We had the good fortune of connecting with Alvaro Marin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alvaro, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk-taking is a big part of everyone’s life. We take risks without even thinking about them. But the biggest risk we take is when we decide to open our own business. Taking a risk on something so big and uncertain takes a lot of courage and. Risk can help us grow as a person and as a business as well. I think that no matter what the ultimate outcome is, we can only grow. Even if you do fail, you can walk away with more experience and knowledge which can lead to further success in the future. Risk-taking has played a big part in my life in the last several years. I decided to officially launch a catering business in the middle of a pandemic. But I felt that if “I don’t make the first move now, I will never do it”. I think the worst thing that can happen for me is letting more time pass by and having to look back and think “what if?” I would rather try and fail than to have never tried and be left wondering. I definitely think I can take more risks in my personal life. We tend to get comfortable and become scared to change. We become complacent and afraid of the change and how it will affect us. If you’re thinking of taking a risk, trust your gut, even if you aren’t 100% sure it will work out, give 100% of your effort to it. Risk has also played a role in helping build my confidence. I believe that the more confident you are the more possibilities that are available to you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One of the hardest things you will ever do as a business owner is to believe in yourself. Believe in the choices you make, never hesitate in those decisions. I think this is the hardest thing to do because we always tend to be harder on ourselves, so every time we fail at something we start to question those decisions. Once we lose the confidence in ourselves we start to lose who we are and where we want to go. When we lose track of our goals small accomplishments are harder to come by, and are less rewarding. That’s why for me the hardest thing to do as a business owner is to never stop believing in yourself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had friends coming in from out of town I would take them down to Sonoita, AZ, and do some wine tasting. Sonoita is only a 3 hour drive southeast of Phoenix. Me and my wife have been there twice and both times we had a blast. All the wineries are close to each other and convenient. My favorite time of the year to head down there is in the winter. They do get snow down there so the change of scenery is always appreciated.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One of the many people in my life that deserves a shoutout, is Todd Ludwig. I fist met Mr. Ludwig when he became my fifth grade teacher. Later he became my football coach, and baseball coach as well. With the guidance of Mr. Ludwig I learned that “you don’t get in life what you want, you get in life what you are.” That is something I apply to my own business every day. In order to be successful we need to change our mindset, and trust that your making the right choice. It was through the role Mr. Ludwig played in my life I got the courage to start my own business, and for that I’m grateful. I can honestly say that meeting you has made me a better person!