Month: November 2017

Episode 3: Daan Jacobs — Golf and Taoism Entrepreneur [Podcast audio: Dutch]

Daan Jacobs drops by in this episode. Daan describes himself as a ‘practical dreamer’. He is fascinated by both golf and Taoism. He has been able to incorporate both things into his daily life. In this episode, we talk about a wide range of interesting topics, we talk about:

  • How Iron Shirt of Golf tries to change the way golfers learn how to play golf on different principles
  • How he fell in love with golf
  • How he tries to reach his maximum life potential
  • Toaism – from being skeptical to embracing it
  • His entrepreneurial journey
  • Personal development: mindset, congruent and authenticity, books, excellence vs. perfectionism
  • And much, much more

Daan is co-founder of Iron Shirt of Golf (“ISOG”). ISOG has developed a training method based on strong technical and mental (based on martial arts) fundamentals, which allow golfers to improve their level of play for the long run.

Basic knowledge for the listener about Toaism — The type of Taoism Daan is referring to is an elaborate, comprehensive and above all very practical system of self healing and personal development, based on ancient formulas all the way from China, known there as ‘Nei Dan Kung’. More training than philosophy and absolutely averse from dogmas and doctrines, it provides people with directions to follow their own unique path towards self realization, along the way becoming a more vital, more conscious and wiser man or woman.

Enjoy the podcast!

Links and Podcast Notes

Connect with Daan and his companies

Podcast Notes

  • [1:26] Joe Rogan’s approach to doing podcasts and why I can resonate with that
  • [2:32] Daan talks about his life story from his early childhood until now
  • [2:55] Daan talks about his company Iron Shirt of Golf and its unique philosophy
  • [5:09] Daan explains 2 life quotes he lives by
  • [7:33] Is it possible to fulfill your maximum life potential if you don’t know your passion?
  • [9:57] The connectedness of Daan’s study in History and his life as an entrepreneur
  • [16:35] Iron Shirt of Golf and different perspectives
  • [17:40] Where did Daan’s fascination for golf came from?
  • [19:55] The opportunity to combine golf with business
  • [21:58] Daan’s initial skepticism towards Taoism
  • [22:38] How he used his History study to be able to have a different perspective on things
  • [23:58] Daan’s thoughts in his early childhood what he would do later in life
  • [26:00] About David Halberstam’s book – Everything They Had
  • [28:00] How Daan had the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in different fields of interests
  • [29:22] Uncertainty vs. security
  • [32:08] Daan’s decision to try entrepreneurship
  • [36:55] How Daan positioned Iron Shirt of Golf in the market
  • [40:35] Learning golfers to play both left and right sided
  • [42:17] Positioning ISOG on the “mental” aspect
  • [44:00] Current positioning ISOG: How to build a durable and strong fundamental base based on technical and mental training, in order to be able to keep growing far in to the future
  • [47:30] Daan talks about his own golf journey
  • [49:28] Daan stresses the importance of the whole journey
  • [53:40] Iron Shirt of Golf in 10 years
  • [56:00] Daan talks about personal development
  • [58:30] Daan’s discovery of personal development began with Taoism
  • [1:02:20] Daan talks about developing yourself as person beyond other areas outside Taoism
  • [1:02:52] Daan talks about his current top 3 books
  • [1:03:49] Daan talks about the book Mastery by Robert Greene
  • [1:06:27] Daan talks about Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • [1:17:33] Daan talks about why the education system can benefit from implementing books
  • [1:19:45] How intelligent someone is not defined by the degrees – it’s much bigger, for example also about knowledge of ´life´
  • [1:27:09] Daan talks about Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (ii)
  • [1:34:55] Daan talks about Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
  • [1:37:05] Daan talks about Giving and Taking
  • [1:37:40] Give without expecting something back – but not at your own expense
  • [1:39:55] Daan talks about social and emotional intelligence
  • [1:41:30] Daan talks about creating social-awareness in high school
  • [1:49:10] About congruency and authenticity
  • [1:52:20] A sidenote about authenticity based on Mastery
  • [1:52:04] Daan talks about Vulnerability
  • [1:57:55] Small talk – Not telling the truth
  • [2:01:05] Daan talks about excellence and perfectionism
  • [2:03:08] Top performing athletes and mindset
  • [2:09:08] Martial arts: Skeleton and tendons vs. Muscles
  • [2:15:50] Unconscious muscle tension
  • [2:19:38] Daan talks about the movie Borg McEnroe
  • [2:21:48] We talk briefly about Stoicism and Ryan Holiday’s book The Obstacle is the Way
  • [2:30:01] What is your Why?

