We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawn Loyola and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shawn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks are necessary. Calculated risks are a lot more important than just taking them. In my career I’ve understood taking calculated risks aligned with your purpose will ultimately lead to the growth necessary for your next level of life as well as your next steps. Without purpose, a reason, a goal, and intention aligned then your risks will always just be a gamble.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
For over 10 years since I was 16 years old I had nothing else I focused on except being in the tailoring industry. This is a cut throat business; personal growth and 100% confidence is something that is not just necessary but is required to succeed. I was a jock out of high school with no future plans, I just wanted to dress nice with no goals of being in business. It’s so funny what can happen with just a change of clothes, shift in mindset, and a mentor can do for someone’s life. As a baby face I went through intense training on communicating effectively, fixing my posture, showing gratitude everyday, and pursuing goals that I only saw for myself. I sacrificed tons of time with the wrong people; sacrificed going to certain activities, missed out on family events and gatherings to focus on one goal only which was to grow my influence, create a foundation on social media, expose myself daily to network, build connections and earn business from top professionals in the city. Working on myself was a nightmare in the beginning coming from an Asian family who branded me as someone who is shy, Ive never in my life imagined that I would be glad to leave work and would be scared to go to work the next day; speaking to people frightened me. My mentors always told me, “Shawn if this means enough to you, you’ll do whatever it takes. If not you’ll find an excuse” In 2013 I told myself that I will be known, I will be the best clothier in this city, I will create an impact like no other, and earn the businesses all around me. Through countless errors, remakes, life getting in the way, self doubt, self harm, people wrongfully harming me emotionally and mentally, countless questions I began to understand to shift my mindset. Its not about how much I have to learn or how much is in my way, but rather how dangerously effective would I be once I master the foundation of this industry? In 2020 leading up to 2021 today was the most challenging events of my career. It’s been 10 years in the tailoring business and in the year 2020 the pandemic truly hurt not only my business but the businesses around me. I started to look for other ways to generate income without acquiring any additional labor so I reached out to a friend of mine; a serial entrepreneur, who I knew could at least give me a suggestion of where my next steps can be. I looked into trading/investing; an industry that was totally foreign to me. I’ve heard about trading before however I never knew that I could really capitalize on creating an incredible source of income. I am so happy and grateful that with the right leadership that I chose to be around I can confidently take up almost anything and with proper discipline can perform well in just a short time. One thing I can honestly say to everyone is no matter how great an opportunity is or an industry is; if you’re not around the right people that have the best intentions and you don’t align those intentions with a real purpose and goal for yourself then it wont matter what you touch, it’ll never work. Intention vs Attention. If you intend on becoming the best performer but your attention is toward watching shows all day on your off day don’t expect growth and anything to move forward in any aspects of your life. Jim Rohn says “How you do anything is how you do everything, wherever you are be 100% there.” My personal advice to everyone is to never ever question anything that is there to help you. Growth is uncomfortable but its so much better than people recognizing the same 2013 version of you to the you in 2021! People will doubt you, most will talk about you but I promise as long as you’re staying true to yourself and have a true purpose you’re reaching for then nothing anything happens on the outside will actually matter. Success is not tracked its traced. Bob Proctor says life is like connect the dots; you don’t connect the dots in front of you, you can only connect the dots behind you. Meaning trace your last 5-10 years and if nothing about you changed its no wonder you’re still recognizable; stop looking on the outside and start looking on the inside. Stop looking for something to blame and start looking at your alignment with what you truly want in life. True responsibility is not a title, its an action and whether its your fault or not you’ll control what you can and be grateful for what you cant control.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Discovery Green here in Houston has a lot of incredible events that happen throughout the year, beautiful to experience especially in certain times in the evening. Kayaking out in the Woodlands, cruising on a boat in the lakes of Austin, I love to go rock climb out in Katy so showing them how to climb if they haven’t done it before would be super fun to do. Houston has a lot of great spots to eat in different areas of Chinatown to the downtown area like PepperLunch, Five Guys, RA Sushi, Jinya & Tatsuya for ramen. For dinner would be exclusive spots like Seasons 52, Capital Grille, Steak 48, Le Colonial, Mastros, and even Amarino for dessert.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to thank all my mentors is all areas of my life these long years from my personal development mentors to my mentors in business and the tailoring industry such as Marc Isaac, Michael Lim, Tony Tran, Daryl Taylor, Chandra Phu, Tirique Peters, Jernois Bradberry, Geno Segura, Byron Wilson

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