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After working in an office environment for many years it is bound to happen that you’ll be seeing a colleague or business partner with your same dress shirt at some point in your career, but when you come across S!R by Eddie Edwards it is least likely that you’ll encounter that problem because these shirts are for men who take their style seriously. Their customer is a man that has a playful sense of what’s wearable and possesses confidence in his own choices.

Nowadays the “office casual” look is getting refined and updated by millennials, and we guys are stepping up our personal style. And as these trends have been renovating, dress shirts have become the foundation for a great sense of style.

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I recently started wearing S!R shirts and I honestly love how they fit because their design is very unique and one of its own. I enjoyed seeing the creativity in the cuffs and collar. This is something that has become more common and hip in our millennial generation. In addition, the variety of colors to choose from is amazing.

As you all know nowadays no guy wants to look identical to his coworkers or friends because that was very 1950’s. It’s a great thing that there are more shirt styles and details for guys to take advantage of and look original. More and more we’re seeing some unexpected fun being added to shirts and that’s exactly what S!R by Eddie Edwards encompasses.

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“Own a wardrobe that is as original as you,” says Eddie Edwards, the Founder, Designer and Owner.

Edwards crafted the collection after his summer road trip through the French, Italian and Austrian Alps; subtle greys and blues in the sky, crispness of brown rocks, and sparkling glaciers combined to set off rare tones of bright colors in the fields full of wild flowers. He was inspired.

S!R by Eddie Edwards was recently featured on the cover of New York Fashion Magazine highlighting the ANOLIE collection.

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For my #OOTD I opted for this light purple dress shirt and combined it with some navy blue slim pants and skin color shoes that I decided to wear to work. I was given compliments by the attention to detail of the shirts and how fitted it was. I’ve been constant with my workouts so it was nice to see some definition through the shirt on my chest and upper back. Lol

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S!R shirts does not follow the latest trends and are made for the fashion-forward males that can make a bold statement with remarkably unique and iconic styles.

You can now order the 2015 Fall/Winter collection that is available through the website: www.sirmenswear.com The 2016 Spring/Summer collection availability will be announced soon.

Exercising every day has many advantages, the main ones are living a healthy lifestyle as well as having a healthy body weight. In reality though there are so many more reasons why you should exercise daily, and many of them relate to making you a better person inside and out by gaining confidence and inner strength. Below I have compiled my top 5 reasons why exercise builds confidence and inner-strength in teens.

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1. Learn how to set and follow SMART goals: Everyone knows how to set a goal, however setting one and following it are two separate things. A goal without a road map is essentially just a dream, it will be very hard to attain. Using the SMART goal philosophy will help you realize your goals much easier and much quicker. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Result specific, Time bound.

2. Learning to fail: You will fail in life, it’s a fact, and you might fail at the goal you set. The most important part is learning from these failures and turning them into successes. By doing this you will gain confidence and inner-strength, even through failure.

3. Building good work ethic: If you have no other commitments, exercising daily would be a cinch. Unfortunately not all of us are so fortunate, we have work or school, homework, families, friend etc. Making exercise a priority in your life will help you determine what is most important and how you should spend your time, making you smarter and stronger.

4. Waiting to see results: This one follows #3, not many people have all day to exercise, and no one can exercise once and see the results. In order to achieve your SMART goals you will have to continue to work day after day for weeks or months. This type of dedication helps strengthen you, builds your confidence and makes you patient.

5. Improve your physical control: Some of the best athletes in the world got to where they are not because they only did that sport, but because they did many sports. This helped them gain better body control and the confidence to succeed. By exercising you are teaching your body how to move, which in turn will help you be more coordinated, confident and strong, both inside and out.

Mike Dellemann has spent the last 10 years as both an athlete and a coach and has seen firsthand what happened to those who make SMART goals, stuck to them and worked hard. Although there can be days that are difficult, the end results always outweigh those small hiccups.
Coach Mike is a former Team USA Skeleton athlete who has competed internationally in 4 different countries and won many medals. He is an avid hiker and backpacker, fisherman, hunter and water skier. An ex collegiate All-American Decathlete in college he now enjoys coaching high school track and field and teaching grades K-12. Mike has a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Adventure Education and is pursuing his MBA.

