Testimonials

Andy - Group program

It took me a while to digest this program because the whole week felt like I was in a dream. It was like a perfect dream, I must say. I can imagine it’s a lot of work behind the scenes to make it possible for us. First of all, thank you for taking care of everything and making it possible to happen.

And, being like a dream, it does trigger a lot of thoughts and a lot of questions. It changes the state of your mind. I remember one day during breakfast, someone mentioned a guy who is also 40 years old, like me, who achieved a lot in life. He had a great job and family; you mentioned it ticked all the boxes. And that’s how I used to think about myself.

I need to tick all the boxes, which I did. But then, in the story you shared, the person you talked about could not feel fulfilled. And that’s the way I felt about myself as well. Once I tick all the boxes, that’s all I need.

But after ticking all the boxes, I realized something else was not completed. Being a very rational person was a challenge because there is something else irrational that matters. And definitely, more than ticking all the boxes is needed. So I was shocked.

The next day, the whole morning, I switched my state of mind and became very emotional once we hit the road. And probably the entire morning before we reached the peak, I often cried because it felt like a dream, and when you are in your perfect dream, you don’t want it to end.

I want this dream to continue forever. But even after the week is over, it’s not over. It’s the beginning of something new because it changed many things in my life, especially how you think about yourself and what you must do.

It motivates me to eliminate things that I don’t need or are not essential. It takes a lot of courage because there are risks to making changes, but now I am motivated to start doing it. Thank you very much.

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Helder - Corporate Program

First of all, thank you for this opportunity. For me, this day was fantastic. Thank you so much for your approach, your guidance, and your help in this process of us all being together. It was essential for me.

I’m at a stage where I need to consider and reflect. So this moment was a great opportunity given to me. That’s why I want to thank you. The exercise was well conducted, so we followed a calm path without much pressure, but at the same time, you forced us to think about the right questions to get us here.

The conclusions we reached helped the team a lot. I enjoyed this moment, and it was quite rewarding because it was an opportunity to be together and be connected, as there are things we don’t do very often, unfortunately. It was so important that I am sure we will take many dividends in the coming months and years.

Thank you again for helping us and leading us through the process, which was very important.

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Andreia - Corporate Program

Hi Nuno and Joao,
Thank you for the program with my team and your dedication and care along the route. We have taken a very important step to become a better team, and it would have been hard to do without your help. Thank you from the heart and from feeling with a whole heart. I started the day extremely happy with what we had done all together. We will keep walking with you. See you soon!

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Heather - Group Program

Nuno gave me a present this week. This is the Kit song, which I think I’ve mentioned them a few times because they have about three songs that were perfect walking songs this week. And it was the song titled Inside Out. And there’s a specific part in the song that caught me, and it’s the reason I’ve played it over and over again almost every day. Sometimes, it was the outside that changed the inside or the inside that changed the outside.

Thinking about it, my highlights have been moments with all of you looking deeper than the outside to see all and help grow each other’s inside. Joao and Nuno have created seven Jedi in training because of this and these outside moments growing each other with all eight of you. I am excited and ready to continue growth on the inside and outside. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this, being so open, and just sharing these moments.

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Rita - Corporate Program

I start by thanking you for this day; it was a day that went very well. Effectively, that climb brought us the initial metaphor. This is how I see our team, and I see us all very focused on the climb and very focused on arriving quickly, looking at the ground and not worrying about stopping to see if anyone needs help so we can reassess the speed and the correct speed is that makes sense and why this speed.

We will all take this metaphor with us, and it will help us to do things differently and start questioning much more and, above all, wanting and being more attentive to others. And the one who walks in front of us, at our side, in order to understand if you need help and how you feel and thus create a closer relationship of trust. I think it was a day that, in addition to allowing us to reflect on who we are as a team, also allowed us to reflect individually on how we are.

The exercise of strengths and weaknesses, when we needed to ask others’ opinions, was very powerful. It was an exercise of humility that we sometimes feel can be misinterpreted by the other side, but the availability of those who I challenged also showed that I can count on them. Thanks again for everything.

