Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans — John Lennon
For years, I’m fascinated by the way people interact and co-operate. How we get things done in groups. Or how we, sometimes, well, don’t.
I’m fascinated by the doubt, the joy, the uncertainty, the confidence, the anxiety, the arrogance, the ego and all the other feelings involved and psychology behind people working together in groups.
I’m fascinated by the stories we tell ourselves about success and failure. The assumptions we do about why something will work or not. And our continuous search for the perfect one-size-fits-all approach to get things done.
I started 80experiments 10 months ago, without much expectations. How could I have known what would happen? But I did have a question in mind: “Can I experience the world by sharing my help in exchange for food and shelter?”
The answer has proven to be yes. From Lamborghini’s in Singapore to townships in Cape Town and everything in between. I’ve been fortunate to experience it all.
For me, 80experiments was (and still is) one big experiment in itself. And whenever you set out to do something, I think it’s important to have clear intentions and to know what you want, while being flexible when situations change and opportunities come by.
It’s about taking on challenges and experiments that match your purpose, trigger your curiosity, and force you to step outside of your comfort zone, while being confident you’ll figure it out as you go.
The last few months, a lot has happened. The inflammation of my heart membrane, changed my plan. My last visit to Cape Town, changed my plan. And an exciting business opportunity in Holland, just changed my plan. So, it’s time to be flexible, while sticking to the purpose.
This means that for the next four months I will still be traveling. But with two great business opportunities right in front of me, I won’t help companies in exchange for food and shelter, since I’ve got enough work that needs my energy and focus. And it also means I will spend more time in Holland.
So, what about my experiments?
Like I said, 80experiments is about taking on challenges and experiments that match my purpose, trigger my curiosity, and force me to step outside of my comfort zone, while being confident I’ll figure it out as I go.
The two work projects tick all of these boxes. So they count as experiments. And I know for sure I’ll learn a lot of valuable lessons by taking them on. Lessons I can document, and share right here, just like I always do.
Over the next weeks, I’ll get into more detail about the projects I’m taking on, but they are both focussed on people and the future of work. For a sneak preview, go here.
In closing, I’m happy I’ve made the decision to stick to doing experiments, but changing how I do them. By doing this, I’m living up to one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from my dear stepfather:
Always allow yourself the freedom to change your mind.
Stay tuned and all the best,