2016 Emerging Leaders

EmergingLeaders
I am honored to be selected as 1 of the 20 Northern California business leaders to join of the 2016 SBA’s Emerging Leaders program. For the next 6 months I will be sharing knowledge with successful business owners so we can all take our business to the next level. I am nervous to be surrounded by very experienced individuals but I’m also excited for the good things coming!

Fun Facts on the Emerging Leaders Program
Average Age: 47
45% are Women
Average Business Revenue $2.3 Mil
Growth is 8X Faster than Average

2016 Emerging Leaders

Thank You

I’m thankful for all the people who’ve supported me these last couple of years. Things haven’t always been perfect, there’s been a lot of ups and downs. Without your support, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.

Thank You.

Thank You

Happy New Year 2016

I’m very thankful for the lessons, experiences, and blessings I received on 2015. I am thankful to have made it this far with good health, a loving family, and a life full of happiness, love and harmony.

As I have entered a new year, I like to look back at this past year and think about what I like, don’t like so I can making changes accordingly. Overall, 2015 was a great year where I was able to grow personally and professionally. Even though some events may seem as setbacks, failures, or misfortunes, I believe my life is getting aligned with what I’ve always wanted.

On 2015, I was able to experience becoming a parent, one of the best feelings in life. I decided to quit my full time office job so I could work from home and be able to spend more time with my son. I was able to manage working from home/coffee shop while becoming more efficient on my production. Not only that, but I was able to make a full gradual transition from working for someone at the beginning of the year to working for myself by the end of the year. Not everything went as planned, but it has worked well this far. We were able to do a little bit of travel as a family, something I want to continue doing. One thing that excites me the most is that I was able to make progress on the expansion of a couple of ventures I have going on. 2016 will definitely be a big year of calculated risk and hard work.

On 2016, I have many goals for both personal and professional growth. 2015 set the start of many things, I hope I am able to find the strength and ability to continue while making the right choices. 2015 introduced me to parenthood, one of my priorities is to be a great dad while being able to maintain my personal sanity because of all the ambitions I have set out for myself to do. But as always, I like to aim high because even if I fail I will still be in good shape :)

Below I will list a few of my goals, but I must say, keeping / maintaining my good physical and mental health are always a priority, those are no longer goals for me.

Here are only a few of my personal goals

  • Find the courage – I will make big decisions this year, I hope I find the courage
  • Stay humble
  • Ask for help – I can no longer try to do everything on my own, if I want to grow I must do this.
  • Ignore the critics – Become better at ignoring haters
  • Say NO more often – reject people that waste / don’t value my time
  • Decorate my home office
  • Clean out / decorate my garage
  • Buy SUV paid in full
  • Travel as a family at least twice this year, at least one being a new destination

Here are only a few of my professional goals

  • Speak at more than two events
  • Join the board / committee for a professional group
  • Network
  • Write and Publish first E-Book
  • TCB – Efficiency and process. Focus on increasing profit margins while maintaining growth.
  • Pitch business to Calling all Dreamers
  • Start 2-3 new ventures
  • Learn Real Estate Investing

 

 

Happy New Year 2016

Dejame

Dejame (Version Banda) – Gerardo Ortiz

I listened to Gerardo Ortiz’s new album as soon as he released it and I really enjoyed listening to several of his songs. Dejame became one of my favorites since the first time I listened to it. Al though there are two versions of this song, Gropo and Banda, the Banda version is more to my liking.

In the past I’ve written the English translation of songs I really like, and this song just became one of them :)  My translation is based on the words, context, and what I believe the message of the song is.

Dejame – Leave Me (English Translation)

Forget about everything
My decision is definitive
I can’t stand when you speak of
Something that is already lost

I do not remember
Even the smallest detail of our past
I’m asking you
Don’t think about coming back
We are no longer friends

Forget all our memories
All the times we had
Make sure you forget
when you and I met
Do not tell me you’ve changed
that everything will get better
Because it has already been too long
Since the day you forgot about me

Leave me
I do not feel no remorse or resentment
And you know well that you are no longer important to me
And you also know
That it’s been long since I forgot about you
This is my last message
I think you can understand

Leave me
Your attempt has failed
I do not believe your story
Do not waste your time
I’m really sorry
There is nothing left to do
I can do it on my own now
I think you can understand
Leave me

Dejame – Spanish Lyrics

Borra todo de tu mente
Esto ya es definitivo
No soporto que platiques
Algo que ya esta perdido

No recuerdo
Ni el más mínimo detalle
Te lo pido
que ya no te des la vuelta
porque no somos amigos

Borra todos los recuerdos
Los momentos que tuvimos
No te olvides de borrar
cuando tu y yo nos conocimos
No me digas que me olvide
que lo tienes arreglado
Porque tiene mucho tiempo
que me tienes olvidado

Déjame
Mira que no siento ni un remordimiento
Y tu sabes bien que ya no eres nadie
Y también lo sabes que
hace mucho tiempo te olvide
Es mi ultimo mensaje
Creo que puedes entender

Déjame
Te fallo el intento
No se te hizo el cuento bien al parecer
No pierdas el tiempo
De verdad lo siento
Ya no queda nada por hacer
Ya me tomo de la mano
Creo que puedes entender
Déjame

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A Gift For You

Occasionally destiny puts opportunities in front of us, they are gifts. Most don’t know how to react to it as they think they’ve done nothing to deserve it. Because why would destiny, or even a stranger, give something without asking for something else in return? Many walk away, and ignore the gift – back to what is comfortable and normal. And they will forever look at other people’s fortunes, wishing and hoping they had the same luck.

