Influencers

MY PARENTS: ELENA & EUGEN

ParentsBecause without them, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. I’m proud of the education they have offered me, the high moral values they’ve instilled in me, and will always be grateful for their encouragement, support, and guidance in whatever I’ve chosen to do.

They were the ones who believed in me when no one else did, including myself. Will never forget the learning times throughout my childhood – especially my favorite one when they asked me to read a book called “The code of good manners” and once completed, to take a test 🙂

They inspired me with the most valuable qualities in life: honesty, integrity, respect, and gratitude. I’m aware of how privileged I am for having such parents – and even though my father is no longer with us, my mother has encouraged me to leave overseas and pursue my dreams, even if it meant to be thousands of miles apart. Now that’s what I call true, selfless love!

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

Greek American author and businesswoman, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, currently owned by AOL. In the summer of 2016, she stepped down from her role at the Huffington Post to devote her time to a new start-up, Thrive Global, focused on health and wellness information.

My admiration for her has increased substantially after reading her book Thrive, in which she endorses the same practices that I believe in, like getting enough sleep, meditation, and mindfulness, among others. She reminds us all about the things that really matter to create a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder – or “The third metric of success“, as she likes to call it.

Here’s an inspiring quote from her Thrive Global website that I’m sure it will resonate with many of us: “People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills…There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind…So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

RICHARD BRANSON

RBEnglish businessman and investor – best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.

Aside of being one of the most successful entrepreneurs and branding gurus, he’s fun, charismatic, and doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He’s smart and he cares about people and the environment.

He’s not afraid of doing things differently – quite the contrary, he’s inspiring others with his ideas and is leading by example. He’s open to change – in fact, he’s a master at navigating it. He listens to his customers and employees’ feedback and takes action accordingly.

When hiring people, he focuses on their personality – in other words he looks for character first, as skills can always be learned. Focusing on long term goals and avoiding to settle for the status quo are additional qualities that I admire in him. He’s a positive person and is encouraging collaboration rather than engaging in an aggressive, combative or negative way.

ISADORE SHARP

ISCanadian hotelier, the founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

My admiration for him is first and foremost due to his success principle in business and life: The Golden Rule – always treat people well, as you’d like to be treated. This is what sets Four Seasons apart from the rest – not only by talking about their great corporate culture, but actually walking their talk.

He is  a visionary and a dreamer. His book, “The Story Of A Business Philosophy” is a must read, as it’s incredibly inspirational and it shows how it was possible to build a worldwide hotel brand synonymous with luxury without having experience in the hotel business.

He demonstrates exemplary people-oriented leadership, focuses on exceptional quality and sets the gold standard for excellence. Also, he has the ability of bringing out the best in his people by nurturing their full potential. Last but not least, he believes that trust – in integrity and openness – is the measure of a good leader.

 

ROBERT HERJAVEC

Robert HerjavecCroatian-born Canadian businessman, investor, and media personality; founder and CEO of Herjavec Group. He was born in Eastern Europe and arrived to Canada on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia.

From delivering newspapers, and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve is another proof that success can be attained when one has a strong motivation to build a better life, regardless of their circumstances.

He has written 2 inspiring books: “Driven” and “The Will to Win” that were Top 10 bestsellers and earned him the title of “Best Selling Author”.

He’s also a leading investor on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning show, Shark Tank  – quite inspirational to watch.

The following two quotes of his are my favorites, because they are also aligned with my views: “Do not mistake my kindness for weakness” and “Today we do what others won’t, so that tomorrow we can accomplish what others can’t“.

 

As for inspirational authors and speakers activating in the personal development field, my admiration goes to:  Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Gregg Braden and the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, among many others.

 

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~ Zig Ziglar

 

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