We had the good fortune of connecting with Fabio Arcangeli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fabio, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Truth be told I was never one for taking risks, if risks were to be taken I would endeavor to keep them as calculated as possible. After the massive hit that the hospitality and construction industries took due to Covid, I was forced to reevaluate how I looked at risk. Me and my partner decided that it was time to abandon our comfort zones and thinking outside the box. We felt that the risk of failure was one worth taking if we had a concept that we believed in. With the future of our families on the line we came up with a business model that reflected the philosophy we want to work and live by. The risk is worth taking if it is something that you can whole heartedly believe in, there can be no half measures.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started working for my family businesses from the age of sixteen, my father was not one to go easy on me just because I was his son. I started at the bottom and had to work my way up and learn as I went. This experience was a gift that keeps on giving to this day. I learnt to have a good work ethic and to respect those that work with me and for me. Now that I have started my own business I use those lessons to achieve the goals that I have set myself. Vast Services is a company that I started with my friend Pieter Jordaan and it is a company that we can put our pride in. We believe in building relationships with our clients, suppliers and employees. Money is not our main driving goal, true success is the joy we take out of providing people with an experience that leaves people better off for it. If you believe in your product and enrich those around you, money will follow. If all you chase is monetary gain then you will forever be chasing rainbows.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living where I do in the Free State we are limited in terms of the luxuries of the bigger cities. At the risk of exposing my own vanity I must say that feeding my friends will be done in my own kitchen. I learnt to cook by growing up in the kitchen and watching my grandmother and father, as well as running the family restaurant. What we lack in the the amenities of the big cities we make up for in beautiful surroundings. Clarens is always on my list of places to visit as they have something for everyone, from outdoor activities to stunning art galleries’. No visit to this part of the world would be complete without a trip across the border to Lesotho.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Firstly to my father who taught me the value in being proud of what I produce, your work is a reflection of who you are as a person. My friend and business partner Pieter Jordaan, who always tells me what I need to hear even if I don’t want to hear it. My loving fiancé who believes in me even when I don’t. She not only gives me the strength to keep moving forward but she has shown me the value in living a life of positivity and love that I try to share with all those around me. These people have allowed me to find balance in my life so that I am able to weather the harshest of storms.
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