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Sara - Corporate Program

Thank you for the simple, but not simplistic, way you promoted reflection. Thank you for the non-inquisitorial, non-judgmental questions. But some questions make us think a little and look for the most accurate answer. Also, thank you for the space where we took this walk. It is a super pleasant, beautiful space that effectively promotes deceleration. And also, thank you for the smile and simplicity of the gesture with which you were also with us.

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Aniseh - Group Program

My dear, dear Joao. Where to start on this brief note? I start with love and gratitude. In my heart, I thank you for the immensely brave step you took to follow your path, your journey, and your purpose and start this work. The Buddhist, well, really, in Sanskrit, the name for work is yoga. And for good is karma. So karma yoga is what they call the good work. It could be anything from cleaning a toilet so your family and you can have sanitation. Or it could be as big as saving the world one group of seven people at a time.

And for you to have found that purpose and to have been able to apply it this meticulously, this carefully, this empathetically, is truly remarkable. It’s your very own magic potion. And you have found all the right ingredients to have this incredible potion work wonders on people, providing the right environment, just the right amount of support and pushing at the right time, pulling at the right time, leaving alone at the right time in order to have this outcome. So, my dear friend, my newly found forever friend, I want you to know that I am grateful to you. I have a lot of love in my heart for you and for what you do. I thank you for all your efforts this week.

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Jennifer - Group Program

I learned a lot on this walk.

One thing I learned is I should have trained a little bit more, but that’s okay. I also learned that even if I’m not as prepared as I might like to be, I can still find a way to navigate the challenges. And I always appreciate the discipline that long walks sort of provide in terms of just really focusing on putting one foot in front of the other. So I had that experience with a number of long walks I’ve done before. But I think I really appreciated this one because it was much more structured.

I only cried on one day. And that was the day in the Monastery because it allowed me to slow down enough, and I could be in my little room at my little desk. And that just felt like the right place to spend that time. And it is amazing how it does take that much time to feel like you’re ready to be in that place and think about things that you don’t normally think about.

And so now I get to start opening that up and thinking about more and changing from being driven by a fear that life might be cut short to being driven by the potential that it won’t, but also not letting go of the fact that that doesn’t mean that I waste any of the time that I have. And in fact, the other way around, I loved the feeling of being 46 and not having trained as much as I should have and still doing pretty good on this walk.

Had some hard days, and I’m definitely not as young as I used to be. But knowing that I can do these kinds of things when I need to, when I want to, feels really good and gives me the strength to tackle the things that need to be done in life. I really loved the conversations with everybody on the walk. I really appreciated being in a group of people where I basically felt like I could tell any story and get some amazing ones in return. And that’s pretty rare. So that was unexpected and quite lovely.

I really enjoyed the exercise of asking for feedback. And I got pretty lucky that maybe I picked the wrong people, but all the feedback that I got back from people was really lovely and heartwarming. It’s actually a little bit hard to hear in a weird way, so it’s just a reminder that I need to not be quite so hard on myself and just feel super lucky. That got a week of sunshine, and that always lifts your spirits and makes everything seem possible.

And I know that there’s winter coming in the north, and I know that it’s not always going to be sunny days, but I feel pretty blessed that I got seven of them with you guys. So thank you.

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Jake - Group Program

My fellow program mentors, I am very grateful. I am moved by everyone and how everyone engaged in this and opened up completely, fully, and beautifully. And I want to say thank you. I needed this.

And I’m so grateful to walk with each of you. I needed to close the chapter and open up to a new one and a new story. And I feel like I started writing that book right now. I hope each of you found the meaning, purpose, and connection as I did.

A lot of people come here because they’re lost. I’ve definitely been lost.

I feel clearer, more happy, and more fulfilled like I haven’t been in a long time. So thank you to all of you. Thank you, João and Nuno, for showing us the way and more ways than one. Absolutely beautiful.

Thanks, everybody. Lots of love.

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Jodi - Group Program

João and Nuno greetings. I have arrived in Santiago de Compostela and have found a quiet corner around the corner of the cathedral.

