How to Have Gratitude In Spite of Your Surroundings

    In the last 10 years, Romania has the second highest rate of emigration after Syria, according to Business Review. The UN International Migration report conducted from 2007-2015, shows that 3.4 million Romanians have left the country in the last ten years.

    After the fall of communism, the country was left to pick up the pieces, learning from a system that did not know a way of operating other than how it had in the Soviet Era.

    The Roots of Change

    It would not appear that Romanian’s have a lot to be grateful for in the future given their past. It’s all a matter of viewpoint, and Georgian Bența is out to prove that.The right outlook can create a lot of change in present and future.

    Born the son of factory workers in the small Romanian city of Bistrița, he was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in college, starting a digital marketing business. Early in his business venture, he did not see the level of success that he was hoping for.

    Georgian discovered Gary Vaynerchuk online and it opened a whole new world to him. He closely followed everything that Gary did at Wine Library TV and later Vaynermedia, it was the proof that he needed of what is possible.

    The Power of Gratitude

    Hearing about Vaynerchuk and his success was a major turning point for Georgian; he started having gratitude for this new opportunity, in spite of what appeared to be a lack of opportunity around him. He now had a wider perspective on the world around him.

    He started a daily practice of asking himself “What can I appreciate about this situation?” He zeroed in on “having a great internet connection.” From this practice, and following the lead of top podcasters, John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson, Bența started the Gratitude Podcast, a mix of personal stories and interviews with influencers such as Miracle Morning author, Hal Elrod, Sean Stephenson and Leo Babauta.

    Bența wants to inspire 100,000 people to live with gratitude. With his podcast now well over 300,000 downloads, this Romanian Millennial is well on his way there. He’s seen how the power of gratitude has changed his life and he’s on a mission to share that with the world.

    Outlook for the Future

    As of 2018, Romania’s economy is the fastest growing in the EU, at 8.8%. The largest growing sector is IT, giving the country and podcast listeners alike something to be very grateful for in the future.

    However, Romania’s labor force participation is currently at 53%, well below the EU average of 58%, leaving room for much needed future growth. If Georgian Bența has proved anything, a little gratitude can go a long way to creating a future, now the world is listening.


    • Jeremy Ryan Slate is the CEO and Co-founder of Command Your Brand Media, in addition he is the host of the top-rated podcast, Create Your Own Life.