August Challenge: Being Human

Reblogger Praful Thakkar
Real Estate Agent with LAER Realty Partners

THere are 3 challenges or contests this month at ActiveRain.

Thanks, my friend Jim Cheney for sponsoring this challenge.

This is a different kind of challenge.

August Challenge: Being Human

Original content by Jim Cheney 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



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. 



Jim Cheney, Broker

"Your Realtor in Rincon Valley"

Wine Country Real Estate

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County



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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is a fun contest. I am looking forward to reading all the entries.

Aug 07, 2017 03:00 AM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Praful, nice reblog, and have to get on these challenges in the next couple of days.

Aug 07, 2017 07:31 AM #2
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Thank you for the re-blog Praful Thakkar 

Aug 07, 2017 07:39 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Praful I had not checked out this AR Challenge yet so thanking you for re-blogging it.

Aug 07, 2017 02:53 PM #5
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I am going to have to think about what I want to share for this challenge....

I meant to do your challenge last month and then I went on vacation and the month was over too soon! -Kasey

Aug 07, 2017 04:46 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Praful, I was hoping on your post on how you are human:)) clearly that was not to be, how can you be traveling all over the world and all over the country and doing real estate you are super human so you will not qualify for this challenge:))Endre

Aug 07, 2017 10:25 PM #7
shirley cicero
Continental West Realty - Livermore, CO
Northern Colorado Mountain Homes and Vacant Land

This sounds like a fun challange! And fun reading! Thanks

Aug 09, 2017 01:23 PM #8
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