Igor Travels Abroad

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


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Thinking bigger

It’s been an insanely busy couple of weeks, yet insanely rewarding as well. I feel back on track and 100% focused and committed on my purposes and goals.

After getting back from Austria, I really doubled down on work. To start, I eliminated all my spending habits and closed my credit cards and told myself from now on, I’m going to be living like I’m broke while saving my money. The most I spent in two weeks since was $1.75 on bleach to clean my white shirts in the sink and $12 on a 8 pack of ramen noodles when I get hungry. No expenses. Pure income.

Why the insanity? Because in order to be successful you gotta be obsessed. And to make money, you gotta eliminate your costs, build income and make it generate passive income.

Warren Buffet

On his five-minute drive to the office, which he’s been making for the past five decades, Buffett stops by McDonald’s and orders one of three items: two sausage patties, a sausage, egg and cheese or a bacon, egg and cheese.

“I tell my wife, as I shave in the morning, I say, ‘Either $2.61, $2.95 or $3.17.’ And she puts that amount in the little cup by me here [in the car], ” he explains in the HBO documentary, “Becoming Warren Buffett. ”

Each amount corresponds to one of his three go-to breakfast items.

“When I’m not feeling quite so prosperous, I might go with the $2.61, which is two sausage patties, and then I put them together and pour myself a Coke,” he tells the documentary director Peter Kunhardt in the McDonald’s drive-through. ”$3.17 is a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, but the market’s down this morning, so I’ll pass up the $3.17 and go with the $2.95.”

At this age, I am focused on the long-term. Aiming for my ten, twenty and even thirty year goals. Accumulating an insane amount of wealth, health and happiness in my life. Providing for those around me. Becoming someone of value. Making an impact.

Set bigger goals. Do more. Disregard the average, you’re meant to be extraordinary.

During the past weeks, I decided to finally sell my business after four years. I started an e-commerce company right after graduating high-school which I grew to be successful and now and exiting to complete the business cycle.

I’m also already currently starting a new business with investors which I will announce to you in the coming month or two that is going to be an insanely successful business. I really look forward to it and it will be live by October.

Moreover, I do want to announce what a kick-ass education I’m getting at my school, Hotel Institute Montreux I want to give a big shout out to my professors. Apart from teaching me applicable, real-world skills that I adapt daily to my projects, my teachers have even offered to help my in things I am working on such as financial projections for business plans, etc. It’s unreal how great the staff at my university are to dedicate their time to making students goals come true. If you are interested or know someone who’s interested in studying business and hospitality, let me know. I’ll gladly find time that works for you to answer your questions and get you enrolled in an education you’ve yet to experience in your life.

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Apart from this, I have been juggling school work, studying for final exams, keeping my physical health fantastic and pushing myself everyday to new limits. Creating more obligations than I know to fulfill and figuring out how to grow to a higher level to fulfill them.

There’s lots of school projects and I’m working my butt off to complete them. Moreover, I’m studying hard, getting good grades and doing what it takes to be at my best.

If you ain’t growing, you’re dying.

One recent thing that I’ve also really been focused on is education and self-development. Feeding my mind. Gathering knowledge to retrain what’s up there in my mind to think bigger. Work harder. Live better. Be happier. I’ve read 5 books this week and am keeping on track to keep at this pace and read more.

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I’m also applying for my internship after this semester to make some more income, acquire new skills and have a place to work on my new online company during weekends or evenings. If you are or know someone who is hiring in Switzerland, let me know and I’ll apply.

Sure, these are small things, but little steps lead to bigger steps, which eventually lead to being full of purpose and going after that beautiful future.

We have been trained to settle for less by the naysayers that bring us down because of their inability to justify why they gave up on their dreams.

Go do you and don’t care what anyone says that doesn’t fully support your growth and goals.

Last but not least, I managed to enjoy some time with my great friend Gabrielle such as singing karaoke at last Friday’s school theme night. Party in the USA baby. Or taking some pictures during an insane thunderstorm at night on the lake.

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Stay great and talk next week,

Igor Miller

 

 


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Vacation, Family and Hospitality….

Such a marvelous week has passed by and the end of semester 4 has arrived. Finally, time to recover from all the sleepless nights of final exams and studying with two whole weeks of vacation. I’ll find out my grades by this Friday and will start semester 5 after the break.

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting my SEG coordinators for USA and South America region and we had a great, lively conversation about student life. It is always wonderful to meet such amazing people, especially my USA coordinator, Aline, who has helped support me through the past two years education. For those of you who read about my time when I did the CBYX program, she is like my betreuer(featured right)

For my break, I decided to fly back to where I was born in Russia and visit my grandparents. After surviving through the wars, especially World War II, my grandma is getting older and it’s always a pleasure to be able to see her and help out, especially cleaning the apartments, going for more walks and making sure that everything at the apartment is in order, since things are falling apart and I fix them.

