Evaluating the Educational Experience. . .

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Evaluating the Educational Experience

As A New Season Arrives. . .


I have admitted to rabbit hole expeditions on more than one occasion.  There can be many twists and turns.  Some are consequential although many may seem meaningless.


Life teaches me some sort of lesson each day.  I have yet to find a syllabus where things are presented in an organized manner.  I know I have previously presented this thought.  I apologize for my repetitiveness. But I also don’t


Life continues to be a journey where reflection is part of the curriculum.   In a recent classroom experience - I answered a question about myself with a response I have used before.  A lot.  I remain a work-in-progress.  I was brief. With a dozen or so participants, I was aware of time. I was then asked - if there was anything else.  I believe in brevity.  At times. I am not always successful.  I continue to be schooled. Looking out, around and in all sorts of directions. . .



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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Comments (31)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, learning is an on-going process, and fun to learn new things.   I took one while I was on vacation via Zoom.

Mar 22, 2023 06:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - Zoom has certainly offered opportunities.  

Mar 22, 2023 07:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I have climbed down the rabbit hole my whole life. There is a lot of wisdom and treasures to discover that never fails me. Education for me is never ending. 

Mar 22, 2023 07:15 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - it's an everyday adventure.  

Mar 22, 2023 07:37 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Life can take us on many tangents, and the road less travelled can sometimes be much more interesting.

Mar 22, 2023 08:32 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - tangential tourism need not be treacherous as it continues to teach us lessons on and off the original path.  

Mar 22, 2023 08:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael,

One of my favorite artists (BB King) once said, "the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you". 

Mar 22, 2023 09:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - thank you for sharing that quote.  I don't recall hearing it before.  I like it.  It says so much.  And so succinctly too.  

Mar 22, 2023 10:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and I know are rabbit hopes and funny that we both have maybe use the same one.

Mar 22, 2023 10:39 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - finding connections is definitely a part of life.  I continue on that journey each day.  

Mar 22, 2023 11:48 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Well this right now is an interesting pondering opportunity for moi Michael!  I'm up to my ears in getting all my CE credits done this month.  And I've been through excellent classes and down right BORING online courses. My thought is - the duds - how do they get away with that and think they're offering something of value to agents.  Anyway - no more rabbit holes for me today! Carry on!!

Mar 22, 2023 12:08 PM
Michael Jacobs

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - like you, I have taught, trained, mentored, helped and assisted in all kinds of situations as well as "sat" on the other side of that desk too.  Understanding the opposite side can enhance any experience in my opinion.  At least, that's one of the first steps.  

Mar 22, 2023 12:16 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

They asked for feedback.....now will they listen.  Probably not.

Mar 22, 2023 02:24 PM
Michael Jacobs

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - some "get it" immediately, others take "some time" to understand and then there are those who never "learn the lesson".  We can only do the best we can.  I only understand that all too well from years of experience.  It's amazing how many times, I have been "hit" by something that seems to have been staring at me for a long time.  

Mar 23, 2023 07:02 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I remain a work in progress is a great answer for so many situations.

Mar 22, 2023 12:48 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I believe in repetition in so many ways.  It helps keep my simple mind organized as best I can.  I continue to declutter.  I'm not halfway through.  

Mar 22, 2023 12:52 PM
Sharon Tara

Michael Jacobs I think you speak for many of us!

Mar 22, 2023 12:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Like you Michael Jacobs  I am a work in progress, never the less the 27 years of Real Estate experience is allowing me to be successful with the crazy times we are in. Endre

Mar 22, 2023 09:42 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - my "work in progress" aspect has been a longer journey dating back before real estate.  Times and those labels of craziness have existed in many forms in history.  

Mar 23, 2023 07:05 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

A potential client and I were talking last night about education, Michael. He is a teacher of 35 years, who will be instructing at the local university soon. This came about due to his resume, especially after being published. Everything in life has brought him to this moment of in time!

Mar 23, 2023 09:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - the similarities between life and education cannot be separated.  

Mar 23, 2023 10:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, we never know what we don't know, so always best to continue to take classes on topics we need!

Mar 23, 2023 09:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - some things are taught (and learned) while we may not notice at the moment.  

Mar 23, 2023 10:20 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  When logic and proportion

Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head

We also need to learn about this new ChatGPT - Have a great day my friend

Congrats on your feature post  

Mar 23, 2023 12:07 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - the what's next portion is a part of life and is constantly in a state of flux.  Thank you.  

