Follow your dreams by Tim Oetjen

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Hello Tim and welcome! Tell us a little about your background.

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Hello and thank you, it’s a pleasure for me.

I was born in northern Germany, in a small village with more cows than people. I lived there for a year, after what my German father and my French mother decided to move to Belgium, in the heart of Europe. So I grew up in an international and multilingual environment. After wanting to become a geologist, my taste for science gave way to an insatiable appetite for foreign languages. I quickly started to study Dutch, English and then finally Spanish. I had the great opportunity to meet passionate and exciting teachers during my school years, who have always been able to transmit their joy of life, without losing the main objective of a language course, to teach students to dare to surpass themselves, to ignore simple vocabulary lists in textbooks and to communicate naturally.

After graduating, I started studying translation and interpretation at the ISTI (ULB) in Brussels. After two years there, I decided to quit those studies.

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After leaving school, you decided to start your own business: why did you make that decision?

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Sitting sometimes for more than 8 hours a day at a bench and listening to teachers give lessons was absolutely not what I wanted to endure for 5 years of my life. 2 years were more than enough for me to realize that I wanted to learn everything by myself. I needed to experience things alone, in complete freedom, without any imposed schedule. So I had two options left, either to choose a much more practice-oriented education than university, or to launch my own business as an independent to challenge myself and to be the true master of my life. As you can guess, I chose the second option. Freedom is an indispensable value for me and being able to work wherever I want, whenever I want and for whom I want, is priceless.

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It is often said that you have to gain experience in a company before becoming an entrepreneur, do you think it has been a handicap for you not to have gained experience before?

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If I had always listened to the “they say”, I would not be answering this interview in the center of Torrevieja, a few meters away from the sea. From the beginning, I only worked with companies that valued real skills and not just the fact of having obtained a diploma or being able to prove a certain number of years of experience. In the end, is it better to work with someone who has graduated with a few months’ experience as an intern or with a person without any diploma who has forged his own tools himself, aware of his strong and weak points? This is how I managed to collaborate with large multinationals such as Amazon, Apple, a famous streaming service and many other clients. In conclusion, I cannot say whether not having experience in a company is a handicap because I don’t know what it feels like to be an employee. I have found my way straight away and I have no intention of turning back.

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You have just left Belgium to move to Spain and start a new life, why such a change?

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The advantage of being my own boss and not being attached to an office is that I am completely free to make my own decisions in life. My customers are mainly online, so it doesn’t matter if I send them an email from a Belgian village or from an idyllic beach in Spain. As long as the work is of high quality and on time, that’s all the client will pay attention to. My passion for Spain was passed on to me by my Spanish teacher in high school. She really succeeded in injecting her joy of life and her own passion for Spain into my blood. My freedom as an independent simply allowed me to pursue my dream.

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How do you feel about leaving your family and friends to follow your dream? Was it easy to make such a decision?

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My family has always supported me in my choices. I am a very autonomous person and my family and friends know that. When I decide to do something, it’s never on a whim. My choices are always thoughtful. So my family and friends have no reason to worry about me, they know that even if something doesn’t go as planned, I always get back on my feet. I have always believed that friends and family should not be an obstacle to making your dreams come true. If you do not dare to leave even if you would love to, the excuse of family and friends is not valid in my opinion. You are the only person who can decide your fate.

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If you had to give advice to anyone who would like to go abroad and who doesn’t dare to go for it, what would it be?

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The first thing I would tell them is that in any case, you have to stop thinking like this: “I will work my whole life in a country I don’t like, in a company I don’t like, following a schedule I don’t like, so I can buy a villa in Spain and spend my old days there.” What’s the point of waiting until the end of your life to live fully and to wake up every morning with a smile on your face, sipping your tea with a ray of sunshine caressing your cheeks? I would also advise them to force themselves out of their comfort zone. It is by leaving your comfort zone that you discover new things and that it is possible to accomplish your dreams to achieve a new comfort. You have to stop finding excuses for not leaving. Book a flight, rent a room on Airbnb, and you will already be a step closer to your new life. You will surely meet people who have already gone for it before you and who can guide you. Your fear can be an obstacle, but you can also use it to surpass yourself.

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Did you get inspired by this interview? What you think about create your own business? Do you have any fears? Let me know everything!

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