We had the good fortune of connecting with Gloria Molist and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gloria, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk has always been associated with something negative since you are exposing yourself to a situation or change that can result in danger, loss, or discomfort. Since we don’t know the result of what we are exposing ourselves to, we become vulnerable. Vulnerability is often scary because we don’t control the situation or outcome. I believe that every action and word during our day has a risk since it can impact others’ lives and our lives in different ways. This is why I believe the important part of taking risks is the intention of our actions and the attitude in which we execute those actions. If you take a risk knowing that you are doing it with the intention of achieving something better and you have a positive attitude, regardless of the outcome, you have learned a valuable lesson.
I have always taken risks in my life, I am originally from Spain and I moved to study and work by myself to 4 different countries. I had never considered this a risk; I saw it as an opportunity and embraced those opportunities with passion and excitement. Probably the biggest risk was moving to California indefinitely to marry the man of my life. Of course, I was scared about it. I was scared of missing my family, friends, and culture. But I also knew it was another amazing opportunity, It has afforded me new friends and family, the opportunity to see other parts of the world, and ultimately inspired me to start my own extra virgin olive oil company, Olivo Amigo – your friend the olive tree. To bring the best quality extra virgin olive oil and to share the health and culture of Spain with my new country, the United States. This new risk tastes better than ever, and I believe is because of my intention and attitude. I want to inspire people to enjoy real, healthy food and find their creativity and passion in the meals they are making or eating. I also know that building and growing a company will teach me great things. The day I told a friend of mine that I was moving to the US, she immediately told me “How lucky you are”. A second later she looked at me and told me “You are not lucky, you are positive”. Stay positive with hope and risk will instead become wonderful opportunities.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I was born and raised in Spain, where happiness is built around the table. In our culture, food is an experience that is celebrated and savored with loved ones, every meal and every day.
When I moved to the United States to study, I fell in love with this country and the man that is now my husband. But when I sought out olive oil, my favorite ingredient, I was shocked to find that 69% of extra virgin olive oils sold in U.S. supermarkets are adulterated or bad. At that point, I knew I had to do something about it and I decided to start Olivo Amigo to bring fresh and high-quality extra virgin olive oil directly from Spain to cultivate wellness, flavor, gratitude, and celebration. Extra virgin olive is a golden liquid full of health and beauty properties, but it’s important that the olive oil that we consume is fresh and high quality in order to actually consume all the wonderful benefits.
As an olive oil sommelier, Olivo Amigo strives to bring transparency into the olive oil market by making sure we share all the important information with our customers so they can make an educated decision. As well as sharing all the information about Olivo Amigo’s olive oil process. The goal of Olivo Amigo, along with bringing fresh and high quality olive oil and transparency into the market, is to share with everyone how easy it can be to eat clean, healthy, fresh and tasty everyday, and to inspire them to do it. It is quite beautiful how emotions can be infused in food with every drizzle.
Starting a business is challenging, a lot of new and unknown situations to deal with every day. But at the same time, it is a beautiful experience to be able to bring your idea or passion to life. The most important thing is to be patient and determined, knowing that even though we don’t have control of every small thing, eventually we will find the way to make it happen. It took me close to 3 years to launch Olivo Amigo, but every moment along the way taught me something I was meant to learn to make sure Olivo Amigo was what I really wanted it to be, and that has made this whole process completely worth it.
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?
I would start with an early hike of the Sam Merill Trial, followed by coffee enjoyed in the waiting room of Union Square that has wood ceilings, gorgeous lamps and vintage chairs to observe people coming and going, you feel like in a movie. After, we would head to lunch at cafe Gratitude followed by a walk in Venice beach. In the afternoon, we would visit the Getty Museum and end the evening with a sunset in Malibu while enjoying a glass of wine at Rosenthal.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course, my family and friends – they have always been there for me when I have called from across the street or from the other side of the world. They have listened to me for hours and hours while I talked about my business non-stop, and every time they have done it with a big smile and sincere words. Especially my father. He has always guided me to become my best version. My friend Elsa has also been a huge help in putting my thoughts and ideas down into words, pictures, and ideas. Lastly, The Alchemist from Paulo Coelho, a book that I will always recommend to everyone to get a different perspective about life.
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