About Kurbo:

The experts at Kurbo, a new fitness/weight management mobile-based app designed just for kids, comes complete with personalized coaching. It is unlike adult fitness apps, which focus solely on food tracking and calorie counting. Instead, it offers games, in-app chats and video sessions with a personalized coach, and an easy “traffic light system” breaking down food categories into three easily identifiable colors.

See whether Kurbo is right for your child, try a Kurbo coaching plan for free today!

Developed by Joanna Strober, whose middle child struggled with his weight, she teamed up with co-founder, Thea Runyan, who spent over a decade doing research at Stanford on childhood obesity. Together they recreated a virtual version of the expensive and demanding hospital weight programs designed specifically for adolescents. www.kurbo.com

Prior to co-founding Kurbo, Thea spent 12 years as the lead behavior coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, where her expertise in this field has helped hundreds of kids, teens, and families manage weight and lead healthier lifestyles. Known as “The Stoplight Lady,” Thea is a frequent guest speaker on topics related to pediatric obesity, and writes about health and weight management on the Kurbo blog and for many other publications. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MPH from San Jose State University.

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Yup, you’ll look at these pics and think it’s hilarious because of my glasses (I was often called four eyes as a kid), my chubby cheeks that I sported, my crooked/stained teeth and GOD knows for how many other reasons. Now I can look back and see those moments of my life as “had to live” stepping stones to get me where I am today, but let me tell you that the road I traveled was not the most enjoyable one. This is not a victim post nor do I want anyone to feel sorry for me, but I share it because I know there’s a young crowd following me and one person or another may see this post as a light to all that they may be going through. I pray for you! Let me tell you: LIFE gets better. Sometimes you kind of need to go through hell to value the golden days.
I came to the U.S. when I was four years old, and although I looked “white” or part of the majority back then, my strong Mexican accent threw people off guard and even so when they heard my name being called during roll call by teachers. I recall being in middle school and getting bullied for being Mexican, but then again bullied by peers of my own race for looking “too white”. Goes to show how messed up our society is. I would argue that I was a victim of racism, clearly. And what is a kid supposed to do at that age? Get confused I would imagine.
I started wearing glasses at a very young age and I was called names for that, something you all probably have gone through if your vision was not 20/20. To top it off I was a geek, I was not the smartest geek, but I was a library kid and was made fun of for that. It was in middle school where I put on some extra pounds. And go figure I was bullied for that too. In middle school I was transferred to a new school because my family had moved to another city and that’s exactly when the lower photo was taken. I was a pretty miserable kid (you can tell by the pic) growing up because I didn’t have many close friends, honestly I always felt like I didn’t fit in with others.
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4th Grade, 8th Grade and 28 years old!

High school came around and while I was so involved with my education and furthering myself I still didn’t manage to get out of my comfort zone many times and was caught up in a world of constant bullying, name-calling and made fun of. Yes, I have always been an introvert, I think. I really never spoke up or told family and friends about that stage of my life, but it was for the reasons mentioned above and added to that the fact that I didn’t play sports, was an immigrant, came from a low-income family and my opportunities to succeed in life were very slim that I was intimidated by others.
It was the end of junior year and throughout senior where I was bullied the most and I would have to admit that those were the most miserable days of my life. Sometimes I dreaded going to high school because I knew how unhappy I was there. Not exactly sure what caused people to call me senseless things, make assumptions and simply make my life pretty depressing. (Though some friends did make high school worthwhile and fun!) I wish I knew back then that only I had control of my emotions and that others opinions wouldn’t define me. I wish I knew back then what I know now and I wish I could tell that young kid that I’d be in a better place in the future and that things would work out for the best.
College arrived before I knew it and I feel like my life turned 360 degrees for the BEST. I met some of the most amazing human beings I have ever encountered and which I still keep in touch with and I made some exciting memories.
Not being the most fit person, wearing glasses, not being social, not playing sports, being a geek, poor, a 4.0 student, senseless and hurtful comments that have absolutely no value in bringing up all contributed to how miserable I felt and the lack of self-esteem I had growing up.
As an adult I was involved in romantic relationships where I felt I was not appreciated or loved for the person that I am. I let them make me feel small. Worst decision ever! And of course that contributed to the negative spiral I saw myself in. But, it was 2 years ago that I committed to re-building myself into a stronger man (spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally) even more than before and decided to live a healthy lifestyle. It wasn’t until a year ago that I took things to a whole different level and I blocked the miserable, challenging and rough past I had because of others. Yes, I was a victim of verbal bullying. I am not saying I went through anything catastrophic, but often times words can hurt a lot because they stick with you forever until you are ready to fully let go. And I have!!! I didn’t only forget, but I forgave those that made it miserable and wish them well. God wants us to do that.
Now I feel like my life is not where I would wish for it to be, but I know I am on the right track and I feel extremely happy in my own physique. Something I never imagined I would achieve!
Why did I write this post? I want other kids (especially boys soon to be men) to know that their social status, appearance, having friends or not, being a geek or whatever other reason has nothing to do with who you truly are as an individual and that there’s a lot of value you can provide to our messed up world. Unfortunately, there’s so much hate and insecurity in others that they want to impose some of that in positive people’s lives.
I want to remind you to love yourself, gain self-confidence one day at a time and you are a powerful being able to accomplish all things. Keep going “HACIA ADELANTE” and I hope that no day goes by when you have felt lonely in this world because you are not! Please speak up and reach out to others. That’s the biggest mistake I made, but God always protected me.
Embrace your identity and being different. That’s great that you are because we need more people that are authentic individuals like you. Keep that chin up high.
I never imagined the big difference and impact that carrying a healthier lifestyle would have in my life and how important fitness would be for me today. Honestly I feel as if I was given another chance to fully live and completely let go of the negativity. Working out has saved my life and it’s become a healthy addiction!

