Where it Stands and Where it’s Heading. Being Happy.

It has been 6 years since I discovered my passion for the web. Specifically, in plain terms, web design. Software in general actually, but hardware too. Not necessarily as professions, but hobbies surely. Things I analized deeply and appreciated profoundly and most importantly that I enjoyed and made me happy.

If I think about it, I’ve always been an enthusiast for digital things. My parents facilitated this by introducing me, as I was growing up, to all kinds of gadgets: from game consoles of all types, music players, to laptops and desktop PC’s and so on. And I’m talking about using these computers at really early ages (starting from kinder garden). What this exposure managed to do over time was to instill in me the passion and excitement for what technology is and where it is heading. I always imagined and fantasized about cool and innovative stuff that tech would enable you to do.

That would put me on track for the later realization that came to me, regarding passion and what can I do to be happy.

I first started playing with webpages, hosting accounts, graphics and animations back in 2004 (when I was 14 years old). It was the pre-HTML5 and pre-CSS3 era. The Flash era, when the best websites were done completely using just that technology. And I jumped right on the bandwagon, bought a +500 page book on Flash (which was in Romanian by the way, and had to figure out and correlate the actual tools and function names from the software that was in English), learned everything in it, and experimented all day doing loads of different things. I was getting pretty good at it.

I was full on the “Macromedia” offerings, using Flash in conjunction with Dreamweaver to build my first websites. I felt good doing them. I was entertained, having fun, and I was engaged for hours and hours a day. Felt as fun as gaming. And for a relatively long period of time I did just that. Building websites for myself.

In an year or so I got the opportunity to make a website for a firm that was selling furniture. I did my greatest work at that time on the project, it took 3 months (there wasn’t any deadline fixed) and in the end I received no compensation in any shape from that company because it seemed like they were filling for bankruptcy. I was disappointed. Not because I didn’t receive any money, but because my work wouldn’t live somewhere on the Internet, where people would visit and the company would benefit. It seemed like my work was completely useless…

The next step for me was to go for a Computer Science related section in High School. And I did just that. Was pretty excited at first. I thought it would play out well for me, upgrading my skills and opening new horizons. It did quite the opposite. I have become disgusted of not only software but technology as a whole. The public institution that I was attending managed to leave a very bad impression personnel as well as curriculum wise, that I started to resent formal education in general. It seemed like my passion for tech and web, was long gone.

I opted for a Finance & Banking faculty as a “thing that I imagine I would like doing” academic wise as well as professionally. In my mind it was that and also the “least worst and easiest option of academics from all the available but less favorable options”. Needless to say, this kind of mindset isn’t one that you can easily associate with success. Quite the opposite.

It wasn’t that bad for me. It was actually destiny in the works showing me the path…

It did 3 crucial things that I benefited from:

  • It brought me a new web project after the 1st year of study that reignited my long lost passion.
  • The schedule was light enough and the courses were not mandatory so I had time for playing with, and learning web stuff.
  • It actually gave me a taste of the whole entrepreneurship idea.
This also was the time when I started taking financially compensated client work, in other words I was starting to make money of a set of skills I developed. For me, this was “REVOLUTIONARY”. It felt good and it opened my eyes. I was starting to see the bigger picture:

The whole picture of life: being happy.

That I had to do and strive for the things that made me happy and will make me happy in the future. Because life is about being happy. Happiness made out of a meaningful and substantial mechanism. If you fail to see life’s facets as a whole and live out only of individual and moment pleasures, I can almost guarantee that from some point onward you will not be happy. You might even be quite miserable.I valued time very much. I still do. Therefore the ability to be part of a ultraflexible working schedule and escape routine is essential. I also valued the ability to work remotely: not being stuck in a fixed workplace, doing my work from home, or from a coffee shop, or so on.

That led me to do work as a freelancer. Nothing is perfect so it has its good parts and it has its bad parts. For me the good ones outweigh the bad ones so it’s feasible. It’s more than the money involved in this.

From the nature of my work, I had the opportunity to get in touch with people from all over the globe. As clients and partners. And after a few years of client projects and partnerships, doing freelancing under various brands (Vadim Rob, geek owl, inskape), having the most success with the last one, I decided, recently to register it as a firm.

Which I did. I did that because of a change in mindset.

I was starting to see the whole web projects client work thing with growth in mind. And here I am, trying to make something big out of Inskape. To take on more people aboard to help me do the work and also diversifying the offerings.

In the mean time, I started a blog, and this is it! I want to write about the things that interest me the most: web design & development, graphic design, online marketing, freelancing and online businesses, but also gadget reviews and how to’s. Hope you enjoy it! If so please do me a favor and SUBSCRIBE for the newsletter!

I know the post was long, but thanks for hanging in there, I promise I’ll keep the next ones short. 🙂

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