Success, as a business owner, means striking the balance between work and leisure, and finding the joy in the journey. It means becoming the kind of team leader that individuals are proud to join. In thinking about professional success, I often consider what Jim Collins cites as "The Hedgehog Concept" in his book, "Good to Great." Greatness is achieved contingent on one's understanding of the intersection between these three circles: 1) what you are deeply passionate about, 2) what you can be the best in the world at, and 3) what best drives your economic or resource engine. Yet success for me also lies in a sense of personal fulfillment, relationship building, and experience. I don't believe it is something that is ever squarely obtained, but rather is something that one always strives to evolve and push forward on. I will have succeeded in my pursuits if I build the meaningful relationships with my clients, colleagues, and peers that in the long run afford exciting opportunities to collaborate and explore. Success is putting in the time and the care with each responsibility at hand and helping to create and produce your best work.
The onset of the pandemic catalyzed a decision I had been laboring over for some time: whether or not to move back to my hometown of Miami from my home of 8 years, New York City. Further, having founded my company in New York, I felt confident and comfortable in my present market. I nevertheless couldn't thwart the notion that proximity to family and a new market to expand into would only yield professional but also personal growth. Early in March, following a nexus of art fairs that descended upon the city, the pandemic had squarely reached our shores and I made the decision to relocate my primary residence to Miami. My goal was to expand my market to South Florida and Latin America, allowing the opportunity to better acquaint myself with a vibrant art market and to embrace my Cuban American heritage and local cultural upbringing in a new and dedicated way. Nearly six months after the move to Miami, I have achieved several new business milestones and feel a sense of passion and excitement towards the new challenges and opportunities the move had afforded. Best yet, I've had the good fortune to maintain many of my client relationships in New York City.
In the wise words of artist Suzy Kellems Dominik: Earn your luck.
Tenacity, instinct, vision.
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