Marcel Gasser

Cofounder of h·spaces

Switzerland

What do you do today?
 

My today, as a business person, is that I help startups or I try to help people accomplish what they want to accomplish or achieve in their dreams. I built up a few companies, but I left my own businesses in 2015. Since that, I have been helping others. I sometimes call that I switched from service to self (STS) to Service to Others (STO). My mission is that I feel that I need to combine business and the spiritual world. This also resonates with .Cocoon because I can see the benefits once you combine the mind and the heart. A lot of successful entrepreneurs are proof that you need to have both. But in the traditional business world, we tend to use only the mind. My field of interest is to combine the spirit with mind.


Besides helping others, I have 2 projects that are driven by myself. These are co-living communities. In the past, we shared apartments together, but, in the future, we share villages. We want to build 25 of those villages around the world and link them with each other. I can buy a bedroom, but it can be in any village – I can move around, and I partly own one part of those 25 communities.


The second thing is – I am working on the documentary “The secrets of being an entrepreneur.” I think the key factors are the same as I described before – the mind and the heart. I believe that the most successful business people today can combine both, and I want to make a documentary about this. In the past 4 years, I have spoken with a lot of entrepreneurs and tried to find the patterns. For me it's like a playground here – I come here and play with my friends on the playground. If I would draw a painting of this event, I could see the connections with problems that people are describing. And it’s always the same – it doesn’t matter if I am an entrepreneur, manager, etc., Although the priorities can be different.


I really enjoy this process of understanding minds in the business and spiritual perspective. I am also very happy that I travel 10 months of the year – I have been a nomad since 2015 actually. I never used to call myself a nomad, but now I have started to do that because people understand what it means. Actually, I never said that I want to be a nomad – I just ended up like this. The playground out there is so exciting that I don’t want to go home. I want to be at the playground, I feel at home everywhere, I am a global citizen. I think it will continue like this. It can also be a little bit exhausting to be always out there, observe and gather information like a sponge. I am always so excited, but it would also be nice to rest sometimes. So, when I feel like I need to rest, I can go back to Switzerland. But the rest of the time I can work with amazing people all over Europe, also from India. I spend a lot of time also in Asia, and this was also my dream. I think I can’t complain about anything in my life right now – it is very enjoyable. I know how fortunate I am to be in this position to help others. Because I built up my own businesses, I have a constant income, and I can also work, although I wouldn’t call it work, I can do what I want regardless of the money. I don’t need to run behind the money. This is why I have a lot of time. That is actually – if I can rephrase that – this is the luxury of life if you don’t have to work for money and can use this financial independence that gives you time, and you can choose where you are going to invest that time for free. With the startups I can work for free of, I can work on some ideas myself. That is what I am doing at the moment.

How did you get there?
 

The funny thing is – there are no coincidences in life. The most significant part for me was when I had a tumor in my head in 2014, and I was very frightened for two days. Will I survive? How will I survive? A big problem. After two days, I even told my parents that this is the best that could happen. So before I had the treatments and solutions for the tumor, I realized that this would be an amazing life-changing event. I have seen the signs. I didn’t run away. After two days, I understood how beneficial such experience can be. I would also say that I was prepared. To be honest, I knew nothing, but the only thing I had was the trust that I will find a solution, and it will be a positive solution. Even if it seems dark and bad, it is going to be positive. I think with this I shifted my life – it changed completely. I learned a lot. I was running around for my healing journey. I went to Tibet. I didn’t want to use chemicals, and I used herbs for my healing. I learned so much in this process. I was fortunate to meet the right people. And there are no coincidences – I kept meeting different people. And how I got there – you have to have a trust. SO simple. Many people say they want to flow through life. Yes, you are flowing, but if you don’t have trust in yourself and the universe, it will not happen. It’s like when you go to a restaurant, and you trust that you will get food served. You don’t have to do anything. You just need to trust that you will get the food. I think life serves the same – it will serve everything you need.

 

Another thing is not forcing it. I tended to force everything. Before the tumor I had four companies, I did an MBA, I was very successful. Then I burned out, was unhappy. So the more you force things, the more difficult it gets. It’s because you create resistance. It happens naturally. Even if I fly on a plane very fast, there is still a lot of resistance. I need a lot of energy to fly fast. But if I don’t have the wing, I don’t have the resistance. Then you just float. It takes a little bit more, but I would say it is much more efficient. It is actually very nice with this wind and water. I feel that right now, I am cruising through life and again – I have to trust that there will be wind and water.
 

Another thing which I really believe is that everything non-achieving or non-forcing comes from spirit. When you switch to “I’ll go wherever it carries me,” it is very spiritual, and you have all the support. It might be difficult to understand, but life is actually very simple. I didn’t have a big goal to become what I am now; it was just very organic, trusting, and flowing. I am so excited! I don’t even know what will happen after a few months. I never know.

Why do you do what you do today?
 

I already gave some hints. To be honest, it is really this STO – Service to Others. It is not my rational mind, it’s my heart saying. I really care about people and nature. I think I care so much for other beings, and its everything. Because I discovered myself in this process of healing and leaving my business, taking off some masks. Another big motivation is to inspire others. If you have a diagnosis of a tumor - it’s not the end. Even if it is the end, it’s still not the end. You can’t really lose something. It is only in your mind. You get scared. I would say something, that took me many years to discover, I want to share with people in a nutshell because life gets so much more intense and interesting. Once you understand a little bit about how it works. I am not saying I am right – I am only talking about myself, and I can’t talk about someone else. I see my life, and I can kind of conclude what is right for me. I believe that everybody has their own interpretation of life. So the motivation is really to inspire and to create. When it comes to creation, I don't want to be creator, I want to be the creation. It has a big difference. It's also with dance - I don't want to be the dancer, I want to be the dance. It sounds big, but I think we can become a dance or a creation. Then it's much more powerful. This is why I don't focus on achieving something rather than be the creation. It’s not the product, it’s rather the whole thing around it. I am not focused on single items. 

 

 


Where are you going? What is your vision?
 

I focus much more internally. It is almost like I am going backward. Where we came from as a child, then we go through career, adulthood, we are eternally oriented. I can say I am more internally oriented. My way is back to me. I think when we get old or die, we get back to the roots naturally. Like when old people act like kids sometimes. Also, with diseases. We are dependent on the help of others. Just like as when we were kids. I already started my journey back to myself. 


In terms of the business future, I would say the co-living communities are a big motivation. I want to live with likeminded people. I want to live with inspiring people in inspiring places. I also call it a growth university. I want to live forever on the campus of growth. Having the right people with whom to support each other's growth. For that, co-creation and co-growth are important. If we can have it, it should be on the whole planet. That’s how we did it in the past. Line in the villages - maybe one person had a fridge, and everybody shared. Even when TV came - one had a TV and everybody went there to watch it. Now everybody has five TVs. So I really look forward to that we would get back to where we came from. That we care for each other, and we share. The ownership is also important. I mean the financial, not the greed. It can’t be driven by my own interests or ego, without caring about each other, it doesn’t work. I think we have a lot of problems. For me, this is my egoistic solution for myself. To have those communities where I can live myself. So it is service to others, but it's also service to self. Because I want to live there. I get them both. 

Marcel seems to have a totally different new perspective on things. He has approached things from angles I don't even know that I haven't thought of.

Mihkel Trei

CEO of StartupIncluder

.Cocoon is a part of

Tartu, Estonia 2020

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