This is water / esto es agua

This is water

David Foster Wallace called his commencement speech at Kenyon College, “This is water”. He began with a short story about two young fish swimming in the ocean who met an older fish swimming in the opposite direction. This fish nodded at them and said, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish looked …

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Imperturbability, equanimity, or tranquility. We can use all of these as synonyms for ataraxia. It’s the state of calmness that is not disturbed by mental or emotional events. It’s freedom from anxiety and worry. Imagine drops of water landing on a lotus leaf and sliding down and away. The drop doesn’t stay. It makes its …

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Freedom to choose / Libertad de elegir

Freedom to choose

Viktor Frankl observed that the primary motivation of an individual is to find meaning in life. Even in the most painful and dehumanizing situations, life has potential meaning. While we can’t avoid suffering, we always have the freedom to choose how to deal with it and move forward with renewed purpose. “Everything can be taken …

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Emotional intelligence makes the difference / La inteligencia emocional marca la diferencia

Emotional intelligence makes the difference

There are many examples of people with high IQs who are incredibly successful in their fields. Moreover, for many people, IQ equals worth, but despite this popular perception, IQ may not be the ability that differentiates star performers. It’s emotional intelligence that makes the difference. A few years ago, one of my students participated in …

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Growth mindset / mentalidad de crecimiento

Growth mindset

There is a paradox at the heart of achieving excellence. Many individuals and organizations prioritize performance and achieving high standards, which is undoubtedly important. However, an exclusive focus on performance can lead to a fixed mindset, where individuals become risk-averse and reluctant to step out of their comfort zone. According to Eduardo Briceño in his …

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Confidence / Confianza


Doubts. Fear. Every time uncertainty visits us, there’s a lot going on inside of us. At times, we cover up our fear with a suit of false confidence; other times we get caught up and freeze without responding. Developing confidence is a work in progress for many of us. When we lost it Not everyone …

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Zero-sum game / Juego de suma cero

A zero-sum game

Work-life balance is a term that has become ubiquitous in modern society. It represents the delicate equilibrium we try to achieve between our professional careers and our personal lives. Unfortunately, the prevailing notion is that success in one area requires sacrifice in the other, framing the issue as a zero-sum game. A zero-sum game is …

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Locus de control / locus of control

Locus of control

I was thinking about what to blog about this week after the summer break. It was pouring. It’s a reminder that there are some things in life that we simply cannot control. We can’t stop the rain from falling, just as we can’t control the actions of others or the events that happen around us. …

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