Igor Travels Abroad

"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."


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Life Begins at the End of Our Comfort Zone

The year before last, I had the privilege to attend Sovereign Academy, an entrepreneurship camp limited to 50 entrepreneurs hand-selected each year to learn from extraordinary entrepreneurs. Every day, before our lessons started, our instructor Craig Ballantyne would lead our exercises for 30 minutes.

The last five minutes, we had to give it our all and push through the “pain barrier”. Arnold Schwarzenegger even claimed that when he exercised and did 10 repetitions of any exercise, the first seven reps didn’t even count, it was always those last few repetitions that grew him to such an extraordinary size and stature. The pain barrier is a mental barrier that once you break past, can lead you to growth and development in any area of life.

This past week I have began to challenge myself in many ways leading to positive growth and development, which we can all experience once we go past our comfort zone. They don’t have to be dramatic, but can be subtle and involve us simply taking the initiative and have the guts to take action, irregardless of what others will say or think, as long as they are good for ourselves and others.

Why do I say all this? I want to not only share a little bit about what I did and also provide you with value, that you can possible utilise in your life. I don’t know in what situation, but most if not all of us have things we would like to improve upon a bit.

This week, I put myself out there, sat with new students and socialised with new many students and people in and out of school. Being elected the new social media and communications ambassador of our school, I did many new posts and live stories and videos to engage our student body and provide others with value.

I even had the audacity to take the initiative of organising a spontaneous interview with a past aluma who is a best-selling author in Thailand and have her inspire students with her incredible story and talk for over 30 minutes together.

I played sports and exercised irregardless of the weather, through horribly hot days to pouring rain.

I even had dinner with my friend Alen Arslanagic, Switzerlands Forbes 30 under 30 technology entrepreneur and helped provide value in his life and company.

I went to France with a great group of students and staff and rode electric scooters at 30kmh on the roads through the French city side and by the lake.

Needless to say, it was again, an amazing week.

Did I at all feel comfortable during most of these times? No. Sometimes I was even borderline nervous. But I pushed through my fears and came out through the other side learning something new. Not everything that isn’t comfortable is bad. If it’s good for us, for others and for the greater good, it’s probably something to do, no matter if we feel like it or not.

I will leave you with a quote by Tony Robbins. “I have come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundations for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”

What is something you can do in your life and take action on that you’ve been putting off and know will be good for you? What could you do that will lead to a new level of living you will enjoy? Commit to pushing past your pain barrier on it and see where it will lead you. I’m sure it will be good.

Talk to you next week and to your success,

Igor

PS: I just had to share this random thing, but one of the most amazing parts of my week was this most simple yet amazing food yesterday for breakfast in a local French restaurant. Pancakes with caramel syrup and peanut butter jelly sandwiches, followed by bacon and eggs. ❤ Yumbo!

 

 


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School is back in session! – Studying Abroad, Jazz Festival and More!

Vacation flew by fast and the two weeks off with family are now over. I had a great time seeing my family and friends and having fun, such as visiting the latest escape rooms in Russia and going for daily walks in the city centre and trying out all the different restaurants. I really enjoyed seeing my relatives in the evening and eating and drinking traditional Russian foods and drinks. I even got to attend my cousins graduation, where she graduated for her masters, with a red diploma (meaning all A’s).

Moreover, I went out of the city and visited my grandfather at his dacha (summer house) and enjoyed the fresh air and had some delicious food, picked straight from their garden, including alpine berries with milk, a truly Russian speciality.

Of course I missed my family when I had to leave and fly back to Switzerland, yet the new term at Hotel Institute Montreux would be very exciting and I knew it. There would be lots of new students and this term I will study my specialisation, finance, which is so far outstanding. I am learning financial management, capital markets, corporate investment decisions, digital marketing and organisational behaviour and leadership. This past week, we studied how to build customer funnels, begin to learn how to trade on international markets, corporate legal structures and investing, among so much more. I love it!

After I landed, I went and met with my friend Julia. We both worked at the Gstaad Palace and did our internship in front office there together last winter season. We went for a nice long walk, had food and the best ice-cream in Montreux.

Afterwards, my friend and room mate Daniil flew in back from Ukraine and it was so great seeing him again. He brought his cousin along and we had a ton of fun going to Jazz festival as well as Gstaad, where we got in lots of swimming and fondue. We even got first row seats to watch Poland versus Netherlands and Germany play against USA at the world volleyball championships.



My new class is really amazing and I really enjoy having them all in class. We are all from very unique cultures and places and it’s such a multicultural, smart and good-hearted group. We even attended the last week of Jazz festival together and went out and danced every night. And when not partying and dancing, we went swimming by the lake. Thank goodness Jazz festival is now over, so I can catch up my sleep and do some more studying.

I even had someone give us their dog to take a picture. Thank you Ferrari (the dog) for posing in my photo 😀


The week was not over yet, as we played soccer today with 21 other students. We formed 3 teams and played for over two hours in the sun and kicked off the term in a most outstanding way. Overall, it was a really awesome week and looking back, it was incredible how much can take place in seven days.

Anyway…off to bed now. I have school tomorrow 🙂

Until next week and can’t wait to update you on more adventures abroad and studying in Switzerland,

Igor