Friday morning 09:00 AM, I’m still in bed…
I hear my beautiful wife screaming in the bathroom. Then running towards me… With tears of happiness and shock in her eyes.
OMG… OMG! Are we sure about this? I mean… I can’t believe it!
We had been married for about 4 weeks at the time. In a relationship for 7 years, but still very much newly-weds. And oh damn… I couldn’t be happier.
I jumped out of bed, completely in shock. And kept asking her: “are you serious?”, “Are you for real?”, “Let me see the test!”.
I have always wanted to become a father. My wife not so much… She is more the ‘mother’ type. …
How to go from freewheeling to building an actual business.
I have been entrepreneur-ing for as long as I can remember.
Always working for myself.
Always working on a business.
But the last couple of weeks I realized something. A thought that is fundamentally changing the way I approach being an entrepreneur. And now that I’m implementing this new way of working, I see a lot of others could benefit from it as well.
Nowadays, a lot of people call themselves an entrepreneur.
Nowadays, a lot of people say they are building a business.
But… In all fairness, are they?
Am I? …
So.. I wrote a story here on Medium that’s doing very well compared to my other stories. But I don’t feel good about it…
I want to share with you my experience and what my take-away is from it all.
A week or two ago I decided to start writing an article a day. I started because I discovered I’m going to be a father soon. And I love the idea of creating something for my child(ren) to read if something were to happen to me.
I have written 9 articles as of now. And I LOVE doing it. It isn’t easy yet, but I can feel myself picking up momentum. …
I decided to write an article a day, for a hundred days. Today is article #009. And I feel like it’s time for an update on how things are going.
Remko (my mentor & business partner) asked me why I’m publishing my stories for the whole world to see…
It got me wondering about why I’m writing these articles in the first place. What am I trying to accomplish here? Who am I trying to please or impress?
I started this challenge in order to achieve two things:
Have you ever tried to solve a problem only to realize that the problem gets bigger the more you think about it?
I bet you have. And so have I… Way too often.
I read a beautiful quote today that answers this question perfectly.
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.” — Albert Camus.
Let’s change that quote a bit to fit our topic.
“You will never be satisfied with a solution to a problem, if you continue to search for what satisfaction, in the context of your problem, consists of.”
Overthinking happens when you (and I) haven’t decided on what ‘good enough’ looks like. …
It’s day 7.
I am busy writing down a thought, idea or lesson a day. For a hundred days.
For the first time in a week, I don’t have a lot of inspiration or motivation to write. I feel the urge to push trough on my challenge, but at the same time I would love to just write nothing today.
I hate the feeling of failing. I have felt that feeling more than once today.
But you know what? Failing can only happen in the eyes of another person, or an ideal you have created for yourself. Failing is relative. And YOU decide whether you let other people or your self-made ideals impact you. So stop torturing yourself. …
Platforms like Pinterest, Dribbble, and Behance have exploded with inspiring design content for ui-designers. And while a lot of it looks amazing, I feel like a lot of trendy designs are misleading both you, and the designers who made them.
This article is not meant to hate on beautiful work by talented people, but to expand your arsenal of design skills by shedding some light on a topic I do not hear a lot of real talk about.
Let me explain.
A lot of my work revolves around designing user interfaces.
With over 10 years of design (and development) experience, I have seen a lot of trends come, and go. …
A few seconds later, I realized why his words grabbed my attention. They pointed me to my biggest flaw as an entrepreneur, and as a human being.
It made me realize, more than ever: I am not in control of my life.
“Some of us are busy responding to signals, while some of us are in control.”
Why did that inspire me? At first I wasn’t sure… Perhaps because he presented both of those cases as exact polar-opposites (which I thought was very interesting). Or perhaps just because he reminded me of one of my all-time greatest weaknesses.
So, I have this friend. Let’s call him ‘Danny’ for now. Danny has a very interesting super power. Danny is a master of ‘staying honest and true to himself’.
And believe me, you’d understand how unique of a skill that is if you were to ever meet him in person. But since the odds of you meeting Danny are very very small, let me tell you about him, and his superpower.
During Danny’s childhood, most of the people around him did not believe in him. Danny didn’t really seem to care about that though…
During Danny’s first ‘real’ job, most of the people around him didn’t believe in him. Danny hated that job. Quit. And didn’t really seem to care about the disappointment this caused to the people around him. …
Everyone wants to be someone’s Yoda. Right?
Everyone wants to be of value to other people. It feels amazing to solve someone’s problem. It fills your life with meaning.
So.. How can you become better at helping? How can you be the person people come to for advice?
I can’t give you the answer… But I can help you form your own.
I believe helping is the most selfish thing to do. It turns out that helping someone else, is often the best way to help yourself…
Here are a few examples of what helping others gets you in…