Daughter Zena Taught Ryan Serhant "Small People Can Break" Him

Daughter Zena Taught Ryan Serhant "Small People Can Break" Him

The MDLNY agent jokes about life as a dad to his little girl.

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Life can change pretty quick in one year. And since Ryan Serhant became a dad to daughter Zena in February 2019, he's learned that lesson. The Million Dollar Listing New York agent is now reflecting on how he may be able to take on the toughest real estate clients in NYC, but that his little girl is tougher than any of those demanding folks — in the most adorable ways.

Ryan reflected on the past year of his life since he and wife Emilia Bechrakis welcomed Zena in an email interview with The Daily Dish.

The Daily Dish: Describe your first Father's Day.

Ryan Serhant: My mom took me to dinner! It was very sweet and kind of surreal. 

Describe your best Father's Day.

RS: I’ve only had one! And it was awesome. 

What is the best dad advice you ever got and from whom did you receive it?

RS: The toughest thing you’ll ever have to do as a dad is say, “No.” Saying yes to kids is the easy way out, but it’s not good for them.

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My NEXT BOOK is officially here!!!!! Ahhhhhh! I co-wrote this one with Zena so pre-order through the link in my bio to make her happy 😊 ___ When I wrote my first book, @sellitlikeserhant, I crafted it as the toolkit for the gig economy. A ‘How To’ for everyone else like me with no boss, no mentor, and no clock to punch. My new book is different. Right now we are going through a really tough and scary time. A time that’s filled with uncertainty and fear about our health, our financial stability, and the future. I’ve felt scared and lost so many times, but I’ve learned that these are the moments where you can really dig deep and reinvent yourself. This is the time to find the CONFIDENCE inside of you to bet on yourself!! And that’s @bigmoneyenergy! ___ Just 10 years ago, I was making under $10,000 a year. I had no confidence in myself at work and I was stuck in survival mode. I couldn’t snap my fingers and change how much money I had in the bank or how much experience I had – but I realized I could change my ENERGY to change my LIFE. In Big Money Energy I guide readers through the same five-part plan I used to create epic changes in my own life. BME provides a roadmap for anyone who wants to earn a better income, stand out at job interviews, shine at social events (once we can have them again...), crush first dates or shoot straight to the top at work. ___ People aren’t born with Big Money Energy — well most of us aren’t, and I definitely wasn’t. It’s not an energy that’s exclusive to the rich. Big Money Energy lives inside ALL of us, and this book will show you how to unleash it so that you can achieve more for yourself, succeed on levels greater than you ever expected, and expand your dreams to outrageous proportions. Where SILS is the ingredients, BME is the secret sauce that makes the whole meal perfect. I can’t wait to share this with all of you. I’m super excited to work with @hachettebooks again, one of the biggest publishers in the world, and work under the same roof as Malcolm Gladwell, James Patterson, David Sedaris, and so many other incredible authors. Pre-Orders are now available EVERYWHEREEEE and if you find any spelling mistakes, I blame Zena🔥💪🥳

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How would you describe your dad philosophy?

RS: My daughter is my whole world. I want to protect her from everything and build an amazing life for her to explore. 

What have you learned most about yourself from being a dad?

RS: Small people can break me. 

What’s the most important lesson you can teach your kids?

RS: Hard work trumps talent when talent doesn’t work hard. 

Are you the easy parent or the disciplinary parent?

RS: Easy.

What’s the most important lesson your kids have taught you?

RS: Communicate, communicate, communicate!

What do you hope for your kids and future generations?

RS: Health, health, health, and happiness. 

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My NEXT BOOK is officially here!!!!! Ahhhhhh! I co-wrote this one with Zena so pre-order through the link in my bio to make her happy 😊 ___ When I wrote my first book, @sellitlikeserhant, I crafted it as the toolkit for the gig economy. A ‘How To’ for everyone else like me with no boss, no mentor, and no clock to punch. My new book is different. Right now we are going through a really tough and scary time. A time that’s filled with uncertainty and fear about our health, our financial stability, and the future. I’ve felt scared and lost so many times, but I’ve learned that these are the moments where you can really dig deep and reinvent yourself. This is the time to find the CONFIDENCE inside of you to bet on yourself!! And that’s @bigmoneyenergy! ___ Just 10 years ago, I was making under $10,000 a year. I had no confidence in myself at work and I was stuck in survival mode. I couldn’t snap my fingers and change how much money I had in the bank or how much experience I had – but I realized I could change my ENERGY to change my LIFE. In Big Money Energy I guide readers through the same five-part plan I used to create epic changes in my own life. BME provides a roadmap for anyone who wants to earn a better income, stand out at job interviews, shine at social events (once we can have them again...), crush first dates or shoot straight to the top at work. ___ People aren’t born with Big Money Energy — well most of us aren’t, and I definitely wasn’t. It’s not an energy that’s exclusive to the rich. Big Money Energy lives inside ALL of us, and this book will show you how to unleash it so that you can achieve more for yourself, succeed on levels greater than you ever expected, and expand your dreams to outrageous proportions. Where SILS is the ingredients, BME is the secret sauce that makes the whole meal perfect. I can’t wait to share this with all of you. I’m super excited to work with @hachettebooks again, one of the biggest publishers in the world, and work under the same roof as Malcolm Gladwell, James Patterson, David Sedaris, and so many other incredible authors. Pre-Orders are now available EVERYWHEREEEE and if you find any spelling mistakes, I blame Zena🔥💪🥳

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