Archives for June 2013

Aim High

Aim HigherWhat are you afraid of?

Why have you not yet reached the level of success you are striving for?

Take a look at this short video by Les Brown, one of the most popular motivational speakers in the English speaking part of the world!

He puts things in perspective when we let ourselves influence too much by all the negative things around us. All those things that are trying to pull us down sometimes. When we forget all these things that we can do to move forward. [Read more…]

When We Excel (and when not)

Education- When We ExcelWe grow up believing that school grades are one of the most important things on the planet to succeed.

Yet, when looking back now, the school grades certainly did not predict my success in life.

If I would have believed in them, I would be nowhere near where I am today, that is for sure.

I would probably not have gone abroad, I would not have had the courage to apply for some of the biggest European companies (and get accepted). Let alone to start a business. And blog about personal development.

How about you? [Read more…]

Coaching: Should You Invest?

Coaching - should you invest? Personal DevelopmentIf you are thinking about being coached, then you MUST read this short post.


Many people think that they need to invest in one-to-one coaching lessons to develop. And as they want to develop quickly, they engage a coach without a lot of research beforehand or considering other alternatives upfront.

Don’t get me wrong, I think coaching is a good thing, in fact I believe there is a huge potential to develop personally during such face-to-face sessions. [Read more…]

A little hack to actually turn your idea into reality

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” ― Michael Jordan

turn your idea into reality - 1Are you someone who gets excited when you come up with a new idea? Who doesn’t, right?

Well, then you probably also know the stage that comes usually right after the first excitement?

The first hurdles appear around the corner. We get overwhelmed with information and options and often do not know which way to turn.

Then we have the feeling we can get nothing done. That is not the best feeling, I can confirm.

Keep reading if you want to be one of those people that keep moving forward. [Read more…]

Learning Bites #5: How to Create a Personal Development Plan in 15 Minutes

Learning Bites: How to Write a Personal Development Plan in 10 Minutes - MainIf you are a regular visitor to this blog, you might have read the different articles on setting your goals and how to achieve them. I have also written a post on the concept of personal development plans.

In the last weeks, there have been several people requesting more information on this, so, I have decided to dedicate this month’s Learning Bite on creating a Personal Development Plan.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Learning Bites Series, the Learning Bites are short exercises, which you can complete within 10-15 minutes on your own or with someone to practice some of the things discussed and touched upon on the Smart Self Development Plan.

Are you interested?

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Networking Challenge: 7 Lessons For Hosting A Successful Network Event

Networking Challenge - 004 - Main

Fortunately, there were not that many people at my networking event!

It has been two weeks since I gave you the last update on my networking challenge. The public challenge shared with you here on this blog, which is all about how to achieve one of my biggest business goals for 2013.

In this fourth post, I would like to share with you some details on the newly established networking group, which I hosted for the first time last week, as well as the most important lessons learned and mistake to avoid in future for anyone hosting such an event.

Interested to know more?

Keep reading!

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Review: Asana – one of the best modern ways to get more organized?!

Asana: Get more organized- IntroIf you are a goal setter, then you probably make an effort to stay organized and goal-oriented.

If that is the case, in this post I want to recommend a really useful web-based tool to you, which I started using one and a half months ago, it is called Asana.

If not, you might be interested anyway.

A short introduction

Not only since I have started my own business beginning of the year, I have been on the lookout for ‘new’ tools to plan ahead better and to get myself more organized. Up to the point this March where I had three different tools (a mix of old and new) in parallel to keep track of my to-do items. Not the best advice I could give, so, I would advise not to try the same. [Read more…]