Let’s Simply Go! How I Was Formed by My Cuban-American Heritage



At age 12, Alvio Barrios left Cuba as a refugee on the Mariel Boatlift, a six-month interval starting in April of 1980 permitting Cubans to to migrate to different international locations. Alvio shares how his journey influenced his identification, skilled management fashion, and sense of journey.

Young Alvio Barrios with guitar
Younger Alvio (holding guitar) together with his household in Cuba

As I mirror on my journey, I imagine my story has lots in widespread with many different immigrants. I’m very pleased with my Cuban heritage, and I’m additionally very grateful for the alternatives I’ve as a US citizen. Somebody requested me lately how that younger boy from Cuba got here to expertise the profession journey that I’ve lived. My sincere reply was, “I don’t know.” There was no grasp plan. Life occurs, and when it occurs, you profit from it.

Seizing Alternative

After we left Cuba, my mother and father have been of their mid-forties. My mother and father have been each accountants. They misplaced their jobs after we immigrated to the US, and actually needed to begin once more with nothing. My dad was decisive, and he knew what was greatest for the household. My mom as nicely. They took an enormous leap of religion and mentioned, “We have to go discover a higher future, not for us, however for the children.” They knew there needed to be a greater future some other place. There was no query on whether or not we had possibility to remain or not keep—we simply needed to go.

On Range

As pleased with as I’m of my cultural heritage, I can’t overstate the significance of variety. I discover I’m extra profitable after I encompass myself with individuals who have totally different lived experiences and totally different factors of view. I’m at all times excited by making genuine new connections. In doing this, it’s essential to keep in mind that no one’s excellent. For those who’re searching for the right particular person to befriend, or be in your community, your search won’t ever finish. Everybody has one thing optimistic to supply.

Gratitude and Household

Alvio at home with his daughters

Considered one of my favourite holidays is Thanksgiving, as a result of it’s about gratitude. I used to be at all times grateful for the danger my mother and father took and the trouble they made to convey me right here.

After I look again at the place I got here from and the place I’m immediately, I used to be actually blessed to have an unimaginable household—they have been very humble. My grandmother discovered methods to learn and write when she was 65, and he or she kind of led the household. Household at all times got here first, and the straightforward issues in life have been a very powerful.

I feel everybody you come throughout in your life has an influence. My mom taught me a lot by way of work ethic, caring, and being family-centric. My dad gave me most of the rules I stay by equivalent to do what you say you’re going to do, your phrase is essential, do to others what you need accomplished to you, be respectful, and be clear so there’s no confusion.

Studying from Failure

I spotted early in my profession that the occasions I discovered probably the most from have been my failures and never my successes. So, I’ve this mentality—failures are literally factor, since you’re going to be taught from it, and also you’re going to recollect it.

I additionally discovered lots in gross sales. Each time I misplaced a deal, the shopper instructed me why I used to be dropping the deal. Sadly, I used to be typically too busy pushing my very own agenda that I wasn’t listening to what I used to be being instructed. Since then, I’ve discovered to hear extra and speak much less. We have now two ears and one mouth, and we have to use them in that proportion. Silence is a superb device for negotiation.

Let’s Simply Go!

In life, when making a decision, you simply must go. It’s by no means fully protected. No choice is ever 100% positive, and also you’re going to have to regulate alongside the best way. I apply this to enterprise. For me, 80 p.c favorable is nice sufficient. After that, you’ve bought to belief your group and say, “Let’s go on this journey collectively.” We all know the endpoint will not be precisely what we anticipate, however we’re going to be taught lots if we simply begin transferring and executing.

My mother and father’ leap of religion in bringing our household to America has influenced me each personally and professionally. So, I say, “Let’s simply go!”