We had the good fortune of connecting with Henry Torres and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Henry, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I think that risk is very important to accomplish our projects, desires and dreams. When we take risks in life, we discover our real power, strength and a lot of opportunities. After uncertainty, we develop wisdom, knowledge and confidence. Life is changing every day. So, basically we have the choice to create whatever we want if we go beyond our fears. Sometimes, the risk is huge. I remember the 2008 as a year extremely risky for me. I took the decision to quit a great job because I didn’t feel happy with I was doing. Every morning was a sacrifice for me to get up and go to the office. So I renounced and left the city where I was working. Then I took a flight to Mexico City with my baggage and one hundred dollars in my pocket. Once I arrived to the airport, I repeated mentally, “everything is gonna be alright”. At the third day of being in Mexico I found a really good Job: excellent payment, a designed driver for transportation and a lot of free time to write, walk, and inspire myself because I only worked three times a week. I was only three months in that city, but I met wonderful people, I gained confidence and I enjoyed the pleasure of being surrounded by miracles or coincidences. Whatever you want to call it. After that experience I learned something really important. We should not base our wealth on the bank account, our possessions or our family. We must break the comfort zone to go beyond the old believes. We feel joy, happiness and richness when we do the things that we love. I’m doing it. I’m a writer and a speaker. I inspire others with my experience and with my willpower taking risks.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a writer and it was really curious how I discovered. When I was 12 years old I did my first meditation with my grandmother Yolanda. She suggested me to write all my experiences in a notebook. And I did it, but one of my uncles read my writings and started laughing. So I stopped the thing of sharing that whole new world to myself. Big mistake. Nevertheless, at the age of 16 I started writing a book with my new experiences in meditation and on my travels. My joy, satisfaction and peace were surreal. The connection between my thoughts, emotions and spirit with the night and the stars were magical. But, like most people, I took bad decisions regardless of what I wanted. So I followed the opinion of my class mates and family: “Study a career that gives money”. That’s why I choose science instead humanities. But it didn’t worked. I hated mathematics, physics and chemistry. When I finally graduated I din’t know what to study. For coincidences or miracles of destiny a friend of mine told me that he wanted to study Journalism. So he shared his enthusiasm with me and convenced me to study with him. It was a great pleasure to have studied this degree.I felt like fish in water. I learned all the tools to develop my passion and love for writing and speaking. And now I wrote my new book in Spanish: “Creando Tu Realidad”, “Creating Your Reality’. My principal message is that we have to focus on the richness of what we are, what we love to do, what we deserve and what we would like to have in this life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Miami so the itinerary would be go to Coral Gables trough the tree tunnel (the Miracle Mile) to take a lunch. After that, we will go to the Marina of Coconut Groove. Then, to the Vizcaya Museum, Later, to Brickell to walk and take the Brickell Loop to see the buildings and the bay. Next, we will go to the Bayside to take some pictures and videos and have a drink in the Hard Rock Cafe. Later on, we will go to South Beach to swim and rest a little bit. In the next place we will hang out in “El Patio” in Wynwood. Obviously, we must to watch a game of Miami Heat, go to Miami Design District, take a walk on Hollywood’s Boulevard and also on Las Olas Boulevard, visit the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, rent a boat to navigate and dance a little bit in “Tu Candela” in Brickell.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my two grandmothers Raquel and Yolanda because they taught me that we, human beings, have four wonderful dimensions to create whatever we want: physical through action, emotional through love, mental through visualization and spiritual through service, humility and meditation.
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