Gabriela is the Founder of the Latino Wall Street movement, which provides financial education to the Latino community.
Many people dream of financial freedom. Everyone wants breakthroughs — especially in the context of 2020 when fear, concerns and restrictions have been common themes.
But how do you create breakthroughs? How do you achieve financial freedom? I am going to share my three most important professional lessons that have proven to work for me when it comes to achieving success, but not just any success — the kind we all dream of.
1. Have Your Role Models Be Your Mentors
The importance of role models to achieve financial freedom should never be underestimated. You could study finance for 10 years, or you could have a mentor with 10 years’ experience who saves you time, energy, mistakes and a lot of frustration.
Success leaves clues. By having access to someone who is exactly where you want to be, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There is a way to replicate that success. Trust me.
Here is the problem: Most people are intimidated by their role models, so they don’t ask to be coached by them. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. Seek out your role models, offer something to add value to them and then ask them to mentor you.
I owe everything I know to my mentors, from New York Stock Exchange traders to hedge fund managers, who taught me about the stock market from a very young age. This has been my secret to success. All of it was possible because I had the right people — my role models, who I admire — mentor me.
2. Disrupt An Industry
To stand out from the millions of others in your industry, you have to be disruptive. Think of how social media has disrupted the internet. Disruption creates transformation. When you transform an industry, you recreate it. It’s as if you are changing history.
If you want to be at the top, you have to cause a disruption in the industry you are in. Take my example: The reason why Latino Wall Street was such a quick success and received so much press and global attention is because we disrupted Wall Street. When I founded the movement, I made the decision to be a voice for the Latino community so we wouldn’t be left behind in the world of finance. This created a global movement and fans from all over the world.
I am not suggesting you will be an overnight success, but if you find a unique way to add value to others, it doesn’t have to take a long time for you to position yourself at the top.
3. Break Stereotypes And Recreate Yourself
It is not enough for your company, brand or movement to be at the top. Everyone will be paying attention to its leadership. This is especially important because that’s you. If you are committed to having not just your