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In this interview with Sébastien Buemi, Alpian’s Chief Inspiration Officer, we dive deep into what change is and why it matters.

We all know it: Change is challenging, yet it remains one of the few constants in life. Although humans often resist it, this resistance spans across various aspects of life, from disciplines like car racing to decisions about financial choices (for instance, how often do we consider switching banks?). Here’s what he had to say.

Hi Sébastien! Thanks for talking to us today about change, and what does it mean in car racing. Given the nature of your profession, where advancements in technology, technique, and tactics are the norm, could you elaborate on how you navigate change and embrace innovation within your field?

Absolutely. As a driver, I’m constantly working on improving myself. The latest technology enables us to delve deep into data, monitoring aspects such as power, wheel turn, brake balance, and brake pressure. These technological advancements are tools to enhance my performance when I’m behind the wheel.

However, it’s not only about my personal performance. I’m also constantly pursuing innovation to make the car faster. Winning races necessitates continuous car improvements.

While there are various ways to achieve this, innovation stands out as a crucial factor. The evolution in motorsport has been truly remarkable, with many developments transitioning from the race track to conventional cars. As a racing driver, my role also encompasses guiding the team on how to refine and speed up the car. Furthermore, technology is indispensable. We aim to make the car as lightweight as possible, ensure its reliability, and simultaneously enhance its speed.

Could you recount an instance from your career where stepping outside your comfort zone was not only a challenge but also a springboard to success?

An instance that comes to mind is last year when I switched teams in Formula E. After eight years with the same team, changing felt like I was truly stepping out of my comfort zone.

The transition presented significant challenges. However, the results were encouraging. I secured a podium finish and ranked sixth in the championship. Although it wasn’t exactly where I aspired to be, I believe the experience honed my skills as a driver.

Embracing challenges and stepping out of one’s comfort zone can lead to personal growth. I’m excited about the upcoming year and feel optimistic about having a strong season.

From your perspective, does embracing change invariably involve risk? Could you shed some light on your viewpoint?

Indeed, change always carries inherent risks. Reflecting on my experience of changing teams, it was a journey into the unknown. Transitioning from a French team to a British one meant adjusting to different mindsets and working dynamics. While external perceptions might seem positive, the internal reality might differ.

Embracing challenges and stepping out of one’s comfort zone can lead to personal growth.

Sébastien Buemi

Nevertheless, I believe growth is challenging without taking calculated risks. Particularly in motorsport, taking risks can be a prerequisite for betterment. It’s essential, however, to evaluate these risks carefully, weighing potential rewards against potential pitfalls.

While my transition was challenging, a year into it, I realise that I’m content with my decision.

There’s a well-known Spanish saying, “Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t,” highlighting many people’s apprehension towards change. As someone who regularly confronts and manages change, what advice would you offer to those hesitant about venturing outside their comfort zone?

While staying in one’s comfort zone feels reassuring, personal and professional growth can be stifled without taking the leap of faith.

Achieving success outside your comfort zone can be immensely rewarding, significantly boosting your self-confidence. If one aims for improvement, taking risks and moving beyond the comfort zone is imperative. The feeling of accomplishment after overcoming challenges is unparalleled. Admittedly, things might not always go according to plan, but stepping out is often the only way forward.

Lastly, from a financial perspective, should individuals be open to exploring new frontiers when making financial decisions? Perhaps even considering new players in the banking or investment sectors?

Discussing finances is always a sensitive topic, requiring informed decisions. However, I’m an advocate for keeping an open mind. For instance, joining the Alpian family has been an exhilarating journey for me. I’m confident in the bright future awaiting the entire Alpian team.

Evaluating and calculating risks are fundamental when considering any financial venture. But, being receptive to new players or novel methodologies could offer opportunities that conventional methods might overlook.

If one aims for improvement, taking risks and moving beyond the comfort zone is imperative.

Sébastien Buemi

Drawing a parallel to racing, quick decisions are often necessary. While these might feel uncertain, taking the initiative can be the difference between winning or staying behind. Assessing risks, making decisions, and trusting your instincts are critical, whether in the realm of motorsport or finance.

Sébastien, thank you for sharing your insights. We appreciate your time and the depth of your responses!

Embracing change and understanding risk are fundamental to growth. If you’ve resonated with this piece, don’t miss our article ‘About the risk of not taking a risk.‘ Dive deeper into why staying in your comfort zone might be the biggest gamble of all.

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