Nota: este es un artículo auspiciado por Coca-Cola pero todas las opiniones y consejos reflejan mis propias opiniones.

La educación superior siempre ha sido un tema muy importante en mi vida y uno que nunca descarte a pesar de pasar por unas circunstancias difíciles en este país de grandes oportunidades. Siempre obtuve el apoyo emocional e incondicional de mi familia y aunque monetariamente no pudieron aportar mucho les estoy agradecido por no dejar que tirara la toalla en diferentes ocasiones.

El camino que tome para obtener una Maestría en Periodismo no fue nada fácil porque me encontré con obstáculos financieros, personas que no creían en mí y muchas puertas que se me cerraron. Pero cuando se quiere algo en la vida nada es imposible porque son más fuertes las ganas lo que nos lleva a obtener lo que nos proponemos.

Entiendo del estrés económico por el cual muchas de nuestras familias latinas viven cuando tienen que pagar los gastos de sus hijos/as para la universidad y ahora imagínense la carga que conlleva para un estudiante de limitados recursos y de padres migrantes. Las estadísticas muestran que es mucho más difícil para un estudiante de primera generación forjar su educación superior. Los recursos son mucho más limitados.

Muchas veces no veía la luz y me preguntaba: “¿Lo que estoy haciendo vale la pena y esto me garantiza un mejor futuro?

Mi respuesta inmediata siempre fue: “SI, lo es”.

Honestamente digo que fui “bendecido” con muchas becas que pagaron por todos mis estudios en la universidad y cuando ingrese a estudiar mi Maestría. Nada hubiese sido posible sin la ayuda económica y la confianza de corporaciones, organizaciones y personas que “SI” creyeron en mí.

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Realice mucha investigación de becas disponibles para estudiantes en la misma situación que yo. Mi trabajo de “part-time” fue aplicar a un sinfín de becas y algunas veces fui negado y otras veces mi regalo fue un cheque que pago por mis estudios.

Creo que muchas veces nos encerramos en un mundo de inseguridades, nos hacemos pequeños y no valoramos nuestro potencial y es allí donde fallamos siempre.

Sin embargo, me da mucho gusto ver que una vez más, Coca-Cola se une al Fondo de Becas Hispano (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) para ayudar a las familias hispanas a alcanzar sus sueños y aspiraciones de educación superior, como parte del Programa Nacional de Becas #ForTheDream.

Soy uno de los miles de ejemplos de como yo logre mis sueños y el sueño de que mis padres me vieran con un título universitario gracias a corporaciones como Coca-Cola. El mejor regalo para ellos fue verme caminar la tarima el día de mis graduaciones y ver todo lo que había logrado con esfuerzo, trabajo y dedicación. Esos días nunca los olvidare porque fueron algunos de los más felices momentos de mi vida.

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Coca-Cola esta donando $150.000 al Fondo de Becas Hispano para ser entregados a través de becas a estudiantes que califican. Las aplicaciones están siendo aceptadas hasta el 30 de marzo de 2016.

