Sunday, September 5, 2010

I Love Business

I started my first business when I was 20 and discovered very quickly how much fun it is. Choosing my own hours and creating my projects gave me quite some freedom.

After two years of working from Germany, I decided to look for a warmer place to live. It didn’t take me long to find my home: Ibiza. Today I spend most of my working day overlooking the sea and feeling the breeze of the ocean.

Obviously operating your own business isn't all just sunshine. I work longer hours than every else I know. I am busy 7 days a week and I have to jump over my own shadows every day in order to do what needs to be done to keep the business running.

But what else would I want to do? I was never very interested in spending a lot of time in front of the TV, or in cooking and running the household.

For me, business is a game. You move people and things. And by now everything else seems boring compared to it. There is a certain intensity in playing the game that is more exciting than any holiday. In fact today is my day off. I spent the day driving around the island, stopping at different cafes to write to do lists and well, this blog. So even on my vacations I can’t stop myself from playing the game. And the minute I start, the world looks brighter, more crisp and the colors are more vivid.

People might say that I am a workaholic. I see it differently. When I have leisure time, I just start thinking about my problems and worry about what people think about me. But when I can put my attention on serving my clients, I feel automatically better.

Happiness, for me, comes through serving others. And what better way to serve people than by moving money and turning on the economy? Every time I spend money I help somebody feed their children. Every time I hire somebody, I help them earn money by living their dream.

Everybody can play the game of business, if they have the discipline to follow the rules and keep their moods in check. I encourage you to start with a small project that brings you so much pleasure that you would pay to do it. The project should involve a little money movement, but no big investments or risks. At the beginning the goal is to have a lot of fun, get some experience and earn a little money while trying out your ideas in the real world.

Once you have learned how to set up a successful project you start to see that you can move money with things you love to do anyway. Step by step you can set up several small seed projects that make life better and move enough money to buy those nice looking shoes that you always wanted. And if you stick to the rules, some of the seeds that you planted will develop into a full-grown plant: your business.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Another Day in Paradise

It is Saturday morning at 6:00am. I am not a morning person, so I crawl out of bed and get ready for my photoshoot.
When I arrive at the set the make-up artist is already waiting. She is friendly and fun to work with. We don't have much time until the good light comes up, so she hurries to get my hair and make-up done.
One hour later we are sitting in the car to drive to the first location. It is a windy day and the photographer is nervous. He knows the kind of pictures the designer wants, and he is worried about the strong winds. All in all the atmosphere of the team is good, which is rare in this industry. Too often I have worked with competitive models, rude photographers and mean make-up artists. But this looks to be a fun shooting.
We arrive. While the photographer is looking for the best angles, I put on the first outfit. A passing stranger strolls by, obviously wondering why there is a girl undressing in the middle of the road. I am so used to changing my outfits in all kinds of locations that I hardly notice.
We start shooting, but the wind blows the hair all over my face. It will be hard to get a good picture under those conditions. But I am still enjoying myself, because the crew doesn't critisize or complain. After we shoot the first outfit, we do a team-meeting and decide to postpone the shooting. It is now 10 AM and the crew decides to go for a coffee. I jump in the car to drive home. The sun on the mountains reminds me how beautiful Ibiza is this time of year.

My business needs some attention, so I put in a few hours of desk work. Because my desk overlooks the sea, I get to enjoy the sun through the front window. Later I drive to San Miguel to begin the Getting to Yes seminar at 2 PM. It is the 6th day of the workshop and the energy of the class is high. Inspired people bring a wonderful quality to the day.
Since my hair and make-up are already done, I ask one of the participants to take some pictures of Martin and me over the dinner break. We only have 10 minutes, so we just fool around on stage a little bit. But it is so much fun. I love playing with my man and I think it really shows. The pictures turn out great and they fit perfectly with the topic of How To Talk to Men.
The training ends at 10 PM, but the days isn't over yet. The class delivers a kick-ass show. We party into the night. It is around 1 AM in the morning when we arrive back home. I am high as a kite. You can see why I love my career. I play all day, earn a good living, and feel great afterwards.
That is why I have made it my mission to help people find out what lights them up so they can start earning their living by living their dream. I would love to hear about your dreams and see how I can help fulfill them. You can reach me at