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.