I am Daniel Rouquette. I am a recovering travel addict getting more conscious about the impact of tourism. Things I love include: debating with friends, running, reading heavy books (on my e-reader), and improv theatre! Originally from France, I have been living in Singapore for close to 8 years, and I have no reason to leave this beautiful country. I spend most of my days working at Villa Finder which I co-founded in 2012 (Villa-Bali.com back then): we curate the best villas in Asia, and yes, I get to test some of them for “work”.
We stand on the shoulders of giants. It took me a while to understand the real meaning of this idiom: there is so much we can learn from others (alive or dead), and there is no point re-inventing the wheel, most of the time at least.
I learnt to scratch an itch to understand the world and myself better. Hopefully, that gets me to become a better person for people around me.
I am inspired and motivated by others, their experiences, aspirations and achievements. This is why I try to talk to as many people as an introvert can. I also read and listen to loads of podcasts.
I have learned from improv (and entrepreneurship) that inspiration is not something we should wait for before starting anything. Starting and doing is just as important, as long as you have the right mindset and values.
I am very happy with my profession as it forces me to question myself and learn on a regular basis. I might start a new entrepreneurial journey in the future though.
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