I made myself a promise a long time ago...
Whenever I’m interested in something, of think of something, I either explore or do it, or let it go. That’s something I’ve consistently been doing my entire life. In my last podcast episode, I talked about having a ‘list of interest’ listing all industries I’ve ever been interested in and why I’m interested in them. I believe in ‘finding a middle ground’ between all these seemingly different industries or interests and I’m not gonna settle on anything else, which is why I have to say no to so many opportunities.
Below, I want to show you what that list looks like. Some things on this list have disappeared, others are things I’m feeling really strongly about right now. I believe life only exists out of two stages. 1. Figuring out what you like and why. 2. Do that for the rest of your life. Everything else or in-between is irrelevant. Sure, you have to learn how to do that thing, and you have to be ‘lucky’ to find a job within that thing, and all this other stuff. But if that thing is truly something you enjoy, you’ll find a way around all that stuff eventually.
With this list, I want to show you what my ‘list of interest’ has looked like in the past and how I’ve been taking action on it:
Started a Tractor club
The environment --
Started the Treehouse club
BVM (Bescherming voor Milieu, or in english Protection for the Environment)
Went to countless summer camps, found a guy in my hometown who had a Telescope I could use
Found an internship with WoodDesign
Did my own projects for 11 years
Read more about some of the projects I’ve worked on.
Tiny Houses --
Build a Tiny Houses for friends of mine in California (Video)
Build my own Tiny House
Started and sold a business in Building and designing Tiny Houses on wheels
Moved to NYC and spend more than 12 months there in the last 4 years
Explored what it is I like about the city
Lived, and worked for, a coliving space in NYC for more than 9 months
Was Cofounder of a Coliving space in Brooklyn
Did internship with a real-Estate Salesperson for over 6 weeks
Connected with Real-estate developers in NYC and Toronto
Social Media / Marketing --
Started my own personal brand on YouTube, Apple podcasts, Spotify, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, my personal blog, and other platforms.
Consulted multiple businesses in NYC and Belgium on Social media content strategies
Video Editing --
Started a YouTube Channel with over 100+ videos
Made videos for friends:
Wrote a book together with my dad about our High-school dropout experience
Working on an Ebook right now with a good friend of mine
Found other writer friends who guide me and help me improve my content
‘Shadowed’ an architect in Belgium for a couple of days
I’m reaching out to architect firms in NYC right now to ask them the same question
You have to figure out what it is you like, and the only way to do that is to ‘DO THAT”. Find people on LinkedIn, or even in your personal circle, who are in that industry you’re interested in and ask them if you can spend some time with them. And just try to figure out what parts of their job or the industry as a whole, you enjoy and do more of that.
This is what I’ve been doing ever since I dropped out of high-school and even before that. While this list will (hopefully) evolve throughout your life, It is a good first step to start creating a structure for your own life. Without any education or company structures around you.
I talk about this more in today’s podcast:
ABOUT LOUIS DE KEYSER
Louis is a 20 year old, in the process of moving from Belgium to his dream city, New York. He was the founder and CEO of Tiny House Belgium, a Tiny House Design and Construction company that focused on promoting the idea of 'smaller living' and 'living life without a mortgage'. He sold his business in January 2017 to pursue his dream of moving to North-America. Right now, Louis lives in Toronto Canada.