We live in a truly diverse world, where different cultures, languages and beliefs result in unique perspectives. Each geographical region has their own unique appeal, as does every race and religion.
As a result, travelling the world to witness these varied lifestyles and behaviours can widen our perspectives and open our eyes to a whole new experience. In this episode, we speak to Pablo, who has had a wide variety of studying and working stints across different countries including the United States, Spain, Switzerland, London and Toronto.
Who is Pablo?
Pablo is the co-founder of Arextech, a Canadian Proptech start-up that's working on a blockchain-enabled platform to make real estate transactions of any kind fully digital. He is also a Techstars alumni and Creative Destruction Lab Blockchain Stream participant.
Prior to Arextech, Pablo worked at Goldman Sachs in London for 5 years. He also worked as a Strategy Consultant for financial institutions at Monitor Deloitte. In his spare time, he teaches finance, plays guitar and is an amateur boxer.
Being Comfortable With Uncomfortable Situations
Having to relocate between countries for his schooling days and career opportunities, Pablo got used to operating under uncertainty. He is fine not knowing where he’s going to be in a month’s time and has learned how to manage those situations.
To deal with uncertainty, Pablo has a framework which he adopts, where he has a very clear image of what he can affect, and what is outside of his sphere of control or power. By focusing on what can be done and tuning out the “background noise” of those he can’t change, Pablo is able to stay on course for what he hopes to achieve.
Asking For Help
Pablo also mentioned the power of asking for help, saying that the best conversations he’s had were the ones where he’s just been asking for help. His perspective on this was really refreshing as he said “worst case scenario, you just stay as you are because they won’t help you”.
Frankly speaking, there is no downside to asking for help if you think about it that way, because there’s always a chance that people will offer you a helping hand and set you off in the right direction.
Don’t be afraid to ask!
Staying True To Yourself
When I probed Pablo about what success means to him, he brought up the importance of staying true to yourself. Once you have set your personal goals, just do what you set out to do. Don’t worry about contenting other people or care about what people think, because you’re always going to find someone you haven’t contented, and that’s going to make you miserable!
It was a really powerful concept which packs so much behind it, and I think it is something worth pondering over for everyone out there!
Some questions I asked:
- How did you get to where you are today? (01:48)
- How did you constantly hit your milestones? (22:32)
- What does your decision-making framework look like? (26:49)
In this episode, you will learn:
- Interesting experiences from international exposure (12:50)
- Managing uncomfortable situations (14:17)
- Asking for help (25:35)