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Building Her Legacy | Araceli García

Araceli García knew from her first day as an Angels consultant that she was in the right place. She explains why, since joining Angels, she is as happy on Mondays as on Fridays.
Angels team 12 February 2024
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Araceli García (second from right) with her Spanish colleagues Maria Atienza, Alicia Arjona and Esther Redondo.


I joined Angels because it is much more than just a job. Angels has an emotional component that makes it a very special project. Since I started, Mondays are just as happy as Fridays.

On my first day with Angels I had the amazing opportunity to meet the entire Iberia team and spend some time with Esther Redondo who explained the key fundamentals of the project and conveyed the special spirit that all consultants share. At that moment, I couldn't imagine all that was to come, but something inside me was clear: I was in the right place. It was a day full of excitement and enthusiasm, and at that moment I knew I had found a home at Angels.

The thing I am most proud of is getting out of my comfort zone. Being able to face my fears and doubts and go beyond my limits has allowed me to grow personally and discover new opportunities and learning.

It took a lot of courage to find my place in the field. The road to gaining the trust of stroke professionals and getting them to share their problems and concerns and then help them is difficult and takes time. In the first few meetings and calls no one seems to have time for you, and you have to try hard not to get discouraged. It is when they see the value you can bring that they start to trust you.

The most important thing I have learnt so far is the power of motivation. It is the key ingredient to making change happen and making things work.

One skill I have found unexpectedly useful is being flexible. There are many ways to get to the right place, and the best one isn't necessarily the one we initially have in mind. I think you have to adapt quickly to the different situations that arise and be able to see new horizons.

The best advice I have received is that the most important thing is to be a good listener in order to understand each situation. You have to talk to all parties involved and get all points of view in order to understand how it works and what problems there might be.

To me, leaving my legacy means to be a partner to the hospitals in my regions, and to help them improve stroke patient care until they consider me as one of the team.

 

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