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beBee Interview to Juan Imaz: "I am a fighter who never gives up"

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__IMAZ AZKARRETAZABAL,

“My university card”

"With my wonderful mother, whom I owe so much.聽Always try to climb the highest mountain you can".


MAMEN

Hi Juan! First of all thank you very much for participating in this virtual space and giving us the opportunity to know you better, because I know many users are waiting for this interview with great interest.

So let鈥檚 start talking a little bit about your background, who is Juan Imaz?


JUAN

Above all, I am a fighter who never gives up.

I was lucky enough to learn this in my time as an independent salesman. I had a commercial contract and I had to travel many miles to sell my products and ideas. I remember that in one year I had to do around 70000 miles driving across the country. As I had no money, some days I had to sleep in the car parked next to the trucks. It was very usual that at 7am I was asked the route I had when we met at the gas station, brushing our teeth, because they thought I was one of them! (the difference was that I had not slept in a comfortable bed inside a truck, but in the reclining seat of my car :)).


MAMEN

Wow, there are certain experiences in life that no doubt forge a character or reinforce a tendency in that character. Any conclusion from that time?


JUAN

Yes, this is the system I learned and I advise everyone:

1. Define your goals

2. Commit yourself to the accomplishment

3. Draw up your strategy and an action plan

4. Work hard to achieve it

5. Constantly review how you are doing

6. Keep your focus on the goal and modify point 3 if necessary

7. Do not pause until you get point 1


MAMEN

And what do you do when you have achieved your goals?


JUAN

Start over again.

I come from a humble family and when I was a child I had to live the harshness of the Spanish civil war. It was a hard and lacking time and my mother was the great heroine as she got her three children along despite the great difficulties. Unfortunately, my father suffered manic-depressive crisis so poor him could little contribute to the education of their children.


MAMEN

And during that so hard time Juan, what was your dream for your future?


JUAN

As a child I did not know very well what I wanted to be but I had perfectly clear what I did not want to be. There were two events that marked me deeply.

The first one was in school I suffered from severe bulling by children who repeated course at the public school where I was studying, and who were 2 or 3 years older than me. I suffered and cried a lot but that situation forged my character. It is said that the human brain only acts to get pleasure or to avoid pain and I wanted to stop suffering above all.

The second one was that I lived in the first person the hardness of my father's work. He was mechanic, turner adjuster, and for 8 hours a day he had to carry a mechanical sander that weighed more than 33 pounds to sand tractor鈥檚 fronts. I did not want to do that for 40 years of my life...

So due to these two things I decided that I had to go to College and do something worthy in life. Thanks to my mother I could do it, the best person in the world, capable of sacrificing without limits for their loved ones.


MAMEN

A hard and precious story鈥


JUAN

While I was in College I was teaching in 4 or 5 different places to have some money and it was in my third year at University when I tried to set up my first company (which did not even see the light).

Since then I've set up a few companies and I've never stopped learning. I would like to explain in this interview a formula that I have practiced since I started:

"Be humble, learn, change and grow".

Many people are not humble and they wonder why they do not grow up. If the first ingredient of the formula fails, all the others fail because they are necessarily in order.

Anyway... I'm used to being humble and always look for difficulty as a way of growth.

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Be humble, learn, change and grow

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MAMEN

Everything you say Juan is so powerful, and I dare say that this formula you propose have a mathematical precision. No doubt, because every time I have seen you, you breathe humility, naturalness and determination.


JUAN

Another thing I learned: "The greater the obstacle is, the greater the possibility of growth". That's why I'm not looking for easy things. It's like they usually say in the circus "And now gentlemen... harder still鈥 :)

What can be more difficult than raising a global social network like beBee and make the professional world more opened and connected? A network where we give people the opportunity to be more successful developing in a professional and personal ways?

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The greater the obstacle is, the greater the possibility of growth

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MAMEN

It is a big challenge, no doubt.


JUAN

You can not imagine the amount of people who have said to us "NO" or "too early" or "too late" or "too big" or "too small" or "too much competition" or "too new" or "too old" or 鈥渢oo whatever鈥...


MAMEN

And how do you overcome that difficulty?


JUAN

Goals are written in steel and action plans on the sand. You learn from the NO and you think "the next one鈥. And at the end, the mechanism is simple: for every NO you get, there must be a 鈥渘ext one" until you get it.

As a conclusion, I am a firm believer that the difficulty is essential to improve and progress. That's why I always look for it, I try to choose the less traveled road.

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Do you want great results? Seek great difficulties

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MAMEN

I love everything you say Juan, even when difficulties come without having been sought.


