Shall we talk about passion. It’s the desire to do something to the best of your ability; to make a difference; to immerse yourself wholeheartedly; to deliver way beyond expectation and to extract the most available personal pleasure from every single aspect of it.
More or less than one-year-old? I don’t know. What’s your guess?
I discovered my first passion in life when I was 6
I grew up in Clamart, a city near Paris. Everyday the first thing I did right after school was to go outside and play football (soccer) with my two amazing friends Nicolas & Azedine. Homework could wait. We were the best trio ever. Nobody could beat us. We knew we would play together in the same team at an international level twenty years later. We knew we would win trophies and championships with our name printed on the back of our shirts. We didn’t grow up with any fancy things around us. And it was all fine. As long as we could kick the ball together and play like we were superstars, we were happy. Like all children we had something else: we had dreams.
For almost ten years we spent most of our time after school, most of our weekends and most of our holidays on the same playground.
I learnt altruism, being humble when I win, how to lose, how to move forward, how to play with a team.
Eventually we didn’t attend the same high school and we took different paths. I will always remember them and moments we shared.
As an introvert, listening to music became a passion
I’ve always made a lot of friends everywhere. I socialize easily. I’m the easy type of person to be with. Always the first to welcome newcomers and get along with strangers. Wait… What? Introvert? I love to meet new people however I’m not good at keeping and maintaining relationships. My explanation for this? Because I’m an introvert. Introverts seem to enjoy deep thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. That’s where music comes in.
In 2004, I suddenly fell in love with Afro-American music, especially R&B and Soul music. Since then, I now listen to all kind of music. Rapidly, I was very much involved in several music communities in France & UK. And it wasn’t enough. I was so passionate that I’ve even decided to build a music forum to be able to share with other great passionate people. Most of them were much more passionate than me.
My true passion is sharing.
However we all have priorities in life. I didn’t know mine. It was also the period when I almost lost interest in everything. I stopped listening to music. I was depressed. I also dropped out of school in the middle of the year of my Master Degree. At that time I didn’t know what to do next.
To travel is to take a journey into yourself
I needed to see something else in my life. My uncle started his software development company in Cambodia and gave me the opportunity to work with him for several months there. First time in Cambodia: what a beautiful country. Angkor is the most amazing place I’ve ever been. Experiencing life in Cambodia taught me a lot. I went back home, got accepted to another business school in Paris and eventually graduated. I bounced back.
I failed a lot. Not only I wasted a lot of my time doing things that don’t matter, but I also wasted my time on thinking about things that don’t matter. Still learning everyday on how to overcome it. Being naturally curious, travel is never a waste of time.
Travel helps you to keep things in perspective.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”– Miriam Beard –
Longsheng Rice Terraces in Guilin, China. One of the top 5 most amazing place I’ve ever been.
I encourage anyone to go on and travel. This is the best thing you can do to take a journey into yourself. Always be curious, embrace the difference. Feel the difference.
“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.”
– Harun Yahya –
Never done learning, experiencing, growing
A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there. This is a note to myself. Everyone has something to teach. Everyone has something to learn. Everyone has a beautiful story to tell. Never stop learning, listening and experiencing, this is how you grow.
As for now I am passionate about how digital and mobile have revolutionized the way people interact. I am also very much interested in UX, Design, Startups, Growth & Productivity. I would love to learn more about Intelligent Urbanism, Sustainable Development, Environment & Ecology, Education, Health, Nutrition, and Innovation in any sector.
I like to hear people’s stories about what they love, and WHY.
Still learning, still growing.
Somewhere near Tacoma, Washington State – U.S.
Now the short story if you’ve skipped the lines
I do things with passion
As long as it’s about creating value.
French is my native language
Digital & Mobile Marketing, Content Strategy, UX & Usability.
Tea, Coffee & More. Yes I can take care of a lot of things.