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Episode 31: Dennis de Graaf – Entrepreneurship, Mindset and Facing Adversity

Dennis de Graaf – Entrepreneurship, Mindset and Facing Adversity

“Behind a mountain full of challenges lies a land full opportunities”

Dennis is an entrepreneur and a medical miracle. On the 3rd of April 2014 he was the owner of and running 9 sales franchises across Holland.

That day Dennis was diagnosed with a bad brain tumor with the size of a tennis ball. Which made him instantly a ticking time bomb. He was in immediate life danger…seeing him surviving without a sincere handicap is really fascinated and inspiring to see.

Dennis shares a small bit of his life story. 

During this podcast we talk about a various range of topics, including:

  • How he grew up and his time abroad
  • Entrepreneurship & working in sales
  • Personal Development: Mindset, Facing Adversity, Growing as a person

Connect with Dennis

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Episode 30: Remco Hergaarden – CEO of 100ms, Traveling, Entrepreneurship, Ayahuasca, and Personal Development

Remco Hergaarden – CEO of 100ms, Traveling, Entrepreneurship, Ayahuasca, and Personal Development

“Get Shit Done”

Remco Hergaarden quit his job and took his second sabbatical year travelling the world before the age of 30. During this year he found the silence to listen to his inner voice and to discover what he truly wanted. When he returned he went on a new journey of personal development, changing his way of looking at the world. He changed careers and started as creative entrepreneur while doing what he really loved.

Currently his video production company 100ms is helping businesses to capture their story into video content. Remco loves exploring and is always looking for his next challenge as he has seen from up close how fragile life can be.

In this podcast we talk about various topics, including:

  • What he learned from traveling the world
  • His old limiting beliefs and how to change them
  • Ayahuasca
  • Reading books
  • His mindset: always exploring new things
  • Creative entrepreneurship

Connect with Remco

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Episode 29: Twan Plasmans – Fitness & Nutrition Fanatic

Twan Plasmans (@fitstagains) – Fitness & Nutrition Fanatic

“Getting better day by day.”


In this podcast I talk with Twan about the basics of powerlifting and bodybuilding training. We talk about different the most efficient basic exercises if you want to get started. We also touch upon proper diet. Here’s a brief summary of the podcast:

Beginner tips

General

  1. Have a goal: why do you want to go the gym?
  2. Both Nutrition and Training are important, but nutrition is more important: about 60% vs. 40%. Eat a variety of foods
  3. Make sure to do the exercises with the proper technique – get a coach or trainer if needed


Nutrition

  1. Research the amount of calories you need per day (maintenance level)
  2. For starters, the split in macros don’t really matter, focus more on the amount of calories
  3. Simply put, if you want to lose weight you go below your maintenance level, if you want to gain weight, go above the maintenance level
  4. Knowing the maintenance level (calories) is difficult to know based on a formula, you need to experiment with this, so try a level for 2 weeks and see what happens with your weigh
  5. Start with adding or lowering 200 calories deviation from your maintenance level – then increase it to 300-500 later on
  6. Go for at least 1,5x times your body weight (minus body fat) of proteins (up to 2,0x)

Exercises

  1. The most well known and best compound exercises are: deadlifts, benchpress, squats – always do those at the beginning of the workout because you have the most energy left
  2. You have to ask what you want to achieve: becoming stronger (powerlifting) or get bigger muscles, where you contract the muscle to let it grow and get the biggest mass (bodybuilding)
  3. For powerlifting, start doing 5 sets of 5 reps and every now and then try the one rep max
  4. If you do more reps, you create more volume
  5. For example practice each part 2 times a week: chest & shoulders, back, legs

Connect with Twan

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Episode 28: Mark van der Heijden – CEO of Wanderbrief, Digital Nomad, Public Speaking

Mark van der Heijden – CEO of Wanderbrief, Digital Nomad, Public Speaking

“Think Less, Do More”

Mark van der Heijden quit his job a couple of years ago and launched project ‘The Backpacker Intern’. What was supposed to be 6 months turned out to be 2 years. By helping out agencies, brands and charities in exchange for a place to stay, he has been able to travel to 27 countries on 7 continents working at 32 companies.

