Yesterday, 2nd of November of 2018 I was invited to speak for a class of international students in Copenhagen, at the Copenhagen Business College.
These students came from Nepal, India, and Bangladesh
When I asked the teacher/tutor who contacted me for more more information and to brief me a bit about their background, she shared that most of them were enrolled in a programme that serves as a pre-masters degree or as most formally known as Graduate Certificate of International Business.
Speaking to students from such different nationalities and backgrounds was a blessing. These folks are fighters, that decided to come all the way from their countries not only to experience a very different culture as well as to sharpen their skills.
About my speech.
The name of the teacher who found me is Nuria Lopez. She is a very sympathetic woman, formerly from Spain who lived for over 15 years in the U.K with her husband and children, who were born in the U.K. Over the past four years she’d been residing in Denmark.
Nuria found me through an article I wrote for the Copenhagen Post, an English publication mostly directed at foreigners based in Denmark.
In the article I rant about the need for getting practical rather than waiting for the perfect opportunity to start executing something. Anyway, back to my speech yesterday.
The speech was about my journey to Denmark and how Biassa was born, I covered the following points:
- Marrying A Dane in Brazil
- What I’ve learned as an Intern at the Danish Consulate and Siemens
- Why I built Denmark Brazil.com
- How I landed my first customer because of content ( and Linkedin)
- Why it is more important to do things rather than wait for the “perfect opportunity.”
- The importance of generating content in our day and age
- How being rejected over three hundred times via email as a job seeker fired me up and helped me learn how to use Linkedin more adequately
So after framing my ” big picture” we started our chat.
I was impressed that they had already read my blog posts and had prepared a list with over 30 questions about entrepreneurship, life in Denmark, work-life balance, dealing with rejection, how to start a business, social media, etc.
I was humbled and genuinely thankful to Nuria to be able to share a bit of my journey with them. Unfortunately, I had not much time after the presentation to sit down with each one of them and learn about their adventures as well.
The respect and curiosity that they have shown towards my history are genuinely humbling.
If I could share one main take away to anyone who’s reading this text I’d say:
Get rid of the negative people in your life. They will take you to some dark places. When living in a foreign country, you will more than ever to be strong and to look for positive vibes. It is quite common to fall on the trap of finding someone from the same country where you come from, then start whining about why you are where you are and how better your country of origin is. Avoid this at any cost. Look for the doers, for the positive ones and for those who are going to lift you up.
You will be doing a huge favor to yourself.