Today I would like to introduce to you Dragos Roua, a serial online entrepreneur from the personal development blog, "Brilliantly Better."
What I like about Dargos is his authenticity, direct approach and desire to help others become brilliantly better. A couple of months ago he graciously allowed me to be his guest blogger.
Dragos is also generous and openly shares with his readers the same tools he uses to succeed. When you have a role model that is willing to lead the way the only thing you have to do is take direction and action. Success is inevitable!
I know you live in Romania, will you tell us a bit about yourself and your country?
I grew up in Romania, during communism. The regime went down when I was 18 and I was witnessing it pretty close, being in the army at that time. Growing up in communism is a huge challenge. You can't talk, you can't have genuine values you can't compete.
I think a very deep part of my life was – and still is – influenced by my first half of my life. I may write too much but this might be a compensation for the fact I wasn't able to express myself as a teenager.
I may be too honest at times but this might be a compensation of the fact I couldn't speak up for years. I may have strong values and principles, but this might be a compensation for the fact I didn't have any role models while I was younger.
Communism pushes your life in secrecy and fear, I thrive for open fields and joy. I have two kids, a boy and a girl. I live my relationships not taking anything for granted.
What led you to blogging and writing?
I was writing a lot when I was younger. I even had a few poems and short stories published in literature magazines back when I was a teenager. I continued to write during my first job as a radio host, I had to write down my spoken interventions. I also continued to write as an online entrepreneur for the last 11 years.
You'd be surprised how much you have to write if you start your own business online: you write code, you write specs, contracts, employees evaluations, invoices, predictions, documentations.
So it seems I wrote a lot for my entire life. Blogging came up as a structured way to do this and structure is good if you want to build a business, it gives you handles.
My personal development blog is also a business and I'm treating it like that. I'm mixing things I love to do, like writing about self-improvement and personal challenges with a business oriented approach. So far, it works pretty well.
How do you make a difference in the world?
I create and share. I help and support. I fight my own demons and sometimes I win. I accept gifts and hints from the Universe, so it won't get clogged by a false approach to altruism. I try to be in sync and provide the best value I can. But in the end, I don't really know how I make this difference. I'm not the one to tell that.
Can you recommend one of your books above the others?
Nope Each book is different. I enjoyed writing them all.
Note: He has written four books! I've recently read Dragos' book, "30 Sentences for a Millionaire Mindset."
This book is anything but fluff and is filled with practical actions steps to take to get out of your own way on the road to success. The focus isn't about getting rich. Its about acquiring the mindset that allows you to succeed with ease.
With that mindset you can choose to become a millionaire if that's what you wish to be.
If you were written up in Mashable what would the headlines say?
Ex-workahoolic to become personal development pro blogger: the exclusive story
Where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years from now?
For me it's pretty simple: I would continue my digital nomadic lifestyle, living on 2-3 continents at once. For my blog, I can't predict it. But as long as I will try to be brilliantly better, the blog will be around.
What is the best advice you can give us?
Don't take advice blindly. Do your research. Look in the mirror. See if it applies. Be yourself.
What is the best risk you taken last year?
Deciding to make major changes in my personal relationships. Every time I took a major risk in some part of my life that part was in the end reborn. I'm sure it would be the same with this part too.
What I don't know for now is what parts would be left behind. But that's part of the game, I guess, not to know everything in advance.