Ariell and Dyan Arevalo – Financial Services and Insurance Brokerage Owners, Semi-Retired

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“What you are, and what you are doing today does not have to define your future.” – Ariell Arevalo

Ariell arrived in Canada in 2008. Within a month, he was working two jobs, which then became three. In 2009, at the age of 21, he married Dyan, also 21 years old.

In 2010, they met one of their inspiring mentors who they fondly call “kuya Marlon.” This changed their life’s trajectory. In August 2010, they started their part‐time Financial Services business. By December 2010, Ariell quit his full‐time job, and Dyan reduced her work hours.

In 2011, Ariell opened his insurance brokerage office. Today, the office has six brokers and almost $3,000,000 in annual sales. The brokerage recently moved to a larger office in Calgary. They serve primarily Filipino clientele. Aside from the insurance brokerage, a large part of Ariell and Dyan’s success is from real estate.

Now, Ariell and Dyan, both 29 years old, calls themselves “semi‐retired.”

“We work because we want to, not because we have to,” says Ariell.

“The two most important learnings we learned is HUMILITY and LEVERAGE,” says Ariell.

“If you are working as an employee, you get paid, that’s it… When you are in business, you have the ability to leverage the help of others. It’s a win‐win situation; you provide opportunity, and you still can give value albeit indirectly. This is also part of being humble, in a sense that you are at peace that you can’t do it all, and that you will need help from others.”

Ariell & Dyan enjoy traveling and going to different places. Ariell also blogs about personal finance at

“All blessings come from God, and allow God to use you as an instrument to help others. God blesses those who bless others, so just continue to be a blessing to other people,” says Ariell.

Ariell & Dyan’s advocacy is “for more young people to see a vision of themselves no longer trapped in a world where they are forced to work just to pay the bills.”



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