1316,1 | We’re Erasmus

Our lives are not measured by money, stuff or tangible objects we own. Our lives, more specifically what we are really made of are moments, experiences; the people you meet along the way is what really make you realize how wealthy you are. I was concerned about this fact when I came back home for Christmas leaving my second home for a weeks.

For the last three months I have been living in Vesalius, a quite old, grey but cozy dorm in the city of Gent, Belgium. First days were hard, yes I had to start again. New people, new atmosphere. Everything was still undiscovered, completely unknown. This is the “confortable zone” many people is talking about, moving off what you are used to starting from zero somewhere else doing whatever different. There I realized that all I had at home was nothing compared to what I was about to get there, and now I know it happened. The same people and atmosphere I was afraid off at the beginning made me change the way I see things now. They made me appreciate the little things of my day-to-day, they made me realize how important is to have goals, to see things clear, to not regret about nothing and above all, enjoy every second of your short live.

Once an Erasmus, always an Erasmus.

Now I am a little bit richer although I spent most of my savings there, richer because I earned 50 new friends from over 18 countries, 18 homes to stay and 1 family I belong to. This is what Erasmus is supposed to be, further than partying, studying and lazy days. To get new friends and meet people around the world is what keeps you moving forward, the thing that makes you feel completed when you get home for Christmas knowing that no-one else will live the things you did and secrets will be secrets forever. Priceless.

All I can say now is thanks, I’m feeling so thankful for the people I met there: Latvians, Czech, Germans, Spanish, Scottish, Romanians, French, Mexicans (Mexican), Polish, Russian, Italians, Portuguese, Dutchs, Slovenians, Greeks  and our lovely hosts, the Belgians. Thank you to make from this six months the most unforgettable experience we could ever had. This story is not ended yet nor will never end. 31st of January is going to arrive and there will be people who will leave again, heading out to home, saying bye forever; there will be others that will stay for another semester; but what I am really sure about is that what we lived together will stay forever at the bottom of our hearts. We belong to each others, we are Erasmus.

Just a little more about me

Somebody told me once that he had never met a guy like me. Since always, even when a kid, I’ve been not the most chatty one in the group nor I am now but I was just there, listening to others, watching what was going on around, looking to their faces, their expressions while others where talking to them. Actually, still as a kid, I never used to cry while people around me were talking. It was like listening to them was my favorite way to amuse myself.

As I said before I’m still being not the most chatty one in the group but I like to be there, listen and give my opinion when I really need it. I love meeting new people all round the world, new cultures, new ways of think and act. Learn from others experiences, failures and anecdotes. This is the way I am.

Since I was 3, I was joined to the music school in my hometown and I’m totally thankful with the decision to get me there. Music made me appreciate the little thinks of the life, increase concentration, see every movement as a related sequence of notes and above all, look for perfection as I played for 13 years the violin. You have to work on what you want to achieve perfection. In my field of study, Business Administration, I’m getting specialized on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management which means creativity, design and imagination on its pureness, but all of this are nothing without perfection, so music is giving me the perspective to achieve what I want.

I’m currently developing a project with two other mates, Intrepic, which is going to change the way users consume, generate and get informed across social networks. While others in my class still don’t know their goal in life or at least on their academic years I’m full of ambition, I know what I really want to do and I’m going to achieve it in anyway. I’m not the one who talk the most but I can swear I am that one who while others are talking, is thinking about how to change things. And this is what our generation is missing. People is all that focused on promote theirself that they really forget that what really matter in this life is not what you are saying but what you can demonstrate.

Finally so end up this post, I feel the need to mention again what S. Jobs said once:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things, they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

BatKit and Make-A-Wish Foundation in action

Some days ago I noticed about how Make-A-Wish America together with SF community make reality Mile’s wish, a 5-years-old kid who after being diagnosed at 20 months-old with Leukemia, has beat cancer and is now in remission. This make me realize that superheroes are not just in comics or movies, they don’t wear Kevlar suits nor are made of stone, but they are at street level, they are just ordinary people who withstand the unbelievable because they have illusion, they are not waiting anything from anyone and go ahead because they believe. Stay strong! #faithinhumanityrestored (for a while)

To know more …

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in the United States that arranges experiences or also called wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. In order to qualify for a wish, the child must be between the ages of 2 and a half and 18 at the time of the referral. It is the child’s physician that ultimately decides if a child is eligible.

The organization grants wishes through its 62 chapters located throughout the country and also operates in 47 countries around the world through 36 affiliate offices.

from Barcelona to the world

It’s been one year today since me and a classmate hit the US for our very first time, doing couchsurfing in LA, Vegas and SF for almost a month (see how we enjoyed the trip). This was definetely the most inspiring trip ever, besides we had the chance to meet some extraordinary people and live once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Now, almost one year and a half later I’m gonna be living abroad again as an Erasmus student. Say hi to Belgium!

For those who may not know about Erasmus programme is a European Union student exchange programme established in 1987 which forms a major part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. Actually, the Erasmus Programme, together with a number of other independent programmes, was incorporated into the Socrates programme established by the European Comission in 1994 and which on ended on 31 December 1999 being replaced with the Socrates II.

