What do you do?

The public Libary in Melbourne

While meeting new people, one of the first questions people always ask is:

What do you do?

This seems like a simple question, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to answer. The simple answer is that I’m an entrepreneur, but that is something I fill in for getting a visa.

For as long as I remember, I did a lot of different things, and at some moment, I tried to scale that down. But that was a stupid mistake. Because I believe we humans can do a lot of different things well. Like nature, we are wired to move, to grow.

It’s impossible to plan life. The future is not knowable by anyone with as little as one lifetime of education. Life is about running around, doing a lot of different things, and you follow up on what sticks, on what works. Then you double down your energy for a given time and move on when you feel like it.

This doesn’t mean switching jobs, but doing something different within the domain, you enjoy working. I do believe in compound interest if it’s for money, health, or happiness.

Besides my daily job: running a remote design agency, I love starting my projects. Not only from scratch, but also with partners and other companies. In these kinds of projects, I act more like investor (with knowledge, people) instead of being in the lead.

And I’m building a not so traditional non-profit, which at this point I have no idea where this will take me.

So what do I do?

I like to be productive, work with talented people, and do things that make me happy. I don’t want to be attached to the idea of being in a specific place, at a specific time or carry around one specific title.

That’s what I do.

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