People Who Make Monaco: Zsolt Szemerszky

Author of several Monaco-related books, Zsolt Szemerszky had been working in the international business arena for 16 years, before suddenly being diagnosed with advanced Type 1 Diabetes in 2010. Following that life-changing moment, Zsolt decided to share his substantial experience with others in order to help them achieve their potential. He is now the author of several books (published in over 50 countries worldwide) as well as being a National Quality Prize Winner Revenue Specialist. A passionate admirer of the Principality and it’s cultural heritage, Zsolt lets CityOut Monaco in on his route to success.

Q: How long have you lived in the Principality?

I spent over 4 years in Monaco and its surrounding area. I started my Monaco journey spending a few weeks at the Port Palace Hotel in Monaco, then I finally found my home in Monaco’s neighbourhood.

Q: What three traits define you?

In my private life, I believe I often care too much for those (maybe even overprotecting them) who are dear for my heart. While in business I believe I can quickly understand complex processes and am able to define solutions to improve them.

Q: Who are your heroes?

My biggest hero is maybe Howard Hughes. For me he is the role model of persistence. He never gave up his dreams, no matter how many people showed him STOP signs.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career so far?

As a young entrepreneur, I worked really hard and I received a National Quality Prize as well as being selected as the Entrepreneur of the Year. Later on I could realise a platform (Monaco Wealth Management), which brings together the people interested in Monaco with the trusted businesses. I also helped a great artist (Dodo Newman) to create a wedding memorable for the Princely couple in Monaco and I still safeguard the thank you letter from HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco. However from a personal standpoint, I am most proud of two of my books, the “NO EXCUSE! In business” and the “Living in Monaco”. Both of them were created with the aim to help entrepreneurs and individuals to capitalise their highest potentials and to reach their most desired ambitions.

Q: What has been the greatest challenge of your career so far?

To learn that in life we can not satisfy everyone.

Q: Where is your favourite place to eat or drink in Monaco?

It is difficult to select just one since there are many exceptional places in Monaco. I usually started my mornings either at the Metropole or at the Novotel for a nice morning coffee and to recap the news. However my favourite dining place is the Blue Bay. I believe chef Marcel Ravin is not just a great chef but he also is an artist in his soul. His platings are a joy for the eyes.

Q: What would you be doing (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I finished my education in computer sciences and I have a programmer degree. If life would have not motivated me to change, I would probably be sitting all day behind a computer developing IT systems. It would be definitely a less interesting life road for me.

Q: How do you define success?

For a short period success can be luck, however in the long time it is the mirror of our individual persistence. I believe that no matter what you are doing in your life, challenges and obstacles will arise eventually and the level of our success is reflected in how we react and embrace these changes in our life.

Q: What is your favourite book?

My all-time favourite book is the “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson. It is one of the greatest book about embracing change in our life.

Q: Tell us something that might surprise us about you.  

For many years I help to raise a four-year-old girl who is not my child. Being in this relationship I discovered the most beautiful thing in the world, the unconditional love that a young spirit can offer. It is something that you can not buy or force out because it is something that you can only earn.

Q: What do you love about Monaco?

I love that it is family-oriented. This is a quality that people rarely mention in relation to the Principality but I believe that in life, money is not the primary asset, while family is.

Q: You co-authored a book titled Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco; what’s your favourite Monegasque-inspired dish?

There is no specific choice. I love seafood in general.