August Challenge: Being Human

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA 01368633

We often present ourselves within specific parameters that suit our business persona.  We hand pick pictures of ourselves and describe our accomplishments in perhaps a tainted light that paints a picture of ourselves in a very calculated way.  In this month's contest, I'd like to challenge you to step away from the "Top Producer" mindset and get grounded with what it means to just be human.  

 

Tell your ActiveRain constituents and your sphere of influence something about you that is personal. Perhaps it's something only the people closest to you might be aware of.  Not unique, but special.

 

It's these things that make up who we REALLY are. Things like being a Boy or Girl Scout leader does not make me who I am, but it shows others what is important to me, youth leadership.  Without bragging or boasting, it presents a real picture of who I am as an individual.  Sure there are lots of youth leaders, but for those who do not already know, it is a new piece of information that helps you understand me....

 

Here is something only a few people know about me... My wife let my youngest son get a beagle from a breeder in Fresno.  We named him Bagel, and he was a cute dog. After a year, it was clear Bagel needed a dog friend.  I got Jerry from a beagle rescue group in Elk Grove, CA. Jerry and Bagel became best friends.  "Two Peas in a Pod" you might say.  I was asked by a local rescue facility if I'd consider providing foster care for beagles pending adoption.  I said yes!  This is Sally, she is my latest foster beagle.

Sally is foster beagle #6 for me.  The foster beagles stay at our home from as short as a few days, to as long as 4 months.  Beagles are the sweetest, most loving, and affectionate dogs.  I love feeling like I've been a part of finding them a loving home.  My door is always open to a beagle in need.  

 

For this challenge, write a post about 1 thing that you do that is personal to you.  It does not have to unique,  but it needs to be personal and should not be related to our industry. It would help if it was a passion, something you are invested in vs. something you volunteered for once or need to do for some reason.   Here are some examples:

 

Youth leader

Foster rescue animals

Regular volunteer at a food bank or animal shelter

Adopt-a-highway litter pick up

Taking culinary classes at the local college

Concert pianist

Member of a charity organization

Docent

 

Here's what does not count:

Trying to be Top Producer of your company

Trying to get your broker's license

Trying to close 1 transaction a week

Get the idea?

 

Contest rules

1500 points will be awarded for the following:

Write 1 post about 1 thing you do that makes up the fabric of the person you are.   

300-word minimum

1 original picture, or slide show.

Posts due by Aug 31st 11:59pm (PST)

Leave a link to your post(s) in the remarks section below. 

 

 

Posted by

Jim Cheney, Broker

"Your Realtor in Rincon Valley"

Wine Country Real Estate

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County

 

Comments (132)

Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I will see if I can come up something I volunteered.

Sam Shueh

Aug 28, 2017 06:59 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have been facinated by Wild Wild West history. Often I document my version of my research and they have a different flavor.

One can create his version of history using his original research.

 

 

Aug 28, 2017 09:56 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jim - Thanks for the fun challenge! Here's my entry:

The Captcha Test

Aug 29, 2017 11:42 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Thanks Dick Greenberg I like the addition of the music.  Added a new dimension to reading blog posts.

Aug 29, 2017 12:27 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Here is mine Jim! Being Human : A Love of Language. -Kasey

Aug 29, 2017 01:16 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Kasey & John Boles Muchas Gracias!

Aug 29, 2017 01:30 PM
Kasey & John Boles

Aug 29, 2017 01:31 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Here is my entry Can Realtors be human? 

Aug 31, 2017 09:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Aug 31, 2017 11:13 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Here is my Entry Jim: A Volunteer Heart Thank you so much for the August Challenge!

Aug 31, 2017 01:00 PM
Jim Cheney

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin Your building good Karma


 

Aug 31, 2017 03:59 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jim thank you for hosting this challenge this month.  Blow is my entry to your challenge.

"My Church Is The Single Most Thing That Makes Me Human"

Aug 31, 2017 02:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Jim, Here is my entry, The Human Side of Me. Thanks so much for hosting this contest.

Aug 31, 2017 04:47 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Thank you Debbie Reynolds 

Aug 31, 2017 04:53 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Jim! I had NO idea where to go with this - I didn't want to bore folks with my romantic story of how I met my hubby or copy Endre Barath, Jr.'s rescue volunteering passion...so, here's a little bit of old history.

Being Human - Trust & Transparency, Helping & Giving

Thanks for hosting this challenge, Jim! It's been such a pleasure reading everyone's entries!

Aug 31, 2017 06:20 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Here is my story about Being human, music and my wedding.

Aug 31, 2017 08:58 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS that was the most touching post I've read.

Aug 31, 2017 09:33 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast
Aug 31, 2017 10:08 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Thanks for this challenge. Family, Fun & Friends

Aug 31, 2017 10:19 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

As always, this should be the last entry for the contest, Jim Cheney. Thanks for hosting this challenge.

A Big Question - Who Am I?

Aug 31, 2017 11:30 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Aww, that means a lot, Jim - thank you! And, thank you again for hosting this contest last month - GREAT challenge and great job hosting!

Sep 02, 2017 08:01 PM