Young Entrepreneurs of the RGV Challenge Keynote Speaker Michael Limas

Vol.2, Iss. 9 | May 2021

Young Entrepreneurs keynote speaker Michael Limas, financial advisor and co-owner of Las Ramblas in Brownsville, shared his education journey, including doing the little jobs he may not have enjoyed but did because they helped him in his entrepreneurial journey. Michael said

It is important to serve as an intern and build the confidence to “just do it” and take on new challenges. Through entrepreneur endeavors, people can network, and you can find businesses that want to invest in what you do and will be there to support you. Opportunities will come when the effort is put forth. He enthusiastically said that if what you’re doing isn’t working, pivot and do something new. Don’t let fear stop you. The bottom line is not to give up on yourself and keep going forward.

The virtual event concluded with inspiring closing remarks from Lizzy de la Garza Putegnat, RGV LEAD Board President and event judge. Lizzy reminded the participants of Thomas Edison’s famous words, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Perspective is everything – it’s critical to survival and success. Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. It’s all part of the journey. Embrace the challenges because they often come with the greatest learning opportunities if you allow them.

In closing, Lizzy encouraged the contestants to read Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. “My only regret is not reading it sooner,” she said.

The book reaffirmed that more than innate talent, the level of grit distinguishes mediocrity from excellence. Grit is the common denominator amongst the most successful people in the world.”

Indeed, grit is the critical predictor of success.

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