Author: Luis Velasquez

I Own it, and I Take Responsibility, Do You?

I own it, it is fate, it is destiny, are three ways I have heard people describe their current situation.  Fate is what we do if we don’t deliberately choose a path, destiny is our potential waiting to happen.  I own it, is taking responsibility for our own destiny and making it happen. I remember the day when I decided that I was going to take responsibility for my own destiny.  It was on a run actually,  a run that lasted longer that I had anticipated.   I had been dealing with the horrible consequences of recovering from my...

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People Fail for ONE Reason

Why do smart people fail?  That is a question that is always in my mind.  In my line of work, I get to see very smart people achieve goals and build amazing things.  A lot has been written about what they have in common, how they behave.   You can see examples here and here and here.   At one point of another, I have included some of those behaviors in my daily life hoping that I can also achieve my goals.     I have also witnessed very smart people “fail” or take significantly longer time to get where they...

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How to Increase Your Positive Intelligence With One Question

You probably heard of Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Intelligence (EQ), how about Positive Intelligence (PQ)? How familiar are you with those?   I knew about IQ and EQ, but I wasn't aware of PQ. The book Positive Intelligence (PQ), in simple words, describes positive intelligence as the time your mind is serving you as opposed to sabotaging you.  In a particular example,   The author was hired as a consultant for a company that was undergoing a major crisis.   The author suggested starting every meeting with one question “What do we need to do so that within three...

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3 Things to Consider to Get Better at Anything

Grit and perfect practice will elevate your game and make you better at anything.  A few years ago,  I was training for Ironman CourDAlene, and I wanted to do well.  I spent countless hours biking, running and swimming.  In fact, in the year leading to the race, I swam over 250,000 yards getting ready for the 2.4-mile open water swim.   I swam a lot,  but looking back I also realize that I put in a lot of “junk yards.”   I kept a log of my swimming, and I would be really hard on myself if I miss one swim, ...

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How Cheating Helps Achieve Goals

At the beginning of the year, I made myself a promise; I was going to become fluent in Portuguese and decided to start tracking my daily practice.  I started on the right foot, every night I would study Portuguese, and I made some significant progress.  And then I skipped a day, I felt horrible, and then I skipped another day.  And soon I realized that five days have gone by without practicing…  oh, what a failure. I decided to take a different approach to tracking my progress.   Following the example of my fitness regiment.  I take one day...

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