It is hard to put into words feedback for this whole week and longer than that. Because really, the most important part is the people and meeting both of you. You are indeed Jedi, but you are angels, separate and together for me and everybody in this group and the broader group of people that drive you around in Bentley’s. So, just from the bottom of my heart, thank you. We will be friends for a very long time.

Be careful what you wish for. And I can’t wait to see all the things, all the great things that unfold for us individually and collectively because you do this really important work, which was so meaningful to me as an experienced creator who sometimes needs to have the experience created for them. So I appreciate that.

So, thank you for this incredible start of a new transition of a journey, and I’m so happy to know you. Buen Camino.

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Brandon - Group Program

Gentlemen, I express my gratitude. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. The number one thing you’ve been able to do with this program for me is pull me away from and take me out of many obligations and a very busy life.

And I don’t even like the word busy. And together, we have stretched time, stopped time, allowed for time, been patient with time. And it’s one of the biggest factors in life. I mean, if you have health and then you have love, you have the opportunity to try to figure out the rest of life through time and money. And you can always make more money, but you can’t make more time, but you can choose how you spend your time.

And that’s what this time together was. And the structure of mentoring is not over the top. It’s not in your face, but it is absolutely present and consistent and constant on point. And it’s given me the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective, even the same things. I mean, that’s obvious, but it’s the same things, and I’m looking at them differently, and I’m bringing them together in a different way.

The ingredients are capable now of being put into a different recipe. And that’s the greatest thing that I got from this and being reminded of how much I can accomplish. It’s reignited a lot of things and given me thought about things that are important and brought them back to the surface, back together. You can get very caught up, or I can get very caught up in my day to day. So, I leave you with a new purpose, literally.

And we’ll have the ability to consolidate so many important things related to my learning, my growing, my sharing, my ability to contribute and influence others, to provide light for them. But what I also wasn’t seeing before and have discussed with you was the creativity side that I didn’t have, maybe the right place to have as an outlet. And now I can channel it, and I can see what it brings me and see where it goes from there. So, again, closing with gratitude. Thank you.

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Vitor - Individual Program

When I think about this week, I feel very emotional. The experience was as real as my tears of happiness. I understand that this was an immersion into happiness. I don’t know why. I can’t explain, and maybe it doesn’t need an explanation. It was extraordinary what happened this week. It’s unbelievable. All this nature, the connections. All this brings me back to my childhood. That’s the main thing. It’s happiness and tears of joy. Thank you for holding the space.

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Neve - Corporate Program

My name is Neve Kyohan, and I walked with Walking Mentorship and one of their programs earlier this year. I took so many things away from that program. First of all, I was very positive or pleasantly surprised at how my mind opened up when I was out in nature walking. I know it sounds basic, but it’s something I didn’t really understand that much, especially when you’re being asked the right questions and given the right support.

From the very first day when I was asked to draw a picture, I think it was I was even surprised at what I was drawing. So, yeah, being in nature really allowed me to step away from the environment that I’m used to sitting in the office and the questions that were asked and the worksheet that we were given really made me think differently. Also, another benefit of the program was speaking to people that didn’t know me and that I didn’t know who were able to give me some fresh perspective during some of the conversations we had. I got to speak to people that could see things differently from a different point of view and can see things in my life that maybe they had experienced as well and were able to give me some advice and feedback and hopefully I did the same for them. I did get closer to my Focus Question.

I did find my Focus Question and it’s something that I have kept in mind ever since then and it’s something I’m working on on a daily basis. It’s quite refreshing, actually, to have this focused question because everything you do comes back to that. So I’m so grateful that I was able to get that from the program and it’s definitely helped me along the way ever since. I suppose the lasting impression is what I kind of started out and is how nature is so important for our minds and our bodies and for just any issues I have or anything that I need to think about. Now I go outside for a walk and I walk it out and yeah, I think, like I said, it’s a very basic thing in nature.