There are currently more than 4,000 higher institutions participating in Erasmus across the 33 countries involved in the Erasmus programme and over 2.2 million students have already taken part. But not everybody can participate on it, it must be students who’re studying for a degree or diploma at a tertiary-level institution and must have completede their first year. Otherwise, students who join the Erasmus programme study or do an internship for a period of at least 3 month to an academic year in another European country. The programme guarantees that the period spent abroad is recognised by their university when they come back, as long as they abide by terms previously agreed.

So here I am, few months before leaving my little town and getting ready  to experience Europe on its majesty.

Erasmus makes you believe in your dreams as well as your capabilities to go ahead in your day-to-day no mattering how far you are, the people you meet or the country you live in. 

It’s been almost two months since I applied to go abroad and just about two weeks later college administration announced I’d been accepted. That was huge! I had picked as first option Gent, Belgium, an historical city in the north of Belgium, in the region of Flanders, but unfortunately it was so sought-after and I was supposed to go to Wrexham. Well, it wasn’t the best place to go for me but was something. But I was kind of lucky when just a couple of days later I received an email announcing I’d been accepted to go there, at the center of Europe, just few hours from Paris, London, Brussels or Berlin.

In my opinion, life is about meeting new people, and happiness is nothing but sharing you life with them, and this is the reason of this post. My purpose from now to February is to get you all informed about my experience as an exchange student sharing with you a weekly resume about my dau-to-day there.

It’s time to welcome “#brandyourway Erasmus edition”

Stay tunned!

We the youth

The free ones, the ambitious, the creatives, the dreamers, the future, that ones who’re supposed to push the human race forward. We have plenty of confidence in ourselves, we want to succeed #WeTheYouth

Two weeks ago I met another race of young people, something different from the ordinary, guys and girls who have ambitions and goals, who want to be successful in their life. They have creativity running on their blood. This is the reason of this post, I want to share with all of you how it was to live, work and hang out during a whole week with all of them. This is the experience of getting along with 6 students around Europe working as a team. Be welcomed to the International Entrepreneurship Seminar: 6 universities, 36 students, 1 goal: make this world a better place through social entrepreneurship.


In may 2013 the 3rd edition of the International Entrepreneurship Seminar was organized in Mataró, Barcelona (Spain) by the Escola Universitaria del Maresme as well as TecnoCampus Mataro-Maresme and the International Entrepreneurship Seminar partners . The International Entrepreneurship Seminar (IntEntSem) is a co-organized weekprogram of 6 European Universities aiming to stimulate international cooperation, student mobility, entrepreneurial behaviour, awareness of European trade opportunities and awareness of cultural differences within Europe among the participating students and coaches. 36 students out of 6 countries are selected to participate, based on their entrepreneurial ambitions, sociable skills and motivation to participate. They are divided into 6 multinational teams of 6 students. The main goal of this weekly seminar is to set up a new innovative business concept, based on cultural differences within the team, the workshops and inspiration sessions they have to follow during the week and the main topic of the week, which is “Social Entrepreneurship”.

Started by the Business Administration faculty at University College Ghent in Knokke, Belgium, in 2011, the IntEntSem toured around Europe since 2012 with its first step in Wilhelmshaven, Germany in April 2012, this year in Mataró, Spain and the next year in Västerås, Sweden in April 2014.

When it all started.


When we think about a German, a Belgian, a British, a French and a Spanish may looks like a joke, most of the times it could be impossible to work together due to personal and cultural differences, but for a time we were gathered in the same place having all one thing in common: the wish to create. We were willing to open our minds, share differences and build an innovative product which should solve consumer needs, and all started the sunday 12th May, when we went for a teambuilding dinner at Mataró Center, where we met up for the first time. Some tapas and beer was the way to be welcomed, that was the beginning of something more than an entrepreneurial seminar. We thought, designed, run, laughed, drank, slept together. In just a week we had become more than friends, we were taking part at the IntEntSem 2013 where young people become entrepreneurs in a week.

The rest of the week was full of great and funny experiences such as teambuilding games at Mataró Beach, a teambuilding paella on Monday evening, brainstormings, products’ visualization, trend watching in Barcelona, business canvas model building, reporting the business model and the greatest activity of the week, a speed date event with entrepreneurs on Thursday evening, no words for that, just so proud to be there.

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Unfortunately Friday arrived and that represented the end of our journey. We went for a huge party to Barcelona where we spent the whole night having fun all together, our last moments taking part of something exclusive, something unique. Sincerely, and now is the first time I recognize it, I was afraid to join the IntEntSem, yes, when I sent the application to take part on it I was afraid of meeting new people because we use to be reluctant to change our day-to-day and discover and live new experiences, we all want to be happy by not taking risks, something illogical but extremely common, but now I know that nobody will be able to reproach what I did. After some nervousness at the beginning I started enjoy, I discovered another race of young people, people like me, people who dare to dream. I enjoyed every time of the week even the breaks. And because of this, from this blog I feel the strong urge to show my gratitude to them, thanks for wake up everyday and feel the necessity to change something, thanks for having goals, for not being afraid of the future. We met up for first time the sunday 12th May at Mataró Center but I’m sure that from then to the future we’re gonna meet many times and then we could say that one week we took part at the International Entrepreneurship Seminar 2013.

