I have no special talent.
I’m just passionately curious.
As soon as we entered the class, Oscar took off his jacket. He was soaked from head to toe.
Like every day, he had arrived at the university an hour and a half early to take his place in class. It was a cold and rainy Tuesday in November.
The university building was closed and he had to wait in the rain for them to open.
Fifteen minutes later the security guard opened the doors and Oscar was able to enter the classroom, along with other classmates who were rushing behind him to do the same thing: secure a good place for the day’s classes.
If he didn’t do so, he’d have to go back to taking notes standing up or sitting on the floor …
That November morning, as he was drying his hair with his scarf and looking at his book soaked in “Linear Algebra and Dynamic Systems” he asked himself “what am I doing here? What am I doing with my life?
Why do I come every morning to hear about things that I don’t even like, or care about, or know will ever be useful to me?
And what do I really like?
Since he started school at age 4, Oscar had been a “good boy”. He had high grades and had been lucky enough to attend a private school. One of the best in the city.
He was good at obeying. Doing the homework he was given every day and cramming for exams. But apart from that, Oscar didn’t know what else he was good at.
From age 4 to 18, no one had bothered to find out if what he was learning was interesting to him. Or if it made him want to learn more.
His curiosity about the subjects he was studying in school was dying beyond the textbook. From the test score. From the homework required by the teacher.
Sitting in that immense university classroom crowded with sleepy students, he realized that he was continuing to study for others. As if his life did not belong to him and his interests were not important in all that educational system.
How was it possible that after all those years of learning he knew so little about himself? Why had no one taught him to study, to discover his talents, to develop his gifts?
At last the teacher arrived, making his way through backpacks, people sitting in the corridor and desks. Oscar got up and left, leaving his coveted seat in the front row free.
He was determined to find out who he really was and what he wanted to do with his life. And he sensed that the answers he was looking for weren’t in that class. Not even at that university.
He decided to continue to help out in the family business, as he already did, and at the same time receive small training courses that he was curious about …
Communication, marketing, design… These trainings led him to acquire the knowledge to improve and modernize the family business.
But after a while, and even though he was able to get important customers and obtain a good turnover, he realized that he was unhappy. That those large sums and correctly executing the work was not the answer to what he was looking for.
There came a time in his life when Oscar was a father. And like all children, they came to teach him new challenges, opportunities and to know himself better.
When his twins reached school age, Oscar was faced with the dilemma that had haunted him all his life. He was still not prepared to make the children shine.
For the school, his children were just a few more heads to be “filled”. Like him, they would come out of their formative decade with no idea who they were. “Educated”, confused and standardized.
He did his best to give his children a complementary education that would allow them to get to know each other, strengthen their self-esteem and deepen their personal development.
And one day on a paper napkin (which is how the best ideas come out) and together with two friends, Oscar drew the plan for his dream school.
A school to give wings and accompany happy children towards their full development as happy adults.
And so, little by little, he found himself on the journey of his life: to make that dream come true. His children could no longer take advantage of “their” school, but the new generations of parents and children could.
Oscar’s talents began to shine with this new adventure. He realized that he was very good at making the hard stuff easy. And connecting people to each other in order to set up collaborative projects that add up.
From that school, many more ideas and plans have come to fruition, which he has materialized. Always aligning those projects with his values. Now he knows himself better. He knows who he is.
His life has much more meaning for him. And that’s something he can pass on to his children every day.
Finally, Oscar has ignited his passion. And by doing so, he makes it easier for many more people, children and adults, to ignite theirs every day. A talent that our society cannot afford to lose, don’t you think?
A lucky intuition is never just a matter of luck. There is always some talent in it.