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Episode 84 – Aaron Vilaubi – From Corporate Struggles to Personal Triumph: Aaron’s Journey of Growth and Self-Discovery

  1. Episode 84 - Aaron Vilaubi - From Corporate Struggles to Personal Triumph: Aaron’s Journey of Growth and Self-Discovery Drew Deraney 36:56

This episode: From Corporate Struggles to Personal Triumph: Aaron’s Journey of Growth and Self-Discovery. 


Here’s what you’ll learn about:

Personal growth and career development. (0:07)

  • Aaron Vilaubi shares his journey of self-discovery and growth through interviews with successful men.
  • He reflects on his path to success, crediting mentors and embracing opportunities for growth.
  • Aaron shares two stories from his personal and professional life, including a challenging experience in corporate America.
  • He struggled with a performance plan for 6 weeks, then made errors under microscope.
  • Aaron fought to keep job despite mental health issues and physical discomfort.

Personal and professional growth through self-awareness and taking calculated risks. (6:46)

  • Aaron reflects on personal growth through past relationships and defining moments.
  • He emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and decision-making independence.
  • Aaron describes his fear of public speaking, despite having a natural talent for it.
  • He found his voice through Toastmasters and discovered his passion for speaking.

Identity and how it can be tied to external labels, with a focus on personal growth and self-discovery. (13:38)

  • Aaron reflects on personal growth and identity, sharing insights on conformity and intuition.
  • He shares personal story of losing identity after athletic career ended, still working on finding self-worth.
  • Identity tied to external labels can lead to depression, as seen in friend/colleague who retired from practicing law.

Identity, motivation, and success. (18:26)

  • Aaron Vilaubi: Identity is found through self-awareness and intrinsic motivation.
  • Aaron Vilaubi: Identity shifts over time, but it’s okay to adapt and find new motivations.
  • Aaron discusses the importance of surrounding oneself with the right people for success.
  • He addresses the elephant in the room by acknowledging the listener’s potential doubts about his credibility.

Personal growth and Coaching with Aaron Vilaubi. (24:23)

  • Aaron offers free assessment call to help audience members improve their lives.
  • He provides personalized Coaching based on full assessment of client’s calendar, habits, and goals.
  • He shares personal stories and advice for young people, including empathy and creativity.
  • Aaron’s book chapter highlights a pivotal moment in his childhood, showing the importance of connection and appreciation.


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Aaron’s Bio: Aaron Vilaubi

Aaron Vilaubi is an authentic, charismatic communicator. He is currently the youngest motivational speaker on the internationally recognized Absolute Motivation YouTube channel with his words and voice having been played over 1,000,000 times across the world. From start-ups to higher ed to corporate to entrepreneurship, Aaron’s career, and experiences as an endurance athlete serve as the source of his message and is what led his recruitment by the Absolute Motivation team. Above all, he credits his faith and God with his success. 

Aaron is a sought-after athlete influencer and has delivered motivational talks across the country at private masterminds, universities, and church congregations. He is one of the few Latino motivational speakers under the age of 30 in the country and currently leads a run club out of Orange County where he uses running as a vehicle for helping people discover the best of themselves and others.

For more information, follow him on Instagram where he loves to share motivational messages and fitness content and remind his audience of the greatness within them and remaining authentic.





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Drew Deraney Mindset Mastery Coach (Life Coach with a Twist)

Drew Deraney now travels the world both to Live and Virtual Events showing mostly men the steps needed to strengthen self-identity and self-worth, to overcome self-limiting beliefs, and to build confidence while being authentic, maintaining boundaries and to transcend people pleasing skills to become the person they are destined to be. Drew challenges them to reach deep inside and make a lasting impact.

In a 9-month span, Drew experienced a grueling divorce, job loss, his son’s suicidal ideations, and his father’s death which devastated Drew emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. It is a commonality for men to consider any challenge as a weakness as well as to show emotion and ask for help. While writing his book, Drew realized he was not the only man suffering in silence. With more clarity of purpose than ever, he began asking for help. Drew Deraney’s mission is to help especially men, release their inner greatness by showing vulnerability, keeping in integrity of their power, and making a great impact on the people in their lives both personally and professionally.

Drew Deraney was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ where he still lives to this day caring for his elderly mom and his 3 adult children Matthew, Nicholas, and Emma. Drew earned his B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Applied Psychology, and two psychology research publications while at Fairfield University; a scholarship from the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and his M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from Baruch College / Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY. His hospital career spanned 24 years where he was co-chair of the Leadership Institute, spoke at JD Power, was one of three leaders interviewed by The Commonwealth Fund, received his Communicating with Empathy Trainer certification and is a Certified Patient Experience Professional. Four years ago, Drew founded Profit Compassion LLC, an entity to coach and empower mostly men to create resiliency and authenticity as Chief Resilience Officer. Drew is the podcast host of ‘From Caving in to Crushing It’ and recently became a best-selling author with his book ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ - Memoir of a reformed People Pleaser.

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