Entrepreneurs Living in China: Tim & Nick from The Elevator Life

PRSUIT recently sat down with a very interesting and unique entrepreneur duo …. Nick Ramil and Tim Nybo of theelevatorlife.com and most recently of lexellwatches.com. They are a team of entrepreneurs living and working in Guangzhou, China.

See what they had to say about their pursuits, personalities and outlook on life in this week’s 10 Questions with….

The Elevator Life - Guangzhou


Share a little background on your guys’ background. How did you come to meet and team up?

I am from Portland and Tim is from Seattle. Tim and I met freshman year at Gonzaga and have been roommates ever since. After we graduated from University, everyone told us to move onto a corporate job with plenty of room to move up the ladder.  This is what society tells us is the next logical step.  The generations before us believed in this process, so rationally we’d do the same. We decided this wasn’t the right path for us. So after graduation we packed our belongings and moved half-way around the world to Guangzhou, China. We didn’t know what we were going to do; we just knew China was a new frontier with a booming economy. We’ve been living and working here in Guangzhou for nearly three years now.

And that’s how you started The Elevator Life? Tell us a little bit about that

The Elevator Life is about leveraging your time and skills to take advantage of the opportunities around the globe.  Today, anyone can do anything, anywhere on the planet.  If you don’t take control of your most valuable asset, someone else surely will.

What has your experience been like in China? What is the biggest challenge you have faced since embarking on this journey?

The biggest challenges we face are what we call the “China Days.”  The days where everything that can go wrong, goes wrong.  The life of an entrepreneur is one of highs and lows, hopefully more of the former.  It’s vital to maintain an optimistic, proactive attitude.  Always remember-tomorrow is a new day!

What is like being a young entrepreneur living and working in China?

The Elevator Life - Guangzhou

Today, I don’t believe there is a better place to be than China if you’re an entrepreneur.  Opportunity is everywhere.  The biggest challenge is learning to do business in a foreign country.  Every country uses its own, unique rules and it’s up to you to learn how to play.

What do you feel has been your greatest success to date?

Our greatest success to date is to be able to control our time.  We spend the majority of our time building our business, but we see this as a blessing; we love what we do.  No one tells us when to start, stop, take a break, etc.  We decide what we want to do and when we want to do it.  I couldn’t imagine life any differently.

Define an entrepreneur

An entrepreneur is a person who wants to make their own future and not be told how to live their life.

What does it mean for you to be an entrepreneur? Was it always your plan? What was your strategy upon graduating school? Did you look for employment? What does the future hold for you?

For me, it means I get to control my own destiny, wherever it takes me.  I enjoy the responsibility on my shoulders and accepting that whether I succeed or I fail, it was because of me.  Entrepreneurship runs in my family and I didn’t look for employment, I looked for opportunities and I put myself in a place that has the most right now.  My future?  I have grand plans and goals, but who knows where it will all end up?  All I know is I plan to enjoy the ride.

How do you define success?

Success is waking up every day happy with what you’re about to do and looking forward to tomorrow.

What inspires you?

The dream of making sure those closest to me are happy and helping others to find the jovial attitude I have today.

What do you think about the current state of men in the US? Do you think men are more/less inspired nowadays to pursue their passions?

I think traditional education teaches us it’s better to be safe than sorry.  This is wrong.  There are countless quotes and sayings about how playing it safe leads to mediocrity and sustaining is better than thriving or barely surviving.  Uncertainty is scary to everyone.  Embrace it and know at the end of the day, you can always go back to “normal.”

Any advice for young professionals thinking about pursuing their entrepreneurial goals?

It’s okay to start small as an entrepreneur. Reach a $10,000 goal before you reach out for a $100,000 goal.  Get the first success under your belt and then step it up! Define your end goal and then figure out the next step to get there.  No need to figure out the next 10, as very little goes to plan as an entrepreneur; simple figure out the next single step, take it, and then reevaluate where to go next.

95% of people will try to hold you back for whatever reason, but remember it’s your life to live, not theirs