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From Soil to Stars: José M. Hernández


Dear Friends,


Tenacity is a superpower...


I recently watched a movie that left a profound impact on me, and I felt compelled to share it with you. The film, "A Million Miles Away," tells the story of José M. Hernández, the first migrant farm worker to travel to space.


The narrative of José's journey from humble beginnings to astronomical heights is a testament to the power of vision, resilience, and tenacity. It reminded me so much of the coaches, consultants, and CEOs I admire and collaborate with, individuals whose stories are told through their grit, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to their dreams.


The film offers five key ingredients that encapsulate the essence of what it takes to be a visionary leader:


  1. Find your goal
  2. Know how far you are
  3. Draw a roadmap
  4. If you don’t know, learn
  5. When you think you’ve made it, you probably have to work harder


These tenets resonate deeply with the values and principles I've observed in successful leaders across industries, navigating their entrepreneurial journeys, balancing personal and professional life, and making a meaningful impact through their work.


In my book, I explore the profound idea that we are all born creators. Yes, you heard it right – creators in the most spiritual sense. Even if you choose not to engage with this spiritual aspect, you must admit, creation in itself is a thrilling process, isn't it?


Imagine launching a rocket into space. The first step is coming alive, allowing the rocket to ignite and take off. But how does one ensure that this rocket stays in orbit?


This is where insights come into play. They are those fresh, new thoughts, perspectives that can shift everything in an instant. Suddenly, your view of the world changes, even though the world itself remains the same.


But these insights should not be solely internal. They need validation from the external world as well.


Next up is vision.


A term you are no doubt familiar with. However, the challenge lies in our tendency to not think big enough. We often limit ourselves by focusing too much on our perceived limitations - resources, time, money, lack of knowledge. But what if we dared to dream beyond these confines? To consider the impossible? That's when real innovation happens.


Purpose is also a critical component. Many people struggle with identifying their purpose or digging deep enough to truly understand it. But here's a tip: think about the ultimate thing you want to create. The ultimate thing you want to enjoy. Because ultimately, isn’t that what we all want? A peaceful, prosperous, happy life?


Once you've had that insight, clarified your vision, and understood your purpose, you'll likely feel inspired. And the next challenge is to inspire others to join your journey and help realise your vision.


Then comes implementation. This is where many of us get stuck due to our beliefs, emotions, or perceived limitations. But every obstacle is surmountable, and every journey, whether it's a new business, career, or venture, has its bumps.


Finally, we reach impact. How can we maximise our impact and leverage our resources for exponential results?


Remember, this process is iterative. Your rocket will orbit the Earth multiple times, each revolution providing insights for the next creation.


Sometimes, you might feel inspired to venture into the unknown without a clear vision, and that's okay too. After all, we are part of an ongoing, real-time creation. Our purpose is not to worry about making mistakes but to enjoy the journey of creation itself.


Back to José M. Hernández; interestingly, despite his incredible journey to space, José remains grounded. He still picks grapes with his father, but now they make and sell their own wine, Tierra Luna Cellars.


This serves as a powerful reminder that no matter how high we soar, we must never lose sight of our roots.


I hope José's story inspires you as much as it did me. Here's to leading lives that are truly out of this world!


We’re one insight away…



Behrooz, The Entrepreneur's Doctor

Author of A Happy Life: Have We Got It All Wrong About Work, Health, & Love?


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