Publicado em 07/04/2018

Who am I?

Hello, my name is Gabriel.

I am a writer (I wrote one short story book that you can find here). I’m a Digital Marketer, and I used to work for a rockstar Brazillian Fintech SaaS called Contabilizei.

I also feel very awkward talking about myself like that 😳.

I recently left Contabilizei and moved out of Brazil to work and live in Europe.

I am interested in:

  • High Literature (especially Latin American)
  • Philosophy
  • Entrepreneurism and Startups
  • Technology in general
  • Programming
  • Blockchain
  • Marketing
  • Nutrition
  • Self-improvement in general
  • Thinking and reasoning processes

My core values

After Reading Principles, I knew I had to write down my personal principles.

But I didn’t.

Why? The usual.

Many things to do, procrastination, little time dedicated to thinking.

Fortunately, I was going through my e-mail list and found an old subscription that I hadn’t been reading to in a long time.

It was Taylor Pearson’s. And it was great. In his website, he talks about core values and why you should make your list too (have a peek).

Mine is the following, right now:

Freedom: to live freely; to choose how I live and behave, or help others do likewise

Freedom is essential for me to live at my best.

I have thought deeply about freedom and what characterizes it, juggling between definitions (political, philosophical, etc.), but I never realized it was so deeply connected to who I am.

Self-development: to keep growing, advancing, or improving knowledge, skills, character, or life experience.

I had a very, very hard time choosing the first attribute on the list.

Between Freedom and Self-development, the fight is very tough.

I asked the question “would I give up on freedom if that meant I’d be a better person?” “Yes, I would!”, but then I thought: “but the main reason I want to be a better person is so I can achieve freedom”.

Is it, though? Isn’t the reason self-evident?

I want to be a better person because that’s my sole obligation on life, my own (and every other human being’s) reason to live; I do feel that growing and improving myself is inherent to my existence.

And I know I wouldn’t be happy to be free without being self-developing, and neither the other way around.

I don’t know which one matters the most, but they are my core values.

Independence: to be self-supportive, and choose my own way of doing things

This one is very simple: I like doing things in my own way, and I take responsibility for that.

Contribution: to contribute, help, assist, or make a positive difference to myself or others

There are few things that make me more genuinely happy than seeing my friends and the people I like to thrive.

One of them is to help them thrive.

I am so grateful for all these amazing people I had the luck to get to know along my life, and I want to help them be at their best and achieve their goals, and I’ll work for that happily.

Creativity: to be creative or innovative

I love constructing things.

I am happy when I’m building something new.

These are the values that I reason with deeply, but didn’t make into the Top 5 (they are not in order of importance):

These are my character, and there is no other way of doing differently:

  • Curiosity: to be curious, open-minded, and interested; to explore and discover
  • Authenticity: to be authentic, genuine, and real; to be true to myself
  • Gratitude: to be grateful for and appreciative of the positive aspects of myself, others, and life
  • Honesty: to be honest, truthful, and sincere with myself and others
  • Assertivity: speak my mind

These are what make me thrilled:

  • Courage: to be courageous or brave; to persist in the face of fear, threat, or difficulty
  • Excitement: to seek, create, and engage in activities that are exciting, stimulating, or thrilling
  • Adventure: to be adventurous; to actively seek, create, or explore novel or stimulating experiences

This one is my biggest flaw and needs to be looked at:

  • Self-control: to act in accordance with my own ideals

These are the things that make me want to wake up every day:

  • Industry: to be industrious, hard-working, and dedicated
  • Beauty: to appreciate, create, nurture, or cultivate beauty in myself, others, the environment, etc.

These are how I want to be with other people:

  • Forgiveness: to be forgiving toward myself or others
  • Friendliness: to be friendly, companionable, or agreeable toward others
  • Fun: to be fun-loving; to seek, create, and engage in fun-filled activities
  • Generosity: to be generous, sharing, and giving, to myself or others
  • Humor: to see and appreciate the humorous side of life
  • Kindness: to be kind, compassionate, considerate, nurturing, or caring toward myself or others