Đurađ Caranović, Business Developer, Fundus Holding:

Learning From Mistakes

Everything I've ever done, every choice I've ever made, every mistake or success that’s ever happened to me, it's all led me right here, to this moment with you

Throughout my life I have learned most from my mistakes, and today I am thankful for that. It wasn’t easy, but it was very educational. To tell you the story about my academic life or career will not reflect the person I really am. They are only one part of me, so I have decided to take an “out of the box” approach once more 🙂

Today, I am a financial expert, educator, maybe even a public speaker. I realised that through lectures I not only repeat what I have learned but also discover something new through my students’ questions.  I am thankful for all of this, to my colleagues and people I have met on my career path. Every single one has had an impact on me. And I never had career goals, I always had life goals, always asking myself the question “Why are you doing this?”.

The crucial issue for me is to be honest with yourself, so you can give that 10% extra that everyone is looking for.
I started as an accountant during my studies and become a finance expert with a feel for strategy after seven years of corporate experience. And I am still learning. I discovered (learned the hard way) that communication and the ability not just to hear, but to listen, is the best thing you can bring to a company. If on top of that you have intuition, good for you. The best known secret is that a company hires character, not just skills. My secret is that I stopped being afraid, I started to listen and be flexible. I noticed that people or companies tell you all you need to know, if you just listen.

In conclusion, explore your path, don’t be afraid of mistakes or of trying something new. Whatever you do, be a leader on your path, don’t follow anyone else’s steps. If you do this, you will understand exactly what my profile is

I had the good luck to work for some great companies such as Adidas and Fundus Holding, and they thought me the most important thing – values. But I learned also, that the most valuable thing for me is what I can bring, and that is experience and knowledge. If you are working just for money, you are not motivated, money is a result of a good work. And to do that, you need to love it. So, my axiom is not “Do what you love”, but “love what you do”. My two biggest motivations are knowledge and family – yours?

I am currently working as a business developer and trying to take a coaching approach to my colleagues. I am trying to develop and learn tools, how to share my knowledge with others and learn something new myself along the way. My challenge is to implement some strategic processes and to be practical at the same time, so that the company can benefit as quickly as possible. I have the  opportunity to be creative in the world of finance, but in a good wayJ I always try to synchronise my life goals with companies, since that makes it easier to understand and to feel the company. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. At the end of the day, I try to do more good things than bad ones.

I have noticed that everyone is thinking or saying these days that people are working for their own interests, but what happens when they have emotions? Try and explore why you do what you do and whether you are giving or taking. To give something valuable to a company or to ourselves, we need to fill the gaps and be able to give. Only then will you make progress.

In conclusion, explore your path, don’t be afraid of mistakes or of trying something new. Whatever you do, be a leader on your path, don’t follow anyone else’s steps. If you do this, you will understand exactly what my profile is.