Erez's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

EREZ ELLA

Architect
REX

“Do what you believe in—if you're not happy, don't do it.”

INTERESTS:

Design Engineering

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Doubt Pressure Determination

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

army, happiness, Israel, material possessions, mindset, south america, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in Israel and spent five years in the army after he finished high school.
  • After finishing his time in the military, he traveled around South America for a year.
  • When he came back, he knew he’d have to enroll in college; picked architecture solely because the course started last, letting him travel more.
  • Says he second-guesses himself everyday: “should I stay here [in America] or should I go back home?”
  • What keeps him in the U.S. is his great love for his job.
  • Says his job is fun because he gets to “make statements” with his buildings.
  • If he can accomplish 30% of all of the goals and dreams he has in his head, he’ll consider himself successful.
  • Says if you have a passion, you might have to be okay with “not having the new iPhone,” not being financially set, but you’ll be happy.

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