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July 3, 2021

Awera | Uncommon Wisdom: Polly Desheva

In the media, Random Thoughts

“Uncommon Wisdom” is about sharing those habits or stories that we wouldn’t normally think to share.

There’s so much talk about morning routines and self-care practices these days but a lot of it can seem kind of superficial or maybe just predictable and repetitive.

This is why we asked a bunch of high-performing creatives and entrepreneurs a few questions about awareness, energy, and productivity. We wanted to learn something a bit more unexpected, and here’s what we found out.

Who is Polly Desheva?

Polly is a lifetime learner and the founder of Webdesh web studio. She describes herself as a wanna-be entrepreneur, designer and a good person. She also loves traveling, is a sucker for social change and is one of the creators of a community for female founders in Bulgaria called FEBcommunity.

#1. What’s something unexpected or uncommon that made you more aware?

Soon after I graduated from high school my grandmother, who took care of me and pretty much raised me, died unexpectedly in my arms. That shook me to my core and this was the first time I experienced what depression truly feels like.

Around that time I also learnt that my current friends (from my neighbourhood) have been keeping a secret from me for a long time. I felt like I had no friends and my whole life until then has been almost like an illusion. But it was somehow a breath of fresh air too. The environment I knew and felt comfortable in was not my own, and even though I’ve always fit in, I was still kind of an outsider at the same time. I realized I was never going to progress while being in this environment where things felt still. I wanted more and needed a big change.

So I went to university, became an active member in an entrepreneurship NGO (called Start It Smart), found new friends and almost never looked back. All this gave me enthusiasm for new things; a thirst for knowledge and creativity, and this ambition that I might have been shoving down until then. Moreover, it led me to my professional and personal future. I am very grateful and proud I had this awareness hit me in the face so I can gain the courage I needed to leave my comfort zone and go out into a wide, exciting world of new opportunities and progress.

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