Raul Villacis is a family man, entrepreneur, investor and mentor to fellow entrepreneurs. He is the founder and driving force behind Next Level Experience – The EDGE, a system specifically designed to help successful CEOs and entrepreneurs reinvent their lives. Raul began his entrepreneurial career in real estate, eventually building the largest latino-owned real estate firm in Connecticut. He is currently one of the most sought after mentors for CEOs and business owners in the country. Raul is working daily to share his message and dreams of one day selling out Madison Square Garden for one of his Next Level events.
One of the entrepreneur’s ultimate visions of success is seeing his or her kids join the entrepreneurial journey.
When he was 5 years old, my son came to me with a smile on his face and asked me for an allowance. He had been hearing how his friends were getting a weekly check to buy things. I quickly told him that’s not how the world works and that if he wanted to have money he’d have to earn it by bringing value to people. He gave me a confused look in return.
Entrepreneurs are a different breed of human beings. While most people would be comfortable living a normal and secure life, an entrepreneur feels more alive when they are taking risks in life. Entrepreneur is defined as a person who is willing to take higher risks than others. Because entrepreneurs have a higher tolerance for risk than most people, they also handle stress differently.
As entrepreneurs, we have a special connection with what we do for a living. We find significance, growth and fulfillment. When we use our businesses to feed our emotional needs, we sometimes become addicts. As the addiction grows, we cannot leave work behind and we spend more time there — so much more time that our spouses may think we are having an affair at work.
So far, I’ve had an incredible journey as an entrepreneur. I’m proud of the progress I’ve made since my first effort at 15 years old when I sold T-shirts I had bought in the Bronx to kids that lived in the suburbs of Connecticut. It was a good insight to find out that people would pay a premium for convenience. That’s when I found out I could sell as long as I had a good product.
Like me, Raul Villacis has gone through a radical transformation. He was in a job that was going nowhere, his body was in a constant pain that doctors couldn’t figure out, and he found himself turning to alcohol to escape his reality. It wasn’t until he found the power of a morning ritual that he turned his life around. For such a simple practice, it is amazing the type of power it can have in revitalizing a life and career. He’s now a successful coach running a sought-after mastermind group, and has learned to master his state in a way that keeps him in control of his emotions and his destiny.
Raul is a serial entrepreneur, CEO of a Real Estate Investment Firm that manages a distressed Real Estate Portfolio, and Founder of the “Next Level Experience“, a personal development brand that combines mindset training with business strategies and networking.
Have you ever felt like you’ve hit rock bottom? Like your world was falling apart quicker than you could put it back together. Where all you felt was a throbbing pain in the pit of your stomach as negative thoughts overwhelmed your mind, with the exhaustive feeling of running for hours when the whole time you were standing motionless.