Team Hoyt!

October 28, 2008


After writing about Nick Vujicic‘s life without limbs last year, I have another compelling story to tell. Well, actually, I was introduced to this amazing story by Sofie Vanhoutte and she wrote me a message that sounded like this :

A son asks his dad:
“Dad, will you run a marathon with me?”
Despite the fact dad has a heart condition, he says : “Yes!”
They run a marathon together.

Then the son asks again:
“Dad, will you run another marathon with me?”
The dad says “Yes!” again.
So, they run another marathon together.

One day the son asks his dad:
“Dad, will you run the Ironman with me?”
(fyi : the Ironman is a triathlon : approx. 4km swimming, 180km biking and a marathon running)
And his dad agrees again.

Now, this story as such is not so spectacular unless you actually see this YouTube clip:

It moved me! It gave me an enormous extra boost to keep on contributing to the world. In fact, I also learned that Rick has graduated from high school and university. He lives in his own apartment. He shows how you can overcome tough challenges in life. “I CAN” is his motto!

Closer to home, Sofie Vanhoutte is running her own charity : Chalkline (Krijtlijn), a non-profit organisation, which helps people with a handicap to get access to trainings, workshops and coaching in order to find the strength and motivation to get a better life. Get in touch with this brave lady in a wheelchair to see how YOU can help…

So, what did you learn from all this? What challenges are you facing lately? And what will you do about them? Time for action!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute

Save money

October 25, 2008

Looking for ways to save money? Are you also spending more than you receive? Interested in shortcuts to reduce the spending, without lowering the quality of goods or services?

Then these simple lifehacks are suitable for you!

  1. Don’t spend more money than you have! Most people spend 104% of their income…Keep a diary and ask yourself if you really need everything you are about to buy!
  2. Telecom : switch regularly or renegotiate with your current (mobile, internet) operator. There are always deals around the corner!Don’t agree on longterm contracts (1 or 2 years is enough!). And of course, use Skype with your friends : it’s FREE!
  3. Food : look for last-minute discounts for food you want to eat tonight. Mondays are the best for these kind of deals in the local supermarkets…
  4. Unsubscribe : if you don’t go to the gym 3 times every week, unsubscribe, it’s not worth your money or do it yourself at home! Also unsubscribe from magazines, newspapers, etc. if you don’t read them (enough).
  5. Travel : if you book your trips yourself : use search engines, rss and bookmarks to find the cheapest tickets. Also booking months in advance is often cheaper!
  6. Drink more water! Instead of drinking coffee or coke, drink a glass of water! You save more and it’s often healthier too 🙂
  7. Bring your own lunch: instead of buying a sandwich at work or eating at a nearby restaurant, bring your own lunch from home. Just add up last months expenses to know how much you’ll save every month!
  8. Go to the library or borrow a book from a friend. Do you really have to own every book? Ebooks are often cheaper as well!
  9. Make a wishlist (online) and share it with your friends, so instead of giving you flowers or a bottle of wine when they visit you, they might bring items from your wishlist…
  10. Turn off! If you are not there, switch off the lights, the screen, the heating, etc.

If you apply these tricks, you can go on an extra citytrip or holiday by the savings you’ve made 🙂

Any trics you apply for saving money? I invite you to share them…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Return to Bali?

October 23, 2008

I am returning to Bali!

Next to a couple of interesting meetings with local entrepreneurs, I am also meeting Roger Hamilton again. My radio show is running smoothly on XL Radio these days and I hope to meet other XL life members as well.

I am in the process of looking for partners who can help me build a platform for seminars, training, coaching and public speaking in Indonesia, especially Jakarta or Bali. Not only event companies, but also event locations, training companies, consultants and sales driven organisations would suit me perfectly. If you happen to know anyone interested in lifehacking or life coaching, just connect us please! You are doing us both a favour 🙂

My visit is limited, but focused : arriving friday 24th October until the 2nd November.

Stay tuned for updates later on…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute

Open Cursus Lifehacking!

October 22, 2008

Verkeer jij ook constant in tijdsnood? Ben je ook gefrustreerd omdat de zaken niet zo vlug lopen dan je zou willen? Ben je op zoek naar manieren om je leven aangenamer en efficiënter te maken?

