Against all odds
When I signed up to be one of the directors of StartupGrind Stockholm chapter, little did I know what I was putting myself into. I did not know it was going to be a life-changing experience. This past week was crazy. I met 3 exceptional people.
I want to be short just like my tweets in this reflection:
Arash Pendari: I am in love with his ‘craziness’. He is one of the most genuine, courageous entrepreneurs of Stockholm’s community. I don’t know if there is anything he fears from. Fireside chatting with him and listening to his story was one of my most rewarding encounters. He lives in the plunge. He won our hearts on Monday night. I both envy and admire his strength. Offline we spoke how he both liked and disliked Steve Jobs (I know right!) and Steve’s quote was a push so he could jump into doing what he does now: ‘Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use’
Anna Ottosson Blixth: I chatted with an Olympic medal winner! YAY! She is so humble, so real. She wanted to ski and be the world champion. During the interview, Anna got emotional as she took us to the moment where her heart was broken when she almost lost the chance to win the medal in 2006, but she tried again for the fun of it and she won. Her heart may have been broken at that specific moment, but she was brave enough to turn things around and live her lifetime dream. Her advice was ‘Have fun’.
Henrik Köhler, never employed in his life. At age 20, he broke his back and it was a doomed moment of his life since he was told he could never ski again professionally. So he took up the next thing he did best, design and drawing. He made the best out of his situation and turned his injury into his life’s opportunity. He has now co-founded a company that designs outdoor sports accessories like goggles, which are beautiful in fact, called Spektrum. His advice was ‘Just do it’.
I am grateful!