The New Wave: Inspiring stories for Millennials who want to follow their passion and live differently.
Purpose of the book and intro:
In the past few decades, we have seen some tremendous technological and economic growth. This is an important achievement and should not be discarded too quickly. It allows most young people in the developed world to meet their basic needs and to have the luxury to invest in what they believe in rather than to try to barely survive.
That being said, we also live at a time when we harm our planet, the animals, and ourselves with increasing stress and mental health issues. The economic machine is meant to be a servant, not a master. Our current time needs a big shift in paradigm, and it’s happening.
Millennials are roughly people born between 1980 and 1996. Often, our parents want us to be doctors, lawyers, bankers or executives in big firms. Because it’s their idea of a successful life. A life with security where you can sustain the needs of a family and make your parents proud. But we want more.
As a result, we are often considered as selfish or childish. We take everything for granted. It’s true that we live at a time of economic prosperity and often don’t have to worry about our basic needs. But our desire for a more fulfilling life is also directed outwards. Towards others, animals, the planet… I guess that’s what you call being conscious.
I think this is the future we’re heading towards. As time does its job, old generations retire and pass away and millennials will soon be more and more in position of power. Politically, economically, socially and culturally. And there will be little place for companies that are not mission driven. Companies that harm our health, our minds, our planet or other species.
I am not saying we are better than any other. It is simply called evolution. We can already see how the next generation, generation Z, is even more conscious than we are. I mean come on, they are organising strikes for the climate at 15 years old!
I grew up in a pretty traditional environment. I was in Paris, well-educated, no money issues. I was a good student and I integrated HEC Paris, the best business school in France and among the best ones in Europe. I was mainly trained to become a banker, a strategy consultant or an executive. My parents were proud. I was the successful kid. Life was going to be good for me. A good income. A secure job. A successful career.
That did not inspire me at all. I went to Australia to work for startups, read many books, experimented many activities and met different people and it really opened my mind about what life could be. When I decided to go all in and founded UNLOCKT, people were very surprised. All of a sudden, I became very vulnerable. Some of my friends thought I had lost it. My parents were pretty skeptical. The successful kid was posting his first blog posts with 3 likes and doing little jobs to earn money on the side. But they don’t see what I see.
They don’t see that the world is changing. And fast. That the “secure” accounting jobs will disappear in 10 years. That humans could too if we kept treating the planet and each other as we do. My path is not the one a kid that refuses reality. It is the path of the ones who understand evolution and evolve.
What does the world need Today? Not an army of 9-to-5 office workers. AI, blockchain and other technologies are replacing these jobs quite fast. We need people who think outside the box. We need people who are creative. We need people who help us find purpose. We need people who are conscious.
Unfortunately, school or your parents have not prepared you for what is ahead. Not that they don’t want to, they just don’t have a clue of what’s happening. Most of haven’t read Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. Most of them don’t know about Ray Kurzweil. They think Elon Musk is a joke.
As we are often impacted by our environment, chances are that when you are tempted to follow your passion, many people around you discourage you to do so. The news tells you the world is a terrible place. Maybe your President too. Your parents tell you out would be a waste of your college degree. Your friends think you’ve gone crazy even though a secret part of them wants to do the same.
With this book, I want to help you find faith! Whether we want it or not, we are brainwashed by what we read and hear, we are influenced by our environment. We need to be careful with how we feed our mind. So I have gathered the stories of other millennials that have broken through and started to go all in on their passion. None of them regret it.
If I had to bet, I’d say you have more chances to regret not going for it rather than regretting going for it. Life is short. It goes by like the blink of an eye if we don’t awaken to its limitless possibilities. When you’re 90 and you regret, it’s too late. And it’s sad. So as you’re reading this and you’re 25 or 30 or 35, I want this book to encourage you to take action. To be bold.
You know your life better than I do. I don’t know exactly what you should do. I just know that for me, and for the people I interviewed for this book, life is more beautiful when you go for what you want, what you love and what you believe in. When you know doubt and fear will be there, but you leave them on the back seat while you let the bold and intuitive version of yourself behind the wheel.
The people I interview are not necessarily super “successful” according to our usual criterion of status, fame and money. But they are fulfilled from within, which is the real gold! And when you are happy and fulfilled from within, it often also translates into a beautiful life from an outside perspective. A life that inspires others. A life that attracts other fulfilled beings.
I hope this book will be useful and will give you the inspiration to chase your dreams. You have one life and you’re going to die. You’re already naked anyway. So what are you afraid of? What do you have to lose?
How it works?
I want to interview people who follow their passion in different areas of expertise. In business, arts, sports,… The contributors don’t necessarily have to be super successful in terms of fame & money. Simply people who follow their passion. It’s interesting because we can then follow them and see how it unfolds. Like a social experiment.
Each contributor will be displayed for between 2 and 4 pages. It includes an intro, with how to follow them, then the answers to the questions.
Each contributor answers to the same questions, which makes it interesting to see the patterns. The idea is for the reader to read a story or 2 every day to get inspired.
The contributors can choose very different lengths depending on if the question inspires them. It’s totally ok to answer in 2 lines for one question and in 2 pages for another. We encourage them to get into details & stories.
1. Tell us your story. Why did you start this journey? How did you get to where you are now? Were there any main triggers or anything specific that happened?
2. I’ve noticed that many people experience an “imposter syndrome”. Meaning they feel not good enough, either because of the opinion of other people or because of negative self-talk.
What were people around you saying? Did you sometimes feel not good enough, either in your own eyes or in the eyes of other people? And how did you overcome it?
3. I've noticed that money often is a fear when choosing to follow your passion. Did you experience this fear and how did you overcome it? Do you make a good living from your passion today? Concretely, how do you monetise it?
4. Were there other main challenges you faced? If so, what were they and how did you overcome them?
5. I’ve noticed that there are many people who are wanting to jump in the deep end and follow their passion but still hesitate. What would be the best advice you would give them?
6. What is your definition of a successful life? What does success mean to you?
7. What is the impact you want to have in the world?
Some of the contributors of this book:
Hadelin de Ponteves, creator of best selling Artificial Intelligence Courses on Udemy
Olumidé Gbenro, digital nomad & multilingual businessman
Kirsty Carr, intuition coach & breakthrough strategist
Georgia Vavasour, Vedic meditation teacher
Tariq EQ Amawi, Manifestation Coach & Talent Reverse-Engineer
Sarina Zoe, Self-worth coach
Zena Rose, yoga teacher, Lomi Lomi massage therapist and Tantra teacher
Bertrand De Oliveira, Tech entrepreneur & motorbike adventurer
Danny Carslon, Founder of his Amazon agency and podcast host
Dan Anthony, Qi Gong teacher
Chrissie Alexander, Yoga teacher & naturopath
Brandon D’Ambrosio, Freedom mentor
and many more inspiring people
How I will promote it:
I will self-publish. I will get an expert to edit, format and also help on the marketing side.
I will mainly use the Amazon platform and be smart with their algorithm.
I will also do a tour in different shows and podcasts to promote the book.
I will also create little quote tagging you on social media.
I don’t want to promise anything, but I think this can become a very well spread book.