*Are you happy at the moment?
Yes, very happy. Recent events in my life have caused a great deal of turmoil including the loss of my sister at age 50 to Triple Negative Breast Cancer and my father’s dementia diagnosis. Plus, three months after my sister’s death, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer as well. I would say though I have a ton of perspective moving forward. Most of the small things that used to bug me, simply do not anymore…so I am thankful.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
Take better care of yourself in your 20s. I gained over a 100 pounds and drank way too much. Luckily, I lost all of the weight and are seemingly no worse for wear. I have a suspicion that all of my extracurriculars will catch up with me someday.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
The key is balance. I must juggle family and work because both are very important to me. What good is professional success if I have no one to share it with, ya know?
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and build up my real estate business. I now have two careers (real estate and small business owner) and both are very rewarding.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
Dedicating myself to being a great father by providing for and loving my wife and kids. Everything I work for is for them. I want to give them everything short of spoiling them! 😉
*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Just being still for 10 minutes a day. It has amazing effects on your ability to focus through the course of your day. I rarely listen to music in the car and have found contemplation to be very relaxing as well. Simply turning off the noise is helpful.
*What’s your biggest regret?
Allowing my health to decline to the point of hospitalization in 2010. Not sure I have many others….I learned my lesson and changed my life. I could have learned my lesson a much harder way.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
It’s ok to be goofy and different. It’s so boring being ordinary.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
Biting my nails….MUST. STOP. DOING. THIS.
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
Seeing my wife both physically and emotionally through her Stage II breast cancer at the age of 34. While she did most of the work and I am very proud of her courage, I feel like the whole family came out as a stronger unit as a result. Several times a month, I declare to my family, “We are a team, everyone! Everyone needs to do their part!” I am proud of all of us truthfully for making it through those months of treatment. I’m proud we were strong enough to endure it!
*When were you happiest?
Immediately following my wife beating her cancer…I was on cloud nine for 4 or 5 months…we had a huge surprise party for her at my club. I gave a speech in front of practically everyone we care about and was the best night of our lives.
*What ten words best describe you?
Hard worker, diligent, honest, smart, curious, teacher, transparent, loyal, networker
Seth grew up on Philadelphia’s Main Line and attended The Episcopal Academy. From there, he graduated from Loyola University in Maryland in 2002 with a degree in Marketing from the Sellinger School of Business. He is part owner of Montgomery County’s prestigious RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve and an active realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Collegeville in the Greater Philadelphia area. Seth lives with his wife and two young children (Jane & Ben) in Worcester, PA.