over the years.. many close friends and family have asked me
"what do you really do?"
it's hard to explain - so let me show you
I have been building these three companies, each targeting specific areas of interest.. I'm not as focused on "success" as I'm building for legacy.
I'm looking at around 30 years of hard work before I actually see them bear fruit; every tree started as a seed.
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"I've spent my entire professional career basically teaching and guiding people towards a more successful and fulfilling life.."
photo was taken during a Q&A session at a brunch event where I spoke about digital media and what it means for entrepreneurs and businesses.. and how they can succeed
years of experience
number of students and professionals I have helped
times I failed in different businesses and start ups
times I learned something amazing from my failures
Stanford GSB Alumnus '17
"I followed Mateo since his podcast, the MBA Wire.. this guy will forever be part of my life and SUCCESS!"
HBS MBA Alumnus '16
"By far the best coach I've had - Mateo prepped me for everything. I would NOT try to take an MBA interview without speaking to him first."
MIT Alumnae '16
"I walked out of my interview confident in knowing I performed the best I could. Mateo knew exactly what they would ask and I couldn't have felt better prepared."
mini stories that give you a very brief glimpse into my mind
Ever since I was young, I've always had a passion for creating and building things. But, at the same time, I really enjoyed selling stuff. When I was 9, I sold a used baseball glove I got for free. A friend was about to throw it away and I asked for it (my family never had money and we lived in debt). How did a 9-year old sell it? He lucked out and got a Darryl Strawberry autograph (this was 1988 and he had just been awarded his fifth All-Star award and his first Silver Slugger award). I flipped it for a significant amount of cash. I spent three weekends scoping out baseball parks in richer communities with the nicest cars searching for another kid with a Darryl jersey. I showed a kid my glove. He snapped and did EVERYTHING in his power to convince his father to buy it from me. Father and son dynamics - father most likely spent too much time at work paying for his Mercedes and definitely felt guilty about not spending enough time with his son. Boom. Sale. Cash in pocket. My father didn't like the "how" and made me give the money away to charity. I got a Baskin Robbin's ice cream in return. Imagine the lessons and values I learned from this experience. That was when I discovered I was a good salesman.
I sleep maybe 3-4 hours a day and 8 hours once a week to "recharge". But, with a full-time job and building three businesses, well, I'd either have to be out of my mind, or simply determined to ensure that my two sons have a fighting chance in an ever-and-fast-changing connected world. Next steps for our future? AR, VR, AI, and voice.. and it's coming in FAST. People have absolutely no idea. What's good about my "hunch".. well, when you're in it, you're "in it". There's no escaping a storm - I just have the ability to see the clouds forming because I'm constantly looking up. Does it make me special? Nope. Hard work over talent, ALWAYS.
I've spent the last four years of my life with absolutely zero social life. I mean, I basically haven't left my house unless it's for work. Some friends have "unfriended" me, other friends disagree with my extreme approach, but I'm focused on where I want to be in 20 years. And I can't do that while I'm out playing. Unrelenting focus has allowed me to create and build businesses, systems, and professional relationships that take some "normal" people their entire lives to build. My point is, I'm not tooting my own horn, only trying to explain the "why" I am so focused and avoid separating time for my enjoyment. I take pleasure in having fun with my kids. Think about it. I spend my days working hard (also because I really enjoy it) and any free time I have, I want to spend it with them. Or is being "normal" spending time at a bar or a club, socializing? Hm. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm right. Only time will tell.
I am stubborn. I used to call this condition as "persistent". But no BS here, I've come to realize I am as stubborn as an ox. I've made enemies because of this, but I've also done good for others too. How do you measure the return or importance on that? I've failed in 7 different start-ups and business ventures. Really. Persistent would have stopped at 3 or 4. My count is at 7 and I'm still building. Call me nuts, but FAILING has so far been the BEST thing that has happened to me. I actually don't mind when I fail. I don't mind when people snicker and call me a failure - it doesn't really bug me at all. Which is why I'm still going. I'm not afraid to look like an idiot. I'm afraid of regret. I will NOT look back later in life thinking, "I wish". I want to look back and think, "I did".
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