You are a lawyer, M&A expert in international companies, NGO founder, make art and have now also written a book: „Crazy for Life: Verliebt ins Leben” (“Crazy for Life: In love with life”). How do you fit three lives in one life?
I wish I had three lives. But I am only a human being with 24 hours a day. I always do the things that give me pleasure with passion. That is a great motivator for me. I like to call it a ‘flow’ state. If I manage a business project, push it forward and see what happens, it gives me the feeling of being in charge. I like to take responsibility and make decisions. Time passes unnoticed, because I am completely involved in something and get caught in it. Exactly the same thing happens when I am working on my art – or even writing a book. In the end, these too are ‘projects’. By focusing on the ‘one’ thing, whether professionally or artistically, a lot can be achieved in ‘little’ time. Of course, I then also make sure that my work is not disturbed. I like to put my phone on mute. I also turned off the sound notification for incoming mails years ago. I schedule calls into a specific time frame. I try to keep the distraction to a minimum. But it’s impossible to have only productive and focused moments in life. It’s more than that – relaxation and breaks from efficient work are therefore very important to me: Yoga, meditation, walks in the forest, pasta evenings with friends. Mindful beyond Business’ is my personal magic formula.
What is your book about?
„Crazy for Life: Verliebt ins Leben” is a personal book containing forty stories set in Bali, Burning Man festival, Munich’s Lehel or at the Waldfest. They tell stories about life, give thought impulses and inspire to reflect. I don’t know exactly how the ‘good’ life works, but I try to live it. Fail, get up again, straighten my crown and try another way. The book is not supposed to dictate anything. It is perfect for reading on the way to work or just before falling asleep. And if just a few readers find inspiration and impulses for their own lives in it, my work has already fulfilled its purpose.
What did you learn from the time when you were writing the book for your everyday work?
It was created over a period of several years. Since writing always means ‘over-writing’ what has already been written, I have especially practiced patience. I have learned that for the quality of the book, as it is with a great bottle of wine, it can be good to give the process time. Having looked at it again, a few weeks or even months later, provided me with a fresh view. I now try to apply this trick more and more in my professional everyday life. I often admit to myself that I can create this space if necessary, before making an important professional decision. To gain distance and then to look at the topic again from a hitherto unknown angle and form an opinion with this broaden mind. Of course, business projects are usually based on a tight deadline. But it often helps me to let things rest for a few hours and deal with something completely different. It is the same with creativity, which I also need in my professional life.
Your concept of life is “serene contentment”. For all bad-tempered sceptics and cynics: How do you achieve this state?
In a nutshell: ‘Don’t take life too seriously’. I try to see the world as a play as often as possible. Seeing myself from a distance on the stage of life often brings a smile to my face and makes life itself easier.
We are currently at a turning point: Corona, climate change, digital transformation and disruption. Which skills will save us or, at least, prepare us for what is coming?
In my opinion, dealing with these issues requires creativity, which includes the ability to adapt. Only with creative thinking can we achieve new approaches. At the same time, human beings differ from artificial intelligence, above all, because of their creativity. Tasks that are repetitive or schematic can already be performed by the machine better. Creativity is therefore definitely one of the key skills of the future.
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