This is for the people who look at the world from a different perspective. The ones who are restless. The ones who strive for change. The ones who see things differently. The ones who don’t accept the status quo. The ones who challenge current thinking patterns. The ones who break down existing barriers. The ones who make the impossible possible. The ones who build new things. The ones most people call crazy, but we call them passionate. This is for the people just like you and me...
I was an absolute nobody (and still am). No one had ever heard my name outside of the company I worked for. And I was just fine with it. The year was 2011. I was always happy when I could hide behind the curtain.
I’m afraid of wasting time. I don’t like to waste a single second doing things that are useless, inefficient, don’t serve any purpose and might not be worth my efforts. I want to experience as much as possible during the time I was granted access to the game we call life. So I don't want to waste time.
Until the age of 25 I never really failed at anything in life. I had a great CV, a great career ahead of me and never had any problems with anyone. I was the typical middle class guy that was about to start living quite a decent life with no worries or whatsoever.
I quit my job last summer. I wasn’t really sure what I would be doing or where I would see myself within the next five years (the stuff headhunters and interviewers or your parents will ask you over and over again). Right now I tell people that I write books, have a blog, hold presentations and workshops for people interested in starting a company.
A while ago I wrote a post about why we should be more like kids and play more. We all know that having kids makes us happy (that’s at least what they want us to believe until we are able to make up our own minds).
This is something I learned while doing business in China. If you’re afraid of copycats, of people stealing your ideas, your products and then offer them for cheap, you have to be your own copycat. But before being afraid of copycats stop right here and read this first.
97% of people will not like you. 97% of your prospects won’t buy your products. Generally speaking, 97% of your friends won’t support you in whatever you do. And that’s totally fine, as long as you’re aware of it.
I can still remember my mom‘s toolkit in the basement. As a kid, it was longer than I was tall and it was heavier than my own weight. I still have problems lifting it today. But it had absolutely everything in it. It was a dream come true for every home improver.
The happiest person I've ever met in my life wasn’t a millionaire, a billionaire or someone that won the lottery (I actually haven’t met any of those three yet, but it helps the story). It was a guy that works at the cashier at my local supermarket.
In 2011 I had to move back to Germany, because one of my projects didn’t work out. I spent the last 1.5 years in a country where I barely spoke the language, didn’t have any proper business experience and tried to build up a company in an industry I didn’t know anything about.