We had the good fortune of connecting with Juan Vega & Vanessa Fayad and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juan & Vanessa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Juan: Business, investing, and entrepreneurship is all a risk in its own as nothing is ever guaranteed. But having the courage to take on risk opens the door for endless opportunities, so the only way to take advantage of an opportunity is to accept the associated risk that comes with it. When you have the right mindset and faith in the plan you want to accomplish, navigating risk becomes simple. If you do the work and invest in yourself consistently and never give up, the work will pay off. If whatever it is that you want to accomplish in life is important enough to you, you will find a way to get it done and won’t worry about risk and overcome any obstacle that comes your way. If you want to win big in life, you have to remove any fear, doubt and worry and know how to control your mind in the toughest moments. You have to think big and go at it with a winning mindset, or die trying if you ever want to become successful.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Tea is a product that can help people rejuvenate, relax, focus, and energize. The power of herbs is long studied and well known in use of teas. There are so many different herbal tea blends that can offer all kinds of benefits that may support things such as better sleep or tension from a migraine. We make teas with a purpose and that will always set us apart in this industry. Relaxation Tea can be perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or to calm anxiety in the evening and assist with trouble sleeping. We would love Relaxation Tea to be that brand that inspires people to make tea part of their life. To share the benefits of natural products and quality blends made with love and care, is something we are proud to be able to do. The feedback we’ve gotten on the ways our blends have helped people with different ailments, is rewarding and an honor as a business owner.
We got to where we are today through discipline, faith and persistence. We keep moving forward daily. As time goes on we adapt and improve as we see fit to advance our business and accommodate the growth. Success requires commitment, mental toughness, hard work and dedication. If anyone says success is easy, it may be depending on perspective. Mentally, we can envision success and achieve it with ease, but to say that it is achievable without handwork, tough times, late nights and early mornings, and no obstacles along the way, would be impossible.
We have overcame many challenges along the way but we keep going and have not allowed for a stop in the road to prevent us from figuring it out. In fact, it’s part of being self made and learning business from scratch through your own research and trial and error. You keep going and always keep a winning mindset. The lessons you learn from the obstacles you face allow you to build on to the next level of your business. Continuing to be willing to learn and adapt as needed is key.
We would want the world to know that, it may take many efforts, many failed ideas, many restless nights, to finally find something that feels exactly like it is what you’re supposed to be doing, or it might not, it might come to you overnight.. because really anything is possible and we have seen that in many success stories all over world. We do not settle and our brand will be one that hopefully is recognized for bringing value to peoples lives. We strive to create a product that people feel great about displaying, sharing with friends, and can work into their daily tea time. Building a habit that promotes wellness and sustainability.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first thing I would do is to take them out to the beach as we are very lucky to live minutes away from the ocean. I would make a trip to beautiful Santa Barbara and explore the town. The downtown and State Street area is an amazing place to explore. With hundreds of attractions to choose from, such as, enjoying the culture and art, to world class food and wine scene in the downtown area, you’ll fall in love with being there. I would take them shopping out to Paseo Nuevo outdoor shopping mall in the heart of downtown, enjoy Santa Barbara’s wine and food tasting tours, and catch an outdoor music show at the Santa Barbara Bowl up in the foothills of town. You can’t forget enjoying a day at the beach on East Beach and catching the sunset at Butterfly Beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Vanessa: Always will shout out my mom first and foremost. She is my main supporter and biggest fan. Next person that deserves an honorable mention would be the dean of students at my law school, Logan Tennerelli, for encouraging me to evaluate my mental health and workload. My life changed once I started working on overcoming challenges from ADHD and I truly thank Dean T for having a tough conversation at a much needed time in my life. Of course my partner Juan, for believing in my tea and taking a risk to invest in building our brand and business. Without him there is no way I would be able to handle this business along with my employment and school.