DISCOVER MY STORY
CHAPTER I. A DATE WITH DESTINY
Who says lucky stars exist, was partially right. It was at an astrology workshop when the young, 16-year-old, Mădălina, received her astrological birth chart.
“Are you sure you remember your birth hour correctly?”, the coach said to her.
“Do you want me to bring the documents?”, she rapidly responded.
It should be noted that young Mădălina was pretty passionate about precision and didn’t like people questioning her stats. She certainly changed her attitude when she found out that the “so called-mistake” was just a proof from above that she is meant to have a management position not that far in the future.
“How is this thing working?!”, she asked herself. “You mean, regardless of anything I do, I will end up having a management position?!”. She leaves that workshop with one thought: “This is insane!”. And starts laughing, forgetting about stars, natal charts, destiny and focusing on her not that astral teenage dreams.
5 years later, at 21, she started her own company called MGD Corporation, reuniting all of her entrepreneurial projects. Her company’s motto? “Per Aspera ad Astra”. Or, through hardship to the stars.
Maybe some things are not that insane after all. And if they are, who’s able to define the borders of sanity in business?
CHAPTER II. KNOWLEDGE IS LEGACY.
She lived through stories… Exupéry when she was little, Austen in her early teenage years and Balzac in her 20s. “Every person has stories to tell…”, she wrote on the first page of her little Black Book. And the stories we tell and witness, will not only shock, startle, and surprise, but they will also be remembered, as for the lucky ones, they may turn into legacies.
Since Mădălina was a child, writing a success story has been both a challenge and a curiosity. Without a roadmap and a compass, she departed in a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement and never looked back.
“But what would our stories be without the people around us?”, she couldn’t help but wonder.
Once a motto, now a mission…
“Mădălina Dobre aims to help entrepreneurs and business leaders all around the world to develop the best version of themselves through an accelerated learning process.”
With this thought in mind, she decided to share everything she knows. Her Midsummer Night’s Dream became a reality when she began developing Galactic Mastery in 2018 as Managing Partner.
On October 3rd, her Blog became her daring diary, sharing everything from Personal Branding, Time Management & Productivity, Business & Entrepreneurship.
Recently, she booked a one-way ticket and embarked on a not-to-be-forgotten voyage to the lands of Personal Branding. The souvenirs? The Photographs? The Postcards? She promised Brand:ME will include them all.
CHAPTER III. THE COMPASS OF LIFE
High school can be life-changing. We know that from movies.
And full of surprises. We know that from reality.
Noteworthy passions, life-long friendships, and above all the perfect place to define your core values. Seems like the introduction of every teenage movie, but some of us get to live it by their own script.
In 2012, Mădălina was admitted to “Gheorghe Lazăr” National College (2012 – 2016), following the Humanities Section, Philology Profile. The curricula were interesting, but one subject changed everything.
In 10th grade, she discovered Entrepreneurship. Starting a pilot company more like a gamble, she discovered her drive for business. By the end of the year, Mădălina and her teammates participated in “Junior Achievement – Company of the Year 2014”, and won the third place in “The University Politehnica of Bucharest – The Student Session of Scientific Studies & Research, 2014”.
Even though she would never count bronze as winning, she hit the jackpot by discovering herself. And regardless of her love for gold, this will always be more important than any medal, trophy or diploma.
The passion for entrepreneurship will continue to guide her in the following years. In 2016, she was admitted to The Faculty of Management – The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (2016 – 2019).
And just like that, the script was in her own hands, and the pen was once again ready to darken the paper.
CHAPTER IV. WHAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER?
If you were able to choose a superpower, what would it be and why? Would you like to fly, be invisible, or read other people’s thoughts? Those are the three options that they give you. Why not create a fourth?
Mădălina would definitely choose “The Power of Layering Skills”. Never setting for traditional, she is always pushing her limits in order to challenge the ordinary.
That’s why, since she was 15, she has tried to experience as many fields as possible, developing a wide range of skills. Until this moment, Mădălina developed skills in Business & Entrepreneurship, Event Planning & Project Management, PR & Social Media, Journalism & Blogging, Radio, Photography, Sales and HR. But most of all, she learned to never settle for enough.
She truly believes that innovation is the result of compounding opposite knowledge, take the best principles of every domain and link them in a way that’s truly yours. At this point, she is able to connect those skills in order to create unconventional results.
In a world that struggles to be conventional and fit the already set patterns, we desperately need just the perfect amount of anti-ordinary.
And how do you challenge people that oppose the conventional? You let them learn!
That’s why “Learn. Learn. Learn. And repeat.” is her oldie, but goldie motto.
CHAPTER V. A STRONG UNSEEN FOUNDATION
Myths inspire us to turn our faces to the past, legends inspire us to believe in sparks of magic, stories make us wonder. And they all have one thing in common, they satisfy our need for motivation.
The story that she’s about to tell is not hers, but can be about her, the same way as it can be about every single one of you.
And it goes like that…
Like any plant, the growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, and sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing. Our patience is tested and we begin to wonder if our efforts will ever be rewarded.
And finally in the fifth year – behold, a miracle! We experience growth. And what a growth! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!
Klimt calls it the “The Tree of Life”, and like every masterpiece he needs a strong pillar to start from. Is your Tree of Life strong enough to overcome a breeze? A windy day? A storm? A hurricane? If not, there’s still time.
Believing in the power of a strong foundation, Mădălina has no doubt that success is built on values, principles, character, and attitude. She believes the process is the one to be enjoyed, much rather than the end-goal.
A rational individual, she is always guided by principles and values. For her, professionalism, quality and integrity are key elements, guiding both her personal and professional life.
That’s for the people who patiently toil towards dreams and goals
… for those not afraid to build their strong character in time
… for those who overcome adversity and challenge with grace and ease
… for those who invest resources in a strong internal foundation
… only those will be able to fully handle success.