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Oska, from TickTheBucket shares how they started a community of those willing to live life to the fullest.
TickTheBucket strives to turn dreams into reality - and that's not just a cliché.
They harness the power of the internet to bring people together, and allow them to make the impossible things they once thought achievable and possible.
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1. Why did you start the project?
We started TickTheBucket because Ben was loosing his s***t on the way to work, constantly wondering why nobody talked to each other on the train. He got thinking people just need something in common to connect – all the major social networks only focus on connecting you to your friends, but what about chatting to new people? He got inspired while he was trying to go traveling around the world and none of his friends had the money to go with him. Furthermore, he couldn't find any of the information he needed to
know to actually make his trip possible. Worst of all, Ben always says, inspiration was few and far between – how do you know what's possible if you can't find anybody else that's done it.
At first he thought "BUCKETLIST DATING WEBSITE" but when we met at a warehouse in Shoreditch last year we quickly took the dating out and TickTheBucket was born.
2. What's next for the project?
Next for us is numbers, numbers, numbers, there is no point having a party if nobody comes. We are developing the international platform as we speak, we sent the designs off to the printers last night and once that's ready it's all about getting people to come and boogie with us.
3. What has been one of the hardest times of your life and how did you emerge from it?
I think TickTheBucket has been hard for both of us. I came out of university stacked in mountains of debt and Ben was working a job with a lot of good prospects. In either position it's hard to drop everything and commit every waking hour to something that you're not sure whether it has any legs. We didn't know each other miraculously well before we came together and I spend more time with Ben than I would with a girlfriend or wife. Ben’s girlfriend has even had problems with how much time we are on the phone with each other.
It's a big risk starting a project like this because you don't know if it's going to work or if you are even going to get on with each other. I've slept on Ben's sofa for a while and that became too much for either of us to cope with towards the end. I think on paper it's hard, being so poor your trainers have holes in them, you can't afford to buy headphones so you need to hold your phone next to your head on the train and, when you break your ankle, you're actually relieved that you can get disability allowance, but, all that said, it honestly doesn't feel like work. We love doing this and neither of us think we could go back to the rat race. It’s what keeps us going.
4. Please share a book and film/documentary you feel everyone should add to their list.
I've just read 'Man's search for meaning' by Viktor Frankl and it's amazing. I know one of Ben's favourites is 'Into the Wild' (must see) and next on my list is 'How to Make Friends and Influence People'. Corporate types make me really nervous and I need to get the inside scoop.