From failure to Success…
An interview with Ivan Remus for Success from Home Magazine
The interview took place at “El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort”. What an astonishing view!
The warm breeze reminds you that you are in the Caribbean, a perfect 80 F tells you that it is November already. The decoration in the garden is an invitation to the ceremony it’s about to happen just next to us.
“El Conquistador” is a stunning luxury resort in Puerto Rico. Set 17 km from the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System, better known as “El Yunque National Forest”. This upscale, Oceanside resort is also 2.3 km from Seven Seas Beach, and manages the facilities of Palomino Island, which is a 100-acre oasis straight east of Fajardo. This island is a small piece of paradise off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico which can only be reached by water taxi!
Mr. Remus, or Ivan, as he prefers to be called is waiting for us, comfortably sited along with his beautiful wife.
SFH. Define Success.
- IR. Success, by definition (at least in my dictionary) is obtaining the desired results. In contrast, when you don’t get the desired result, “you learn”. People call it “failure” when they don’t get what they want. I rather prefer to call it “learning process” because it is a more positive point of view.
The most notorious quote from Thomas A. Edison is: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I rather prefer another excellent quote from him: “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”.
“The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time”.
-Thomas A. Edison
SFH. But you have savior success in many occasions, right?
- IR. That is a very interesting question, and I’m glad you asked. People have a tendency of thinking I’ve been successful all my life. At least professional speaking. I am an attorney at law, a professional engineer, a real estate broker, a writer. I have had a total of 10 professional licenses. But despite of my apparent success in my career, I always felt diminished.
I was living a life full of fear, and from a scarcity point of view. I never had enough money, or time to share the moments in live with my family. I was always in “survival mode”, instead of “living to my full potential mode”.
That is when I stumbled upon one of the wonderful videos of one of my mentors Mark J., better known as “The World’s Laziest Networker” and the wonderful self-improvement program Master Key Master Mind Alliance (MKMMA).
Even when I entered the program, I tasted “failure”. I was forced to quit the program in week 16. But perseverance could easily be my nickname. I re-entered the program the very next year, and stuck on it! What a big difference this program made in my life!
SFH. I can notice how your eyes vibrate with a brilliant vibe when you mention that. Was that so important?
- Yes indeed! You need to live it to believe it. I won’t tell you any more about it. Just inviting you to give yourself the opportunity to reach your max potential.
You asked me about being successful.
To me, being successful is when you reach a balance in your well-being start. This “start” has 6 points:
- Emotional: You need to be in harmony yourself.
- Physical: you need to be in good shape, eat healthy, hydrate, sleep, and move well.
- Intellectual: you need to develop your intellect. You need to be always with the curiosity of a child.
- Spiritual: I’m not talking about religion, I’m talking about your spiritual being. Whatever you decided to believe in, you need to be in harmony.
- Social / Family: you need to be in harmony with your family, your society, and your environment.
- And financial (money): I have discovered that this fifth point of my star is in many cases the bi-product of all the other parts of my start being in harmony.
SFH: So, Ivan, in a few words, what was it that really pulled it all together for you and your team? And what is next for you?
IR: Those are two great questions. What really turned things around for myself and my team, even those who had been in with us for many years beforehand, was that we concentrated on core values, and follow the techniques Mark J. teaches in Go90Grow. People are starved for personal relationships, and love stories. So getting out and meeting people to tell our story and collect decisions became a mantra within our culture. And it still works, like it has for thousands of years!
As for what’s next, I’m sure it will better than it is now. But it will be up to the leaders we have helped develop and the leaders they nurture and the leaders that those new leaders nurture. I am happy where I am. I have my wife, our kids, and my many friends and partners to enjoy and build deeper relationships with. The assets I have built up will provide for my family and I can rest on those laurels I have been blessed to receive. Sometimes, when thinking about what has transpired in my life, I find myself with an unanticipated smile on my face that stretches from ear to ear! It makes me laugh!
SFH: Thank you, Ivan, for such an enlightening interview and look into your success and life. I look forward to seeing you in person again soon.
IR: That would be marvelous! Thank you for taking the time to visit us in this little piece of paradise to interview us.
SFH: Thanks again, Ivan. I wish you all the contentment that a great life like yours deserves.