You have probably heard his podcast “The Superhuman with Georgi Nenov” at least once. He is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met and he is a true Dream Chaser.
Tell me about yourself
My name is Georgi Nenov. I am 37 years old, born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and doing a podcast for a living. 7 years ago I started a positive news media called “The Superhuman with Georgi Nenov” with a simple goal – to record my meetings with successful people and share their authentic stories. Currently, the podcast is reaching around 70 000 listeners worldwide and is well-recognized in my homeland as one of the leading podcasts. As a hobby I read books, ride a motorcycle, and practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Please note that the podcast is mainly in Bulgarian, but has a couple of episodes in English too.
You run one of the most successful podcasts in Bulgaria but a couple of years ago things were a bit different. What were the main difficulties along the way and how you managed to overcome them?
Funny enough, I have never perceived anything as a difficulty while developing the podcast. There is a great story about the pandemic year – 2020 that will probably explain how I think about challenges and hard times. At the end of 2019, I signed my first commercial contract with a very large company to position them in the podcast in an authentic way, because they were looking for young and motivated people to work for the company. When signing the contract I leaped from an annual income of a couple of hundred euros to more than 5 000 Euro. As the contract was expiring in April 2020, I asked about renewing it and unfortunately, the company (like most of the other companies worldwide) had just cut down all expenses, including advertising.
In my mind, it was not like “OK, this is the End!” but more of an “If this company had decided to support the podcast once, other companies will surely do the same … at some point in the future”. So I continued doing whatever was in my control – namely, producing a new podcast episode every Tuesday. A year later, I had 3 new partners and has been steadily growing ever since. I found this amazing question in “The One Thing” by Gary Keller: “What’s the ONE Thing I can do [goal] [time frame] such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” That ONE THING for my podcast is having a new episode every Tuesday. Piling up episodes is the “secret” to my success.
You have met hundreds of people chasing their dreams. What are the 3 most valuable lessons you have learned from your “Superhumans”?
My personal 3 lessons are:
1. Whatever you want to achieve, it is in your own head. Others don’t see it and won’t see it. You are obliged to keep chasing it nevertheless, because this is your dream. Find your way to make it happen;
2. Learn to say “NO” to keep you focused on what is really important;
3. Successful people’s responsibility is to help others become successful themselves.
Do you believe that everyone should chase their dream? Why?
Why would anyone oppose that? Dreams are sacred. Dreams are unique, very personal and so deeply embedded in you. They are positive “traumas” – bottomless of purpose, therefore – motivation, energy, strength, perseverance. I do believe that kids should not be deprived of their dreams as they grow. Let us find a way to inspire the kids, not cut down their wings.
What are the biggest barriers that stop people from pursuing what makes them happy? How do you think they can be overcomed?
Two factors: “Parents” and “Other-People’s-Opinion”. We, as kids to our parents and future parents, should understand that nothing makes the parent happier than the happiness of his/her kid. Yet, we avoid chasing whatever makes us happy because of fear that we will not be supported, approved of, or loved anymore. My opinion is that this challenge is addressable through communication – open, honest communication.
There’s an amazing book about being happy in life called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The opinion of others is hugely influenced by the impact of social media and the perfection in other people’s lives, bodies, and things. Back in the day only your family and closest friends knew what you were up to. Some gossip here and there. But nowadays, social media helps you believe that you are not good enough, not strong enough, not quick enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, and that you are not enough. But you are. We all are.
What changes the entire game of chase is the rising of our awareness – who are we? What do we like? What do we want in our lives? Who do we want to be around? Is anyone or anything holding us back? The more questions we ask ourselves, the better decisions and outcomes our lives will have.
What is the inspiring thing you wish to share but I didn’t ask you?
Success is not a journey outwards, it is a journey inwards.