1
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Sergio - welcome to Active Rain!  I love your post.  It is a "dog eat dog" world out there, with lots of "bigshotism" (love that word!).  You have a great approach to giving back, quietly, in small ways.  Oh, and wow, that pizza looks good - is part 2 going to be how to make that pizza?!!  Oh, p.s.  There's also a group "Canadian RE/max Agents, Mortgage Brokers etc." - you may want to post there, too.  If you edit your post and change a word or two, you can post to some more groups.  Nice to meet you.

Jun 25, 2010 02:54 AM #2
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Sergio, welcome to AR! Great post. I hope you enjoy your blogging experience as much as I have. AR will bring you new friends and lots of interesting new things to learn. It can be a great place to discuss things.

Good luck.

Jun 25, 2010 07:55 AM #3
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Sergio, welcome to AR. I really enjoyed reading your post, now you have to keep them coming :)  Thanks for the reminder about living life fully. Unless we are conciously spending time every day working on projects that benefit ourselves and everyone around us, we aren't really living fully. We get so many blessings and rewards when we give of ourselves. It's almost like magic.

Jun 25, 2010 08:32 AM #4
Sergio DePinto
Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area - Vaughan, ON

Thank you Malcolm and Janice for the nice comments. Sally, I rarely cook with recipes but you're welcome to visit and share a meal. It's truly magical to have such a warm reception from clients and fellow comrades.

Jun 29, 2010 06:28 PM #5
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Sergio, Welcome to Active Rain! Active Rain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard.

Welcome Aboard and Much Success!

Jul 04, 2010 04:03 AM #6
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Sergio, that pizza looks yummy!  Recipients of your giving back are lucky. :o)

Jul 06, 2010 08:09 AM #7
Sergio DePinto
Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area - Vaughan, ON

Thanks Ann!! Actually, I'm the one who's blessed. They eat up all my efforts so that I don't have to diet...:)

Jul 06, 2010 08:35 AM #8
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