Igor Travels Abroad

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


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A break to Vienna

Well the past few weeks have been super awesome and wow am I loving it at school.

To start, I’ve made some very great friends and they are absolutely incredible. The days usually begin at 9AM after a good night’s sleep and off to school to study what I love, finance and business!

Not to mention, stock trading, business evaluation, entrepreneurship, and many other great things. When my friend Alen has time, we hang out and have a great time. He’s focused on eating healthy so I couldn’t resist ordering the biggest, juiciest burger and eat it right in front of him (I’m soo mean)

Right after school, a jump in the lake to cool off with the girls as well as football session with the guys is the best accompanied with some video games and most importantly studying (of course)!

Recently, my specialization even inspired me to begin doing investing and stock trading, so now my goal is to make enough money to afford the next two terms of school tuition that away.

Apart from school, I’ve really been focusing on all my different areas of life, from exercising and running to maintain health, and date a lot more. With my personal development coach, we’ve made a goal for me which is now to go on 100 dates to become better at dating and just enjoy spending time with more girls and of course…meet the girl I love. Nevertheless, I’ve already met a girl I like very much so we will see how that goes. 😛

Exams were great and I felt really confident. I decided to spontaneously fly out to Vienna and got myself an Airbnb for a few days while exploring the city, sleeping a bit more to catch up on the hard work I’ve been putting in and work on the important things where I can think a bit.

I’m also applying for finance internships and if you are reading this in Switzerland and hiring, let’s get in touch!

Otherwise, watching movies, visiting museums (Sigmund Freud and Mozart home for example) and eating like a king! Otherwise, riding around the city on a electric scooter and touring it at 35kmh is also great!

Overall, I’m ecstatic being able to study in such a beautiful location with beautiful friends, education and right in the center of Europe.

Now to finish my Almdudler and Wienerschnitzel (Yumbo!) get an Uber and off to bed! See you next week back in Switzerland!


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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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A Most Beautiful Week and Hospitable Sunday

This past week has been very beautiful and amazing and I have had a great time connecting and getting to know my friends and classmates better. I completed 5 big exams during the last week as well as presentations as well as had a lot of fun. Today has been the most exciting of all, to finally take a break and relax during my final exams. I understand it may not be the most traditional way of doing things, but while all my classmates are stressed out and trying to cram the last bit of information in, I am aiming to really relax and feel good when it comes to my exams. I personally believe that if I studied hard and learned the knowledge throughout the semester, I am prepared for the exams and I studied a bit beforehand but overall I feel ready. Today was more about reconnecting with my friends and taking it easy and stepping into the exams tomorrow with a fresh mind and feeling relaxed.

Firstly, I want to reflect on finally getting used to Montreux, Switzerland a bit more and starting to finally fit in. I’m finally starting to understand Swiss neutrality more and the diplomacy of the country and it’s people. Additionally, the fact that people have their work life and private life balance and therefore aren’t open 24/7 and that quality comes before quantity. Of course prices are more, but things are hand-made and crafted and take time and labour, rather than other countries where machines manufacture everything under the sun and quality is affected. Moreover, I really am getting used to and enjoy the Swiss style of clothing and atmosphere, it almost reminds me of the 50’s and 60’s to a calmer, more peaceful time, where life was more relaxed, more simple and people simply enjoyed it more without the rigamaro of the busy city life or rushing to work and high stress. Don’t get me wrong, people work very hard here and can be stressed too, but I think the work-life balance is much more destinct and cultural.

Since I am studying hospitality, I wanted to show you some of the Swiss hospitality and talk about what it’s like. Today, for example, I slept in and really had a great time waking up when I wanted to and watched a movie. Afterwards, I did some studying and prepared for my upcoming exams.

Afterwards, I went to the Sunday brunch at the Fairmont Montreux which was a magical experience. I went with our dear family friend Monica, which owns a beautiful annex up in the mountains of Montreux and is a superhost by Airbnb (you can read more about her Airbnb about my Gstaad Palace post). We got to know her very well with my family and she is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I invited her for brunch together and had an amazing time. From the beautiful live piano music that echoed through the vast hall of the 5 star palace to the exquisite swiss pasteries, cheeses, meat and assortments of food and hospitable staff, it was an incredible experience. If you are ever in the area of Montreux, I definetly recommend to reserve a table for the sunday brunch to enjoy a true and authentic swiss dining experience.


Afterwards, I played video games with my friend Daniil and talked a bit. Finally, to conclude the evening, I went up to the Hotel Victoria, situaed in Glion, above the Geneva lake and enjoyed some delicious tea and ice cream with my friend Gioele. Afterwards, we layed on the reclining seats and enjoyed the amazing views and sun and had a delicious dinner of gnocci with tomato sauce, fresh from the alpine garden of the Victoria with freshly baked bread. It was stunning.

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All in all, it was a fantastic day and week and my last week of school will be next week for my final exams and then off to vacation, before coming back to term 5 in a couple of weeks! I’m literally pinching myself everyday living here as it is such an amazing and one-of-a-kind environment. Nevertheless, it’s definetly time to go see my family again and take a break. I’ll do a little more studying tonight and I am ready to go conquer those exams!

Have a most delightful Sunday and take care,

Igor