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After talking to the doctor and my physiotherapist ….. – Rodric Leerling

After talking to the doctor and my physiotherapist ….. – Rodric Leerling

It’s finally time to get into physical action again! A gradual build-up of physical exercise is on the roster after talking to the specialis this week. Continue reading “After talking to the doctor and my physiotherapist ….. – Rodric Leerling”

“Yes! I’m an Indie Business Entrepreneur and an Ambivert” – Rodric Leerling

“Yes! I’m an Indie Business Entrepreneur and an Ambivert” – Rodric Leerling

I started listening to one of my recently subscribed podcasts The Fizzle Show (FS211). For starters I learned I should start labeling myself as Indie Entrepreneur: people who are “creating businesses to live life on their own terms”. The confirm that “yes, it’s amazing, it’s difficult, but it’s also possible”.

The podcast show is designed to help Indie entrepreneurs growing their small and solo businesses. Those people like me who are running their independent living, not looking to eventually become internet millionaire, but enjoy the business freedom and be free to change or add different projects. Using and improving their talents in another way.

The second learning was by listening to their show guest Vanessa Van Edwards teaching about the Science of Personality. Use your unique voice to positively influence the world. To put it simply: you can’t appeal to everyone. By behaving that way, you in fact won’t appeal to anyone and waste tremendous amount of energy faking things while saying ‘yes’ to everything. Where is your energy to say ‘yes’ to only the good things?

It taught me there are more personal types than just intraverts and extraverts – how about an ‘ambivert’? Very interesting to realize you can even be both, switching between these personality traits, depending on the situation, depending on who you meet and deal with. In fact, the majority of us have both introverted and extroverted tendencies. The direction ambiverts lean toward varies greatly, depending on the situation. The way you deal with different situations and how social you are is largely driven by dopamine, the brain’s feel-good hormone.

People with a natural high level of brain stimulation tend to be introverts—people who try to avoid any extra social stimulation that might make them feel anxious or overwhelmed. On the opposite, there are people with low levels of this brain stimulation and who tend to be extroverts. You will notice in social interaction like with networking events – the under-stimulation leaves extroverts feeling bored, so they seek social stimulation to feel good.

I realize I might be an ambivert too. What to do? It seems that the trick is knowing when to force yourself to lean toward one side of the spectrum (extra or intra) when it isn’t happening naturally. Will keep that in mind at the next networking event!

“Is a Clutter-Free Desk Helping You to Think Clearly?” – Rodric Leerling

“Is a Clutter-Free Desk Helping You to Think Clearly?” – Rodric Leerling

I recently re-painted my office interior and used the opportunity to also clean my workspace. Some of the clutter om my desk distracted me during office work and now was the time to make a big sweep. Post-it notes, business cards, magazines, foreign coins, notepads, etc. I even changed the position of my desk clock.

I always thought a clear desk equals a clear mind. And on the opposite, a messy desk representing a messy mind. But on the other hand, I also realize the little things around me are giving fond memories. Of my family, great travel destinations, things accomplished. My desk is where I spend most of my business time, so it should make me feel warm, home and welcome.

I also know of people who just love chaos and a messy desk helps them to think more clearly. Something to do with visual and mental clutter.  I read somewhere that famous thinkers and writers such as Albert Einstein and Roald Dahl have been notorious for their untidy desks. So, it’s not that clear cut after all. Apparently, visual and mental clutter in fact forces people to focus and think more clearly.

Reading about the different schools of thought, I found a Japanese formula, originally developed to create more productive factories. But proving very useful for office spaces too! The 5-S method, based on five Japanese words starting with an S. 1) ‘Seiri’ or sort/sorting. Do I really need this here? 2) ‘Seiton’ or set in order. Eliminate what you don’t need. 3)’Seiso’ or shine. Clean every object. 4) ‘Seiketsu’ or standardize. Process your way of working. 5) ‘Shitsuke’ or sustain. Being committed to being aware of what is going on.

Concluding, it’s not the same for everyone. Some people flourish on chaos and get inspired by it, while others need a clean environment to think clearly. Maybe the Japanese ‘seiso’ is a good start for all of us – just clean your desk and make it shine!