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Falling in Love with failure

On this Valentine’s Day, let’s forget about the roses, just for a minute. Let’s take a step back from the champagne and put down the chocolates. Amid all this talk about love and relationships, I have a proposition to make: I think it’s about time we settle down and seriously start to court FAILURE.


I know what you’re thinking. On the surface, failure might not be the most eye-catching gem in the jewelry shop. Whether it appears in the form of missing deadlines, flubbing proposal requirements, or running a business model into the ground, failing at something—especially if it’s something that truly matters to you—is the toughest break to take. Failure is not fun to be around, it doesn’t have a lot of flexibility, and it’s incredibly unforgiving. It’s a cruel mistress in its own right, a necessary evil.

Yet failure is something that I deeply respect and hold dear. It’s an experience that I embrace, and more importantly, it’s something that I celebrate at athenahealth. Yes, I celebrate failure—and no, I’m not crazy. At athenahealth, our community of teachers and learners is founded upon the necessary give and take of knowledge, and the belief that learning can only happen in an environment where failure can, and even regularly should happen. It doesn’t take a lot of ambition to coast along the upper echelons, or to year after year hit every vanilla goal you set for yourself. Climbing your way from failing to achieving, on the other hand, requires impressive tenacity, critical thought, and a hell of a learning curve.

Failure, then, is a necessary framework for success. Think of it this way: With every choice that ends up being wrong, you simply find one more way to narrow down what’s right. If you completely wreck a huge project at work, then congratulations! As long as you learned something along the way and take that knowledge with you when you next step up to the plate, then count that failure as a success. Or, more impressively, embrace your missed swing, brush yourself off, and pivot your experience into a whole new direction. Learning from failure is egregiously time-consuming and self-reflective, but incredibly valuable in the journey to success.


Henry Ford once said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Cull what isn’t working; strengthen what is. This is true of everything, from creating a business from scratch, to taking a leadership role on your team, to achieving your New Year’s goals. Whether or not we like to accept it, failing is as inevitable as breathing, so when something goes amiss, it’s important that you’ve been paying attention along the way. Knowing what doesn’t work is as valuable as knowing what does: Once you can learn from your mistakes and step back up to the plate with the same enthusiasm that you had before, you are guaranteed to succeed, thrive, and lead.

We spend most of our time recognizing and applauding success, without acknowledging the failures and struggles that stand beside it, hand in hand. So on this day of love and admiration, I want to wish failure a happy—and long overdue—Valentine’s Day. It too often gets the short end of the stick, always in the periphery, an unspoken annoyance. Today, let’s fall in love with failure and all of the thorny and meaningful moments that it creates on the road to success. After all, success born from failure is the sweetest success there is.

How would you define your relationship with failure?

Originally published By: Jonathan Bush CEO and Co-founder at athenahealth


→Side notes

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” — Denis Waitley


People who are successful in life always learn from their mistakes and so-called failures. Michael Korda, editor in chief at Simon Schuster, says, “Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.” And Bill Gates believes that, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”


Actor Mickey Rooney believed that, “You always pass failure on your way to success.” Salespeople often talk about “sales ratios,” or the number of rejections they’ll probably get before they make a sale. For example, it may typically take 30 calls to land one new client appointment. Keeping this in mind, good salespeople don’t look at rejections as “failure” but just one step closer to the win.

Massive Protest by Latinos, non-Latinos & Small Businesses In Support of “A Day without Immigrants”

Today as part of “A Day without Immigrants” protest, thousands of local businesses are closed today, and many employees are staying home and skipping work as well.

“It’s going to hurt a lot of businesses and especially the economy,” said one Ramon De La Cruz a small business owner in Brooklyn.  “But it’s for a good cause.”


De La Cruz is willingly giving up a day’s profits to participate in “Un Dia Sin Immigrantes,” or “A Day Without Immigrants.”

The movement, Ramon said, is meant to show the entire country how large and involved the Hispanic population is.

