04 Dec: Why You Should Wake Up at 5 am

Waking up at 5 am is the best thing I’ve done over the last 30 days of my life. I’ve started writing every morning, have begun to meet new and very interesting people, and have seen fresh opportunities opening up. No, my life hasn’t dramatically changed over such a short period of time, but my perspective on what’s possible for me to achieve has certainly shifted, and I’ve become more certain about the big picture. And all of this is a result of a 30-day challenge I set myself. Let me share with you what I’ve learned over this period, and how it may also benefit you. I should actually…

14 Nov: So, You Wanna be Persuasive?!

Since the age of seventeen, when I read my first book on persuasion techniques, I dreamt of being the go-to person, the one with the charisma, the alpha, the guy with all the answers. As that young teenage boy, I loved getting attention and I wanted to learn how to get more. Little did I know, I had taken the first step of my arduous journey of self-improvement. For a long time, I thought I possessed persuasive skills. Or at least, I wanted to think so. After countless public speaking events, and having some success in my first business venture, I thought I knew something about persuasion – until the…

10 Oct: When Vulnerability is a Superpower

It used to irritate me when people used quotes, or inspirational sayings, without any understanding of them. And I get it. I did it too. I tried very hard to post quotes that had meaning on Facebook but, in reality, I felt like I was spreading a “wanna-motivate-everyone” virus. Hiding behind the computer screen, waiting for a moment when someone challenged me to start public speaking. “Want to inspire others? Go and do it from a seminar stage – walk your talk!”, my coach told me. I was very, very uncomfortable facing the fact that I was terrified of public speaking. Thankfully, at that time, I was willing to lean…

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…

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…

26 Jul: 4 Ways to Start Working For Yourself

From my experience of running businesses, and observing others doing the same, I can certainly say that working for yourself is on the most rewarding, yet challenging things you can ever do. The benefits that come with being your own boss are limitless. The independence and freedom to make your own decisions, the personal fulfilment, the flexibility to choose your own working hours, personal growth, the financial rewards – the list goes on. But building a business or going freelance is not for everyone. With these advantages come  responsibilities, pressure and more often than not, long hours of working alone. At the end of the day, being an entrepreneur is…