• Michael Valdes

Jason Gesing "We have two ears and one tongue for a reason" Listening is key

I remember being on a panel with Jason last year at the Global Real Estate Summit in New York at the Marquis Hotel in Times Square. The topic was a global luxury, and there were several brand CEOs on the panel as well. The conversation continued, and Jason spoke about how the premise of eXp and the technology was to bring a sense of "community" to the industry. Where all avatars related in harmony and the imagery stuck with me. I was speaking about the global markets I was working on with my former employer, and after the session, Jason asked me if I would be open to having a discussion on what an eXp Global could truly look like. I agreed, and the following month we all found ourselves at Inman, and Jason, Glenn Sanford, and Jeff Whiteside, the CFO all sat for 2 hours and started dreaming up what I am now living.

I will always be grateful to Jason for his foresight of that conversation, and now that I get to work with him daily, my respect for him as an industry leader and more importantly as a human being grows exponentially. He is a benevolent and inspiring leader who is also humble and eager to continue to learn from everyone.

In the podcast, I loved his top 3 lessons he shared with the listeners:

1) What others dislike about you is usually what they do not dare to do themselves.

2) Be kind to others until they give you a reason not to.

3) Don't think whatever you are doing now is what you have to do always.

The last sentiment I found particularly poignant. Jason explained how he picks one day out of the year to take stock. "It's usually easier to pick a day that has significance for you, but the idea is to truly have an honest conversation with yourself and if you decide to make changes do so and get them into action", he advises. Once that day is over, you are not allowed to obsess over it again until next year unless changes were put into action on that day. I found that so profound. So many of us beat ourselves up over what they "should" be doing and never set the time to put that into action. I love the idea of allowing ourselves one day to take stock, be honest with ourselves, and set a course of action for change if needed or appreciation and gratitude if satisfied.

Jason is a great leader, mentor, husband, father, and someone I consider a great friend. I am appreciative of the lessons he shared on the podcast.


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