Andres Pira: The Story Unfolds, from Homeless to Billionaire
This edition of One Coast magazine meets with Serial Entrepreneur and Real Estate Tycoon Andres Pira. Here’s how the story unfolds: Andres was originally from Sweden and left for Thailand at the tender age of 20. Lusting to live in a tropical country, a $2,000 inheritance from his grandfather bought him a one-way ticket to Thailand.
It wasn’t long after arriving in Bangkok and traveling to Phuket before Andres was down to his last $100. He was evicted from his little apartment and sleeping hungry on the beach.
Far from home and embarrassed to ask his immediate family for help, in desperation and hunger he phoned a friend. The friend answered, “I won’t give you any money, but I’ll give you a book that might help you”. Although he was frustrated and upset at this response, Andres eventually read the book “The Secret” while sitting on the beach. From that moment on, his life completely changed due to “The Law of Attraction”. The story unfolds below.
1: Andres, Thailand is not a sweet country if you’ve no financial means. You must have been close to giving up being both hungry and sleeping on the beach. What was it in the book that gave you the motivation to carry on?
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A: With no contacts, jobs, or knowledge of the Thai language, I realized quickly after I got to Phuket that life wasn’t going to be the paradise I had hoped for. The book taught me visualization and the power of mind manifestation. Looking back, this was one of the worst and best moments of my life.
2: What did you first do after reading the book that started you on your road to success?
A: I tried to visualize someone giving me something to eat. The next day, I bumped into an old colleague who offered me a free lunch. I thought, “Wow, this works” and became determined to get a job within the next week. My first job was as a marketing executive handing out brochures for a real estate developer. Within 1 year, I was promoted to a sales agent, then sales manager, and finally sales director. By year 3, I excelled in real estate sales and had harvested several property investors who believed in my vision and ambitions. This led to my first investor-funded Phuket property development company, Blue Horizon Thailand.
3: Why did you choose to travel to Thailand in the first place?
A: Honestly, the ticketing agent recommended it to me, saying it was a destination I could afford with the money I had.
4: How long have you had Blue Horizon?
A: Blue Horizon Developments was established over 15 years ago. We now currently employ a team of 249 employees and are growing. In June 2017, Blue Horizon Developments was named “Top Thai Property Developer” and “Best New Hotel Construction & Design” by Asia Pacific Property Awards 2017-2018. In July 2017, Blue Horizon Developments collected 3 awards, “Best Developer”, “Best Mixed-Use Development”, and “Best Mid-Range Condo Development Phuket” for their B850 million Grand Himalai Project at the inaugural awards ceremony by Thailand Property and Dot Property Group. Blue Horizon group’s portfolio includes the award-winning The Beachfront, award-winning Skylight Villas, Signature Villas, and Himalai Oceanfront Condominium. We’re nominated in 2018 as well!
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5: Who’s the most inspiring mentor in your life?
A: My mother. She was a strong woman of four amazing children, the only person who had always believed and encouraged me to be the best I could be and always keep chasing my dreams. Her words gave me strength. She recently lost her battle against cancer and will always be in my heart. In terms of mindset and helping me become a law of attraction master I would say, Authors like William Walker Atkinson, Charles Haanel, Joe Vitale, and Napoleon Hill.
6: Once you were on the road to success you have mostly stayed and expanded your businesses in Thailand. What is it about this country that keeps you here, after desperation and homelessness, and then slowly building yourself up until now? Surely, you must have considered expanding to other countries?
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A: With year-long sunny weather, amazing Thai dishes, and the culture, this is exactly the life I had dreamt of. Right now, Thailand is a touristic hub and the real estate market is booming. I’d like to focus on developments in Thailand for a few more years before expanding overseas. Hey, you never know what good opportunities are around the corner.
7: People meeting you and those I’ve met that work for you explain they feel inspired by you. Where would you say your motivation and enthusiasm for life come from?
