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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mMajaVujinovic.I'marefugeeofwar&acorporateexecutive.I'macatalystforexponentialgrowthwho'stransformedglobalmarketsbyhackingproductivity.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE2/8@1pmET.

Maja Vujinovic
Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
over 2 years New York, NY, United States Conversation

Your questions will be answered on Wednesday, February 8th at 1pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi, I'm Maja Vujinovic! I am a refugee and a survivor of mortar shell attack. My family relocated to the US at age 14.

At age 20, I began to explore foreign countries, starting with Brussels where I worked for the European Parliament and the journey continued across five continents. My curiosity and an addiction to problem solving kept me exploring. While going through college and masters I kept working internationally and after graduating Emory Law School I moved to the African continent. I spent a number of years developing and investing in large infrastructure projects bringing economic empowerment to local communities and government’s worldwide.

I am intrigued by the current speed of innovation, shifting global trends and our continuous need for improvement.  Challenges that my family and I endured while being exiled from one country to another and while setting up a new life in the US, contributed to my current success and agility in business and personal life, opening my eyes to constant change. In order to be an effective leader we have to continuously adapt to change.

There are many things that being a refugee taught me about innovation and success. One is that persistence, resilience, happiness, hard work and giving are all muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis. When it is the hardest to do something, that is the exact moment when we have to prevail and keep going.

Fun Facts about me: I started a company that explored ways the music impacts our mind and bodies. I once said yes to a horse ride across the Sahara desert to a complete stranger, who was a Bedouin. 

One evening, while in Mali, West Africa, I left my hotel room and followed the sound of the drums and danced with the local tribe until dawn. I was once invited to have a meeting with the Pope and the Cor unum on advising them about food shortages in Africa.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Wednesday, February 8th at 1pm ET.

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  • THIA
    THIA THIA MANDAL
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Maja, you are a true crusader in life and it really gives me the courage to move ahead despite odds. I needed some help as it seems I am losing confidence in myself. I have been in the Banking profession for more than 25 years and worked in India . I am now in US on an assignment and wanted to discuss some things in person could you help me. Appreciate your help

    Hi Maja, you are a true crusader in life and it really gives me the courage to move ahead despite odds. I needed some help as it seems I am losing confidence in myself. I have been in the Banking profession for more than 25 years and worked in India . I am now in US on an assignment and wanted to discuss some things in person could you help me. Appreciate your help

  • Maja Vujinovic
    Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Thank you everyone for participating. I have come to an end of the session and will keep answering questions. I am also reachable over email for any further help!

    Thank you everyone for participating. I have come to an end of the session and will keep answering questions. I am also reachable over email for any further help!

  • Lucy Chen
    over 2 years ago Chicago, IL, United States

    You are a hero! Thanks for being such a great leader and showing that even if bad things happen, you have to persevere.

    You are a hero! Thanks for being such a great leader and showing that even if bad things happen, you have to persevere.

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Lucy, thank you for such a great and inspiriting comment. We have to keep exercising perseverance, keep learning and being open to change. What methods have you used to preserver in challenging situations- am sure that folks would like to hear.

      Hi Lucy, thank you for such a great and inspiriting comment. We have to keep exercising perseverance, keep learning and being open to change. What methods have you used to preserver in challenging situations- am sure that folks would like to hear.

  • Maja Vujinovic
    Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi everyone! What a great pleasure to be part of OnMogul platform, to learn from incredible contributors here and from each of you individually. I am here and ready to answer any questions you may have! I will also be answering questions after the session has concluded as well.

    Hi everyone! What a great pleasure to be part of OnMogul platform, to learn from incredible contributors here and from each of you individually. I am here and ready to answer any questions you may have! I will also be answering questions after the session has concluded as well.

  • Sheila Sarem 28
    over 2 years ago

    how do you bring your unique perspective into your corporate environment? in other words, how (or do you think) it is possible to bring your whole self to work every day?

    how do you bring your unique perspective into your corporate environment? in other words, how (or do you think) it is possible to bring your whole self to work every day?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Sheila, thank you for participating! It is a challenge sometimes and there is always a tension between bringing in that enreprenurial passionate energy and need to see actual progress, fast vs. in a slower pace in big companies. Not sure that we anyway bring our whole selves anywhere completely and yes there are places and times here where I do bring in the intensity and lots of times I have to chose to let time and process take place. These big companies have an incredible magic sauce and process that moves global economies and certainly a lot to learn from that, but should they find a faster way to integrated entrepreneurs and change, absolutely as they will be quickly disrupted from the outside.

