Manuel II.jpgWarmth, candor, optimism, drive, ambition, bon vivant, connaisseur of all good things in life, dancer, businessman, motivational speaker, interpreter, trainer, organiser of workshops, language professional, teacher… There are many words to describe Manuel Serrano. He’s also a cosmopolitan, he’s from Chile, but grew up in the US, and he settled in Slovakia later. He was in Seattle when the grunge movement started, he arrived in Slovakia right after the fall of communism, and he still follows all the latest trends in business, world politics, productivity hacks, social behavior, psychology, etc. Manuel is fluent in Spanish, English and the tricky language that is Slovak, and he understands several other languages. He’s also interested in freeing people from unnecessary costs and hassle and promotes minimalism.

The one thing he does not cut back on is his passion for life. Manuel is always busy working on too many projects to name, so his answers to our 21 #thrive questions are succint, but on the spot. They are so wonderfully terse, we didn’t edit them, because you can tell this guy likes to get right down to business.

What is the one thing you could do today that would make everything else easier?


How are you going to create more value for yourself and others than
you did yesterday?

Write down my observations.

What’s the most important project you’re working on right now?

Travel experiences for my children.

What are you grateful for?

The loving family that saw me into this world.

What are the positive habits you are building right now?

No complaining.

What is a decision you are absolutely committed to? What is something
you absolutely want to accomplish?

Show my children my America (North and South)

What have you learned recently?

Wim Hof’s breathing techniques

How do you want to feel today?


How are you going to reward yourself today?

Just being is a reward/gift in itself.

What sort of people are you inviting into your life today?

Actively? No one at the moment.

Name a question you’d really like to see answered.

Where do the world’s different races really come from (No! It’s not
Africa via evolution).

What does your ideal day look like?

Hiking in the mountains with my family on a beautiful sunny day.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

Can’t come up with anything…

What’s your one word and why?

Breathe – it gives presence.

If your life was a movie, what would be the title?

Going west.

What’s the best kind of business to get into right now?

Whatever business makes you tickle.

Polgyamy or monogamy? And why?

Whatever suits you, but our nature is to be polygamous.

What’s the shittiest thing you’ve ever done to someone?

To ignore someone I shouldn’t have ignored.

What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone?

Given food and shelter to destitute strangers in need.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Thank you (from the destitute).

What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

Save money and invest.

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