We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Claudia Aguirre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Claudia, what do you attribute your success to?
Finding the sweet spot in a grey zone. Most people think of careers as defined by a role – a lawyer, a CFO, an educator, etc. But I chose passions instead of traditional roles and found myself at the intersection of markedly different fields – neuroscience and skincare. Finding this previously unexplored niche allowed me to pursue multiple passions not in parallel but in combination. And since no one had done this before, I forged a path of my own that has proven to be fruitful and fulfilling.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am excited to bring academic science into the mainstream in a fun and provocative way – so that we become better thinkers and fuel further curiosity about our bodies and our world. One of the first ways I achieved this was to become an educator for TED education. I wrote some scripts that got into some hefty subjects (like mirror neurons) but explained them with a memorable story (ie: why is yawning contagious?). I then gave a TEDx talk and traveled the world giving talks and launching products to media. My best advice is to follow your gut and listen to your body. There is so much wisdom in our bodies that our cognitive brain often overrides. This will help guide us to our true path both in health and in our career. My story is far from conventional. I was born in Peru, went to an American school in Venezuela and grew up in LA. I was traveling so frequently, I would renew a passport every 5 years. I am now focused on digital education and building my brand (Doctorclaudia, Inc).
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ah is this pre-quarantine or post? These days, I would recommend getting outside into nature. LA has many scenic secret spots that are worth the work. For instance, there is a tiny bridge off of Sunset Blvd. in the Palisades that makes you feel like you’re deep in a forest. Or a walk around the Venice canals will also transport you out of LA. Lake Shrine is another fave that reconnects me to nature. Most people stay on land, but I recommend getting into the water with a sailboat rental or even a paddle board – you’ll be sure to see dolphins and sea lions. LA can be magical if you know where to look.
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?
I think it all starts with a special shoutout to my mom! Her hard work allowed us to grow and pursue our passions with a sense of security. My mentorship in science was especially formative – thanks to those at UCLA, USC and the NIMH for cultivating my curiosity. And finally my family, for their endless encouragement.
Other: Blog: https://neurowellness.doctorclaudia.com
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