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Philanthropist Andres Pira: “I’m a big believer in vibrational giving, which is the act of giving with positive emotions and feelings in our hearts without expecting anything in return from our recipients”

I’m a big believer in vibrational giving, which is the act of giving with positive emotions and feelings in our hearts without expecting anything in return from our recipients. I love to volunteer, as I feel it is one of the best forms of vibrational giving. It is also a fantastic way to get into […]


I’m a big believer in vibrational giving, which is the act of giving with positive emotions and feelings in our hearts without expecting anything in return from our recipients. I love to volunteer, as I feel it is one of the best forms of vibrational giving. It is also a fantastic way to get into a positive mindset and build incredible team morale in the process.

I would like to appeal to everyone to practice kindness and to give freely, no matter how small you start. You never know what your actions can trigger — Just imagine the world as a happier, kinder place — it already is if we all give to each other. True happiness comes from making a positive impact on people around us. I hope that those with great wealth will help others and that we will all focus on change for good and giving others positive experiences, rather than just acquiring material things.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Andres Pira. Andres is a real-estate tycoon based in Phuket, Thailand who is also becoming well-known for his inspirational homeless-to-billionaire life story. His company, Blue Horizon Developments, has received more than 15 awards from internationally-acclaimed property associations. A serial businessman, Pira’s portfolio spans real estate, gyms, a law office, a gas station, coffee shops, and a live events company.


Thank you so much for doing this with us Andres! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was once homeless and living on the beaches of Phuket. I had hit rock-bottom and was the unhappiest I had ever been. When I asked a friend back in Sweden for help, he sent me The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. When I first read the book, I thought it was nonsense. While trying to disprove its theories, I realized that they actually work and was in disbelief. I then started practicing them and my life was never the same.

First, I visualized a cup of coffee and one of the beach boys who handled the jet skis on the beach offered to buy me one. Next, I visualized having a hearty meal. I bumped into an old colleague who took me out to lunch. Confident that the theory of visualization works, I visualized myself getting a job. I walked tirelessly along the roads adjacent to the beaches that were lined with hotels and asked every one of them if they were hiring. In just two days, I found a job as a marketing executive at a real estate agency and handed out brochures. I then became a sales executive in the same company and went on to become the sales director in just two years.

After finding my passion in the real-estate industry and gaining enough knowledge and experience, I decided to start my own venture, and that’s how I become the CEO and founder of one of the leading real-estate development companies in Thailand.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?

In Thailand, on your birthday you don’t receive gifts, you give them. This was a new concept to me, but I thought I’d give it a try. Many years ago, on my birthday, I visited an orphanage in Thailand where many of the children had HIV. The orphanage had no government support and was struggling to operate. I wanted to do more than just bringing them toys, so I agreed to paint the building and all the rooms at my own cost. I had been visualizing making my first million dollars, but I didn’t know how it would happen. When I was at that orphanage, I didn’t expect it to be connected with making a million dollars later. All I knew was that these kids needed help and that it would feel good to help them. I hired people to paint and rebuild the orphanage, which cost about a quarter of my monthly revenue at the time, but I felt happy spending it.

A few weeks later, I closed a property deal worth so much that my commission on it was more than a million. I not only made my first million, but I also recouped my investment in the universe. The feeling I had when I helped the orphanage came back to me tenfold! I copied that check, framed it, and still see it every day. Is this a coincidence? I don’t think this happened by chance because I have seen many great things come into my life as a result of vibrational giving. Practicing vibrational giving works for me and will work for you, too.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

For one of my first startups here in Phuket, I wanted to go big to impress clients, so I had some super-sized glossy posters printed by a local graphic designer. Unfortunately, the designer’s team were not native English speakers and rather than copy and paste the content, they retyped it. When I received my beautiful posters, one of them read, “Wellcum to…”. I didn’t laugh at the time, but I find it funny now. It taught me to always pay attention to small details and to be sure to hire people who I can trust to run things, rather than micromanage everything.

Can you describe how your organization is making a significant social impact?

I’m a big believer in vibrational giving, which is the act of giving with positive emotions and feelings in our hearts without expecting anything in return from our recipients. I love to volunteer, as I feel it is one of the best forms of vibrational giving. It is also a fantastic way to get into a positive mindset and build incredible team morale in the process.

One of my companies Phuket Condos & Homes, practices vibrational giving and frequently partners with Phuket Has Been Good To Us (PHBG TU), a Phuket-based charity established after the 2004 tsunami, to improve the way of life and economic situations of young people.

