Life Lessons

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…

10 Sep: The Life Hack of All Life Hacks – No Shortcuts

This time, I want to go deeper. I am a deep thinker and I like getting down to the truth about things. In my day-to-day life, I always strive to get clearer on my life philosophies, principles, and ultimate goals. One of my goals is to write a New York Times Bestseller. I do recognise that we live in a culture where quick gratifications are valued more than long-term investments, even when it comes to personal and professional development. The more you’re inclined to find shortcuts in your life, the more chances you’ll get to slip into the trap of trying to improve yourself and that shouldn’t be the goal….

01 Sep: How Your Friends Can Make You Rich

Having lived in three countries and six cities, I’ve met a great number of people from a variety of cultures. I’ve had different friends, business partners, mentors, girlfriends, and was even married. Some of them have had an extraordinary influence on my life and some made me rethink the type of relationships I want to attract. And this is what I learned from it. When I reflect upon my overall personal and financial progress, I see how my results are directly correlated with the type of people I spend time with. In my early 20’s, I was experimenting with different business ideas. I was also struggling with my finances. Although…

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…