August was the vacation period, schools were closed, very low attendance at work and everybody was posting their holiday pics on Facebook. I did not think it will be any different for me, to be honest. Like many, I thought I’ll enjoy my vacation, go on the beach, relax and basically do nothing. Instead, it turned out to be the most hectic month so far this year.
There were no school homework to submit, but it didn’t stop me from reading :-). Business Stripped Bare form Richard Branson is one fine piece. In typical Sir Branson style, I enjoyed reading about all his businesses, his wins and losses, lessons he learned and advices he had to share, a fantastic book I would recommend to all aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders alike. There is a lot of useful advice in this book and so many other online sources I always follow, like Entrepreneur, Forbes etc; But, I would like to mention 3 key not-so-technical messages that I take away from this summer’s readings:
- Leadership skills can be acquired
- One can train to be a creative person.
- Anybody can be an entrepreneur, just decide you want to be one.
Now, stop thinking and as the some shoemaker says, just do it!
Though it wasn’t always for pleasure, I did travel quite some distance.
There were few barbecues meet-ups due to the cold and wet spell in Western Europe, we hardly saw the summer of last year. Spontaneous invitations to events in the neighborhood were also fun. I came across a very interesting Veggie Expo in Munich. I’ve always been a supporter of vegetarianism but never saw a whole event around it. It’s on my radar for next year! There should be something similar in Budapest as well, I’m aware of a growing Vegan community in Budapest, I guess it’s only a matter of time when more people start taking interest in it.
While I was in India, I witnessed a rising problem. I guess it was always there, but I never encountered it so closely. Many of my friends are home owners, sometimes having more than one property. They obviously try to rent out the other property. Sometimes they’re lucky and find great tenants and when they are not so lucky, they end up in some very unpleasant situation with tenants. Many of those problems, I realized, could have been avoided had they been a little more prudent before renting.
The situation is not so different here in Europe. So many house owners are stuck with “messy” tenants in Germany, many are not able to pay rents and due to enormous legal rights enjoyed by tenants in Germany, home owners feel helpless. A couple of stories can be found here and here (only in German). I don’t know what the situation is in other European countries, would love to hear though.
Alright then, I’ll slowly have to get back to the school routine, but after my busy summer, I don’t think I need any warm up :-). Looking forward to an exciting new trimester!