Writer’s block influenced by bilingual ability. Really.

I can’t decide about writing my blog posts in Spanish or English, and it is blocking my ability to write. It is also affecting the development of an app since I can’t decide what language to use. I read in English, rationalize in Spanish, and then write in English for the most part. Multilingual friends, has that ever happened to you? I know about writer’s block, but I haven’t heard anything yet about feeling blocked due to not knowing what language to use. Choosing a language for your writing is essential; it has many ramifications as it will affect who…

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The time is there, just change your priorities.​

It is challenging to be creative and spend time doing what you are passionate about when you have other responsibilities. If that is your position, I suggest you change your priorities so that you give more time and all your energy to that passion or to that project in which you want to work. Failure is something real, as well as the consequences of this. But the worst defeat of all is to reach the end of our lives and realize that we never made an effort to achieve our dreams. It is much better to fail, learn from these…

A note about impostor syndrome

Impostor syndrome is when a person doubts their accomplishments, feels that they don’t deserve it, or think that their achievements (a promotion, a raise, etc.) are the result of luck. The impostor syndrome can affect anyone, especially women and minorities who fear they owe their accomplishments to affirmative action. What if we do the following when the impostor syndrome surround us? What if we pretended we didn’t feel it? What if we acted as though we were more confident and more competent? What if we showed appreciation for what we’ve accomplished and behaved as we thoroughly deserved it? What if…

A note about Analytical skills

I’m focusing on helping my kids learn analytical skills, everything else they need to learn will be more accessible to them than this, now and in the future. STEM, leadership, and other career-specific skills are often (but not always) learned while working, most adults would agree with that. A big difference between poor kids and rich kids are the options they are given from an early age. Kids from a low-income family are often given directions to do things, instead of analyzing things and make decisions on their own; they have little or no choice about the things they can…

How to explain technical information to someone with no technical knowledge

Last week as I was asked to describe what a JavaScript callback is to someone without any technical background. I thought about it for a few seconds and couldn’t think of a non-technical way to explain that a callback is a function that gets executed after another function has finished its execution, so then I was asked to explain a 500 error instead. Explaining what a 500 status code is to someone with zero technical knowledge sounded more interesting and fun to me so this is what I remember saying… A 500 status code is what you’ll get when a…

Remove Bias Out of Job Interviews

Everyone is naturally biased, but when hiring and promoting people, we want to avoid our bias to eliminate discriminatory actions. In 2016, an article from the Harvard Business Review reported the following: “When sociologist Lauren Rivera interviewed bankers, lawyers, and consultants, they reported that they commonly looked for someone like themselves in interviews. Replicating ourselves in hiring contributes to the prevalent gender segregation of jobs, with, for example, male bankers hiring more male bankers and female teachers hiring more female teachers.” What can we do to make sure we hire a diverse team and avoid being bias during the recruitment and interviewing phase? One…

Expand your personal network and be part of the solution

Last week I wrote an article where I mentioned we need more color in tech leadership roles. This was the second of a series of articles I am writing on the topic of diversity. I received a lot of praise for the article but also some unexpected reactions to it, like the example below:   The purpose of that article wasn’t to force or pressure anyone into doing anything they don’t want, obviously. Oh and by the way, here is the definition of people of color in case another person out there starts making fun of that term again. Thankfully,…