Since I was 16 years old I have been an employee, earning my salary by trading my time for money.
It took me 23 years to realize that trading my precious and limited time for money is not an effective strategy. How do I know that? Because I did not get rich, let alone managed to earn a 5-figure income. I got stuck at four figures, valued in US Dollar.
In 2016 it dawned on me that I did not want to be an employee for the rest of my life, making someone else rich and taking orders from people who are completely incompetent.
I knew that the only way to become financially independent is to start my own business. But how to do that and what kind of business should I start?
I began reading books. Lot's of books. Books from entrepreneurs and tons of other business books. I learned about money management, what money is and how it really works.
Then in 2017 I made a bold move, quit my corporate job, gave up my apartment in Germany and sold all things. I moved to Manila in the Philippines. I was determined to start my first business.
Long story short, this business never took off. I actually started two businesses and both failed.
Almost broke and deprived of any motivation I decided to become a 9-to-5er again. I should say 9-to-9er because as a chef you work ridiculously long hours.
I started several websites, tried to get more clarity by attending a "Find Your Life Purpose" seminar and continued to study and brainstorm ideas.
In 2021 I reread the book "Side Hustle" by Chris Guillebeau because I finally was determined to take all my guts, discipline and willpower and make it happen.
But how and where to start?
So here I am, writing this in late October of 2021. I don't have all the answers but I understand that it is paramaount to take action, even if it is baby steps. I need to keep my eye on the snowball to create momentum.
Robert Kiyosaki once said: If you want to become an entrpreneur then you have to be hard-thinking, creative and ambitious.
I thought, instead of providing the perfect blueprint of how to escape the corporate rat race and start your own digital business, I decided to start a platform where I take the learning-by-doing approach.
Therefore, everyone who wants to start a digital business from scratch is welcome to take part in my learning experience . The purpose of my website is to be an open-source-intelligence platform for guys like me who want to become financially independent.
Here I am going to publish everything I have learned and will learn. The content will be in the form of blog posts, book recommendations, videos, online classes, links to other experts, discussions, forums, articles, webinars, workshops - you name it.
I strongly encourage you to share your own advise, comments and success stories here. If you have something to share with others then please do so. We all can learn, we all want to learn.
My goal with this website is to be the number one tool to connect and learn how to quit your 9 to 5 job and start your own digital business from scratch.
I believe that building a business and financial education go hand in hand. I am interested in macro economics and investing. Therefore I will cover these topics on this website as well.
I am a minimalist. This turns out to be extremely practical for me since I am living a nomadic lifestyle.
Having lived and worked in 14 countries on 5 continents, I have traveled to 30 countries.