The Zero-Sum Game of You (Author Interview)

The Zero-Sum Game of You looks like a great guide. Can you tell us a little about it?

This book came to me as a true inspiration. Becoming an author was not one of my personal goals. I am a software engineer, so I can communicate better by writing code than by speaking in English. In the past, I tried a couple of times to open a non-profit so that i could help people in financial need. In 2019 I tried one last attempt. Unfortunately, due to the costly annual lawyer's fee, I had to drop the idea. At that point, I felt overwhelmed and defeated. I refuged in my metaphysics practice of solitude, and soon after, I saw the title clear in my mind. Ideas and material just kept flowing. At the time, I did not put the two together. It was until I was done with the manuscript that I said, "I will donate 60% of any profit to help young adults with training and education". At that point, I had an aha moment, realizing that maybe my purpose was not only to help others financially but to help them with self-growth and strengthen their internal fortitude.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

When I wrote this book, I was sure it would be my only book, but I was wrong. After many questions and feedback from my readers and social media fans, I realized that I could share a lot more information that would be useful to many. So, in addition to having the workbook ready to launch by November 2022, I have already started writing a second book.



That's an amazing cover. 

Can you tell us a little about it?

I love my book cover!. My publisher Kia Harris and my cover designer Dezmond Carter took every idea I had in my mind to create a book cover that included all elements. The Fire and the Ice in the book cover reflect the emotions within each of us. The constant battle between the Yes or No; going or stop; facts or perceptions. I love playing chess. The chess pieces in the book reflect our awareness, planning our current and future moves, taking actions, and adjusting our course of action, as inevitable challenges will always be part of any journey we take.



What inspired you when writing The Zero-Sum Game of You?

Curiosity and empathy. I started noticing all types of differences when I was a young child. I grow up with an intense desire to help others financially. Later on, as I grew older, I realized there was much need to help others develop their internal fortitude. Without inner growth, awareness, and accountability, there will never be lasting changes.



How did you come up with the title to your book?

My mind was wondering about the different between rich and poor, happiness and sadness, self-fulfillment and emptiness. And I saw the words "Zero-Sum Game" in my mind as the root cause for these differences. 



What will readers get out of your book?

The reader will come along an exciting journey of self-discovery. These findings may bring some self-defense emotions at the beginning., But it will get more comfortable as they continue getting deeper. They will face some questioning with themselves and gain awareness of their cultures, beliefs, and choices to take responsibility for their present and future. In addition, I provide the reader with great practical tools that they can implement and start seeing results in a couple of weeks. There is no right or wrong answer. It is more about owning whatever IT is. It's about making the best possible life with whatever you have starting today. There is no point in blaming others or looking for answers outside of oneself. It is about understanding the facts and still choosing to make the best, even when situations may or may not be fair. It is about forgiveness, self-fulfillment, and achieving success on their terms while minimizing future regrets.



How did you come up with the story and ideas in The Zero-Sum Game of You?


The ideas came from different interactions, people, and concepts I have encountered in my personal or professional life. Some of the ideas come from listening to others' complaints, feeling victims, and other situations that keep them back in the past. The stories come from real-life experiences.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I was part of ten brothers and sisters. We faced great financial struggles growing up lacking, in some cases, basic human needs. My parents, primarily my mother, worked very hard at multiple jobs to provide us with an education. A privilege that she did not have herself. She had no idea how to use any technology but always wanted us to learn computers because she knew that was the future. I graduated in the Dominican Republic with honors with a Pharmacy degree. Then in the USA, I graduated in computer programming, followed by a master's in information systems.



Where can readers find out more about your work?