Mexico’s “go to gal” on financial topics, Angeles Aguilar, is a business journalist with over 10 years of reporting experience. Her unbounded curiosity and passion for sharing economic news has prompted her work within print, TV, radio, new media and into the worlds of theatre, film and corporate business as well.
With a commitment to lifelong learning, Angeles’ ambitious spirit is best reflected through her daily routine. Each morning she reviews her column featured in La Razón, an uprising journal in México. Her content topics involve ideas surrounding the intricate world of businesses and markets from a regional and global perspective. By the lunch hour she prepares to deliver economic insights on current situations at Proyecto 40, in addition to weekly spots for TV Azteca, one of Mexico’s biggest TV networks, and daily commentary for Don Dinero, the #1 business radio broadcast.
Throughout her professional experiences, Angeles has found the importance of networking, as both a journalist and entrepreneur. She shared that it is her ability to build strong relationships with high profile personalities, alongside her work ethic and determination, which has helped her achieve great success. When she’s not sharing economic news with a national audience, she enjoys spending time with friends, her dog Ruppert and her beloved husband Pepe in her garden in México City.
In three or four sentences tell us what you do.
I am a soldier of the generation of content. I devote myself to make journalistic business information and finance for TV, radio and newspapers.
In the middle of an increasingly complex global context, accurate and timely information is an elemental tool to survive and it is precisely in this front where I work.
What does it mean to be Passionista?
Being Passsionista is the revolutionary fire which allows us to visualize a better world. It is the constant itch that forces us every day to give the best of us and invites us to reach new boundaries.
What has been your key to success throughout your entrepreneurial journey?
Being hard-headed and never having understood I failed, even when I lost some business. I took every turning point of life as one more experience and I was always ready and receptive to different opportunities and new trends. This aptitude to understand the movements in the environment and to rapidly change skin is what gave me success; being able to adapt.
Is it important to have mentors and mentor other people? Why?
It is said that “With age comes wisdom”, and the truth is that in business as in life it is fundamental to listen to the voices of experience, to the words of those who have already overcome the uncertainties faced.
Actually it is not enough to have one mentor, it is about having a whole team of them, thus being able to watch from a sturdy kaleidoscope of viewpoints. Having many mentors is like having a thousand eyes.
Why do you think now is the time to be a female entrepreneur? Do you believe that times are changing for the better? Is it difficult being a female entrepreneur or do you think gender in business doesn’t really matter?
I have never slowed down for being a woman. I think I really never questioned myself which were my limitations due to my gender.
However, I know we live in a world in which inequality still endures and sometimes we, women, have to make more efforts than our male colleagues in order to obtain the respect from bosses, partners and even clients.
Anyhow, in the long term, quality is noticed beyond gender; prestige and growth respond solely and exclusively to the excellence of the product we offer. So I do not know if the world has changed, I only know that undoubtedly it has become more competitive in favor of quality regardless of gender.
What does success mean to you?
For me success is not a goal that can be achieved. Success is rather the state of mind that pushes us further. It is the voice that pursues us in failure, that challenges us, that obliges us to persist no matter if we fall or how hard a blow is, it leads us to become stronger and that is precisely success. It is the aptitude to fall gracefully and jump up back to our feet.
What is some advice you can offer our readers and other entrepreneurs that are reading your interview?
- Defeat does not exist. Cycles end, the environment changes, but if we learn how to evolve with the economy, technology and business ecosystem, every cycle can be the same or even more prosperous that the previous one.
- Keep eyes open to new ideas, write them down, no matter how unreasonable they might be they can be the seed of a super business.
-Dare! Do not just stare, overcoming the resistance of inaction can be the hardest part, but once we get moving it is hard to stop us.