El programa #ForTheDream de Coca-Cola empodera a las familias hispanas a prepararse, planear y pagar por la universidad de sus adolescentes, e inspira a los estudiantes hispanos a perseguir sus sueños de educación superior y convertirse en futuros líderes.

Padres de familia si tienen un hijo/a en el último o penúltimo año de la secundaria o “high school”, no es demasiado tarde para que pueda asistir a la universidad.

Lo que yo sugiero es que nunca se queden callados y si no saben algo hagan preguntas ya sea a un asesor o “guidance counselor” para que les diga sus opciones. Un asesor puede ser el de la misma high school a la cual sus hijo/a van o hay personas que se dedican a esto tiempo completo.

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También hay ayuda financiera y préstamos para los que se puede aplicar si la familia califica para ello. Muchas veces se toma en consideración el ingreso de la familia entre otros factores.

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A pesar de que la matriculación de estudiantes hispanos se ha incrementado considerablemente en las últimas dos décadas, esta población se encuentra rezagada frente a otros grupos en cuando a diplomas obtenidos. Esta situación puede deberse a la presión que tienen algos estudiantes latinos de proveer ayuda financiera a sus familias antes de graduarse. Como parte de su compromiso con la comunidad Hispana, el Programa Nacional de Becas de Coca-Cola y HSF #ForTheDream aspira a fortalecer a las familias hispanas para que puedan poner a sus adolescentes en la vía rápida hacia la universidad.

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Coca-Cola entiende la importancia que las familias hispanas ponen en la educación, y quiere ayudarlas a prepararse, planificar y pagar la universidad, mientras que impulsa a los estudiantes latinos a alcanzar sus metas de educación superior.

Únete a la conversación y entérate de las novedades en las redes sociales con el hashtag #ForTheDream y sigue a la compañía que nos trae esta fabulosa oportunidad @CocaCola

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Para más información, por favor visite: coke.com/ForTheDream

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Recuerden que aunque un título universitario no garantiza el éxito profesional si es la puerta para obtener un mejor futuro. Es importante entender que deberíamos en nuestras comunidades latinas empezar a ahorrar para el futuro de los hijos desde que nacen y tal vez no gastar en lujos, cosas materiales o hasta en fiestas como por ejemplo quinceañeras que definitivamente no les dará la vida que siempre soñaron.

¿Qué tan importante es la educación superior en tu familia? ¿Cómo estas preparando a tus hijo/as a que tengan un futuro brillante y lleno de educación?

¡Mucha Suerte!

When people feel connected and included they thrive and that is exactly what Project Enye is accomplishing through the work of this multi-platform documentary project.

Project Enye was started by Oscar nominated Henry Ansbacher and filmmaker Denise Soler Cox in 2013, and inspired by Soler Cox’s very own identity struggles growing up so she decided to co-create this project to give a voice to the varied experiences of first-generation bicultural Latinos, allowing them to share what it’s like being an American-born child to parents of Spanish-speaking countries.

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I wish I would have come across this project before I published my own story Somewhat Lost Between Two Worlds, where I talked about my very own experience of being confused between two worlds because although I am an immigrant to this country and Project Enye deals with American-born children there’s a lot of similitudes. I am not a first generation Latino born in the U.S., but I am glad I came across this project because I can relate to Cox’s identity struggle and can see how this helps embrace our unique cultural identities.

In a recent phone interview, I had the opportunity to speak to Henry and Denise and what an honor it was to have had the time to hear about their project, vision and upcoming big developments for Project Enye in 2016.

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Overview

Cox: This January it will be 4 years ago that I decided to pursue an idea that I had for 17 years up to that point. I had this “aha” experience while living in Miami. I was out with some friends, we were laughing and joking around and all of a sudden I felt this deep connection to my friends in a whole new way and I was trying to figure that out because these moments are so few and far between in life.

And I was wondering what was so special about tonight?

What was so unique?

“Everyone around the table was first-generation, American-born like me. And the things we were talking, joking and laughing about were all related to what it is to be an Enye, but I didn’t have a word for it or an experience to relate it to other than something that I thought that was just very personal to me,” said Cox.

