Things We Can Learn From Timeless Characters Created by Diverse Voices

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Once, I heard somewhere that non-fiction gives you knowledge, experience gives you wisdom, and fiction helps us navigate the human condition. A well-read leader knows the value of all written works and the importance of diverse forms of content. We become better at creating something out of nothing, empathizing with others, and building a lasting legacy.

Recently, I read a list of “Great Books” that focused on classical works like novels, philosophies, and histories. It was a great selection, and I added many of them to my list for this year. …

How to Navigate Our Thought Life In the Face of Global Events

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The recent events that happened in D.C. have put many of us on edge. Seeing rioters storm the US Capitol is an affront to democracies all over the world. It’s a sad day to see, especially viewing the Confederate flag in the Capitol, an achievement that never happened during the Civil War.

If you scroll through Twitter, everyone has something to say. There are frustrations, anger, and emotions that you can’t escape from. Even if you curate your feed, the outrage has pierced through every industry and community circle. And rightly so.

It’s a New You and a New Year. And I’m Your Biggest Fan

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We’ve all had unique experiences in 2020. Whether we had to introduce new habits or we experienced a loss, it’s a year that has changed our future.

Many took advantage of 2020 and grew their skills or started businesses. Others had a hard time getting by. Either way, we’ve all gone through this together and now we enter a new chapter.

One good thing about 2020 is that we started it as a year of vision, reminding us of 20/20 eyesight. And it was. Only a different kind of vision. …

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In 1869 Havana, when Jose Martí was 16 years old, he had planted the seeds that would one day liberate Cuba from Spain. He started a newspaper that championed the island’s independence, hoping for a free and prosperous nation. The Spanish authorities awarded him six years of forced labor for his rebellious pen. But Martí, the poet and symbol for independence, would soon live in infamy.

In a series of events that bounced Martí from Mexico, Guatemala, Spain (then exiled), and Venezuela, Martí eventually settled in New York. …

Simplify your life by creating a better lifestyle.

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During COVID-19, we have had no choice but to experience a more solitary lifestyle. It has been a challenge, considering many of us have increased in depression and anxiety.

Distancing ourselves from others can have negative long-term effects. But not all distancing is bad. It’s important to use this time to take advantage of solitude for our benefit.

Solitude gives us the ability to reflect on our lives, find purpose, and develop a healthy lifestyle.

After watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix, it was shocking to learn how the addiction to technology and platforms can ruin lives.

In one segment of the documentary, it referenced statistics on young girls. There is data that suggests social media has contributed to 189% of increased self-harm admissions to hospitals for girls 10–14 and 62% for 15–19 since 2010. …

Why we need to treat our data privacy seriously.

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As the pandemic, U.S. election, and protests have dominated our newsfeeds, Tik Tok has found its way into our morning news.

Their vulnerability with the Chinese Communist government has long been a subject for data and privacy concerns. To keep suspicions at bay, they hired a USA CEO and kept their data away from China. This distanced themselves from the country but they couldn’t escape judgment.

While there are different positions on the political spectrum, the concerns are valid. If China, for any reason, wants access to that data, they can order Tik Tok by law to give it to them. …

It was a trip that will last for generations.

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Several years ago, I started my genealogy research. I come from an immigrant family, and much of our roots is lost. I had no paper trail or database to trace my story. Despite those challenges, I was determined. This journey would lead to a family heritage trip that would change my life. AARP referenced my trip, along with AFAR. Today, I want to tell the whole story.

As a Cuban American, I face an uphill climb with family research. My paternal and maternal grandparents left the island with their infant children to escape the Revolution. …

People will no longer settle for #2 after profit.

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At the start of 2020, we had no idea what the year would bring us. Businesses ran as usual and workplace culture and customer service remained unchallenged.

When COVID-19 threatened our health and economy, everything changed. Businesses had to choose to do what was best for their bottom line or decide to protect the people they were responsible for. The world watched, and the choices we made will have brand implications for years to come.

Disruption hasn’t stopped. With the recent protests on racial injustice, people look to corporate leaders to see where they stand.

A step-by-step guide to your favorite drink.

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There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee. And the best cup is the one you can make at home. It’s cheap, plus you can brew it exactly how you like it and when you want it.

The Cuban espresso, or the cafecito, is famous for its sweetness, cream on the top, and balance of flavor.

If you’ve ever added a packet of sugar in espresso, you might notice how the flavor feels off and acidic. The cafecito blends coffee with sugar beforehand so the flavors infuse and become one.

You can enjoy it as is or use it for a base to many drinks. For example, you can easily turn it into a Café con Leche by pouring a cafecito into a mug with whole or evaporated milk. …

How to start living a healthier, more mindful life

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Cell phones are great. They give us the power to access satellites by GPS, use the internet, and manage our entire lives. But with all the benefits that phones give us, there is a clear trade-off.

Phones cause stress and make our lives more complicated. A recent study analyzed participants and found that their blood pressure rose when their phone rang. When you look at studies like that, you realize something isn’t right.

The problem: instead of using phones to benefit our lives, we have become dependent on them. It’s strange not to have a phone in our pockets or hands. It feels awkward not having one. We consistently think of people, far away from us, and their surface-level interactions. …


John Paul Hernandez Jr.

South Florida writer | Business, Tech, Mindfulness | Cuban American

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