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Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivational Speeches For Success

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivational Speeches For Success

Once you discover a source of personal, business and community empowerment through the best professionals around the globe, do not hesitate to listen to their advice and learn as much as you can from them.

I wish you the best this week as you dive deep into these 8 powerful professional tips for success. Don’t forget to reflect and to act.

1.” You see, productivity alone does not validate a goal. Purpose, on the other hand, does. When you know why you are working so hard, it is far easier to sustain effort towards a long-term goal” (Bruce Kasanoff)

2. “As we work to help others, we must remember to take time for ourselves.” (Aetna president Karen S. Lynch)

3. “Prioritize the top 3-5 skills at which you excel. Rate those you love doing. You can’t do what you don’t enjoy.” (Girls With Impact CEO Jennifer Openshaw)

4. “Building or investing into healthy relationships and thinking outside the box are powerful tips that could take you to the next level of  your life.” (Author and Writer,seed4future.com/seed4futurepublisher.com, Hervé Ngaté)

5.  “Back yourself, what’s the worst that can happen? Also, seek out tough feedback. If people don’t think you can handle criticism, they won’t give it to you and you need it to be successful.” (Expert360 co-founder Bridget Loudon)

6. “A growing body of evidence suggests that diverse teams are more creative, more productive, and more profitable than teams whose members all look and think alike.”(Melinda Gates)

7. “The best kind of company culture is one where negative feedback is seen as something positive. A culture where self-evaluation and self-awareness thrives, and people actively seek out opportunities to learn and grow. In order to achieve this, the business needs to cultivate a supportive environment where people are encouraged and helped to learn.” (Bernard Marr)

8. “Finding happiness isn’t a matter of creating a perfectly even-keeled experience of the world, where no sadness ever intrudes. Instead it means riding the waves of joy, and trying to find our way back upward when we’ve been knocked down.” (Designer and author Ingrid Fetell Lee)

I was very impressed that I could frame my own motivational speech in the fourth point.

Actually, I have been applying those 2 actions of connecting/investing in some key relationships plus thinking outside the box since 2-3 years; And I am happy to notice I have better and faster outcomes.

What motivational speech could you frame to empower someone this week?

I would be glad to hear from you by leaving a comment on the comment section bellow.

Hervé-Boris Ngaté, Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

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Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivation For Success

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivation For Success

When I started with my blog seed4future.com in January 2016, I had only one passion: Write to help with my professional experience the greater number of people possible.

Three month later, I discovered that I could also write to share the testimony of the life changing power of the Bible : Seed4futurepublisher.com was born!

At my third year as a secular  and faith-based writer, I noticed that the key to help others is in the ability to learn everyday. As someone said: if you want to master a topic, teach it to others.

This week, in the Jethro’s Wisdom serie, I would like to share with you something new from experts in the professional industry crafted at LinkedIn, the largest professional network in the world. Their experience could trigger your knowledge, sharpen your skills and bless you with a more positive attitude towards moving to the next level of your productivity.

1. “Learn to cherish your mistakes as:

Learning experiences
Reminders to stay humble
Opportunities to accidentally stumble on a better idea
Ways to understand the depth of your inexperience” (Bruce Kasanoff)

2. “Every successful entrepreneur has to work hard because although someone is a successful entrepreneur, they still can’t be perfect in every aspect.” (Purple Cow Startup Fund founder Sheng Fu)

3. “Maybe vulnerability — and being able to show it, share it, reckon with it, and emerge the better for it — is what makes us strong.” (Bonobos CEO and Walmart SVP Andy Dunn)

4. “Most people are bystanders–not because they don’t want to stand up, but because they’re afraid to speak up, afraid of repercussions, don’t observe the world around them enough, or simply because they don’t know what to do or say in the moment. To be an upstander among bystanders takes courage and conviction.” (Jennifer Merritt, Editor in Chief, Digital at PwC)

5. “People often don’t sufficiently consider … why they’re doing what they’re doing. We repeat standard processes, received wisdoms and orthodoxies, typically because they work. By asking why, we might find a better way or even new destinations.” (Kellogg professor Robert Wolcott)

6. “There is one thing we all can do to have a healthier relationship with work: don’t be too hard on yourself. Self-criticism is terrible for your productivity. Compassion is way better than self-judgement.”(BBC’s José Luis Peñarredonda)

7. “Don’t overlook or dismiss anyone — you never know who they know that could give you the warm introduction you need to the company you’re interested in.”(Glenn Leibowitz, Head of Communications at McKinsey China)

The first motivational speech helped me understand that behind every mistake I make, there is a huge potential to become better by correcting and improving myself. So I am not afraid of making mistakes but rather, enjoy what I learn from them.

