In late 2016, shortly after my wife and I had our first child, I began writing to make better sense of the world and my role in it.
I quickly saw the value.
Not only did making a commitment to sit down every day to write give me clarity, but within a few months, my thoughts were featured in places like Fast Company, INC, Thought Catalog, and Thrive Global. For someone with ADHD who did horribly in English class and still starts sentences with prepositions (which I’ve been told is a no-no), I couldn’t believe it.
Since that time, more than ten million people from well over a hundred countries have read my work (either on this website, mainstream business and life publications, or Medium.com - where 79,000 people follow along to read my weekly articles).
Today, when I’m not getting tossed around by my two kids and being put back together by my wife at home in small-town Catalunya, I’m wrestling with either my own words or those of my clients to ensure their expert knowledge spreads.
If you look at my experience in sales, management, corporate training, entrepreneurial endeavors, and teaching, my career today as a writer, communication strategist, and MBA leadership and communication lecturer makes sense.
But that doesn’t mean the road to here has been easy.
Growing up, I was not only extremely shy, but I also had a severe speech impediment resulting in a very limited view of what I was capable of achieving. Realizing I’d never reach any of my goals if I didn’t learn how to effectively share my ideas and make connections with people, at the age of 23, I did the thing that scared me the most: I pursued a job in sales.
As expected, the first few months hurt. Hang-ups happened. So did jabs from my peers. But I stuck with it. And over time, something interesting happened: I built a serious knack for connecting with people and within my first calendar year I broke into the Top Ten of a triple-digit salesforce before being promoted to management.
Three continents and two decades later, I’m still in the communication trenches and I’m extremely proud that I’ve turned my obstacle into my way and now make a living today helping other people to get what matters most to them in front of millions of eyes.
And that’s the purpose of this blog: to inspire you to share your story while providing you with the tools to ensure it connects and stands out.
Some people publish online to practice. I don’t. Whatever I share is my version of perfect as I’m a big believer in never wasting a second of people’s time. By joining thousands of other curious and thoughtful people, you’ll receive the best of what I’ve got each week that play at the center of these three lanes:
Throw in the occasional inspirational human experience story along with quirky ideas and my goal is to make this site your one-stop shop for professional progression, personal reflection, and damn good writing tips.
Readers have told me they keep coming back for these reasons:
Some people would consider my writing “self-help” but my message very much revolves around “helping others.”
I’m a big believer that the best thought leaders are first and foremost thoughtful people. I’m also a big believer that the world would be a better place if we all gave away our best ideas for free. And once or twice a week, until I’ve got nothing left to say, that’s what I’ll do right here in this space.
Over the last two decades, I’ve worked across three different continents as an entrepreneur in some form or another in the communication and creative sectors. I’ve experienced quite a bit during this time. Below you’ll find some of the wins along with a handful of the more notable disasters.
And above all else, glasses of water.
Best to you and yours,
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