But he did not kill, because between dream and act
there are hindering laws and practical objections
(from: Willem Elsschot, The Marriage)
Retirement may be the last thing Generation Z is thinking about, but they are the generation of the future. What do they dream about? What are they doing to achieve it? And what stands in their way? In this series we let young people talk about what the present and the future look like to them.
Bas Grund (20) from Amsterdam: “Anyone can get rich. It’s about making the right choices.”
Who: Bas Grund (20), describes himself as a career tiger and a “super-self-willed guy”, who discovered in high school that school was not really his thing. “I went to the vocational school for a little while, but I already had several enterprises on the go by then and they were doing well. I figured more education would not yield me more in the future. In the world of online marketing, which is where I was, getting knowledge from a book was soon no longer up-to-date. So, I decided to go to work and really go for it.”
Lives in: A rental home in Amsterdam. “I wanted to buy a house right away, but the bank was skeptical because I’m pretty young and was an entrepreneur until recently. Hopefully I will be able to buy something next year.”
Works at: He quit his own company in December, and since then has been the manager of a start-up marketing company that works for restaurants, hotel and pop stages. “Totally sick.”
Enjoys: Listening to music, “anything except recorder and triangle”, traveling, meeting new people, discovering places. “And secretly, I really enjoy working hard.”
What do you dream of?
“Personally, I mostly dream about business success. I would love to be on an executive board down the road. And if I can dream big, I’d like a top position in an international company. A position where I can mean something for the world, but where I can also make a lot of money. Then I would use that money to do something good. For example, invest in making real estate more sustainable and building schools in developing countries.”
How do you envision your future?
“I often fantasize about the future. I’m very curious what it will look like. But I’m also someone who lives day by day. I don’t have goals like, in five years I want to leave here and then I want such and such. I believe that if you set goals you limit yourself to them, even though they could be even bigger. If you don’t set goals, anything is possible.”
What does your dream retirement look like?
“I’d like to retire around the age of 40, so that I can then enjoy my life along with the family I hope to have by then. Then I can make up for the time lost on working and do a lot of traveling – which will hopefully be a lot more sustainable by then, and go out to eat. I’m choosing to work really hard now and then really start to live later. That is radical, and I can’t really think about it too much, about all the things I will have missed out on if I get hit by a bus tomorrow. But work is the priority right now.”