Which of the above declarations helped you in growing your potential to achieve your goals?

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

Your Weekly Jethro’s Wisdom For Growth

Your Weekly Jethro’s Wisdom For Growth

I am happy once again to introduce the weekly motivational speeches crafted from linkedIn. They are updated  motivations on current world and business challenges.

I called the article “Jethro’s Wisdom” because of the famous story of Moses’ father in law -Called Jethro-who gave Moses an advice that revolutionized his leadership and management skills and made him more effective and efficient for God.

As I told you in the first article of this serie, the Bible is my primary source of inspiration for every aspect of my life and I thought it could be nice to name this motivational serie after Jethro’s advice to Moses.

Jethro’s wisdom is just a methaphoric image meaning that, in business and professional life, we need the advices of others to reach our full potential even if they don’t necessary have the same beliefs as us.

So let’s dive deep into the next seven declarations from professionals that could trigger your goals:

1.“Wherever companies and individuals are committed to swift action in the service of their core values, they can find new customers and opportunities.”(The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America president & CEO Deanna Mulligan)

2. “Don’t worry unduly about showing nerves: they prove you really want the job. A little dash of self-deprecating humour can help relax the mood.
” ( Hamilton Bradshaw CEO James Caan)

3. “If you lead a life of consequences, you’ll accept a lot of nonsense that comes your way. But if you live a life of convictions, you will always exercise the right to speak up.” (Prabir Jha, President & Global Chief People Officer, Cipla)

4. “It’s easy, especially as a first-time founder, to try to overcompensate for areas of insecurity or doubt, but I’ve found a strategy that works better than trying to be someone who I’m not—admitting where I don’t have expertise, and also, where I do.” (Jebbit CEO Tom Coburn notes)

5. “There’s something wonderfully freeing about realizing the world can and will keep turning without you. Completely stepping away from work for a time gives us the gift of perspective.” ( Executive coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders writes)

6. “You need responses that are punchy, crisp, compelling, and to the point. One-word answers are a disaster, but so is a filibuster. Keep it conversational. You can always elaborate when the interviewer asks a follow-up question.” ( Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison)

7. “The phrase “brain food” is real and powerful, and we find it when we take on new challenges in our jobs, read up on an area of interest, listen to a podcast, or tackle something that forces us to think in a different way.” ( Robbie Bach,Consultant)

I really liked the fith motivation because I understood in a new way the importance of holidays to have a refreshing vision of the future.

Which one of the above motivation was interesting to you? I would be glad to hear from you.

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

Get The Best From These 7 Motivational Speeches by Answering These Questions

Get The Best From These 7 Motivational Speeches by Answering These Questions

I am happy to continue this week with motivational speeches I crafted from LinkedIn, the largest network of professionals around the globe.

I am confident the view expressed by experts on that platform really portray the actual situations of many individuals, managers, families and organization.

That’s why I strongly recommend you to answer the questions I added bellow each motivational speech. Those questions are strategically asked to help you take the necessary actions to move to the next level of your life.

1.“ The best managers absorb fear… I’m not talking about soothing people by blowing smoke or giving false assurances… They need to hear and to believe that you have a plan and that, working together, they can help execute it.” ( former GE CEO Jeff Immelt)

As a leader, what plan do you have for your family, your church group or your community activities?
Where are you leading your team to and how do you make sure everybody is involved in the plan?

2. “While we each can accomplish a lot individually, a diverse, inclusive, motivated and empowered team can accomplish so much more.”(Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor)

Does your team reflect the cross-cultural richness of your community?

3. “When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Once you discover this, everything else tends to fall into place. And making yourself happy doesn’t just improve your performance; it’s also good for your health.” (Dr. Travis Bradberry)

What did you do that produced the expected results that boosted your passion? Do you enjoy  now what works for you in your marriage, your job, business or your community group?

4.“Culture is the the sum of the examples you set, the incentives you create, and the behaviors you reward: it’s what nudges people to act in ways you’d be proud of.” ( Laura Weidman Powers)

If you knew that there is one person that will become successful because he/she is imitating your lifestyle, how would you behave in front of the person?

5.“In spite of whatever disappointing experiences come our way, our challenge will be to not let bitterness take root. Although disappointment is inevitable, being discouraged is always a choice.” ( INSEAD professor Manfred Kets de Vries)

Is there a situation where you choose to continue doing the right thing despite all obstacles and failures? What made you keep moving forward? Could you choose again to keep moving forward despite the challenges you are facing now?