More importantly, I love spending the time with her and hearing her stories and supporting her, being the strong and loving woman she is who helped take care of me when I was just a little boy. I owe it to her and love her very much.

Family is the most important thing we have and we must always support our family, especially our grandparents who are getting older. And not only to take care of them but to accept them and love them no matter what.

For break, I decided to go really go offline and I’m feeling great. I’m sleeping a lot and “recovering” from exams, eating healthy, going for daily exercise, reading many great books, such as American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, and have no internet at home. It’s a wonderful and much needed break.

Today, I gave back and went to a local business and spoke about hospitality, studying in Switzerland and the English language. It’s always nice to help others and provide value and I really had a blast. The next couple of days, I’ll see old friends and more family and my parents will come this Friday. I’m very excited.

I’ll leave you with this, as it was a question that was really good that one of the employees at the business asked me. He asked, “What is hospitality and what does it mean for you? Of course, there’s hotels and stuff but what does it mean?” What a great question, as I think it is a great conclusion to this post.

Each person of course has their own definition but for me, it is the act of caring for other people. To make them feel welcome. To exemplify true and authentic humanity and help others. To do the right thing, even when no one is looking. A combination of integrity, trust, compassion, love, care and support. That, for me, is hospitality.

Until next week,

Igor


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The Montreux Riviera | Home to Hospitality, Jazz and Breathtaking Views

Nestled in the top, right corner of the beautiful lake Geneva sits the Montreux Riviera, under the majestic backdrop of the white, snowy Alps. Montreux has a population of approximately 25,000 inhbitants and is home to none other than Montreux Jazz Festival, Fete de Vinerons and many other regional and international events. Montreux is a beautiful place to live, relax and study. From the smell of freshly baked croissants and bread in the mornings coming from the bakeries to  swiss pasteries, the food culture of the region is immaculate. And if you are interested in mountain biking, photography, sailing, hiking or simply getting some fresh air and wellness, Montreux is the perfect place to be.

Not only are there many things to do in the region, but it is also the birthplace of Swiss hospitality many years ago. Many wealthy individuals and celebrities began traveling to the Swiss Riviera and Alps to ski and enjoy the healthy climate and promise of alpine adventure. Such guests demanded exquisite service tailored to precision and the highest of standards, thus Swiss hospitality was born. Swiss hospitality brought many important innovation to the industry, from precision, timemanagement, discretion and attention to detail among many other things, being the place to study all things hospitality. This is the reason why I chose to come to Switzerland to do my studies at Hotel Institute Montreux. Last week, I attended a masterclass at Hotel Institute Montreux, with Ben, who I now call my photo sensai. He taught me how to capture and edit photos, in which I applied to this blog post to provide you with some photos of the area.

Studying swiss hospitality and business administration in Montreux is a very rigorous, yet rewarding experience. Curriculum is composed of theoretical and practical classes, with mandatory internships between semesters around the world. The theory taught at school seamlessly merges with real-world application, which makes all the difference. Additionally, this education and internships taught me how to work with people from different nationalities and cultures in new environments and make new friends. I learned a lot more about business and feel much more confident and informed when it comes to starting my own businesses in the future and the investment is worth it.

Somedays, it’s difficult to live in Switzerland. In comparison to the USA, businesses close early, many places only take cash and the convenience of getting anything you want to buy is very difficult. Amazon is limited if even available, prices are expensive and it’s very old-fashioned at times. Additionally, the Swiss are very punctual and even plan weeks ahead to meet with friends, which I can’t get past because I usually meet my friends in the spur of the moment. These are some things that make me miss home.

Nevertheless, when it comes to hospitality and entreprenerial education, I find my current education far superior. It’s not a typical university, as my school is a private school. I am challenged daily, pushed to my limits and learn a lot of information that I can apply to my life. From events and banquets and learning managerial financial management and accounting, to learning real-world marketing, business presentations, resort planning, business plans, housekeeping, web design and coding, masterclasses, front office management, management and leadership, school trips and more, there is always more to do than time available and so much to learn. I stay busy, learn a lot and have fun too!

Montreux is a beautiful place to live and going for a run, hiking or simply stepping outside one already feels relaxed and at ease. It is a beautiful location, inspiring study environment and I’m happy to call it my temporary home away from home. And when I’m not studying, I like to enjoy the view.

Stay tuned for next week…I will definetly do some traveling and take some more pictures, history and moments in Switzerland and look forward to sharing them with you. If you are interested in learning more about living in Switzerland, my current education or anything, just leave a comment below and I’ll follow up with you. Until next time and

A bientot (see you soon)

– Igor