Hello! My name is Dima Gornovskyi, and instead of exposing my full biography in detail, I picked 10 things that I think you should know about me.
I was born in Kiev, USSR. After the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991, it’s been considered Ukraine, but I love this little fact that makes me part of world history. I was there.
I wouldn’t refer to myself as Ukrainian or Russian. So many things are going on here, and no one of these specific titles could characterize me accurately.
I grew up with my grandparents in Tunisia, North Africa. They worked on an international project and were aiming to erase the psychological barriers of my early childhood. By the age of 6, I was waking up every day at 6am to go to the local school in a small town where I was the only foreign kid. I learned to write in Arabic script, grow beans, weave carpets, and study while trying to become comfortable in this new alien environment. It has definitely helped me to this day.
Whom I wanted to become when I was a child? A king.
At the University, I was supposed to study translation or medical psychology. Neither one of those things happened because by the time my term started, I was fully involved in journalism. So my work became my actual major although I’m still very much interested in psychology.
My writing career started in high school. I found an email address for the editor-in-chief on the last page of a big economical newspaper and asked her if she needed a writer. It took me a week to put together my first article, but I officially got published, even prior to my graduation. I think that would be a good start for anyone.
My first year in the United States was the most challenging experience of my life. It taught me to face my biggest fears and understand myself deeper than ever before. It was intense, but after all, nothing seems to be impossible anymore.
It took me some time to realize the power of love in the name our parents give to us. And it’s my mission now to create the knowledge, respect and good vibes around it.
I think the best investment we can make in our 20’s is travel. It changed my life. I didn’t have any idea about my personal potential and life possibilities until I saw the rest of the world. Traveling teaches us to dream big.
The most exciting activity for me is teaching. There’s nothing that could compare to the reward and appreciation you receive from sharing. In one way or another, I will definitely teach again.