Episode 2: Vincent van den Brekel – About Stokhos, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Disruption [Podcast audio: Dutch]

Vincent van den Brekel is my guest in this episode. Vincent can be described as an “extroverted beta”. In this episode, we talk about a wide range of interesting topics, we talk about:

  • His company Stokhos
  • His entrepreneurial journey
  • The challenge of entering new markets with innovative technology: challenges and market dynamics
  • His time abroad in USA and at MIT
  • His search engine startup he created at the start of the Internet hype
  • Innovation and corporates
  • O3NL – helping entrepreneurs
  • And much, much more

Vincent is serial entrepreneur, current CEO of Stokhos, former CEO of Darwind. Stokhos aims to reduce the response time for Emergency Medical Services vehicles, such as ambulances, thanks to their algorithms.

Enjoy the podcast!

Links and Podcast Notes

Connect with Vincent and Stokhos

Podcast Notes

  • [1:24] Vincent introduces himself and talks about Stokhos
  • [3:27] It’s a recurring problem that ambulances almost often arrive too late at the incident
  • [3:53] Vincent talks about the challenges of implementing technological innovation in new markets: market resistance
  • [5:40] Vincent briefly explains how Stokhos works
  • [9:03] Vincent talks about MIT, working in England, it’s culture and dynamics
  • [10:11] Vincent’s story about MIT
  • [12:00] Pepsi vs Coca-Cola
  • [13:10] Vincent’s experience with the corporate culture
  • [15:50] Vincent talks about the Search Engine that he created
  • [17:35] USA vs. Europe: difference in startup ecosystem
  • [21:40] How Vincent entered the offshore energy market
  • [25:55] How the energy market will change
  • *[31:38] Vincent’s thoughts on Innovation & Corporates
  • [36:20] ING sees Amazon as biggest threat, not Fintech startups
  • [38:30] Vincent talks about O3NL
  • [39:46] Vincent’s vision on the Dutch entrepreneurial climate
  • [44:02] Vincent’s journey towards entrepreneurship
  • [45:00] Vincent explains the term “Corporate Soldiers”
  • [47:05] Vincent talks about his sports activities
  • [50:22] What are your dreams you still want to achieve?
  • [52:16] Fear
  • [53:48] Should everyone try out entrepreneurship who want to do that?
  • [55:43] Did you have any mentors when you were younger?
  • [57:27] What do you consider your biggest strength?
  • [59:03] Do you have any regrets?
  • [1:01:20] Do you read any books?
  • [1:03:46] Vincent talks about the future
  • [1:10:48] Vincent talks about Patience and Time​

Reflecting on 2017 Goals and Focusing on 2018

Reflecting on 2017 Goals and Focusing on 2018

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible

The end of 2017 is approaching which means next month I will reflect on 2017, review my goals, set new goals for 2018 and adjust the long term goals. If I look at my goal list of 2017, I’m amazed about how much of the goals I’ve reached. To get an idea, I’ve set up several categories with sub categories as depicted below.

In addition, I have two extra columns ‘Concrete goals’ and ‘Habits’ next to it. For example, one of my habits regarding Mental / Spiritual would be: Meditate/Gratitude exercise (at least 5 minutes a day) over 200 times (4x/week). Another example of a concrete goal regarding learning: read 12-15 books in my target list. Another one would be: find a life coach and follow x number of sessions.

I’m not going to share my complete goal list with ýou, I don’t think that’s the most interesting point here. I just show my method of setting my goals. I am however satisfied since I’ve almost hit all the goals, especially in my major categories Business, Health and Personal Development

Finance consultancy

My Finance consultancy business is doing better than I could’ve hoped for and for 2018 I already have managed to reach my target revenue as I recently signed another client. For 2019 my goal would be to find more scalable business solutions.

Gym & Health

I’ve followed a 9-month personal training program and managed to develop a lot of great basic skills. I’ve really enjoyed this process and learned a lot about nutrition and different work outs. I really love explosive trainings (HIIT etc.), Crossfit, Calisthenics. As always, stay a student and keep learning new things every day. 

The thing I’ve been struggling in 2017 the most is how I position myself as a brand. At first, I wanted to do a lot of things at the same time. Coaching people, doing podcasts, writing blogs, making vlogs, public speaking etc. I was too impatient, the results didn’t come and it affected my mood for a couple of weeks. I’m human too, yes. As many of you know, I really enjoy journeys and that’s where I get most satisfaction from. Therefore, besides my Finance consultancy, I’ve decided to narrow my focus in 2018 to 2 simple things:

  • Focus 1: Create Podcasts to improve my communication skills
  • Focus 2: Practice and improve my public speaking skills. As many of you know, I would really like to spread my own story about my diagnoses and how I overcame my challenges. I’m particularly interested in helping parents who have kids with the same diagnoses or adults who have been diagnosed on a later age. I really feel this is a great starting point and from there on I’ll look further how it’ll go.
Put simple, it comes down to this (again): Process over result. Don’t pay attention whether anyone is listening to the podcast or reading your content. The goal is simply to improve my skills in communication and writing, and whichever activities I’ll take on. Everything takes time to grow.

