Tell me about yourself?
I’m Luigi Wester, 33 years old, married and I have a 2-year-old daughter. I was born in Aruba, raised in Curacao and now based in Amsterdam. I am a very passionate, ambitious and forward thinking kinda guy. Excited by new opportunities to grow in my career or life in general. Currently working as a Structured Finance Lending Specialist facilitating corporates in Transportation Finance Industry.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and why?
I think I’ve been influenced by a number of people. Growing up it was my step-father who drilled me to get higher grades at school. He even had great incentives to keep me motivated (i.e. new sneakers, more allowances etc.) He told me frequently that the day will come when I will arrive at the office and people will greet me (as the director) with “good morning Mr Wester”. He always envisioned me as a CEO of a multinational….He always believed in my potential to do great things. His ability to motivate me at such a crucial time in my development made him one of my biggest influences. My wife has also been a big influence in my life as of my late 20’s. She helped me to be a better man and focus on the important things in life. She also motivated me to go for whatever makes me happy. She supported my plans unconditionally. She brought the necessary balance I much needed in my life.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
- Life is happening now– Stop waiting or saving things for a special occasion. Unbox those special editions tea-cups from China, or put that dress or shoe on. There’s no special occasion, being alive is the special occasion.
- You are responsible for your OWN happiness. Yes, you! No one is coming to save you. Nobody will tell you to quit that job if you hate it or start new business ventures, you have to do it yourself.
- Material things only provide temporary happiness. Find true happiness. I see a lot of people around me searching for that new Porche or new Mercedes and think this will make them happy. It won’t and it never will. It’s only the crave of desiring it will be satisfied. True happiness lies in experiences among other things.
- Lower your expectations and higher your observations. The lower you expect from people or things, the less frustrated you’ll be and in the end happier and free. More observation means you deal with problems when you see them and adjust to them. In other words, you have to go with the flow. In fact, someone came up with a formula for this (EXPECTATION- OBSERVATION= FRUSTRATION)
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Overall I am proud of myself and the life I have built in the Netherlands in the past 14 years. I came here by myself in 2003 with a scholarship. I had no idea how things would work out. I had a 4×4 m2 studio, some books and a laptop.
Fast forward today, I formed my own family, I bought my own house and I got a promotion last year. I think I’m on the right track in my life at the moment.
Whenever you come to a setback what do you for your comeback?
I try to relax as much as possible and come up with a new strategy. Relaxing can be anything from reading motivational articles or get some coffee somewhere or running. I’m also considering meditation.
If you were writing the story of your life, how would you divide it into chapters?
Great question! I’m considering to write an autobiography later. How about these chapters?
Chapter I: Born & Raised
Chapter II: The Formation
Chapter III: The indirect influence of Dad (Luis Wester Sr.)
Chapter IV: Dear Mum, I’m gone
Chapter V: The search for happiness
Chapter VI: Exit, stage left
Chapter VII: Goals, Goals, Goals
Chapter VIII: Inner Voice
Chapter IX: It won’t make you happy
Chapter X: Luigi 2KX
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you were young?
I wish I knew more about investing and how money actually works when I grew up. I think parents can’t start early enough to teach kids of this generation. It will teach them to be responsible while building something for the future.
How do you define a “good life” or a “successful life”?
A good life for me is a life of fulfilment. Where you feel loved by your closed ones, in balance with yourself and enjoying the ventures you take. A successful life is for me is a life where you can add (tangible) value to other people’s lives, a life of purpose that is bigger than your own.
Do you think a person needs to first overcome serious setbacks or challenges to be truly successful?
I do- they say “smooth seas do not make good sailors” It’s in time of true adversities when we form our real character.
If you had the power to solve one and only one problem in the world, what would it be and why?
There is so much problem in the world right now, but I would solve Poverty first- I think everybody should be able to eat and have clean water and a (decent) shelter in this World no matter where you come from or in what circumstances you live in. I’m still staggered by the fact that now, in the year of 2017, with so much wealth so many people (children) around the Globe go to bed with empty stomachs and have to travel miles for clean water.
How have your dreams and goals changed your life?
My dreams and goals were like my flashlight in a dark cave, they guided me to find and stay on the path I wanted to be and not deviate from it. They have also kept me focused to be a better me.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy shopping from time to time (sneakers, clothing) I watch some good series or I play a game in Virtual Reality, It’s a completely another world (haha) I enjoy trying new recipes (mostly Jamie Oliver) and test it out on friends too.
What’s your favourite book and why?
The 4 -hour workweek by Timothy Ferriss. It was the first book that ignited a change in the way I viewed some aspects of work and life. F.e the concept of work and retirement or escaping the “rat race”. It also gave great tips and insides on experiencing high-end world travel while living more and work less.
How did you decide what you wanted to do with your life? How do you feel about that choice?
I think it’s still an ongoing process- I learned a lot about myself in different jobs and via personal ventures. I feel like I’m finally on the right track to go in the direction I always wanted to be. Many people thought I was going to open a sneakers shop or something. I always wanted to have a concept store containing some clean sneakers among other nice must-haves. However, I think I have a solid Financial background as well which I can’t ignore. Combining these two elements in some kind of way can be a possibility…
What do you think are your three best qualities?
I think I have great analytical skills, I’m good with numbers and I have a keen eye for details.
What are you working on to become a better YOU?
I’m reading a lot lately, not only work/career related but also interpersonal skills as a father, husband etc. But I’m also trying new things, trying to live healthier, exercise and live a balanced life. I try to ask people around me for Feedback on my behaviour/skills. On a more educational level, I am in the process of getting my Master degree in 2018.
Do you have any special sayings or expressions?
haha, I like the expression “You didn’t make the Forbes List so get up” I have it in my personal banking app and read it every day for motivation. Imagine answering ’to that one day: I made it to the Forbes List so let me sleep!
What place does religion have in your life?
Currently no place, but not consciously though. I just think it went into the background as I grew older. I was raised in a really religious family.
If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be?
I think teleport. Imagine not having to sit 15 hours on a plane but just Teleport to another part of the world. The possibilities are endless!
Who was the biggest influence on your career?
I think my current manager has been the greatest influence on my career. She gave me an opportunity 6 year ago and believed in me from the start. She’s still helping me on my journey.