How to deal with unsolicited advice (including this one)

I’ve been trying to reach a friend that has a six-month baby. It was impossible to find her on the phone, on skype but finally she succumbed to my pleas of hearing from her on the infamous Facebook (it’s true it connects friends after all, I like it to find fun articles).

She then admitted that she was kind of hiding. She doesn’t know how to deal with all the advice people give to her about raising her baby. And you probably know this too: people give too much advice on raising children.

I don’t know how it works where you come from, but here in Miami and in most Latin cultures, it’s super common that people don’t only give unwanted advice all the time, they check on you to see if you are doing what they told you. Isn’t that insane?

No wonder my friend came up with this effective strategy of shutting everyone off for a while. Maybe that’s and advice for everyone to take: hide from people so you don´t need to hear what they have to say about your parenting.

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Permission to Dream

All summer long I’ve been listening to people speak the praises of following your dreams. These people have been successful at what they do because they have embraced and pursued their dreams.

While at the Latino2 conference, I was impressed with the sponsor of the conference when he said that it is good to dream. All my life, I listened to people tell me that dreaming was a waste of time.

Yet, here was a billionaire contradicting what I have learned.

This theme was repeated two more times while I was in Vegas at the Blog World Expo exhibit hall and again while I was in Austin, Texas for the Bloggy Boot Camp. Speakers continued to impress me with the concept of indulging your dreams. As if to affirm the message I was receiving, I later read an article from the O’Magazine about allowing yourself to dream. Yes, Vegas…just see what happened now…SAD and WRONG.

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My Favorite Money Management Tools

My Favorite Money Management Tools

Budgeting can be a frustrating task sometimes.  Whether you’re an internet entrepreneur who works from home or a digital nomad traveling the world, budgeting your money is high priority.  With a good budgeting system, you decide in advance how to spend and save your money.

Enter technology and the interwebs.
With many options online, it’s really easy to find great (free) tools to help you manage your money.
Here are 3 quick guides of  the best money management tools I’ve come across:

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Get ready before the launch

Get ready before the launch

The launch of a blog or site is a very important time in the life of a site. You want to start off with a bang. You want to make sure everything runs smoothly and with as little pressure on your part as possible. If you have at least 10 posts under your belt, when you make your site live, you can manage each move like a chess game.

Of course, don’t release all 10 posts at once. Release around four or five to begin with, then continue to release a new article throughout the next two or three weeks. You want to micromanage every move you make, and getting the writing part out will be one less distraction. After you get your bearings and launch the site, hopefully your readers and fans will help promote your site and promotion will impart take care of itself. Continue reading →

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Short attention span

Short attention span

Face it, people don’t want to spend all day sorting through your articles to find the information they want. They want to find information and they want it fast. So how do you provide your viewer with the most A.D.D. friendly environment? Think about them as pupils at school. 

I present here a list of ideas to keep in mind when designing a website and writing an article. These ideas originate from print media as they were the original pioneers in this area. I encourage you to reference and seek ideas from newspapers and magazines when you create the layout of a blog and individual articles. Continue reading →

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37 Tips How To Create Viral Content

 Viral articles are word of mouth worthy, and will grow your site more so than any other kind of content. Creating word-of-mouth worthy content won’t bore your readers because what’s worth talking about is, in most cases, high quality. This is well know fact, accepted by every school of thought.

As long as you explore a variety of possibilities for virality, working on viral posts is one of the best ways to grow your site.

The list!

  1. Assemble one sentence/paragraph answers to a question you ask key figures across your niche.
  2. Create a time spectacle: create content non-stop over a designated period of time (8hrs, 24hrs?).
  3. Write a review of the redesign of a popular blog/website in your niche. Everyone has an opinion on redesigns and will appreciate someone laying out some of their own thoughts.
  4. Assemble a directory of great interviews conducted with prominent/interesting figures in your niche. Continue reading →
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50 college tips for freshmen

A few of my friends are nervous about starting school this upcoming year, and they asked me if I had any tips. After taking some time to think through my freshman year carefully, I came up with these 50 suggestions to help you make the most of college, both socially and academically:

