I was so sick and tired of earning just enough to get by and most months, not even that. There was too much month at the end of the money. I had 2 children at the time and married to my beautiful wife Diana who worked as a Senior Consultant a Deloitte (ie. long hours….)
I had an economics degree and quickly figured out I was not set up to work for somebody else. I hated the commute, couldn’t stand the water cooler talk, and like most people, couldn’t stand my boss. But most important, I wasn’t motivated, wasn’t challenged and wasn’t excited about what I was doing. I was just going through the motions working for some of the biggest corporations in the world.
When my wife had our first child in 2008, I decided I couldn’t work one more day as an employee and decided to be an entrepreneur. With my local connections in Kenya, I decided that importing fresh roses would be a good place to start. Together with a colleague and friend from my previous job, we started to build our business. What started with roses, quickly moved to non-perishable goods in the food industry not only importing but exporting as well.
Again, I quickly realised that traditional entrepreneurship wasn’t for me either (now I can see that the reason was that my mindset was not entrepreneurial at the time). I did not love (or like) what I was selling. Frozen foods did not get me excited. I once again found that I was just going through the motions.
I was 29, 2 small children, broke, bored and hating my career. Something had to change.