6. “I encourage you to keep pushing until you have a diverse group of candidates and hold off interviewing anyone until you can interview a diverse slate, including men and women.”
(Walmart.com president and CEO and Jet.com founder and CEO Marc Lore)

How do you make sure there is equal opportunity for men and women in your team?

7. “Happiness, it turns out, doesn’t have that much to do with the car you drive or the job you have or even the person you spend your life with. Happiness is actually a choice.” (Futurist and author Bernard Marr)

What are the decision you are taking right now to be happy?

As I was writing these questions to grow my own knowledge, skills and attitudes, I noticed the third and  the fith one really helped me get focused again on my priorities.

What about you? I would like to hear from you which of the above questions helped you know the actions to take to improve your life, your family life, your community group or your business.

Hervé Ngaté, Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

10 Motivational Speeches for Personal and Business Growth

10 Motivational Speeches for Personal and Business Growth

I have the habit of investing 15 minutes to an hour everyday to learn something new that could sharpen my skills, knowledge and attitudes. The Bible is the first source of my inspiration as I always start the day with Bible reading and meditation with prayers.

I also acknowledge what I call ” words of wisdom” concerning secular things because the Bible will not, for example tell you how to brush your teeth or cook a meal or search for a job.

LinkedIn is my best source of secular knowledge, then comes quality books and learning from successful models.

I crafted these 10 motivational speeches that could unleash your full potential and make you a better professional. These 10 declarations are the summary of the most common and challenging situations faced by people and organizations around the world currently.

Don’t just read them, reflect on them and develop an action plan to apply them on you, your business or your job.

1.“Contrary to the Romantic myth of the genius’s need for freedom and the absence of any pressure to produce, experience shows that being subject to a deadline, and even limited resources, can sharpen our invention and creativity.” (President Santiago Iniguez)

2. “Let your mind be open to what is possible. Imagine that things are within reach by just learning and putting one foot in front of the other. Where others see impossible, see work, a path and blue skies.” (Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg )

3.  “Luck is what catches you off guard, and that can only happen when you give other people a chance to surprise you.” (Karla Starr)

4 . “Being indirect at work is like keeping your feelings bottled up in a relationship. Eventually, they’re going to spill over and poison everything… Let’s talk, I always say, and come up with a solution.” ( BPN CEO Lori Gaffney)

5. “We can’t create time. Or bend time. And until they invent one of those Hermione Granger time-turners we can’t make it run backwards either. But we can change our relationship with it.” ( Ogilvy chief strategy officer Kevin Chesters)

6. “Pay attention. Listen. Communicate. That is the key to making sure your team and clients feel valued and empowered to make the right decisions. Not only will those you lead start to perform at their natural best, but you will too.”( Former Bank of America vice chairman John Thiel)

7. “No good idea grows in a vacuum. If we have a good idea, chances are, it’s built on other existing good ideas. So if we want to see our idea become even better, why don’t we invite others to build on top of it.” (CEO coach Sanyin Siang)

8. “Companies crave individuals that work outside the lines of their job description because they want their organization to succeed. We need more people that identify problems as opportunities to learn and progress, and less of people that notice a problem and finger point to the person in charge because it’s “not their job.” ( Go By Truck co-founder Dawn Strobel)

9. “The idea today that anyone would need to be pitched on why software is a legitimate investment is laughable, but a lot has changed since 1986. It’s time the way we think about the economy does, too.” ( Bill Gates notes in a review of “Capitalism Without Capital”)

10. “When our work feels like a gift to others instead of an obligation, it gives us something to look forward to every day. It inspires us as much as it does the audience we create it for.”( Author and podcast host Srinivasan Rao)

I would like to hear  your words of wisdom to help grow others or organizations.

I would like to know which of these motivational declarations matches the most with your current  personal and professional challenges.

For me, the number 10 was a powerful driving force to decide to keep helping people and groups around the world to become what God made them to be.

Hervé Ngaté, Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

Summer Hat And Sunglasses Mysteries Solved

Summer Hat And Sunglasses Mysteries Solved

When I was a teenage boy, I remember me and others children use to have a certain game: We wanted to see who among us could look straith at the sun in the sky for the longest period.

I remember having teers flowing from my eyes each time we play the game not knowing this was a sign of eye damage. Later, I wear a hat almost everyday to protect my eyes from sunlight. I also remember that when I was diagnose with myopia, I had to ask for dark glasses against the sunlight.

