May 5, 1987, 11am. My English teacher threw the following words at me like darts to a bullseye: “The day you see yourself in the mirror and accept who you are, you will accomplish three things: You will embark on your road to happiness, become a mature person and have a better grasp of what to do for the rest of your life.” Although these words accompanied me for years, I did not understand their true meaning until September 2, 1996, when I moved to Miami.
Between 1987 and 1996 I had various jobs that weren’t for me. They weren’t related to my studies and even when I was satisfied with my income, I felt agitated and demoralized. For me, 1996 was a year of changes. I got married, quit my job, and moved to Miami to give my personal and professional life a break. My English teacher’s words always stuck with me, but it wasn’t until the moment that I arrived in the United States that I put them into practice. This country opened its arms to me and allowed me to grow. I felt encouraged to follow my instincts and I began understanding the meaning of listening to myself - and others - and I ultimately felt accepted for who I am. It’s like they say, “Be yourself, everybody else is taken.”
This is why I’m excited to partner with Capital One on their latest Listen In campaign. They understand the importance of getting to know yourself and that what you value most will help you fuel your purpose and pursue your passions. People just want to be listened to, so to celebrate the power of listening, Capital One is bringing an interactive listening experience to Miami on November 5th. The Listen In event will take place at the Capital One Café in Miami Beach from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Special musical guests Wyclef Jean and Jazzy Amra will be in attendance to share how listening has impacted their lives and to perform for attendees.
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