Dan is deze lifehacking cursus iets voor jou!

In deze Open Cursus wordt u ingeleid in de wereld van lifehacking. Niet alleen high-tech shortcuts, maar ook eenvoudige, alledaagse trucjes worden u aangeleerd. De meeste mensen zijn zich niet bewust van de soms kleine subtiliteiten die het verschil kunnen maken tussen een gefrustreerd, moeizaam leven of een makkelijker en efficiënter leven.

Enkele concrete voorbeelden van de lifehacks die aan bod zullen komen :

* Beter, sneller en efficiënter opvolgen van emails
* Het “Pile, don’t file”-systeem
* 3 keer sneller leren lezen
* Sterk reduceren van de tijd die u besteedt aan het schrijven van emails (bv. 100 in 1 uur?)
* 200 beelden in 20 seconden bekijken
* 300 websites volgen in 30 minuten

Datum: vrijdag 21 november 2008

Ontvangst & netwerking: 8u30
Module 1: 9u – 10u40
Pauze: 10u40 – 11u
Module 2: 11u – 12u40
Lunch: 12u40 – 13u30
Module 3: 13u30 – 14u30
Pauze : 14u30 – 14u50
Module 4: 14u50 – 16u

Prijs: 495 €, exclusief BTW

Locatie: Best Western Congreshotel Ter Elst, Ter Elststraat 310, 2650 Edegem.

Opmerking: omdat we zo zeker zijn van de kwaliteit van onze Open Cursus geven we u 100% garantie. Bent u om één of andere reden niet tevreden, dan krijgt u het integrale bedrag teruggestort!

Schrijf u nu in op deze Lifehacking Open Cursus:

21 November 2008

12th December 2008

Gewoon op de datum klikken om in te schrijven 🙂

Ik kijk er naar uit om jullie daar te ontmoeten!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Common Craft

October 19, 2008

Do you also get a lot of people asking you the same questions over and over again? Can you explain me that “techie thingie” once more? How does this stuff work? It all seems so simple, but I don’t have a clue on how to get started. Please explain! Can you give me some examples too?

Do you recognize this? Of course, we all want to help people anytime and everytime, but it sometimes takes a lot of time to suit everybody! So, why do it all yourself? Sure, you can setup your own FAQ, site or blog, but chances are that you attract more people asking similar questions and more work…

I don’t mind helping them out, so I came up with a little lifehack to help all those people out: Redirect them to other people’s website where they explain things. Several websites have exquisite content I could only dream of. They are specializing in explaining things to people. A great website is How Stuff works, where they learn you how everything works! Also Wikipedia, if you are looking for an encyclopedia, is a great source to start. And did you know that by using Google, you can just type “define: ” followed by the term you want a definition of? (e.g. define: rss).

Now, I am taking it a step further, because some people still want more explanation. Ever heard of Common Craft? They make complex ideas easy to understand using short and simple videos. Here is an example where they explain RSS in plain English:

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Change The World

October 15, 2008

Change The World

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

This inspirational story has been written by an unknown monk in 1100 A.D.

So, do you want to change the world?

I know, I do. I have started with myself. The rest will follow 🙂

Enjoy every day,
Bert Verdonck
Life Coach

KMO Marketing Congres

October 10, 2008

Vandaag was ik via Ecademy te gast op het KMO Marketing Congres in Edegem. Een zeer leuk initiatief van Peter Desmyttere trouwens, mis het niet in 2009 : 9 oktober.

Ik heb eigenlijk ongelooflijk veel free publicity gekregen. Hoe? Jan Vermeiren bracht een boeiende uiteenzetting over netwerken en vroeg om een vrijwilliger. Niemand bewoog, dus ik dacht, ik help hem een handje. Onze conversatie ging ongeveer als volgt :

Jan : “Ik ben Jan en jij?”
Bert : “Ik ben Bert. Hallo.”
Jan : “Bert, wat doe jij?”
Bert : “Jan, ik ben een lifehacker. En jij?”
Jan : “Euh, een lifehacker? Wat houdt dat precies in?”
Bert : “Ik hack mensen hun leven of met andere woorden ik help mensen om hun leven aangenamer, sneller en efficiënter in te richten, voornamelijk via shortcuts.”
Jan : “Geef eens een concreet voorbeeld…”
Bert : In 15 minuten mensen leren om 3 keer zo snel te lezen of ze leren om 100 emails te schrijven in 1 u.