I would like to share with you, 3 informations that could help you avoid damaging your eyes or help your loved one avoid it.

It’s important to understand that according to some researches “sunlight can flood your retinas, overstimulating the rods and cones that sense light and causing them to release chemicals that can damage the retinas. This condition is known as solar retinopathy, and it can cause permanent eye damage.”

1.Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation And Your Eyes. …

According to preventblindness “Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss.”

2. The worse of all: Macular degeneration

Based on their information, Allaboutvision.com  affirm that “macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss for older Americans. UV rays, especially UV-B rays, may also cause some kinds of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eye that focuses the light we see.”

3. Not only during summer

The above also confirmed that “Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime, so be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you’re outside.”

The thruth is that  the cloud cannot protect you against sun’s rays because they are thin.

I would like you to protect your vision and the one of your beloved one by buying  a sample of this Sunglass  for just $5.64.

For women, you could also get a nice and cheap Hat for only $9.99.

For men also, there is a good quality and cheat Hat for only $9.99 also.

With less than $16, you could protect yourself from any eye damage due to sun but also prevent blindness.

Hervé Ngaté

 

12 Tips to Succeed Immigrants Preschool Education

12 Tips to Succeed Immigrants Preschool Education

“I was raised by the TV. My mother never had time for me and I never knew what it means to have a dad.

Now I understand that my mother had to work almost 16 hours a day to cover the house expenses and take care of us.

I learned everything through TV and Medias and I never had a chance to compare the virtual world with the hard reality of life.

Now at 25 years old, I have never completed college, I am financially broken, still living with my family and I was forced to take a job in a warehouse to pay my debts.

All I know is wasting money on cars and have fun. I don’t want to get married and I don’t think of having kids because I have nothing to offer them but what the TV taught me.”

This is the real and sad story of a 25 years old immigrant who came to the US with the family when he was still  a baby. Though legally admitted in America, the challenges to integrate the system made things complicated for this young boy.

The frustrating part of the story is that he is not alone in this situation. There may be hundreds or even thousand of immigrants kids leagally admitted in America who are facing the same reality due to a neglect of parents or guardians to invest in preschool education.

According to some US researchers, the success in preschool education produce seven time more than what has been invested in a child by the time the child reaches 21 year old.

The evaluation of the success could be seen in the the reduction of risks to drug addiction, emprisonment, school abandonment and social deviances.

What are some tips to invest in immigrants preschool education in a generation where social media, gain and the persue of wealth sometimes takes over time on our little ones.

    1. Spend time with the little one
    2. Watch TV educative program with them
    3. Act, sing, dance with them on what is  seen on educative program
    4. Connect the little to peer social groups
    5. Spend time in the community with your children and relate what they watched on educative TV program with real life
    6. Shut down the TV and stimulate their mind to creative activities such as reading, playing an instrument
    7. Help them have time alone to play with their toys
    8. Play with them with their toys and observe their interests
    9. Cut down your overtimes at work during their preschool period
    10. Read and educate yourself on how to motivate the little ones. You can get these books on Amazon.com as cheap as just $3.99. “The Night Before Preschool” is fresh  reading start
    11. Do it and they will learn it faster but becarefull of negative actions in front of children or what they watch on TV
    12. Interact with them on what they learnt on social groups, kindergarden, etc..

I would like to hear from you what  tips could help immigrants kids succeed their preschool educaction.

Watch the case study videos bellow and compare Western and Sub-Sahara African Preschool realities to imagine the cultural shocks immigrants kids go through.

Click on the link bellow to get a copy of the book The Night Before Preschool on Amazon.com for just $3.99.

Hervé Ngaté, Cross-Cultural Psychologist/ Communications Specialist

16 Tips to Get the Best, Save More and Spend Less

16 Tips to Get the Best, Save More and Spend Less

This article is for low and middle class people who wonder why they can’t build a sustainable financial life and how they could come out of the circle of not seing the fruit of their effort.

The 16 following points provide simple financial management tips to get the best, save more and spend less:

-Be needs oriented not fashion oriented
-Don’t shop branding
-Cook by yourself
-Wash your car (s) by yourself
-Discover the secrets of Thrift stores
-Connect to donation centers
-Go to the sources for information
-Shop for Gas
-Drive with purpose
-Go to open spaces (parks) for fun
-Watch movies at home
-Shop online
-Compare owing a Car vs Metro vs Uber
-Compare housing vs renting
-Set automatic payment
-Organize your accounts management

I would be glad to hear what are your secrets to get the bess, save more and spend less.

