2017 Theme: "We Can Work It Out!"

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“Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend”

-John Lennon & Paul McCartney


Today, it is more important than ever, to really listen when someone says to you, “Try to see it my way” because “there is a chance that we may fall apart before too long”. Finding ways to create bridges across the chasms between our personal perspectives is of paramount importance. For that reason we have made “We Can Work It Out” our 2017 theme for the year.


All successful real estate professionals know that reaching for “win-win” solutions when negotiating the sale of homes is the best long-term strategy to achieve longevity in the business. They know that their livelihood is on the line as well as their self-respect by taking this proven “high road” approach. And, their mindset when approaching negotiations is, like the title of the Beatles hit song suggests, “We Can Work It Out”.


Achieving this mindset in our personal relationships, not just in our business relationships, is no longer an option it is an imperative if we are to thrive as individuals and as nations.  We cannot just look to our government to be the builders of these bridges of communication.  We each need to take the responsibility for successful outcomes in personal interactions. Instead of entrenching ourselves deeper in our personal point of view (“the only right viewpoint”), looking for evidence to support it, and casting blame on others, we need to take the time to see it their way.


Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is setting an example of doing just that.  His 2017 goal is reaching out to more people in each of the 50 USA states this year and meeting face-to-face.  He is on a mission to listen to more people and create new bridges of communication. We applaud his outreach and recommend that real estate professionals do likewise within their community.


As we were thinking about approaching this post at breakfast this morning at the Worker Bee Café, we heard “We Can Work It Out” by the Beatles playing in the background.  We always heed amazing coincidences of this nature that affirm the underlying connectedness that we share with all human beings and nature itself.  It reminds us that this so called “great divide”, that the media is hyping, is only real because we create it ourselves and we alone can undo it.  


Let us all reach for “Win-Win” solutions in our personal relationships as well as in business in 2017. WE CAN DO IT!

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  1. Jay McHugh 01/08/2017 05:31 PM
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Especially with the social climate the way it is, you have to just believe we can work it out between each other. Positivity!

Jan 08, 2017 11:42 PM #52
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Great attitude to help start the 2017 campaign. Can do also will lead to the win-win. 

Jan 09, 2017 05:25 AM #53
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

 IMHO... Mark Zuckerburg needs to shut down all  fake profiles, paid trolls  and Bots who only incite further divisions. Many many are not Americans,,,   It takes five minutes and no charge to create a fake FB profile and you can say any thing you would like to say  shy of personally threatening bodily harm to a person.  It is awful that this is allowed.  

Jan 09, 2017 05:46 AM #54
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Sometimes when we are looking for a sign to validate our thoughts, the right one comes along in unexpected ways!

Jan 09, 2017 06:07 AM #55
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Good morning Ron and Alexandra,

Great theme and it's one of my favorite songs too.

Jan 09, 2017 06:26 AM #56
Dusty Rhoton SRS, MRES, ABR, SRES, GRI
RE/MAX Fine Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Real Estate

You two are adorable and this was a perfect Monday morning post!  Can't wait to meet you in person one dayand sending positive wishes your way!


Jan 09, 2017 07:09 AM #57
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Ron and Alexandra, This is a fabulous theme for 2017! I've found in most situations there is a win-win if you look for it. Some people are too quick to throw in the towel. 

Jan 09, 2017 09:09 AM #58
Mike Bjork
Evolve Bank & Trust - Redondo Beach, CA

I agree, Ron and Alexandra!  Having a Win-Win mindset will get you a lot further with others, than the alternative.  Nobody likes to feel like a loser, so they may not even bother trying to do business with somebody whom has a Win-Lose Mentality.  Great post!

Jan 09, 2017 09:11 AM #59
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nancy Robinson Ranked #111 by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal congratulations on you high ranking.  FB dances to its own tune, and I agree they should do something about the hateful comments.  Wishing you a great 2017/  A

Jan 09, 2017 12:58 PM #61
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Wise advice. If only the media and the politicians would follow it, this year would be smooth sailing.

Jan 09, 2017 01:26 PM #62
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Marte Cliff we wholeheartedly agree, and we have tuned out of the media.  We need to put our country's well being before our beliefs and entranched positions.  I do feel that we all in this community can make it happen and set an example. A

Jan 09, 2017 01:30 PM #63
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker/REALTOR

Good post. I hope others will read this and take with them what I did. Hope. We CAN work it out. Best to you both in this new year.

Jan 09, 2017 03:21 PM #64
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Win-win is always the best approach at anything - business or life, Ron and Alexandra Seigel!  And, I'm so proud (I know, I sound like his mom!) of Mark Zuckerberg - that's quite receptive of someone of his age and stature.  Most don't 'get' that it's all about the relationships - muchless actually schedule face-to-face meetings to LISTEN!  Great post; wonderful food for thought also!

Jan 09, 2017 04:05 PM #65
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Having a mindset that "we can work it out" is a great way to enter a transaction.

Too many start with the attitude of "my way or the highway" and generally does not end well.

Thanks for a great post.

Jan 09, 2017 05:21 PM #66
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

We have a local AM radio station that only plays Beatles songs. I listen sometimes and enjoy the music and nostalgia. But, I get depressed thinking about how civilized society has declined since those simpler times during the Beatles era.

Many people have no desire to work things out in a civil, friendly manner. Many media channels are filled with hateful personal attacks, insults, ridicule and comments that people would not say face to face, but feel emboldened to say online.

Imagine all the people saying Give Peace a Chance.

Jan 09, 2017 06:49 PM #67
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

 love your post.  A very powerful message and theme for all of us to remember.  

Too many agents let ego get in the way of what is best for their clients. With a positive attitude most situations can be resolved. CRS always teaches win/win for all.

Jan 10, 2017 04:23 AM #68
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Buckhead - Midtown - Westside ... Love our City - Love our Clients! - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 
As usual - you two have the rhythm for getting a good thing going --- the saying will make everything easier all year! All the best - Lynn

Jan 10, 2017 05:26 PM #69
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

In this climate it is sometimes hard to remain on the positive path... your post certainly brought a smile to me and a good une in my head! We can work it out...always... thank you!

Jan 10, 2017 11:38 PM #70
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debra Leisek I agree, and we both make sure that we stay the course.  It is so easy to get swayed by the negative, no doubt about that.  However, we keep in mind that the to go to the negative side, you have let yourself be affected.  And we are not willing to do that.  A

Jan 11, 2017 06:10 AM #71
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Nicely done. The Melia loves to create controversy and division because that helps to sell whatever it is they're selling.

Jan 11, 2017 04:48 PM #72
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