Never Give Up

September 3rd, 2013 by Ana Scherer



I woke up today to the amazing news that Diana Nyad, the 64 year old endurance swimmer from the USA just finished crossing the 110-mile passage from Cuba to Florida.  A few amazing facts about Diana and this attempt:

1.  She has been trying this feat since 1978 when she was 28 years old.  She tried for five times until she finished it at age 64 yesterday at 2 pm Florida time.

2.  She swam with no cage to protect her from sharks and was the first person in the world to do so.

3.  She has been training for the past four years and faced many challenges along the way  including her fourth failed attempt when trying to cross the straight two years ago.

Upon arriving on the shore of Key West, just before 2 p.m. on Monday after nearly 53 hours in the ocean, a two-day, two-night swim from her starting point in Havana, the 64-year-old had this to say:

“I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”

After 35 years of trying, Diana Nyad accomplished her dream and conquered the almost impossible swimming challenge.
The act speaks for itself and there is not much to add to this incredible show of physical and emotional show of will power.  For all of us trying to accomplish our dreams, this is a major incentive to really go for it.
Internalize Nyad’s message which is filled with hope and gratitude.  Hope that once you persist and believe, life will show you a way to make things happen.  Gratitude that comes from knowing that you cannot do it alone and that the more you share your dream with others, the bigger are the chances for you to succeed.
With energy,
Read her story here:

Happy 2013!

January 5th, 2013 by Ana Scherer







It’s long but a good recipe to start the New Year:


1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that are manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2012 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours, though it may be tough to do.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily; And while you walk, smile.


11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously; No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree…


25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something of value to others even if it is advise.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. Love has healing power.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come…
38. When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
40. Set your GOALS now for 2013 ! ! ! Real Goals…It’s not Too Late

Happy New Year – Make 2013 Your Best Year Yet !

With energy,


December 11th, 2012 by Ana Scherer

Today I had the privilege to co-host an inspiring event called “Ladies Who Launch” at the Jewish Community Centre in Hong Kong.  The author of the best seller book “Ladies Who Launch” Maseena Ziegler, led a panel of four amazing women entrepreneur that made their dreams come true in Hong Kong.  We heard amazing insights from Sonya Madden, Esther Ma, Edith Law and Ivy Wong Stephens; four of the twelve women that Maseena interviewed for her book “Ladies Who Launch in Hong Kong”.

The most encouraging and inspiring insight in my opinion, is that to make your dream business a success, the most important requirement is a unshakable BELIEF IN YOUR IDEA!  Sure there is all the due diligence one will face, however, the overwhelming truth is that when we believe in our dream nothing will stop us from making it happen!

Buy the book today and get all the motivation that you need to move forward with your idea!

A heartfelt thanks to Maseena and all the fabulous women that affected us so deeply this afternoon.

With energy,


PS:  Watch this fabulous promotion video of the book at

Lech Lecha – Avraham’s journey to himself

October 29th, 2012 by Ana Scherer

This is a D’var Torah (a sermon) I wrote and delivered at my synagogue last week.  I love this particular passage of the Torah which we all can relate to.  Avraham leaves his place of birth to go on a spiritual journey to discover himself and his true calling.  It’s directed to a Jewish audience but the message is universal.  Enjoy it!

In the beginning of Parsha Lech Lecha “The Lord said to Avram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you…”

This is an invitation to a journey, to a pilgramage.  Avraham is invited by Hashem to leave behind all that is considered important in society – the security of his father’s home, money, fame – to begin this pilgramage to himself.  There is no address, only a call.  The Creator asks Avraham to go to the Land that He will show to him in the future.  There is a path but this path is not the means to get to the Promised Land.  To go through this path, to get started on this journey to himself – Lech Lecha – that’s the main goal.  Hashem tells Avraham: Go to yourself until the land that I will show you.

And why did Avraham go?  Why did he heed Hashem’s call?

Avraham was on a quest; a spiritual quest.  He needed to find himself and his values and the way to do that is to become vulnerable and interact with others.  Only then one can understand what are the values that he will atrribute to himself and to his life.

Isn’t that why we travel as well?  Isn’t that why we leave the familiar conditions of our homeland and go forth to experience the new?

These questions are not so clear when we leave, are they?  Maybe Avraham didn’t know that he was on a spiritual quest. He was answering a call and off he went.  Usually we don’t begin a journey with all these questions written down as if we can use them as a spiritual map.  We might have a hint of what’s ahead but we don’t know for sure.  To make this transition a bit easier and to make us feel less uncertain we bring our baggage with us.

