We had the good fortune of connecting with Alejandra Isabel Rosado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alejandra Isabel, how do you think about risk?
I have always had the life-belief that I would rather try out something than regret never having tried. Risk is defined as “the possibility that something bad or unpleasant could happen.” I think in life we have two choices: either play it safe or take risks. Let us think about people who have made an impact in this world. They all have taken risks. They would not have an impact without taking risks. Without the capability to take risks, they would have not gotten anywhere. I want to be clear that risk taking is not jumping off a cliff believing that somehow you will spread your wings and fly, attempting to survive. Risk taking is an approach to life where one has a challenge or an ambition in front of oneself and one fully knows that one could succeed or fail – and you are okay taking either. I think it is not so that human beings are natural “risk takers.” More natural is to be risk-averse in order to survive. So, to be capable of taking risks is something we need to learn. In that sense, I think risk is a part of education. I am still learning to take more risks.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It would be a bit pompous to declare one or the other thing that sets me apart from others in my career given my relatively young age. No endeavor is easy and without challenges if one wants to be very good at something. So, I don’t think I am much different from others. Maybe one thing I can offer is to say that I see the benefit of not necessarily taking the shortest possible path from A to B. Both in my university education and in my professional life, I have taken “detours” because I estimated that those “detours” would give me a fuller experience and a more holistic understanding. For example, when I went to Australia as a young, hapless student it seemed not really the wisest thing to do. But it opened a world to me very quickly. So, by age 25 I had worked and lived in Melbourne, Abu Dhabi, and London. Maybe the lesson is: to take a step back allows you to gain more speed to jump further.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I admit that I have a “thing” for rooftops. My friends make fun of me because of it. What I also like about rooftops – other than good food, drinks, and company – is that one looks at a city from a different vantage point that is not natural to us. Usually, people walk and move on the ground. To view our surroundings from new vantage points allows you to get to know something form a new angle and one might obtain a new unexpected insight. In other words, one can enjoy apples by just looking at them but one can also cut an apple in half and you get a more complete and fuller insight of an apple that way. So, I would take my friend to places that offer my friend unusual perspectives of my city. But there would be quite a few rooftops among them.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To give one person or one organization all the credit for what has become of me would be unfair to all others that would be left out. But I can point out one dramatic event that is part of my story: my family had to leave my home country within a few days. With only a few suitcases in hand my family received political asylum in the USA. If one goes through an event such as that – in which you have not much control at all – one compulsorily relies on an entire host of individuals and organizations. It started with the person who gave me a bed to sleep that first night after we had to flee. I am also grateful to the people in the USA who were already part of this country and welcomed me here with great generosity.