Was it worth the money?

New Years Sydney 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

This year I spend my New Year’s Eve 2012 in Sydney, witnessing the spectacular Sydney Harbour fireworks. It was a truly amazing experience, despite the 12 hours wait for a good spot of the show.

After arriving home yesterday, I had a funny incident with my landlord commenting on the fact that I was so amazed by my experience in Sydney. What she confronted me with was a 6.3 million large figure representing the coast of the fireworks in Sydney, and whether or not I found 12 min of fireworks worth that large amount of money. I gladly answered that it was all worth it, to her surprise. We did not discuss it further. However it made me start wondering.

I knew what I had spent in Sydney for the four days I was there, and just with simple math I quickly realized that the 6.3 million was not such a bad investment. Just with some rough estimates I could easily disprove my landlord’s position.

It had wakened my attention and I had to research the actual figures of the event.  The official figures indicate that the 6.3 million fireworks had put 156 million dollar into the local economy and on average a total cost of 4 dollar per spectator. This means that 1.575,000 people saw the show.  In Australia the corporate income tax is flat 30% which means that the government has earned an estimate of 46.8 million dollar, deducting the 6.3, equal to 40.5 million dollar in tax revenue.  (These estimates due not consider speculations or other forms of avoiding taxes.) However the numbers speak for them self.

Was the 6.3 million dollar fireworks show worth the money? Yes it was all worth it!

From one year to another

Fireworks New Year 2010

The end on the year is near and in fact today is the last day of 2010. As everybody does at this time a year I will also try to look back at what I have accomplished in year 2010, and what goals and expectation I have for 2011.

Year 2010 was the year where alexanderhold.com was born, which I so far feel really good about. A couple of thousands have read one of my articles and have studied my CV. I have been able to make a few new connections through this media and I have great expectations for alexanderhold.com in the New Year to come.

Looking at my CV there is only registered four events in 2010, which might seem like a little. However I have been quite busy during 2010 and I have spent a lot of time expanding my horizon and cultural understanding by traveling.

My first trip went to Spain in the beginning of the year, visiting different production companies, among which Gerresheimer was one of them. The trip was great experience and became possible in connection with a great friend of mine. I have had several of these experiences in 2010, where I through a friend or a connection have been challenged with things that I have never tried before. I have been shooting clay pigeons, windsurfing, sailing optimist, visited high class societies, and in general had unforgettable experiences; All possible because of good friends and great connections.

During the summer I experienced the capital of Norway, Olso, which was a great experience and opened my eyes for a very beautiful city and a neighbour country with several opportunities.

I spend a week in the capital of Britain, London, where I enjoyed several attractions and visited the parliament, West Minister, which I strongly recommend to all visitors of the impressive capital. I met up with an old American connection during my stay and spend a pleasant time in great company. Further I love the theatre and London was a great opportunity to fulfil that enjoyment.

Year 2010 was also the time where I spend a week as a volunteer in the Nordics largest entrepreneurial event Emax Nordic, where 200 youngsters form the Scandinavian countries compete in a business simulation game and extend their Scandinavian network. The experience was amazing and without no doubt something I would do again if I will have the opportunity.

For the first time I visited Eastern Europe which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. My stay in Vilnius, Lithuania brought a lot of great experiences and several strong connections in the European countries. The annual JA-YE Alumni Conference is one of the events that I have a strong connection to, and which will remain an important event for me to participate in.

My latest journey went to Barcelona, Spain, which is a city and society that have so many great values and should be admired for it. My impression of Barcelona was way greater than expected and it is for sure a city that I would like to explore further, because I believe that the rest of the world can learn a lot from the way of life, which is lived in Barcelona.

Year 2010 was not just a year with great traveling experiences; it was also the year where the Thought-Leader Series was founded by me at the AU-IBT. 6 interesting and successful CEO’s have visited me at the university and the experience of getting this project up and running has been a great challenge. That is also why I have decided to continue the success and I will present 6 guest lectures for the third season of the Thought-Leader Series at AU-IBT. I look very much forward to it, and expect a lot from the CEO’s visiting, the students attending, and from myself as the host and founder.

Looking back at 2010, I feel proud of my achievements and look forward to 2011, which will bring even more great experiences and adventures. Not just do I have the Thought-Leader Series in sight, I do also have the preparation and planning of a two semester study trip abroad. I can only be glad that I have so many great opportunities and I look forward to be challenged in the New Year.

Happy New Year! to you, your friends and family, as well as your connections and acquaintance. May the New Year bring you joy and happiness with whatever you do!