Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
Entrepreneurs around me, I admire people that follow their dreams and find their passions. The ones that are not easily moved by the expectations put by others.
People like, Ray Abel (founder of Xogo), David (Founder of Food For All), Clement Cazalot (MD of TechStars Boston, and my peers at TechStars, this stuff is crazy hard and they keep going no matter what.
Name a person who helped you along the way?
Jim Miller, Andre Serritiello, Janine Davis, Don Jennings, Lucas Alencar, Cassandra Sousa, Andre Martins and Gilberto Gandra (and so many more)
What do you see as your greatest success in life, so far?
Honestly, my daughter – as fluffy as that may sound. My family is my drive for everything I do.
I would call a success the resilience I built within myself.
How can people contact you?
What book would you recommend and why?
0 to 1, Peter Thiel
How do you deal with fear?
Honestly, I battle it every day and every hour in the self-critic/self-doubt process that is always around.
I don’t deal with fear, I move forward in spite of it.
What’s a personal self-talk, mantra, affirmation or self-belief that contributes to your success?
Yup. There is a meditation mantra that I wrote with my coach and I’ve been doing another one too, that says
I am sorry
Please forgive me
I am grateful
I love you
As you use this to let go of negative thoughts and things that may have gotten in the way of being you.