Hervé Ngaté

Tears on the Heart: Understanding Immigrants Children Language Development Challenges

Tears on the Heart: Understanding Immigrants Children Language Development Challenges

The goal of this article is to enlight parents on child development differences between their children and natives.

We received the diagnosis that our child has a language delay on understanding and talking skills in english when he was just 13 months.

During the discussion with the evaluators, I was confident that our son had no problem and I explained to the people it’s too early to make any psychological conclusion on our child language development.

The other things I raised were that in my country, some children manifest the expected language skills at 2 years old or more. And nobody consider it as a problem. So it might be with our kid.

Finally I asked if the fact the child is exposed to 2 languages could explain their diagnosis.

I remembered I read a book (I don’t remember the title or the author) saying that first born babies present some characteristics: since they are alone for generally the first two years, they develop more autonomy, speak less and are also less sociable (Not autist).

To cope with first children reality challenges, parents have to encourage them to participate in a lot of social activities with kids of the same age if not they could sink into behavioral problems like : arrogance, narcism, etc…

According to some pediatricians and psychologist we met and read, children not born in USA could have some speech delay (up to 4 years old) not pathological but related to the fact that children are learning two language at the same time.

I was so happy when I saw the article that I forwarded it to my wife…and we started applying some tips to help grow our child language:

– we identified he understands English better than French and we started giving him instruction in English.

The reason was that learning tools like videos (Chu-Chu TV) were all in English and normally, the words learned while watching are the one he could easily repeat and master.

– we kept speaking naturally French my wife and I and notice he could pick some words and understand their meaning.

As our baby was growing, we notice a change in his behavior due to some factors:

-Active presence and interaction with our son
-Spending time with other kids.

I found the book “Back to Normal ” of Enrico Gnaulati and was happy to discover we had the same view on children development matters.

The only difference I have with his ideas is that his approach does not include such knowledge for immigrants children born outside America.

Based on my readings and my experience with my son, the reasons for such wrong diagnosis on immigrants children development could be :

Over Scientisize children’s behavior. This is due to the fact that every behavior could be misinterpret if we always try to put it in a theory. It could be it’s just a behavior that makes him unique and different.

-Ignorance of cultural child development differences. If professional are not trained to integrate cross-cultural parameters in their curriculum, they could be inneficiant dealing with some immigrants children issues. A lot of wrong diagnosis could be due to lack of cross-culture in the training. This is more difficult if the knowledge is only in books and not in practice.

-The need for funding. This area raised a lot of controversy and I prefer to have a different approach on it. Funding could be directed into real children needs like the training of more bilingual teachers, more cross-cultural training on professional curriculum in every organizations.

-The wrong experts? Technically, only experts like pediatricians or child psychologists with adequate cross-cultural background training are equip to make any diagnosis on immigrants children development. Without this, a lot of parents would suffer medicating and over petting a child supposed to grow normally.

-Not considering parents views is a mistake. Piaget and the first children development experts based their theories on their children observations. A lot could be learn through parents who spend more time with their kids .

-Not considering the child past history. It could be interesting to track the child development back from the country he was born. This may help understand differences on immigrants children language development.

Watch the following video to have a better view and understanding of the accuracy of the challenge.

Share your experience if you faced the same situation as a parent, teacher, trainer or friend.

Hervé Boris Ngaté

Heartbreaking testimony!!!

What could be done…

4 Powerful and Simple Ways of Understanding Diversity

4 Powerful and Simple Ways of Understanding Diversity

Jane is a young african lady who got her scholarship to study at a famous western University. During a class discussion, she was asked how she managed to travel from Africa to the country.

She replied she walked by feet from her house till she reached the sea border, and then took a boat that dropped her on one of the port. After that, she walked by feet again and reached the University and Register for her classes.

They all replied: That’s awesome! Great! And where did you learn English?

The lady answered: I came here with no knowledge of English and I learned English when I landed in the country.

Wonderful! Said the classmates with big smiles on their faces and with a certain satisfaction they learned something new about her.

But they could not understand why Jane was answering their questions with an ironic smile.

The type of smile that says: “They believed me! How in the 21st century these people don’t know there are scholarship programs that enable countries to exchange and transfer knowledge?”

Jane, who was narrating the story with some people, said she did it purposely to show them how stupid their questions were and to help them understand they need to be more open minded.

The above story is a fraction of what some immigrants or foreigners face every day in western countries. Such questions arise mostly from western people when they encounter someone coming from a third world country.

