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Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies,
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Argentina: Why It's Good For The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Argentina: Why It's Good For The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Date: April 20th, 2018 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Tips & Travel, Blog Post

One of the things I love most about life is travel. Travelling gives me a new perspective on the world and allows me to clear my mind, which is important to me for a variety of reasons. Each new place I visit, or place I go back to, allows me to see things a different way.

Sometimes I need to take what I like to call “thinking trips” to clear my mind. This is why I love travelling in Argentina – specifically to the city of Buenos Aires.

The entrepreneurial spirit of the city

The spirit of entrepreneurship is just so vibrant – you can feel it. When you walk around Buenos Aires, there’s a notion that anything is possible. I look at an old, vacant (yet hauntingly beautiful) factory and think to myself, “This decrepit building could be turned into a stunning apartment building.”

There is a mix of old and new that’s incredibly stimulating. Mixed in with the new vibrant condominiums are restaurants that have been there for over 50 years! I walked around the city for six hours without hardly realizing it because I couldn't stop looking up.

A true original

In my opinion, Buenos Aires is very much it’s own city. I hardly saw any advertising at all or any big neon lights – screaming at me to buy, buy, buy! For two weeks I didn’t feel that commercial pressure and it was so calming. It’s a busy city, don’t get me wrong. But there isn’t that same hustle and bustle you would see in other cities, like New York City.

Instead, there were hand-painted signs outfront of shops. Even the Starbucks was tucked away with only a small version of the logo outside.

The captivating culture

I enjoy the culture of most cities I visit. However, there is just something about the pace of Buenos Aires that I loved. There was a mix of new business and old values that just worked. For example, people would sit and drink coffee at outdoor cafes for hours – and I did too! You just don’t see that in North America. I mean really sitting there, not working on laptops and or on their phones.

While I was on my big 6-hour exploring tour, I also came across some drumming in the streets. I’m not sure how it came about, but there must have been over 60 students in red t-shirts drumming away. It was like something out of the movie Drumline. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it.

Why I travel

And of course, it always comes back to having a clear mind. After two weeks of travelling, my mind was clear and it was apparent as soon as I landed. I was ready for the many meetings and was ready to tackle the difficult subjects one after the other.

I was also able to write a submission for a wine broker deal without issue, which turned out to be almost 4,000 words! This is precisely why I encourage everyone to take a thinking trip once in a while.

A final thought

You don’t need an excuse to take time for yourself. And travelling alone isn’t something to be afraid of. It really does help to clear your mind and evaluate things. I’m so glad I was able to take some time to myself to think about the business and evaluate a few things.

Stay tuned for more of my tips and travel blogs – coming soon.

Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.


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