Let’s change the Chilean mindset

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First off. Chile doesn’t need more (cut and paste) engineers.

Chile needs more artists, more innovators and of course…more entrepreneurs.

I’m trying to find the reason why Chile has a low rate of entrepreneurs and I think it’s all because of history.

We all know that being an “entrepreneur” is something kind of new (Bullshit…what about Einstein?, J. Clark? T. Edison?…) but let’s keep it that way.

For my experience I personally blame (and thank) my parents for almost taking me to the other side – I mean the regular side of life… being a … hmmmm… normal person with a job right?

I want to study music. That’s what’s makes me have chicken skin… that’s my passion.

A: What? No, no way you’re studying music… how are you going to live? How are you going to make money?…

That’s the classic answer for all of these kind of questions.

Then… in school… two years ago, while I was doing my first startup and studying engineering.

I need to freeze my studies to work 100% on my startup.

A: Nope. You can’t, you have to finish what you started, get a degree and get a job… “tu no te mandas solo” they said like “buen chileno” if you want to do that… you’ll have to live by yourself…

I can guess you are having or had the same kind of discussion

That kind of answer is almost automatic… it’s like an auto-reply for your e-mail, you just start talking about it and BANG! There you go… all your dreams to the trash…

Is just a damn old fashioned mindset, a mindset with over 200 years of history.

Unfortunately, our parents had the same trouble when they were young… I can guess…
but different times, different rules…
they didn’t have the guts to say to our grandpa’s… Fuck it!

And that was the same answer our grandpas should have given 100’s of years ago to our grand grandpa’s…

So how can a father, tell to his son to do something he never did
how can our parents can give us advice about taking this new road of entrepreneurship…?

Once… they had a dream…that was trashed out and they were scared… so scared that they decided to join the easy way… study + degree + job = keep writing history


I was almost kicked out of college two times…

TWO TIMES, for listening to my parents giving me old fashioned advice… advice that in a globalized world like this are simply not working.

I wasn’t a student… I was just trying to follow my passion… and college wasn’t the road to it.

Now I’m following my passion… and I won’t stop. I won’t stop!

I blame history. I blame high school.

I blame the universities for cutting off the wings of people that needs to fly.


But hey!! Enough crying… you already got the point right?

The thing is…what can we do to change that?

Easy. IT’S UP TO US!!!

Just US… a generation of young Chilean entrepreneurs trying to follow their dreams.

Chilean entrepreneurs that will change our country and then the world with life changing startups or crazy ideas that nobody thought of before.

It’s up to us to fail, get up, fail, and get up… but never GIVE UP.

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It’s up to us to spread the word…

It’s up to us to change this world, fighting against years and years of and old mindset.

Let’s change the Chilean mindset

So when your son tells you “I want to be an entrepreneur” You just have to answer.

GO FOR IT … I did… and I’m having the life I always wanted.




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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=789048838 José Antonio Barriga

    Carlos, esto no tiene nada que ver con las  imposiciones de los papás…llevo 30 años emprendiendo y esto no tiene nada que ver… me inmagino que hace 60 años, el que prefería no hacer la secundaria para “emprender” era un rupturista pero el “piso intelectual” requerido para hacer cualquier cosa se trasladó a que al menos debías tener educación media. Menos que eso, a no ser que fueras un genio, no ibas a producir nada fuera de lo comun. 30 años atrás este pìso se subio a tener título UNiversitario. Hoy es tener post grado. En una sociedad basada en el conocimiento, el que no lo tiene ni lo maneja, tiene muy pocas probabilidades de siquiera sobre salir en su barrio.
    Ahora si quieres ser futbolista, estrella de rock, la verdad es que no aplica lo que digo. El único problema es que hay 1 solo Alexis Sánchez y 1 millon de aspirantes o una Lady Gaga y 50 millones de aspirantes.
    Mi consejo, si es que lo quieres tomar, termina tus estudios, viaja un montón y luego ve si tienes algo que aportar .

    • http://www.facebook.com/fcosaez Francisco Saez Cerda

      Estoy de acuerdo con tu comentario.

      Se ha producido un fenómeno que puede ser llamado “Inflación de la Educación”Hoy si no tienes MBA o PHD… ya no estás sirviendo en el mercado laboral.

      “Es mejor crear empleo que buscarlo”… no? Pero no todos somos iguales

      Un abrazo

    • http://about.me/cleiva Carlos Leiva Burotto

      @facebook-789048838:disqus , totalmente de acuerdo!! Lamentablemente esa ha sido la realidad Sudamericana por mucho tiempo.

      Muchos prefieren ser conservadores, tener una estabilidad económica y evitar salirse de la “zona de confort” (requisito principal para emprender),  para no ser discriminados por estar “haciendo algo diferente” a lo que el resto de la sociedad realiza. Ahora bien, “terminar los estudios” es un excelente consejo, sin embargo, hoy en día ni siquiera basta con tener una colección de cartones que validan la experiencia teórica. Al final y al cabo, lo que queda son acciones.

      Nuestra misión como AndesBeat es ser un Agente de cambio cultural, y cambiar el switch, respecto a la visión que existe en Chile y Latinoamérica del emprendimiento; y al mismo tiempo, conectar el mundo hispano con el angloparlante para acelerar la retroalimentación entre ambas partes.

      Tenemos un gran desafío por delante y estamos trabajando arduamente en ello para lograr cambios en el menor tiempo posible

      Update: Tal como señala Francisco, están los que postulan a ofertas de trabajo y están los que crean ofertas de trabajo… esperamos que más chilenos sean capaces de generar empresas con visión global y por ende, generar una amplia oferta de trabajos para las actuales y futuras generaciones

  • http://www.facebook.com/fcosaez Francisco Saez Cerda

    Just for the record

    Inspiration Credits to  Larry Smith TED Talk.

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