I had the pleasure of interviewing Igor Orlovsky, Golden Keys Concierge at Baja Off the Grid & Art dealer at the Chelsea Art Group.
What is your “backstory”?
I Immigrated from the USSR as a Jewish Refugee in 1980 from Kiev, Ukraine. When I was 17 I got a scholarship to Georgetown to Study Linguistics. After completing my studies at Georgetown, I (then) went to Paris to study Art at the Sorbonne.
After studying art, I ran the Russian Language Program for the National Geospatial Agency (CIA of Satellites) and then moved (back to the states) to Los Angeles be more creative and got a degree in Graphics and Brand Management.
My first job after I got my degree was as a Jr. Designer. I quickly moved up in the ranks and became the Creative Director at Smart Planet (Manufacturer of Kitchen Wear & Appliances). While I was at Smart Planet I was recruited by the Chelsea Art Group and became a high end art dealer.
Ten years ago I fell in love with Baja and started taking care of Baja Off the Grid on the weekends and on vacations. Three years ago I had the privilege of became the Concierge and Property manager.
Can you tell me about the most interesting projects you are working on now?
Currently, I am designing and supervising the expansion of Baja Off the Grid, as well as implementing our new summer camp and converting the property into a 5 star resort and wedding destination.
What is your definition of success?
Building a legacy that shifts global perspective one guest at a time.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Everyone who comes to Baja Off the Grid leaves transformed in one way or another.
They realize how little one needs to actually be happy or how easy it is to save our planet by adding a few solar panels to your roof, or simply choosing local products with minimal packaging, OR my favorite — they wake up and realize how amazing the moment is and how beautiful life can be, if you just pay attention and are a little more mindful.
Living by the ocean off the grid and relying on Mother Nature wakes people up people and pulls them out of their routine and their the numb robot automation state.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?
“The Stinkier the pile, the bigger the diamond”, my own quote.
Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Whenever something horrible happens to me, I say thank you to the universe, because I know a great gift is coming my way.
I was going through my separation and I totaled my car right in front of my office. I took it as a sign that the universe wanted me to change my life. So I quit my Creative Director job and moved to Spain with no understanding of Spanish.
Now I am fluent in Spanish, had an amazing two year adventure, am running one of the best resorts in Baja while living a fantasy that I never would have thought possible. All because I totaled my car during my separation.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started my career” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)
1. Do what you do best and pay everyone to do everything else.
2. In business, nothing is better than Opium (OPM) Other people’s money. If others won’t invest in you THERE IS A REASON WHY!
3. Be the first one in and the last one out.
4. Take a siesta every day. I used to park my car under a tree and take a siesta for 15 min after lunch. It’s like 2 days in one, a mini reset where you can do or restart anything that you didn’t in the morning.
5. Don’t come to people with problems, come to them with solutions.
Original article was published on Medium.com
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this 🙂
OPRAH — — OPRAH — — OPRAH
She is my definition of success. She has shifted global perspective more than any other person of our time. She has been an inspiration of mine for decades and she is an Aquarius just like me.
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