      Hi Sheila, thank you for participating! It is a challenge sometimes and there is always a tension between bringing in that enreprenurial passionate energy and need to see actual progress, fast vs. in a slower pace in big companies. Not sure that we anyway bring our whole selves anywhere completely and yes there are places and times here where I do bring in the intensity and lots of times I have to chose to let time and process take place. These big companies have an incredible magic sauce and process that moves global economies and certainly a lot to learn from that, but should they find a faster way to integrated entrepreneurs and change, absolutely as they will be quickly disrupted from the outside.

  • MTFan93
    over 2 years ago Cornell University, Broad St, New York, NY, USA

    What would be your dream job?

    What would be your dream job?

  • Jennifer Harwell
    over 2 years ago

    I think you're so incredible Maja. I admire you so much. What was meeting the Pope like -- was there anything about him that surprised you based on your preconceived notions? Also, what is your favorite hobby?

    I think you're so incredible Maja. I admire you so much. What was meeting the Pope like -- was there anything about him that surprised you based on your preconceived notions? Also, what is your favorite hobby?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Thank you so much Jennifer! The meeting with Cor unum was surreal - I was quiet surprised by incredible business acumen and passion for them to find solutions. I wish entrepreneurs partnered more with them! I am not sure I have one favorite hobby... I love dancing, I love hiking, I absolutely love speaking to people and helping them find clarity in projects and personal/professional lives.

      Thank you so much Jennifer! The meeting with Cor unum was surreal - I was quiet surprised by incredible business acumen and passion for them to find solutions. I wish entrepreneurs partnered more with them! I am not sure I have one favorite hobby... I love dancing, I love hiking, I absolutely love speaking to people and helping them find clarity in projects and personal/professional lives.

  • Annabel Lawee 19
    over 2 years ago

    So inspiring Maja - looking forward to tuning in tomorrow!

    So inspiring Maja - looking forward to tuning in tomorrow!

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Thank you Annabel very much- so much to learn from everyone here !

      Thank you Annabel very much- so much to learn from everyone here !

  • Bryony Cole 20
    over 2 years ago

    How do we become better at adapting to change (or innovation)?

    How do we become better at adapting to change (or innovation)?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Bryony! I am always trying to find and observe how others do it. However, I have taken time to look back at my life and realized that lots of times I, luckily, have been surrounded by people who helped me see the humor in the situation. Additionally, I tend to focus on talking about the problem and not the feelings behind it! I do think that the feelings many times are diversion from what you actually need to talk about. I think the next suggestion that many do not is that change is constant and we always have to be on the look out- don’t accept stability. This does not mean you need to stress out about things all the time but everything in every sec and min is changing about your body, your energy and all around you so not sure why we humans feel entitled to stability?

      Hi Bryony! I am always trying to find and observe how others do it. However, I have taken time to look back at my life and realized that lots of times I, luckily, have been surrounded by people who helped me see the humor in the situation. Additionally, I tend to focus on talking about the problem and not the feelings behind it! I do think that the feelings many times are diversion from what you actually need to talk about. I think the next suggestion that many do not is that change is constant and we always have to be on the look out- don’t accept stability. This does not mean you need to stress out about things all the time but everything in every sec and min is changing about your body, your energy and all around you so not sure why we humans feel entitled to stability?

  • Bryony Cole 20
    over 2 years ago

    You explored the way music impacts our minds and bodies, have you developed any listening/musical habits since?

    You explored the way music impacts our minds and bodies, have you developed any listening/musical habits since?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Yes. My evenings are usually when I seek jazz. Jazz is suiting for calming the brain and the heart and increases focus as well. I also love Discover Weekly on Spotify as it aggregates lots of things I like. It follows a pattern and it simply works. They have lots of work to do with various algorithms to get it just perfect but we are not far away from this. I also have my own playlist that I named Neuro Positive and its an absolute enjoyment for many of my friends when they come over.

