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Jul 15, 2021

In the middle of the global economic recession, straight out of college in Belgium, I spent my days in a crummy studio apartment, and wondered how on Earth I could get more money and more fun, interesting people into my life.

Everyone else around me was trying to get a job at a nice big safe company. Though I had no interest sitting in an office filling in paperwork and building someone else’s business with no opportunity to learn the skills that it takes to become truly successful.

And besides, I sensed the world was changing. The way people worked was changing. How long would these old-style “office careers” last? I’d read in a book, “If you want to survive the future… if you want life to go somewhere, then go where the puck is going, not where it’s been”.

I visited local companies and made sales here and there. But only small, one-off, unrelated sales of little website and social media marketing projects.

I learned a lot, but it was all just “dabbling”. There was never any traction or profit worth mentioning. I even found myself waiting tables at one point to pay off debt and taxes – ouch.