A: The energy of being around great, forward-thinking people is what keeps me going. I surround myself with people who are constantly evolving, creating, and executing. It’s these awesome signs of progress that keep me challenging and motivating myself. I make sure I hire people that are smarter than me.
8: There is much interest in your new book “From Homeless to Billionaire- The 18 Principles of Wealth Attraction and Creating Unlimited Opportunity”. Can you tell us a little about your book and when you decided to start writing it?
A: I was always too shy to share my story, but when I met Dr. Joe Vitale, who was a key contributor to “The Secret”, I told him about how his story triggered drastic changes in my life. Dr. Joe then encouraged me to speak about my experience for the first time ever in front of a 1,000-person audience.
At this point, I realized that my journey may have a positive impact on other people. That became my ultimate goal in writing this book. The debut of “From Homeless to Billionaire – The 18 Principles of Wealth Attraction and Creating Unlimited Opportunity” in 2019 will give you practical insights on tackling success and failure, how to give freely to activate positive vibrations, why passion and joy are key successes to life and work, how to be a calculated risk taker, and how to convert problems into opportunities.
I’ve spent years studying the habits, techniques, and mindsets of the wealthiest people on Earth and applied that to my life. If I can do it, you can too.
9: Recently, your enthusiasm for Phuket real estate, especially with Blue Horizon Thailand, has won some prestigious awards. Can you tell us a little about your developments and what makes them stand out over your competition?
A: I’ll start with The Signature Villas that are located in the south of Phuket, they’re well-designed pool villas starting at $250,000 and ranging 2-3 bedrooms. Skylight Villas is built on a beautiful mountainous view north of Phuket starting at $300,000 USD.
The Beachfront Phuket is a 202-condominium unit and ocean-front development and the property will be managed by our management partner Best Western Plus. This project will be up and ready to run by the end of 2018. Two of my proudest accomplishments are The Himalai & The Grand Himalai oceanfront condominium projects where the showroom is located in Kamala, Phuket. These projects won awards for “Best Developer”, “Best Mixed-Use Development”, “Best Architectural Concept”, and “Best Mid-range Condo Development Phuket”. My clients and I are very happy with them and they have shown to be excellent investment projects.
10: Now with a net worth of over 1.8 billion for your group of companies, you have expanded into a gym, law office, a gas station, several coffee shops, and more. Is there still something you have on your list?
A: I also own www.propertyinphuket.com, which is currently the no. 1 real estate agency in Phuket. I have yet to reveal our newest project,
11: I’ve heard about Success Events on motivational speaking and mindset. What’s the sneak peek for Success Events December 2-3, 2018?
A: This year’s Success Events will be epic! So far, we have legendary motivational speaker Jack Canfield, Thai celebrities Lukkade Metinee Kingpayome, Natalie Glebova Former Miss Universe, and many more amazing speakers who will share their stories. You can follow a more comprehensive schedule on www.successevents.com.
12: What do you do in your free time? You mentioned before that you were keen on extreme sports, what type of adventures do you like these days?
A: I enjoy mountain climbing, skydiving, bungee jumping, skiing, bodybuilding, and football. I’ve climbed the Himalaya Mountains, which inspired me to name one of my development projects ‘Grand Himalai’. I’ve driven a Tuktuk across all of India and I have been on expeditions discovering caves and the biggest cave systems in the world, spending days in complete darkness half a km under the Earth’s surface. I genuinely believe that the adrenaline and stress of an adventure are better than a thousand peaceful days.
13: Do you have a special Phuket tip for our readers?
A: I enjoy spending time on Phuket’s numerous sandy white beaches. It’s super nice to be on a boat exploring and diving in the Andaman Sea. When the sun sets, you can always enjoy Phuket’s renowned food scene from local street food to award-winning restaurants with amazing views.
About Andres Pira – Philanthropist, Real Estate Tycoon, Author, Speaker, and Global Citizen, Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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