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Serial Investor 9/5, savage rapper on the weekends: interview with Alejandro Rioja

Today I am interviewing Alejandro Rioja.

He is an entrepreneur and investor who moved from Bolivia to the States.

At only 23 years old, he just made the cover of Forbes & I'm excited to share some of his best business tips and vision of success.

We’re also going to talk about his alter ego, Young Slacker who is the complete contrast of his geeky side in real life, because he’s also a latino rapper who sings about girls, drugs, party and so on.

He inspires through his ability to embrace the different facets that make him truly unique and unapologetically HIMSELF.

He's also highly ambitious and constantly crushes business and personal goals despite starting from zero, letting his passions lead him.

Appreciate the Small Things in Life <3
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EPISODE #2 - LOCKEDART

In this second episode, I have interviewed a Venice artist on the art of being aware of little things and present in the moment, and the idea that it only takes a couple seconds to brighten someone's day.

He has been leaving hand-written quotes all over town anonymously for a couple years, such as "Trust your dopeness", "The world is full of nice people, if you can't find one, be one", or "Hey, it's going to be okay".

We discuss what let him to want to bring some of the European "joie de vivre" to Los Angeles, after having himself been able to travel, disconnect and enjoy doing "nothing".

 

Find your way in the episode:

01:30 The tourist's eyes

04:00 Art as a way to disconnect 

08:00 Adding positivity in the world

12:00 How it all started - Le Pont des Arts, Paris

14:00 Destiny

17:30 Turning point & cultural shock: moving on after traveling and playing soccer

20:00 The importance of self-love

23:00 Being present in the moment, the difference between Europe & the States

 

References:

His Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lockedart/

His website: www.coffeeandtings.com

 

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Appreciate the smaller things in life
— Lockedart
Climb the Wall
Estimated reading time: 1'

Estimated reading time: 1'

I am one of those who likes to try new experiences. Including workouts.

So I showed up one day to a circus class, excited learn how to climb on a trapeze and wind around aerial silks.

Acrobatic arts are one of those sports that looks so gracious and easy, but when you try it for the first time, you understand the high level of dexterity and strength required.

As I was asking the teacher, Alexa, for tips, she simply told me:

"Just do it.

Don't think don't think about falling.

This is a general life advice".

As I was repeatedly failing at mastering the movements in style, my frustration was growing, and I wondered how it was like for her when she started to practice:

"It was exactly the same.

Actually, the silks are my favourite types of acrobatics BECAUSE they are the most challenging (in my opinion), not like the trapeze or aerial hammock, on which you can sit and rest.

So keep pushing until you reach "the wall".

The wall... It got me thinking.

Anything new is difficult at first.

Like climbing a wall. It gets more and more difficult as you go. You do not see the end of it. You think about the pain. You're close to giving up. 

Until you eventually reach a turning point. 

"When you get to the other side of the wall, you get more pleasure.

You feel more comfortable, strong, aware of your body. You find muscles you didn't know you had or needed.

You feel like possibilities are endless, there is no finish line.

You can keep being creative and do new things".

I have kept this symbol in mind ever since that day.

And you, which wall have you climbed?