People who have succeeded in business often tell others that one’s mindset is arguably as important as any other asset or behavior they might control in their paths to success. Igor Cornelsen, a financial advisor and portfolio management firm executive, has learned through many decades of involvement in the financial services industry that having, maintaining, and constantly thinking with a positive mindset is paramount to success.
Where did Igor Cornelsen come from?
Mr. Cornelsen was born in Brazil in 1947 to a middle-class pair of parents. At the age of 18, he enrolled in engineering school under the guidance of his father, who was an engineer himself. Although the then-young Igor was confident a career in engineering could bring good things to him throughout his life, he wasn’t fully invested in growing up to be an engineer. He knew he wanted success, as most young people do – he just wasn’t sure how he would get there.
Igor found himself accepted into the Federal University of Parana. At the time, the University of Parana was the sole engineering school in the bordering Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Parana, making the acceptance process objectively difficult. Still, even though Igor hadn’t yet racked up any real-world experience working for an engineering firm or a private engineering practice, his high scores in secondary school and positive references from his father’s coworkers and friends netted him a spot in the prestigious engineering program of the Federal University of Parana.
Here’s where the world of business planted its seed in Igor’s life
Still wishing to impress his father, the 20-something Igor Cornelsen maintained enrollment and participation in the engineering program at the school. However, he picked up classes that would eventually earn him a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Although it took him a year longer than what most students took to graduate, Igor found a job at a Brazilian investment bank in 1970.
Even though he had a seemingly-irrelevant engineering degree, he found a relatively high-paying job at the financial services institution because of his higher-level math skills that most business students didn’t have.