Today we are back with another blog in our #meetourparticipants series. We will be catching up with Maja who was one of our participants on Toronto Business Academy in 2017. Since then she has recently moved to Toronto and some major changes in her life which are both inspiring and motivating! Read on to find out more…   So Maja, tell us a little about yourself! [Maja]: Hello there! 🙂 My name is Maja, and I grew up in Split, Croatia. That is where I graduated high school, and later on, got my Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Operations. Almost everyone
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Entrepreneurship mindset Entrepreneurship is a mindset, and the decision to become an entrepreneur is unlike one to become a lawyer, doctor or electrician. The Oxford Dictionary defines “mindset,” as a person’s way of thinking and their opinions. An entrepreneur’s mindset is one that is passionate, dedicated, and hungry to be successful. But a change in mindset is not the only requirement for becoming an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have a DNA culture, making it easier for one individual to be successful while others struggle.  Such DNA culture is based on one’s education, individual personalities, and behavioral characteristics. In his book, “Entrepreneurial DNA: The
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We are excited to share with you our 4th #meetourparticipants post today. This week we will be introducing you to Vítor, from Lisbon, Portugal.  Vítor joined us on our summer school Silicon Valley Academy last year, where he got to experience the best that this tech capital has to offer!   So Vítor, tell us a little bit about yourself. [Vítor]: I am Vítor from Lisbon, Portugal and studying Computer Science and Engineering, love (almost) everything tech related. I am also an aviation enthusiast. In my free time I read books, watch (a bit too many) tv shows and I
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*The following post is an excerpt from “The Burnout Gamble: Achieve More by Beating Burnout and Building Resilience” and has been modified for this publication. If you haven’t read the first part of the article yet, make sure you check it out here. … Enter the Dragon Spend some time at business conferences or gatherings of entrepreneurs, and you’ll soon hear people saying, “I’m a workaholic,” “I’m married to my work,” or “the only time I’m not focusing on my work are the five hours I sleep each night.” The thing is, these declarations are presented as boasts instead of
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*The following post is an excerpt from “The Burnout Gamble: Achieve More by Beating Burnout and Building Resilience” and has been modified for this publication. Fall of Phoenix Winter in Toronto is testing to say the least. The weather in December of 2014 was typical: generally overcast, some cold, some snow. By the end of our short days, temperatures typically reach -10 degrees Celsius. With the wind, that number can dip below -20 degrees Celsius. All of that is to say, winters are cold. But, truthfully, I have no idea what the weather in December of 2014 felt like. Severely
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Welcome back to the third post in the #meetourparticipants series. This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Patrick Schubert, who recently finished his studies in Industrial Engineering. Read on to find out more about his story and experiences at Munich Business Academy. In case you are interested, click here and find out more about Munich Business Academy!   So Patrick, tell us about yourself! [Patrick]: Hey everyone! I’m Patrick, 23 years old and grew up in Italy. After high school, I decided to move to Munich where most of my family lives and started my studies in
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How CO-STAR Can Boost Your Lean Startup Efforts Eric Reis first introduced the concept of Lean Startup in 2008. Today, Lean Startup is deployed far beyond entrepreneurial circles and is taking root in large, complex organizations looking to enhance their new product success rates – and in the process build lean cultures. This is very good news. Too often the processes corporations use in pursuit of innovation can consequently erode their capability to innovate. In order to help put the Lean principles of “Build – Measure – Learn” into practices, we have found it beneficial to add CO-STAR to people’s
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Welcome back to the #meetourparticipants series! This week we are very excited to share with you an interview with one of our former participants, Mohammed Al Safi. We had the pleasure of welcoming Mohammed to Toronto Business Academy in 2018! That’s how we got to know more about his incredible ambitions and plans for the future! So Mohammed, tell us about yourself! [Mohammed]: I am Mohammed from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and I am studying marketing. I find it really interesting how you can serve many people in different ways. Moreover, most of the work and study is all about what
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Welcome back the #meetourparticipants series! We thought we’d whet your appetite for summer 2019, by bringing you first-hand experiences from our 2018 participants!   So whether you are interested in attending our summer schools, or just want to learn more about our amazing alumni, be sure to read on!   Let’s get it started with this interview with the awesome Matea from Croatia!   So, Matea tell us a little bit about yourself! [Matea]: I am currently studying Analysis and Business Planning at Zagreb University. During my childhood, I was surrounded by mathematicians which is where I fell in love
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How many times have you promised more for yourself?   Every day, millions of people wake up imprisoned in a bubble of complacency. As we navigate through our daily routines, we seldom forget that life has more to offer. As I delve into this article, remember that although everyone says they want to be successful, very few have the courage to execute on the plans they have set on paper. Luckily, you will now have the tools to enable you to reflect, plan, and act so that all your dreams will become a reality. First, I need you to ask yourself
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“How bad do you want it”, that’s the question I asked myself while watching the buzzer-beating crazy shot Lebron James made in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors. In case you missed it: Lebron, now 33, is at the peak of his NBA career, and probably the best he has ever been. When you watch him play, he makes it look too easy…he almost makes the impossible seem possible and because he has been consistently improving, your perception of “oh well that was a lucky shot” fades away. You have no choice but to respect his greatness.