      Yes. My evenings are usually when I seek jazz. Jazz is suiting for calming the brain and the heart and increases focus as well. I also love Discover Weekly on Spotify as it aggregates lots of things I like. It follows a pattern and it simply works. They have lots of work to do with various algorithms to get it just perfect but we are not far away from this. I also have my own playlist that I named Neuro Positive and its an absolute enjoyment for many of my friends when they come over.

  • Bryony Cole 20
    over 2 years ago

    What fascinates you about the future?

    What fascinates you about the future?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Bryony and thank you for participating! What an excellent question – and the answer is, so many things! In my current role I am exposed to lots of exciting new work, developments and challenges and we I keep hearing is that in the future, we will be able to print our DNA and populate other places. Crazy! What also fascinates me is that we are shrinking space between technology and humans. In addition, science and medical solutions are becoming available to all levels of society and we can cure ourselves faster.

      Hi Bryony and thank you for participating! What an excellent question – and the answer is, so many things! In my current role I am exposed to lots of exciting new work, developments and challenges and we I keep hearing is that in the future, we will be able to print our DNA and populate other places. Crazy! What also fascinates me is that we are shrinking space between technology and humans. In addition, science and medical solutions are becoming available to all levels of society and we can cure ourselves faster.

  • Bethany Heinrich
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    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What is your advice on getting through heartbreak?

    What is your advice on getting through heartbreak?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Thought one as sometimes a heartbreak can feel so real and lots of times its surfaced if you really think about it. Someone or something has become our habit and thus when its taken away from us its the ego that is screaming and not the real "want". In some situations, I have first tried to understand what hurts? I have tried to love myself more in the process and divert my attention and energy into creating other things around me. I also do remember that I have danced a lot during one of the breakups and it helps tremendously. I also make sure I am surrounded by wonderful friends and solid and real relationships, people that I can speak truth with and are also people that are positive and will remind me that nothing is forever and to be kind to myself! It is key to chose people around you that will fight the judgment and will refrain from judging you but instead help you.

      Thought one as sometimes a heartbreak can feel so real and lots of times its surfaced if you really think about it. Someone or something has become our habit and thus when its taken away from us its the ego that is screaming and not the real "want". In some situations, I have first tried to understand what hurts? I have tried to love myself more in the process and divert my attention and energy into creating other things around me. I also do remember that I have danced a lot during one of the breakups and it helps tremendously. I also make sure I am surrounded by wonderful friends and solid and real relationships, people that I can speak truth with and are also people that are positive and will remind me that nothing is forever and to be kind to myself! It is key to chose people around you that will fight the judgment and will refrain from judging you but instead help you.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Maja, your story is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey! What is your advice overall to those who are going through difficult moments in life? What is your advice for women when it comes to finding a strong work life balance?

    Maja, your story is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey! What is your advice overall to those who are going through difficult moments in life? What is your advice for women when it comes to finding a strong work life balance?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Bethany, thank you for such great questions! This is a tough one as everyone is different and there is not one magic answer… but at the same time, we all have been through difficult times, so we are similar :) First, I try to get rid of the blame and blaming myself or others right away. It is hard many times but I do do it. I also tell myself sometimes that it is ok to feel a certain way and I talk to myself ☺ as long as I do not fall into a victim mode its ok. I try to re focus energy where I see the doors of opportunity open and where can I make things happen. I also ask what can I learn from this experience? I pray I also do something physical / sports/ dancing/ boxing. I turn around and help someone else. This I found has been an interesting wisdom I have learned through my spiritual work. When when we are in pain we are so consumed by it and we only think of ourselves but perhaps sometimes those are the best moments to turn around and put focus on someone else and help them. Balance is a tough one as it depends for everyone- I have learned to say ¨no¨ to certain work/personal demands and block few minutes during the day for mediation/prayer/30mins of yoga. I also go and see things that are out of my routine, such as: shows, plays that are not part of my core group of friends.

