Being an entrepreneur, my life has always been thrilling and rich in variety. While studying and after a few stunts as a working student at Henkel, it was clear to me to become self-employed — I wanted to be my own boss.
I started with Web 1.0, an online travel agency, a pure e‑commerce play. Then I moved into Web 2.0, building a social news aggregator. After that, it was time for mobile, and building an app agency. Today, I‘ve arrived in Web 3.0, by building a n enterprise blockchain solutions provider and by offering a blockchain-based operating system for different industries, such as real estate, supply chain and sustainble cities. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
All my companies have been quite different outfits, although all of them had software and innovation aspects in common. Of course, selling pre-packaged trips online is different from enabling feeless blockchain transactions. However, when creating and developing various (software) businesses you need similar skills and abilities.
Ideas Are Everywhere — As Are Fascinating, Inspiring People
From time to time, I‘m asked how I get all these different ideas from and why I dedicate years of my time to build totally different companies. People say, they would not be able to do it in the same way. I doubt that. Au contraire, I think that everybody could act in the same way, by creating and developing different companies, or moving forward on totally different career paths in one or more companies. It‘s only a question of confidence in oneself.
I call imy strategy „connecting the dots“. In pure Platonist tradition, I believe that people areen‘t inventors, but explorers. We don‘t invent or originally create stuff, but we explore the world with our senses, and connect different dots we have experienced. In recent years, I have learned to trust in this process of connecting the dots. If I‘m curious and open-minded, I‘ll meet interesting people andI have fascinating conversations and other experiences. Tzen I tead something that fits into our last brainstorming meeting. Or, during our team meetings, all at once it becomes clear that we could combine different projects we are working on to a new one.
It‘s like life feels easier when I am fully aware of all things happening in my environment, listen to existing and new conversational,partners, change my perspective from time to time, and find solutions for my businesses by putting numerous jigsaw puzzle pieces together. You’ll experience coincidences, situations that fit to others, people you need contact you, development flow into each other, unexpectedly. Analytical psychologist Carl Gustav Jung called that state of mind synchronicity, An Acausal Connecting Principle.
Turning The Curiosity Radar On
Connecting the dots happens in the details: I often meet highly interesting people by chance. I then try to foster contact to them since I love learning from other people and interacting for mutual benefit. Often, I know immediately if there are synergetic effects with another person — then I try to build on that without hesitation. Some people might view this spontaneously created familiarity — or intimacy — as inappropriate or strange — but I don‘t mind that. Not everybody is or has to be spontaneous.
However, I encourage you to try the „connecting the dots“ strategy. Turn your curiosity radar on, be fully aware of your environment, act spontaneously and with high intensity. That‘s what life is about, isn’t it?