Life Lessons from the Mountains

Life Lessons from the Mountains

 “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” -Sir Edmund Hillary- I am the last of four to reach the opening of cave. We just ascended with an easy cable car ride. In barely 15 minutes it took us from the Chamonix village to the top of Aiguille du Midi at 3,842 meters. Where the tourists and sight-seers go right, we go left. It’s time to put on my crampons. As I take my first steps onto the ice floor,…

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Facing Big Decisions – A Framework for Optimal Decision Making

Facing Big Decisions – A Framework for Optimal Decision Making

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I was tackling a big decision. A decision has been made. Although at the moment it’s rather a stern preference where some logistics are still to be worked out, I am quite confident that it will play out in a way that all pieces will fit the preferred puzzle. In the meanwhile I have talked to a few people that are in front of similar challenges. The decisions they’ll make will have…

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The Art of the Follow-through

The Art of the Follow-through

“It is the ‘follow through’ that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure, because it is so easy to stop.” –Charles Kettering In Dutch we have a saying: “Wie A zegt moet ook B zeggen”. It means something like, when you start something need to finish it too (literally: when you say A, you have to say B). I like this thought, because it can help you overcome procrastination, inaction, and quitting. We already saw that goal setting,…

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What do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

What do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

Some two years ago I came across this profound poem of Dale Wimbrow that contains a life lesson for young and old. The Guy in the Glass, by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934 When you get what you want in your struggle for self, And the world makes you King for a day, Then go to the mirror and look at yourself, And see what that guy has to say. For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife, Who judgement…

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Acknowledging our Ignorance – Bounded Rationality

Acknowledging our Ignorance – Bounded Rationality

A few weeks ago I heard a TV-maker in a talk show say that people make about 35000 decisions a day. 35000!! As you can imagine, they are mostly not life-changing decisions, but decisions like: do I snooze or do I get up, do I keep my fart in or will I let it go, do I give 2 or 4 kisses while greeting someone in France, stuff like that. These decisions of course do not need extensive research and reasoning….

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Face your Fear – It is no longer relevant

Face your Fear – It is no longer relevant

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” –Judy Blume On this website Danny and I talk a lot about achieving goals, results, goals, and going from where you are to where you want to be. Even more about overcoming struggles and obstacles, psychological imperfections…

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Doing Shit When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Shit

Doing Shit When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Shit

consistency – the quality of always behaving or performing in a similar way, or of always happening in a similar way Consistency, ladies and gentlemen. It’s the twin-sister of durability, of discipline, of persistence, of grit. Their mother Conscientiousness and father Steadfastness did an awesome job. I’ll use them interchangeably here. Why am I writing about this? The reason is two-fold. The first reason is that I had this subject written down in my subject list for this magnificent blog for a while…

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When Someone Says ‘No You Can’t’

When Someone Says ‘No You Can’t’

I had a conversation with Danny yesterday, and as usual we had lots of things to discuss. In the last blog Danny talked about his path, and how he goes about it. One thing that crossed my mind was the reason why I eventually started to work as an entrepreneur, and why I jumped on the path I knew was right for me. I think it is something that maybe more of you can relate to, and could use as…

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The Struggle is Real – Societal Expectations

The Struggle is Real – Societal Expectations

Hi Magnanimites, I’m facing a big decision. A decision that will have a profound impact on how (a big part of) the rest of my life will look like. It’s a decision that doesn’t have a single best answer, and so it is worth spending a little more time than average with the matter (and luckily I’m starting to think about it way before the deadline. Thinking ahead is a virtue). Maybe it’s not just a decision, but rather a dilemma….

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Breathe and stay calm

Breathe and stay calm

Ever since I got involved in some business projects more than a year ago, every day I have experienced an increase in pressure. More things to do. More things that really need to be done. More things that really need to be done, now. I always had a knack for challenges, and this is no different. But other than sports, this shows up every day, all day long. I need to remain calm. When in stress, which I am apparently…

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