We had the good fortune of connecting with Shaun Gold and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shaun, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The greatest risk is the one that you don’t take. Being timid and playing it safe does a thousand times more damage than taking a risk, especially when you bet on yourself. My life has been nothing more than a series of risks and gambles. At seventeen, I turned down a superior university to attend the University of Miami solely to follow my passion of marketing and throwing parties. Yes, I was scared. Yes, I feared the unknown. And yes, I still went forward. It was the best choice I ever made. For founders, creatives, and dreamers, the ability to dare is something that is required for a mandatory metamorphosis. I encourage everyone to take a chance on themselves and push past their fears, doubts, and hesitations. It is the only way to live a free life, one that truly belongs to yourself.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the true definition of a polymath. An entrepreneur, best-selling author, guest speaker, advisor, super-connector, Jeopardy player (where I high-fived Alex Trebek on air), screenwriter and former nightlife ninja. Any single one of these would set me apart from others, but all of them together? It is a unique and powerful combination.

I currently act as a super connector for Breakwater Hospitality Group, providing good times and good vibes to some of the hottest venues across South Florida. This is in addition to my advisory work with startups and being the Entrepreneur In Residence at The Baltic Sandbox Accelerator. My feature film is currently being shopped and I continue to speak on panels and at universities. My latest passion project is the YouTopian Journey, which is a comic book for mental health, motivation, and inspiration. Readers can follow on both Substack (https://youtopianjourney.substack.com/) and Instagram @youtopianjourney.

Walking your own path is the most difficult thing one can do, which is why so few people do it. I wanted to live a life of choice, not chance. I always implore everyone to believe in themselves and go after what they want, no matter how difficult it may be. I am proud that I never conformed to what society or my peers said I had to do. Instead, I paved my own way and walked my own path. If I can do it, you can.

I always welcome people to reach out to me if they want to connect. Feel free to connect with me via Linkedin, my personal website, Instagram, etc.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For beaches, I would recommend Key Biscayne. Most people visit Miami and remain in South Beach, missing out on some of the best beaches in the city. Key Biscayne has been my go to beach for years, whether it was to walk or just relax. Virginia Key is not to be missed.

Speaking of Key Biscayne, walking the bridge is a way to soak up the sun while getting some of the best views that Miami has to offer. I recommend this during the early afternoon when traffic is low and you will have the entire bridge to yourself.

For hanging out, I like Wynwood or the Design District. There is always something fun happening, whether it be an impromptu party, art walk, or pop-up.

For dinner, my go to spot is CHI. Located in Brickell City Center, CHI has a speakeasy vibe. Outside, it looks like a cool place to play arcade games and enjoy a nice meal in the garden. But take a walk through a door that lies beneath a “don’t look back” neon sign, and you enter a world that most rarely realize is there. At nights and on weekends, the restaurant and lounge is the perfect mix of partying and eating. If you aren’t hungry, the lounge and bar are cool spots to people watch. Friday and Saturday nights are best.

In a city known for velvet ropes and guest lists (where I used to play a major role), nowadays you can find fun in Miami without the hassles and stresses that come to mind. And there is no place more fun than Wharf. Located on the river, the Wharf always has something unique taking place. Friday nights are good for a wild time while Sundays around sunset are the perfect time to recharge from a great trip and relax for the week ahead.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I invite everyone to read The Art Of Worldly Wisdom, a book that I have had as a companion for over twenty years. No other book has had such a profound effect on my life and work. If you want to be a little more wise and a lot more successful, this is the book for you.

Website: http://www.shaungold.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamshaungold/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaungold/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/YoutopianJ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLqZSsN-BY7J1LNW3EwczaQ/featured

Other: https://youtopianjourney.substack.com/

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