Entrepreneur | Economist | Business Advisor
Leandro Taub co-founded an investment advisory company, a film production company, a multimedia agency, and a publishing company. He is a counselor of great personalities and he works actively to improve the world.
Money doesn't come from our job. Our money comes from G'd. G'd chooses how much money each one of us will receive. The work we do is there to create the vessels where this type of material blessing is received. To say it in another way: our work creates the bank accounts and G'd make the wire transfers.
So, why do we work? We do it not only to create the vessels, most important to achieve the purpose for which we have been created. Through our work we have the possibility to interact with other people and, if we make the right decisions, we can influence them into becoming better and help them to be better.
Money is the most spiritual physical object in our world. So much, that when we leave our bodies and we arrive at the celestial tribunal, the first question that is asked to us is how we run our businesses. With money, we can do Tzedaká (Charity), bring food to our tables, make a roof where to live. With money, we can invest in the projects of others and help them to build their own companies and bring more of what is good into the world.
So, I can't define how much money I will get every year? No, you can't, but you can influence G'd. Yes, indeed, you can. Because G'd is personal, He is involved, He cares about us and He allows us to affect him. This means that everything we do influence G'd and his decisions about ourselves and about the world. This means that we can do things that may push G'd to desire to give us more material blessings.
RAISED INTO BUSINESS
My first job was at home. My dad started giving small activities to do and offered me dos pesos (two pesos) for each of these activities. He told me to save the money and I did.
My second job came a bit later when I discovered how to make wristbands. This was a very successful short business. I did a lot and went to the street to sell them. In Mitre (the central street of Bariloche), I sold a lot. But it was short-lived because my interest went somewhere else and I left my successful mini-startup. I was around 6 or 7.
When I was 13 or 14, I started working in my dad's warehouse, where the imported products from China were stored and distributed. I had to help take the boxes from the containers into the palets. Then help to accommodate them into the warehouse. Then open the boxes, inspect if everything was in the right conditions, sometimes re-package something, and then get them back, this time into trucks. I learned quickly my job, and I loved it. I was the youngest of the team and everyone was giving me ideas about life. It was very inspiring.
Sometime after, my dad let me go to the front part of the company, where the offices were located. I worked in the accounting of the film, and after in sales. Once my dad had to travel to China and asked me to be in charge of the company. I think I was like 16 then. It was very interesting to see the reaction of the clients.
Another day, my uncle took me to the road and taught me how to sell in person. We were visiting hardware stores and offering our products. I was fascinated by how he acted. Instead of selling, we were engaging. He was asking them about their families, about their business, about fútbol (soccer) or politics. And then, when talking about products to sell, most of them end up buying us something. It was wonderful.
In the middle of all of these, I did an internship in a data-statistical company. I was data entry. I had to go and work in a very tiny room, without windows, entering data from papers into excel spreadsheets. I did the job.
When I was 17 and was able to get my driver's license. Automatically my dad gave me the truck and asked me to drive it and distribute products to the supermarkets. I felt huge. I was getting the truck between the big men, the truck drivers. They had the wisdom. They knew very well what they were doing. My dad knew it.
When I finished school we moved to Punta del Este (Uruguay), where I worked as a computer teacher for old people. That was the last year I lived with my parent. I left home when I was 18. It was a very difficult decision. My parents didn't want me to go, but when I made the decision they supported me. My dad did something amazing: instead of giving me money, he gave me a car, a container with merchandising, and a warehouse with products. So, I became a solo-show businessman. In one year I sold everything in the warehouse, the container, the car, and also the apartment that my parents left in Argentina. The money for the apartment and car went to my parents, and the money for the warehouse and container was for me. So, suddenly, I had savings. Now was the time to become professional. I enrolled in one of the top universities in Argentina (CEMA University) and turned myself into study mode. In 3 years I got a bachelor's degree in economics, and after I got my Master's in Finance.
Something special happened with the money in this time, that made me smile to G'd and be aware how, always, everything ends up turning out fine. The money that I saved lasted for 3 years, exactly the time that took me to get my bachelor's degree in economics. The money was running out. And then, just at that moment, I got two jobs: as a financial analyst - personal assistant of the CEO and portfolio manager of Criteria Investors (an investment company from Argentina), and as an assistant of a group of financial advisors from a known investment bank. Also, I got a job as an assistant professor of Finance at CEMA University. It was great. I was working most of the day in finance, learning a lot about the stock market and wealth management, and learning and teaching at the university.
MY FIRST INVESTMENTS
When I was 23 years I decided to start investing in the stock market. But I didn't have savings. The money that I was making for my jobs was enough to live a good life but not much more than that. So, I went to the bank and asked for a personal loan. How much? they asked me. The maximum you can give me was my answer. They gave it to me, at a ridiculous interest rate of 30% annually plus commissions (in total was like 32%). So, I had to make 32% annually with my investments just to brave even, meanwhile, I was working all day and studying at night. Thanks G'd, everything worked out fine. Six months later the bank got their money back and I made enough money to buy my independence. I quit my jobs, and decided to travel. And at the end of 2007, we went with my parents and friends to a Mexican restaurant in Buenos Aires to say goodbye to everyone. I knew this was going to be an important journey. My parents knew too. My friends knew too. So it was a very emotional moment. We ate, talked, laugh, and hug.
I left Buenos Aires.
Next chapters to be written:
STOCK MARKET, ADVISORY COMPANY & ABU DHABI
BOOK INDUSTRY, WRITING, TOURING & PUBLIC SPEAKING
I am with a film production company, a publishing company, a marketing company, and a private equity firm.
In addition to these, I am looking to become a board member of amazing companies.
If you want me to help you with your life, business, art, career, writing, campaign, script, ideas or some other issue, reach me and we can talk about it.