Different Views: Tine Slabe

Dear Different people!

We decided to spark up a conversation within the Different community. That’s why we’re starting with a series of interviews called Different Views allowing you to get to know inspiring creatives from whom you’ll be able to learn what it takes to be a self-starter and build a career out of something you love. Because we like to do things differently, expect the interviews to be unusual – wink, wink. Our intention is to bring to you as much value as we possibly can for the improvement of your life.

Let’s kick start the series with one of the founders of Different – Tine Slabe.

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FIRST MAN IN THE WORLD TO SURF ON THE FAMOUS SOUTHERNMOST PORTION OF SOUTH AMERICA, CAPE HORN.

IN HIS WINDSURFING CAREER, HE WON THE NATIONAL TITLE TWICE IN THE FREESTYLE DIVISION. HE ALSO WON FOURTH PLACE IN THE OVERALL STANDINGS OF THE EUROPEAN CUP AND WON NINTH PLACE AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.

ON EMOTIONS

Let’s talk about emotions. How do you navigate them and interpret them correctly?

Emotions for me are an essential part of life. I control them very well despite being very emotional. I try to control them as much as I can but it’s like there are two sides to me. Whenever one part of me wants to explode, the other part calms it down. I know exactly what I’m feeling and I express it when I’m surrounded with people that can understand my emotions. In business, I believe you shouldn’t be emotional.

How can you learn to be emotionally honest first with yourself and then with others?

I believe many people have a problem understanding emotions that’s why it’s hard to be honest. Feelings aren’t rational so expressing them without a clear intention can potentially affect someone negatively – which is something I don’t want. A lot of times we react the way we think others would expect us to. I probably would not have grown to this level professionally if I didn’t know how to control my emotions which many times means not reacting at all.

ON SELF-ESTEEM

How does self-esteem feel to you?

It depends how people feel their self-esteem. Some people feel good about themselves without doing anything particularly important. I’m actually building my self-esteem through work and achievements.

What would be the “pillars” of self-esteem? This questions is asked for people who might not necessarily have a high self-esteem. How can they achieve it?

I think I started to be more positive about myself when I started to establish goals – whether personal, professional or emotional goals – doesn’t matter. Then persue them and achieve them. Once you achieve them, one by one, your self-esteem grows. The same is with Different – every step closer to our goal makes us stronger. I think you could say the same for any brand. A brand has the same self-esteem as a person – it needs to be built gradually.

ON INDEPENDENCE

What does independence mean to you?

There’s a lot of people out there not comfortable enough to be alone because they need someone to tell them they’re good enough or look good enough… You need to first learn to be self-sufficient – to live by yourself. This is the first step. I think the last part of independence is economical – a lot of people start to feel better about themselves when they start earning their own money. But that’s the last thing – I think you first need to learn how to live by yourself. Each of us have to step out of our comfort zone.

How does independence feel to you?

Independence feels good. I’ll give you an example of economic independence. I invested most of my resources in Different and I very much believe in our company. If however the business one day fails, I know I still can depend on my own strengths because I’m a very good wind surfer and ski instructor so if something happens, I can be economically independent from it and that feels amazing so I don’t have to be stressed about money.

ON SUCCESS

What does success mean to you?

What is success? It’s very subjective. It means you’re able to combine what is important to you. I’ve been a professional sportsmen and I thought success was winning but after every win, I’d feel like nothing. It was an achievement but not success. So success is being able to combine all things that matter to you and be happy.

What do you think is the difference between someone who’s successful and someone who isn’t?

Those who are successful are more willing to search for what they really want. People who aren’t are living from day to day. So the people who actually ask themselves questions like what do I want, what is the thing that’s going to make me feel good, what’s going to make me feel successful… People who are asking those questions and get to their answers are also successful in the eyes of other people. At the moment, I’m trying to figure out how to make people who aren’t doing anything want to chase something -to ignite their will.

ON MONEY

What meaning do you assign to money?

I’ve been with lots of people with endless money who told me that one day, when I’ll be be rich, I’ll understand that it means nothing. At the moment, money is a tool that helps me run the business and live.

What do you think is the main difference from someone who lives paycheck to paycheck and someone who always has enough?

The main difference is the control of expenses. People who have control over their money have much more than those who don’t care. Saving is something that happens automatically when you control the expenses.

ON CREATIVITY

How would you describe your creative process?

I get an idea or a task that seems unsolvable – then I start brainstorming and letting ideas come up naturally. The idea to make something that wasn’t done before or not made in the right way is the one I usually go with. Most of my greatest ideas come to me in nature.

What do you think it takes for someone to master their creativity?

To be as open minded as possible. When you’re able to break all the conditioning from school and other institutions. When you break those barriers, you’ll be a great creative person.

Author: G.K.

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