“Taking care of yourself.”, with Wagner Saucedo

Taking care of yourself mentally and physically should always come first in the list of priorities. This will ensure that you’re optimizing yourself to get ready for the day and face any challenges that may come. As a part of my series about “How to Slow Down To Do More” I had the pleasure to […]

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Taking care of yourself mentally and physically should always come first in the list of priorities. This will ensure that you’re optimizing yourself to get ready for the day and face any challenges that may come.

As a part of my series about “How to Slow Down To Do More” I had the pleasure to interview Wagner Saucedo, Founder and CEO of Comion, A Consulting Company based in Baltimore, Maryland. Wagner and his team work with their clients to design, strategize and deliver immersive experiences across multiple digital channels to accelerate their growth. He is very heavily involved in the strategic planning and execution with the help of his team members, who work remotely all across the planet. Wagner is passionate about new and emerging technologies, and what they can do to help people, businesses and the world. Besides working with his clients and team members, he enjoys looking for a new read at his local bookstore and spending time with his family.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us the “backstory” about what brought you to this specific career path?

I became really interested in the Digital Marketing space when I was in College, but I had no plans on starting a company back then. The plan was to always go to Medical School, but then I realized that I had no passion for it and felt like my time was being wasted. It was only until I became curious about what the Internet could do to help people, and businesses that I felt like I was on the right path to “something”. I became so invested in learning about the industry that I would just spend my most of time self-educating on the subject. It came to the point where I was no longer invested in my own studies and decided to strictly focus on learning everything I could about the Internet and the Digital space.

Having migrated from Peru at the age of 10 and growing up in a traditional home, It was never my plan to follow a different career path than what society had told me to follow. That never crosses the mind of someone who migrated from another country, where entrepreneurship is almost non-existent or is not heard of. But I decided to take the leap and I’m glad I did.

When I was a student, I’d watch videos of Elon Musk and Gary Vaynerchuk and how they believed in taking risks to live to your full potential. After months of asking myself “should I do it?” “what if I fail?” I decided to pick up the phone and call every business I could find from doing a Google search. I cold called 100 businesses that day, 97 said no, 3 agreed to having a meeting, and 2 of them became my first clients.

The key was to always re-invest in the company. I didn’t like the idea of getting a loan or asking my parents for money as they had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t really have any big expenses during that time as I was still living and working out my parents basement, so I was able to put back all the money I received from my clients into my business.

Now, I have a great team that works remotely with clients all across the USA.

Ever since day one of starting my company, I believed that I had to continuously expand my knowledge in both business and learning new methods to excel in my industry. Constant learning has allowed me to develop into a better human being and a leader, and it’s something that I try to do and practice daily.

According to a 2006 Pew Research Report report, 26% of women and 21% of men feel that they are “always rushed”. Has it always been this way? Can you give a few reasons regarding what you think causes this prevalent feeling of being rushed?

As technology advances, our expectations for things to get done faster than usual will increase. From having 30 minute delivery times to having 24/7 access to a device that has enabled complete access to the internet, it’s no wonder we always feel rushed!

I can only suspect that those numbers will increase as we become more modernized.

Based on your experience or research can you explain why being rushed can harm our productivity, health, and happiness?

Being rushed all the time can disable your ability to focus on the things that are important in your business and life. This can also cause you to make mistakes, preventing you from producing great work and in the process, alter your ability to make decisions.

Feeling rushed is also one of the bigger factors of stress and anxiety, which will affect your health and happiness and ultimately, hurt your life as a whole.

On the flip side, can you give examples of how we can do more, and how our lives would improve if we could slow down?

We all have the same 24 hours in the day, but it will come to the ability of knowing how to use those hours to be able to perform at your best during the day.

Having a structured schedule and learning how to be mindfully present are important tools for knowing how to stay focused.

The ability to say “no” to things that won’t bring any growth, fulfillment and joy into your life is a big factor into how we can be less overwhelmed and avoid any negative emotions that come from moving too fast.

We all live in a world with many deadlines and incessant demands for our time and attention. That inevitably makes us feel rushed. Can you share with our readers 6 strategies that you use to “slow down to do more”? Can you please give a story or example for each?

  1. Wake up early
  2. Practice daily meditation
  3. Be grateful
  4. Exercise
  5. Practice self-education
  6. Plan ahead

I believe that having a strong morning routine will give you the tools you need to have a productive and successful day.

