Today, more than ever, our worst enemy is fear. A fear generated by the unknown, amplified by the current world events and media, spreaded by word of mouth. Fear is the mind-killer, and without a clear mind we are not able to make the best decisions. We hesitate. We miss opportunities. Our attention is disturbed and shifted from what really matters...

...in which direction should we turn our attention then?

In life we must appreciate each and every moment and feel its joy. With joy, optimism will be back, and the energy to reinterpret your own journey: as children, as siblings, as parents, as people and also as inspiring leaders.

Our task is to inspire people to be more aware and help each other in focusing on the beauty of the little things, leaving fear behind us... 

This website will collect experiences, suggestions and stories from entrepreneurs and managers who face the current global economic crisis caused by COVID-19, as human beings and as business people.

ITL Group created this initiative to support a shift in our mindset and we invite you all to be part of this, by sharing your story as a positive message to help and inspire others to face this moment of fast change.

Your story matters...!

Share your story as a positive message to help and inspire others.

Experiences, suggestions and stories

from entrepreneurs and managers who face the current global economic crisis caused by COVID-19,
as human beings and as business people.

Alessandro Farina
Alessandro Farina

In 1992, as soon as I finished my studies in economics, I decided to leave my beloved hometown Verona and to try my first experience abroad. Frankly, I didn't know the world... not to mention Hungary! I was given the opportunity through other family friends to do a one-year internship in an English consulting company based in Budapest...

Robin Marshall
Robin Marshall
Budapest Business JournaL

Fear is an elemental part of the human make up. It’s been there from the very beginning: Fear of the unknown; fear of the uncertain; fear of the dark; fear of wild animals, of drought, or flood, or famine. It plays into our earliest survival strategy, one of the considerations the brain factors into the flight or fight equation...

Horváth János
Horváth János
CEO / Owner at MVÜK Zrt. 

20 years of corporate leadership roles taught me a lot. Worked with great teams, understood the logic of consulting, banking, telecommunications, media, company information services. I always had a passion for SMEs from the very beginning, so much, that I ended up being the owner of one, bridging the two worlds. A dream came true, a community, a premium business club for executives of very different sizes of companies being together. Sharing ideas, inspiring each other, having the sense of belonging and of course establishing lucrative, exciting new business opportunities. 2019 was a turning point and a great year has started with 2020...

Catrin Busatti
Catrin Busatti
People Operations Region Leader
General Electric

Like probably for many of us, my personal reactions to the pandemic followed the classical change curve with a moment of shock, a period of disbelieve, denial, anger frustration and then moved on to acceptance, adaption of new behaviors and eventually a certain level of integration. Sometimes I am finding myself going back through the same steps in circles...

Dr Albert Royaards
Dr Albert Royaards
Founder OF Smiling Hospital Foundation and Grandhouse International Club 

The Grandhouse International Club. "A club, which bans fear and invites optimism”.
The Grandhouse International Club was founded by Dr. Albert Royaards in 2011 with the aim of establishing a place where members, irrespective of race, nationality, political affiliation, religion and sex, could regularly meet and discuss any subject...

Gabriele Gori
Gabriele Gori
Hospitality consultant and operator - London 

My partners and I had nearly a hundred employees and a thriving restaurant business between the UK and Italy at the beginning of 2020. The industry hasn’t been at its peak for the last decade and margins have been getting thinner every year, but in the last two quarters of 2019 we had managed to consolidate the group, made processes more efficient and reduced costs, still supporting our teams and their families...

Andrea Sartori
Andrea Sartori
Global Head of Sports at KPMG 

Be open minded to consider a change of mind-set and brave to implement the action plan of the identified change. Although I recognize that a lot of discipline is required, focus your energy on the opportunities change may offer, rather than the challenges it presents. Like many of us, over the years in my personal and professional life, I have faced the fear and uncertainty created by catastrophic and completely unexpected events, or even life decisions which certainly presented challenges and were outside mine and most people's comfort zone...

Krisztina Varga
Krisztina Varga
CEO / Workplus

30 years ago, there were 5 billion people. Today there are over 7 billion. The global market has risen by 30% - so that is at least 30% more companies available today, than when I started my company, Workplus, 31 years ago. The time, when Comecon fell apart and Hungary became a democratic republic in 1989.
It was the time of change...

Augustus R. Jones
Augustus R. Jones
Managing Director / GRMC, LL.C

The present era of late modernity has many defining characteristics but none more accurately delineates this period then globalization, interdependence of nation states and the onset of localized events with global ramifications...

Robert Biswas-Diener - Positive psychologist, author and instructor at Portland State University

Interestingly, the very experience of fear itself is the tip-off moment, the signal that a possibility for action is opening up and so a choice needs to be made.

Kiowa proverb

There is no fear where there is faith.

Marci Shimoff - Celebrated transformational leader and motivational expert

Everything we think and feel is creating our future. If you're worried or in fear, then you're bringing more of that into your life throughout the day.

David Joseph Schwartz, Jr. - American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959

Action cures fear. Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fuel fear.

David Deida - American author

Your fear is the sharpest definition of your self. You should know it. You should feel it virtually constantly. Fear needs to become your friend, so that you are no longer uncomfortable with it.

Russ Harris - Internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author of the best-selling ACT-based self-help book The Happiness Trap 

Genuine confidence is not the absence of fear; it is a transformed relationship with fear.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of his theories of positive psychology and of well-being

Optimism generates hope...hope releases dreams...dreams set goals...enthusiasm follows. 

Napoleon Hill - American self-help author. He is known best for his book Think and Grow Rich which is among the 10 best selling self-help books of all time

Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater Benefit.

Abraham Harold Maslow - American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

Maxwell Maltz - American cosmetic surgeon and author of Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas that he claimed could improve one's self-image leading to a more successful and fulfilling life

Close scrutiny will show that most "crisis situations" are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.

John Calvin Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.

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