We had the good fortune of connecting with Marianna Israelyan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marianna, how do you think about risk?
My greatest achievements have come when I took risks. Thirteen years ago, after getting my Master’s Degree in Economics in Russia, I decided to take a risk and come to America for freedom and opportunities. I made my way with a few stumbles. I persisted in improving myself. I’ve learned to go outside my comfort zone, to overcome my shyness and invest in my education and future. I try to employ a little humor during difficult times. Dealing with the uncertainty that goes with taking risks builds character in people. Taking risks doesn’t mean succeeding every time; your failures help you grow as a person and improve in business.
What should our readers know about your business?
A few years ago, while working in finance in commercial real estate, I decided to learn something new and challenging. Near my work was a real estate school and I decided to attend there after work. A day before the exam for real estate exam, I made a promise to myself: “If I pass it, I’m starting a new career.” The day came, I finished my exam less than for 30 minutes, and I was ready to know my results, but fearfully! I had a moment to breathe. In California, after finishing your Real Estate exam, you are not allowed to check your results in the building. You must go outside to open that envelope. One guy and I got into elevator. This guy warned me that I couldn’t open it until we were outside. As a very patient person, I quietly nodded, with a smile on my face but with uncertainty in my mind. As soon as we came out, he started to yell that he had failed it for the third time. Wow! Seeing his reaction, I felt even more worried. I walked behind him, thinking “I’m afraid to open mine.” A lot of thoughts raised thoughts my head especially my promise to myself. Finally, I opened it. I passed! Now I had to keep my promise and start my new path. From this experience, I learned the importance of keeping my promises to myself and of not being afraid to try something new.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d love to take my friend to Napa Valley in late summer, when the vineyards are bursting with life. Some of the world’s finest wines are produced here. It would be such a pleasure to sit down with views of the green hills, and enjoy red wine and cheese. One of the many boutique family wineries.
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?
My Family – the ones who accept me for who I am, love me no matter what and would do anything to see my smile Books: Miracle Morning Napoleon Hill’s Master Key Movie: “Temporary Difficulties” by Mikhail Raskhodnikov