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There is a story trying to emerge through me.
It’s was silent for 7+ years, and it’s pushing hard to be heard.

Like the pomegranate in the picture, it’s a story of stories. All individual seeds are linked like a hive to create something bigger than themselves.

I invite you…


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Many people think that being a good person is a choice.

There’s always someone who grew up in poverty and turned out to be an honest hard worker. Everybody has that choice.

— I would never commit a crime even if I lost everything. They say

But how about if…


I can’t tell a very fascinating or melodramatic story of my childhood. I was born in a middle-class family in an average country such as Spain (for some it might sound exotic, but this is my concept of average).

I have done lots of things in my life. They felt…


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Dad! I got a 9.8 out of ten! — a much younger version of me said happily

What was the problem? Where did you fail? — he replied.

If this conversation rings a bell, you were probably educated not to fail.

We were rewarded for good grades and penalized for…


Image of the author partially covering her face to reveal only the left eye looking straight, while hiding behind a Spanish red fan. Her (my) features are Mediterranean, brown eyes, tan skin, and brown curly hair.
Image of the author holding a Spanish red “abanico” (hand fan)

There’s a hard truth about Latin people. We don’t know how to sell ourselves.

The Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano expressed a hard truth “If Beethoven had been born in Tacuarembó*, he would have only become the director of the town band.” (*Tacuarembó is an Uruguayan town)

Ouch.

Unfortunately, I don’t…


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Making assumptions can be dangerous.

People make lots of them.

For example, it is wrong to assume that a person lacks confidence in speaking English because of their foreign accent.

Funny enough, that assumption tends to come from not multilingual speakers.

Modify Your Accent to Become a Confident Speaker

I woke up to an inbox full of Linkedin…


WORKING FROM HOME

Big bulldozer throwing sand on a truck in the middle of a construction site
Photo by Troy Mortier on Unsplash

Beep beep beep beeeeeep

The sound is drilling my brain.

Beep beep beep

My right eye twitches while I stoically try to write a few lines for an article.

Beep beep beep

Time to be zen now, all the hours spent meditating must pay off at some point, shouldn’t they?


Excited young rich man walking on the street while throwing money away
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The world of multimillionaires is strange for all of us, simple mortals.

There’s mystery all around it. Only the elite knows how they really live.

Well, and their staff.

Whether They Like It or Not, Millionaires Need Us

This has happened since the beginning of times, the powerful need people to work for them; they are the best in…


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We tend to believe that millionaires should be the happiest people in the world. We could be rich and live happily forever.

We can’t be more wrong.

You Don’t Want to Have “Too Much” Money.

Researchers found that there’s a sweet spot of money income that provides well-being and general life satisfaction. …


A black man’s hands supporting the hands of a black woman, who is holding the feet of a white baby with an engagement ring on each foot.
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Every single person living on this planet is your cousin.

The only question is to which degree.

This is what science is telling us.

It’s 1850, and this weird guy called Darwin did it again.

— He DARED to suggest that our dear God did not create us in a…

Carmen Ballesteros

Anthropologist, traveler & entrepreneurship coach. Serial optimist. I write about leadership skills for a successful business & a happy life. We can have it all

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