One trait that I have seemingly inherited from my father and grandfather is the ability to start a conversation with a complete stranger.
On the plane ride from NYC to Chile I sat next to Uruguayan gal who was on her way home from touring Harvard Business School. We discussed finance, the benefits of working in mergers and acquisitions, paleolithic nutrition, psychology, Argentine economics and Uruguayan history.
We also discussed the difference in culture between the United States and South America. In her opinion combining the State’s work ethic with South America’s emphasis on social relaxation would be ideal.
Her dream is to show the people of her country that blaming the system (which many people feel is corrupt and lacking opportunity) is no excuse.
This is true no matter where you live. Anyone with a smart phone or even access to a public library can learn anything they want.
There are no more excuses for not achieving what you want to achieve.
We are our own worst enemy when it comes to realizing our goals. If there is a will, there is a way.
PS Sam and I were invited to visit our new friend in Montevideo, Uruguay. I’ll report back if and when this happens.
PPS No those are not clouds in the background up there, that is snow on top of the Andes. The view from the airport in Santiago, Chile.