      Bethany, thank you for such great questions! This is a tough one as everyone is different and there is not one magic answer… but at the same time, we all have been through difficult times, so we are similar :) First, I try to get rid of the blame and blaming myself or others right away. It is hard many times but I do do it. I also tell myself sometimes that it is ok to feel a certain way and I talk to myself ☺ as long as I do not fall into a victim mode its ok. I try to re focus energy where I see the doors of opportunity open and where can I make things happen. I also ask what can I learn from this experience? I pray I also do something physical / sports/ dancing/ boxing. I turn around and help someone else. This I found has been an interesting wisdom I have learned through my spiritual work. When when we are in pain we are so consumed by it and we only think of ourselves but perhaps sometimes those are the best moments to turn around and put focus on someone else and help them. Balance is a tough one as it depends for everyone- I have learned to say ¨no¨ to certain work/personal demands and block few minutes during the day for mediation/prayer/30mins of yoga. I also go and see things that are out of my routine, such as: shows, plays that are not part of my core group of friends.

  • AudreyCodes
    AudreyCodes xxCoder
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    I need to know more about story about the horse ride across the Sahara! lol. Also, how'd you take your drive for problem solving and turn it into a career doing something you love?

    I need to know more about story about the horse ride across the Sahara! lol. Also, how'd you take your drive for problem solving and turn it into a career doing something you love?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Audrey! Thank you for participating and your interest! See my other post on the horse ride- wish I can do it again and if the opportunity presented itself I would take in a heart beat. Audrey, not sure what your industry is- but perhaps starting to speak with few successful folks in the industry you want to be in? After that I would speak to few people that are in very different industries but similar customer profile. Define problem(s) and is/are they large enough to make a business? See what you get. What do you do now and is there an opportunity to turn it around?

      Hi Audrey! Thank you for participating and your interest! See my other post on the horse ride- wish I can do it again and if the opportunity presented itself I would take in a heart beat. Audrey, not sure what your industry is- but perhaps starting to speak with few successful folks in the industry you want to be in? After that I would speak to few people that are in very different industries but similar customer profile. Define problem(s) and is/are they large enough to make a business? See what you get. What do you do now and is there an opportunity to turn it around?

  • Abby Robinson 77
    over 2 years ago

    Inspiring! What are you reading, listening to, watching these days? Moguls - they're just like us;)!

    Inspiring! What are you reading, listening to, watching these days? Moguls - they're just like us;)!

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Abby thank you very much participating! I do not have tv or Netflix and haven´t for 8 years now. ☺ I do not read regular papers, I read good content but not the most popular- I also watch educational youtube videos on particular topic of interest. I also read, watch discussion on how people solved particular problems- I talk to my global and local network a lot and make sure I am connected to them on FB and linkedin and examine the content they post from their local surroundings. What industry are you in or interested in? I am happy to share ideas with you and give you more detailed reads for your interests.

      Abby thank you very much participating! I do not have tv or Netflix and haven´t for 8 years now. ☺ I do not read regular papers, I read good content but not the most popular- I also watch educational youtube videos on particular topic of interest. I also read, watch discussion on how people solved particular problems- I talk to my global and local network a lot and make sure I am connected to them on FB and linkedin and examine the content they post from their local surroundings. What industry are you in or interested in? I am happy to share ideas with you and give you more detailed reads for your interests.

  • David Pham
    David Pham CTO/CPO of Mogul
    over 2 years ago

    What do you see as the biggest opportunities for exponential growth?

    What do you see as the biggest opportunities for exponential growth?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi David and thank you for participating! Spot on question- first I would say if one wants exponential growth, usually we have to forget linear thinking. One of the clear opportunities I see for exponential growth is where analogue is transformed into digital i.e. what GE is doing with the physical assets around the world, extracting data and placing it easily accessible into cloud. Once we start inputting all into digital- it is nothing but exponential. Also, the exponential growth and the size of it will depends on the industry and how big of a problem are you trying to solve? Perhaps another area of exponential growth will be in security.

      Hi David and thank you for participating! Spot on question- first I would say if one wants exponential growth, usually we have to forget linear thinking. One of the clear opportunities I see for exponential growth is where analogue is transformed into digital i.e. what GE is doing with the physical assets around the world, extracting data and placing it easily accessible into cloud. Once we start inputting all into digital- it is nothing but exponential. Also, the exponential growth and the size of it will depends on the industry and how big of a problem are you trying to solve? Perhaps another area of exponential growth will be in security.

