Sanja Tesic – Show Notes (From Child Refugee to Child Motivator)
Sanja Tesic is a survivor of the war in Yugoslavia, immigrating to Australia. She went from child refugee to child motivator, and she now teaches people how to go from a victim to a victor mentality.
In 1991, when she was only 8 years old, the war in her home country started.
“I had a new Ken and Barbie. I just wanted to play with my toys, but the orders were we had to flee. That’s where my childhood pretty much stopped and I feel I started to be become an adult.”
Her father was captured in the civil war, and Sanja and her family didn’t know where he was, or whether was alive or not. They found out he was alive when they saw him on television. The Red Cross assisted her mother and father in exchanging letters. Every single letter from her father said “…look after the kids.” The courts proved her father was innocent, and eventually he was released.
“It was great, it was the best news”
Sanja’s upcoming book is called “Born to Bloom”.
“We all have a birthright to bloom in life”
Being a refugee from 1991-1996 in different countries was a difficult part of her childhood, as she was constantly changing schools.
“I was always the new kid on the block; change is normal for me”
She says she her family arrived in Australia with only four bags, and knowing no English.
“…four bags of dreams. Sometimes that’s all you need. Material things don’t define you, it’s your mindset and outlook on life.”
She credits three teachers in Australia for helping her with her English, and met up with them years later while writing her book (they will be proofreading it for her).
Sanja got her start in public speaking when she won an award in high school for best speaker, and was asked to tell her story to her classmates. The longer she spoke to them, the more confident she got. The response was so good, she was asked by the school to do more talks every six months.
She recommends people look for a little “spark”, something positive, to help get them through difficult times.
“I really believe having a victim mentality is a choice”
Sonja received counselling to help her get over her past.
“It’s very healthy. There’s nothing embarrassing about seeking help”
Sanja recommends three things to takeaway:
- Don’t get attached to material items
“It’s the people and relationships that are more important”
- Life is too short to be spending it with people who drag you down
“Have fun, laugh, and love”
- Don’t wait for the perfect time
“Just go with it. Perfectionism doesn’t exist, it’s all subjective in our own mind”
www.bluegerbera.com.au (for free download of e-book on identifying your personal values)