Hello everyone and welcome to A Word A Day!
My name is Oana and I’m a curious and open-minded accountant, entrepreneur and public speaker. I’m living in Luxembourg and I am passionate about learning, enriching my life with new experiences and traveling.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” This quote by Mahatma Gandhi inspires me in my daily life!
A little story about my early years
I was three years old when, for the first time, my mother explained the cycle of life to me: kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, high school, university, job, retirement, death. I was born in a traditional Eastern European family, and my mother put a huge emphasis on being a hardworking, conscientious and disciplined employee.
Nevertheless, starting with my young age, I realized that I wanted to be different, to express myself, do things my own way, not stepping into my parents’ shoes.
When I left Romania, my home country, after my bachelor degree in Accounting, I moved to Paris, to continue my studies. I spent two amazing years there, met people from all over the world, with different educational backgrounds and values. I started to discover life and the feeling of being myself, meaning not to fall into traditional patterns.
I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur.
But I also understood that, first, I need to work a lot on myself, in order to get rid of the heavy luggage of traditional values I grew up with.
Learn and Practice: the key to entrepreneurial success
When you come from non-entrepreneurial environments you need to discover and adopt the entrepreneurial education. You need to learn. And this is a daily learning process! Sustainable progress is made daily, not in a day!
The purpose of “A Word A Day” is to help you make the transition from employee to entrepreneur, adjust your mentality, gain confidence and make the first steps towards entrepreneurship.
This community is for YOU, curious and hard-working employee, if you want a change and feel that life is more than a daily job. You want to start your own business but you don’t know how. And you stay there, alone with your many questions, in an environment of corporate employees, who have never traveled down the entrepreneurial path.
And this is how you need to start this new journey: with a word a day. Like when you learn foreign languages and you challenge yourself to memorize at least a word per day. To influence your mindset, you need a brand-new arsenal of vocabulary: the vocabulary of success.
Choose the best Learning path for yourself
You can assimilate this new vocabulary by reading books, attending training, meeting successful people and benefit from their experiences.
I also learn a lot from my day-to-day experience as accountant, while helping my clients to set up their businesses. Creating a company is not just doing a bunch of legal formalities and hoping that the customers will then come to you. If you want to grow your business one day, you need to anticipate and prepare this growth from the beginning. You need to learn every day, listen to other people’s mistakes, test and fail and get the courage to face the reality even when that hurts.
But you also have to be selective with your learning.
A funny thing I recently heard, from a friend who enrolled for a master degree in Entrepreneurship: her professors are not entrepreneurs themselves but merely employees. And the classes take place during the day, every day, where the real-life entrepreneurs could not always attend. The absences are also fully punished. So you ask yourself: what is the real purpose and who is the actual receiver of this formal university training?
Being myself a person with a heavy educational and professional background, I learned from my experience the importance of carefully selecting the training that you want to attend and don’t lose track of your final objectives. You have to choose your learning path in line with your objectives and don’t get stuck in too many details. If you want to be entrepreneur, you can become a successful one, without graduating a master degree in entrepreneurship.
The purpose of “A Word A Day” is to share real-life lessons, good practices, travel experiences. But also engaging and useful materials, like books and courses, that you can attend and study anytime and anywhere.
With at least a word a day, you can learn and grow your way up to success!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Founder of www.awordaday.net