The day that I faced a loaded gun, changed my life.
It was a Tuesday night on December 19, 2000, in Mexico City.
I was coming back to my parent’s place from a doctor’s appointment, I had parked the car just outside the front door. When I got out of the car, I noticed two suspicious guys walking half a block away from me but I continued collecting stuff from inside the car. I remember I had a milkshake in one hand and had placed a burger on the roof to free up my other hand. The next thing I remember, I had a loaded gun pointed at my face and I was being asked to surrender my car keys. I gave them my car keys and the guys took off with the car.
That night was one of the most uncomfortable moments in my life.
I felt like I had no escape, nowhere to go and I saw my life flash by at the sight of the gun pointed at me. I thought to myself the guy must have been high on something in order to be brave enough to steal a car.
After those guys took off with my car, I knocked on my parent’s door. My mom opened the door and asked me where my keys were? I was in shock. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t properly communicate anything. How do you tell someone you came close to dying?
She had to slap me in the face so I could start talking and explain what had happened.
Making the Decision to Leave my Home
That night, I decided I had had enough. I had enough of this kind of life in Mexico. It is easy for somebody to steal something from you in Mexico. You never know when things could go wrong, and end up losing your life. My life could have been over on Tuesday, December 19, 2000. That night, I made the decision to leave the country.
I wanted to live in the best place in the world so I Googled “the top 10 cities to live in the world.” The search showed Vancouver, Canada as the best city to live in 2000.
I told myself I was going to move there and that was the first time I decided to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The decision to move to Vancouver, BC, Canada would end-up pushing me far out of my comfort zones. Everything would change
Many people live in their comfort zones because they are uncomfortable and scared of the unknown but we can’t grow, change, and find better lives for ourselves unless we’re willing to step outside of our comfort zones.
Making a Plan
My first task was researching the requirements for moving to Canada. I found the four key qualifications:
- Work experience
Luckily for me, I was in the middle of completing my civil engineering degree. The immigration process is based on points. Possessing a degree in engineering, architecture, and medicine result in getting more points compared to some other degrees.
I finished my degree as a civil engineer and graduated in 2003.
Another important thing was the points for language. Canada is a bilingual country. English and French are the official languages. I knew English, but I did not know how to speak French. So, I enrolled in French classes for a whole year in 2005 to get more points for the application while working as a sales engineer.
The Canadian government at that time required having $11,000 CAD in my bank account in order to consider my application. So I got busy performing in my sales job.
Everybody says that when you work in sales “the sky is the limit” with commission potential. In 18 months, I was part of the President’s Club (it is an award companies provide every year to the best sales reps.) I was part of the top 10 sales rep out of 200 reps nationwide in Mexico in 2005. I was so determined to make the move happen.
Six years after making the decision to leave Mexico, I moved to Canada. I landed in Vancouver on Wednesday, January 31st of 2007 and I started my new life, my dream life.
A life that today I enjoy and love. I love the freedom I have here. I love every moment because I am so lucky and grateful that I set out the goal to live here and I executed on it.
This decision also helped me find the love of my life, my soulmate. We have a daughter; they make my whole life. I am so happy to wake up every day and share my life with them.
Having the Confidence to Not Give Up
Many people laughed at the idea of my plans. Even people I knew well were laughing at me. I learned the only person that needed to believe in me, was me. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. It took me six years and I had to overcome obstacles, but I stayed focused and continued to have confidence in myself.
If you do not believe in yourself, nobody will believe in you. You need to believe and feel your passion.
As you read this, I encourage you to think about what it is that you want in your life and decide what you can do to make it a reality. Take the first step of making the decision and setting your mindset you’ll get it done. Next, create your plan. And finally, believe in yourself.
I spent six years making my dream come true and I did it while people laughed at me. You DO NOT have to do it alone. Join us in the #365FirstsChallenge Facebook Group and in one of the Start Your Journey Webinar to learn more about how we can help, encourage, and support.