Changing The World Begins With Us

The work to change the world does not end at the offices of law enforcement or governments. It begins with us, in our backyards, our families, our schools, our spheres of influence and our minds.
All of us here are leaders in some shape or form and we are growing up amongst each other so our actions matter. You are symbols in some way. You can be symbols of love and hope or symbols of hate and intolerance.
So I want you all to be aware of the actions you take because what we all decide to do in public and private has the potential to influence policies today and tomorrow. Let’s make sure those actions are celebrating differences, finding common ground and being a voice for the voiceless.

Are you ready to change the world? Use your DIFFERENCE to make a DIFFERENCE.

Become an Effective Cross-Cultural Communicator & Connector

What Is The Secret To A Successful Life?

Ok so here is the secret to success.

Set clearly defined goals.

Goals that are simultaneously big, scary and exciting to you so you remain focused and never complacent.

Your goal should be big enough that you need to grow into the person that can achieve them.

Set goals that help you grow in these areas:

  • Your physical
  • Your mental and
  • Your spiritual

After categorizing these goals, dissect them and see what skills you need to develop in order to achieve them.

These will inform you with the instructions you need to then break those goals down into actionable monthly, weekly and daily activities.


Stay relentless with these actions. So much so that you schedule these actions as priorities on your calendar.

These actions are your building blocks, your foundations, your fundamentals and they need to be practiced daily.

These daily repetitions lead to mastery.

You're saying to me now, this isn't a secret! I know this. Everyone says that.

You're not wrong but what you're missing is that few people have the patience to do the same thing over and over again.

It becomes monotonous or boring to them.

They want something new and in the process they miss out on building out the future they set for themselves in the beginning.

They miss out on opportunities to grow because success is dressed in overalls and looks like the hard work they don't want to replicate.

However, if you manage to change your mindset and see your adversities as temporary challenges that you must overcome;

If you manage to push through this perceived monotony enough to see the big picture;

If you can see these challenges as learning opportunities, then something AMAZING happens.


I'll tell you why. It's because success is really about standing when others aren't willing to stand

It's about weathering the storm to get to the rainbow.

Taking the bruises to get to the finish line.

Believing in yourself when no one does.

And seeing the clearly defined goals you set for yourself every day you wake up until you achieve them so that you can then set even loftier goals.

Set clearly defined goals, grow into the person that can achieve those goals by repeating daily rituals, learn from every experience then rinse, repeat and do it again.

ASU A.K.A Always Show Up OR Always Step Up OR Always Stand Up!!!

So now that you know the secret recipe, what will you do?


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What I Have Learned From Pursuing My Passions

When I started this blog about three years ago, my goal was to change the way a whole generation of people thought about the world. I wanted to show them that the world deserved to be explored and that there is great importance in learning how to communicate across cultures. Today, my goal hasn't changed. It's only intensified, hence my mission statement, "use your difference to make a difference". 

However, my path hasn't been a straight line. It has been filled with ups and downs, It has been filled with many "almosts", even a near-death experience but I wouldn't have it any other way. I recently got on Gregg Clunis's podcast to discuss my path in a three part interview.

In the first part, I discuss:

  • My origin story
  • What it was like growing up as the son of a diplomat
  • How I utilized my ability to learn new things as a tool to connect with others AND
  • Who my two biggest influences are. and why he wants to influence a generation

You can catch the interview here.

In the second part, I discuss:

  • The realization that led me to leaving my job
  • How a car accident changed my life
  • How Arianna Huffington inspired me to start my brand

You can catch the interview here.

In the last part, I discuss:

  • Why learning new skills is important
  • How living like a “starving artist” led me to become a media executive
  • Why it’s never too late to go for it

You can catch the interview here.

Bottom line, as you start this week, I want you to remember that it's never too late to pursue your dreams and that if you want to achieve your dreams be willing to do the work. As E.E. Cummings said, "it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

Have the most productive week ever and in case you need some inspiration, check this out.


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Become an Effective Cross-Cultural Communicator & Connector