HE IS ASSERTIVE AT KARATE-DO AND HUNTING

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF IŞIKLAR HOLDING RIZA KUTLU IŞIK, WHO HAS BEEN INTERESTED IN KARATE-DO SINCE FIRST GRADE, TRIES TO KEEP A BALANCE BETWEEN HIS WORK AND PERSONAL LIFE BY CONCENTRATING HEAVILY ON HIS HOBBIES.

Chairman of the Board of Işıklar Holding Rıza Kutlu Işık expresses that dedicating time to hobbies and sports activities was the best way to deal with stress that he has developed. He is also a highly qualified name at Karate-do and hunting. Rıza Kutlu Işık, who also enjoys to ski when he finds time, says that he owes result-oriented work manners and his motivation in business life to the time he dedicates for himself.

Doesn’t carry work home
Rıza Kutlu Işık who has different hobbies such as hunting, karate-do, and skiing makes good use of his free time thanks to his hobbies. Thus, he gets rid of his stress and adopts a lot more motivated and result-oriented perspective. Expressing that the road to success goes through hard work, Rıza Kutlu Işık states that they make a difference by promoting creativity and institutionalized management style in sectors that they operate. He adds that they also make time for their families and hobbies. Making sure of that each member of his team uses vacation days regularly is the most important subject for Rıza Kutlu Işık to keep his team’s motivation high. He also states that he doesn’t like to be taken advantage of in business life. He spends his weekends with his family to keep a balance between his work and personal life. He enjoys going on vacations with his family. He has been married for thirty years. Rıza Kutlu Işık also says that they make foreign travel plans as they find time and go to Blue Voyage during summer vacations as a family. They go skiing during winter breaks. Their last stop was Paris. He adds that he went to France, Greece, and Bulgaria in 2015 and Spain and Argentina are next in line.

“Sustainable hunting awareness should be increased”
Rıza Kutlu Işık has been interested in karate-do sports since the elementary school and now he is at 3rd Dan black belt level. Indicating that he regularly practices karate-do, he says, “I am also a national referee. I’m interested in hunting and skiing except karate. I wrote my first book in 2010. In my book titled ‘Life is not a Struggle, the Struggle is Life’ I pass on the experiences of my business life. My last book, ‘The Leading Hunter Galip Reis and the Apprentice’ consists of anecdotes related to my hunting hobby. Today, hunting has become the target of unconscious environmentalists. That’s why I want to give an example of sustainable hunting. In the geography that is occupied by the United States, 1 million deer used to live during the time of the Indians; this number increased to 52 million today, thanks to the hunting programs implemented by the United States. Each year, licensed hunters hunt 5 million deer during designated hunting seasons. The deer population does not decrease through this hunting activity, on the contrary it increases. 300 thousand Americans are working directly in this sector as guides.”

Hunting relieves mental fatigue
Rıza Kutlu Işık tells about the friendship between him and Hüseyin Galip Nişlioğlu, Former President of the Hunting and Marksmanship Federation of Turkey who is now deceased and what he had learned from him about hunting in his book. He comments on the business attitude of the people who care about hunting: “People who care about hunting develop a sense of patience, which is very important for business, establish a network of unique relationships, become stress-free, and healthier. Hunting, giving the opportunity to be intertwined with nature and to get rid of the mental fatigue, is an incredibly useful sport. I got very good feedback from the people who read my book. All proceeds from the book which is offered for sale at all bookstores and online platforms  are going to be donated to Turgut Işık Foundation, which aims to provide education and health care to anyone who is in need. I also hunt woodcock in the woods near Istanbul, wild boar in Bolu, deer in Bulgaria.” Stating that they organize the İstanbul Concours d’Elegance, Rıza Kutlu Işık says, “This issue evolved out of my brother Uğur Işık’s curiosity and by his lead. We have the honor of bringing this prestigious competition to our country.”