But the reality is different from what social media portray about third world countries. People are also different. As we travel outside our native country, we notice how different we are from others but also, we are amazed of what they know and could provide us in term of services, knowledge, and information.

In this article, I would like to share with you how to smartly discover other cultures for development purposes*. Whether in our neighborhood, workplaces or social groups, there is an increasing probability to encounter someone of another cultural background. That’s the direct effect of a globalizing world.

Some few tips could avoid you being seen as an authentic ignorant when you meet people from other countries.

We could also learn how to put aside prejudices and stereotypes that could lead to harmful discriminations.

  1. Ask the right questions. By asking the right questions, we can discover more about others. Two powerful types of questions could help us do that: Why and How.

“Why” questions generate motivation speeches. One could be amazed at people’s motives for being where they are.

“How” questions provide a process to move from point “A” to point “B”.

Below is a typical example of a conversation with “why” and “how” questions.

Question: Why did you come to America?

Answer: Because it’s the country of opportunities where I could become the best version of what God wants me to be.

Question: How did you come here? Which means of transportation did you use?

Answer: I came by plane. The flight was 16 hours .

The conversation could continue for an hour and nobody will feel like a new product being studied to know if it could be consumed or not.

  1. Make some research based on the answers

We should really be humble and make some researches on the person’s country, travel opportunities, and socio-economic status.

When working for the US Peace corps, I was amazed at the number of things I learned on Cameroon through Volunteers.

The same thing happened to me when I landed in America. In my discussions, I demonstrated so much knowledge about America that many did not believe I have been in the country for less than a year.

It’s simply because of the advantage of new technologies.

Google provides you almost all the knowledge of cultures around the globe.

Hollywood gives a certain view of societies with true story based movies (Not fiction please!).

Discovery World, Planet, National Geographic and many other channels disseminate all kind of reliable information about other cultures.

You could watch a foreign channel right in bed and learn about others.

Due to globalization, we may have relatives, friends or friends of friends almost everywhere who could provide some knowledge about other cultures.

In libraries, you find amazing books of people who traveled and discovered the world.

Make good use of all those resources to understand foreigners around you with non-suspicious eyes.

  1. Share life. It’s important to have common activities with a common interest and learn why and how people from other cultures understand things.

Understanding others could be possible through genuine and natural interaction because people do not “behave” as expected.

Going to a pique-nique, discussing on life topics like marriage perception, society challenges, football business, language differences and much other life related domain could help discover how others perceive and analyse the world from their cultural background.

To know more about this topic, read my article on  Taping The Power Of Diversity in 21St Century Organisations: Principles and Practices.

  1. Avoid the Superman Syndrom. The Superman Syndrom is manifested by asking questions as if we have the answers but deeply we no nothing.

To identify “supermen”, they simply never share in return their views on questions they ask you. They could actually ask you question but the day you reply and ask them: “What about you?” You could perceive on their face the embarrassment of being ignorant.

The Superman Syndrom is due to the difference between social media and reality. It could be shocking in positive or negative ways but there is always a: “It’s not exactly what I saw on TV!”

When I left Cameroon to Uganda, my mother almost cried because she taught I was moving into a country where war is raging. She knew famine and HIV are devastating the country.

The only thing I knew about Uganda when I was still in Cameroon was the former leader Amin Dada through the movie “The king of Scotland”. When I reached there, I was amazed by the positive changes that occurred since.

While in Uganda, I also encountered a lot of western natives among my students who gave me a certain view of how the western world looks like. They were impressed by the difference between what they heard about Africa and the reality they were experiencing.

Their views added more knowledge to what I knew already (through the ways mentioned above and through my years of experience with Peace Corps in Cameroon) and prepared me mentally to live in America.

For sure, reality could be far different from what you heard or learned but at least to avoid the Superman syndrom, you may have to communicate with people by acknowledging that you are learning from real facts, not theories.

If the above 4 ways of discovering other cultures seem too simple to you, then it means you perfectly understood the goal of my article.

Life could be easier than we think and people could be less complicated as we thought.

There are surely many ways to discover and understand other cultures. I would like to hear from your own experience.

If you liked this article and you think it could be helpful to people around you, share it with your network. You’ll be contributing to making our diverse world a better place to live in.

Hervé-Boris Ngaté, Cross-Cultural Psychologist/Communications Specialist

  • This article (drafted since October 2017) has no political purposes and in no way is related to any political view.
  • This content aims to contribute to a better understanding of cultural groups for a better interaction. (The author)