Episode 13: Alexander Pronk – Company’s DNA, Serving Other People, Doing Business In China, and Mt. Kilimanjaro

Alexander Pronk – Company’s DNA, Serving Other People, Doing Business In China, and Mt. Kilimanjaro

“I find happiness in helping others. This has been the driving force
behind my choices.”

Alex is the co-founder of Stratego Development. Stratego Development helps other businesses and organisations discover their identity (DNA), question what is necessary to improve and helping them find the best solution possible.

Moreover, he is really into personal development. We talk about his journey and experiences.

Topics we touch upon:

  • Stratego Development: how to discover your DNA
  • Doing Business in China
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal Development
  • How It Feels To Have Parents Living Abroad
  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Morning Routines 

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and much more!
Enjoy the podcast!

Episode 12: Mohammad – Driven person who is on a mission to help his brothers and sisters in Syria right now through his organisation Damaan and The Syrian Committee – How can WE help?

Mohammad – Driven person who is on a mission to help his brothers and sisters in Syria right now through his organisation Damaan and The Syrian Committee – How can WE help?

In this episode, I talk with Mohammad about his NGO (Damaan) and The Syrian Committee. We discuss the cruel things that are currently happening there, but more importantly, how we can help and support the people over there, any help provided can change a life over there.

What really stands out for me from Mohammad is that when he talks, I can feel and see his emotions, his anger, his frustration, his drive and his dedication to do whatever it takes to accomplish his mission. It really resonates with me. Thank you Mohammad for coming to my show.

If you feel like donating or helping as a volunteer, you can do so via www.damaan.org or www.syrischecomite.nl

Enjoy the podcast!

Episode 11: Engel Jones – Personal development, Podcast fanatic, Morning Routines and Connecting with people

Engel Jones (LinkedIn) – Personal development, Podcast fanatic, Morning Routines and Connecting with people

I had the pleasure to talk to my friend Engel Jones all the way from Trinidad and Tobago. Engel is a podcast fanatic (at the moment he has recorded 1,900+ podcasts). Furthermore, he likes personal development and explains to me his strategies to achieve goals. We talk about sleeping only 4 to 6 hours per night, what it brings him and why he does it. We also touch upon his values in life, and his inspirators. And many more.

We talk about a variety of things, ranging from morning routines (Hal Elrod’s Morning Miracles) to the most bizarre podcasts experiences he’s had. If you are a fan of podcasts or personal development, you’ll definitely enjoy this. Enjoy the show!

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Enjoy the podcast!

Episode 10: Reinder Lubbers – Former Olympic Rower, Former Investment Banker, Currently a VC Investor with a keen interest in personal development, the entrepreneurial mindset and health

Reinder Lubbers (LinkedIn)Former Olympic Rower, Former Investment Banker, Currently a VC Investor with a keen interest in personal development, the entrepreneurial mindset and health

“Rowing has showed me that I can create everything I want”

If you are interested in either high performance athletes, personal development, entrepreneurship and health, you’re going to enjoy this one.

Reinder is a former Olympic rower (Beijing 2008 Olympics), worked as an Investment Banker and is currently a Venture Capitalist. He is passionate about personal development, nutrition & fitness, and has a huge drive and desire to reach goals and dreams.

Moreover, he is a very ambitious person combined with great discipline. We talk about his journey and experiences.

In this very long episode we talk about a lot of things, all over the place, including but not limited to:

  • The champion mindset
  • Creating peak states for yourself and have that relentless drive to succeed which sets yourself up for success
  • Using that chip on your shoulder to become the best version of yourself
  • High performance athletes
  • Taking responsibility
  • Rowing
  • MMA (Joe Rogan) and Cricket
  • Mark Manson: “Fuck Yes feeling”
  • Entrepreneurship: creativity and innovation
  • Investment Banking and Venture Capital

If you liked this episode, you will also enjoy these podcast:

and much more!
Enjoy the podcast!

My Drive: Being Grateful and Fearless

My Drive: Being Grateful and Fearless

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?.” 

—  Marianne Williamson

Dear lovely friends and followers,

In this blogpost I would like to highlight two major things that have massively impacted my life in a positive way, even more so in last decade. I really want to share with you all what it has brought me and how I use those two things. Of course, there’s a lot more into it, for example I owe a lot also to my morning routines and everything else that I do – and many more things that cannot be summed up in one post, but you will figure these out for yourselves too and they are definitely part of a bigger, holistic thing I call ‘life’ or ‘energy’. 


