I'm a 55 year old who gained 10,000 followers on Twitter in just 6 months.

This is my story.

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In 2012 we sold everything and moved from the United States to a small mountain village in Guatemala.

We sold our dream home.
We sold 2 successful businesses.
We sold all the kids toys.
Over a beer, my friend Bryan asked, "How can you do that to your kids bro? The U.S. is the best country in the world. You're really taking all that away???"

My wife and I lost some of our best friends in the move.
I called my mom. She didn't say anything at first.

And then, "I will never forgive you."

I understood. We were taking her four grandchildren, far away.

Seven months later, the week before we left, she called and said, "I love you. I support you. And I forgive you."
Guatemala is a tiny country, 1/3 the size of Colorado.

We landed in a country we didn't know.
A country that has 100 murders a week.
A country swimming in poverty.

Why would we do that?
We moved into a home 1/3 the size of the home we sold and we opened the only middle school in our village.

We traded the comforts and opportunities of America, to live out our faith as Christians.
When Covid hit Guatemala we had to shut our school down.

We focused our efforts on feeding our neighbors, helping them get through the worst of it.

We fed 1,000 people every month for almost a year.
Five years ago we met 4 little ones stuck in an orphanage.

I say stuck because siblings can't be split up during adoption. If you want to adopt one, you adopt all.

I love that.

After two years and stacks of paperwork, we finally brought them home.
My friend asked, "How can you do that to your kids bro?"

9 years later, I have to ask, "How could we not?"
To know who I AM, It's important to know who I WAS.

🔽 🔽 🔽 🔽 🔽 🔽 🔽

I've been broke.
At the edge of bankruptcy broke.

I've been divorced.
I've been overweight and overworked.
I've felt life's burden to the core...I've wanted to quit.

So I get you.
Fast forward to today:

• My wife and I have climbed and spent the night on Volcán Acatenango, the 3rd highest peak in Central America.

• I swam with sharks off the coral reefs of Belize and explored the Mayan Ruins of Tikal.
• I've summited Capitol Peak, the most difficult of the 58 Colorado 14ers.

• I've run a marathon, jumped out of an airplane and grabbed an alligator by the tail.
• I'm a Christian Missionary who's smoked a Cuban cigar in Havana and played in the World Series of Poker in Vegas.

• I'm 55 and may have the best marriage on the planet.
I want you to win so bad!

With my tweets I'm laying out the stepping stones that will help you navigate this crazy world we live in.

I want you to live a life of adventure.
I want you to be strong and healthy.
I want you to have a strong marriage.
If that's the type of thing you want to see as you scroll Twitter, follow me @oneGSisneros.

➡️ Hit the 🔔 so you don't miss the next thread.

I'd be humbled if you scrolled to the top and retweeted the 1st tweet.

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How to get through your first year.

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You can't plant a seed (or a marriage) and expect it to bear fruit the next day...or the next month or even the next year.

It doesn’t work that way.
I talked to my dad last night and he asked about the apple trees we planted last spring.

“We're getting a little fruit dad. A couple of apples. It’s still not the best fruit though. The best fruit will come in 2-3 years.”

You can't rush seeds.
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I NEVER EVER talk poorly about him behind his back. I always lift him up. No matter what.

Women are black belts in this. Stop it.
I'm interested in what he's doing.

He goes through phases.

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• then went through a poker phase
• now, it's Twitter.

I love it. (And I love that I get to post on his page today)
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How To Become a Better Version of Yourself,
[ tactics I've gathered since 1966 ]

Stay away from ALL news

This will save you YEARS of your life.
The news has nothing for you.
Nothing you can't live without.

"But who will I vote for?"
Flip a coin.

"But what about the Pandemic?"
Wear a mask or don't wear a mask.

Get on with your life.
Curate your social media

• don't follow shitty people
• follow inspirational accounts
• follow people who teach you something

If you find yourself scrolling and getting lost, delete the app.

[ Follow me @OneGSisneros ]
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I'm 55 years old and I have ONE regret in life.

If I could have ONE do-over, I know exactly what it would be.

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I grew up in the mountains of Vail, Colorado. My high school not only had a football team, we had ski team!

At the end of the season of my senior year, I missed going to State in cross-country skiing, by just a few points.
My biggest regret, my ONLY regret, is NOT that I didn’t make it to State,

It’s that I didn’t even try, and that's why I didn't qualify.
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Don't die without reading this post.

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"I heard you die twice. Once when they bury you in the grave. And the second is the last time someone mentions your name." -Macklemore
1. Stop playing it safe.

Live a life that will make your grandkids say, "My grampa was a bad ass!"

• he jumped out of an airplane
• he ran a marathon
• he rolled a cuban cigar...in Havana

Whatever it is, wherever you are, LIVE a life worth remembering.
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Todd: No
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Todd: There are three that we know of.
Lisa: Can you see any weapons? What kind of weapons do they have?
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Lisa: Do you mean…like steak knives?
Todd: No, these are razor knives…like box cutters.
Lisa: Can you tell what country these people are from?
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