By: Rica Ruiz August 2, 2017 About two years ago I woke up and realized that I was incredibly unhappy. My life was not where I had hoped it would be at this stage of my life. So began a lot of soul searching. What I learned since then: I always thought of myself as being growth minded yet, when I really delved down deep, ... Read More

    • What Drives You? Striving to Make a Difference

      By: Jessica Lawrence 6/19/2017 What drives you? Is the purpose of life to be happy? What does that even mean? Gary Keller discusses it in his book, The One Thing. Here's what he says: “I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above ... Read More

    • What is Grit?

      By: Dan Isaka June 12, 2017 Recently, I read the book, Grit by Angela Duckworth. I cannot recommend this book enough! In a nutshell, Grit describes a personality trait which can best be described as a consistent willingness to persevere. Here are some quotes from the book to get your wheels spinning: “Gritty people do more deliberate practice and experience more flow.” “First comes interest. ... Read More

    • Leaders are Readers – Lessons from Powerful Books

      by: Rica Ruiz May 23, 2017 This year I made a goal to read 20 books. It’s May and I’ve read 7 books and I am currently in the middle of reading 3 more (consequently, I would not recommend starting 3 different books at the same time). I chose to have this as one of my goals because I realized the following: I simply don’t ... Read More

    • A Day of Play – Community Service at Fair Oaks Elementary School

      Rica Ruiz May 14, 2017 What an incredible week it's been! RED Day 2017 was a huge (and FUN) success! Thank you to all of my colleagues who took the day off to love on the children at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Redwood City. There was fun to be had by all ... dodge ball, basketball, volleyball, reading, hula hoops, chalk art, soccer, gardening ... Read More

    • Door Knocking: A battle of will-power

      By: Rica Ruiz Whenever people find out that I knock on doors for my business the immediate response is, “Ohmygoodness, I could never do that!” Truth be told, neither did I. All of my years in real estate I was told that in order to be successful I would have to lead generate … EVERY DAY! I always thought that was some great advice … ... Read More

    • School API Scores: A Thing of the Past

      Did you know? API (academic performance index) scores stopped being used in 2013. Any API score you see published right now is based on 2013 or earlier data. The State Board of Education approved a new system of accountability for California schools this past September. It will roll out this spring! “The new system provides multiple ongoing measures of school performance instead of the single, ... Read More

    • What is Red Day?

      Helping people is my passion, so when I learned that all Keller Williams offices close their doors for a day to volunteer in the communities we serve, I was all in!  This event is called RED Day (Renew, Energize, Donate). A day in which we Realtors wholly serve our communities, RED Day is Keller William’s commitment to “give where we live”. It embodies our culture ... Read More