Ever since I put my attention towards gratitude, I’ve seen incredible things happening. Not only so from the inside, but also at the outside, which can be seen in the manifestation of events. Let me explain.

I’m grateful for a lot of things, things that the vast majority of people would take for granted. I’m grateful for life, the fact that I’m even born and that I get the opportunity to create my own reality and seize all opportunities presenting itself along my pathway every day I wake up – and hopefully so for the next sixty, seventy years. Yes, life is short so do stuff that matters. The odds of being born are so slim, appreciating this fact should be an instant wake up call to do something productive with your life and embrace it.

I’m grateful for my family and friends. They provide me with warmth and love. I’m blessed to have such a strong family connection and we are close to each other. It’s something that is not similar for every one and I’m aware of that, even more so it’s something that I’m grateful for. I’m grateful for having had to face different challenges coping with ADHD and autism, I believe it’s still the single best thing ever happened to me.

Without those challenges, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get to know myself so much better. To reflect upon things and to see rock bottom and then getting back up and looking to the sky and saying: “Try me”. It’s what fuels me with inspiration, drive, fire and the will to achieve anything I thought were deemed impossible. For me the journey has just started and I’m curious to where it leads me – but I’m pumped up and I feel unstoppable.


I love the unknown. I need it; that adrenaline rush. I need variety. I get bored very easily, I need to move around, jump, kick, scream, laugh, cry, love, and express myself. Ever since I was a child, I had to try new things every couple of weeks. It has brought me the curiosity to always move beyond my comfort zone and seek new opportunities. When I was younger, I was a shy kid, sometimes insecure and had a lot of limiting beliefs. Over time, I managed to twist things around, by facing adversity and smiling towards it and accepting it and finding out that the only way to change is to accept, embrace it and turn the negative into a positive. It sounds easier than done, of course, but you need to love to face challenges.

I love to try new things. For example, when I started my own business more than two years ago, it wasn’t easy. I love risks. But I never envisioned myself failing. And even if I would have ‘failed’, I would still have won. Because for me, the goal is to take action, independent of the outcome. If the outcome is positive, it’s a bonus, if it’s not, then it’s a great opportunity to learn something new from it.

I love to meet new people. I love to strike up a great conversation and go immediately three levels deeps. I love to surprise people and create an instant strong connection. It’s something that I’ve been fortunate to have been able to improve during my life. I became obsessed with it. I seek new environments because they give me great impulses. For example, joining network clubs, reaching out to people on the Internet, getting to truly know the employees at my clients. Stuff like that. Seeking environments that increase your chances to meet new people, whether it’s a grocery store, your dance class, a meetup or a party, it doesn’t matter – if you have like to meet new people and you open up yourself, that’s when opportunities show up. It’s what has been happening to me, at least. Whether it’s in business or personal. To create new opportunities for yourself you do have to take some risks.

I’m not saying I don’t have any fear at all. I think fear is good because if it scares you it’s a sign you should do it. But feeling that moment of fear, embracing it and saying “fuck it I’m going to do this” and experiencing the feeling of joy and happiness after is the best thing in the world. 


What are the main drivers in your life? Do you feel like you live life on your own terms? Are you aware of what impacts your life? What makes you happy? Even thinking about these questions will greatly help you to awaken yourself and opens up the possibility to awaken that fire inside you.




Episode 9: Kingsley Hall – Sales Champion, Personal Development & Fitness Fanatic

In this episode, Kingsley Hall is my guest. Kingsley moved from London to Amsterdam, and is a sales champion. I met Kingsley at Toastmasters, a public speaking club.

Kingsley is passionate about personal development, sales, communication and health and fitness. As such, we had a great open discussion about these topics where we both learned from each others. Despite his young age (23) he knows a lot and I am sure with his growth mindset he will succeed further in life in whatever areas he puts his focus to. Thank you for being on my show! 

Some questions that will be answered in this podcast are:

  • What are the key things that help you as a sales person?
  • What is it like to live in Amsterdam coming from London?
  • When did you became aware of the growth mindset and what has it brought you?
  • What are your routines and life hacks?
  • Why do you like health and fitness so much?
and much more!

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Enjoy the podcast!

