I have always been inspired by taking action and challenging the status quo. For example, I was against going to school as I disagreed with the way we were taught and felt that the classroom stifles all creativity and individuality. I refused to go, and crammed my exams for the next two years into one year. I spent that spare year travelling around Bulgaria, where I discovered the charm of the countryside and reconnected with nature.
During my final year at school, a big challenge came along. Michael, a longtime friend and my co-founder of farmhopping, wanted my help to save a farm in Bulgaria. I saw a perfect opportunity to combine three of my biggest passions: nature, food and business. In that moment, farmhopping was born.
The most challenging part of starting the business was (and still is!) learning to be a good leader. This includes selecting the right team and motivating them while keeping the structure of accountability and performance. It requires a lot of trial and error. I always take into account the feedback from our mentors and my team and work really hard on improving.