Listen: Jeff Smith, Europe, Amsterdam discussed on Vroom Vroom Veer with Jeff Smith
"Okay. So you don't necessarily have to change the world. You just have to. You don't have to do anything earth shattering, you just have to do you really I think is just have to be you. And just like I my mission in life is to be Jeff Smith. The best. I can Jeff Smith like Jeff Smith is a verb. Right. I want to be the best Jeff Smith. So it doesn't I don't need to change the world. I just need to change me right anyway. That's I'll get my soapbox now. I hope that, that's one of the things that people get a take away from, from, from the show, and I would say, it would take it a little bit further is that you can change the world by being the best version of you. It's small overtime that Ashley accrue, and that make big impact. Right. And we, we look at it from personal finance and investing. If you look at the large wealth graders in this country, whether it's real estate or slowly investing in diversifying your portfolio, and it's not an overnight thing. It's not like you'll invest in tomorrow, he'll get all the wealth but it's over time that cruise and does Bill generational wealth. And I think that's definitely one thing I want to get into this into this episode as well kind of my realization of that in how that played a role in ten of my me being on the show in the in the first place, you know, being able to talk to you and one thing that you said quickly, you said, you want to just be the best Jeff Smith. And an look at look at what you've created you have this podcast, medium that reaches. So many people. So the best Jeff Smith is already making such a big impact in an I would say is already the world by having meaningful conversations that people that you don't even know that are listening to you in, June into you so over. That's one thing that people get away from the show. I think you're right. I agree. So I don't wanna say disagree. I think it's a mindset different. It's not really ineffective prince. So I look at this like. If I take the mindset of I want world peace, right? Like every beauty pageant contestant ever. Piece. Right. We all just started chuckled just like you did. Right. But if I say, I'm I'm making a very important piece of my life personal pace that sounds to me and my brain every part of that thing is possible. I know I can create peace in me right now. How how that translates is. If everyone in the world focuses on personal piece it's possible for everyone and therefore we get the thing that we want. But if we if I come at it like saying, I want world peace. I don't believe that's possible. You see what I'm saying is that make sense, is that thing totally totally adopted mindset, you will look for the solutions that you're trying to get you end up not yet does the Laffy guide. But the thing. Exactly right. Exactly. But, but you'll look internally, and that's really about expense. Answer is right. Right. And so that's what I was started off with, like an like you kind of, mentioned, as you look at the solutions internally within you. Like what contribution can you make? Right. Instead of looking and asking and feeling change the world. No. No. No, no, no. Yeah. How? Right. Right. One hundred percent. Yeah, the internal external kind of thing. It's okay. So this is room broom Bayer, we can't avoid it. We have to make this into a mini therapy session with. Preti and Jeff. Okay. So don't expose anything you don't want to expose, but let's get into it. So where did you grow up because I don't know. Yeah. So I was actually born in the in the Netherlands. So I. A few kilometers outside Amsterdam. That's yeah. That's where I was born. So. And then it kind of moved around a little bit throughout Europe and the night came to the states, a little bit before college. So I came back from Europe, I wanted to come to the states, I wanted to. There was kind of grown up in Europe, especially you know with my grandparents, and my dad being a big influence. You know, that was like the place to be and it still is. And just America playing a huge role in western Europe and the postwar generations. Everyone wanted to come here. This was the place and. Yeah. I was wanted to come here for the opportunity specially because I've super passionate about about business. And I knew that if I wanted to take my entrepreneurial drive floored, it would have to be in this days now. That's what I really just felt and believed in, so I moved here college, you know, met my late teens and that's yeah. That's a little bit about my background from from where I'm from. Wow. Okay. So a little bit outside. I actually visited Amsterdam more than once. That's it. That's awesome. I love that whole that whole area. Let's see what am I usually say. I was really excited to see the red light district and all drugs and stuff just because at that time that was what I was interested. Yes. And my comment now would be even then it was just sad. So in my mind, the fantasy world was, it was going to be this big party, right? It's the red light district. It's party. It's not. It's just that the nice thing about it was wow, just want an amazing city, and it seemed like the police were bored because they didn't have anybody to bust for drugs. Yeah. Right. So when I went, and I want to say it was probably when was there like the early two thousands, I guess, somewhere between two thousand and two thousand three was when I was actually in the air force in England. And we took one assay we took a bus. No, I probably flu could have been one or the other. There was buses, there's planes nose, but the those little like skinny little, what do they call them like streetcars? Right. Yeah. Yeah. Cars and skirts. Yes. Lots of bikes and cars with boots because the they were parked illegally, so there, the police putting boots everywhere. Right. It's great. Is a great great town and melons is fantastic. You know, it's funny like now that I'm going to states, a lot of people want to go to Amsterdam, and being from there, you don't you know, the as being a local, you don't head to the red light district or a tourist thing. It's, it's more of a tourist thing. So I'm gonna grab people are so fascinated with it because there it's just a thing. Yeah. Like once eagle like there, it's legal. So I, I don't hear his our big debate about marijuana and. What age should people consume alcohol and stuff, and like we, we've had those debates longtime ago? So it's a really kind of a non topic. Right. But it's, it's great to see those cultural differences, but also being a local and now going back to visit my family there. But yeah, I liked about the Netherlands is, is one of the few European countries where people speak English really. Well, as of course, there's an accident, but you grow up listening and watching American movies in an entertainment, without it being dubbed. So in other European countries like Germany or France, you know, the movies all times are dubbed. So if you wanna watch English, you have to go to special showtimes. Oh. In the Netherlands, you just have the Dutch, subtitles below. So you kind of you kind of forced in many ways to learn English. And I think it really helps wed really helped me 'cause although my English wasn't really great was not a super good. But it was good enough where I could get by that runny. I'll meet tremendously when, when I came here, of course, I picked up some better better accent through through the years. But for sure I think that was a huge value on. I know a lot of people that go there as tourists never have any problem really finding people that can help them out. No, when the speak English all of Europe is amazing. But I, I really did enjoy my time in other Lund's. It was awesome Francis great Germany was great. Australia's great. I mean, my, my thing is growing up in the states. I always wanted to go to Europe. It's like oh man. It would be awesome. The live in Europe. So when I did it was, it was fun. Yeah. Actually, I would like to go back and live again somewhere. I don't make the Netherlands would probably be a good choice just because you're right. I mean it's, it's really easy. If you don't want to speak, another language, so, yes. Yes. Yes. So anyway. Okay. So. Swear. Did you end up in the state's going to college boss? Yup. Went to Kim to Boston and I went to Boston University pretty big school here in Boston big research university. And I came here, not I knew I wanted to do something in business, and entrepreneurial lead. But I didn't know like what I would want a major ad. So I did switch it up quite a bit. And I know it's a lot of concern for a lot of younger people to go into school, or parents, like, hey, Matt, my kid needs to know the major right from, from the bat, and there are benefits of when you know what you wanna do, and you're debt set on it starting early. I think has a tremendous amount of benefits because then you do have a little bit of a leg up. But if you're someone that isn't really sure what path to take a night night, credit Arkan school system for that because you don't in your we take our path about which, like professionally wanna go into like in early in high school like his fourteen fifteen year old you gal. Yep. So you take a test, and then based on your grade. And then you go into. Schools like they're in your we have a big push for vocational schools in technical school. So the government wants you doesn't want everyone to go to college, because we had a lot of manufacturing jobs after no World War, Two that need to be filled. So they have a school system. That's based on really strongly, not having people changed their major or go to college. So when you go to college, you you're either gonna be you're going to do a professional kind of job and you can't just go to college, and then end up doing something tech, like they don't want that so day, Ashley kiss a really young age to kind of decide their path. And if you end up choosing the wrong path in high school, you have to do like extra years of high school, which is why we see a lot of European you know, students they they're much older and the graduate much later because a path, but the stage is awesome for that. So because you can choose your major down the line. I didn't know in the beginning of really what I wanted to do. I knew I wasn't to health and fitness in and I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurially, but I actually didn't decide what I really wanted to do until night. Late sophomore or my my junior year. But one of the things I was able to do again, taking vantage with the American school system was just meet tremendous amount of amazing people being like be like that was just mind blowing because I can from pretty small town, and we had, like my high school might tire grade was, like twenty five people so are we smoking? So I need so tiny as I grew up. I went to high school in Switzerland, and it was released in mill school has almost laughable in Switzerland in. Yeah, it was it was tiny in so coming here and being a school with, you know, twenty thirty thousand people was just that really big class. It's one of those auditory classes in. Oh, yeah. Yeah. Those are all my classes freshmen. I had never seen anything like that before except for if that done to soccer game this will this was really a mind blowing but really, it's easy to get lost in those in those places, but it's easy to easier to find a other like minded people who have some sort of similar dry. Five and really create something that can push and propel you. And that's another thing. I to get out of his is your network and building up a great network, which is what I think the value lies in the American educational system, which we don't always have another places in the world.."