Nicolas Teil, the co-founder of celebrity and renowned personality communication agency called Minds, has more to share about his own definition of success, and the importance of travelling in both his personal and professional life.
How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition of it?
I believe that success is directly related to happiness. I think that one of the biggest mistakes people do is to look for success and happiness outside their own life. In my opinion, happiness is everywhere in our lives, even during the most difficult of times, but people have trouble acknowledging it. This is especially the case in Western countries where people tend to associate happiness with consumption. Success for me does not mean achieving a high level of sales or having a huge figure on my bank statement. I consider my greatest success being able to do what I love for a living.
What tips would you give to someone trying to live their passion to the fullest?
The main tip I can offer to someone trying to live their passion to the fullest is to have the conviction, as well as the ability, to sometimes say “no” in both their professional and personal life. People should invest time and effort in what they like and what they are good at so that they are not distracted from living their passion to the fullest. That means sometimes refusing to do things they do not want to do. My second piece of advice is to always be fully committed and passionate when taking on a task at work, that is how you will get the outcome you desire.
Does your activity involve travelling or meeting people from around the world?
Yes! As I have already mentioned, I have offices in Paris, Casablanca, and Beijing. The decision to locate the offices in those particular cities was not taken at random. The reason behind this decision is that I was particularly keen on travelling to both Asia and Africa. I believe that travelling and doing business in those continents, with such a varied cultural background, is one of the best ways to develop myself both as an individual and as a professional. In addition, I also work in partnership with an agency based in New York, and I often travel to North America. I also do a lot of travelling in Europe to attend meetings with my clients.
How much do you value travelling? What does it mean to you?
Travelling means everything to me: that feeling when everything is unfamiliar, finding myself outside my comfort zone, discovering new places, meeting the locals… When I hear the word travelling, I instantly think about a paradise island with crystal clear blue beaches. But the truth is that places like that rarely constitute my travel destination, because what I ultimately want as a Traveller is to discover different cultures and to get to meet the locals. I find that far more enriching than just visiting a beautiful landscape.
At LocalBini, we believe that the people you meet are what you remember the most. They are the ones who turn your trip into a memorable experience. Who are the people who have had the greatest impact on you in your previous travels?
A few year ago, I had the pleasure of travelling to Japan for leisure. I loved the culture and the food there. For us French people, national cuisine is perceived as a form of art. Whilst I was travelling, I discovered that they have the same conception of culinary art as France. I was pleasantly surprised when I realised we shared this conception. I also really liked the people there. I will always remember one Japanese man I met very briefly in Osaka. I was looking for a specific rooftop with a view of the entire bay but I couldn’t find it. I was quite lost, so I asked a local where the rooftop was. Even though the local didn’t speak English, he understood what I was looking for, thanks to body language I guess, and he decided to help me. He told me to follow him all the way back to his office, which was one of the highest towers of the city. He took me to the top of the building, which had a breathtaking view of the bay. I really appreciated him taking the time to help me. I was very moved by his kindness and generosity. Meeting him was one of the highlights of my trip; it definitely took my experience of Osaka to a whole new level.