Those that do take the opportunities and gifts that life brings them, will continue to evolve, reaching places never imagined, and live the life of their dreams. They have discovered that good things can happen when you take the opportunities and gifts that were placed in front of you, for you.

Accept the opportunities and gifts given to you, and don’t spend too much energy trying to understand them. Perhaps it’s because of something you did in the past life. Perhaps it’s because of something you will do in the next.

A Gift For You

The World Won’t Get Any Better

How is it possible that the US is willing to spend trillions of dollars on wars, and billions to aid other countries when we still have poverty and homelessness in America?

If you think about it on simple terms, it makes no sense.

If you think about it more in depth, this time considering politics, manipulation of the masses, greed, and power – the answer is not so simple.

The system is designed that way, and that is how it will stay. The government is not going to do anything to change that. Period.

Perhaps there is a possibility of the world getting better if people unite to make a change.

However, what I realized these last several weeks is that people want change, but most are not willing to sacrifice their time and money to change it. People want change, but only as long as the process doesn’t make them uncomfortable. At the end of the day, we are all selfish and we like to stay in what is already familiar to us, including the state of the world that we live in. Because why give up the comfort and little bit of peace we have now, when we can go Black Friday shopping and fight each other to save a few bucks for shit we don’t need on the evening of Thanksgiving.

The world is not going to get any better, and I say that without being a pessimist, but considering current facts, and the history of humanity.

Once you comprehend politics, power, and greed, you understand this:

“War, crime and racism has always and will always exists in this country so don’t worry too much about changing the world, but do always worry about changing your own.”

God Bless America.

#PrayForSirya #PrayForParis #PrayForTheWorld

The World Won’t Get Any Better

AMBITION is not related to GREED

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Every time I mention AMBITION people automatically relate it to GREED or MONEY. That seems to be a popular misconception, but it has absolutely nothing to do with GREED or MONEY. A lot of people know that money is just a result. AMBITION has to do with PURPOSE.

Chances are, if you wake up in the morning and go to work/school, you have AMBITION. If you play sports or are into fitness, you have AMBITION. If you want to become better and succeed at something YOU ARE AMBITIOUS.

am·bi·tion
noun
a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.

AMBITION is not related to GREED

Why do people waste so much time on nonsense?

I was having a conversation last night and a question came up.

Why do people waste so much time?

Like watching nonsense reality TV shows. Working at a job they hate. Maintaining relationships that add no value. etc.

My take is that people waste so much time on activities or with people that add absolutely no value because they think they will live a long life. In other words, they believe there’s plenty of time in their life.

Can you imagine how different we would live our lives if we knew how much time we had in our life? Let me ask the question:

If you knew how much time you have left in this life, would you:

Have more urgency in the things you want to do?
Be willing to take more risk?
Would you still let fear stop you from doing what you’ve always wanted?
Spend more time on making yourself happy instead of trying to please other people (who may or may not appreciate it)?
Would the problems you have now still seem as big?

Would you spend it watching fake-reality shows on TV?
Would you keep spending time with relationships that add no value?
Would you still show up at the job you so much hate?
Would you still care of people’s opinions?

Sometimes I think of a family friend who I was able to spend some time with. Her name is Whitny M. and she past away 3 years ago due to terminal cancer. She was a young (early 30’s) mother of 2 young boys. By far, she was one of the most happiest persons I have ever met with a contagious laughter. I remember how much she loved life and how much she didn’t want to go. A very strong woman who gave it her all so she could be with her boys. I learned something from Whitny, and that is to live my life now because tomorrow is promised to no one.

Every night I am thankful for being able to live and complete another day. Every morning I promise myself to do everything that makes me happy – because I am thankful.

This reminded me of a post I wrote two years ago, I Will Die Soon.

Why do people waste so much time on nonsense?

Ready For Breakfast

I’m still wide awake, and done with work. I gotta say, I finished my work a lot faster than usual – I think I squeezed in a usual 8 hours of work into 3.5 – 4 hours. It does help to be in the zone. I’m downstairs, everything is mostly dark and quiet with exception of my music and the sound of my fingers tapping the keyboard.

In my previous post I expressed my situation of not being able to sleep because I had a lot going through my mind. One of the reasons is due to a conversation I had late yesterday with a “friend”. Overthinking stuff as usual. But I also remembered I drank a Grande Iced Coffee past 7:30PM last night. I was tired, and I had a late meeting.

Anyway, it’s 5AM and I’m already done an important part of the work I had planned for my Friday! Boom!

I think I may start working on another project, but first… I’m hungry and I’m making some breakfast. Who knows, I may even stay up till 8AM, the usual time Julian wakes up. By that time, I will prefer to stay up till 11AM so I can spend some time with him before he goes to his babysitter.

By the way, the Jessie Ware playlist played for an hour or so. I switched my tempo to something more of my style for a Thursday / Friday night. All of these are on my favorites.

Que Seas Feliz – Luis Miguel

Si Tu Supieras – Alejandro Fernandez

La Media Vuelta – Luis Miguel

Me Dedique a Perderte – Alejandro Fernandez

No Se Olvidar – Alejandro Fernandez

Se Me Va La Voz – Alejandro Fernandez

Ready For Breakfast