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The First Day of the Rest of My Life – ¡Viva Mexico!

On the verge of my new adventure as the General Manager of TrainEngage Americas, I read Elon Musk’s Master Plan Part Deux and decided to look back at my own 5-year-plan, which I crafted on 15th of August 2011 when I was that eager 25-year-old business student in Oulu University. I had just returned from my one year Erasmus exchange in France, followed by a four-month detour in a start-up community in Mexico. At that time, I decided to devote the next five years of my life on collecting the needed skills, credibility and network to help me reach my dream:

To become an entrepreneur with a team and a mission I truly believe.

I’ve always encouraged people to dream big, but my plan wasn’t really a match for Mr. Musk’s visionary Master Plan. My goals were simple guidelines for myself to keep in mind what is important, whenever I would be at a crossroads in my life and had to consider different options:

  • Get a Master’s Degree
  • Find a career path that inspires and a boss that believes in you – never settle for less
  • Surround yourself with people that inspire you with their attitude and skills
  • Learn a skill that creates true value for growth companies
  • Find opportunities and adventures beyond your own habitat aka. Finland

Crazy enough, I believed that this list would help me. Mostly because of a quote from a Finnish movie called Restless (Levottomat, 2002): “80% of our time we keep on doing something we once started”. How I interpreted this was that if I set my goals precisely enough and set them in motion, I instinctively make decisions that take me closer to my dream. Prior to this day, I have stumbled a few times, but almost exactly five years later, I can finally cross over the last bullet in my list.

For now, my work in Finland is done, and I’m flying to Mexico with my Masters’ degree, mission I believe and a brilliant startup team behind me to help me with my next goals. Most importantly, I have found a network of smart, inspiring and passionate people that have pushed me here.

All Aboard! Cloudriven Vision Cruise 2016

All Aboard! Cloudriven Vision Cruise 2016

Right now, Finland is such an exciting place for start-ups with all the networks, people and events. In the last 12 months I’ve participated in countless events like Summer of Startups, Slush, #BenchmarkBeers, Digitalist and latest #Marialaunch, which was a launch event for a Start-up hub founded in a old hospital.

It keeps surprising me how people in the Finnish startup community are always willing to help each other. Aren’t we Finns supposed to be the group of quiet hermits in the North? However, this is the attitude I will take with me to Mexico and try to engage the same kind of community atmosphere wherever I go next.

Thank you friends, colleagues, customers and my great team! Now I will say “See you later” and board to my next adventure. But first I will sit down and write down my next five goals, which will guide me to the next chapter… Should you too?

The article has been published before on LinkedIn.

Entrepreneur Has to Lead Himself – And Be Enthusiastic!

Jussi MoriIt’s a battle out there. Better, stronger, faster and cheaper. These kind of ghosts are hunting us in our everyday work life. And it’s driving us mad. Information overflow, hyper connectivity, stress at work and the current economic crisis are not helping us to lead a peaceful and sometimes even a thriving life. Is it really that bad? Think back. When did you have had your last truly peaceful moment?

Now when we look at all the challenges we face every day, in the end it’s obviously all about your own attitude, how you handle those challenges. Problems begin and end in our mind and in our own mind alone. This is at least what I’ve come to realize during my few years as a more or less successful entrepreneur. I’m still finding my way every day, plucking forward, coping with issues on all different levels, yet I still try to find the energy to share knowledge “for free” with the community. All this needs quite some strength.

Where does all this energy come from? First of all I think it’s about enthusiasm combined with the already mentioned attitude. The true meaning of the word enthusiasm comes from ancient Greek and it actually means “possessed by god”. If you truly love something, believe in something and it feels right, you can summon the energy to go the extra mile and endure any hardship life throws at you. Hardships should be seen as challenges, which bring you forward and help you grow personally as well as in your professional life.

Now in the end I think its enthusiasm and attitude that brought me to the place where I am at the moment. I know I have still a long way to go to reach the place where I want to be. But I truly believe this can only be achieved with enthusiasm, attitude and of course in the end of the day, hard work.

As a gamification evangelist and thought leader, it is like being a sailor “in the blue ocean” which is a metaphor for being in an industry which is new and not yet tested. The course is set, the future is unknown, and I can’t be sure if my ship will keep on sailing. All what I know deep inside of me is that I am doing the right thing and I can see the sun rising at the horizon.

The writer is partner at Peaches Industries, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SharePoint and a respected gamification evangelist. Within the scope of modern collaboration and communication systems, he specialises in the SharePoint solutions of Microsoft and the SharePoint Cloud services within the Office 365 product series.