Never sell yourself short

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While I can sometimes understand UP&OD as a consumer product or financial market strategy, I’ve never understood people who use it as a professional mantra and their formula for personal development. People who sell themselves short, project that they are either insecure about their own abilities to get the job done exceptionally well, or dishonest, creating fake wow moments just because they set the bar low.

Never sell yourself short. Greatness isn’t relative, it is absolute.

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Lead yourself

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Before trying to understand what motivates and drives your team for results, have you taken the time and space to figure out what makes YOU tick? It’s amazing how many people operate by inertia and don’t identify their own drivers, just because they’re caught up in the daily grind and pressured to meet that next deadline. Breathe, reflect, know yourself. It’s essential if you’re going to try to lead others.

Be proud.

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If your team is empowered by your leadership instead of limited by your inability to lead them, to motivate them, to enable them to get results they thought unattainable, their achievements have your branding all over them. And you’ve helped develop them further. That is something to be proud of.

My 2016 BDAY Project

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image1For some years now, I’ve made it a point to use my birthday as a day to effect positive change, highlight the work of organizations I am fond of, and raise awareness in order to promote action among my friends and family. This year is no exception.

As always, I’m VERY thankful for every one of you who has taken the time to call and/or write to me in order to share your good wishes… but since I’ve already caught your attention, hopefully I can keep you here for a couple of more minutes and invite you to donate or participate with one of these worthy causes and organizations:

Kiva – Loans that change lives: Microfinancing to people all over the world. Lend as little as $25 dollars to the project of your choosing (Women, Agriculture, Single Parents, Social enterprises, etc).

Atlas Corps – Change your perspective. Change the World: “The peace corps in reverse.” An organization that provides fellowship opportunities in the U.S. to young leaders from across the world. Global capacity-building enabling leaders to detonate change in their communities.

Global Majority: Non-violent conflict resolution. Founded under the premise that the global majority wants to live in peace. Education, training, networking and international advocacy.

Globe Aware – Have Fun. Help People: Voluntourism in an international environment helping impoverished communities in developing nations.

Enseña Por México: Volunteer Project focused on providing better education systems and programs to children in Mexico. Affiliated to the Teach for All network.

Hagámoslo Bien: Promoting a culture of lawfulness in Monterrey, México. Building a network of committed individuals and organizations willing to adhere to a culture of lawfulness and strengthening the rule of law.

Please take a minute to learn about their great work. Click on these links and if you can, it would mean the world to me if you would donate to them today.

MANY, MANY, MANY THANKS.

Arjan

QEPD Renato López y Omar Girón

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Anoche recibí la noticia: De la manera más cobarde y vil nos arrebataron las vidas de dos personas hermosas.

Nos robaron del gusto, la alegría y la fortuna de volver a ver sus sonrisas, de la suerte de volver a tener felices momentos con ellos. De reír, de abrazarlos, de compartir.

Nos robaron como muchas veces lo han hecho… y me llena de cólera.

A las familias de ambos, a su familia en CMX, a sus amigos y a los compañeros de Omar y de Renato, no hay forma ni palabras de consuelo por esta irracional pérdida. Lo único que nos queda es decirles que emocionalmente compartimos con ustedes en este difícil momento. Lo único que nos queda es mandarles mucho amor.

Y nos quedan las memorias. Porque esas nunca nadie nos las podrá robar. Y en esas memorias, sus sonrisas estarán para siempre.

Descanse en paz Omar Girón.

Descanse en paz Renato López.