In this series I’ll try to answer the 10 questions I get asked most about this project. From “What do you do when you have no trade?” to “Don’t you miss having your own place?”, these questions pop up all the time (I almost created a bingo card for it). Have any more questions you want answered, let me know in the comments below!
1: What do you do when you have no trade?
There is no real end date.
That doesn’t mean I will be doing this forever. Even though Fools With Dreams is a lot of fun, full of new experiences and interesting people it isn’t something that’s easy to combine with having a girlfriend (I currently don’t have one, send me an email if interested!) or a mortgage for example.
At first, I said I wanted to do this for at least 6 months. Doing something for at least a half year eliminates impulse decisions based on short ups and downs, and gives me a good idea about how the experience will be long term after the initial excitement has worn off.
As we’re already past the half year mark, here are a few other things that will guide me about when it’s time to call it a day.
When I started Fools With Dreams I set aside a “budget” to cover all expenses. Although I don’t spend a lot, there are some costs like photo bills, insurance, a broken smartphone,.. So when the money runs out it’s time to start something new (or find a sponsor).
Fools With Dreams is great, but I do have some days where I wonder what the hell I’m doing. As a general rule (in my life and for every project or job) I follow this advice I got from someone a few years ago: “Nothing is fun all the time, but when you don’t like what you’re doing for 3 days straight it’s time to move on”.
This one is simple. If I can’t find anyone anymore to trade with, the project is done.
You never know what life brings. I may bump into an awesome girl that I want to spend the rest of my days with, or get a business offer I can’t refuse, or..
But not knowing what’s coming is the beauty of it, right?