Life lessons

The Starfish Story — Life Lessons Series #2

A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean. ‘Why are you throwing starfish into the […]

Life lessons

The Bamboo Three — Life Lessons Series #1

‘The seed of a bamboo tree is planted, fertilized and watered. Nothing happens for the first year. There´s no sign of growth. Not even a hint. The same thing happens – or doesn´t happen – the second year. And then the third year. The tree is carefully watered and fertilized each year, but nothing shows. […]


Game-Changer Exchange #1: ‘Education is the Motivation’ (Springest, Amsterdam)

Today I’m thrilled to kick-off a new series called the game-changers exchange. The idea: visit fellow lifestyle entrepreneurs and great companies to dive into their day-to-day work. Other game-changers inspire me (and others) because of what they do and why and how they do it. It could be anything. From pursuing something great, to having this one amazing […]


Restaurant Secrets from Two Brothers (and Their Dad)

We will soon start a series of posts in which we share lessons we learned from running a restaurant with our dad. You may apply those lessons to your life, career and business.  People like Seth Godin and Ramit Sethi regularly use the restaurant analogy. It is such a great industry to learn from. Think about […]