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Hristo Neiland

Secretary General at Estonian Discgolf Association


I believe that all our barriers are made by ourselves, therefore with proper support, we can also take them down.

What do you do today?

Today I am the mentor of Cocoon program. This helps me to fulfill my needs for diversity with one common determinant - people. Whatever I do, I approach it through people. 

I’m in my third year of an active mentoring journey. Mentoring adults started with mental coaching for athletes and now working mostly with entrepreneurs. Mentoring is a process I’m most passionate about, the feeling of putting oneself aside and concentrating fully on the process of changing energies which results in an expanded perception is a magical thing to be part of.

For physical activities, I play basketball, disc golf, and hit the gym to keep the development of my mind and body at the same pace.

How did you get there?

I started my professional life as a youth worker and basketball coach, then as high school teacher and student counselor. As a counselor, I had an opportunity to guide youngsters to gain their own power for continuing the mysterious journey of life.

After a while I got bit by the money bug and I started building custom-made furniture marketplace called Furnum. This was a wild ride that I recall as a high-speed entrepreneurship course. The feeling was that the company grew two times faster than I could and it was definitely the most intense period of my life where the only constant was the change. This period helped me to understand how it feels to build a company in an area that is not my path with a heart. Furnum journey brought me together with Rein Lemberpuu, CEO of Contriber One and I felt that we clicked well. Fortunately, it was a mutual feeling and I joined the .Contriber team. :)

Why are you doing what you are doing?

I believe that people need other people to experience life fully, but people can’t connect with others when they are not working to get connected with themselves. So I want to contribute to the world by constantly self-developing and then sharing my knowledge with others who want to connect more with the all-life around them and find their path with a heart.

Where are you going?

My vision is to spread the approach that a person can learn much more than face value shows from whatever route one pursues, be it entrepreneurship, sports, arts, or something else. I want to support people finding their path with a heart and then gain as much knowledge out of it as they can. I might be naive, but I truly believe that everyone is capable of finding the way to live life to the fullest.

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