Well, fail is not exactly the right term. More like I never came to Chile with the intention of succeeding. I was leaving ASAP. I came to visit my brother. Did not really see anything here for me; I was quickly bored with Chile. My problem was, after spending several years in Central America and Mexico, I just did not see any opportunities or a whole lot of adventure.
In real developing countries, everything is broken or just never existed. So they are flush with opportunities. As an old partner in central america use to say, "in latin america you don't need a new idea, you just need a good idea". Yea, there are opportunities in Chile, but you have to put in a relatively large investment in time and money to make them work vs the neighboring countries. I simply was not interested in working that hard at it, when I knew that somewhere in south america there was a pile of opportunities.
Then I met my wife. We decided we were going to leave Chile, go to school in Europe. She insisted however before I judge Chile, I needed to see the south. In the south of Chile I seen opportunity. Santiago had nice shiny everything, but the south was just getting going. Still, we went to Europe for year. China for year. At about that point, I realized I was tired of traveling. I had been bouncing around for nearly 12+ years, none-stop.
It was after China I sort of come to appreciate Chile. I realized the opportunity that Chile presents, is stability. Once you build something, you generally get to keep it. In the rest of latin America, and much of the World, there is about a 10-20% chance you get to keep what you build, before someone comes along and takes it away (e.g. mafia, corruption, copycats, governments, etc).
At that point, we were ready to invest the time to make Chile work. So we came back to Chile, and went south. It was not easy by any stretch, but it worked out. I think we came back from China with like $1000, and burned through that very quickly. Everything else we had to figure out along the way. Yea, we had family, but they were of pretty limited help, and honestly we did not want them involved in our projects. Probably one of the better moves was keeping the family at arms reach. Chilean families will to want to be very helpful, but in a too many cooks in the kitchen sort of way. Most friends and family thought we were crazy, and should just go get a nice stable job in Santiago. We would probably still be dying a little bit every day, "at that nice stable job in Santiago" and have never gotten anywhere with it.
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