Romans Ivanovs

07 Aug: In the pursuit of truth: Can social media really help my business?

Can social media help my business? This is almost the same as asking if sleeping pills can help you sleep better.  Social media marketing is not for everyone. Don’t waste your time if you’re thinking about trying just to see what happens. What if you had started your own business with that type of mindset? You probably wouldn’t be in a position to have it in the first place. I’m sure you can agree that nothing good happens when you approach anything in life with such an attitude. So first, let’s get it right. And to do that, we need to ask a more practical question. Think in terms of…

19 Feb: That One Thing That Keeps You Distracted (attention pollution)

You can find, study, learn anything you want, and you can do it for free. There’s no doubt, all of us can hugely benefit from living in the age of informational and technological advancement. An increasing amount of online educational and entertainment resources only becomes more varied and sophisticated every year. Open-courses from the top tier universities, such as Harvard and Oxford, are accessible to anyone who’s got a wi-fi connection. Public transport and gyms are full of people listening to audiobooks, podcasts, and “How to Get a Bigger Butt” YouTube videos. In other words, we’re blessed with countless opportunities to learn and advance in all areas of our lives…

14 Dec: The Choice Paradox

Try to remember how you made decisions as a kid. You didn’t have to analyse or overthink the things you wanted to do, you just basically did them when you had the chance. Some of you may say, “But my parents made me do stuff” or, “I had no voice in my family”. I get it — when we’re very young, we are codependent on our family. In fact, parenting plays a huge role in our ability to make our own choices and decisions. But children have a natural tendency to be curious, which is usually followed by immediate action. One of the most common reasons why most people can’t…

15 Sep: Becoming Comfortable in Uncomfortable Situations

It was an early morning, around 6 am. I was travelling from my hometown to Riga, the capital city of Latvia, to take a flight to the Netherlands. On the train, I was sitting next to the window with a couple of big bags, a one-way ticket to Amsterdam, €700, and an overly-optimistic attitude towards what awaited me in the future. For the first three months, I slept on a mattress in the kitchen of a tiny one-bed flat. Oh yeah, the bedroom was taken by a Ukrainian family. I didn’t speak Dutch and knew very little English. I worked as a kitchen porter for 10 to 12 hours a…

26 Aug: 5 Negotiation Tips To Start Winning in Life And Business

Negotiation is not just about sales or business talk. It’s an important process which happens in our everyday lives, whether we are aware of it or not. Remember those overly emotional disagreements, awkward moments of silence, or misunderstandings with your family members, colleagues, or employees? Or even that time you were being aggressively sold a product or service you really didn’t need? What if you could go back in time and rewrite these situations, according to the outcome you wanted? Well, you can’t and you shouldn’t try. What you can do, is learn some of the basic negotiation tips and start making a positive impact with every human interaction you…

18 Aug: How To Find Worthy Mentors (And Keep Them)

Not everyone needs a mentor. Some people are okay with where they are in life and business. And that’s fine. Mentorship is not a necessity in most instances. Mentorship and coaching can only be of great value to those who are choosing to create an extraordinary life and excel in a chosen vocation. Being mentored by someone who has achieved significantly greater results in their life and career than you can be an intimidating process. Finding the right mentor requires patience, vulnerability, genuine desire to succeed, and readiness for your backside to be kicked (in a positive way). That being said, here are six principles I’ve learned from the experience…