August Challenge: Being Human

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Jim Cheney asked us to write about one thing that is personal to us outside of our business. Since there are two of us, we will include two passions we share as a couple both in business and in life.


We are passionate about lifelong learning. We are interested in a myriad of subjects. And in this fast moving changing world, we are continuously expanding our interests. There are no limits or parameters, when it comes to exploring an idea.


Both of us are voracious readers whether it is fiction or non-fiction genre. We are fortunate to have friends who are also engaged in lifelong learning and recommend books, videos, and ideas to us. We enjoy discussing new ideas and their effects on life around us.


One of the recent concepts we explored was the effect of artificial intelligence on mankind. It took over two years of critical thinking (the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment), research as well as numerous hours of discussions with both Dick Greenberg and Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  and to come up with the answer that made sense to us.


Lifelong learning for us includes being the best human possible every moment, and every day. We are consistently reminding ourselves on a daily basis to follow the Dalai Lama’s simple words, “Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible.”


We also work on being in the moment with each action we take. Our inspiration comes from the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes." This one is a challenge, but when we do things mindfully, we have found that we get them done that much faster and better.


These pursuits may be thought of as “outside” of our business. We both see them as integral to our business. They are integral to who we are as humans.


Thank you Jim for hosting this contest.

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Ron and Alexandra on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Aug 14, 2017 03:48 PM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Dick Greenberg we always look forward to our times with Mary and you.  Chasing down rabbit holes it a real treat when the company is right.  A

Aug 14, 2017 04:24 PM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Myrl Jeffcoat love that you are 33%.  It is an accomplishment and the year is still young...Language is like developing a second soul.  It gives you a depth of understanding that you will treasure. A

Aug 14, 2017 04:25 PM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling whenever I feel that I have way too much to do, I begin with something tiny that I can put my full attention on, and before I know it, I am done with everything and have time to play tennis as we did this afternoon.  A

Aug 14, 2017 04:27 PM #12
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

 Ron and Alexandra Seigel, I love the quotes you've chosen for this well written post. Being kind is always possible, we just have to make a conscious decision to do just that. The day we stop learning is the day we stop growing.

Aug 14, 2017 05:33 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra- I love that you both embrace each day with a desire to learn as much as you can, and to appreciate nature's beauty. You are not just passing through life. 

Aug 14, 2017 05:41 PM #14
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

I very much embrace lifelong learning. Thank you for your story(ies) Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Aug 14, 2017 08:25 PM #15
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love Dalai Lama's quote and your post.Thank you for sharing.

Aug 15, 2017 02:17 AM #16
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Alexandra and Ron -- once again a thoughtful and thought-provoking post along with some great comments which makes this place such a wonderful place to "hang out".   

With Mr Dick Greenberg's mention of "rabbit holes" -- I do believe he needs to make a return to the Q&A section where his insightful questions and witty responses are sorely missed.   At least that's what a friend says.  

Aug 15, 2017 04:59 AM #17
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Your robot graphic is perfect for this post. Or is it AI? At any rate, it's perfect. Be mindful and aware, and in the moment. Those are my take-aways. I love keeping up with you guys in AR.

Aug 15, 2017 07:06 AM #18
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Ron and Alexandra. Your passions come through in your posts always.

Aug 15, 2017 07:48 AM #19
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Lovely post Ron and Alexandra Seigel  life long learning is one of my passions as well. Always new ideas, thought and projects to discover and enjoy. It's always possible to be kind, always. Thank you for sharing this side! I am enjoying reading  these human posts!

Aug 15, 2017 10:08 AM #20
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

What great passions to live with and by. 

Aug 15, 2017 02:37 PM #21
Janice Hope Zaltman Realtor,LEED AP
United Realty Group - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel Thank you for the beautiful post and reminding me of my foremost passion...learning. Totally love Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dali Lama. Now have to read all the amazing books I have without falling asleep when I read late at night. When do you make the time to read? 

Aug 23, 2017 06:23 PM #22
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Love the two quotes !! Thanks for sharing your story. 

Aug 24, 2017 08:23 PM #23
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Ron and Alexandra, we have this love of learning in common. It keeps us sharp, and makes life so interesting.

Aug 25, 2017 11:53 PM #24
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We would all do better to be life long learners and to love it at that!  I am interested in your conversations and conclusions on AI!  I've read science fiction with this as a topic but haven't thought much further on it with regard to real world use and the future. -Kasey

Aug 29, 2017 07:10 PM #25
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

I heard from my friend physiologist that people with curious mind age much slower:) When you stop being curious and interested....body thinks it is over....

Aug 30, 2017 11:19 PM #26
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Being a lifelong learner is so interesting! And with this age of information, it is easier than ever. Thank you for sharing your interests with us! 

Sep 13, 2017 06:43 AM #27
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Inna Ivchenko Thank you for that insight, we both have so muc more to learn and so much more to time to slow down.  A

Sep 13, 2017 06:50 AM #28
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