Episode 8: Menno Kolkert — Entrepreneur & Co-founder of PlotProjects

Menno Kolkert is the co-founder of PlotProjects, they created a platform which allows companies to engage with their customers in a marketing context in the right way. We talked about topics such as:

  • Entrepreneurship and the mindset
  • Marketing
  • Mobile
  • PlotProjects
  • The cultural difference between USA and Europe when it comes to entrepreneurial thinking
  • Interesting books about entrepreneurship

If you liked this episode, you probably also enjoy the podcast I did with Vincent van den Brekel, the co-founder of Stokhos or Ruben Sáveedra, co-founder of Metrica Sports

Play it here:

Episode 7: Gerard Keetman — Entrepreneur, Innovator, Ontketenaar and Lean Canvas specialist [Dutch]

Note: this episode is in Dutch

“I Did It My Way”
Gerard’s answer on what song would describe him

Gerard (LinkedIn) is the owner of Business Anno Morgen. Business Anno Morgen helps companies adapt to this rapidly changing world and prevents them from becoming redundant. Companies need to increase their agility, become highly customer focused and must innovate in order to survive.

During this episode we’ll discuss a lot of topics including:


  • Why do companies need to keep innovate?

  • Lean Canvas

  • How can we change as human beings?

  • Why should we stretch our comfort zone?


If you liked this episode, you probably also enjoy the podcast I did with Daan Jacobs. In that episode we talk about entrepreneurship, toaism, and golf. Also, we talk about personal development (mindset, books, authenticity), how we can reach our maximum potential.

Play it here:

Episode 6: Ilse Krabben: Creative entrepreneur with ADHD — Open discussion about her Journey, Transformation, Mindset, and her Theatreshow

Ilse joins me on my podcast. For me this is a special episode, since it will cover a topic which has massively impacted me both positive and negative my whole life: ADHD. I saw Ilse talking about her story and her dreams last year, and immediately knew I wanted her on my podcast. Thrilled she agreed to be on my show.

How can we make the best out of the “ADHD brain”? Transforming ADHD from a weakness into a massive strength, seeing it as a great challenge instead of a burden. It’s a love / hate story. 80% of the time it’s love: it gives me endless amounts of inspiration and energy which fuels my creative entrepreneurial mind. It takes time to train your mind.

In this podcast, we both openly talk about her journey, how she figured out what works for her, practical tools she uses, and insights about her brain, and much more.
Ilse is an theatre actress, story writer, author, teacher and coach of the new ADHD diagnosis. She has a theatershow coming up in March 2018 “My Electric House”.

As always, enjoy the podcast!

Links and Podcast Notes

Connect with Ilse

Podcast Notes

  • [3:20] Ilse introduces herself in her own words: freelance writer, playing and creating theatre, teaching children
  • [3:58] Ilse talks about her childhood in South-France
  • [6:24] “Discovering” that you’re different from the rest
  • [8:20] Ilse explains 2 easy versions of what ADHD means to her
  • [9:14] An example of the negative side of ADHD
  • [10:07] An example of the positive side of ADHD
  • [11:07] Why Technology isn’t helping people with ADHD to focus
  • [12:50] Why Ilse doesn’t like the term “disorder” for ADHD
  • [13:54] Why Vulnerability Is a Great Strength
  • [15:06] Ilse’s view on her own vulnerability
  • [19:00] Differences between ADHD, ADD, Autism, PDDNOS
  • [20:16] Hyperactive or busy in the head?
  • [21:58] Ilse talks about her time in Bali, The Green School and the Western education system. Why the western education system is perhaps not the best system for “us”
  • [23:05] Plum Village – what she learnt and looking at ADHD from a different perspective
  • [25:06] People diagnosed at a later age..Is it more difficult?
  • [29:00] Sensitivity
  • [31:26] Medication
  • [33:24] Mind was quiet but I missed my creativity
  • [35:25] Some tactics and tools Ilse used to cope with the diagnosis
  • [36:40] Never Choose To Be The Victim
  • [42:25] Break the pattern – you can only do it by “doing it”: just do
  • [44:07] Trust yourself and believe you have everything yourself to heal yourself
  • [45:38] You can’t influence everything
  • [46:40] ADHD & (In)flexibility
  • [52:20] How do you deal with problems, do you share it with other people?
  • [55:43] The Rise And Acceptance of Meditation in Western Society
  • [57:10] Why Self-Help Books should be titled differently
  • [58:20] Why “Relaxing” can be a distraction
  • [1:00:16] The Paradox: ADHD have superfocus but are bored quickly
  • [1:03:26] ADHD & Body Language: Open book
  • [1:04:20] Being Creative and Finding Solutions, Trying to stand out
  • [1:10:53] The value of truly liking something intrinsically
  • [1:13:00] Personal life & Work: Do we see it separately or can it be 1 congruent story?
  • [1:16:30] Ilse’s passion: writing and theater
  • [1:19:00] Ilse talks about her upcoming show: My Electric House
  • [1:23:01] In the end you can be happy anywhere, even though new environments are inspiring
  • [1:26:45] Why ADHD people need the busy-ness and seek variety
  • [1:28:18] Limiting Beliefs
  • [1:40:27] My Electric House: 3 plays planned and then going abroad (Bali, London) and dreams
  • [1:44:50] Closing thoughts & wrap-up


My Morning And Evening Routines That Help Me Win The Day

My Morning And Evening Routines That Help Me Win The Day

Addicted to our smartphones?

