I would like to announce that my new video course “Self Development Bootcamp: Achieve faster your goals” is coming out in the next weeks. I am super excited to work on this project, and I look forward to bring it in the hands of my students.
Over and over, I saw how some people struggle with achieving their full potential or even to realize it. Sometimes they feel that others are getting more things done and that they don’t have the same opportunities as the ones that succeed.
Many years ago, I had similar thoughts, but I realized that the first thing I have to change is my mindset. Albert Einstein, Ellon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and all of us have 24 hours in a day to make an impact on the world. The main difference is how we use our time, how we envision our future, how we set our targets and have to focus and perseverance to accomplish our goals.
Inside of the course, I added strategies and techniques that helped me in more than ten years of my career, on how to visualize clearly what it is needed to do to turn dreams into reality, one step at a time.
It contains a list of the tools and resources that I use to track progress, keep me accountable and focused on the right direction.
I always wanted to drive a boat and enjoy the open waters, but I never had an opportunity like now. By pure coincidence, I discovered at InnoGames that we have several passionate people about sailing. More than this, Alex, one of my colleagues and currently sailing coach, had already many years in the commercial and military navy and he decided to organize a sailing course for all interested.
Like all good things that are worth doing, this opportunity came also with a challenge. Being an expat in Hamburg, my German language skills are far from being enough to understand these specialized terms and also subtle nuances in the exam questions. However, I did not want to back away and decided to try.
After seeing for the first time German navigational terms and instructions, my hopes quickly diminished. Alex and my other colleagues tried to give the explanation also in English, but to be honest, some specialized terms and vocabulary I did not know even in Romanian, my native language.
Nevertheless, the exam can be done also in English so I decided to move forward. With a lot of support from Alex and my colleagues, that had a lot of patience to answer all my questions and with google translate I was able to navigate through all the new information. I decided to write this article, so that in return, I can help others who are interesting in sailing.
The first thing that is important to know is what kind of license you need. You can have a license for sea/ocean (Sportbootführerschein See) and for inland rivers (Sportbootführerschein Binnen). Initially, I wanted to do both, but at this school, only the exam for the sea license was in English.
After bringing all documents and paying the participation fees (circa 200 euros), you will receive the exam date. One week before that you will have also a test drive session, where the trainer will show all maneuvers and you will get for the first time some “hands-on” experience.
The exam has two parts: theory and practice. It takes circa two hours, but you need to wait to get the results. In my case, I was scheduled at 10:00, by 11:30 I completed both parts and around 12, I got the results.
The theory part is composed of 30 multiple choices questions and a charting part with nine tasks. For that, it is required that you have specialized instruments that you can get from here. You can find all 15 sets of questions here, unfortunately only in German.
The practical sailing part is also made from two parts. One is about learning nine types on knots and the second one is about driving the boat and executing 3 or 4 maneuvers. In this part of the exam, it was very nice to see that they were very understanding with non-native speakers and my biggest fear of not pronouncing the commands correctly in German was misguided.
If sailing is one of your dreams and you are away from your home country, don’t let that be an excuse to prevent you from realizing your dreams. Take action and make it happen.