Earlier this month, I went on vacation to Playa del Carmen in Mexico with my parents.
For those of you who have never been to this part of the world, imagine a postcard of beautiful tropical beaches surrounded by jungle, coral reef, and Mayan Ruins. That would just about scrape the surface of how beautiful this place is.
As far as people go, you can’t do much better then those living in the Yucatán Peninsula. They possess a sense of honesty, humility and earnestness unlike any community I have lived in. I have a very special place in my heart for these people.
I was at a tequila bar in Mérida talking with a friend about Phlearn when all of the sudden the kid behind the bar spoke up and said, “Did I just hear you say you teach Photoshop?”
I said, “Yeah, I do. Check out Phlearn.com, we teach Photoshop for free.”
You should have seen the smile on this kid’s face. It turns out that he works at the bar to pay rent, but his real passion is design. He has already learned Java online, and now wants to learn Photoshop so he can become a designer.
Alejandro Gomez is a young man with a dream and a plan. In the next year, he will quit his bartending job and start taking jobs as a graphic artist and web designer.
For Alejandro’s life in Mexico, learning Photoshop could mean a HUGE pay increase and a higher standard of living.
We talked for a while about the employment opportunities in that part of the world. Most of the work is tough, manual labor but if you can speak English well, and have some computer skills, you can get a decent job.
Before leaving I made sure to get his email address so I could send him some free tutorials.
This encounter with Alejandro was one of the highlights of my trip for a few reasons. It reminded me of when I first started learning Photoshop and carved a career out of a passion. I saw the same passion in Alejandro’s eyes and it inspired me. It also reminded me how fortunate I am and how much has been given to me in the process of carving out a career. Being able to share a little of what I have the way others have shared with me was real honor.
Good luck to Alejandro and to everyone with a dream and a plan.