Choose Wisely

With the ever increasing flow of information in this so called Information Age, it is crucially important that a person who has committed is life to be an achiever knows how to filter this data and only let in the kind that serves her purpose.

I find myself everyday facing this challenge: how to keep updated with relevant information about my topics of interest. Nowadays you have Social Networks: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr; Newspapers, Magazines, even email bulletins, and so on. Some days i feel so overwhelmed about this, that it makes me want to throw in the towel and just stop reading anything that comes before me.

But thats when a little voice in my head tells me: how are you supposed to stand out in this world, if you do what everybody else is doing? So, no. The answer is not stop reading and learning; is finding a way to filter the information that you process everyday. The kind that puts you closer to achieving your goals and dreams may be welcome; the other kind must be ignored completely, even if you find somehow attracted to it.

So chose wisely. Because as a really wise man said once: our thoughts become actions; our actions become habits; our habits build up our character; and our character determines our future.

Can we really make it?

As we advance through life, we face many obstacles that threats to undermine our efforts to achieve greatness. There have been days when I’ve felt discouraged and immersed in a profound feeling of defeat, that i was more than ready to quit, to surrender, to abandon my own ship. I felt so defenseless, and so powerless, that nothing would make sense to me anymore, and thought the only way out of this desert was to give up on whatever i was working at that time, albeit it was really close to bearing fruit. Thank God i didn’t listen to my foolish inner voice.

It was precisely on those moments of weakness, that i began to wonder if an ordinary man, full of drive, determination, perseverance and resilience, could achieve anything that he set out to do. Can we really succeed in this increasingly complex and globalized world?

After much deliberation and meditation, i came to a conclusion that it’s both surprising and ( i think) a little bit bold: we can’t make it. And before you begin to laugh at my face, let me tell you that this answer is counterintuitive and it has a catch: no, we can’t make it….. with our current mindset and paradigms. The person who achieve is seldom the same one who dare to laid the first bricks of her dreams. It takes a great amount of effort, both physically and emotionally, to achieve greatness. It is exactly during this process that we begin to see world around us with a rather different glass.

So if you want to achieve greatness be prepare to undertake a road of personal transformation, a road full of bumps and challenges, but one that brings lasting personal and professional satisfaction. In the end, i can assure you that YOU are not going to be the one who makes it: its going to be the better YOU!

All Work, All Play

A little more than ten years ago we entered a new millenium with a whole new perspective of the future. We have witness the results of human creativity in all its forms and splendor, and how that creativity has translated in ever increasing speed at which technological advances have developed.  making our lives a little bit better and definitely more comfortable. Also, we have seen a paramount shift in the mindset of this generation and how they interact with everything that is around them. This is the generation in charge of shaping the future we have imagined.  The following video captures the essence and importance of this paradigm shift. Enjoy it!

Inspiration

Whether you like it or not, as humans, at some point in our lives we tend to overestimate our own abilities to face the beautiful circumstances of life. We think we can conquer the world, that we are in a privileged position where the likelihood of success is even greater for us than for the men and women who preceded us. We are prone to believe that everything will be different for us; that somehow we are special in a way that only we can understand.

Let me tell you one thing: you’re both right AND wrong.

You are right because, indeed, you are special. Our Creator made you with a specific purpose in mind while you’re wandering around the home we call earth. But you are wrong, my dear reader, because none of us are born with the specific tools to help us achieve that purpose. We need to learn those traits in order to succeed.

As we grow up and older, we soon realize that our dreams may be farther and more difficult to reach than we thought; that there is a tiny, but increasing probability, that we may never make our dreams come true. And then comes that feeling of failure, that gruesome images of defeat running right in front of our faces.

I really hope that this is not your case. Through the experiences of life, I’ve come to realize that failure is only failure if you choose to see it that way. Every misstep, every mistake, every misfortune is an opportunity to learn, to grow and to change. As i stated earlier, none of us are born with the specific tools to help us achieve whatever is in our hearts. But when you decide that you will do whatever it takes to fulfill your destiny, with that determination, you are also given the abilities and the resources needed to succeed.

You may be wondering: what’s the point of all this talk? (I guess that i would be asking that same question myself). The point i’m trying to make here is that there are things that fall within your scope of action, and that you need to start doing right now, in order to get closer to self-fulfillment. And, my dear reader, that’s also in your scope of responsibilities: to find out what are those things. So, you better get moving!

My hope to you is that you find the courage and the strength necessary to begin this quest, to start this journey. You will need inspiration to rise above the masses, to show the world (even if it’s only your family, friends or community) that dreams do come true and to lead others to do the same. I believe in you: after all, if you’re reading this post, chances are that you’re already on your way to greatness.

Financial Literacy…. and something else

A couple of weeks ago i was having a conversation with one of my brothers and the topic of financial literacy came up. He was inquiring in how he can improve his financial literacy and which books i would recommend him reading.

If you, dear reader, are in the same crossroad that he is at, i’ll share with you the list of books that have had a tremendous impact in the way i see business, money, and (why not???), the world. I believe that in order to succeed in life and achieve her true potential, a person must gain deep understanding about money. And hey, i don’t want to give you the wrong impression: life is not about money. But i have come to understand through the blessings of experience, that if you can succeed in the arts of money management, combined with perseverance, patience and a little bit of faith, greatness will someday stumble upon your doormat.

So, if you are still reading (and i really hope you are), here are some of the books that i recommend that you include in reading list this year:

A. Money Management (on a personal level)

Robert Kiyosaki’s books – If you get the chance to play his game “Cashflow”, do it. It will teach you invaluable lessons about money and investing. The next books (and i have read most of Kiyosaki’s books) in my opinion, are his best:

  1. Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing – this is probably the best of them.
  2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  3. Cashflow Quadrant

B. Business related.

  1. D. From Good to Great – Jim Collins (by the way, one of my favorites. Although is meant for business, its teachings can easily be applied to your personal life)
  2. E. The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau
  3. F. The Personal MBA – Josh Kaufman
  4. G. First, Break All The Rules – Marcus Buckingham

C. Productivity

  1. H. The 80/20 Principle – Richard Koch
  2. I. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  3. J. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

There you have it. If you are not an avid reader, it’s ok. No one is a born reader. However, i feel obliged to let you know what a wonderful opportunity you’re missing. As the great Mark Twain said: “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them”. So, get ready, get going and achieve greatness!!!

What’s the problem with Education?

Don’t get me wrong. Im all for Education. In fact, i believe that education is the foundation of progress and achieving greatness; the problem is the way we are being educated. I recommend watching this TEDx Talk from Sir Ken Robinson about how the actual education system may have worked before, but for the future we’re trying to create, it serves us no longer.

Finally Here

After month of debating wether or not should i create a blog in order to reach out the tribes out there in desperate need to make a meaning out of their lifes, here we are. What should you expect? Well, to tell you the truth i don’t think i quite have a answer for that question yet, but im compelled to ask your help to built and deliver the message that we need the world to know. However, rest assureas i promise you that in the proccess of doing this we’ll discover greatness, as it may be hiding within ourselves.