Well, not basic, but it’s there. But I think it really opened my eyes to how important being in nature is and I’m so, so grateful to join the team for that. Thank you so much for a wonderful program, a wonderful experience, and I will definitely do one. Again, I don’t think it’s a one off thing in life. I think it’s something that needs continuous refreshing and continuous visits as we continue you to grow and evolve.

Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

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José - Group Program

Nuno and Joao, thank you very much for the experience you gave me. By all accounts, it was astounding. It was amazing externally and internally. In the end, the focus question I asked on the first day turned out to be understood. Understood and answered, partially, because the answer comes with action. But, for you to have an idea, when I joined the program, I already had a set of issues that worried me and for which I had some clues, but the feeling, after leaving the program is very positive.

It’s the feeling that a person walking through tall grass has when, as he passes the survival kit, he takes himself above the grass, and you start to have a macro view. And that gives very good things. Deep down, I started to have a map of myself, but the most interesting thing is that it wasn’t just made of me. It was made of me and the mirror representing the people in the group and those outside the group in our relationships. It also helped me see my strengths and recognize them as levers that I will use and develop and to be aware of my weaknesses as something that I can manipulate and transform.

Many things happened, and that created an idea of various times here. There was group time. There was your internal time. In either case, the vision we all had that two days have passed, but it feels like a week has passed, is extraordinary. Coming to the end of the program, I can take a step forward on a new path. And the first highlight I had was, “hey, I got to the end of this day, and I feel so good with everyone”. Plus, one thing is that I feel so good with everyone, and now I feel so much better with myself. It was something I didn’t say at the time, it’s not that I felt bad about myself, but I see now that when you’re lucid and aware of a series of things, well, words are worth more, aren’t they? And I think I remember now the sound of the music “take a walk on the wild side”.

Leaving here with something that will impact my future if I want it and then have the strength and discipline to make it happen with the Action Plan. I hope so, and I hope this is also good for you. I don’t know how it could have been better. Thank you one more time.

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Petra - Group Program

Dear mentors, I enjoyed the beautiful walk with you together the whole week on the side of the ocean. So much beauty, so many positive thoughts, and so much helpful talks. Fresh air and wet hair in fantastic baths and a delicious lunch at a beautiful beach with sunshine most of the time. Finally, the heavy rains came swimming feet in the final sprint together with a feeling of a happy end.

Thank you so much for an incredible, beautiful week full of emotions. It was a very good time, and maybe it’s the best time of my life because I will change something in my life, and I see that I can change my life. Thank you very much for a wonderful time. See you.

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Sérgio - Individual Program

I’m going to thank you, João, because you have to know that you are a fantastic person. You worked a lot on yourself, and you worked for others too. And as you said, the others also give you that back. And that, perhaps, is one of the ways that we are, I think, quite similar. You made me see things to which I already have the answer, but I have to work on it. I need to open those answers. And that’s it.

It was a pretty intense week. Thanks for making an effort for me. There are many more good things here. Review the past, our qualities, and what people see in us. And the truth is that we need it. I had already realized it, but more and more and with your help, I realized the importance of taking a little time for things, for the company, for the family and for other simple things. I am proud of my part of what I am and what I believe to be too.

I still have a lot to learn because this is only a week. And obviously, this is now and here. The after has to come true. There are many things that I’m going to remember. Apart from that, what I have to take into account is the importance that I was already aware of but wasn’t working on it, that I was in work mode every day is the importance of my daughter, of my wife and my family in general.

I’ve already shared with you the feeling of losing myself in time, which didn’t happen in a long time. And time is always present. I found it very relevant because I haven’t been asked this question since I was 13 years old. I enjoy the gift of life and am grateful every day for what I have and realize what I have. And, indeed, we always want more. But not everything that is just material is essential. This week also allowed me to be much more serene. I must always remain calm in situations. Now I need to work on this so that, in general, people see this quality in me.

And maybe later, I have spent a little more time on some situations. But I’m feeling in a zen situation, and everything has come back to me, and I’m really looking forward to transmitting this to other people around me. I feel like transmitting my energy. I feel like sharing what I went through. I’m willing to help others with small things, which we saw this week that can become significantly important in a person’s life. There are so many people who are unhappy with what they’re doing, that I see myself being a little bit of a mentor in a way to spread the good word.

