Whenever it’s hardest, start prototyping.
A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of an intense discussions about values and the future of the planet, I caught myself saying something that triggered a decisive thought process: “I definitely will stop eating meat one day, but it’s just too hard right now.”
Now don’t get me wrong, it is pretty hard at this moment in time. I’m travelling throughout 13 African countries, identifying and supporting entrepreneurs in each city I go to. The environment isn’t always easy, the language doesn’t always allow me to ask for what I want and the culture often conflicts directly with what I’m trying to do. In other words, I’m quite far away from my comfort zone. And yes, I’ve stopped eating meat.
I’m doing what I believe is right immediately — even if it’s hard and will probably never be harder.
The first principle I live by is doing what I believe in, regardless of how difficult it may be. The point is that if I can prove myself that I can stop eating meat in the toughest circumstances, how easy will it be when my environment is more familiar? At some point I will be back in Europe with a routine, known groceries and a stove to cook for myself. By then, the good habit will be established and new goals can be set.
I came to realise that it doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, the objective is to start doing what you cling to as soon as possible. It probably will be challenging. Luckily that challenge can be turned into happiness.
The second principle I now live by is prototyping. The idea is that I’m not going to get things right the first time, but I am fully aware of it and this gives me much more confidence. Does it really matter if things aren’t perfect right away?
I’ve started applying this approach to many things: I now work out every day, make sure I discover new music that I can dance to, spend a lot more time designing, and look: I have even started writing. I’m also passionate about photography, so I started a project on Instagram called #101AfricanCaptions.
Be conscious about what you believe in, analyse how you can implement it, prototype it and evaluate how you feel after a few weeks. Be consistent, and if you find benefit to what you’re doing, keep it up.
I believe the most important is to jump of that cliff and start building your parachute on the way down.
Whether you want to do what you love, stop doing what you know is killing you or take chances doing both, keep this all in mind — and jump!
So here I am, falling with my first article.
I’m passionate about sustainability, humanity’s potential and finding solutions for the future. I am currently travelling to 13 countries around Africa to identify, support and invest in the best entrepreneurs with Seedstars World.
For now, I’m prototyping my life. Expect to see me providing education, promoting green energy and better managing garbage in the years to come — yes garbage, that omnipresent useless dump you shouldn’t see on the streets.