I remember the words coming out of my boss’ mouth almost as vividly as if it happened yesterday.
It wasn’t really a tragedy though – and, believe me, this isn’t a sob story. I knew I’d get laid off. In fact, I’d predicted that my department would have to be disbanded months ago, when they gave me a promotion.
They laughed it off back then. I would have laughed it off when I got fired, except it happened sooner than I thought.
This is a story of how a Mexican guy from the states became continuously bored after making the companies he worked for billions of dollars… and how he found something he never thought he’d love doing.
I believe the most important skill any person can have is the ability to listen. It’s that prowess that can bring upon you things like a happy marriage, a great job, a good family life… or, if you’re anything like me – a successful business.
When I was 18, I was obsessed with learning how to be more persuasive – and guess what? A big part of that is listening to the people you’re trying to persuade. Still a teenager, I had already opened a branch of my father’s business in the USA and was running it as if I had decades of experience.
Even though my dad had a successful business, we were far from wealthy.
Imagine a typical middle class family living in Texas – that was us