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Name: Marina Nani

Business: The Hotel Alternative, vacation rentals

Industry: Travel, Hospitality & Events

Location: London, England, UK

Reason for starting: When I retired from my business, I wanted to expand my knowledge and I decided to learn new communication skills — and this is where my self-discovery adventure began in 2012. After my first book was published, I started a 1,000-day mindfulness challenge, “Away from Home.” It was packed with amazing experiences round the world, but, more than anything, new people started coming into my life, total strangers, including myself. This journey into serendipity, lead me to understand that each one of us holds the same essence of greatness, and living your life with purpose is just an open mind away.

I do not teach anything new, as I believe each one of us knows too much already, but I inspire people to be more in this lifetime. When I share my story, my “a-ha” moments round the world, I unveil creative ways for executives and entrepreneurs overwhelmed by daily commitments to practice wellness as a way of life. My latest book is about to be launched, “Away from Home: 80 A-ha Moments round the world since I started my journey into Serendipity,” is not a self-development book but the story since I left London with the desire to be more in this lifetime.

Related: Read about another hospitality entrepreneur here.

How do you define success? Success is a feeling you feel inside — it can not be chased, it is your birthright. You need to acknowledge and take responsibility for your natural gifts that are unique to you. Success is a matter of choice to create and deliver value into the world, so the world gets better.

Biggest Success: Biggest success?…yet to come!

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? My self. For decades, I was my own biggest challenge and, now that I know there is nobody else to blame, I am looking for insights into my own wisdom, to share myself with those who need me to inspire them. People look at me and have an Eureka moment: “OMG! If she can, I CAN!”

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Who is your most important role model? Everyday people, the 99%, as I believe each one of us can make a significant difference in other people’s lives.