Na deze korte dialoog werd duidelijk hoe je netwerken op een event makkelijk kan in de praktijk brengen mits enkele gerichte, open vragen. Hij vernoemde “lifehacking” nog een paar keren tijdens de rest van zijn presentatie. Ik dacht : Leuk! 🙂

Nadien werd lifehacking ook nog opgepikt door 2 andere sprekers, namelijk Béate Vervaecke (e-Zen) en Wim Van Rompuy ( Tijdens de pauzes heb ik ook genoten van een bijzondere aantrekkingskracht van de andere deelnemers. Ik stelde mij gewoon voor als : “Hoi, ik ben de lifehacker”. Dit was voldoende om bij iedereen de nodige herkenning en interesse op te wekken. Uiteraard heb ik enkele lifehacking tips gedeeld…Ik kreeg zelfs meerdere keren de vraag of ik ook één van de sprekers was vandaag! Wow, dit is wel heel leuk! 🙂

Had jij eigenlijk al van lifehacking gehoord?

Iedereen kan trouwens gratis inschrijven voor een basis lifehacking ecourse en genieten van enkele schitterende lifehacking tips! Of liever in het Engels?

Wie er niet genoeg van kan krijgen, kan zich ook inschrijven voor één van de volgende open lifehacking cursurssen:

21 november

12 december

Omdat ik in een goede bui ben, krijg je 100 € korting als je “KMOMarketingCongres” vermeldt als promo-code en voor 15 oktober inschrijft!

Mijn lesson learned vandaag : help iemand anders en je krijgt er uit onverwachte hoek een pak voor terug!

Geniet elke dag,

Bert Verdonck

Live life fully…

October 4, 2008

“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”
– Anthony Robbins –

I am a fan of Tony and this quote is one of my favourites! Some people are just too scared to do anything and end up having a mediocre life. Others just go for it and achieve everything they dream of. Why? Good question!

Most successful people start with setting goals. They take action towards their goals. They revise their goals along the way. Yes, that’s another difference : they change while enjoying their journey. Others don’t even start…So how do you expect to get to the finish without crossing the startline?:-)

Anyway, everyone has the right to make mistakes and the duty to learn from them. A lot of people only look at the negative part of their experiences and forget about the positive outcome as well!

What’s your choice? Acting normal or being weird? Having fun or weeping at home? A life worth living or worth forgetting about? Choose now and join in on the positive side of life and get a life! 🙂


Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute

Eagle or chicken?

October 2, 2008

Let me start with a little parable about an eagle and barnyard chickens by Anthony De Mello:

A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in the nest of a barnyard hen.
The eagle egg hatched along with the brood of chicks and eventually grew up with them.

All it’s life, the eagle did what the barnyard chickens did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects.
He clucked, cackled, would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew into adulthood. One day he saw a magnificent bird high above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful air currents with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.

The eagle looked up in awe. “What’s that?” he asked. “That’s an eagle, the king of birds.” said his neighbor. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth-we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, because that is what he thought he was.

You see, most people believe that they are chickens, while actually they are eagles! Most people do what they are told, never ask questions, bury their dreams, look down and play the chicken game…

So, the question is: are you a chicken or an eagle? Isn’t it time to spread your wings and make majestic circles in the air? What’s keeping you? When is the last time you really dreamed of another life?

Let me tell you, there is an alternative ending to this story:

The eagle looked up in awe. “What’s that?” he asked. “That’s an eagle, the king of birds.” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth-we’re chickens.” The eagle went through the day thinking of the eagle flying high. The next day the eagle went down to the pond and saw his reflection in the water. He began to test his wings, flying further and further each day. After a few weeks, he was flying high and gliding just as if he were an eagle. He noticed that he looked a lot like an eagle. He realized that he was an eagle. With that thought, he flew above his past and his environment.

So, look in the mirror and see the golden eagle you really are, even if you are unaware of the heights to which you could soar. Even if you have lived like a chicken, you are never too old to claim your true identity. You are far much better than you know! Step up, spread your wings and take action!

Join me up in the blue skies 🙂

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute