Instant Gratification and a Recipe for Success

Instant Gratification and a Recipe for Success

Today I’d like to share quite a famous psychological experiment with you guys. An experiment every single one of the people reading this will be familiar with. If not directly, you will be indirectly. Be it in your life (which is highly probable) or in the life of someone you know. I’d say the sum of these two probabilities is one. I’m talking about instant, or, immediate gratification. When we fall prey to the phenomenon of instant gratification, we fail to resist the urge…

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Why do we Endure? Perseverance and Grit

Why do we Endure? Perseverance and Grit

“History is written by the victors.” Winston Churchill The past months I’ve seen a lot of roads, airports, and hotel rooms. I am almost regarding Germany as my second home after putting in a solid 12.000 km last three months. I have to skip sleeping, down time, and my BJJ classes. All things I’d rather not, but I made a conscious decision. I made a decision to go full steam ahead for a business I am helping to build. We…

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From Lost Boy to Purpose Driven – Creating Self-Awareness

From Lost Boy to Purpose Driven – Creating Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions The following phrases are actual statements different people told me multiple times, be it in different wording. My job is great actually. Even the pay is fine! But it’s just not for me… I hate my job! “So why do you stay?”, I ask. What else should I do?! I keep ending up with these wrong type of guys This is my third education,…

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The Most Powerful Question You Can Ask Yourself

The Most Powerful Question You Can Ask Yourself

“All men of action are dreamers.” James Huneker The sun finally breaks through the hazy clouds. It’s a refreshing sight and puts a warm layer on the rough nature around us. We are walking on the Veluwe, a national park in the Netherlands. Together with my family and girlfriend, I am enjoying the mostly untouched nature of this place. One of my nieces is dragging along a tree branch she intends to use for something artsy. We all know she’ll…

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What Carnival Taught Me About Mindfulness

What Carnival Taught Me About Mindfulness

Oi Magnanimites! Yes… Yes that is me on top of this blogpost. And yes, you may laugh, like everybody does (including myself) when I proudly show them this picture! That is me. Some 15 years ago. It was one of the best times of my life. I was crowned Prince Carnival and I was the ruler of the ‘Youth Sjansemaekers Empire’. I held speeches, I was the frontrunner in tons of polonaises, I had a few personal assistants who all…

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You don’t Know You – How to Become More Self-Aware

You don’t Know You – How to Become More Self-Aware

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” Ralph Ellison   Self-awareness. It is a concept that’s at the source of it all. If you are talking about change, improvement, growth, learning and magnanimity. Self-awareness is where it all starts. If you are not self-aware, how can you know where you need to grow, what you need to learn, or why you keep making the same mistake over and over again. That’s why I want to address it in…

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How Our Brain Unconsciously Influences Our Decisions

How Our Brain Unconsciously Influences Our Decisions

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice ~ Unknown This quote may give you an idea that Captain Obvious has been typing this one, but you’ll be surprised how many people stubbornly keep doing the same thing over and over again. A prerequisite for shaping your life in a Magnanimous way is “knowing thyself“. A good dose of honest self-knowledge will strengthen your identity,…

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Action – And the Power of Doing

Action – And the Power of Doing

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson It’s 6:30 in the morning. I unwillingly turn around and hit the button that shuts up the fake bird sounds of my phone. The cold dark morning greets me indifferently, and I rise up. The day has started. I read something, make breakfast and get behind my computer. I do the hard ‘thinking’ stuff first and I roll through the…

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A Curious, Science Based Technique to Curb Your Fear

A Curious, Science Based Technique to Curb Your Fear

Fear has been a recurrent theme in a few of my writings. While I’m wondering why that might be, I realize it might be because I’m an expert in fear. Like I said in my first soloblog, life in itself contains fear provoking situations, or maybe even consists of fearful ie. stressful periods. Approaching that guy/girl, getting your first job, speaking your mind (don’t underestimate this one, I see it everyday in the lecture halls), having that relationship after you’ve…

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The Self-Help Generation

The Self-Help Generation

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins If you take a look at my books, scattered around my ‘man cave’, you will see a lot of books that fit into the self-help category. I am not ashamed of it. Although I wonder, when I find another book from this category on my door mat, if I haven’t read enough by now. Not…

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