The filmmaker recalls how up to that point she felt trapped and challenged between two worlds and cultures. Although for many people her life experience seemed awesome because she was had twice the culture she always felt as if there was another side that was confusing. She remembers how sometimes she didn’t know her place because she felt as if she was on the outside of both worlds looking in. That night she felt very connected to that group of friends and realized if they were all feeling the same way she felt determined to make a documentary.

“I want as many people as I could manage to tell, that they are part of this world and that we all belong here,” said Cox and added that 4 years ago she made a vow to herself to take action on Project Enye and met with Ansbacher to pitch and discuss the project.

Ansbacher: Documentaries are most effective when focusing in an individual story so we’re telling Denise’s personal story. We wanted to focus on how she came to this realization of a shared experience with those 16 million Enyes in the U.S. This project is an international story. There’s so many people that have been displaced and have migrated from one place to another. And the experience of growing up in a new culture with parents from another culture is very distinct and it’s happened.

Ansbacher sees that the awakening of identity that Cox had was a profound transformative experience and if that could happen for those with a similar story a lot would be accomplished.

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Ansbacher: It’s a very current and modern approach on how we are sharing the story so that we can have the biggest impact. We realized that we couldn’t wait for a traditional dimensional broadcaster and we decided to release content while we were making the film. We wanted to build a community around the idea before we even got a broadcaster on board and before we had a film completed. We released weekly content, 15 episode podcasts and 15 micro-docs in our first season online. These 3-5 minute documentaries tell a story of an Enye. It focuses on one character and tells the story in their own voice and their own perspective. We also have other partner websites where the content is syndicated.

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Cox: We have been really fortunate to have partnerships with online distributors and one of them is AOL. They are one of our biggest partners and on their platform they are distributing our content regularly each week and they released it and it just exploded. Other partnerships include E! Online, Fox News and CNN.

How is this project inspiring a cultural awakening? 

Cox: I don’t know that we set out to inspire a cultural awakening. My original intent was to make these people feel deeply connected to something and what is so awesome is that it has inspired this cultural awakening. We have screened the film, which is not complete, a few times and people feel reconnected with their Latino side. For instance, Vanessa Santana came up to me after a screening and told me that for the longest time she pronounced her last name Santana (Americanized) and after she saw the film she is going to begin pronouncing her name in Spanish because she realizes the importance in caring on with proper pronunciation.

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How do you keep your own culture and language alive? 

Cox: I love to cook and I love cooking for my friends, Latino and non-Latino and I would say that if there’s one thing that keeps my culture alive is cooking. I have all my mother’s recipes. I was recently with my cousin and she shared with me her grandmother’s recipes too.

Words of advice for the younger generation going through the same identity crisis that you went through in the past:

“There’s a place for us,” just like the song. Lol

Cox: I would tell them it visit Project Enye and go there as fast as you can and become part of this community and contribute to it. And also that there’s no shame in feeling confused. And there’s no shame in wondering about all of this and even talking about it.

What has this project taught you about yourself that you did not know before about you? 

Cox: I learned how deeply-rooted my shame was around language and not being able to speak Spanish as fluently as I would like. I knew that I had shame, but I had no idea the depth of it, to which it really controlled me and my actions. And I had a really awesome experience about one year ago. I had this transformative experience that completely gave me a chance to re-wire my brain about it, let go of the shame, be okay with the fact that my Spanish could be improved and the project has really taught me to be gentle with myself.

Additionally, in recognizing the importance of the letter ñ, Project Enye (ñ), in partnership with Sofrito For Your Soul, launched #WhereInTheWorldIsTheÑ, a public campaign rallying Spanish speakers (Latinos and non-Latinos) to ask Twitter to enable and support the use of the letter ñ in a Twitter handle and Cox gave an update.

“They have not responded. I wish I could be a fly on the wall on the person’s desk that this landed on and I hope that they are still fighting for it because in less than 30 days we got more than 2 million exposures and it was insane,” said Cox. “We continue to hope that they will make the change and we have not been contacted.”

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The Future of Project Enye

Cox: I hope that the letter ñ is incorporated into our vernacular just like x and y. So if someone says I am a Puerto Rican ñ, I am daughter of a Costa Rican ñ or the great grandchild of a Dominican ñ everybody will know what that means. And that it will offer up a short-hand that we have yet to have. And my hope is that many people see the film and experience the awakening and that the world is just a little bit different because a bunch of people decided that they were connected to something.

If someone reading this post would like for Project Enye to visit their city like in a school or in a college the co-creators would be more than happy to speak to you to make this appearance possible and they’d like to connect.

