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"Focus all your attention and efforts on what you’re doing."- Paola Marquez

What’s your backstory?

I was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. I’m an only child but a member of a huge family. My father has always been a business owner and my mom was a lawyer who quit practicing her career in order to help my dad build their main business. As a kid, I used to dream about becoming an engineer, and several years later, I graduated from college in one of the toughest engineering fields, “Electronics Engineering with a Major in Automation and Process Control.” I used to work in the Oil and Gas field, and my job was very important to me even though I didn’t have time to take care of myself and felt burned out most of the time. However, quitting or doing something else never crossed my mind.

It wasn’t until I moved to the US when my passion for fitness also became my calling. Helping others has always been very fulfilling but I took it to a whole new level about five years ago when I realized that I could truly make a difference in people’s lives. That’s how everything started, that’s how Pao's Fit World started.

If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?

There are two recommendations I have:

(1) Stay true to yourself: Authenticity is a rare good nowadays but it is what makes us unique, what makes us ‘us.’ Being true to yourself will help you to stand out so believe in yourself, in your message, and in your work.

(2) Silence the noise: Focus all your attention and efforts on what you’re doing. Your job, your business, yourself. Comparing your journey with someone else’s will only make you lose your focus and energy; energy that would be better used helping your followers lead better lives.

What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?

My upcoming project will take the fitness scenario to a different level. A new and refreshing approach that will shift your mindset and will make you see “fitness” in a different way. It will be a whole new concept completely intimate and personal, where I will not only teach people what I know, but I will also give them the tools they need to transform their lives from an emotional and physical perspective. It’s going to be a total game changer… and the best part? All participants will have direct access to me and other experts on a daily basis. This will be the next definition of high-level wellness coaching!

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