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January 27, 2017

Learn Global Languages: Three Tongues to Lick Life

It’s common belief that mastering a foreign language gives you an advantage both in the workplace, as well as in life.

For example, there’s greater empathy for other cultures and a ton of research showing language learning helps in academic achievement and cognitive abilities.

Learning foreign languages has its merits and I double majored in Economics and Spanish, so I drank the Kool-Aid (and Jarritos!).

I’m a polyglot which means I speak multiple languages. Four to be precise: English, Spanish, Hindi, and Italian in order of fluency.

But here’s the thing, there’s a whole other set of languages to learn if you want to make change happen.

Global Languages

There are three global languages which you must master in order to create real change in society, and to live a life where you can flow in and out of different worlds:

  1. Business
  2. Non-Profit
  3. Government

I speak business and non-profit fluently, but government sounds a lot more like my 1-year-old who grunts in response to questions.

“Do you want milk?”


Politics from the Inside-Out

Like foreign languages, each of these worlds has its own set of expectations, limitations, and processes, but they all still share roots and interconnections.

Having dedicated years of work to businesses and non-profits, it’s not as though I lacked linguistic skill, but I did lack familiarity with the world that is government, and that left me looking for a way to break into politics.

Oddly enough, when I first sat down with State Senator Mike Johnston, I found that his vision of running a campaign and governing paralleled how a start-up company works.

One of his driving principles was that the government needs to listen to the voice of the people and build off of the people’s feedback, rather than building with the intention of receiving feedback.

I’ll give you my biggest tip when it comes to building something: Ready-aim-fire. Don’t ready-fire-aim.

I saw this as the perfect opportunity to jump into politics, eventually leading me to head the tech and systems for Johnston’s gubernatorial campaign with the hope of learning the inner-workings of the government by working on the inside.

Documenting the Journey

While driving a campaign with a heavy emphasis on digital media, I found that there was a sort of “groundswell” – the growth of a group of people who have the desire to make political change, though they lack the knowledge and/or tools to do so – and it became my goal to expose the complexity of politics to this groundswell, while rallying Johnston’s votes.

I want to break down this idea of success that allows people to see what it really takes to be successful.

The idea of “documenting the journey” instead of “showing you the polish” is an absolute beast of a concept that I believe will benefit you because you can watch what I do, and use that experience to identify and use the tools necessary to build the network and skills you need to succeed.  If you’re looking for what that journey looks like, check out this video where I documented behind-the-scenes footage of Mike Johnston’s gubernatorial campaign launch.

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