How to Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone to Grow Both Personally and Professionally

An Interview with Maria Angelova (learn more about Maria at the end of the article)

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Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” –John Maxwell. This quote taught me that it is the who and not the what that is important in life. Titles don’t matter. Age doesn’t matter. Letters after your name don’t matter. It’s how you treat people. That’s why my core values of optimism, trust, honesty, enthusiasm, and teamwork are so critical to me. It’s how you respect yourself and others. Your life story matters more than your life facts. People relate to people and how they got where they are in life. This is further reinforced by my “I” DISC style where relationships are more important than data or being driven. It is about intentional inspiration.

Is there a particular book, podcast, or film that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?

John Maxwell’s book, Intentional Living, really got me going on my leadership journey and building my business. After I was introduced to John through a Live2Lead event where he spoke on an international simulcast, a good friend of mine suggested I read this book. It has launched nearly six years of impacting others and being intentional. John also shared his faith as a part of the book, and it taught me I should be proud of who (the who again) I am and not what I am. We need to commit intentional acts of kindness, not random. Leadership is about influence. After Lived2Lead and Intentional Living, I attended one of his International Maxwell Certification events, and that was the final element to get me going on my leadership business. I’m so proud to be a full-time solopreneur with a great future ahead of me…to be continued

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