Another thing we do is sponsor work permits for English teachers, so that children will have access to English instruction provided by native English speakers. This prepares them to use English in real situations in the wider world and gives English teachers valuable experience.

Wow! Can you tell me a story about a particular individual who was impacted by this cause?

One I’ll always remember and keep in my heart is a boy whose family was swept away by the tsunami. My heart went out to him. He was just 4 years old when his whole world was taken away from him by the disaster and he was hungry, scared and had nobody to go to for help. Even his school was destroyed when the whole community was pretty much wiped out. A kind teacher took him under her wing and he was one of the first to join our Kalim pilot program in 2006, through which he learned English. We were delighted to see him flourish. He now serves as a much-loved mentor to our new students when he’s not working as a tour guide here in Phuket. His story goes to show that even when you have lost everything, you can become someone and give back. He continues to inspire everyone he meets.

Are there three things the community/society/politicians can do help you address the root of the problem you are trying to solve?

I think that if everyone does these three things, we can all help each other to solve many of the problems in the world:

  1. Expect problems and when they come, turn them into opportunities. We can easily fall into negative thinking when problems crop up and have a “fight or flight” reaction, but if we relax and try to change our perspective, things can change. When we expect problems and try to create solutions, we can change the world.
  2. Take risks and keep acting despite failure. I now have 19 successful business, but I have also had many failures along the way. We should all learn from failure and continue to move forward rather than give up.
  3. Invest in dreams and value your team. After all, where would we be without others? None of us is in this life alone, so we should support and appreciate each other. We need to understand others’ dreams to help them succeed.

How do you define “Leadership”? Can you explain what you mean or give an example?

Leadership is when you trust and have faith in your employees and give them the runway.

Employees want to feel empowered. Our faith in their decision-making ability can be more valuable than money in many respects. One of the ways to build that faith is to allow them to work in jobs they were not originally hired for as it shows you have faith that they can succeed with new things. By giving employees more responsibility to make decisions without fear of making a mistake, we build trust. By putting employees in charge of solving problems, we show them that they have the runway to be a leader. These are incredibly powerful ways to create loyal employees who will have your company’s best interests at the forefront.

When developing new businesses, I usually don’t have any managers right away. I allow employees to work as a team to achieve success with me as their leader, setting an example of how I expect the business to run. It’s a very empowering business model that I use with every one of my companies.

What are your “Five things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

  1. Have goals in life! I was homeless because I had no vision. I did not have the confidence that I could amount to anything. I lived without specific goals and felt as if I had already failed. However, once I started setting goals and following through on them, I realized that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. It was a game-changer!
  2. Practice self-discipline! The discipline we apply to our goals allows us to attract wealth and unlimited opportunities in life. If we don’t use it, our lives will be driven by our moods and be just as unpredictable.
  3. Take more risks! Taking risks is essential to growth. When we take risks, we put ourselves in situations we have never been in before. We tap into our hidden potential and discover the skills we possess.
  4. Embrace Problems! I wake up every morning expecting problems, whether it’s at home or at work, big or small. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t jolt up from bed every day worrying that something terrible is about to happen. Instead, I have come to terms with the fact that problems are an inevitable part of life with their own merits. If anything, problems are opportunities in disguise.
  5. Practice vibrational giving! I came to realize when we selflessly give with good intentions, the universe will return to us tenfold what we send out. I have experienced it enough times to believe it.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I would like to appeal to everyone to practice kindness and to give freely, no matter how small you start. You never know what your actions can trigger — Just imagine the world as a happier, kinder place — it already is if we all give to each other. True happiness comes from making a positive impact on people around us. I hope that those with great wealth will help others and that we will all focus on change for good and giving others positive experiences, rather than just acquiring material things.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

I love a quote that is attributed to the Buddha himself, Siddhartha Gautama. It goes like this:

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.” This is relevant to my life because of my strong belief in vibrational giving. This is giving with the right mindset. I have found that whenever we give with genuine love and without expectation, the universe gives back tenfold. Furthermore, giving brings joy and goodness to all; both the giver and the receiver.

Is there a person in the world, or in the U.S. whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

If I could have a private breakfast or lunch with anyone in the world, it would be with Leonardo DiCaprio. He inspires me not just because he’s an awesome actor, but also because he doesn’t just sit on his fame and success. He’s socially responsible. He set up the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which is dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants, 20 years ago. He continues with a purpose to support projects that are close to his heart and solve environmental crises with the belief that all life on Earth is connected. It would be an honor to be able to meet him one day.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrespira.official/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PiraAndres/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andres-pira-6129b577/

This was very meaningful, thank you so much!

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