There is even a hashtag, which is #protestthursday

Bodegas, restaurants, Laundromats, doctors, lawyers —  every single business is hurting with this economy, but we still have to stand for something” He said. “my wish, that by doing this they see that we are important to, New York and the whole country.


The movement doesn’t only call for businesses to close down on the Feb.16, it also calls for all immigrants to stay home, to not spend money online or in stores, to close their businesses and to not attend school or classes.

Rallies are planned has been planned throughout the country, a unified voice is growing on “Un Dia Sin Immigrantes.”

Organizers have called for a peaceful protest.  They’re asking attendees to wear white shirts to show a peaceful movement and to wear or bring U.S. flags.

These are the Sates (Cities) that in which there will be active protesting in business closed and or rallies: New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona, California and Colorado,

To many of the participants,  the most important thing is to show their community and families that they aren’t alone.

“We just want to let them know that we are with them,” De La Cruz said.

Prominent DC Chef Closing his Restaurants in Protest of “A Day Without Immigrants Strike.”

Chef José Andrés has announced that Zaytinya, Oyamel, and all three locations of Jaleo will be closed on Thursday because of the “A Day Without Immigrants Strike.” Andrés,  pulled out of his planned restaurant at Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel because of the president’s comments about restaurants in the DC area.

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The strike is in response to the nationwide ICE raids ordered by Trump who signed an executive order granting himself the right to more aggressively deport immigrants. There’s also the matter of the wall Trump plans to build on the Mexican border.

Restaurants that decide to stay open will look and feel a little different on Thursday because not only will there likely be a shortage of workers, but the supply chain will also be impacted. Bub & Pops co-owner Arlene Wagner, for example, says one of her purveyors warned her that there would be a disruption in bread delivery.

This is a list of other restaurants in the DC area, that will be completely closed Thursday:

Himitsu, Thip Khao, Toli Moli, Hank’s Oyster Bar (all locations), Hank’s Pasta Bar, Hank’s Cocktail Bar, Bad Saint, Blue 44, Sweetgreen, DC Empanadas, Toki Underground, Surfside, Bub & Pop’s, Pupatella, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Busboys & Poets (all locations)., Brookland’s Finest, Peacock Café and Pizzeria Paradiso.

Latino immigrant wins digital equity award for inspiring youth to learn coding

Latino immigrant wins digital equity award for inspiring youth to learn coding

Antonio Tijerino knows what it’s like to have his intelligence questioned because he didn’t speak English, he immigrated to the United States from Nicaragua with his parents when he was just 6 years old.

As president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for almost 15 years, Antonio has launched many projects to encourage teenagers and minorities to learn coding skills. For the fellowship, Tijerino flew about 20 students to the nation’s capital in October to show off apps and video games they had created to solve a problem in their communities.


He has also served on panels at companies like Microsoft, where he said that Latinos “clean hotel rooms” and “serve your food,” but they need to learn coding and computer programming in order to truly move up in society.

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, which awarded him the “Champion of Digital Equality Award” on Jan. 20. The nonprofit promotes civil rights in mass media and broadband industries.

About 40 percent of students in the national study reported that lack of Internet access results in failure to complete homework, and it impairs the academic performance of Hispanic and African American students more than white and Asian students.


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Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez joins elected officials, advocates, radio DJs and the family of DJ Jinx Paul, who was killed in a hit and run crash last December, to unveil legislation to
create a hit and run alert system in New York City. The legislation would create an alert system through a number of channels, to support the NYPD in capturing perpetrators of hit and runs.
Following a year where 39 people were killed by hit and run drivers in NYC and over one per week
were killed or faced life-threatening injuries, this legislation will ensure that perpetrators are captured
and prosecuted.

Furious customers delete Uber app after drivers went to protest at JFK airport during

Thousands of Uber customers have deleted their app and posting the evidence to social media after some of its drivers tried to do business at JFK airport during a taxi strike.

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The New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for all drivers to avoid John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday to make way for protests against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim countries from entering the US.

