Posts Tagged ‘success’

The beginning of the end


Reflecting on yourself and your actions is the main source of growth. However, many people prefer not to do it because sometimes this entails pain. It’s not always pleasant to learn who you truly are and what you stand for. Therefore, individuals form this invisible citadel around them and stay oblivious to the impact they have on themselves or on others. They let the world’s expectations direct their path, and they live only touching the surface of the life itself.

Pain is a powerful motivator to overcome your status quo, to challenge what you think you know, to enhance your life in different shapes and forms. Pain opens doors to unknown lands, and it will help you explore your limits. Pain is an emotion that we should never hide from because it enriches our existence.

Failure is a state that none of us wants to be in. But once in a while we end up there simply because our current achievements or behaviours are not reflecting our past expectations. The perfect state we were aiming at is not reachable for various reasons, and this hurts us both mentally and physically. At the same time, if you take the time to embrace this suffering, you will gain valuable lessons. However, to learn from your experiences you have to commit to a long journey of self assessment. Sadly, many people I know don’t prioritise this because it’s an effort they perceive to be irrelevant for their well-being.

Success, on the other hand, is the state that all of us want to be part of. We want to feel good about ourselves, and therefore we identify and adopt a benchmark for success and aim to achieve it without considering that this standard was defined by another fallible creature. Unfortunately, we do not spend enough time to adjust the barometer to our own needs and wishes. Hence, we will unfailingly come across failures and adversities which hopefully will open our eyes and motivate us to sit down, take a breath and think about why we ended up here.

When we are done reflecting, we will have a holistic view of who we are and what the future might look like. This is the moment when the beginning of the end will start, and instead of being affraid of it we should cherish it.

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Entrepreneurship Event


This week I was at an event organized by the University of Copenhagen’s Entrepreneurship Club. It was quite interesting to be in a room with Tommy Ahlers, one of the most successful persons in Denmark. He is the serial entrepreneur who sold ZYB to Vodafone for a blinding 250 million kr. Tommy is now the CEO at Podio. Podio is a work platform with the ambition to change how we all work. Another speaker at this event was Oliver Maxwell, who is an international expert in socio economic companies (‘social entrepreneurship’). He has 10 years experience in applying local resources and partnerships to create innovative social development work. And the last but not the least speaker was one of the representants from the Boston Consulting Group, which is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy.

The main idea of this event was to give us an example of how we can use our imagination and knowledge and become a SUCCESS! So I will share with you some of the tips I have heard there. Firstly, get out of your COMFORT ZONE! Think of you as a person who can make the difference between 0 and 100. Remember that timing is everything and when you think that the moment came just get out and do it! Make your TEAM, which is the key of building a company. It seems that one investor prefers to invest in a shity product, but a good team than in a good product with a shity team.

Think BIG! Don’t start with something small. So in order to succeed be prepared to work hard and forget about holidays for minimum a couple of years.

At the beginning you may think how can you build a company if you don’t have that good team you need. And this kind of thinking will kill from the start any chance of success. So start with a concept, think about it, put all your passion in explaining it to other people and probably this way you will find persons who will want to invest their time and/or money in your project (concept).

You can build anything you believe in!