How to Apply Leverage
How to Apply Leverage
I straddle the worlds of investing and entrepreneurship, never quite taking the road most traveled.
I head a Latin American investment business for a US firm, I'm an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, writer, and angel investor.
I've done the traditional route of working at Goldman Sachs, going to Georgetown, flying hundreds of thousands of miles to listen to thousands of investors looking for funding. And hey, I've raised a lot of money doing so.
But before all that...
I came from immigrants, I knew nothing about finance. I actually started in the field of journalism, living and writing stories along the US/Mexico border of true struggle that most of us will never know.
But the last story I wrote changed everything, we won the JFK award, grants from the Buffet Foundation, accolades that felt big but, that story it broke my heart. I realized I could write about travesty but I couldn't change it.
So I stopped reporting on stories and turned to how to rewrite stories… How? By understanding money, which leads to power and the most powerful force I know of: Capitalism and Commerce.
NOW WE APPLY THESE PRINCIPLES I LEARNED TO YOUR LIFE, YOUR STARTUP OR YOUR PORTFOLIO...
So if you've ever been unable to re-write your story, stuck in a job you hate, in too expensive a house, anxious in mind or body - my goal is to help you...
I’m terrible at a plethora of things (like keeping my opinion to myself), but I’m d*mn good at bringing in business, raising money, making money in business and knowing how to position yourself or your company to win. I can attribute my success to these three principles.. I'll share them with you.
Life is hard they say. Relationships are hard. That's why they call it a job, it's not fun. Well - I think they are wrong. When you align yourself with your talents, your skills and the needs in the market or the needs of another, things are much easier than anyone ever told me. So I use that reframe in my mind. Assume it is easy to get, then use that as a guide for how to get what you want.
If you want it, ask for it. What's the worst thing that can happen. They say no, and you move on to your next target.
In this day and age we've become too reliant on one income stream. We need to think like the ocean. The ocean becomes a force of might by combining rivulets of revenue, to streams of cash flow to rivers of income. Through the accumulation of many sources is the ocean grown. That my friends is your plan. To become the architect of your own life but working for a company not because they hold a monetary axe over your head, but because you CHOOSE to. Whether that company is your own or another, we don't all have to be entrepreneurs we can be multi-faceted.
Hiked Machu Picchu, paddled Patagonia, sailed Cartagena, ridden elephants in Asia, surfed in Puerto Escondido, learned archery in Valle De Bravo, danced Flamenco in Spain a few times (albeit badly), flown helicopters in Rio, toured Angkor Wat, screamed with thousands of soccer fanatics in Maracana, hiked with gorillas in Uganda, river rafted the Nile in Kenya, swam with sharks in Belize, whale watched in MX and walked along the tallest tower in Shanghai.
Spoken at the Harvard Club.. without actually going to Harvard
Given 83 speeches in a year before never having given a public speech to more than my mom.
Went from truly embarrassing high school Spanish, to heading a multi-million-dollar investment division in LatAm in Spanish.
Launched a startup, that was profitable in first 6 months, while 9-to-5 working
Everything I have achieved is deliciously feasible for any of you fellow public school kids. While there is a literal ocean of individuals more accomplished than I, I'm convinced we can do infinitely more than we think we are capable of. It starts with financial freedom, working to earn, passive income and understanding the contrarian ways to investing that only the 1% learn now.