For 2018 I’m going to set new and more challenging goals – I always want to keep challenging myself. One of things I’m really pumped about is attending Tony Robbins seminar in April 2018 in London. I feel as if this is the right moment and despite having read and watched a lot of his content, being there (according to many people I spoke) is something different: it’s total immersion. You have to feel the energy.

As for the rest of the categories it’ll be similar to the 2017 goals but taking it a step further. I feel working with a goal list (and also have a more longer term goal list, not shown here) and thinking about these things on a regular basis helps me stay focused. 

This Is Me – And Why I’m Grateful for Everything (reboot November 2017, English)

This Is Me – And Why I’m Grateful for Everything

Why I'm Grateful For Everything

This is the first post about myself (hopefully, many more will follow) in which I truly share myself with the world. It’s part of my life journey and a significant contributor to my “why”. I’m writing primarily for myself—writing is a form of meditation, as it brings immerse creativity and peace. As a bonus, I hope it inspires others, excites them, and sets an example. It’s become clear to me in recent years that I have the ability to energize people and truly touch them whenever I write something in which I share myself or something they can relate to. It’s my gift to you.

Against All Odds

I was born three months premature, when my organs weren’t fully developed, and was barely 1 kg at birth. The doctors didn’t expect me to be born alive and I was immediately put into an incubator. I faced death there when my lungs collapsed (probably pneumothorax), and I’m alive today only because a nurse noticed it and punctured my lungs. I was later diagnosed with ADHD combined with autism (even though personally I don’t believe in such labels), so my life forecast wasn’t the best, and I was supposed to attend a special school. I’ve seen psychologists and psychiatrists for a large part of my life and have been taking various types of medication.

Luckily today I’ve managed to find a great balance between medication and alternative solutions. People often aren’t aware of the side effects of those medicines, and I don’t blame them – some things are so hard to explain, to be able to understand one would have to experience it themselves. I also had a massive form of OCD and was a big control freak, but over the years I’ve been able to cope with those challenges. The breakthrough basically came around my twenties, when I started to embrace my differences rather than playing the victim. It took a while to understand it all and to change perspectives.

Challenges I Faced

There’s a couple of stories I’d like to share about my youth. When I was a baby, they literally had to teach me emotions because I didn’t know what these were. For example, when other kids would steal my toys, I wouldn’t get upset, nor angry or sad. So they ‘taught’ me to shows emotions of sadness or anger. During my primary and high school childhood, I was very hyperactive and at times aggressive. At home I’ve damaged many doors and the worst thing that ever happened was when I managed to shatter a door of glass while my mother was standing at the other side – I regret this a lot. While at school I’ve been fighting a lot with other kids. During high school, for a couple of years I was actually very quiet and introvert, perhaps shy if you will. Maybe because I was ashamed for the label I had – as if I had something to hide.

During my childhood, taking (different) medications was quite challenging since I had to cope with the side effects. For example, I would increase the intake during exam periods, just to be able to grind out for 16 hours straight studying the materials before going to bed and repeat the same thing over and over. The result was sleep deprivation, no appetite, almost being a hermit. It went as far that I almost became paranoid due to the medication, for example having thoughts of being followed or looked upon by everyone. It’s all in the head.

How I Dealt With My Challenges – And Why I Am Grateful For Them

I read a book from Tony Robbins once, Awaken the Giant Within. I was totally hooked. There’s two questions he said you should always ask yourself which changed my life. How bad the situation is, always ask yourself: “What’s great about this? What can I learn from this?” So that’s when I thought, I can either choose the victim role or accept it and think about the benefits of it.

Gradually over time, I managed to find ways to capitalize on what you might call my ‘shortcomings’. I started to practice different types of meditations, breathing exercises and similar things. I found out that I would find peace and calmness. I’ve kept daily track of my blood pressure for months and see what the effect would be of food. I started to experiment with eating different diets and eating healthy. I’ve tried different types of sports. I’ve noticed significantly increases in my well being and performance. I’ve cherry picked the things that did well to me. In my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with millionaires, successful and beginning startup entrepreneurs, people who are dedicated, focused, a bit stubborn, impulsive and dream chasers. That’s when I found my counterpart, I finally could level and speak with someone similar in energy level and enthusiasm. I joined network clubs and met tons of great people with high energy levels. I’ve traveled around the world, learned different cultures. At some point I was ready to talk about ‘it’ with strangers. About my ‘issues’. I didn’t have any fear about it anymore. When I told them about my stories, they accepted me for who I was. It felt as if a burden which I’ve carried my whole life disappeared, the enemy was defeated. finally accepted myself.

