While I worked for Daimler, my girlfriend Kathi and I decided to take some time off after our graduation. We wanted to escape the impending career rat race by traveling. We went to Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia.
We each saved €2,500 beforehand. So, we knew we would need to work. To our surprise, we didn’t know how much money we could make with unskilled agricultural labour. Australia has the highest global minimum wage in the world! While we picked apples in Tasmania, for instance, we made $250 a day.
During that time, I talked a lot to farmers and that’s where I discovered the principle of long-term thinking.
Farmers had to back up for at least 2 seasons because they could be affected anytime by a natural catastrophe. This farsightedness felt like a refreshing alternative to Daimler and KPMG for me —because these giants live in a system that is driven by quarterly races to please the stock market.
Working in the countryside also brought me closer to nature. Getting up at sunrise or following a few sudden downpours, I realized that an office job was not so bad after all …
I will never ever complain about the desk or chair anymore. I promise … lol Nevertheless in these harsh weather conditions, work went by much quicker than it had done doing office work. It was so refreshing not to look at my watch every 15 minutes.
— Lessons Learned From ‘Work & Travel’: Long-term thinking and values like endurance, courage and patience will always pay off in the long run. Even if others seem to overtake you, these values help you to build a stable financial and emotional foundation. In today’s fast-moving world, patience is a virtue.
— Awaken the Giant Within: Value nature. Value your health. Develop a long-term perspective and become patient. Nothing and no one became a success overnight. If you start and are hard working, your success is guaranteed.