We had the good fortune of connecting with Mimi Bosika and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mimi, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success in business has a lot to do with my competitive career as a table tennis player. I began training and competing when I was 6 years old in my home country of Serbia. When I was a teenager, I won two US Open Junior titles and traveled the world to train and compete. Having a father who ultimately became a US Olympic coach came with my own lessons about discipline, hard work and goal setting from a young age and the skills and experiences I gained from being an athlete have carried me throughout my business career as an entrepreneur. Competing at a high level internationally requires a significant amount of training, courage, risk-taking, teamwork, being-coachable and dealing with failure, all of which are values that are required for any leader in business,
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When my business partner Eric and I were teenagers living and training at the US Olympic Table Tennis Center, we joked that we should start a business together after he goes to medical school and I complete my MBA. Eric’s father developed a myofascial technique in the 1980s that was revolutionizing the treatment of chronic pain and muscle stiffness. Eric knew that the therapy was special and he knew that reaching the next level of success would also require a partner who could focus on the business side of the venture while he focused on the science.
Much to our surprise, things turned out exactly as we planned after we finished our graduate studies. We found investors and Delos Therapy was born in Chicago in 2012. To date, we have opened 7 clinics and continue to expand. Our mutual background as athletes has enabled us to have similar values which helps us in our work as business partners. One of the main lessons we learned along the way is that creating partnerships is the key to our success. Collaboration leads to win-win situation for everyone. Just like everyone else, we faced incredible difficulty during the pandemic. Our approach to making it through came down to incorporating some of the skills we gained from sports, such as seeking guidance from experts, working hard, thinking about the optimal strategy, perfecting our craft and staying positive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
On my list of fun things to do in Chicago is of course a visit to SPiN, a table tennis social club where I am a resident pro athlete. It’s a beautifully designed space to play ping pong, socialize and enjoy some food. I always offer visitors a treatment at my company Delos Therapy, Since our therapy is innovative and exclusive to our company, people who visit would not have access to it where they live. Friends and family always feel amazing after a session, so that’s a staple for any visitors.
Since I live a block away from Michigan Avenue in Chicago and a few blocks away from Lake Michigan, there is always a stroll included to see both and ideally to spend some time on the beach during the summer. People who don’t live in Chicago are always mesmerized that they can feel like they are on a tropical vacation while having the most amazing city skyline in the background.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give credit to my father Jon Bosika for teaching me life skills through table tennis. My father is a world class, former US Olympic Coach who guided me through my table tennis career to achieve elite results. Thanks to the values he has taught me as an athlete, I have become a hard-working business owner who continuously strives for higher levels of success.
While my father pushed me towards reaching high levels of performance in all areas of my life, my mother has always been the consistent supporter who reminds me to be content in the moment and to appreciate the small things in life. She gives me the confidence that I am capable to do anything I want and that I can be content in each moment.