I have read so many articles, blogs, sites, magazines, and books lately that is hard to remember what is truly relevant and meaningful.

Accidentally I stumbled up with these rules, which are not new, they were written by Cherie Carter-Scott back in the 90’s and became famous due to Oprah. I guess I was too busy then to notice these rules, even though they would have been useful back in the day.

Once thing is for sure, that rule number 10 is absolutely true, that’s the beauty of being a Human Being, we can live, and forget.

Here are the 10 rules:

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.”

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”

4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.

6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”

7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

10. You will forget all this.

Cheers,

Carlos

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Why is it that our kids believe their teachers more than us their parents? I’ve struggled with this fact since my daughter started school. Every time I tried to explain a concept to her; I got the usual reply: “My teacher told me this is the way to solve it” and that was pretty much the end of that discussion, I didn’t know what to do, except trusting that her teacher wasn’t teaching the kids how to make home-made napalm.

This year I had my Eureka moment when I started using one quality tool called “The 5 Why Technique”, this tool was designed by the Japanese to find the cause of a problem. But it also works wonders when you are trying to make a 12-year-old girl understand that buying a pair of $65 cut off shorts in Abercrombie & Fitch doesn’t make economic sense when she could buy 3 T-shirts from the same store for $66 and cut a pair of worn Abercrombie jeans and have the same short for free. All I did was ask Why, and she figured out by herself that she was better off with other options.

Cheers.

Carlos

Beware: Don’t use this technique on grown women, girlfriends, wives, sisters, cousins, etc. since there is no way known to men, that could explain that a $1800 Louis Vuitton handbag is not a sound investment.

Life after the MBA

March 30, 2011

Life after MBAWell, it’s been officially five months since I handed in my last assignment to complete the most grueling goal in my career: The MBA. I wonder why it took so long to feel normal again? I guess that the intensity that we all went through in those 13 months was so huge, that it’s like trying to land a 747 in my back yard.

Do I feel different? Absolutely! My understanding of myself, my family, and the world around me has gotten a profound shake up.

Now that in “theory” I have more disposable time; I will try to share my thoughts and experiences through this blog, with the theme of Work-Life balance, or 1 for 1.

Feel free to leave your comments; I’ll do my best to answer any questions.

Best regards,

Carlos