Project Enye has lined up a 20 city tour playing across film festivals internationally in 2016. See them in festivals, collegiate screenings, high schools and community screenings. Los Angeles is on the list for the city tour! So stay tuned and learn more about Project Enye.

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El Presentador de Noticias y Ganador de Premios Emmy Jorge Ramos Reflexiona en un Nuevo Libro sobre sus 30 años de carrera Periodistica.

Sin miedo será lanzado simultáneamente en español y en inglés el 15 de marzo de 2016. 

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Celebra, un sello editorial del Grupo Editorial Berkley, parte de Penguin Random House, lanzará un nuevo libro del premiado periodista y presentador de noticias Jorge Ramos. Lo anterior fue anunciado el día de hoy por el vicepresidente de Celebra y editor Raymond García. SIN MIEDO: lecciones de rebeldes será publicado simultáneamente en español y en inglés el 15 de marzo de 2016.

Jorge Ramos, el ganador de premios Emmy, columnista nacional y autor de diversos libros éxitos de venta, es reconocido por su labor al frente de los noticieros de Univision desde 1986. Además de la edición nocturna del Noticiero Univision, Jorge Ramos también conduce Al Punto, el semanario de la cadena televisiva sobre asuntos de interés público. Es, además, conductor en Fusion, una sociedad conjunta de ABC y Univision, y escribe semanalmente una columna que es distribuida por la agencia de prensa del New York Times. Jorge Ramos fue noticia recientemente después de haber sido expulsado de una conferencia de prensa de Donald Trump en Iowa luego de que confrontara al candidato a la presidencia acerca de su postura con respecto a la inmigración.

Ramos es ampliamente reconocido por su forma franca y sin limitaciones de entrevistar a líderes mundiales, titanes de los negocios, legisladores democráticos y dictadores que amenazan con destruir esos principios. En SIN MIEDO, Ramos recupera entrevistas pioneras realizadas durante sus más de treinta años de carrera periodística. Al relatar entrevistas con personalidades de la talla del presidente Barack Obama, la ministra de la Corte Suprema de Justicia Sonia Sotomayor, Spike Lee, Barbara Walters y Fidel Castro, entre otros, comparte algunas historia por primera vez y ofrece una perspectiva única acerca de temas que afectan al mundo contemporáneo. Franco y a veces controvertido, Ramos arroja luz sobre los asuntos que importan a los hispanos, el mayor grupo minoritario de este país. Estos asuntos sin duda alguna influirán no sólo en los resultados de las elecciones presidenciales de 2016 sino también en el futuro de Estados Unidos.

“Ser periodista es hoy tan intenso como lo era cuando comencé, y me entusiasma poder hacerlo todos los días. Durante treinta años he conocido a las personalidades más interesantes de todas partes del mundo. Cada una me ha enseñado algo, acerca de mí y acerca del mundo en el que vivimos”, dijo Ramos.

La revista Time incluyó a Jorge Ramos en su lista de las “100 personas de mayor influencia” y lo calificó como uno de “los veinticinco hispanos más influyentes en Estados Unidos”. People en Español lo hizo parte de su primera lista de los 50 hispanos más influyentes. Nacido en la Ciudad de México, Jorge Ramos vive en Estados Unidos desde hace más de veinticinco años y aparece con regularidad en las cadenas de televisión más grandes dando voz a los derechos de los inmigrantes.

¿Cuentame, estaras comprando su nuevo libro SIN MIEDO?

Credito de texto y fotografia: The Dream Team Agency

Nowadays any office setting job revolves around you sitting in front of a computer screen and getting things done from there and occasionally picking up the phone or jumping into video conference meetings. Though, don’t let these impersonal interactions set you two steps backwards in your professional development. You can do more!

Take action in some easy steps to really help you get ahead in your career because the workplace is constantly changing and you need to change with the times, be innovative to stand out and simply stay ahead of the game.

I know everyone lives such busy lifestyles that participating in a developmental seminar isn’t even a question right now. I get it, but I have put together some easy steps that will help your career today. I’ve come up with these suggestions after working in non-profit for three years and in corporate for a year. Hope they are useful to you as I am sure they would have been to me if I ever stumbled across them years ago.