Also, he has been featured as a public speaker several times, for example at TEDxTeen in NYC, SXSW Festival, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Also, he was invited by The White House as one of of the Top 100 Most Influential Travel Bloggers in the World. In February 2016 Mark co-founded Wanderbrief, a global community that enable creative professionals, freelancers and digital nomads to work remotely while travelling the world.

During this podcast we talk about a various range of topics, including:

  • His experiences in traveling the world for 2 years, working for 32 companies in 27 countries in 7 continents
  • Public Speaking: a.o. TEDx, SXSW, Cannes
    Entrepreneurship & Wanderbrief
  • Personal Development: Morning Routines, Podcasts, and Books

One of Mark’s public speaking gig



 

Connect with Mark

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Episode 27: Joep Staps – Elite Multisport Athlete, Entrepreneur, High Achiever With High Ambitions

Joep Staps – Elite Multisport Athlete, Entrepreneur, High Achiever With High Ambitions

“Really do what you like, and do it right. Or don’t do it, otherwise the effect is zero. So go for it!”



Joep
is currently reaching his goals as professional and elite athlete (duathlons and triathlons). Joep can be described as someone who is multidisciplinary and an ambitious athlete and graduated professional focusing on business and sport. Always improving, using his academical background and creativity. Loves to cooperate with enthusiast, talented and ambitious people. 

Joep has performed in several matches and was the winner of the 2018 Crosstriatlhon in Kijkduin (June 2018).


During this podcast, we talked a lot about different aspects of topsport and his drive to reach his goals and his ambitious spirit.

Example questions we discuss:

  • I’m a beginner interested in doing a sprint triathlon, what advice do you have for me to get started?
  • What equipment/accessoires do you use during your trainings and matches and what do you recommend for starters?
  • How does your training schedule look like?
  • How do you prepare yourself for matches?
  • How disciplined are you in terms of nutrition?
  • Where does your winner mindset come from?
  • Share some experiences of your matches and training camps abroad?
  • What is Rebelance and what is your goal with it?

And much more!

Connect with Joep:

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Episode 26: Sabyasachi Sengupta – Public speaking, storytelling and Toastmasters

Sabyasachi Sengupta – Public speaking, storytelling and Toastmasters

“Sing like everyone is listening, dance like nobody is watching.”

 
Saby helps guide executives, corporates, and students shape their stories and presentations. His tailor-made programs help them develop excellent speaking skills, connect with the audience, and the ability to express themselves effectively. Saby focuses on three key aspects of communication in public speaking:

  1. How to capture the attention of the audience
  2. How to structure one’s thoughts into a logical form
  3. How to verbalize those thoughts with confidence

His main objective is to assist the participants in being able to express their complex and critical thinking with simplicity, using relatable stories and helping them create a powerful impact. Saby’s speeches have been well-received in more than 10 countries across 3 continents. His signature keynote speeches include topics such as diversity, networking, and finding your voice Saby was featured as a TEDx Talker, watch his TED talk here:

Some lessons I learned during this podcast:

Beginners tips

  • Content is always king. Start recording yourself on camera and watch it back. Learn
  • Change your physical state: listen to music, do movement, do powerposing
  • Be energetic
  • Be aware of your standing posture
  • Confidence is in your feet
  • Keep notes on table or in your pocket. Notes can consist of key notes or key sentences

How to easily connect with the audience

  • Three ways connect is via ethos, pathos, logos:
    • Ethos is via authority/credibility
    • Pathos is via emotion (your own feelings)
    • Logos is via reasoning, logic.
  • If you implement those 3 factors well, you can easily connect with the audience and make your story relatable.
Visit Fusion Toastmasters Amsterdam: Fusion Toastmasters Amsterdam

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Episode 25: Roel Wilbers – Meditation trainer, coach, physiotherapist and author of ‘Meditatie, je dagelijkse minivakantie’.

Roel Wilbers – Meditation trainer, coach, physiotherapist and author of ‘Meditatie, je dagelijkse minivakantie

“Every day a mini holiday gives mental peace and balance”

Roel is a meditation trainer, coach, physiotherapist and has written a book about meditation. Roel focuses on helping people to achieve more inner balance, calmness, productivity, energy and health. As well in as outside of companies, he works with groups or individuals who want to make an investment in their own personal development and their mental and physical health.