  • mka
    mka
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Maja! It's so wonderful seeing you on Mogul! My question is, what was the most spontaneous thing you've done that you felt impacted your life? (Also, i'm really intrigued by your horse ride adventure - what was that like and how long did it take?!)

    Hi Maja! It's so wonderful seeing you on Mogul! My question is, what was the most spontaneous thing you've done that you felt impacted your life? (Also, i'm really intrigued by your horse ride adventure - what was that like and how long did it take?!)

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi! What a beautiful question. The answer is so many ☺ this is a 14th place in the world I live in and the world and this consciousness we poses is something magical. Each moment is magic and I have taken many. From leaving law firm offers to take an adventure in a start up in Africa, to leaving my life in Madrid and moving to live in Venice Beach for a bit and help others start their ventures. All of these were spontaneous and they have opened doors to many other friends and opportunities. Ohh and the horse ride was more scary for my Tunisian girl friend that I was visiting then for me. The ride lasted about 20/30mins-he took me over the sand dunes to the oasis near by and right back to our group, for some hot tea and baked bread under hot sand. Magic

      Hi! What a beautiful question. The answer is so many ☺ this is a 14th place in the world I live in and the world and this consciousness we poses is something magical. Each moment is magic and I have taken many. From leaving law firm offers to take an adventure in a start up in Africa, to leaving my life in Madrid and moving to live in Venice Beach for a bit and help others start their ventures. All of these were spontaneous and they have opened doors to many other friends and opportunities. Ohh and the horse ride was more scary for my Tunisian girl friend that I was visiting then for me. The ride lasted about 20/30mins-he took me over the sand dunes to the oasis near by and right back to our group, for some hot tea and baked bread under hot sand. Magic

      • mka
        mka
        over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

        this sounds a fairytale!

        this sounds a fairytale!

  • mogulcicA
    over 2 years ago

    What do you see as some of the most significant trends over the next 3-5 years? If you had to focus on one issue to work on/solve over that time frame, what would it be?

    What do you see as some of the most significant trends over the next 3-5 years? If you had to focus on one issue to work on/solve over that time frame, what would it be?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi there and thank you for participating! I am absolutely fascinated with convergence and connectivity of all things, humans, technology, our lamps, phones, toaster, machines etc. I am also leading a whole development across GE on Blockchain. I have been in this space for a bit now and this protocol removes a need for a middle person- its massive and I am in the middle of it. Issue to focus/work on for me are the following: - Issues and organizational structure of digital organizations - Blockchain and hacking productivity - Human and Machine Relationship

      Hi there and thank you for participating! I am absolutely fascinated with convergence and connectivity of all things, humans, technology, our lamps, phones, toaster, machines etc. I am also leading a whole development across GE on Blockchain. I have been in this space for a bit now and this protocol removes a need for a middle person- its massive and I am in the middle of it. Issue to focus/work on for me are the following: - Issues and organizational structure of digital organizations - Blockchain and hacking productivity - Human and Machine Relationship

  • mogulcicA
    over 2 years ago

    You have successfully transitioned across industries and recognize the need for continuous improvement. What have you found to be the best tools to quickly become an expert in the new field?

    You have successfully transitioned across industries and recognize the need for continuous improvement. What have you found to be the best tools to quickly become an expert in the new field?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Thank you for participating! What a great question and I am still looking for new ways to learn fast and learn more. I have found that the combination of things could be quiet substantial that could provide you with great knowledge and practice in the field... i.e. I usually read a bit on the subject, speak to many people around me that are doing something in that particular topic, restate what I have seen and learned and finally and most importantly- teach someone else and/or apply it! Once we teach we only then see how much we do not know. I do not usually read the regular news paper... I try to find news sources that are not as popular and/also local papers of different countries around the world. Also more blogs on practical information on how someone is applying the knowledge.

      Thank you for participating! What a great question and I am still looking for new ways to learn fast and learn more. I have found that the combination of things could be quiet substantial that could provide you with great knowledge and practice in the field... i.e. I usually read a bit on the subject, speak to many people around me that are doing something in that particular topic, restate what I have seen and learned and finally and most importantly- teach someone else and/or apply it! Once we teach we only then see how much we do not know. I do not usually read the regular news paper... I try to find news sources that are not as popular and/also local papers of different countries around the world. Also more blogs on practical information on how someone is applying the knowledge.

