• EL108: Taking Life Changing Risks in 30 Days, with Pavel Gitelman


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    “All people should think about how they change or inspire the world”– Pavel Gitelman

    What kind of person leaves the safety of their successful business in their homeland, to come to the USA for 30 days, with no contacts, little English and a goal of winning $500,000 worth of new contracts? The answer? Pavel Gitelman. Pavel doesn’t agree with being told what he can’t do, and it is with this outlook that he has grown his successful creative digital agency in Russia which employs 150 staff – each with their own individual talent and burning passion for what they do. In today’s show, Jacob chats to Pavel about his challenge, why employing is an emotional decision, and why it’s important to stay true to yourself.


    “When you think like a child you don’t know how to lose”– Pavel Gitelman

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    Pavel Gitelman is an entrepreneur and founder of creative digital agency, RTA. Having built up his successful company in Russia, Pavel was looking for a new challenge whilst trying to take his business to the USA. So, with no contacts and minimal English, Pavel came to the States with the goal of getting $500,000 contracts. In today’s show, Pavel and Jacob talk about why he decided to do it this way, motivation and why he wants to work with Jacob.

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    In this interview you’ll learn:

    • 01’40” – About Pavel, his motivation and why he gets up in the morning
    • 05’15’ – About Pavel’s challenge in the USA
    • 09’58” – What Pavel wants to do whilst he is in the USA
    • 12’26” – What motivates Pavel
    • 15’55” – What Pavel believes is the key to personal success
    • 21’23” – The concept of building fires
    • 24’40” – The role of emotion in the world
    • 26’00” – Pavel’s advice to new entrepreneurs
    • 27’30” – Pavel’s project with Jacob

    Written Podcast Transcript:

    Jacob:  Hello everybody and welcome to the Enchanting Lawyer podcast. This is a show where we interview the most inspiring entrepreneurs, business people from all over the world who shared their ideas and inspiration with us. This is your host, Jacob Sapochnick.

    I’m recording this podcast actually right here in my office with my guest today who is sitting in front of me here. I think that this format of interview and the kind of guest that I have here today, I’ve never done that before. I have here an amazing entrepreneur from Russia, his name is Pavel Gitelman.

    Pavel is the founder of RTA, one of the largest creative agencies in Russia. He just turned 30. Some of his clients are KFC, Sony, L’oreal, and many, many, many other large international companies.

    What he did, he decided to come to America with no contacts, with very basic language skills, for 30 days with the goal of raising $500,000 of contracts for his company back home and he’s going to make it a reality. I happen to meet him through a post on Facebook and I just connected with his energy, with this amazing individual who is sitting right in front of me right now.

    Pavel, first of all, welcome to San Diego and welcome to my office. How are you today?

    Pavel:  Good day. Thank you, Jacob, for inviting me.

    Jacob:  I know that you’re a little bit nervous which is normal but remember that people who listen to the show, most of them — I’ll give a little background. They’re entrepreneurs, they’re professionals, but all of them, they have one thing that is interesting for them. They listen to the show for inspiration, they listen into the show to take something that will change their business, their life, and I feel that you’re going to do that in the next 20 minutes.

    Just to ease the conversation, tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you feel right now?

    Pavel:  Jacob, thank you.

    Yes, I want to say what I’m feeling right now. I ask myself, what is my motivation? Why I come back every day? What I say to myself? Why I live here? Before, I think before, 10 years ago, I find this answer. I find the answer. I know only one thought. After 100 years, I am dead, and Jacob dead, and every people that who listen to me right now, it’s fact. If all people who live right now on this planet died, can I think about some problem? Now, I speak English for the first time in my life. I don’t know correct grammatical words.

    To read the complete transcript from this podcast, click here.


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