Mariana Konsolos moved to Canada from Uruguay oblivious to what life here would entail. Her life had flipped from the comforts of Montevideo to obscurity in Vancouver. However, that did not deter her. She took the challenge head-on and used the opportunity to write a new chapter in the story of her life. “Being nobody is humbling. There is no judgement. It’s a discovery,” she says.
The stumbling blocks that she encountered were only paving the path for a new Mariana. She followed her life motto “Say Yes Ask Questions Later” (also the name of her book) every step of the way, starting with learning English language.
KEEP YOUR HUNGER TO LEARN AND GROW ALIVE ELSE YOU WILL DEFAULT TO EXCUSES
Like any immigrant looking to find a job she faced innumerable rejections for her lack of “Canadian experience”. Working at a retail business when she was presented with an opportunity to manage the store, she decided to lead her own business.
Retired after running a successful business, she now mentors upcoming entrepreneurs at University of British Columbia. Resilience is an immigrant’s superpower. “When you fall and stand up, that takes you a step closer to your goal,” she says and asks that you keep your hunger alive – to learn and grow. “You will look for excuses when you are not hungry.”