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Wherever I go and whatever I do, I try to pay attention, because I believe there is something to learn from every situation. That’s why I enjoy talking to my friend Jorge (the one that thought me about the Virtuose Circle of Business Owners), I always learn something new from him.

I had lunch with him the other day. He told me that he has a son in a boarding school in the US, and his best friend is from Sweeden. One day, Jorge’s son and his friend went to the theater, and his friend drove them there. They arrived early, so the parking lot was almost empty. The sweedish boy parked his car at the farthest end of the lot. Jorge’s son asked him why he had parked there, if the parking lot was empty, they could park right at the entrance of the theater, and this was his answer:

“We arrived earlier than everybody else. We were lucky to have the time to come earlier. Not everybody will be so lucky. Some people are going to be stuck in traffic or tied up with something else, and they will be late. It is only fair to leave the closest spots to them, so they don’t have to run across the parking lot”.

What a lesson on the differences of our cultures, and what a lesson on life and gratitude. Instead of taking advantage of your privileged situation, why don’t you give thanks for being in that position and use it for the benefit of someone else? You know, some day you might, and you will, find yourself at the other end of luck, and will be grateful for the cosideration of others.


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Some of the gratests ideas don’t start as such. They grow from little ideas, from small habits, from intuituion and perseverance. Sometimes you don’t even notice you have a game changer in your hands until the game is already changed. I’d like to share a little story about a necessity, that after trial and error, became a small idea, that turned into a habit, that started to change our company.

Some years ago I went back to school to study an MBA. All my clases were on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings, the rest of the week I worked, and at nights I studied and did my homework. After I graduated, I promised myself I would keep Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings free, so I could continue my own personal and professional development. It was soon that I had to abandon that idea, as work started to absorb all of…

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In life, take what you can use and let the rest go by.

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This song was written in 1979 by Bob Marley, and came out in 1980 in his album Uprising. I recently rediscovered it, when wanting to hear the song Clocks in Sync With Mine, I bought the album Hoopla from contemporary rapper Speech. Redemption Song, originally named Old Pirates has an interesting history (read below), and great lyrics. Here I present the more modern version from Speech, but I highly recommend you go looking for Bob Marley’s acustic version.

Happy Sunday!

Click here to listen to Redemption Song from Speech

Here are the lyricis for Redemption Song:

Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the almighty.
We forward in this generation
Won’t you help to sing
these songs of freedom
’cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look
Oh! Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.
Won’t you help to sing
these songs of freedom
’cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a-the time
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.
Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom? –
’cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs –
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.

Redemption Song, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Redemption Song” is a song by Bob Marley. It is the final track on Bob Marley & the Wailers‘ ninth album, Uprising, produced by Chris Blackwell and released by Island Records.[2] The song is considered one of Marley’s greatest works. Some key lyrics derived from a speech given by the Pan-Africanist orator Marcus Garvey.

At the time he wrote the song, circa 1979, Bob Marley had been diagnosed with the cancer in his toe that later was to take his life. According to Rita Marley, “he was already secretly in a lot of pain and dealt with his own mortality, a feature that is clearly apparent in the album, particularly in this song”.

Unlike most of Bob Marley’s tracks, it is strictly a solo acoustic recording, consisting of Marley singing and playing an acoustic guitar, without accompaniment. The song is in the key of G major.

“Redemption Song” was released as a single in the UK and France in October 1980, and included a full band rendering of the song. This version has since been included as a bonus track on the 2001 reissue of Uprising, as well as on the 2001 compilation One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers. Although in live performances the full band was used for the song the solo recorded performance remains the take most familiar to listeners.[citation needed]

In 2004, Rolling Stone placed the song at #66 among The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the Top 20 Political Songs.[3]

The song urges listeners to “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,” because “None but ourselves can free our minds”. These lines were taken from a speech given by Marcus Garvey in Nova Scotia during October 1937 and published in his Black Man magazine:[6]

We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind …[7][8]

In 2009, Jamaican poet and broadcaster Mutabaruka chose “Redemption Song” as the most influential recording in Jamaican music history.[9]


If you wait until you are ready you will never begin.  We can’t constantly be getting ready to get ready. 

So the question is not what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail, but what would you do anyway if you knew you might fail? 

What if right now is the perfect moment, even though you may not feel ready?  Fear, insecurity, uncertainty, inexperience are not reasons to stop.

Sometimes you only get one chance. What is right now is your one chance. Do you want it to pass you by? 

Or would taking a chance be worth the possibility of changing your life?

I changed just like that

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Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Instead, take the moment, any moment, and make it perfect.

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The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.


Quick guide to never give up

  1. Before you give up, try it only one more time.
  2. Repeat step 1.
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