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The Value of Leadership

Jan 27, 2018 by

I’ve spoken many times about leadership and what it means to each person individually­—as it does, in fact, mean different things to different people.

While it’s a broad definition, you could say that you’re a leader if your thoughts, words or actions have an effect on another person. You can even argue that leaders are either born or created. The fact is, each of these statements is true. Leadership starts with you. You leading you. You’re a project, and so am I.

Now let’s be perfectly honest with ourselves. The value of leadership is in becoming the very best version of ourselves. That means studying, reading, learning, asking for support and seeking wisdom at all times, no matter how successful you become.

Most of us are in the sales industry. With rejection and behavioral styles, attitudes, communication and the like, this is not a business for the weak of spirit. There’s always room for growth, so you’ve got to take yourself on daily and challenge yourself to know more, do more, change more.

How? Read more. If you don’t have time to read, listen to books while you drive, walk, run or travel. Ask those you admire and respect what they’re reading. And remember that it’s never too late to take personal and professional development courses. As Zig Ziglar used to say, “Garbage in, garbage out.” That was his way of saying that the more quality you put into your mind, heart and spirit, the better you become.

When? Now! Time is always going to be an issue if you don’t learn to prioritize. That includes time for family, time for date nights and time for you. Whether it’s journaling, reading, listening or attending, make the decision to turn it around now.

Why? Because you’re worthy of all the things you’ve dreamed of. My wife often says that dreams are God’s way of showing you what you’re capable of, even if you don’t think so. She often tells her team that if you can dream it, you can achieve it, or else you would never have dreamed it in the first place.

True leverage comes from creating other leaders in your life and business. Your business partners, your children, other family members and friends are all watching you, mostly when you don’t know it. It’s time to step up and be the role model—the leader—you were meant to be when you were born.

Geha_Rick_60x60Rick Geha of The Rick Geha Real Estate Team began his real estate career at age 22, and has been selling for over 36 years; he has run, managed or owned real estate offices for the past 23 years. His love of people and mentoring their passions has led him to a successful career as a speaker, trainer and coach. Over the past 15 years, he’s led more than 1,000 classes and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada and has presented keynote addresses to thousands of professionals from all industries and walks of life. Rick is proud to be someone who’s spent nearly three decades helping people worldwide discover and walk their path to personal freedom and is currently a coach with Workman Success Systems. Contact him at Rick@RickGeha.com.

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5 Ideas to Increase the Value of a Basement

Jul 30, 2017 by

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Article Submitted by Fixr.com

The basement doesn’t just have to be a space to throw all of that extra storage. Show it as usable space, and it may even help you increase the value of the home. Basement remodels typically recoup about 70 percent of their costs at time of resale, which can add a tremendous amount of value to your home.

Making it the coolest room in the house may not be too difficult either. After all, basements tend to stay cooler during the summer months, making this an ideal place for the family to hang out when the weather heats up outside.

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1. Create an In-Home Theater

Basements not only are typically cooler than the rest of the home, but they’re also usually darker. For that reason, they’re an excellent place to add a theater to watch movies on those hot summer nights. Best of all, you don’t have to do a complete basement remodel, with costs around $ 50,000, to gain this space. A TV mount costs around $ 250, while built in seating costs around $ 840 – $ 1,680. (Just be sure for safety to completely waterproof the room before running wires through the basement.)

2. Make a Children’s Play Area

Basements are often neglected areas of the home, used primarily for storage and not much else. So why not turn your unused basement space into a new playroom for your kids?

Start with the staircase. Most basements have only partially finished staircases so installing a new one will help make the space more comfortable as well as safer. Next, ensure that you have egress windows installed, and that the basement is fully waterproofed. From there, you can carpet the floors to make the space more comfortable, and move your children’s toys downstairs to make more space in their rooms.

3. Create an Adult Entertainment Space

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If you love to entertain, consider building a bar into your basement. Basements are already the ideal place to install a wine cellar, so why not take it a step further and put in an entertainment area and bar for parties as well? Basements that walkout onto patios can be the ideal place for summer entertaining, giving guests a way to get in out of the heat or a summer rainstorm. Consider putting in a tile floor to give the room a finished look and keep the floors easy to clean. Match the bar countertop to the color of the floors for a fresh, stylish appearance.

4. Create a Garden Utility Room

If you spend any time out in the garden, you probably know about the dirt, tools, and pots that accompany this hobby. Basements are a great place to install a utility sink and counter, and to store all of your garden paraphernalia. Installing a french drain and a hose will make cleanup a snap, while shelving placed just beneath the windows will give your plants a place to sprout before you take them outside for the summer.

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5. Create a New Family Room

Family rooms often get even more use than the more formal living room, so family rooms in a cooler basement can get a lot of use during the summer months. Basements finished as family rooms may be coveted by homebuyers too, giving you the maximum return on investment. This includes not only tiling or carpeting the floors, but also putting up drywall to complete the walls as well. Consider adding a suspended acoustic ceiling to help insulate the basement from the sounds above, while making the rooms more attractive at the same time.

To find out more about projects to tackle around the home, be sure to visit the Cost Guides.

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