Category Archives: Professional Growth

What is deliberate practice?

Aah, what a buzzword. Everyone who is even remotely into improving him- or herself has heard of deliberate practice. Probably most famously was deliberate practice mentioned in Malcom Gladwell’s bestselling book “Outliers”, in which he mentions that it takes about 10.000 hours of deliberate practice to reach true mastery in any kind of field or…

Are you innovative? See if you can answer this ONE question!

What kind of people do companies usually want to hire, according to their job descriptions? They want people who “take initiative”. They want people who think “outside the box”. They want people who are “leaders”, rather than followers. But do they really? Peter Thiel, Billionaire, Co-Founder of PayPal and first investor in Facebook, also wants…

What are your values in life? What the movie ‘Into the Wild’ has taught me about mine

I remember the first time I watched the movie ‘Into the Wild’. It was February 2009. I was 20 years old and about to finish my first semester at university, studying business administration. For weeks I had been preparing for the exams, studying relentlessly, spending day after day in the library, learning about accounting, finance…

Three entrepreneurial guidelines to remember from Richard Branson’s autobiography “Losing my virginity”

I didn’t know much about Richard Branson before I started reading his autobiography, and the few things I did know, I didn’t really like. Whenever I saw him on TV or in the newspapers, he was either trying to set another ridiculous world record or promoting one of his numerous businesses. Always with a grinning…