Wisdom, charisma and perspective are only a few of the amazing attributes which Carlos radiates on a daily basis. Grounded in experience, overcoming adversity with personal successes and failures, learning from each and every situation he has provided me with direction in various life-altering situations. He has guided me with a unique and different frame of reference which very few people have acquired. From deep and meaningful talks about religion, relationships and life, he has always given advice that is priceless even when it is something I didn't want to hear. His honesty and integrity holds true in his point of view, and is deeply rooted in overcoming his own demons; never faltering living his life not only in words but also by example to those he comes into contact with.
I've known Carlos for what feels like most of my life, but in retrospect. The one thing that stands out is his genuine care for others, and his genuine want to help, without judgment. When we first met, he was my boss. I was a shy, timid individual, and I think Carlos sensed that. He was the first one to talk to me, the first one that actually forced me to have a conversation with someone I worked with. Over the course of a few months, I would confide in Carlos quite often, we would go out for lunches, sometimes he'd invite me to his home, and he would just listen. When he was done listening, he'd offer advice. Over the course of these last nine years, we grew apart, not because of any indifference's, but because Carlos had moved and started a new journey in his life; new home, new family, new lifestyle. Although he moved quite far, he would still check in on me quite often; a phone call, or even a text just to say hello and see how things were in my life. He did this not because he felt obligated, but because he was staying true to himself, his beliefs, because he genuinely cared, because he knew my past struggles. Carlos would always remind me that God has a plan, we may not understand it, but he has one for us all. Honestly, I'm not sure if he even remembers saying that to me, but those words are something that I carry with me even to this day. Carlos has an ability to see the good in all people, more so, he has the ability to draw that good out of people, and guide them along the way.
I haven't known Carlos for that long. I randomly met him at TGI Fridays. He's the type of person that you can just click with right away. The type that makes you feel comfortable and trustworthy. These type of people can be difficult to find in your life. Carlos has helped my life in more ways than one. I see myself differently now. We randomly met at a coffee shop one day and had a life talk. I didn't realize that I told him basically my life story right then and there. He didn't judge. He just listened. He gave me relationship advice that I could never thank him enough for. He probably has no idea that I'll be keeping his wise advice and words in my mind forever. We are lucky to find friends like this guy in our lifetimes. Some people never do. This guy will do great things and I will always stay in touch. Thanks so much.
Hello Carlos, I spoke with you today a bit on how your story inspired me and also reminded me of a dear friend of mine. But, I had a bit of nerves going on while speaking with you, honestly. So I did not get to mention to you that the first time you came and spoke in the class with Dr. Maiden and shared your story that it really made me realize that I was going down the right path in my career choice. Both times you have come and spoken to us I have left the class, ending up sitting in my room thinking about your story and everything you shared with us for hours. So I want to thank you for coming in, sharing those stories, but mostly helping me realize that I have chosen the best career path for myself. I hope I am able to help people and guide them in the way you did for yourself. I am genuinely very excited to read your book, I hope and wish nothing but the best for you and your family. Best, Lyndsey L
Carlos, you, as every other person, have had your ups and your downs, but you take what you know and help others. Its all I have wanted to do with my life and I cannot tell you how inspiring it is to see someone else doing just that. I use to be more proactive in counseling others, and unfortunately due to circumstances I've had to focus more on myself and setting priorities straight. But reading through your site hits me hard. It brings back memories of my life and others I have had the pleasure to talk with and in some cases, even save their lives. I have such admiration for your accomplishments and I truly hope the best for you in your career as an author. Your story intrigues me and I can't wait for the read.