is organised by The Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE
). I had the pleasure to be part of its first edition in the beginning of 2019 and very lucky to have won a scholarship for the whole program.
The application for the program was very unfamiliar to me. But I wanted to try to get in. I didn't believe in myself enough. But I was willing to change that. And to try hard.
To get into the program, I needed to write essays. I had to prove I am suitable for the program. I always think that if I never try, I will never know. So I did my best. It took me a few days to finish the essays. I went through a tough process because I was able to see all my doubts on the paper. They were in the choice of my words and in the structure of my sentences. I kept trying. Restructuring, rethinking, changing my mindset, and most of all learning to believe my own words.
For me the program started right there. It was like taking a step forward and believing with all my self it is the right step. Trusting that I can do this step. I had no experience. Just a certain motivation to do it. I was able to see a mental shift in a few days. I was talking to myself a lot, I journaled every time I felt low. No doubts were allowed in my mind. Meditation kept my spirit up too.
After sending my essays, a few days later I received an email with an invitation to go to the second round! Out of more than 100 candidates, 50 were invited to be interviewed! And only 30 would've been accepted. I was so happy! Second round! That was the tougher part. Interview. Talking to people, get ready. I had to prepare. Again. Mentally, emotionally. As I am very introverted person, most of the communications for me are challenging. I remember talking to my aunt about the interview. I had to keep my head up. No doubts. I can do it! Read my essays here