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On starting a company in New York City

On September 25th, 2017, I wrote in a Facebook post that I was starting a company in New York City. 6 months later, I can confirm that that’s the way I’m heading.

“If it’s still in your mind it’s worth taking the risk”

In these last six months though, I’ve hit more walls then I could ever imagine before, but I’m very grateful for every single hit as they all taught me some incredibly valuable lessons. It might sound cliché, but I can assure you it’s been quite a journey…

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”

So what happened? How am I so sure it’s gonna happen this time? I figured some things out, and so did my parents. For the last year, I woke up every day thinking, “what can I do today to bring me closer to my goals?”. It’s an exercise in gratefulness. And if you do that for a year, you’ll learn some things.

  • I’ve learned New York City is an essential part of my existence.

  • I’ve also learned I can actually do something there. Something I wasn’t so sure about 2 years ago. By the connections, I’ve made there, and the feedback they have given me, I’m sure I can make the big city of New York my home.

  • I’ve learned to blame myself for everything that goes wrong in my life.

  • I’ve met some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known that respect me and that I respect back. Mutual respect is probably one of the most important values in my life. I can’t function without it.

  • I’ve gained practical experience in Marketing, Social Media, Coliving, Running a business (long story), Real-Estate, Video Production, Web Design…

“The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had”

And a lot more where I would love to talk to you about in person ;) This article isn’t supposed to be long, it’s just to update you on what I’ve been up to. Right now, I’ve been back in Belgium for about a week. Something I swore by not to do this year, but something changed. My parents visited me in New York a few weeks ago, and they offered me the opportunity to start a business in the United States by sponsoring my investor visa. It’s a long and complicated story, but it means that this time, I have a shot to really make it happen in New York.

Writing a business plan is my next step in this process, so if you have any ideas for me, hit me up!

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. Stay up-to-date by signing up to my Messenger List!

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