(Guest blogger: Cedric Bratt)
On Tuesday the 23d of May, I visited an event called SIME next. SIME next is the largest IT-event for youths in northern Europe and it is great! Now the event wasn’t only about IT; it was also about entrepreneurship and how you can find your true interest in life.
The guests holding the presentations on the event were among others Johannes Hanssen, a mental advisor who held one of the most interesting presentations at the whole event about fear and finding your true self. He talked about how important it is to find your passion in life because if you work with something you do not really love, you will give it up when the going gets tough.
Another interesting guest was Mikael Spreitz, an ex-criminal who now is one of Swedens biggest actors. He has been convicted over 40 times and it would have been even more if he did not come to a critical point where he realized that he had to change. It was at an airlock at the mental hospital for criminals he realized that he did not want to live the life he was living. So he changed, first he worked for the police but then one day a colleague approached him asking him if he was interested in doing an audition for a role in a big Swedish movie. He told him, yes and surprisingly he acquired the role even though everybody around him told him he could not do it. What I learned from him is that: it is never too late to change and make the right decision. He also talked about how you should never ever give up if you want to do something, do it, it does not matter what anybody else says.
Overall SIME next was a very interesting event and there were many fascinating guests with gripping life stories. I learned a lot about what it means to be an entrepreneur.
To be an entrepreneur means hard work, a lot of hard work, you will work day and night without ever knowing when you will be paid. But it is also a fantastic profession because you will work with your passion and sometimes passion is all you need. As the host of the event said it; “when it comes to being an entrepreneur you are either celebrating with champagne or crying in your basement, there is no middle in between.”