What is the Meaning of a Personal Legacy? Being remembered for . . .

What is the Meaning of a Personal Legacy?

In the past I have been a caregiver. The last 10 years of my father’s life for both my parents. And after his passing another 10 years for my mother. The periods after their deaths were intensive times of reflection. 

What is the meaning of a personal legacy? What do I remember most about my parents? And as a consequence: what do I want to be remembered for later?

We probably all want to be remembered for great deeds, but are we actually setting anything in motion that indeed is great? How big are our dreams and what efforts do we take to accomplish them?

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How to find reliable information on the Internet?

How to find reliable information on the Internet?

Reliable information on the Internet is at the moment a much debated topic. Not the least on the Internet itself. This is quite rightly so.

There are all sorts of individuals, organizations, companies and governments on the Internet that only serve their own extremely limited concerns. How to deal with such devious sources? However, more importantly, where can you find reliable information on the Internet?

Rules of thumb

A couple of months ago I suggested some rules of thumb to judge the reliability of information on the Internet. From my explanation above you might have guessed why these rules are important.

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26 Ways to Spend your Time before Breakfast

The way you spend your time before breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. It even influences the way you will sleep at night. 

Especially in these challenging times of the Coronavirus it’s tempting to get sloppy. But I can assure you from my own experience that when you give in to feeling down it is the start of a slippery slope downwards. You will not care about your plans anymore, about how you look or about what you eat and drink.

What works in your favor? What will work against it?

Spend your time before breakfast doing some exercises

One of every three mobile owners looks at their phone during the night. Almost 50% of people look at their mobile first thing in the morning. In reality this means that other people – the journalists of the news or the ones sending you whatsapps or emails – decide what your mood will be.

For instance, you get frustrated because the news isn’t good (as it never is, because otherwise it wouldn’t have made it to the news). 

Or someone asks for your help. And now you’re distracted to think of ways to comply. Mind you, it’s great that someone cares enough about you to ask for help. And you should help. But most of the time it’s not good to be informed in the middle of the night or in the early morning. You’d better start the day right and help yourself first.

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Happiness is more than thinking positive thoughts

What have neuromarketing and epigenetics to do with happiness and positive thoughts

When someone asks me “What defines your happiness?”, then for me it’s often studying and learning new things. Last year my focus point was neuromarketing. This year it is epigenetics

Those 2 disciplines both have the primal brain as their object of study. Neuromarketing got my interest from a business point of view, where epigenetics triggers me on a personal level.

Epigenetics is a new discipline that studies the influence of our environment and our behavior on the activation of genes. It shows that anything we do, eat, drink or think can make us stronger or weaker. 

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Statistics that get us off guard

Statistics. In these turbulent times the media throw one statistic after the other at us. Every statistic is countered by a ‘culture of skepticism’. This skepticism is understandable, but not very productive.

It’s not easy to produce reliable statistics and often not very easy to understand their significance. More specifically so when statistics try to grapple everyday changes, as with the covid-19-pandemia.

But before you think this blog is about the reliability and validity of statistics, its not. It just wants to throw some light on how statistics became an intricate part of our everyday life. 

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Success is not a guarantee for happiness

Success is not a guarantee for happiness
My Dad (seen on his back) explaining his profession during an Open House

The mother of my father had to raise 6 children on her own during the crisis of the 30s, because my grandfather died young. So my father had a job from age 12.
He was determined to study and work himself up to a better position.

He went to night school and became a very skilled metalworker. During World War II he was imprisoned in an Arbeitslager.
My father always claimed this hadn’t been too bad because he found refuge in his profession and could perfect his skill there.

Given his history it was understandable why my dad valued working hard and being successful more than being happy.

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Money management by counting your blessings

Money management by counting your blessings

Is money management in any way related to your life? Or do you consider it something from the past, when you were younger and had a family to keep? I’ll explain why I consider money management to be of all ages.

How old are you when you have come to the end of your life? Some people freak out by this question. Others respond that they have never thought about it. Only a few name a number.

We all have a notion of what we want from live, haven’t we? We want to grow old and we want to be healthy. And as soon as you put a number on it, you can calculate whether you have enough money to get there.

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Daydreaming with a plan

Daydreaming with a plan

The conference room was packed with 800 people! The subject was Personal Development. I was not sure if I would be comfortable enough in a room so full of people. Would I feel safe enough to dig into myself?

At the end of the day the answer turned out to be ‘yes’. The process, the support team, the other people (who by the way were just as insecure as I had been); all contributed to a great experience.

I went home with a plan. 🙂

Out of my comfort zone

As an entrepreneur I was used to setting goals. Usually at the start of a new year. But I am raised the Dutch way: ‘be modest, do not brag, do not imagine that you are better than anybody else’.

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Make a daily intention – happiness is living on purpose

Make a daily intention and write it down

On and off I have kept a diary all my life. As a teenager I mainly daydreamed in it. In my thirties it was useful to get a grip on my relationships. During our holidays I described where we went and what the prices were.

It’s only for the past 7 years that my way of writing changed. That’s why nowadays I call it a journal instead of a diary.

My journal serves several objectives. I explained in other blogposts how you can be more happy by being grateful and why it’s good to allow yourself to experience emotions. In this article the focus is on making a daily intention.

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