E.R. Leyva

Ernesto became infatuated with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs early on, then found a passion for philosophy through Plato’s dialogues, his preference leaning towards epistemological pragmatism.

He has devoted tens of thousands of hours to the study of life’s challenges from a diverse range of perspectives. As a result of this process, he developed the uncanny ability to tackle some of life’s most elusive questions with practical and universal answers designed to withstand the test of time.

His origins took him from Havana to Montreal, where he graduated from the John Molson School of Business to South Florida, where he lives with his wife and son.

His passions and multicultural background come together in his writings to create a pragmatic lens that sharply pierces through the veil of old, engrained, misconceptions, and provides clarity in an era of cloudy misinformation.

Using first principles thinking, he steps away from specialized jargon and endless theoretical discussions into relatable everyday life experiences and common language, ultimately leading to intuitive and actionable knowledge.

He aims to equip his readers with wisdom that empowers them to live ever-more fulfilling lives.

Here is a bit about me and what I’m up to in a less formal tone.

I am fortunate to have lived important parts of my life in three very different countries: Cuba, Canada, and USA. The years spent at each of these allowed me to fully internalize their different cultures and to gain an appreciation for all cultures, freeing myself of the shackles of cultural ethnocentrism. I believe this journey has had important ramifications in my entire philosophy of life and in the way I approach all situations.

I now live in Florida, where I met my beautiful wife and where we welcomed our first baby-boy in 2021!

Personality-wise, I’m a curious person, always looking to understand and accept the realities of life. I enjoy discussions based on logic that can improve my understanding of the world. On the other hand, I have a bit of a short temper for willful ignorance, which has been on the rise, unfortunately.

My formal education is in Business. I work a full-time job through which I dwell in business strategy, problem solving and analysis on a daily basis. These are also conveniently some of my passions, so one could say I’m happily employed.

After 15+ years of scrutinizing life at every chance I get, I have gained several insights about life that seem to escape most people. I have seen how those who are attuned to them, whether intentionally or unintentionally, live more fulfilling lives. Throughout this time, I have captured a few hundred pages of notes and ideas. I am now in the process of turning those notes into books.