3 Decades of Entrepreneurship and Personal Discovery

Since I was young I believe in the need to be autonomous and effectively manage my thoughts and emotions. However, at one point, almost without realizing it, I find myself entangled in the currents of the world, following the culture and beliefs of others.

It is surprising to understand that culture teaches the use of masks and belittles expressing the essence. That innocent and transparent child has become a copy of the world rather than the authentic person he dreamed to be.

At the end of the university, I understand that education only superficially develops human capacities. In addition, it stealthily leads me to live within routines and comfort zones that keep my potential hidden.

Ten years as a manager in the industrial sector allow me to conclude that the educational and work culture favors the mechanical operation of the mind and discourages the use of the vital force.

As a consultant, I discover studies that reveal the deep pain that most people harbor at the inability to show their inner potential and give more meaning to life, due to inherited thinking.

Without getting answers in traditional studies or the many personal growth fashion concepts, I continue to do my own research. I join experts to understand human development in a broad and practical way... truly integral. Learning tools emerge from this work that address all dimensions of human existence and help create real and lasting transformations.

I am grateful for all the opportunities that have allowed us to test our programs with people from many professions and varied business backgrounds, including more than 3,000 vulnerable people through government contracts.

In 2006, we obtained recognition as one of the programs of personal transformation, cooperative association and entrepreneurial development, with the greatest impact in the history of the city of Bogotá, capital of Colombia.

Many of these tools are now in the ADH Vital Virtual Platform and its Personal, Creative, and Entrepreneurial Development Programs. Through them, every person learns to develop, step by step, the best version of himself, to balance his personal and work life and inspire others to also unfold their potentials. More than 11,000 people have been helped by these programs to find wellness in their lives.

ADH Brings Great Learnings and Transformations to My Life

I grow up in a family with economic solvency, without opulences but with comforts. In my 20's, I have the opportunity to run the company that my father created and with relative ease, buy it with my younger brothers. Although it was a company that was in decline, renewing its productive capacities and its commercial strategies allowed it to triple its income and pay it back in 5 years.

Looking for a broader meaning to life, starting in my 30's I decided to sell my participation in it and dedicate myself to business and financial consulting, to trader in the New York Stock Exchange and to help create online projects.

New experiences, relations and trips lead me to discover at 33 years old that the true meaning of life is found within me rather than in the material objectives of the outside world. That makes my attention focus on the internal well-being rather than the external one and to take an interest in working creating contributions that are meaningful to humanity.

Convinced that positive results and work and personal well-being depend mainly on human skills rather than technical ones, my consultancies began to focus mainly on the psychological aspect, both for entrepreneurs, workers, investors and even for traders.

In 2004, I decided to found the Human Development Academy - ADH, as a means to dedicate myself to what was most consistent with these principles that were renewing my life... intuiting that, incidentally, it would also help my development.

I read a definition of ethics that I make the goal of my work: "to produce the greatest good for the greatest possible number of people". It only took a few years to understand that my main objective before change the world needs to be change me. Also, I learn that inner well-being is not detached from material abundance, but from greed, attachments, dependencies, and vanity.

In all these years, I have obtained achievements and rewards but also crossed difficulties and made mistakes, bringing me valuable learnings and in many cases significant changes to my work, personal, emotional and spiritual life.

As I go deeper I see that everything I need has always been in me! Undoubtedly, willpower and the continuous development of my skills, with the right guidance to activate them, are the main resources that I have to deal with life's uncertainties and achieve goals.

Either way, it is when I recognize that my potential is beyond my thoughts, or that I can never really hope to know everything, that the greatest experiences in life happen. Right after my mind stops resisting or searching and prefers to surrender.

The Vital Question

Answering the following question has become a vital need:

Would I rather let my potential fade or I take control of my destiny with the proper guidance to identify and develop it?

My decision to give more of myself and expert support guide me to recognize and express my life force, free myself from fears, guilt or limiting beliefs, communicate assertively and authentically, create healthy relationships, and make decisions with greater confidence.

But it is important to beware of superficial or "light" supports of human development focused on concepts and formulas to achieve goals in few steps, often unreal, as stay happy, successful or positive all the time, when the real thing is the ups and downs. In many cases, they end up increasing frustration and leading up to believe that personal growth does not work. The problem is that they make you lose interest in being better, they lead you to continue taking refuge in routine and comfort zones, increasing dissatisfaction and limiting the possibility of achieving goals.

If I develop soft skills with the right guidance, which helps me grow integrally and continuously, I can effectively manage the real ups and downs that we all experience and balance personal and work life.

When I make self-improvement a habit, I prevent the currents of the world from taking me as they please. Increase my understanding and unfold my capabilities. I think and act with assertiveness and consistency.

Today I recognize that if I acquire the courage of a warrior and the skills of a tightrope walker, I ascend through life with agility and security. In the falls or mistakes common to all I get up, learn and move on; in the achievements I also learn, thank and celebrate. Each step I take leads me to a deeper encounter with myself and with my improved skills, even so I doubt them.

Alejandro Joanz
ADH Founder

What is ADH (HDA)?

It is a dream come true that turns 17 years promoting integral human development through training and events, virtual and face-to-face, and teaching materials. We are a team committed to the well-being of its students, who have reached more than 11,000 and counting.

A human potential developed through the strengthening of soft skills.

Supporting internal transformation by strengthening the ability to be aware; promoting integral human development and global humanization. Creating a network of learning communities supported by virtual and face-to-face training programs. Contributing to balance in the various dimensions of existence.

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