Leaving is not so easy and there is anxiety around it.  We try to ease the pain by bringing things that are familiar to us; things that can help us transition from the old to the new… and what we take, reveals a lot about how we deal with risks and with life itself.  I wonder what Avraham took with him on his journey – perhaps a small idol that reminded him of his home and contradicted his mission but that simbolized his love to the land of his childhood.

Some of the things we take with us when we leave on a journey may contradict our mission, but they represent the uncertainty of leaving.  We cannot take the uncertainty out of the new adventure we are about to begin.  To do that would be removing the espiritual element that is involved in being vulnerable and open to new ideas, values and experiences whenever we heed the call and embark on a new journey in search for ourselves and our truth.

Our bagagge represents our only power in strange lands.  However, life teaches us that security is not to be found in things or in objects, but in the interaction with others.

This interaction is also know as service.  There are many levels of service, but without it there is no journey, there is no life.  This is the greatest virtue Avraham will learn and cultivate on his path.  He becomes the master of service and next week’s parsha tells us how Avraham ignored the disconfort of the circuncision that he just underwent to attend to the unexpected guests that came to his tent.

With such disposition for service, Avraham became the perfect conduit for the Divine Will.  He personified the attitude of surrender that a pilgrim must have once out on a journey.

In the previous parashot we see Adam hiding from G-d once He asked: Where are you?; we saw Noah obeying blindly without the interaction that G-d invites us to have with Him and with our fellow humans.  On this week’s parsha when G-d goes to Avraham, his answer is I am here ready to serve and he jumps into action.  These are three different responses and they symbolize three different levels of commitment and development.  We all go through these three levels during the journey of our lives.  We are called to serve but how many of us answer?

We learn through Avraham that to become a true pilgrim, you need to answer the call to serve others.  At different times in our lives we are called to be the host who serves or the pilgrim who takes.  This exchange is the espiritual perspective of the pilgrim.  He counts on the benevolence of the host.  And here we see the greatest secret of abundance – the exchange between the one who serves and the one who is being served.  The host has the external prosperity, the means by which one can serve others; money, food, time, etc.  The pilgrim has the internal prosperity, the light that accompanies the ones that are on a journey; the enthusiasm, the hope.

We’ve all experienced that when we have people over in our homes.  When they leave we get the feeling that they gave us more than we gave them!  We feel the same when we help others.  The internal prosperity of the pilgrim and the external prosperity of the host are a perfect exchange.  When we serve others we experience that in its highest form.  Some of these exchanges become so profound that we may even see people we interact with as angels such is the feeling of bliss that we are left with after we meet them!

Avraham can only be a true host and serve like no other because he also is a true pilgrim.  He knows that the exchange is precious and the one that is serving others has the greatest opportunity to collect riches that are priceless: the spritual assets that are eternal.  Once we give, once we serve, we get the spiritual assets back, the internal prosperity that lasts.

Avraham alternates his behavior as the pilgrim and the host and does to others what he needs others to do to him.  He perceives in himself a prosperity that changes external and internal values and that allows for him to see others as angels that always have something to give and to teach him.

In our own journey through life, we also know people that behave as angels and with whom we exchange internal and external prosperity.  We can only find these angels if we get out on a journey.  They are only visible when we become vulnerable, when we trust others, when we exchange our talents.  They are not visible when we are stuck in the familiar, the status quo and the “no-growth zone”.  We can only see them when we go off on a journey to ourselves.

At the end of the Parsha, Hashem changes Avram’s name to Avraham together with the promise that he will be the father of a multitude of nations.  It’s the end of one journey and the beginning of another.  The pilgramage is not over; it never is.


August 12th, 2012 by Ana Scherer

The most difficult thing about uncertainty is the anguish we feel to find an answer.  It’s almost suffocating at times.  There is always the temptation of asking someone what they think about it and follow their advice instead of listening to what your wise self wants to tell you.

Most people you ask will tell you that you are smart, capable and that you should just go for it.  You are then stuck with a project or an idea that confirms all the wonderful qualities you have because others told you so.  Sometimes a project that will confirm just how clever and inspiring you are is simply not right for you a this point.  And it hurts to let go.  The idea is just to perfect.  It matches your story, your experience, it might even bring you a lot of money; it’s just what you should do.  Or is it?

Resist the temptation to search for answers outside of yourself.  Look inside, let go of the story, understand that you are intelligent, smart, inspiring and you don’t need a project or an idea to prove it.  If you decide to go for it, do it for your own reasons, in order to stretch yourself and not because you should.

Be patient with the quest.  It might take a while until you feel you are ready to let go of the idea/project or to embrace it.  The most important thing is to know that you decided for yourself.  You are a winner when you take your own side.

With energy,