Work Hard & Play Hard

COO, Senior Risk Manager/Broker of Insurance Writers of America, and serial entrepreneur Pedro Curbelo shares his advice on how to balance work, life and play.

At what age in your life did you realize you had the ability to be a businessman? Maybe it was the first time you set up your lemonade stand or when you sold candy at school…

When I was 11 years old my father left Cuba because of political persecution. I had to step in to help out my family economically. I sold his art door to door, by the age 12 I was earning more money than the adults in my neighborhood. 

Describe three important characteristics a person needs to have to be successful in life.

First, your word is your bond. Do what you promised you would do. Second,build relationships with people that add value to your life, whether it is spiritually or financially. And lastly,don’t let your ego be bigger than the work you are doing.

List two books that every businessman (or entrepreneur) should check off their list before tackling their purpose in life…

Intentional Living by John Maxwell; The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. 

How do you find balance between life, work and play? What ingredients make up your recipe?

You have to love what you do, [and] share that love with everyone. Prioritize family time first. Hang out with like-minded individuals. Schedule everything and delegate what doesn’t feed your soul or your pocket. 

From what difficult life setback did you learn the most?

When you don’t find the right partner from the bedroom to the boardroom. Great things can’t be achieved alone. I have my perfect partner. 

Your house is on fire—you’ve escaped from the flames with your wife and kids…what are the two top things you’d return to grab?

My wedding ring and my dog.

What is your greatest indulgence? It could be from secretly enjoying pedicures to an addiction to croquetas…it’s gotta be something you’re not ready to give up…

Cuban croquetas and riding my Harley through a mountain road. 

What’s a piece of advice you’d love to give to your 25-year-old self? What’s some advice your 25-year-old self would graciously give to “the you” of today?

Listen to your wife and don’t put all eggs in one basket.

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