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Watch this Nike commercial: This commercial, “Want It All”, is all about hustle, confidence, and style at every level of the game. How do you feel after watching it? What emotions exposed themselves? For me, it was fast-paced, constantly on the move, high-energy, progressive/evolving, motivating, and gave me a rush of adrenaline. That’s the beauty of effective marketing. Through this video, with no words, just music, and good storytelling, Nike took you on a journey – from start to finish. The entire time, I bet you felt like you were right there, with that young ambitious boy who played street ball and followed
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ABC Family, what is going on! How are you today? We hope that you’re having an amazing week, and you’re chasing those dreams of yours – because we definitely are. We’re here with campaign #meetourparticipants. We have an awesome human whose story is jam-packed with lessons that we want to share with you. Ladies and Gentlemen, help me welcome, the one and only, Mr. Massimo Simons! Who Is Massimo… what’s your story? [Massimo]: I was born in Leuven, Belgium. Having two parents who were in accounting, I was fortunate to be brought up in an environment that teaches the value
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What does a person who asks someone they don’t know for a job on LinkedIn have in common with a burglar? They both want something, and they feel like they own the right to have it. That’s the issue. When someone wants something, in the previous case, a job, and go hunting for it…9 times out of 10, it just won’t work. But why? Well consider this example: You’re sitting in the living room of your condo watching Netflix. All of a sudden, a person you don’t know kicks the door open, marches towards the kitchen and grabs something to
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This summer I had the pleasure of working with young and ambitious individuals from all around the globe (40 countries, 6 continents) and the majority of them were very eager to learn more about networking. Networking is a skill most universities don’t teach, so I decided to write a blog post about networking for our ABC Business Academy community. This 5 steps won’t make you a professional in networking, but I hope it will help you to avoid the same mistakes I did.   Prepare your 3-minute pitch about YOURSELF! Once you go out there, you have to know that
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Hustle. Here’s how I defined it, in one tweet:                     I was in an Uber having a candid conversation with the driver. He studied at Concordia University and just completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Obviously an intelligent guy, but I could tell he was frustrated, and almost gassed out – he just couldn’t seem to find a job after moving to Toronto, despite waking up early every morning and filling out hundreds of job applications (and then driving for Uber on the side to stay afloat). He
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I often joke by saying that in business class, we’re taught to identify the value proposition of a company – its unique selling proposition (or USP). I often wonder why that necessity is not applicable to the human level – people spend their entire livelihood understanding the things around them and take little or no time to understand themselves. Here’s what Gary Vaynerchuk (a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of VaynerMedia) has to say about self-awareness: “I would create one pill that would allow people to become more self-aware. It requires understanding both your strengths or weaknesses and then
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At one point in our lives, we have all heard people feed us lies about what we should do, how we should act, the person we should be, the career we should pursue…the list never ends. If you had immigrant parents, as I did, you also know that being anything other than a Doctor, Lawyer, or an Engineer is considered “failure”. The sabotaging beliefs of self-doubt leave you feeling useless, valueless, and helpless. The objective of this article is to convince you that what you believe is what you become and show you how to overcome the peer-pressure of conformity.  “Everyone is a
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    It was grade 5, I was really nervous. Overweight, insecure, and about 30 seconds from passing out, the teacher yells “ George, whenever you’re ready.” As the words vibrated through my ears, I stared at the audience before me; their thoughts, their words, and their non-verbal cues echoed a wave of ridicule that shattered the little motivation I had left. Yet, I proceeded. That day marked the worst presentation I ever gave, one with constant stuttering, long awkward pauses, noticeable sweat stains on my newly purchased dress shirt, and jittery hands from the nervousness that electrocuted every corner
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