Speaking Fluent Spanish-ishly

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Apart from moving far from family, friends and traditional opportunities to work, a challenge of moving abroad is learning the language and local customs…but it’s also one of the fun parts too if the stress doesn’t tweak us out.  But, how many times have we all heard, ‘You’re moving there! oh you will just pick it up in 6 months, no problem!’  Yeah, I got that nugget of encouragement (torture) a lot…A LOT from people before & after we moved here.

Before I go into why this challenge is such a spectacular lesson (like all life we must think of the shitty times as such or else we lose all motivation for trying the impossible). I can state some very valid reasons (excuses) why I have struggled…

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My first job was in structured finance (before the financial crisis, actually as the market was starting to peak).  My job was to research and evaluate transactions according to standard measurements for risk, return, sensitivity to economic indicators…ect. Basically I had to take MEASUREMENTS of something NEW/NEVER BEEN DONE and COMPARE them to something OLD/ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED.   Sounds kinda easy (without details)  but at least, straightforward right?

Lots of jobs do something like this…Finance roles, government roles, risk managers, marketers, sales people, teachers, lawyers…  I guess we want to see how far different a new idea is from one that has already been proven/done.  I guess we also want to improve new ideas or ways of doing things.  If we can see what we did as the same as something that has already been done, basically we define it as SUCCESSFUL. Other reasons? Thoughts?

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