Thank you all guys, keep thinking different! | #WeTheYouth

Make it happen!

Hi there! Almost a year building and sharing #brandyourway with all of you, writing about the coolest stuff I found on Internet related with innovation and entrepreneurship. It all started as I said one year ago, on may 2012 and well actually I’d created brandyourway on blogger, but for many reasons I finally ended up here, being one more on the wordpress community. That huge community of enthusiastic people that have a lot to say!

When #brandyourway came to me at the very first it was just a blog, a site to talk and share my feelings but after some months of activity I saw that it was something more, not just a wordpress. And now, after a whole year I know that #brandyourway was pretending to be a way of act, think and live, which it makes me remember a Mark Twain’s quote that says:

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens or better known by his pen name Mark Twain was the father of The Adventures of Hucleberry Fiin, the Great American Novel and also a great journalist as well as humorist. So well, Mark Twain’s life and mainly the quote before take me to the main subject of this post: make it happen. What I want to really mean with this?

You can do whatever you’ve purposed, you are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul (quoting William E. Henley on his poem Invictus), amazing things are awaiting for you and nobody mustn’t prevent you of achieving your dreams. Everyone of us are unique and I truly believe that if we were not so influenced about what others say or think about us we could do, create and discover plenty of new amazing things.

I am currently 19 and I have my whole life ahead of me. I could be playing PS3, watching TV or just killing the time doing absolutely nothing. But I am right now writing on this blog, I’m about to lunch my first business in a few months and the next year I’m going on Erasmus to Belgium for six months, six incredibly months. I am not rich, I am not lucky but I love my life and I love to work. And if I’ve learnt something during this year on #brandyourway is that if you work for what you love, things will happen.

Just make it happen.


We are innovation

19. Dreamer entrepreneur developing @intrepic. BA student at UPF, day trader and trail runner. Blogger. Social media, sports, photo, street art & sitcoms lover.

This is what I’ve said everywhere on the web even on this blog. You can find me on twitter, facebook, pinterest, linkedin, youtube, vimeo, google+ and many other sites not popular yet but with a creative core that make them special (the one I love the most is Cowbird, must be checked out!). All I said to the web are 140 characters, almost 22 words and 2 numbers and I think it’s time to say something more about me, it’s time to talk and spread which are my dreams, what I really want to do. That’s one of the purposes I created #brandyourway a year ago, to share my opinions.

I am currently 19, with no professional duties and lot of time, resources and imagination to create. Someone else would be playing at PS3 during the afternoon or doing literally nothing, but I need to create. College give the theory needed to success but only you are the responsible to do it or not, only you can make it happen. And I am trying to do it. To put in another way, I’m gonna try to succes in any case.  I’m working on a project named intrepic which is in fact my motivation to learn everyday from everything. It’s an important aspect to take in account for youth to soak up all they can, learn from their environment, the way others act. Coworking and learning through experience.


Intrepic came to me the last summer just after arriving from Cali [take a look at Couchsurfing around California]. I’ve not realized til then how many events, successes and interesting facts can one notice while strolling. Always it’s happening something, not matter the place, the weather or the hour, if it has to happen it will and if you are lucky you’ll be there to see it. This is on which I focused intrepic, emotions through experience. (With an eye toward the future I promise to keep you on the ball about what’s gonna happen about intrepic).

Travel to US changed completely my way of thinking and learning. I’ve grown in a static society, if we keep in mind that Spain has nearly the same expanse as Texas it’s not strange then to born and die in the same place or almost at the same province. And this is what I want to change to me.  Few month ago I was talking just about this with a friend I met in Las Vegas and he was so shocked about our way of life, the way we are able to born, grew, study, work, get married and die in the same place. That’s why I say that trip changed my mind; I saw how people create, found and boost startups in a day, from one day to the next, how ideas become business, how freelances don’t dead asphyxiated by taxes. It’s another reality. And I’m aware that culture, traditions, expanse and economy are pretty different, but I can’t understand at all what are we doing wrong here. Why entrepreneurs are afraid to set up their projects? Why ideas don’t become to business? Why creativity don’t become to ilusion?

And here is where innovation becomes important, how youth get the knowledge and learnings to feel free to create, to cooperate or simply but no less important to dream. Because as said Micky’s father, if you can dream it, you can do it and in any way innovation is nothing more than freedom, that feeling of “impossible is nothing” and “the world is mine”. Once you believe anything can’t stop you, only then you’ll start generating ideas, you’ll start creating concepts maybe not innovatives at all but they will become a part of that called entrepreneurship. And this concept is what avoid to get static and at the same time push the human race forward generating new business opportunities, generating wealth and making better the way of life of everyone.

Summing up, we are innovation, we are made of creativity and we live from dreams and goals. To success or not is on our hands and there’s also the chance to brand our way and achive at least that feeling called freedom. To finish, here’s a quote that really marked me said by a young entrepreneur with a huge potential I met this semester. All the best from this blog!

Entrepreneur is not just that one who achieve it but that who try it-S.G