On May 4th 2017 I attended the Latino Business Expo at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. I learned 2 things that day:
Coffee gives a lot of people stomach issues
A lot of people will not even try coffee if they don’t have flavored creamer
Aside from those two gems, the expo was a great experience. This was my first time experiencing something like this. And to top it off, my wife couldn’t attend (last minute child care issues). So I was on my own, but things like this usually don’t bother me. I’m kind of a “hold my beer and watch this” kind of guy...or in this case, coffee.
I handed out a lot of business cards and served people a lot of good coffee. It took me awhile to get warmed up but after a few practice runs with the first few vendors I was good to go. It’s funny how that works. Given the right motivation, you can pretty much do anything. Watching all the other vendors and quickly figuring out who I was talking to (expo attendees) I was able to change up my spiel to fit the situation.
It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I learned that I have to accelerate my plan and there is a lot of interest for good coffee in Ventura County. I also learned that I can shake hands, handout business cards, talk to people and make pour over coffee at the same time.
This experience made my desire to succeed all the more powerful and that I made the right decision to pursue my pasion.
There’s a saying that my wife’s grandfather used to say: “la carga hace andar al burro”. The direct translation is “the load makes the donkey walk”. Not very poetic is it. But the meaning behind it is that when you have a job or goal, the need to complete it (or in this case, the passion) is all the motivation you need.
So I’m all loaded up!!! Hee-haw!