Why We Do What We Do
People often ask us what motivates us and why we have spent the last many years operating in an environment which brings constant challenge and where we are often battling against certain forces that prevent change from happening.
We could certainly have chosen an easier life than the one we did ... and whatever anyone says, there are much easier ways to make money!
But these questions are important. In our mind, there a number of reasons why we do what we do.
Firstly, it's the unique opportunity to help shape and build billion dollar businesses that have the potential to deliver substantial value for all those involved. Such investments make a tangible and genuine difference to peoples' lives.
It's the chance to prove that we can overcome the skeptics and experts who say 'it cannot be done'. Whilst we admire (and require) our advisors to help us structure and counsel on our transactions, we like to remind ourselves of Shunryu Suzuki's insight (he wrote the amazing book, 'Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind' - a must read) when he said that "In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities but in the expert's mind there are few". Without that philosophy, we would struggle to progress.
It's also hugely rewarding to bring bright, hardworking and incredibly decent people who have the same sense of purpose on the same journey with us and give them the opportunity to live that purpose on an everyday basis. Aligning the individual's sense of purpose with that the company is the core to the success of Amaya's investments because ultimately it is the management who will be the drivers of the success of the business.
And finally, despite at times feeling like we are riding an exhilarating roller coaster, we love and get great fulfillment in what we do.