Salvatore Malatesta on business & balance
Filo & Bake
Not another food review; tales from the ever hungry stomachs of Willow & Blake.
“I struggle to still my mind.”
The warp speed at which Sal said these words was indicative of their truth.
Sal is a self-made businessman and like most entrepreneurs, his working day never really ends and his mind never quite stops. From his cult status cafes to a travel agency, a fashion label and most recently an architectural firm, Sal has tried his hand at almost everything – to great success.
“I’m generally obsessed with creating. Business gives me the opportunity to get involved in new projects and learn a lot.”
Sal is the first to admit to the stresses that accompany a life in the business world, so he finds balance through fitness. In fact he finished sweating it out in the boxing ring about 5 minutes before we spoke with him, a sport which he cites responsible for keeping his mind stealth and able to avoid trouble both in business and in his personal life.
On the other end of the spectrum is yoga, another practice Sal finds incredibly rewarding.
“My personal quest has always been to find inner calm, I’m nowhere near it but I always try. In an hour class I might still my mind for 5 minutes.”
Boxing, business, yoga, balance – it’s quite a mix but Sal insists that’s what keeps life interesting, referring to himself as ying and yang as he counteracts the business and hospitality lifestyle with a vigorous fitness regime. Healthy body, healthy mind right?
So what of all the money that comes with these successful business ventures?
“Money is a bi-product of what I do, I love it don’t get me wrong, but the people who go into business to make money generally don’t. I know it’s cliché but the most successful people are the ones doing what they love.”
Ah, our mantra.
Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
Well it was, until Sal uttered the words “Coffee is my anchor.”