Today I talk to inspirational woman Eli Zheleva who moved from Bulgaria to Great Britain and now runs a successful business.
What does it feel like to move to the UK from another country?
I’ve always wanted to see what the Great in Great Britain was, so coming here was a dream come true. I’ve loved it since the first day I arrived. Of course, I’ve had ups and downs, but on the whole it’s been amazing. I think part of the reason I’ve managed to stay positive in tougher times is because I wanted to be here, and I knew I had to make it work. Many people come here with the main reason of making money, so when things don’t go to plan, they are more likely to think of giving in and going back home.
Have you ever had issues with self-esteem and how have you overcome them?
When I was a teenager I had big problems with that. I didn’t show it to many, but deep down I knew I wasn’t confident in who I was. Nowadays I have moments when for less than a minute I doubt myself, but then I look back on what I’ve achieved and those doubts are gone. If I had to pin point one thing that has made a massive difference, that should be reading personal development books. Those books showed me a different world of possibilities and gave me the mindset to reach for that world. The rest is time. Over time we meet different people and I was lucky enough to have fantastic people in my life who were my friends and mentors. People with more self-esteem and positivity than I had. It is true that the people you surround yourself with, you become.
What health issues have you confronted and how?
When I was 19 I was diagnosed with a rare Hepatitis B and some doctors even thought I wouldn’t be around for long. I decided to ignore everything they said though and lived my life the way I wanted it. Well, I must admit I wasn’t completely reckless and I stopped drinking, had tons of supplements, live bacteria and all sorts of natural remedies. However, I was supposed to reduce the fried food intake – I was carrying on with the chips. I was not supposed to stress my body physically – I was playing badminton 5 times a week. Basically, I decided to get in control of the situation and to enjoy myself whilst looking after my health.
How did you choose your career and why do you enjoy it?
My career chose me. I have always had a passion for computers, and friends were coming to me to help them out. Because people knew I was computer savvy, one day my English teacher asked me to go and work with her in a marketing agency, as a data admin person. I agreed and because I was getting things done quicker than anticipated, my boss asked me if I could do the SEO. I said “of course I could do it”, and straight after went to Google to ask what that really was. It turned out to be Search Engine Optimisation, a branch of digital marketing. I loved how it worked, the challenge and seeing the results of what I was doing, and gradually that became my career.
Are you happiest single or in a relationship?
Although I love my freedom, I’m happiest in a relationship. It’s important to have someone to share your time, emotions and passion with.
Apart from your own, if you could recommend one website to a woman what would it be and why?
I would wholeheartedly recommend Tony Robbins’ website. I’ve followed Tony’s work for years and last year I had the privilege to see him live twice. On his website there are articles about relationships, relationships with money, mindset and other personal development topics. Tony’s teachings have helped me reach a new level of understanding about myself and those around me. I believe in what he stands for, and have found tremendous value in that, so every woman should spend at least a little bit of time on that site.
Who supports you as you move forwards positively in life?
The usual suspects – family and friends. I have been blessed with having great people in my life and they have been the support, and often the drive of what I do. Sometimes I push myself just so I can become a stronger person emotionally and financially and can help them more.
If you had to choose between love and money, what would you go with?
Love. Money comes and goes. You can win money playing the lottery tomorrow, you can’t win love like that. Love is a destination, whereas money is a means to an end. I’m a hopeless flirt and a romantic, so love wins for me every time.
What is your favourite quotation?
“Life is like an automatic door. It wouldn’t close in front of you unless you take too long to make a move.” – my own quote.
If you could recommend one book for a woman to read, what would it be and why?
That’s always a tricky question for me, as there’s no one size fits all. I’d recommend different books to different people depending on what they want to achieve and what their current outlook on life is. If I had to choose one, I’d go for the classic “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill.
What would you like a reader to do after reading your interview?
I would encourage every reader to find their “why”. To think about what they want, and more importantly why they want it. Is it possible that the ultimate outcome they want is not what they thought they wanted? As I mentioned above, people sometimes say they want money. It is rarely one wants money for the sake of money. It’s more so the perceived outcome the money will give the person.
Are you an inspirational woman with an interesting story that might help others? If you are I would love to hear from you.