Many users noted that Uber still appeared to be servicing riders during the strike. The company also tweeted after the strike saying it had halted higher fares that normally kick in during periods of increased demand.

In response, people began deleting Uber from their phones and posting the evidence to Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #deleteUber

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“We’re sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet — it was not meant to break up any strike,” the company said. “We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night.”

The company employs over 35,000 drivers in the New York City region.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent an email to employees Sunday announcing a plan to help drivers who may be overseas and unable to reenter the country because of Trump’s travel ban, which he called “unjust.”

Kalanick said Uber would provide lawyers and immigration experts to drivers barred from entering the country using a $3 million company-created legal defense fund. Drivers will also be compensated for lost wages.

Kalanick was recently names among 19 executives who will provide economic advice to Trump. Kalanick now says he will urge the government to reinstate travel immediately.

Opening Up Doors to Better Opportunities at Hostos

When Sandy Guido left Honduras at 18-years-old in 2008 to live in New York, she immediately knew that in order to succeed in the United States that she had to pursue higher education. She chose Hostos Community College to obtain a degree in social working.

I started taking classes at Hostos Community College…I got my GED…and I chose social working because the people here helped to get to the path of going to college and I would like to do the same for people that don’t know how the system works here. Sometimes you don’t know the opportunities that you have until you learn the process.”

More importantly, she knew from her own experience as an immigrant in a new country what that meant to her.

“You are able to help people that really need your help,” said Guido.

Growing up, she knew that neither of her parents attained the level of education that they needed to get a better job in Honduras or the United States. In her native country, her mother was a housekeeper and her father was a community leader. Together, both her parents work as factory workers building revolving doors.

Guido knew that she wanted more and that with a college education that she would obtain a better job. First, she went to HCC for her GED and ESL courses. Once she finished that she pursued her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Currently, she is on track to receiving her Bachelor’s Degree at Lehman College in June 2017, something that she believes she wouldn’t have been able to do without the help that she received from the social workers at HCC that helped her.

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I like to study because I will be the first in my family to get a Bachelor’s Degree. It makes me feel proud of myself and that I’m making my family feel proud of me.”

Not wanting to stop there, Guido also has plans to follow up her bachelor’s with another.

“Seeing myself almost finishing my bachelor’s made me realize that I can go to higher level. I will continue to go and then get my master’s…I am doing this for myself. This is an accomplishment for me.”

Guido only hopes that her story will be an inspiration for others.

If you want to get the best opportunities you have to work hard to get to the level that you want. For example, if you come here and want a better job you have to get a better education, start from the beginning. I didn’t think that I will be getting my bachelor’s, but I started from the beginning with English classes to get to where I want to be. It will take time and little by little you can do what you want in life. It’s not easy, but you will get it.”


Full Circle at Hostos Community College


Learning a new language can take years to master. For Dominican native, Madeline Santana, a recipient of the Auxiliary Police Officer Eugene Marshalik Scholarship, grasping English became a pathway to her career through Hostos Community College.

After leaving the Dominican Republic at age 10 in 1998, Santana struggled to become fluent in English even though she would speak on stage in junior high.

I focused a lot on my studies and I represented my eighth-grade class. My graduation was at Hostos Community College.”

After graduating from Stevenson High School in the Bronx with a baby Santana knew that she had to find a school that would accommodate her needs. Before she went to Hostos she attended a college that was more focused on getting her into as many classes as possible and simply graduating, but at Hostos University she found something different.

“The school was very flexible towards my needs. I cannot complain about that school at all. It’s a very good school. They focus on the student’s needs.”

Learn more about opportunities at Hostos continuing education programs

When she started heading to Hostos Community College, Santana was simply taking remedial reading, writing and speaking courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses without anything else in mind. However, she soon came to love the school and found her passion.

After that, I went to take my career courses…I basically love the fact that I’m helping patients improve their health…in advising them how to take their medication I feel good. I love helping others.