I usually start my day at 5am, which is 3 hours before my work schedule starts. This gives me enough time to focus on the things that will enable self-growth.

I set these hours to exercise, meditate, and read a book about my Industry. Investing in yourself is important to get ahead in life and in business, as this will also give you more confidence and discipline as you start to develop these tools into your daily routine.

The weekends are also great to plan your week ahead. I like to use a weekly calendar and a day to day calendar to list things from scale of importance. The tasks that require more mental stamina are done in the mornings, while the less demanding tasks are done in the afternoons. Your mind is more “aware” and “refreshed” in the mornings, so getting the harder tasks done first will allow you to have better judgement.

Taking care of yourself mentally and physically should always come first in the list of priorities. This will ensure that you’re optimizing yourself to get ready for the day and face any challenges that may come.

How do you define “mindfulness”? Can you give an example or story?

I define mindfulness by living in the moment and being conscious of your surroundings.

I know that I can produce the best work if I focus on what is there in the now instead of having to think too far out when it is not required at that specific time.

In the beginning stages of my entrepreneurial journey, I found myself constantly thinking too far out in the future and also about the past. This caused an enormous amount of anxiety, doubt and depression, I also noticed that this hurt my performance and my ability to communicate with my team members, clients and it was also affecting the relationships I had with my family.

Having the ability to have better control of your mind and emotions will allow you to make better decisions and also be able to spend time with the ones you love by having no mental distractions.

Can you give examples of how people can integrate mindfulness into their everyday lives?

Set a time during the day where you can disconnect from the outside world to focus on what is currently happening now, and bring back your focus to where it’s needed. I’d recommend setting 20 minutes of your day to practice meditation.

Notice your mental habits and develop awareness of it throughout the day. This will allow your brain to train for a new pattern and help you recognize negative thoughts and catch them before they develop even more.

Being mindful will also enable you to make better and clearer decisions. Sometimes your mind can get cluttered with all the information we take daily, so by being mindful you’re giving your mind time to rest and de-clutter.

Practicing meditation every morning has allowed me to take control of my emotions as well as my decisions. Just like any other form of exercise, you must practice these daily until they become habits.

Do you have any mindfulness tools that you find most helpful at work?

The most valuable tool you can do is to practice mindfulness in the mornings before your actual work day starts. Setting a concrete morning routine is also crucial for mindset development, which should include exercise and self-education. This will prepare your mind and body for the day ahead.

I’ve also recently started practicing an NLP technique by Tony Robbins. This technique is applied by using your imagination to edit your mental images and visualise positive outcomes, this allows your mind to stop experiencing brain clutter and negative feelings such as fear and anxiety. This is a great tool for when you need to make rapid changes.

What are your favorite books, podcasts, or resources that inspire you to use mindfulness tools or practices?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Awaken The Giant by Tony Robbins, Change Your Mind, Change Your World by Dr. Richard Gillett, The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone, The Joe Rogan Podcast and Elon Musk everything.

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

One of my favorite quotes that has been important to me in all aspects of life is:

“ When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor”

I find it motivating and inspiring because it’s a constant reminder that you can always achieve your goals even when society tells you that it’s impossible. As a startup Founder, I have always been faced with great difficulties, but have been able to overcome them because of persistence and great focus.

Remind yourself to do the things that are important to you and your growth in business or life. Even if you fail, you must quickly get up and learn from those failures to move to the next level. It’s very easy to get discouraged when things get complicated, but we have the ability to overcome them and become better because of those hardships. That is how we grow and become better human beings.

You are a person of great 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 was raised thinking that there’s only one path to success, and that path is not necessarily the best one. If I could inspire a movement, it would be to inspire people to pursue the things they dream of doing and to take risks! Often times we tend to believe that everything in the world is set for us to live in, but if we can realize that we have the power to influence it and change it, then we are more than capable of doing some great and amazing things.

One of the biggest reasons why some people are not able to break through their shell, is fear. This is an emotion that prevents us from doing the things we need to do in order to grow. But fear is very subjective and it only happens when we’re about to experience the unknown. If we can develop the habit to gain control of our mind and emotions, fear is no longer an emotion, but a tool that can be used to achieve great potential.

I will always tell aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue fear and discomfort, as those are the tools that allow us to grow and become better individuals. If everyone can conquer the ability to use negative feelings to their advantage, then I believe that the world would be filled with great ideas that will move us forward.

Thank you so much for these insights! This was so inspiring!

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