  1. Keep an open mind to different lifestyles and viewpoints. People in college come from all different walks of life, don’t rule them out just because their hobbies and views are different than yours. Make friends of all different types.
  2. Live the way you want to. If you want to have Nerf gun fights in your dorm hallway, then do it! You live away from home now, and it’s up to you to dictate how you want to live. Go to bed when you want to. Get up at a time that works best. This extends to everything — including your academics.
  3. Take a few chances. College is the time to branch out and discover yourself. Take a few risks, do things that you normally wouldn’t, and watch as you have the time of your life.
  4. Adopt a ‘Yes Man‘ attitude. Start accepting opportunities as they come to you instead of making excuses not to do something. You’ll be amazed at how much more interesting your life will become.
  5. Don’t spend all of your free time alone in your room. Solitude is nice, but you’ll love college a lot more if you don’t spend all day watching TV or surfing the Internet. Keep yourself busy.
  6. Explore your hobbies and try new ones. Find clubs and teams for hobbies and sports you enjoy and get involved.
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Am I Making A Book?!

Am I Making A Book?!

“Whaatttttt?” you may ask.

My thoughts exactly. Well, it is coming true. After 4 years of going back and forth on writing and stop writing, I am FINALLY on the road to getting it done.

It hasn’t always been my dream to be a published author. In fact, it was the last thing I ever thought I would being doing. I was very much into fashion and designing. I enjoyed looking a beautiful clothing, and creating my own outfits in my head. I went to school for fashion design.

I then pursued a BA in fashion marketing and management. So to be throwing all that to the wind and saying “Hey let’s write a book”, it is a foreign idea for me as well. So what the hell, I just go…others may have started that way too, who knows…

The inspiration hit when I took two years off to focus on myself and recover from family tragedies. I spent most of those two years with journals by my side. I filled nearly 14 journals by the end.

About a little bit later, I enrolled in a writing class at my college. It was a prerequisite, and didn’t think much about it. The professor turned out to be a publish author and was working on his next piece of literature. I enjoyed the class, and actually looked forward to the projects that were assigned.

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Because I Said So

Because I Said So

I had an interview yesterday, and I made the second interview. A few hours beforehand I was sitting in my flat with butterflies doing all kinds of gymnastics in my stomach. I knew it was a big deal. I was being interviewed for the largest marketing agency in US. When I read that, it certainly messed with my head slightly.

And I was expecting some hot-shot interviewers, who would intimidate me and expect me to know everything about marketing. And I expected them to shoot me down when I got something wrong. And I expected them to disregard my ideas, because what they say goes. Because they said so.

But you know what? I had the most fun I’ve had all week. I’ve never laughed so hard with people I’ve never met before. Firstly, I tripped over before I entered the actual interview room. That certainly broke the ice. I sat for about 20 seconds trying to think of the word “conniving” before I completely gave up. I made up a brand new word which sounded like “benefited”, and got away with it.

I talked for a good hour about social media, before I realized that the interview was only meant to last 30 minutes. I answered the question, “If you were a brand, what brand would you be?” off the cuff, and started rambling like an idiot. But they smiled and nodded. And I asked them challenging questions about their job. And it sounds amazing. Because they said so.

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What is a Geek Dad

I came across this Wired.com article by Matt Blum, which was recently reposted, about the annoying habits of a geeky spouse.  I read it and I find this to be spot on, and I am guilty of not only the 10 things in the post, but also of several accusations in the comments.

Yes, I have a lightsaber.  It was a Christmas gift.  We just can’t watch an Eddie Murphy or Bobcat Goldthwait stand-up, or Monty Python Movie without quoting 90% of it.  This annoys the children to no end, but it seems we have infected them as well.


One day, the whole bus, according to my daughter, broke out in the “campfire song song” (BOM BOM BOM), and began talking about selling chocolates.  In unison.   Repeatedly.

This was a bus full of high school students, not the grade school kids you’d think would be reciting this drivel.  She, and my lovely wife, use “frak” a little too much for my comfort.  I mean, that’s MY word.  They don’t even like Battlestar Galactica, in either incarnation, though I’ve gotten my wife to watch some Caprica. Continue reading →

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