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Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of an iT company. still running marathons though.

5 Life Lessons That Can Help Your Business Too

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Somewhere between personal and professional success, there’s a place for common aspects and similarities that are so interchangeable that we can’t just ignore the resemblance. Of course, everyone wants to be equally successful in both areas of life – and while many people still believe one is on the behalf of the other, I’m here today to share 5 life lessons that can actually help you in establishing and running a successful business.

Because the truth is this – in our daily lives we often stumble upon situations, people and instances that teach us a lot about life and if we pay extra attention, we can gather insightful knowledge that could help us further in our personal growth journey. But what’s even greater is the fact that oftentimes the lessons we learn in life could be used in our professional aspirations as well.

Join me as I’m about to tell you what life has taught me that could easily be transferred to my business journey as well.

There’s Certainly a Steady Connection Between Personal and Professional Development

I’ve said this numerous times but it won’t hurt to mention it again – we can’t expect our professional development to be up and running if we feel miserable in our personal life and vice versa. Those two aspects of who we truly are are so intertwined that everyone should focus simultaneously on both if we want to welcome content, inner peace and fulfillment.

Of course, oftentimes we all meet turbulence and obstacles along the way – things don’t always run smoothly and when this happens, we are down to learn a lesson or two. But if we manage to change our perspective, we’d soon learn that there’s beauty in obstacles simply because they serve as the best reason for someone to learn a valuable lesson and adapt to difficulties. Each time we learn a lesson on a certain life situation, we later can take what we’ve learned and use it accordingly for an entirely different aspect such as work-related issues and business ownership.

Here Are 4 Life Lessons That Go Great with Business Development and Growth

  • Focusing too much on what people might say is not your best go-to strategy. In life, we often fall victim to the fear of not being accepted or judged. Hence, we pay too much attention to what people have to say about the way we look, and what we do and say. The faster we get rid of this predisposition the happier we’ll get simply because we’ll realize people will talk no matter what. The only thing that could go wrong is allowing other people’s opinions to affect the way we choose to live to an extent of regretting all missed opportunities. It’s the same business-wise – the earlier you understand that your professional journey is worth pursuing no matter how other people evaluate it, the happier and more content you’ll be with your business aspirations.
  • Catastrophizing doesn’t do you any justice. In life, we often get tangled in negative thoughts because of anxiety and fear of failure. Oftentimes our uncertainties speak so loud that they cripple us and don’t allow us to take a step further into success. But it’s important for us to realize that catastrophizing can only stop us from experiencing success both in life and in our business – without trying out different strategies and approaches and without saying goodbye to fearful thoughts, we’ll simply get stuck in one place.
  • Not everyone would be happy to see you succeed. This one is a harsh one but it’s better for you to know it straight ahead. Toxic people are everywhere and their most common and revealing trait is not wanting to see you go further in life. What you need to realize is that the people you surround yourself with have a tremendous impact on your mental health and well-being. So the moment you witness a person experiencing some toxic traits that are detrimental to your success, you should stay alert and observe the behavior. If it’s ongoing, perhaps having an open conversation with the person might help. If then nothing changes, parting ways is always preferable than being stuck in a toxic influence.
  • If you don’t enjoy what you do, you’d hardly succeed. Both in life and in business, there are things we don’t particularly enjoy – be it house choirs or boring duties at the office. But overall we’re supposed to be utterly in love with what we do, even on the bad days. If you notice joy has left you and you’re existing completely lacking excitement and satisfaction, it’s time to take a step back and observe your life. Make the necessary changes and find what truly fuels your inner spark.

I hope those 4 simple yet incredibly effective life lessons have managed to get you to think and reevaluate certain aspects of your personal and professional life. Implementing those lessons in practice would surely take you places and you’d soon pick the fruits of your success.


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