I'm looking for a new adventure
People say I'm a natural salesperson
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. If you have little time, here’s the short story:
I’ve sold the joint venture to Vlerick Business School a year ago, and now I’m ready for an exciting new adventure.
I’ve asked many founders and CEOs in my network for advice and they said I’m a natural salesperson, networker and project manager.
They described me as curious, analytical and a people-person. Because I love to:
Bring structure to the chaos,
Be a sounding board and sparring partner,
Genuinely care about who I work with.
So, if this made your eyes sparkle, send me an email and I’d be happy to help you on your mission.
And if you really want to know my story, here’s a longer update, my friend.
Three years of building a network
May 2018. Straight out of university, I published my book Start-up Survival with my co-author and friend Jeroen De Wit, CEO at Teamleader CRM.
We filled the book with a mix of tactical tips from my interviews with 50 successful entrepreneurs and Jeroen’s personal experience.
Only four months later, we launched a Start-up Masterclass and helped tens of aspiring entrepreneurs.
In November we wanted to help scaling founders, so we partnered up with Vlerick Business School.
Together, we've organised Scale-up Masterclasses and helped 250 C-levels grow in three years.
Thanks to this journey, I met hundreds of CEOs, VPs and founders before the age of 25. So you can imagine I did a thousand interesting sales calls.
It made me feel proud to help them. Now that I think about it, I realise how intense this all was.
One year of personal growth
Fast forward to December 2021. After three years of helping founders with Vlerick Business School, I decided to move on.
I was super grateful for all the learnings and the network, but it was time for something new.
Suddenly, I had SO MUCH free time. I immediately experimented with a few new startup ideas.
But the truth was, I wasn’t ready yet.
I still needed to recover from this intense period. I knew that to be ready for the next adventure, I needed to invest in personal growth.
So, I took a six months sabbatical and tried many things with an open mind:
Read a ton of books,
Followed many courses,
Started transcendental meditation,
Floated in a sensory deprivation tank,
Hired a coach,
And hired a personal trainer.
And I learned A LOT.
What can you learn from it?
When I share this story, people always ask me the same interesting question:
“What is the #1 lesson you learned from all those experiences?”
That’s why I wanted to share not one, but two of my greatest lessons with you:
Lesson #1: Do what you love.
Because if you’re not passionate and obsessed about what you’re doing, you won’t be motivated enough to persevere.
Lesson #2: Who you work with is more important than what you do.
Don’t think you can do it all on your own. It takes a great team to build a mission. And when you’re working with the right people, it will feel joyful.
But how do you attract the right people? Well, this mental model helped me achieve that:
Thoughts → Radiate → Attract
What you think is what you radiate.
What you radiate is what you attract.
To change what you attract, you must change your thoughts.
Read that again to fully understand it.
Now look around you. The people you attracted are the consequences of your thoughts and what you believe. You know this is true.
So what’s next?
I want to connect to a group of ambitious people who want to make an impact.
These groups can be (tech) companies with a great product, culture and leadership. As long as it’s with the right people.
I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t know yet who or what is coming, but I know one thing for sure: I’ve never felt so ready.
So if you’re looking for someone to help you on your mission, send me an email.
I’m open to anything, but if others would describe me, they say I’m a natural salesperson, networker and project manager.
I promise to keep you close and update you on the next adventure!
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