Meet Dina, A Story Teller
NAME: Dina Lu
HOME BASE: Vancouver, BC
By day, Dina helps Canadian companies set up operations in the UK at the British Consulate-General in Vancouver. By night, she is a lifestyle blogger, long distance runner, and community builder. Dina loves collecting and telling stories, especially the everyday ones. Her dream is to be a digital nomad and travel the world. Fun fact: she is left-handed.
What do you love about working with LOI?
I love LOI’s goal of inspiring youth to be entrepreneurial and innovative. In today’s world, if you can’t think like an entrepreneur, you’re going to fall behind. I definitely don’t want my generation and younger folks to fall behind! I also love working with LOI because of the positive, smart and inspirational people I get to meet.
Got any passions? What is your life goal and how will you reach it?
I have a lot of passions and goals, but one of them is helping people step out of their comfort zone to reach their goals. Recently, I’ve been more focused on championing that in my local community, through working with LOI, mentoring students, and grabbing coffee with people to chat about overcoming challenges. Something that’s really important to me is knowing that I have helped others and contributed to society in a positive way.
Have you ever had a side hustle and what was it?
I’ve never had a true side hustle where I made money for myself, but I’ve got something close: After volunteering in Kenya in my second year of university and coming back home, I decided to participate in a dare campaign to fundraise money to help alleviate HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through “hustling”, I raised $3,500 in a month and ran my first half marathon. That experience taught me so many things which I’m sure I’ll use when I actually start a side hustle.
What's your superpower?
When I was a kid, I wanted to fly. I eventually figured out that I couldn’t fly myself, but fortunately I discovered airplanes. In the past couple of years, I was lucky to travel around quite a bit, and I created a travel blog to share my experiences and travel advice. People always tell me that one of my strengths is connecting with different people, cultures and ideas, and telling good stories—so in the end, I guess my superpower is related to flying!
The best advice you could give to a young entrepreneur is to…
Don’t be afraid to ask. The worst thing that could happen is that someone says no. One of my favourite quotes is “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.”
What are you reading/watching/listening to right now?
At the beginning of the year, I decided that one of my new year’s resolutions would be to be fluent in Spanish by the end of the year. I’ve made a lot of progress so far, and part of it is by listening to podcasts. I regularly listen one called Te Invito un Café, which is about productivity and how to reach your personal and professional goals.
The biggest influencer in your life?
I’m grateful that I’ve had so many good influencers and positive role models in my life, but probably the biggest one would be my parents.