Daily Archives: April 23, 2012


One of the things that I know for sure is Latinas need to support each other to make it.  I am so blessed with a great group of mujeres that have always given me their advice and support in all of life’s decisions.  Each of us has wisdom and resources to share across the world, especially using the web to create what I envision as a movement that will transform our life, our community, our country and the world.  Once Latinas get it, we are persistent, talented and ready to change our world!

I am honored to be “la College Guru” at the Latina Smart Facebook Wall!   I will be sharing advice on getting to college and beyond. You will also be able to post questions on education and I will answer on a weekly video blog!    We all have educational aspirations and dreams but there are strategic decisions that you will have to make along the way.  I have spent the last 20 years working in education and 14 of those years in higher education.  This past year I worked at New Futuro  and created  workshops that teach Latinos how to prepare, apply and pay for college.  Over 3000 people in the Chicago region attended the series of workshops!

I know the challenges and the dreams of our community.  I hope to show you step by step the way to a better life with a college education.  I believe that there is an educational option after high school for every person in this country.  It is going to take hard work but that never scared a Latino.

I created this blog for you and this is your opportunity to ask lots of questions, share your life experiences, take part to the fullest so we can together become the smart Latinas that we were meant to be.  So consider me your friend, your advisor and together with the partnership of Latina Smart, we will celebrate your achievements, present super Smart Latinas, and urge you to reach for a better life for you and your family. Together we can do it.  Juntas Salimos Adelante!

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Picture Success! by Marlene Gonzalez

1. Design Your Future. Take the time to write a clear picture of what happiness and success is for you. Write your values, goals, roles and actions you want to accomplish next year. People fail because they aren’t absolutely clear about their goals.

2. Embrace Top Priorities. For example: If you want to qualify for a promotion access your strengths and weakness, and set to work on one or two skills that would have the biggest impact on your career and improve your chances to qualify for a better position or a new job.

3. Set Aside Quality Face Time. The connectedness today is different to what it used to be in the past. Some reasons are working longer hours, higher expectations and technology. For example, family members and coworkers are not spending quality time together, but relaying more than ever before on technology to coördinate activities, and check in with each other by texting.

4. Make Strategic Choices. Remember you have 12 months, 365 days and 8760 hours. Make strategic choices about how you employ the time you have in your life.

5. Establish Effective Planning Routine. Use a good tool, use technology. For example plan for the most important events for each of the roles in advance such as vacation, meetings and conventions just to name a few.

6. Create Ways to Get Things Done. Develop an ongoing process of prioritizing and accomplishing things. Every night, make a list of what you want to accomplish the next day. Have a master list, a monthly list, a weekly list and a daily list.

7. Seek for Synchronicity. It is very powerful to synchronize calendars ahead of time. A priority matrix helps set clear expectation about whom and what events you will be attending; this prevents you from missing important events or disappointing people. If you will not be attending an important event say so, make an apology, and avoid being manipulated or feeling guilty about it. If possible make it up to that person next time.

8. Anticipate Risks. Great results do not happen by accident. Instead, successful people take risks; use detailed and flexible plans to plot their course and direction of their personal and professional lives as companies do.

9. Celebrate. Do not miss the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge everyone’s participation when a milestone is accomplished, show appreciation and thank them.

10. Be Flexible. Even with a good plan there are things that will take you off course. Be Flexible. Success requires adaptability, flexibility and the constant monitor of results and continually adapting to changing conditions. After all it is your life and you and only you determine what makes you happy and successful.

Marlene González, is founder and president of Life Coaching Group LLC. She is a leader in the cutting edge industry of executive coaching, consulting and training. Her organization is dedicated to “developing leaders as a catalyst for corporate growth and a source of intellectual capital”™. Educate Latina is so proud to have her as a contributor.


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