I’m in the mood to be as clear as possible on my company goals as well. I am clear about the objectives that I want to do, and where I want to go, in order to be able to give my organization wings. And also to give time to my life in relation to work to be able to harmonize my total objectives. As you say, it is better to do less but do it very well, instead of doing many things in a not very good way.

I understood that I have answered my focus question, which was my most important objective. I was able to define objectives, and now I am ready to delegate tasks because if you don’t have time, it’s the same as if you don’t have money, you can’t do some things.

I am ready. I have become a big fan of the Walking Mentorship, and you’re just doing it right. You’re on the right track. You have to keep it up. You have to give people wings to move forward, and I am very grateful to you. For everything we’ve been through so far. Thank you.

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Helga - Group Program

My highlights of the week were the first one was the first day. I was so, so tired. And, yes, we started the program, and you surprised me with the walk on the first day. And yes, the highlight was going to bed because it was such an exhausting day.

And I thought, what the hell I’m doing here? So I slept immediately. And it was a bunk bed. And I will never forget this bed. On the second day, I had three highlights.

It was a perfect day. First of all, I walked on the beach, on the sunny beach. I like to walk barefoot on the beach. I don’t know. And I will not forget this experience.

Yes. After that, I followed Brian. I followed Brian. He did a video at the ocean asking for feedback. And I did the same.

I didn’t use this video, but it was gorgeous. And today, my third feedback was that I received feedback from a friend without asking. And I told her, you know it, she did it. And I received terrific feedback. And you can’t believe today it happened the second time.

Another friend of mine asked me today if I was already on the last day of your walk, and I didn’t ask her for feedback. And so I did it today. And I sent her the video, and she gave me feedback on my strengths and weaknesses and how emotional she saw I was in that video. So also, I will remember the situation at the beach because it’s what was beautiful.

And there is another highlight on the last day when you left us. And yes, we are autonomous. So you helped us look at our life and, yes, to take responsibility. And, yes, we can now go without you. And I can say thank you.

And thank you for all. I really enjoy your walking mentorship. I did it the third time, and I am happy and happier with every program I do.

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Brian - Group Program

My name is Brian. I’m from Pennsylvania, USA, and I’m just finishing up a week’s trip with walking mentorship in Portugal. And I can say from the smile on my face I’ve found a beautiful country here, but also some beautiful people in my group and a little bit more of myself, which has been a really great part of the trip. I have to say I was a little anxious, kind of coming in and not knowing exactly what to expect and not knowing the full process.

But literally the first day, my heart was set at ease. The process was really good as far as just slowing down, taking time to really reflect and think about where you’ve come from and where you want to go. It was a really great program. I’m super psyched to go back to my regular life and kind of integrate some of the thoughts that I’ve had, my action plan, and really take that continued step that this program doesn’t end when you leave after a week or whatever the length that the typical program would be for whatever you’re looking at, but definitely was an awesome time. Highly recommend.

The mentors that I had were top-notch. The trip went off without a hitch, except for maybe the weather one day, but they couldn’t control that either. And the facilities were really great. I was a little bit impressed with some of them and others ones. I mean, there was none that didn’t feel good and comfortable and safe. So it was really, really a great trip all in all.

And I’m taking so much more away than just photos on my iPhone. Anyway, yeah, thanks very much and peace in love.

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Marcia - Group Program

First, I’ll start by thanking you, João and you, Nuno, for this incredible trip. I also want to highlight your generosity, your time and your dedication to each one of the group and mine in particular. It was an incredible experience, and if life doesn’t attract me to sweat, that is, if my memory stays with me, these were days that I will certainly visit throughout my life. The good experiences, those that fill our hearts, no one can erase them. I waited 30 years to walk this path. I’ll need another 30 to digest and process them. My deepest gratitude to both of you. Now that I have arrived, there is a Camino de Santiago that begins. Today, inside. Thank you for everything.

