We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikola Marincakova and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nikola, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I am a strong believer that people need to do what they love to do, what they are great at and what they can help others with. Balance of all three things. I realized what I am good at and what makes me happy and at the same time how my work can add value to other people. Then I simply made decision to work hard, don’t take no for an answer, seeing mistakes as stepping stones and always keep looking at the bigger picture. When I can give love for swimming to a child who will take it with him for the rest of his life, any challenges, obstacles, failure and loss only act as motivation.

What should our readers know about your business?
I always felt a calling for what I do. When you do not search for your clients but they look for you I think that gives you an idea of purpose and responsibility that you have a gift and that needs to be given to others. iSWIMMIAMI is here for anyone who wants to learn new skills and to find love for swimming. Soon iSWIMMIAMI will be offering aquatic physical therapy which I am very proud of and looking forward to new experiences. Bouyancy provided by water assists in supporting the weight and allows to strengthen muscle groups with decreased joint stress that can not be experienced on land. Swimming is one of the best physical exercise but also water heals. And not only body. Simply by putting your head underwater and holding your breath for couple of second gives you mental cleansing and stress free feeling. You kind of float and meditate at the same time. I call it active meditation.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Beautiful bike ride over Venetian Causeway from Downtown Miami to South Point in Miami Becah

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am incredibly grateful for support of my mum who always pushed me to be my best. She sacrifice her life in many ways. She was the one who was taking me to my morning swimming practices at 5 am for many years when I was competitive swimmer. My mum led me to have confidence in my skills, values, morals and she taught me discipline, hard work and to never give up. There are also many special friends in my life who either showed me the right way and encourage me or who were by my side when I needed them the most. I can not express enough how I appreciate those friends and family.

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