Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? The future is something all of us think about, whether we try to or not. It’s both incredibly fascinating and absolutely terrifying to think about what will happen. What if my dreams don’t come true? What if I’m unhappy? What if i get everything I want but it doesn’t make me happy? What if I’m wasting my life? Well, the only thing that can answer these questions is time. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. The future is yours. Nobody has any say in it except you. You are the one who gets to design your future in the way you want it to be, you decide your actions and the outcomes.

Unfortunately not everybody in the world is as lucky. There are many people on earth who have not been blessed with freedom or who have to focus on other external factors like their own survival and because of their environment, cannot live life to the fullest. It is those people that we owe some help. It is those people that need us to take Action and stand up for the issues that are plaguing this earth. But it’s not just the people that need help, it is the planet itself and all its living inhabitants. The environment is just as important, for without it we wouldn’t exist either. The United Nations summarized all of these issues very nicely with their 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which you’re familiar with, I’m sure. So how are you contributing? How are you making sure that other people have a future? What are you doing to create opportunities for people, like the ones you were blessed with?

AIESEC is organizing the YouthSpeak Forum this year, a Forum where young people have the space to exchange their ideas with professionals and take action for the issues they are passionate about. The whole event is based on the responses of the Youth Speak Survey (which you can fill out here, if you haven’t done so yet), which enlighten the participants of this event about what the people of Austria care about and what issues they feel are most important. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to inspire and be inspired, to speak up, to take action and to let your voice be heard!

You can find more information about the event at our Facebook event here

If you would like to purchase a ticket to become part of it, you can do so here.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Where do you see the world?

50 Habits That Prove You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

These days, it seems everybody wants to be a successful entrepreneur and own their own business. But what does it really take to become that?

According to an article by Entrepreneur, here are 50 habits that prove you were born to be an entrepreneur.

1. You can’t sit still. You’re always itching to come up with something, and do something great.

2. You’re always coming up with ideas. Good or bad, the flow of ideas never stops.

3. You can pinpoint flaws in other ideas. It comes naturally to you.

4. You marvel at successful business owners. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are just a few of your heroes.

5. You get excited when you see a successful business in action. Whether it’s a local bar or a supermarket franchise, you can’t help but smile when you see a good business.

6. You constantly think of ways to improve your employer’s business. When you’re at work, you only think about how it could be better.

7. You hate being told what to do. You’re resentful of taking orders.

8. You love to learn new things. How tos and tutorials are what you’re all about.

9. You take things apart to see how they work. Remotes, toasters, phones — you love to see the inner workings.

10. You dream of wealth. Money isn’t everything, but you can’t help but have it on your mind.

11. You don’t give up easily. You face tough challenges but keep going.

12. You’re disciplined in your habits. You have set routines that don’t get broken easily.

13. You aren’t afraid of hard work. You give everything in your life 100 percent.

14. You have a high threshold for risk. You don’t take blind risks, but you don’t stay complacent either.

15. You meet as many people as you can. You aren’t afraid to branch out and meet new people.

16. You talk to everyone you meet. Strangers aren’t intimidating to you.

17. You bounce back from failure. You’ve experienced crushing failure, but it’s never stopped you from coming back.

18. You like calling the shots. You like the sound of being a director.

19. You set goals for yourself. Big or small, goals fill your life.

20. You help people whenever you can. You’re interested in the greater good.

If you want to read the remaining habits, head over to the entrepreneur.com website and read the article. You can find it here

Find opportunities to go abroad with AIESEC and test out those habits in an entrepreneurial environment.

Check out our Opportunities Portal to find all of them here

Recipe for success

Imagine having an idea that no one before you has had. Imagine making that idea a reality and your invention benefitting the world. A lot of us dream of that moment, to create something truly useful that will improve people’s lives. Nowadays, this is easier than before. There are many startups that have truly unique ideas at their core. Because of the digital age we live in, there are virtually no limits to what we can create. But what does it take to be a pioneer?

Well the most important thing, is to not set out to become a pioneer. If your goal is just to invent something or to create something that hasn’t been created before, then chances are high that it will never happen. You have to discover your passion, something you enjoy doing, immerse yourself in it and then you can start working on creating something that doesn’t exist.

The best ideas come at the most random moments. Like J. K. Rowling for example, she had the first idea of Harry Potter on a train ride and now it is one of the most popular books of all time. You never know when you will think of something incredible, but there is no point in stressing it or forcing it.

“People who end up as ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love” – Condoleza Rice.

The recipe for success isn’t money or being a genius. It means doing something you love, pursuing it and eventually you will be successful. That doesn’t mean that everyone who is doing something they love will suddenly have a million dollar idea, but at least they will be happy with what they’re doing.


Innovation with a capital I

According to the Oxford English dictionary, the word ‘innovate’ means to “Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.” But is innovation really necessary? Isn’t it enough if something already works well?

The answer is no. But don’t take it from me!

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” – Woody Allen

“He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.” – Francis Bacon

Whatever it is that you’re working on, innovation should always be a part of it. In fact, without innovation, you might as well give up now. The truth is, if you have a continuous project, innovation is vital for your success. Things change, circumstances change, people change. You cannot anticipate all of these things, you cannot prepare the perfect project in advance but what will make it outstanding, is adaptation. Adapting to changing events, to changing circumstances. That is what will make you a great entrepreneur.

But is not just in your work life that you have to be innovative. Think of this: Imagine you are having the best week, you are working, studying, spending time with your friends and having an amazing time. Now imagine living the same exact week for a year. Do you think that after one year you will still have the same amount of fun? Probably not. Because in life you also have to innovate, especially when it comes to relationships with other people.

So take this notion and try to give it some thought. Do you want to be a successful entrepreneur? Do you want to succeed in your chosen field? Do you want to have an exciting life full of adventures? Well, then your middle name better be innovation.