“Don’t just think. Don’t just talk. Don’t just dream. None of that matters. The only thing that matters is that you actually do. So: DO.”  —  Jocko Willink 

Owning the morning is essential for me to have a successful day. I’ve been experimenting with trying different routines for the past years, and my current routine is something that has been sticking around for a while now. It’s the result of testing a lot of different things and sticking with the things that work for me.

I’m saying this because I believe that each person is different and has different preferences, so while it’s likely that you won’t copy my whole routine, it may very well be that some parts may work for you.

Cut the crap, here are my routines:

7 Step Morning Routine

  1. Dream Journaling
    Whenever I wake up, which can be at any point, for example at 4AM or 6AM, it doesn’t matter actually, I voicerecord or write my dream in Evernote. If it’s still early I continue to sleep. The main reason for doing this is to improve chances of lucid dreaming (especially since I think I’ve been having lucid dreams since the age of eight) and some form of synchronized dreaming. Note that I usually set my phone to Airplane mode when going to bed.
  2. Drink 1L of lemonized water, take fish oil pills, and subsequently prepare mixed pu-er tea with green tea with coconut oil and butter
    On average I sleep 6,5 to 7 hours a night. My body feels dehydrated. I need to fuel my engines and stabilize my pH level to balance things. See instructions how to prepare the mixed tea here
  3. Do 3 sets of Wim Hof’s breathing exercises
    A key ingredient in my routine. Scientific research has shown the benefits of using Wim Hof’s method (breathing exercises, cold shower therapy, ice baths etc.). For me, this is a no-brainer. I feel great after doing this. You can follow the guided version here. The breathing exercise itself is very easy: take a deep breath in through the nose — let the air go in all the way to the belly, then breathe out through nose (doesn’t have to be too deep, according to the man himself). There’s ton of variations to this breathing exercise.
  4. Do 3 sets of Bhastrika Pranayama breathing exercises led by Tony Robbins
    Another key ingredient. I do it right after finishing the Wim Hof’ breathing exercises. You can follow the guided version here (I usually only do the first part).
  5. Small visualization of the day, goals, blessings, and being grateful for something
    I combine this part with the previous step. Some people call it the law of attraction, I simply call it visualization exercise where I focus on my goals and take a moment to think about what I’m grateful for.
  6. Write Three Things I’m Grateful For And Three Things That Would Make The Day Amazing
    Journaling has given me so much peace and energy. Gratitude has helped me a lot with acknowledging the fact how lucky we are to be here. It helps me focus on the important things and cut all the crap.
  7. Make up my bed
    A quick win which kickstarts the day: “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.”


2 Step Evening Routine

  1. Take Melatonin One Hour Prior To Going To Bed
    Research has shown that people diagnosed with ADHD experience sleep problems. So did I. Until I hacked it. It’s better and I can cope with it, but not always. So I take melatonin to help me get a good night rest. There’s mixed scientific research about the pro’s and con’s about taking melatonin. Do whatever feels good for you.
  2. Drink An Evening Cocktail Prior To Going To Bed
    This has done wonders for me. This drink consists of Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s recommended), Honey, Lemon and Hot Water. Drink it with a straw to prevent tooth damage (enamel). It’s been mentioned by a lot of people, for example Tim Ferriss and Seth Roberts


Why I’m doing this and the benefits I’m experiencing

Due to my ADHD and Autism I feel the need for some structure in my life. Also, because of my company which I’m busy with almost 7 days a week and there’s very little distinction between my private and work life, I need to be in top shape mentally and physically. Having done this for over a year now this is what I’m experiencing:

Feeling more present and grounded;

Feeling more clarity and way more focused;

Feeling more energetic and less tired;

Feel more positive and joyful;

Feel physically and mentally much stronger;

Decreased my blood pressure by almost 10% within 1 year (tracked almost daily)

And many more benefits, but those are more related to my goals and other habits.

You Can Easily Track Your Habits And Improve Your Discipline

Create a Google Sheet or use an app like Strides and set up some routines. You can then mark if you completed them or not to track progress, for example:



I hope you will try some of my routines and I hope they will be as beneficial for you as they are for me!



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