Yesterday I had a really nice chat with Kate and Paul on my podcast. Well, actually they were asking me a whole bunch of questions for their upcoming documentary called Startup and Deliver.
But I found their story so interesting that we spontaneously decided to record a podcast episode where I ask them all sorts of questions in return.
They've started 10 companies, in ten months and visited 22 countries so far. They quit their well paid jobs in London and sold everything they had. They still have two months left to start two more companies. And they have to visit two more countries.
Which makes it a total of 12 companies started, 24 countries visited and all of this in just 12 months. Just doing one of these things would have been enough to invite them to my show. But they did all of these things..
So when I asked Paul and Kate how they got the initial financing for their adventure (~ €15k for two people) they told me that they've sold everything they had. Paul even sold his Porsche. A dream he was working towards to for more than 12 years.
Paul is from Liverpool. And Kate from a small town in Australia. I want to talk a bit about Paul's story here. Even though Kate's story is equally interesting..
Paul doesn't have a degree. He didn't finish school. But he had a dream. Computers and IT. So he absorbed everything about computers he was able to get his hands on. Like a sponge. To land a job in the IT industry in London.
His dream has always been to live and work in London. And to own a Porsche. Now in his mid thirties he has achieved all of that. And he found his secret sauce. He found Kate. And Paul is Kate's secret sauce also.
So Paul achieved everything he could ever have dreamed of. But he just didn't stop here. He kept on dreaming. He kept on dreaming big. He kept on pushing the limits.
Most people just stop dreaming at one point in their lives.
But Paul didn't. He kept on pushing. Just like Kate.
Most people stop dreaming because they feel like wow, I'm so grateful to have achieved all of this. So we don't ask the universe for more. We don't let the universe know what we want. And as a result we stop working towards it.
So most people just stop there.
People stop dreaming once they got that degree from that prestigious school.
People stop dreaming once they landed their dream jobs.
People stop dreaming once they published that first book.
Most people just stop dreaming once they achieved anything remarkable.
Don't get me wrong here. It's ok to stop dreaming and pushing for more.
You can live a perfectly amazing life doing none of these things. But this is about people getting stuck. And not about people living a perfectly happy life.
And once you reached all of these goals in your life, when you realize that you've set your goals too low and achieve all of these things you never thought possible many people get stuck. Sooner or later. And they'll stop dreaming.
And whenever you stop dreaming, whenever you stop working towards something bigger you might get stuck.
But there is a way out. There's a way to keep on dreaming. It comes at a steep price though. A price most people are not willing to pay.
And Paul, this ordinary guy from Liverpool showed me how to find a way out of this dilemma without even noticing it. Well, I think he didn't notice it. Or maybe he knew exactly what he was saying. I don't know.
But what I know for sure is that Paul (and Kate) showed me, us and the entire world a way out of getting and feeling stuck in life. A way out of being not happy. A way out of feeling miserable (I don't know if they really felt miserable. I just added that). A way how to keep on dreaming. How to keep on pushing. How to unleash your full potential and how to bring your life to the next level.
Paul sold his dreams. That's what enabled him to keep on dreaming. Wait a minute? He did what? That sounds just wrong.
Yes. That's what Paul did. And that's what it's all about.
Paul sold his Porsche. His first dream. He quit his job in London. His second dream. He gave up pretty much everything he had worked very hard for over the past 12 years.
He sold his dreams. He sold his dream car and gave up his dream job. And all of this just to maybe get a shot at being able to keep on living his dream.
And that's the price most people are not willing to pay. Most people will never give up the things they had to fight hard for. They will never sell their dreams once they achieved them. The fear of loss is bigger than anything else.
And that's when most of us get stuck in life for no apparent reason. We're stuck in old dreams. In the past. Forever. But leaving the past behind and pushing your boundaries over and over again is the only way to keep on dreaming. To get unstuck. To not get stuck in the first place.
And that's the only way you'll ever be able to get to the end of YOUR rainbow. To find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow..