I was never an academic type of person, so by the age of 15 (and still in high school), I spent more time at my father’s company than in school. When I was 18, I dropped out of high school to take on commercial and purchasing tasks at my father’s company. I managed to take up various tasks in the warehouse as well. Another thing I should mention about myself is also that I never hesitated to grab a broom and dustpan if needed.
As already mentioned I wasn´t interested in a formal education, but I was very fond of informal education.
I just love to read. Always have been. Books were, are and forever will be my endless source of knowledge. Through reading and participating in various classes, seminars, conferences, and similar events, I managed to form quite an intriguing base of knowledge. However, the subject that fascinated me the most was psychology.
I was just starting to get the hang of business when the first major turning point in my life occurred – my father suddenly got sick and passed away in 2003. I had to grow up over the night and take over the management of our family business. Unfortunately, being so young, I had far too little knowledge and experience in managing a company, employees, finances, and other management related tasks. The company nearly went bankrupt in less than two years. I ended up alone since all employees left the sinking ship early on.
I somehow succeeded to find new partners and convinced them to help me save the company. They had the knowledge I lacked so I could focus on the things I was really good at – building good relationships with suppliers and customers, closing major deals, optimizing processes, and designing new business models.
The company soon saw an annual growth of 100% for the next four years. Imagine that! In the meantime, new ideas were born, new projects came along, and the number of companies I owned or co-owned added up to four. Unfortunately, the previous life lessons were not hard enough, and when things took off, I got seriously arrogant and once again made some extremely bad decisions. The situation got even worse because of the financial crisis that started in 2008 and deepened in 2009 in Slovenia. Those four companies I owned or co-owned went bankrupt overnight, leaving me with a huge debt.
I, like most people, found it very painful to talk about being bankrupt back then. As long as I can remember my motto was “failure is not an option.” The hardest thing for me was to admit to myself and to others that I failed. This mindset led to further bad decisions. And instead of breaking the downward spiral over time, it went on, and I was knocked down to the ground. Big time!
The struggle, mostly with myself, began! I tackled some projects and grabbed onto every straw that even remotely looked like a potential solution. Just like a gambler who believes that he will win at blackjack with the next card. Only to find moments later that the card of salvation will never come. I would bring a project close to the finish line and just as I was about to close the deal, something would always go wrong. I blamed politics, other companies, and various other factors, but never myself. Deep down, I also harbored a lot of resentment towards the people I felt were responsible for my companies going bankrupt and towards those who I thought should have helped me because I was always there for them in the past. I struggled with severe depression and anxiety, including a lot of health issues. Stress was my companion 24/7. I shut myself off from; well, from myself, my friends, and the rest of the world. Each phone call and each email caused panic attacks that would last for hours, but since then I came a long way. I always was a fighter, giving up was never an option, and that made me stand tall! Luckily, there were a few people in my life who helped me during this entire time. Who stood beside me and believed in me. I am and always will be sincerely grateful for that!
Then came one day when I couldn’t see myself finishing another project or taking on something new. At that point, I reached rock bottom, financially and emotionally. That was the moment I will never forget. I had no choice but to finally admit to myself: “I have failed”! Saying that out loud, changed my entire point of view. The world I knew seized to exist. It felt like all the weight was lifted off my shoulders. I immediately felt lighter and all the resentment has disappeared. Eventually, I became grateful for the experience, which was what I needed to turn my life around. All this happened in a very split of the moment. The most important moment of my life, may I add.
The biggest change, which also led to the positive changes in my life, was the change in how I perceived “failure.”
It shouldn’t be perceived as a bad thing. We need to embrace failure as a priceless learning experience. Learn from it, adjust your actions, and then go out again just to do it all over again.
From this point on, I started to write my thoughts and emotions on paper – for myself.
I started with an explanation who I really was. What I feel, how I react to certain things, and most of all what’s important to me. To a certain extent, what has helped me was also the fact that I was always curious by nature. I wanted to know how things work, and why some things were as they were. That’s when I started to devote a lot of time to determine what were my mistakes in the past and what can I learn from them. What do I have to do so I will not repeat them in the future?
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I, Miha Matlievski made a lot of mistakes in my life but managed to survive despite that. Actually, all the mistakes and failures made me better and wiser. My journey and thirst for learning are far from over. Every day, I meet new people, get new ideas and create new stories. Due to my past experiences, I am more careful and alert, nowadays. I know a lot, and I am ready to share my knowledge with you. Don´t make the same mistakes I have already made. Use me as your ˝perfect˝ Fail Coach. Don´t worry, I will be there to catch you. Even to show you the way if necessary. But at the end of the day, it´s your life, and it´s all up to you.
We must never let the fear of failure turn into our biggest failure!
Never forget this line. No, matter how hard it gets. Don´t stop trying, learn and most of all enjoy your life.
After many dead ends and failures, I managed to come up with the solution that works – for me and for hundreds of busy professionals just like you that have already tried it! I would love to share these same lessons with you and help you reclaim your life again.RESERVE YOUR SEAT
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