As an investor, I am constantly in pursuit of new opportunities. Over the years, I have seen — and participated in — my fair share of both disappointments and successes. However, when you’re just starting out, it can be hard to discern which is which.

While there is no perfect formula — nor any way to truly guarantee a win — there are five things that I always look for to indicate whether an opportunity is a good match for me. I recently spoke with Thrive Global about what those signals are, as well as a few other lessons I have learned over the course of my career.

Read the full Thrive Global interview.

Danilo Diazgranados is an independent investor in the global food and wine, financial services, real estate, and the hospitality sectors.