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Andrew - Individual Program

I came to the program with a question about how to get rid of stress in my life and realize my high potential. And the answers were quite surprising because I understood I was too fast. I need to stop and appreciate what I have created and already have. And the main conclusion is that I had already arrived where I wanted to. I am already there.

Now it is the question of how I take care of what I already built and how to take about the pillars of my life. I also understood I don’t have to go wide with unfiltered people and projects, but I have to go deep.

And now, the critical question is, what is my purpose? And the purpose is to inspire creativity because I want to improve our imperfect Universe.

With the right principles and with the right systems, you can manage to do almost anything. Anything is possible for those who do not complain but create, who accept the challenge to build, create, change, grow and enjoy life. Because life is a creative act, and it’s unbelievable what we have if we choose freedom and not fear and we are open to ourselves and do not betray our real nature.

This is as simple as that. The Universe gives you an ocean of opportunities, and you have to relax, and accept your role as a co-creator and enjoy this creative journey. Thank you for such an incredible week.

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Tatiana - Group Program

What did I take home from Walking mentorship?

Well, first of all, physically, I took my survival kit, which has been very helpful, and I sometimes come back to it. And it’s wonderful to see and track the progress from what I started with and what I wrote in it and connect it to what I’m doing today. So that’s been really helpful to have a written document, an artefact that I can hold on to and check my progress against.

In other terms, what I took home after the program is definitely a better understanding of where I want to get to and also, most importantly, what do I need to get there. And this understanding on its own is very valuable. So whatever I do now, I have this filter and I can ask myself questions whether the action I’m going to take isn’t getting myself closer to where I want to get or not. So that is a very helpful tool to have.

The impact that I saw on myself after Return is definitely more awareness. I would even say I became more attentive to myself and that really improved my relationships with others. So it’s that connection that I established first with myself and that enabled connecting with others in a more meaningful way. So here I’ve said it. So by noticing small things about myself and paying attention, I realized and it changed the way I related to others.

Did you get closer to answering your Focus Question? Well, yes, absolutely. First of all, I clarified the Focus Question, which on its own is a very useful thing to do. And I have got closer and it makes me think that I got quite a bit closer now, considering we walked together in April and we’re in November. So having the Action plan has really worked for me, even though I didn’t have to reread it.

But I kind of feel I have it in my head. So the answer is yes. Basically yes, I got closer to my Focus Question, but it’s such a big one that I think it’s a question that will haunt me for the rest of my life.

After Return, what will last longer is the understanding that you can really put theory into practice and that you never walk alone. There is always someone walking in front of you and behind you. And the second most important learning is that even if all you can do today is take one step, it doesn’t matter whether you take one step or 100 steps, as long as you know where you’re going. So you really can make progress at your own pace, in your own time. And as long as you know where you’re heading, you’re okay.

And the last, but not the least that will last longer after my return is the love of walking. So now I love walking so much that I always just feel like going for a walk. So, in a nutshell, I think the program really works.

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Mary - Group Program

Well, I needed something like this. It was a perfect end to the year and an opportunity to clear my head and get this experience in this beautiful country and setting. And what you’re doing is really how do you say, changing the mindset, helping move forward and clear your mind. It is definitely a good timing for something like this. Reevaluate and look ahead and try to be positive in this case. So there’s been a lot of things, maybe, that came to my head during this whole week.

It’s very nice that it’s very simple. It’s not complicated. I’ve done all sorts of different programs with meditations or some going deeper and stuff. But you don’t need to go really deep to be seeing what’s really important. So thank you very much for that. And I’m honestly really happy.

I found myself brainstorming. How do you make it work? I think any businessman or manager or entrepreneur, they would definitely benefit from something like this. And this is like a global trend. With the hiking, I think, especially with the corporate world. If you slow down to clear your head because we’re in such fast paced environment. And I find that in order to grow personally, business wise, any kind of growth, you do need to kind of take a side step and see the whole picture regularly. I feel like the balloon has just been freed out of air. Thank you.

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