During this episode, we talk about his personal journey how he got involved into personal development, how he discovered his Why. Also, we touch upon the two different types of meditations:

  1. Open awareness meditation;
  2. Focus attention meditation.

If you want to learn more about Roel and learn more about meditation, this podcast is for you!

Connect with Roel:

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Episode 24: Derk Arts – CEO & Founder of Castor EDC, Entrepreneur, Personal Development & Staying Healthy

Derk Arts – CEO & Founder of Castor EDC, Entrepreneur, Personal Development & Staying Healthy

“Accelerating medical research by unlocking the potential of every byte of research data. That’s the goal.”

 
Derk is the CEO & Founder of Castor EDC. When he graduated in 2011, Derk Arts (MD, PhD and epidemiologist) discovered that there was no decent application for simple and affordable data management. He decided to found Castor, and developed the first version of Castor EDC himself. Now, Castor has expanded into a team of 30+ people, specialized developers have taken over the programming work, and we are an established name within medical research. Recently, Castor has received a capital injection from Healthcare and Technology investor INKEF of $6.25M in order to further accelerate growth.

The goal of Castor: To accelerate medical research by unlocking the potential of every byte of research data. 85% of medical research data is never reused. This is due to poor data quality, lack of standardization, and by the data being inaccessible to others.

Castor has developed Castor Electronic Data Capture (EDC) to enable researchers to capture high-quality, standardized data at the source and make it available for re-use. Castor is the most user-friendly and affordable EDC in the world and is being used by more than 15000+ users across 2500+ studies.

In this podcast, we talk about several interesting topics, not only about Castor but also about him as a person:

Personal development

  • Mindset
  • Books that influenced him
  • People that inspire him
  • Why Derk wants to live healthy and workout 5 times a week
  • How Derk optimizes his life
  • Routines and habits

Castor

  • How did it start
  • Different growth phases of the company
  • Lessons learned from the investment round
  • Biggest challenges faced
  • The future of Castor

Links:

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Episode 23: Patrick Leenen – Mental Healthcare entrepreneur: Why Our Current (Mental) Healthcare System Is Broken And What We Should Change (Dutch)

Patrick Leenen – Mental Healthcare entrepreneur: Why Our Current Healthcare System Is Broken And What We Should Change (Dutch)

“Our Mental Healthcare System Is Broken.”

Watch Patrick’s TED Talk in Venlo here

 

Note: This episode is in Dutch!

Patrick Leenen is a mental healthcare entrepreneur who is trying to improve the mental healthcare sector. Via his previous company Blok Social Society, he tried to solve complex mental healthcare issues by applying different techniques and methods contrary to what is being done now.

Patrick believes the system is corrupt and isn’t sustainable the way it’s setup now, because it’s not about the people but about creating money and profit. But no one is there to blame, because everybody performs his job as he or she should do. But the way the system is setup, it’s impossible to really cure people because the system makes sure the patients will not be ‘cured’ but stay patients.

By applying different technologies e.g. Blockchain and AI, a lot of things can be solved already, like the waiting lists and the first phase of diagnosing.

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Episode 22: Gernot Schwendtner – Co-Founder of WeGrow, Growth development partner, Helping Scale-ups

Gernot Schwendtner – Co-Founder of WeGrow, Growth development partner, Helping Scale-ups

“I like to work with people, connect with them and being able to challenge or lead. Both strategic and hands-on, I drive (people) engagement and (online) revenue.”

Gernot moved to Amsterdam 4 years ago and is co-founder of WeGrow. WeGrow helps startups and scale-ups to grow internationally. He has a background in Media and e-commerce. Also, he was responsible for growing Travelbird in Austria.

We talk about several interesting topics, such as:

  • Energy
  • Why a coach is essential to succeed
  • Limiting beliefs and Failure
  • How WeGrow helps startups and scale-ups grow internationally
  • Entrepreneurship
  • How to build a network in any country as a ‘foreigner’
  • Books: Man’s Search for Meaning (Frankl), Big Five for Live (Strelecky), The Culture Map (Meyer)

Links:

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