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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Jan 28, 2020


Influence Comes From Service; I Just Need To Show Up And Be Myself


Azul Terronez


Author, Podcaster and Book Whisperer, Azul Terronez, was afraid to write a book.  He talks about not being good at reading and writing, and flunking freshman English at UCLA; he later learned he has dyslexia.  He’s helped authors who have become international best sellers, and he has a TEDx talk called What Makes a Good Teacher that has over 1.6 million views. Azul names his superpowers, which are traits of being Highly Sensitve—oberserving, connecting, listening & accepting. He discovers during this episode that he thinks he may be a Highly Sensitive Person.


  • Azul loved telling stories, and he wanted to be a writer, but his teachers discouraged him because he wasn’t good at reading or writing
  • Azul found out in his late 20’s he had dyslexia
  • Azul flunked Freshman English at UCLA
  • He became an English teacher (but didn’t have a degree in teaching)
  • Azul could see words and how they work
  • Although he wanted to write a book, he didn’t have access to a publisher and he believed he wasn’t good enough
  • Azul taught his students how to publish books
  • A student asked Azul where was his book, but he had been too afraid to write a book
  • Azul signed up for Pat Flynn & Chris Ducker’s 1 Day Breakthrough Workshop, but had no book or anything to show he had a business
  • He decided to write a book in 30 days (the workshop was a little over 30 days away)
  • Azul wondered Can I make a living outside of being a teacher?
  • Azul wrote the book The Art of Apprenticeship and sent it to a publisher the day before the workshop
  • Azul became a principal and an administrator, but it was difficult because he had to emotionally manage adults
  • If I play a role, I can be successful
  • I could be very strong, but I felt isolated
  • I felt supported, but distant
  • I found the language to describe my experience
    • I would feel so much
    • It helped me help other people
    • I noticed what I was experiencing
  • Pat Flynn asked Azul to help him write his book, which became an international best seller
  • Azul has been able to live all over the world
  • He has a podcast called Born to Write


I just need to show up and be myself

Influence comes from service

I can show up and serve

You can be yourself, and I will hold that space for you

Acting is what I’m doing in Life. [studying acting in college] This will make me successful

I was observant, sensitive, and I paid attention more

I had to find the language to describe my experience

I bring the story out of people

I’m good at thinking ahead and anticipating what people need

I helped kids blossom


Azul Terronez has been called a book whisperer  He helps leaders write and publish books that people love so they can create their brand, grow their audience, and increase their influence. His signature coaching program is built around the idea that creating books is about building the conversation that you want to own. Azul is the CEO of Authors Who Lead™ and the host of the top writing podcast Born to Write. His TEDx talk “What Makes a Good Teacher Great” has been viewed over 1.6 million times. Azul’s clients have included Wall Street Bestseller, Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive Income Podcast, Jadah Sellner co-founder Simple Green Smoothies and Dana Malstaff the founder of Boss-mom. He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  


Patricia Young works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online groups for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).


Azul’s Links



Instagram: @azulterronez

Podcast Born to Write--

Tedx Talk What Makes a Good Teacher Great--

Dr. Elaine Aron’s website—HSP Self-Test--

Patricia’s Links

HSP Online Course--


Facebook group Unapologetically Sensitive--




Show hashtag--#unapologeticallysensitive

Music-- Gravel Dance by Andy Robinson