We had the good fortune of connecting with ritik bhatnagar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ritik, how do you think about risk?
“Risk: To conquer without risk, is to triumph without glory.” Growing up, this was the only poster in my bedroom and looking back, it influenced my worldview significantly. Taking calculated risks has defined who I am, from changing my university degree from engineering to business to taking a semester off from university to work on the trading floor, which ended up defining my career. However, it is relatively easy to take risk, managing the risk you have taken is the most important part of the process. Even my hobbies are not exempt from my risk-taking endeavors. Standup comedy is essentially an exercise in risk management. Taking the risk to get up on stage is not easy, however, the harder part is managing the risk of getting up on stage and making people laugh. In the same vein, the biggest risk I took of moving from Singapore to Mexico, though inherently difficult, was nothing compared to forging my career here in Mexico and being able to achieve what I have today. As I get older my tolerance for certain types of risk like changing my career, gets lower, while I’m able to use my learnings from past experiences to take the biggest risk yet: starting a family
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I graduated from Singapore Management University with a major in Quantitative Finance and worked as a high frequency trader right out of college in one of the world’s biggest investment banks. However, close to a year in, I decided to move to Mexico to search for a new path and be closer to my partner, who is Mexican. Being young and brash, I was excited to be part of this new journey but the struggle I had to face in order to get my first job was one of the hardest I’ve had in my life. I barely had savings, so I had to live with my partner’s family and little did I know that most banks needed professional Spanish as an absolute requirement. I continued to hustle and was able to get a consulting role at an up and coming FinTech. This was the biggest blessing in disguise as I was able to be part of the Mexican FinTech revolution from the ground floor and found some of the best mentors I possibly could have. Since then, I’ve come full circle, and am now helping a Singaporean FinTech company launch and scale in Mexico, helping foster ties between 2 countries that I call home. I was only able to overcome these challenges thrown my way through a robust support system of family and friends that constantly motivated me and allowed me to keep picking myself up after every failure. The biggest lesson I have learnt is to trust my gut during uncertainty and to always maintain a good work ethic to prove my value over and over again. Hard work and consistency will always beat talent. Most importantly, I have learnt to surround myself with people who understand who I am and will always keep me going, even during the toughest of times. I would want the world to know that embracing change can be tough, but if you stick to your strengths and work hard, you will emerge on the other side with a big smile on your face.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family – for believing in me when I moved across the world to carve a new path in my life. My partner (Fernanda Vergara) – who was there from the beginning and always pushed me to strive harder. My partner’s family – who took me into their home when I moved to Mexico with barely any savings. My mentors – who took a chance on me when I was merely a fresh faced graduate with barely any work experience and no knowledge of Mexico or Spanish. My close group of friends – who always kept me humble and supported me when I did not have confidence in myself. Tony Caldwell – for getting me featured on this publication!
my girlfriend: fervergarap on instagram