Alejandro Betancourt Lopez is a successful Venezuelan businessman, who is both a pioneer and a global entrepreneur. He has taken on key leadership roles in organizations around the world and has focused on a personal philosophy grounded in the precepts of self-improvement, self-mastery and innovation. He doesn’t like to give up.

Why Self-Improvement Is Important

With little more than a grade-school education and a farm-worker resume, he rose through the social ranks as a soldier and military leader, innovator and revolutionary-activist, and then finally filled the role of a transitional president after the administration of General Antonio Guzmán Blanco when the former president went into voluntary exile. Betancourt Lopez’s great-grandfather paved the way for his own future innovation and entrepreneurial spirit by being responsible for bringing electricity to Valencia, Venezuela. He then inaugurated the railroad between Valencia and Puerto Cabello as well as initiated an underwater cable with Europe in 1888.

Self-Improvement Developed

Just Begin

With a double-major in economics and business administration from Boston’s Suffolk University, he was primed to take on the world, with specializations in the energy sector: exploration, production, trade oil and derivatives. In a sense, Betancourt Lopez started where his great-grandfather left off, but his scope of influence was immediately so much wider, ranging from the U.S., Europe, South America, the Middle East and even to Africa. He currently lives in London, England, but his efforts to facilitate innovation have offered opportunities for work in farming, real estate, finance and international trade.

Take Strategic Steps Forward

Be Surrounded by People You Trust

In order to be able to accept the influences of those around us, it is necessary to focus on the conversation that is being had right there and then. It is not an interrogation. Instead, it is a practice of listening and learning at the feet of a person who has already proven that he or she has a fountain of wisdom to share, if one will only listen.

Embrace Change

Some risk is involved, but that is the nature of most business environments. Instead of fearing change and/or seeking to avoid it, Betancourt Lopez demonstrates a propensity to embrace the evolving environment around him and find ways to be in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the winds of change. Variation is inevitable in any business or personal relationship. What sets Betancourt Lopez apart is how he embraces it, while continuing down his journey toward self-improvement.

Accountability is Key

The team succeeds or fails on the power of its ability to overcome the obstacles, working together. Just as he believes that he can achieve the best possible version of himself by self-improvement, he believes that his team can give the best of themselves through brainstorming and dedication in a creative and relaxed space. While he holds himself accountable, he also believes in sharing the vision, mulling it over, immersing oneself in the vision and then really making sure they have it right.

Be Grateful

Betancourt Lopez does like to be one step ahead of everyone, but that is also because he is passionate about what he does. It is a drive, a vision and an intentional focus that he has been pursuing all his life. Because he has such a clear and focused vision of what he sees for his own plans the future, he does not get discouraged easily. He connects with those who share his vision, and he is accessible and approachable in that regard. He likes to share his vision with those people because they seem open and able to appreciate the opportunity that is just ahead. It is part of his growth leadership mentality. He always wants to think outside the box and push the boundaries, but he never wants to take anything for granted. Just because he sees an opportunity here and now doesn’t mean such occasions will abound forever.

Change is always right around the corner, but that does not mean it has to be scary or intimidating, particularly with the conscious effort to embrace it and repurpose it to work within the constraints or goals of self-realization and self-improvement.

Intention is Important

For Betancourt Lopez, this would be part of an “informed risk.” He sets a goal and moves forward in the direction that aligns with his target goals. He is constant and resolute, but he also constantly follows up. He checks his perception, and he evaluates his progress toward his goal. If (or more like, when) that goal changes, it is not a lost opportunity or a wrong path. It is just a redirection or change in focus and a reinvigoration of that drive and vision.

Life is a Challenge

“Never stop trying. You fall down many times. The important thing is to keep getting up.”

There is No Overnight Success

Think Big, Act Big

With that concept of “Think Big, Act Big,” there still is no promise or certainty of success. Failure is a given (at least occasionally) even in the most successful business models. One of the most poignant stories about the successful Chinese business magnate, politician and investor Jack Ma (Ma Yun) is that he repeatedly applied for entrance into Harvard Business School, and he was rejected ten times. This is the man who was most recently estimated to have a net worth of $35.6 billion.

An ambitious and pioneering attitude can take an individual far, but there is also the reality that not every professional organization recognizes the value of a person’s contribution. The philosophy of self-improvement is built on the concept that an individual will continue on the journey toward a higher level of skills, knowledge and understanding. Efforts do not stop when the individual is beset and overcome by obstacles, rejection or utter failure. It is not supposed to be easy. If it was, you’d have to believe that everyone would do it. Sometimes — quite often — lack of success is the very thing that has needed to inspire a man like Betancourt Lopez to stride forward and seize the opportunities.

Betancourt Lopez says that the advice he would give to his younger self is, “Always surround yourself with good people and build teams that deliver high performance.” He focuses on people, but he also strives to connect with those whom he can trust, who are loyal, and who have shared values and work ethic.

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Originally published at on October 18, 2019.

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