That was the moment things started to click. As I began accepting it and embracing it, the solutions presented itself to me. I met the right people, they’ve helped me change as a person and everyday I’m still learning. As you may understand, I’ve decided to write blogs and record videos in the four abovementioned areas: Life & Mindset, Startups & Business, Health & Food and Travel.

The Present and Future

Fast forward to the present: I’ve successfully completed grammar school and graduated with a master’s degree (with distinction) in finance, worked a couple of years at companies, I’ve been able to quit my job and followed my passion, choosing a more entrepreneurial pathway where I can decide how to spend my time, and do only things I like and work with people I enjoy working with. I became more open as a person and developed self-reflection. It helped me to grow as a person and has allowed me to truly understand other people as well and help them with their challenges. I continued to develop my personal skills and joined network groups with very enthusiastic people. I’m grateful for all the challenges I’ve encountered and will encounter. It has helped me to consistently develop as a person, without those I wouldn’t be where I am today. The backbone of overcoming those challenges: I’ve managed to turn my weaknesses into valuable assets.

I’m happy that I’m different from others. It’s true – I might be impulsive, I might still get hyper at times and I might say something weird at times often due to miscommunication. Anyhow, it’s also sort of a superpower because on the flipside, I’m highly energetic, creative, enthusiastic, curious, action-driven, can stay in the zone many hours without distraction if it really interests me. It helps me being creative at the speed of light, filling my mind with endless amount of ideas. People also tell me I’m good at remembering names or events that happened 15 years ago. It’s almost effortless, I don’t know where this comes from, and some people call it sensitivity, I think it’s a bit of everything but a big factor is being intrinsically and sincerely interested in the other person. In life, this has helped me big time on several occasions, both in my career as well as in my private life.

Welcome to my life. It’s going to be a great journey.

Episode 1: Rubén Saavedra – Transform Raw (Soccer) Data Into Actionable Output [Podcast audio: English]

I had the pleasure to welcome Rubén Saavedra as the first guest on my show, a podcast welcoming guests who will talk about either personal development, entrepreneurship and nutrition & fitness.

In this episode, Rubén gives us insights about his entrepreneurial journey. In our discussion, he talks about:

  • Why market validation is important
  • How he managed to win his first clients
  • His vision on entrepreneurship 
  • Why they adopted a working remote working model
  • And much, much more

Rubén is CEO and co-founder of Metrica Sports. They have developed a platform which provides soccer clubs with tools that take video analysis to the next level. Based on data and video analysis team performances can be improved.

Enjoy the podcast!

Links and Podcast Notes

Connect with Rubén and Metrica Sports

Podcast Notes

  • [1:37] Ruben explains what Metrica Sports does and how it adds value to their clients
  • [2:48] Ruben talks about his background, study, beginning of his career prior to starting Metrica Sports
  • [4:23] The moment Ruben decided to start his company and his first concrete steps 
  • [6:16] How Rubén analyzed the market for over a year and got in contact with Vitesse
  • [7:37] How the MVP improved in quality through rapid iterations
  • [8:38] How Rubén managed to get in contact with Villarreal through social media
  • [12:10] Why it is important to see if there is a market for what you create
  • [13:40] Rubén’s definition of what an entrepreneur is
  • [15:16] Rubén’s tips on acquiring business knowledge as a researcher
  • [17:04] Why I think entrepreneurship is not restricted to only those who have their own company but also employees
  • [18:24] Entrepreneurship begins with passion
  • [21:07] Rubén’s thoughts on comfort zone and feel challenged
  • [22:10] Rubén’s activities as a CEO of Metrica Sports
  • [24:03] Cultural differences when doing business all over the world
  • [28:12] How Metrica Sports has a lot of potential in other verticals 
  • [34:16] Finding great developers in The Netherlands is though and remote working
  • [35:07] How to keep great communication when working remote
  • [39:00] Why Metrica Sports didn’t use recruitment agencies but use different web platforms to hire new talent
  • [41:28] Companies like Gitlab laready work remotely “The Remote Manifesto”
  • [43:09] Metrica’s plan to scale up in the next 3 years
  • [47:10] Rubén’s 3 biggest tips on starting a company: validate, get advise from experts, learn from mistakes
  • [56:25] Rubén talking about Pep Guardiola
  • [1:00:15] Why things never go as you expect: typical example
  • [1:04:29] Why having a drive in life is important for Rubén

Episode 0 (Prologue): Quick Introduction – I’m A 3-Month Premature Coping With Autism and ADHD: Why I’m Grateful For It And It’s The Best Thing That Could’ve Happened To Me

Welcome to my podcast page. For those who don’t know me – I invite you to listen to this brief audio recording where I explain more about my background and the reason I’m doing this podcast.

With love and gratitude

Enjoy the podcast!


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