JUAN

I believe that every human being needs challenges in order to demonstrate his ability. We need challenges that make us better and grow. If you are only looking for easy areas or comfort, there will come a day when you regret it. "What is comfortable for today is uncomfortable for tomorrow" and vice versa... "What is uncomfortable for today is comfortable for tomorrow". I advise everyone to flee from their comfort zone.

Today on February 27th, 2017, I am happy to be mentally alive, full of challenges to overcome. Few people think that beBee is going to be a great success but time to time... If we are able to think about it, we are able to get it!

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I advise everyone to flee from their comfort zone

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MAMEN

I thank you very much for your time Juan, and the generosity that you have had in your answers. From the beginning I have believed in you and your project, and now after listening to you I have no doubt that you will reach, we all will reach together, your goals.


JUAN

It is an honor and a pleasure to be able to share this incredible journey with all our Brand Ambassadors, beBee team, investors and shareholders, and anyone who believes in us. Let's go for it!


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Claire L Cardwell

hace 4 a帽os #16

Great interview Mamen \ud83d\udc1d Delgado better. I think beBee should make up some T-Shirts with some of Juan's positive quotes on them! "The greater the obstacle is, the greater the possibility of growth" really resonated with me.

David B. Grinberg

hace 4 a帽os #15

Wow, Mamen, what an amazing interview with Juan Imaz! I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about Juan's background and leadership philosophies. He certainly has a lot of important advice to offer and I'm grateful to take it all in. Thanks again for this brilliant buzz!

Katyan Roach

hace 4 a帽os #14

Nice work Mamen \ud83d\udc1d Delgado ;-)

CityVP Manjit

hace 4 a帽os #13

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Dear Bill, I recognize from your comment that you understand this absolutely and more importantly the importance of understanding this. One of the worst things I learned from visiting an alcoholic anonymous meeting was worse than the stories of abuse that led many to drink away their pain, it was the few geniuses in the room whose pain was that they did not see their alcoholism related to capability and potential they never got to express. Instead of understanding this linkage with their own capability and potential, they put the blame upon themselves that they had failed, when the reality is that it is a society and systems of work that failed to recognize their capability and to show them that they were normal in a crazy professional system. Our very work systems continue to be a great thief of human potential. In these few geniuses drowned in their sorrow and darkness, all their craziness and drunken existence was in actuality massive potential with no outlet, where brilliance was raped by daily attacks of boredom and where this massive inner conflict was being expressed in a prison of hidden and ultimately lost human potency. A potential that simply exploded into something else - a life caged within itself - one that should have been virtuous, but now in revolved in the death-throes of a viscous cycle. How is it that in what we cite as a century of innovative development that we lose people whose gifts we may never see or worse use up whatever innovation they had and not recognize them for this contribution, leaving them on a scrap-heap?

CityVP Manjit

hace 4 a帽os #12

What this interview shows me is why Javier and Juan are so good for each other, they complement each other like yin-yang. This is the same yin-yang I saw in the relationship of the founders of Hewlett-Packard, where William Hewlett is to David Packard, what Javier is to Juan. I see it in the relationship of Serge Bryn and Larry Page they too complemented each other. The question that is important to me is challenge and fight and here Arnold Schwarzenegger is different from Oprah Winfrey. There respective fight is different, there respective challenge is different but both succeed in their respective worlds because they married challenge with capability. There experiences are different from Peewee Herman and Kaitlyn Jenner because each of these people's capabilities are different and when I look at Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa again their fight is defined by the capability of their mind and their ability to carry challenge. How we know what someone's capability and thought time horizon is depends on our ability to discern different capabilities and then from that discernment - relate it to what we find in the way people express themselves. When Steve Jobs first went into business with Woz, his first break with Woz came when Jobs began to be mentored by people who he thought knew business. They did know business but at a level of capability that was not world changing and that was more fight vs flight than a business they could scale to global level. With these people Jobs was not equipped to recognize that it informed his behaviour and when he hit the wall with his board, he had lost the company he founded. Second time around he chose mentors with broad vision like Packard and Bob Noyce . Packard and Noyce mentored him from major hurt to turnaround hero. Fight alone is good, but one must learn is the flow in that fight.

Mamen 馃悵 Delgado

hace 4 a帽os #11

Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting!!! Vamos vamosssss!!!! 馃帀馃悵馃殌馃悵馃帀

Wayne Yoshida

hace 4 a帽os #10

Thank you Mamen \ud83d\udc1d Delgado. For Juan, I have a very similar past from my parents -- that of knowing and understanding things about what not to do in life in a profession. Experiences like this really do shape and influence one's personality and drive. Thank you for sharing your story - it is encouraging and inspiring.

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