Not only did she attend school as a young mother, but she volunteered as an auxiliary police officer for three years.

“I would patrol the city of New York and cover events like parades…and events that they have for the community.”

In 2015, Santana earned a Pharmacy Technician’s Certificate and then received a part-time position at the Bronx Lebanon Special Care Center. Next, she will be joining Kingsbrooke Jewish Medical Center full-time, but she is not done yet.

I would like to go to pharmacy school…I want my daughter to know to never give up…and know I did my best to give her a better future.”

To doing a speech in her eighth-grade class to becoming a graduate of Hostos Community College, Madeline Santana has truly come full circle.


Martin Luther King, Jr. – Has His Dream Come True?


With the current political and social climate, it may seem as if things would worsen for people of color, and other minorities, under a Trump administration. Even with his campaign promise to “make America great again” by building a wall on Mexico’s dime, accusing Mexico of “not sending their best” in terms of immigration, along with other verbal attacks on minorities, let us not forget the contributions made by blacks, Latinos, Asians, etc., that make America already great. Believe it or not, the first Hispanic to serve on Capitol Hill was back in 1822! Here are a few people who were the first of their ethnicity in their positions:

  • Joseph Marion Hernández, born in Spanish Florida, served as the first Hispanic Congressman when Florida became a US territory in 1822
  • Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi and Representative Joseph Rainey of South Carolina became the first African Americans to serve in Congress in 1870
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, born in Havana, was the first Hispanic woman to be elected into Congress in 1989, and is still currently serving
  • Shirley Chisholm of New York was the first African-American woman elected into Congress in 1968
  • Patsy Mink of Hawaii, of Asian-Pacific descent, was elected into Congress in 1965, and was also the first ethnic woman in this position

Other men and women of color have made political and social strides throughout American history, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard & Mildred Loving, the Black Panthers and the Young Lords. They took a stand for their people when social inequality and injustice abounded, even though our constitution guarantees “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for ALL Americans.

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Let the results of the 2016 election encourage you to be politically engaged, if you weren’t already. This doesn’t necessarily mean run for office, but at least know who your congress & senate representatives are and what they’re all about.

In the 54 years since Dr. King’s speech, has his dream come true? It can be argued that it hasn’t completely but you can take a listen to his speech and draw a conclusion.


Univision’s Jorge Ramos in danger of being Fired as Trump becomes President!

Jorge Ramos might be on his way out of Univision if the latest rumors confirm to be true. According to Rafael Martinez of the show Formula Espectacular, the news anchor might be exiting after Donald Trump takes office.  The Mexican journalist had a an altercation with the now President-elect while he was running for office. It was not clear if Ramos was leaving the network entirely or only leaving the newscast. Ramos hosts “Al Punto” on Univision and is a host on Fusion, Univision’s cable news network. Executives from the Spanish-language network  recently met with Trump in an effort to reconcile their fractured relationship.

“We just had a productive meeting with President-elect Donald Trump about issues facing Hispanic and multicultural communities in America”, Univision said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Mr. Trump and his administration to make our vibrant country even better. Our Univision News team will continue to cover the Trump administration with the rigor that we have brought to the coverage of every administration that preceded it. We approach this task without fear or favor and with one goal only – to ensure our audience is well-informed. Our eyes, ears and minds are wide open.”

With Ramos and Univision backing up Hillary Clinton, and with the outcome of the elections, it is believed the network is trying to vary their news team to reflect the changes and show balanced coverage. Jorge Ramos was kicked out of a Trump news conference when he confronted the politician about calling Mexicans rapists and criminals.

“Sit down, you weren’t called. Go back to Univision,” Trump said as Ramos tried to ask a question that Trump saw as being out of turn.

Ramos and Trump were having an exchange on immigration when the Univision reporter said, “You cannot deport 11 million people, you cannot build a wall, you cannot deny citizenship to children in this country,” before security approached him. “You cannot touch me sir, I have the right to ask a question,” Ramos told security as they escorted him out