Did You Know?

Those of you who are still getting to know me may not realize that I grew up in La Oroya, a multinational mining town in Peru. Here are a few other tidbits about me and my time in Peru.

  • I have spent a lot of time riding horseback there. Thats Bonita, my first horse, in the photo. I used to ride every day.  One of the things that riding taught me was the importance of attending to your environment and staying in communication with your horse. That certainly applies to developing rapport.  
  • When I was 19 I had a summer job in the mountains of southern Peru. It took six hours to get there via dirt roads and 4-wheel drive, and not surprisinglythere were very few amenities. It was amazing to spend time in such a remote area.  That job required that I work with a diverse group of people and be very flexible in relating to others. If you didn’t treat people well, they would not work for you or with you. 
  • I have studied with and served as a translator for a Peruvian shaman.  What I learned from him has had an impact on my entire life. His ability to be in harmony with nature was profound and allowed him to work with people and their issues in miraculous ways. He had the ability to work with all kinds of people and issues. As I write this I am reminded of how my early life and experiences guide so much of what I do today. I am a big fan for suggesting that we have as many “out of the box” experiences as we can.  
  • The most memorable view I’ve ever seen was in Peru, at Machu Picchu. I was there at 7 a.m. on my birthday one year. There was a light mist and rainbows, and it was spectacular.  It is one of the places in the world that I think affects people on the spiritual level. It certainly did for me.

How has your life been affected by your early experiences? What experiences could you have in the future that might open your world view?

(The image of Machu Picchu is courtesy of Martin St-Amant via Wikimedia Commons.)

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About Terry: Terry Hickey, M.S., is a Certified NLP Professional Coach, Business Trainer and Consultant, a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the co-owner of NLP Advantage Group. Originator of the Belief Breakthrough Method, Terry specializes in teaching coaches and entrepreneurs how to rapidly resolve limiting beliefs about wealth and success. His tips and strategies can help you launch yourself into the future you want NOW. http://terryhickey.com/

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