When I was a young child, laying in bed at night with my teddy, and was often thinking about the life that awaited me. What would it be like? What will I become? Where will I be?
A mystery. An adventure. I had no idea what to expect. I was just a child, somewhere in a bedroom in a home in a street in a village in a tiny country called the Netherlands. I had no idea what would await me. But I did promise myself one thing: I want to live my most beautiful, fulfilling, exciting, impactful life.
I grew up deep “inside the matrix”, with a fixed mindset. I thought my life was pre-destined, based on my intelligence and how I looked. But everything changed when I first discovered personal development. When I got my hands on the works of Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, and many others, I realized I can do and become anything I desire. Life is my playground. Whatever challenge comes my way, I’ll find the expert’s answer, do it, and become stronger and wiser in the process.
Since then, my life and work have been a daily journey of learning optimizing, fine-tuning and aligning. The experiences that emerged have been beyond my wildest dreams. And what’s even better: something tells me the best is yet to come.
The game I’m playing with myself, this life, is to live in flow and leave a positive trace. I organized my entire life, so that I can be present in the Now, listen to my heart and to my intuition, and create meaingful impact through my actions. This game has set me off on an adventure starting in corporate life, to start-up life, to being a freelancer, entrepreneur, and community and network builder.
People call me “the efficiency guy”, “mister positive”, or “the machine”, because I make a sport out of optimizing the amount of thing I can get done, without any stress or forced effort. That’s the game I’m playing with myself: how can my actions create maximum ripples of positivity into the world? How can I experience optimal flow, so that I realize maximum output with minimum effort?
Every moment of every day I spend purposefully: consciously choosing to invest my energy for optimal impact in my projects, relationships, health and personal growth.
I setup my surroundings for positive programming. Play music which imprints positive emotions and empowering beliefs.
People know me for my lists, because I continuously use my “external memory” system to write down what I need to remember, so that I implement as many valuable ideas as possible.
I study my own personal strengths and weaknesses meticulously, and also help others understand their unique personality traits, the design of this body-and mind system (meat jacket) which our souls get to exprerience this lifetime in.
The experience through which I acquired the knowledge, skills and network I share with you:
- Master’s degree in Business (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
- Obsessively practicing time management, leadership, social dynamics, psychology, and more
- Leading a department inside a large corporation, winning several Best Leader awards (age 23 – 27)
- Program manager and six sigma green belt at a large bank (age 27-29)
- Time management author: “Weg met Stress op Kantoor” (age 28)
- Setting up operations and opening offices for a super fast-growing start-up (age 29-32)
- Freelance coach and workshops, guiding professionals with my stress-free work system (32-34)
- 1-1 Coaching, networking events and online masterminds for purpose-driven leaders (34-35)
- Initiating Gaianet, a not-for-profit foundation to serve humanity and Earth (35-now)
- Mastering personality profiling (new science discovers MBTI type through body tests) (37)
My mission is to facilitate the emergence of a new paradigm for humanity on Earth. I envision a society built on trust, sovereignty and respect for nature – an entirely new socio-economic system which (eventually) sets us all free.
Gaianet is the network which connects and unites the contributors to a New Earth in co-creation. Through mapping solutions, buliding community, facilitating roundtable sessions, and providing networking services, Gaianet forms a hub for this beautiful, heart-driven regenerative movement.
Gaianet is where all the lessons I learned come to expression in one organization. “Love in action” is our mantra, we practice self-organization, hyper effective meeting formats and heart-centered collaboration techniques, creating an abnormally productive and purposeful work environment.
We’re only a few years underway and still have a long way to go, but Gaianet has already transformed my life, as well as those of many others.
Empathy and meaningful conversations are my greatest gift. As an INFJ personality type, I am a natural counselor. I love to listen to your stories, recognize patterns, see your potential and help you see more clearly. Always in a confidential setting, leaders freely speak their minds. I provide that listening ear, that mind-opening question, and that subtle suggestion.
Purpose-driven leaders tell me their deepest secrets and challenges, their most pressing questions. I love being part of their stories, play a role in their adventures, and contribute in big meaningful ways.
As you may have noticed, I love writing too 😉
If you feel inspired to stay connected, please take a moment now to send me a message through the contact form.
Soon, I will launch The Leading Edge, my community of purpose-driven leaders who want to grow their leadership skills. When launched, you will receive my weekly mentoring email with your regular dose of lightness, insight and positivity, and I will invite you for my quarterly community mastermind on Zoom, and other peer learning opportunities.
This way, I’m hoping that me sharing my gift leads to you gaining clarity and confidence, connecting with your purpose, making a bigger positive impact faster. Because eventually, we are all just walking each other home.