  • Judith David 47
    over 2 years ago

    What is one thing you wish people knew about refugees and their potential impact on American life and business?

    What is one thing you wish people knew about refugees and their potential impact on American life and business?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Judith and thank you for participating! Refugees-- part of us, our ancestors, we as a human race have all been and are refugees of some sort. They are resilient, they are hard workers, they learn fast and they can teach us thing or two about perseverance and gratitude.

      Hi Judith and thank you for participating! Refugees-- part of us, our ancestors, we as a human race have all been and are refugees of some sort. They are resilient, they are hard workers, they learn fast and they can teach us thing or two about perseverance and gratitude.

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    over 2 years ago

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  • kapetraki
    over 2 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Look forward to hearing more about you and your entrepreneurial adventures on Wednesday!

    What an inspiring story! Look forward to hearing more about you and your entrepreneurial adventures on Wednesday!

  • Juli
    Juli 🙀
    over 2 years ago Brooklyn, NY, United States

    What would be your number one advice to those Syrian families who are currently fleeing war and repression?

    What would be your number one advice to those Syrian families who are currently fleeing war and repression?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Juli! Thank you for participating. I am not sure that people in such circumstances are open for any advice except direct help that is related to survival. Then again, it depends where the refugees are, are they safe, are they still in a camp in a war zone or are they being helped with a sponsor family and in a safe country. It always depends but once we all find ourselves in dire moments we only care about surviving. Is there a specific example that you are referring to/need help with?

      Hi Juli! Thank you for participating. I am not sure that people in such circumstances are open for any advice except direct help that is related to survival. Then again, it depends where the refugees are, are they safe, are they still in a camp in a war zone or are they being helped with a sponsor family and in a safe country. It always depends but once we all find ourselves in dire moments we only care about surviving. Is there a specific example that you are referring to/need help with?

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, USA

    Who are your best friends, and how do you keep in touch with them throughout the day, despite being so busy?

    Who are your best friends, and how do you keep in touch with them throughout the day, despite being so busy?

  • DFinkhousen
    over 2 years ago

    Love your story Maja - and love working with you, you're an inspiration & force of nature! What inspires you / where do you look for inspiration?

    Love your story Maja - and love working with you, you're an inspiration & force of nature! What inspires you / where do you look for inspiration?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Dyan, Thank you for participating! I am inspired by so much particularly alchemy. Yes- you heard me right ☺ transforming what might be considered nothing or stale into something, vibrant, productive etc. changing energy of space/interactions, teams, projects. I am also inspired by movement, dancing and music. I can share various genres but here is one… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8MzHqkNBwo I am inspired by minds and people who are collaborative and have sharing energy- its infinite and I have learned how to harness it. I am also inspired by information- particularly breaking seemingly trackable problems into tractable sub problems.

      Dyan, Thank you for participating! I am inspired by so much particularly alchemy. Yes- you heard me right ☺ transforming what might be considered nothing or stale into something, vibrant, productive etc. changing energy of space/interactions, teams, projects. I am also inspired by movement, dancing and music. I can share various genres but here is one… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8MzHqkNBwo I am inspired by minds and people who are collaborative and have sharing energy- its infinite and I have learned how to harness it. I am also inspired by information- particularly breaking seemingly trackable problems into tractable sub problems.

  • Roxana Rafatjah Kessler
    over 2 years ago

    What are some of your most impressive findings from your company's experience with music and our bodies/minds?

    What are some of your most impressive findings from your company's experience with music and our bodies/minds?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Roxana! So many things that music is good for. I have been brought up with music, playing instruments, dancing and importance and power of classical music. Music can ease our body and emotional pain, it can reduce blood pressure, music has power to enhance reading, focus, help with ADHD, it can induce strong sleep and it can raise body frequency. I would also urge you to read about Mozart effect, fascinating!