Be Confident: You may feel intimated at the beginning of a career change, promotion or taking on a new project because you don’t know the office lingo, some projects will be a lot of work, everything is new to you and simply there are things that you are not used to. But, guess what you get to be confident in your performance, roll up your sleeves, get to work and NEVER show you’re intimidated.

Remember that others in the company or even in your department started at the same place you’re in years ago and look at how far they’ve made it. Over the years they’ve learned to master the art or act as if they know everything. There’s a perfect saying that goes here: “Fake it until you make it.” I am not supporting fakeness, but do the extra work and learn your responsibilities so that you become a master.

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Don’t Hide: It’s true that some people are programmed to sit and stay stuck like glue 95% of their work day to their desk chair, but don’t fall into that trap. If time and resources permits get-up meet people in other departments and introduce yourself to others and especially executive level personnel. I don’t need to add why. It’s very important that you talk business with others, but once there’s a level of trust talk to them about personal matters and show that you care.

Work Ethic: One thing I learned from my immigrant father to this country was to be a hard worker and exemplify work ethic. People will remember you for doing the right thing instead of cutting slack. Go the extra mile that very few people seem to do because you’ll stand out. Show your high level of responsibility at all times so that you can always keep the company functioning at its peak.

Don’t feel Intimated: Oh, I said that already, but I figured I remind you again because a lot of your performance relies on you feeling capable of doing the job or not.

Value your Contributions: Among a pool of applicants for the job or new project you were the chosen one so don’t underestimate your creativity and speak up. Suggest a solution to a problem. Present a new idea. Prepare to be shot down, but go ahead and try. People will admire your initiative. Just like there’s no dumb question there’ no dumb idea and especially after it is fleshed out and developed.

Ask Questions: Don’t be shy, start asking away and especially when you are new to the job. People value you more when asking questions rather than committing the same mistakes. Save others time, energy and money by asking questions and making sure that you understand your role.

Find Mentors: Seek people that will help you move forward in and out of the company, have allies and people that will speak up about your qualifications and personality.

Research: Often times we have a “to do” list of items that needs to get done during a week, month or quarter and sometimes there’s some down time in the day that could be used wisely. During that extra time do research on things that you need more clarification on and go above and beyond. Your manager/supervisor will notice your extra effort instantly.

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Don’t get offended: Don’t take things personal in the workspace. Sometimes you need to learn how to build a thick skin with certain people and understand that not everyone will be your best friend at work.

Don’t slack off: If you’ve got deadlines to meet it’s important that you prioritize your time. There’s a team of people that are depending on you and your work and there’s nothing more annoying than waiting for someone to complete their job after they’ve had days, weeks or even months to do the work.

Punctuality: Don’t get too confident after being on the job for months or years and think that you can start arriving 10-15 minutes late. It doesn’t work that way. Arrive to work before your manager or supervisor even if it is 30 seconds before. Life happens and sometimes you may be late to work, but always communicate to your supervisor.

Take a class: You can never stop learning and there’s never enough information on new things for you to know. Expand your horizons and learn a new trick, lesson or skill that demonstrates that you can keep up with the rest of the team.

Exercise and eat right: When you are healthy you consequently have a more positive outlook on life therefore your performance on the job is at its prime. There’s nothing more important than being and looking healthy.

Don’t expect: Stop expecting others to manage your career. If you just sit there, working hard and smiling at all the right people, you’re probably wondering why you didn’t get picked for that special project, or why you didn’t get the promotion you think you’ve earned. You have to speak up and let people know how you want your career to go.

Smile: Be approachable. I cannot say this enough because nowadays everyone seems to go about their own business and do not know the first name of the people on their floor although they see each other every day. That is sad! We’re not robots, we’re human beings. A smile doesn’t cost a thing so give it away to others and I guarantee you others will remember you and the positive aura you project.

Take a vacation: You know how you go on a vacation and when you return you are all full of energy and creativity? Well, that’s necessary and you need to get the heck out of the office. You need some time off to be your best. Remember, it’s just as much a part of your compensation package as your salary is.

The above suggestions are recommended by the experience that I’ve had and from talking to peers in a variety of different industries.

Remember that chances are that many times you are going to be unclear about something so remember to ask questions so that you don’t do dumb mistakes that will make you feel worse later.

Good luck to you on your next job, new project or simply start exceling on the opportunity you currently have. And if you feel you are hitting a plateau put some of my easy to follow steps to use.

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