by Kristina Gonzalez
When you enter the room, Reza Piri is the one pulled in five different directions. He's the guy in the center of conversations making introductions left and right.
So it's no wonder he started a networking group. (Team Austin, you guys know it, right?!)
On top of being President of Team Austin, he's also the CEO of Gennovacap, a software development company, and a new dad!
Team Austin: You do a lot. Can you tell us what a typical day is like for you?
Piri: I wake up around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. every day, and I don't go to sleep until 1 or 2 a.m., depending on my workload. I work for about 10-12 hours every weekday and about five hours per day on the weekends.
Team Austin: Whoa, how do you keep everything organized?
Piri: I make lists, lots and lots of lists! I also prioritize on a weekly basis.
Team Austin: Do you think it’s critical for people to create goals?
Piri: I set weekly, monthly, and annual goals. Then I divide them into financial goals, family goals, business goals, and philanthropic goals. I continually reassess them to keep my mind focused on what’s important. One of my personal goals every week is to help one person make a change in their life through networking or business opportunities.
Team Austin: Between all the projects you're involved with, what do you do in your downtime?
Piri: I spend my free time with hanging with my friends, being with my family, being outdoors, and cooking awesome BBQ!!!
Team Austin: How did you get to be where you are today? Did you always know this is what you wanted to do?
Piri: I followed my gut. I used to think work was all about making a lot of money and having that “job” people considered great. In the end, I wasn’t satisfied with because I was chasing money and I wasn’t passionate about my job. You’ll hear a lot of people’s opinions about how the best jobs pay the most money, but there is more to life than money. If you’re not passionate about what you do, your life’s work will never be enjoyable or fruitful.
I figured it out when I was 29 years old…. after earning a college degree, an MBA, and having a professional career in a different industry. The first two companies I started failed. I spent 2 years burning through my savings, but I learned how to do two things well-- sell and code. I finally found the perfect fit of consulting and technology in app development services. I knew I was on the right path because I loved innovating, building things, and creating the future. Now that’s what I spend my days doing and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Team Austin: What’s the last piece of advice you have for someone who feels “lost” or “uncertain” about their career path?
Piri: Find out what makes you happy and then find a way to get people to pay you for it. The reality is that I am un-hire-able. Throughout my career, I quit or changed jobs all the time. I didn’t fit into most corporate environments, and that’s okay.
In starting my own business, I found a career in software services that combined everything I’m passionate about, and by default, also good at doing. I created this job for myself because I wanted a job that fit my needs-- not find a job that needed me to fit it.