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On starting a company in New York City
On September 25th, 2017, I wrote in a Facebook post that I was starting a company in New York City. 6 months later, I can confirm that that’s the way I’m heading.
“If it’s still in your mind it’s worth taking the risk”
In these last six months though, I’ve hit more walls then I could ever imagine before, but I’m very grateful for every single hit as they all taught me some incredibly valuable lessons. It might sound cliché, but I can assure you it’s been quite a journey…
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”
So what happened? How am I so sure it’s gonna happen this time? I figured some things out, and so did my parents. For the last year, I woke up every day thinking, “what can I do today to bring me closer to my goals?”. It’s an exercise in gratefulness. And if you do that for a year, you’ll learn some things.
- I’ve learned New York City is an essential part of my existence.
- I’ve also learned I can actually do something there. Something I wasn’t so sure about 2 years ago. By the connections, I’ve made there, and the feedback they have given me, I’m sure I can make the big city of New York my home.
- I’ve learned to blame myself for everything that goes wrong in my life.
- I’ve met some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known that respect me and that I respect back. Mutual respect is probably one of the most important values in my life. I can’t function without it.
- I’ve gained practical experience in Marketing, Social Media, Coliving, Running a business (long story), Real-Estate, Video Production, Web Design…
“The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had”
And a lot more where I would love to talk to you about in person ;) This article isn’t supposed to be long, it’s just to update you on what I’ve been up to. Right now, I’ve been back in Belgium for about a week. Something I swore by not to do this year, but something changed. My parents visited me in New York a few weeks ago, and they offered me the opportunity to start a business in the United States by sponsoring my investor visa. It’s a long and complicated story, but it means that this time, I have a shot to really make it happen in New York.
Writing a business plan is my next step in this process, so if you have any ideas for me, hit me up!