Part 0: The journey to my higher purpose begins

Or it may have already began a long time ago. I don’t know. What I am sure now is where I currently am. In my hometown.

“Why go back in your home town” many of you may ask, “if you can be anywhere in the world?”. Well, maybe it has something to do with Karma. I was born in Ruse and I intend to accomplish great things in my hometown. Because I was intended to accomplish great things for my hometown. At least that’s the way I feel it.

Or maybe it has something with the fact that I want to harness the potential of the social capital I have there? Or because of my inherent drive to help others? What drive. People who know me from my years in the educational system will attest that I am one of the most selfish people they know. I was.

For the past months I have found, buried deep down in me, the desire to do something bigger than just survive. I understood that I want to help others overcome their fears and limitations and live a happier life. Starting with me.

I also realized I want to do it for the ones who seem more deprived of access to such life-changing people or resources. No, my hometown is not that bad. It just suffers from massive brain drain. Like our whole country, but that’s another story. There is time and place to work on that too.

Here I am.
I am home. In my parents home that is. Clothes and office packed. No I’m not leaving. I have just arrived. Arrived to make myself useful. To move the resources(me) from a place where they are valued less(bigger cities), to a place where their value is higher(that beautiful city on the bank of river Danube called Ruse). By the way that is the definition of entrepreneurship.

I don’t know what am I about to do next. Not that I don’t have plans, but I don’t have one big project. I may become a social entrepreneur and try to fix social problems. Or I may lock myself in a room and code. The latter is less likely to be my sole occupation (despite its attractiveness during the winter months) because I see that I can do much more while talking and interacting with people.

There is one thing that I know for sure. I came here to help. Bring an outsider’s perspective and help people change things towards the brightest dreams they have always had but lost them somewhere between the late night shift or the disappointment with politicians, institutions and such.

“I came to spot problems.”
“We know our problems.”
“I am aware of that. The difference is that I am willing to work on solutions, too. And I bet I can inspire many people to act the same way”
“Ok. Here is something we’ve been struggling for months…”

I don’t have 20 years of experience. To some this may be against me, but in my worldview this characteristic is in my favor. The people with 20 years of experience are not here or they lack the desire to do something different.

“Here’s To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the
square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have
no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the
human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – are the ones who DO !”

—Steve Jobs

Yes, something along these lines.