Armina Sîrbu’s Journey: Building Successful Businesses by Learning how to Talk to People
When Cristina called me to tell me I had to write the post for Armina Sîrbu’s podcast, I have to confess, I had no clue where to start. Not because I don’t know what to say, but because Armina is the kind of woman you look up to and there are a lot of things I like and admire about her.
It’s not that she started her first business while she was 18 (an age where I was still trying to figure out what college I wanted to attend), and it’s not the fact that in the past decade she created several businesses and very inspiring communities to support youngsters and women. It’s not even the fact that she graduated computer science and got a master’s degree in HR (which are basically like the North and South Pole to me). It’s because she DOES things. Literally taking action even when she feels like procrastinating.
I’m not going to list all the amazing things Armina did on her entrepreneurial journey (because you can listen to them in the podcast episode we did together), but I am going to tell you that we had a pleasant talk about the first business she started, how she transitioned from IT to HR, how she became so damn good at remote businesses and recruiting people from thousands of miles away, how she became a TED speaker, and what is the ONE book she would recommend to everyone around her.
Without further ado, hit play to the episode we did together:
Armina Sîrbu is a Romanian based serial entrepreneur (she started her first company in 2002, at the age of 18), business consultant, mentor and trainer.
Among the businesses co-founded by Armina were: ‘Rent eBrains‘ (in 2007), a one-stop place for outsourcing online business services, ‘Ice Breaker’, a game-based learning NGO, and ‘Reb Translations‘, a translation services company.
She has 15 years of experience as a trainer, designing and delivering them to more than 15.000 people since 2003.
Armina’s also an alumni of Seth Godin‘s altMBA – an intensive program designed for those who want to become leaders and game changers.
By delivering personal development instruments on byArmina.com, Armina also helps women accomplish their dreams.
Extra links or resources mentioned in this podcast:
- Armina Sîrbu, Serial Entrepreneur, on How Reading Is a “Virus” that Gives Courage & Solves Problems
- How Much Humans Can Change: Part 1, Part 2
- Armina @ TEDxGalatiED: ‘We need to go far, quickly!’ [Romanian language]
- Reinventing Organizations, by Frederic Laloux
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell
- Armina’s website: ByArmina.com
- Connect with Armina on LinkedIn
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