I guess that is a good way to describe myself, but I must admit it’s an uncomfortable situation whenever I need to give an “elevator pitch”. Looking back to the road I have taken, I can confirm that always staying “hungry” has been the key reason for me being here and writing this short intro about myself.
During the first month of High School, I remember noticing an ad about an international exchange program for a year. This is something I had always dreamt about but it seemed so hard to reach at that time. I didn't think that I had the qualities to be a part of this program, nevertheless I decided to attend the information seminar and learn more about it. What happened then can be considered a huge turning point in my youth, which affected my personal, professional and social development significantly. I managed to join the program with a partly covered scholarship and spent a year in Germany studying at a local high school, surrounded by locals. This is the year that changed my life forever.
YFU, the organisation that offers this program, is a great platform to connect with people from around the world. I remained in the organisation for a few years and gained a lot of valuable experience in managing international projects and starting new initiatives.
A few years later I started studying engineering at a university. On my very first day I joined an international student organisation called “BEST”. It is a network for European technology students who's main focus is organising short term international exchange programs in Europe. This is where I found myself in the next few years exploring and executing the opportunities available. I ended up on the local management board, where we ran the organisation and managed a team of approximately 100 people.
If you dream of becoming an entrepreneur and want to do business globally, then don’t skip this part in your life. Getting involved with voluntary work, managing people and/or an organisation can be an extremely valuable experience to gain.
For me, that was just the beginning. Due to my experience, I decided to become an entrepreneur and start my first company at the age of 22. What happened next turned out to be one of the craziest ride of my life and ever since then I've been learning new things every day. I constantly feel I wanna do more, know more and I just can’t get enough. It’s an amazing feeling and I don’t want this journey to end.
I would say that the international experience has been the most valuable asset I've gained during those times:
-I did another 6 month exchange program in Singapore
-I was a kite surfing instructor in Philippines.
-I wrote my master thesis over 2 months under a palm tree on a secluded small island.
These are just a few examples. Occasionally moving around, changing surroundings and gathering inspiration from beautiful environments is crucial for personal growth and new perspectives. After travelling for years and working remotely I've decided to put my experience together and share it with other people. And then Relocateme.co was born.
My name is Endrik and I'm the co-founder of Relocateme.co. We are creating a community of digital entrepreneurs and professionals. We organise co-working retreats to build connections and work remotely. Our first official batch takes us to Cape Town starting at the end of 2018.
There will be six 2-week retreats to choose from. Every event comes with a special theme that takes a closer look at intriguing topics. We encourage everybody to bring along their professional or personal projects. Something that will be their main focus during the daytime - call it the “working hours”. Everybody has their own daily schedule, but we think 3-6 hours a day is a healthy choice. The rest of the time is dedicated to communal activities or educational content based on the theme of the event. You will also have a lot of free time to be spontaneous as well. Don’t worry, none of the content is compulsory because you will manage your own time. However, our aim is to build a community of curious people for every theme, so please be honest with us when sharing your expectations.
Here's an example of my routine at RelocateMe co-working community in Cape Town:
-My “working-hours” are mostly spent on developing custom software products for my customers. I’m an Account Manager for clients in Europe and the US, but at the same time I communicate with my Engineering Team in Tallinn and Berlin, which is easily manageable because of a similar time zones.
-My leisure time is mainly divided between Kitesurfing and Roadbiking. I spend an average of 3-4 hours daily on these activities. If possible, I try to find time for golfing and jogging a few times a week.
-For socialising we share a common breakfast, lunch or dinner with everybody in the house. Weekly barbeques, hikes and winery visits are also an essential part of our routine. The stories and adventures shared with fellow remote workers adds the cherry on top.
Your dream lifestyle is here!