We had the good fortune of connecting with Phillip Fiuza Lima and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phillip, what matters most to you?
We’ve all seen in life or in the movies about the “rat race”, right? Well, that is a race that I did not start though I worked for several decades in the executive world. I just decide it was not going to be a “race” and I’m sure not a “rat”. I took everything, “the sweet with the sour”, as a good friend Jack says, and learned from those experiences. Honesty is not being a saint, but knowing that you don’t have to be or do things that are not who you are. So, do I need to be worth $200 Billion to be successful? Yes! If you want to be worth that much, but if not, no because your success is what you feel you are worth. As I say, “I am who I am because of who I am not.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artisan I enjoy being free to create and create freedom for others. As an avid bicyclist I love to teach others how to ride bicycles. It is the most fulfilling to see their newly found freedom in learning how to ride a bicycle. I most especially like working with children and give special attention to the most special of children. That is why I created the Bamboo-bini™ bicycle that “grows” with the child from ages 8 months to 8 years. However, that project though started in 2017 has been put on hold due to several factors, COVID-19 being the main reason today. Though I continue with my other art work in making home decor products, all being made from laminated bamboo, that are not just art pieces but functional art. I realized that maybe this change to one product line will be a good thing for the bicycle one. So, was it a failure? No! Much like sailing, and I love sailing, you have to tack and jibe to get to your destination. You mostly would like to tack with the wind pulling you ahead, but sometimes to need to jibe so the wind can give you a push. Changing your direction will give a new perspective of your horizon, but you must not lose sight of it.
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.
The best way to see a city is on a bicycle in my opinion as it is not for everyone. Pretty much every city I go to I get on a bicycle and ride around. I don’t always stick to the “beaten path” as I enjoy seeing new places.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Everyone! Those that supported me in giving me encouragement and those that were against me in giving me courage and motivation!