      Hi Roxana! So many things that music is good for. I have been brought up with music, playing instruments, dancing and importance and power of classical music. Music can ease our body and emotional pain, it can reduce blood pressure, music has power to enhance reading, focus, help with ADHD, it can induce strong sleep and it can raise body frequency. I would also urge you to read about Mozart effect, fascinating!

  • mbw730
    over 2 years ago

    What global trend makes you most optimistic?

    What global trend makes you most optimistic?

  • mbw730
    over 2 years ago

    What global trend makes you most optimistic?

    What global trend makes you most optimistic?

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      This is an interesting question, thank you! Some of what makes me optimistic is also a bit scary if we don’t keep up with human/ team development i.e. provide education to younger work force and re train current one to understand the machines and how to interact with them. For example technology- I have seen places in Africa and Latin America go from not having any education or medical care to education booming and medical access and skill training... in matter of 4 years. So technology is our friend as well. Our technology will boom much faster then what we have seen in the last few years. It will be at increasing speed. I also think that we might be able to start tackling and will solve climate change. I am also very optimistic about people´s voices raising and demanding better accountable institutions, education etc. I see more of cross religions and cultures stand up for each other- this is something incredible. What makes you optimistic?

      This is an interesting question, thank you! Some of what makes me optimistic is also a bit scary if we don’t keep up with human/ team development i.e. provide education to younger work force and re train current one to understand the machines and how to interact with them. For example technology- I have seen places in Africa and Latin America go from not having any education or medical care to education booming and medical access and skill training... in matter of 4 years. So technology is our friend as well. Our technology will boom much faster then what we have seen in the last few years. It will be at increasing speed. I also think that we might be able to start tackling and will solve climate change. I am also very optimistic about people´s voices raising and demanding better accountable institutions, education etc. I see more of cross religions and cultures stand up for each other- this is something incredible. What makes you optimistic?

  • Natasha
    Natasha 💪🏻& 👊🏻 just like NYC
    over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Are you involved in any organizations that help refugees? I'd love to become involved and know of more action items to help refugees given the current situation especially.

    Are you involved in any organizations that help refugees? I'd love to become involved and know of more action items to help refugees given the current situation especially.

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Natasha and thank you! Absolutely.. here are few organisations and I have donated to many of them! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/syria-donate-how-to-help-charities_us_5852ade3e4b02edd4115f85a Also this one - a good friend is running it and she in Jordan and Lebanon now working with refugees too. https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/SAVESYRIA/DRIRUMTAHIR

      Hi Natasha and thank you! Absolutely.. here are few organisations and I have donated to many of them! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/syria-donate-how-to-help-charities_us_5852ade3e4b02edd4115f85a Also this one - a good friend is running it and she in Jordan and Lebanon now working with refugees too. https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/SAVESYRIA/DRIRUMTAHIR

  • Gabriela Motroc
    Gabriela Motroc Mogul Influencer | Content specialist @EclipseFdn
    over 2 years ago Frankfurt, Germany

    Great story! What are the challenges that you endured while being exiled? Also, I'm curious to know: how was it —to start your own company, I mean

    Great story! What are the challenges that you endured while being exiled? Also, I'm curious to know: how was it —to start your own company, I mean

    • Maja Vujinovic
      Maja Vujinovic Productivity Catalyst
      over 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

      Hi Gabriela! Thank you for participating! There were so many, as you can imagine.. from lack of food, fear of not having a place to stay, helping my mom find small stores around Prague where she could sell winter hats and mittens to feed us. I went through a start up process few times and it was daunting first time, second time around not so much. In the beginning I was even scared to register an LLC as it was associated with responsibility and delivery- but I do remember a moment where I sat with myself and asked ¨who was I waiting for and who´s approval did I need¨, picked up the phone and set it up- as I already had a contract waiting!

      Hi Gabriela! Thank you for participating! There were so many, as you can imagine.. from lack of food, fear of not having a place to stay, helping my mom find small stores around Prague where she could sell winter hats and mittens to feed us. I went through a start up process few times and it was daunting first time, second time around not so much. In the beginning I was even scared to register an LLC as it was associated with responsibility and delivery- but I do remember a moment where I sat with myself and asked ¨who was I waiting for and who´s approval did I need¨, picked up the phone and set it up- as I already had a contract waiting!


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