Mar 23, 2023 04:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I also have much to learn. I am behind the curve on technology. 

Maybe I need to hire a smart teenager for some training sessions.

Mar 23, 2023 01:28 PM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - that club seems pretty large and growing.  You are definitely not alone.  

Mar 23, 2023 04:06 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Michael Jacobs Everyday of life is a new learning experience. So, by all means, I see myself always as "A work in progress."

Mar 24, 2023 11:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jerry Newman - our lives are definitely examples of "continuing education".  

Mar 24, 2023 11:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Michael. If you don't go down a few rabbit holes while on pondering adventures, you are not exploring enough. And pondering is a continuous journey not a destination. Enjoy your day and the journey.

Mar 25, 2023 03:43 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wayne Martin - and I do like carrots too.  So there's that too.  🐰

Mar 25, 2023 03:50 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Lesson number one when in a rabbit hole is to "Stop digging." Great post.

Mar 25, 2023 08:55 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - "just say no" as in no more digging.  Good point.  Thank you.  

Mar 25, 2023 09:05 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So appreciate your position and your post.  I'm often asked if I changed my last name to coincide with my niche in business. My short answer, although TMI, is that  my step-dad adopted me so Green adopted me.  That answer always produces a few chuckles.  To me, it's a "dig" but I shrug it off.   I'm still in search of another answer.  What would you say to that question? 

Mar 25, 2023 10:55 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - sometimes simple can lead in an entirely different direction.  

Mar 25, 2023 11:14 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

So true Michael.  My answer always catches them off guard LOL!

Mar 25, 2023 11:22 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Michael. I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

We have rainy weather in Maryland and the cherry trees are blooming. DC will be busy on Sunday since good weather is expected for viewing the cherry blossoms.

Mar 25, 2023 11:30 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - thank you for the cherry tree blossom update which is a Washington DC area springtime necessity in my opinion.  

Mar 25, 2023 11:34 AM
Roy Kelley

I have less than 200 feet to walk to see the cluster of cherry trees on the grounds of the Kentlands Club House.

Mar 25, 2023 11:40 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Every single day in real estate is a day to learn something new or different. I consider myself a work-in-progress and never want to stop learning. 

* To stop learning is to stop living.

* When you stop learning you stop growing.

* Once you stop learning you start dying. -Albert Einstein

Stop Learning Quote

Apr 15, 2023 05:27 PM
Michael Jacobs

Diana Dahlberg - Rich Dad, Poor Dad made such an impression on me.   Thank you for including the quote in your comment.  

Apr 15, 2023 07:04 PM
Mike Kingston
Mount Sky - New York, NY

Interesting thoughts. I think that we have been going through the educational process our whole life. Even when you've graduated, you have a diploma; you still learn something new every day. And that's what each of us should do. Life is complicated now, and if you want to succeed, then you don't have to stop studying. I'm getting my Master's degree, and sometimes I think that I should have stopped after getting a Bachelor's degree, but the more I study, the better I become. It's harder for me now because I have a job, and sometimes I use the help of https://edubirdie.com/write-my-essay-for-me because I don't have time to do each task I need quality. So using professional help allows me not to burn out and manage all my deadlines. But you know, the ability to handle everything is also education, and it helps you to become better. But I think our life is too short to explore the "rabbit hole" fully, but we can do as much as we can.

May 12, 2023 06:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Mike Kingston - there is more than enough continuing education taught in everyday life where all sorts of degrees could ever be granted.   Thank you for your addition to the comment flow.  

May 12, 2023 07:25 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Michael Jacobs .  First, where are your daily posts; am I missing them somehow? Perhaps you are on a well-earned, well-deserved  sabbatical...maybe I missed a post you wrote on your current plans?     And next, I believe that living life here on planet Earth is a learning experience -- We came here to attend and experience one of the best Schools of Learning.  If we're successful, we graduate and hopefully with High Honors and a Degree in ENLIGHTENMENT. Like your phrase: 'a work in progress.'


May 20, 2023 12:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - I am not sure if well-deserved is the appropriate description, you're right that I have not yet written a post this month.  As for "work in progress" - I am unsure of when I first used the expression but it's also been a long time.  I can't take credit for it.  I saw it, liked it and it has been a part of me.  For better or worse.  Thank you for the comment - I appreciate it.  

May 20, 2023 07:09 AM