“I admit, I’m pretty much an individualist. I’m a freedom lover, I love to be on my own, to do things the way I want. I was a difficult child, not listening to my parents, to my teachers, and later not listening to my bosses. I just thought : “Fuck off ! Why should I listen to you ?” And people don’t like it. But at that time I didn’t care much about others.
My parents thought I was going to be a failure, and I was way too confident, thinking : oh life is going to be an easy ride! I had my own dream to create a business and make a lot of money. It wasn’t as easy as I had imagined, but I’m a fighter, I don’t give up. And I hate to loose. In the end I proved my parents wrong and I succeeded in a lot of things. I had a few successful companies and then when the money started to come, I went for investing too.
Along the way, I got married and the relationship had a strong impact on me. It changed a lot of my values, the way I look at life. She taught me a lot, just showing me, telling me : you can’t be like this, you gotta care. She changed me, and I was happy that she did. I started to love and value people that are close to me much more. I started to have more empathy for others. Now I think much more about them, I am there for them. And I like it ! I discovered that helping the others, it’s a big happiness, it gives a lot of meaning to life.
In the end we got divorced but I kept learning from my mistakes. I’m still an individualist, so complete financial freedom is still very important for me. I used to think : when I’ll achieve my goals, then I’ll be happy. But now that I’ve achieved most of them, I see it’s not the way it works. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how much you have achieved in this materialistic world. It’s all in the mind and in the heart. So I want to keep growing, trying to be a better person, for myself and for the people surrounding me.”
(Parc des Bastions | Original English)