We interview incredible women who are making a difference in the business world. This week we interview Dr. Kinga Mnich, international social psychologist, lecturer and speaker specializing in emotions, positive psychology and gender. His work resolves the myths of emotions by breaking down the complexity of social and cultural concepts. Through his extraordinary research, he brings new ways to understand how we can use emotions to be who we want to be, create impact, and thrive in life (and in business).
What motivated you to enter the business?
Actually, it all started when I started university. There was no way I could make enough money working at a department store or a library. I really wanted to use my time at university in the most efficient way, which means I really wanted to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. In order to do that, I needed to explore different cultures. That meant he needed to travel during his semester break. Starting my own business gave me the flexibility to work with clients that were interesting while creating my own hours. And I loved being creative and using various skills. Also, very soon I discovered that freedom and independence were the most important values for me.
What is a challenge you were able to overcome?
Understand that I was creating my own limits. To get past that, I needed to reframe my understanding of fear and shame. There is no shame in making mistakes. Making mistakes just means you’re making progress. It takes courage and confidence to step out of your comfort zone and the limits that society has placed on you. But it is my own choice to more easily accept these limits or break free. So, I created my own way of life. It wasn’t easy in my 20s having to constantly explain what I was doing or why. But I also learned that pushing your own limits is the only way to make your dreams come true.
What is the best advice you have received in business that you want to pass on to aspiring entrepreneurs?
That is an excellent question. Feel the fear and do it anyway. And you can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it. That’s just a quote from Albert Einstein. But it really hits the spot. Change and flexibility are what move us forward.