This post is a follow-up to this one, and then a couple of years later I wrote this.

I want to make a difference. I want to stand out. I want to matter.

When I think of what I want, I get the same feeling that I had for when I at the age of 14 looked at posters of superstars and thought “what if that was me?”. The same feeling as a 13-year-old kid will have when they get their first guitar and immediately decide to become a rock star.

It’s a drive, it’s an ambition, it’s an urge. It feels primal, sometimes overwhelming. I rarely let myself feel it – it feels stupid. Only kids in their early teens dream about changing the world, making a difference, and matter. Right?

I don’t need to be a superstar. I however have a desire to be recognized – recognized for having done good, having made a difference.

It would be really cool to build a for-profit tech company offering simple solutions that can bring significant life improvements to the developing world. The incredibly rapid tech development we’ve seen the past decade has mainly been focused on making upper-class lives better – I hope and believe we’ll see a revolution as that market is being saturated, to technology that will actually make a difference.

I’d love to speak to kids – and seasoned professionals alike – about how to focus about things that matter. About not taking yourself so seriously. About letting go of notions of how we should or should not be. About being proud of being a business professional with tattoos and a nose ring. About standing up for yourself, following your dreams, and even if you don’t know what you want, taking a leap of faith and trust you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be.

I would really like to work as an advisor to young driven entrepreneurs some day. To use my experience to help others excel.

I want to be in the centre of the action. I want to be an integral part of any project I am involved with, having true and solid impact and being part of making core strategic decisions.

I want to keep learning. Keep growing. Keep changing. Keep doing new things.

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