If someone has a degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, you expect that person to work in their profession, but this story is a bit "different."
Ivan Miličević is a university graduate, former professional footballer, triathlete, tennis player, black belt in Taekwondo and, above all, he is also a father.
Today, Ivan is the owner of two EliteFit centers in Zagreb, focusing on functional training and exercise.
How is it that an engineer finds himself in the world of fitness?
"Although it may sound strange, the reason is simple. In my previous work, I didn't enjoy the time, nature, movement and actually everything that people should do," Ivan began.
"I've always belonged to the sport and I can say how it defines me. It brings me luck and I really enjoy it."
You started this whole thing in the garage?
"That's right, it all started in my garage. During my studies I worked at the reception of a gym and people started asking me for advice. Since I like to analyze every situation in detail, I just had to learn more."
How's your progress?
"In the gym I was able to help and influence a small group of people. With the opening of the first center, the number of people whom I could help with my advice rose to several hundred. When we started the second center, the number rose to over a thousand, and I hope we will soon be able to add another zero.
When it comes to personal goals, I can say that they have changed quite a lot recently. The daily pleasure makes me wake up and laugh because I am happy to be surrounded by people I love, especially my family, on the new day. I want to make the most of every day, to move and to positively influence the people I meet".
Whenasked about the relationship with visitors to EliteFit centres, Ivan says
"Whatever energy you give, you will get back. Once I have gained the trust of the people, I want to return it in the same way. I want to give them the freedom to decide what's good for them."
What advice would you give to young people who want to start their own business, just like you?
"I would advise them to take advantage of the opportunities that will come your way, as these will one day come to an end. My current job will end someday as well, and so I don't want regret one single missed opportunity. I would also recommend them to think positively and find solutions instead of thinking about problems." Ivan concluded.