Arly Velasquez on Managing Risk

Dec 04, 2020, 03:57 AM

Mexico para skier Arly Velasquez knows all about the art of managing risk and defying expectations.

A Paralympic skiier from Mexico isn’t something you expect to see too often. But Arly Velasquez doesn’t believe in expectations.

Velasquez, one of a select few to ever represent Mexico at a Winter Paralympic Games, discusses the role of risk in his life - and how we can all learn to manage it. 

“I have developed because of taking decisions where I have no idea. It’s a matter of 'does it feel right or not?'" he said.

"I don't see it as a risk, I see that when I am in the mountain on a sit ski, I just feel the most free.” 

The former BMX champion also discusses the risks he took when leaving Mexico on the spur of a moment, building a new life on the ski slopes in Canada.  

“(Skiing) gave me the belief to go back to Mexico, sell all my stuff,  sell my car and pretty much fly to the border," he said. 

"It's very, rare that there are moments in your life where you are feeling and your gut tells you that you are in the right place. That you are doing the right thing and that it's something that you want to keep doing in your life. That's what I felt for the first time.” 

Learning topics for this episode include managing risk, how to build a brand, self-understanding, defiance, thrill-seeking and exploration.  

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