XL Nation

March 31, 2009

I introduced XL Nation in my last blogpost about Interdependence Day, but here are the latest videos on XL Nation.

XL Nation: Welcome to our world!

XL Nation : Who we are and what we do

Are you stepping up? Are you contributing? Now’s the time!

We are the ones we have been waiting for!

Bert Verdonck

Lifehacker & Life Coach
Founding Citizen of XL Nation

Interdependence Day

March 31, 2009

XL NationToday is Interdependence Day, also called National Day for XL. Today XL Results Foundation embarks on the next chapter of the journey. XL 1.0 steps up to become XL Nation 2.0.

Every nation has a Declaration of Independence and so a focus on national interest. XL Nation as the worldโ€™s first global nation will have a Declaration of Interdependence. It will have a focus on global interest that is inclusive not exclusive. This means that our ability to sign federation agreements with charities, learning institutions, other organisations and eventually other nations as either service providers or program partners will be an important part of our growth in influence and scale towards achieving World Wide Wealth.

Now you know why we are here: to achieve World Wide Wealth.

Within XL1.0, by 2008 the amount of value being delivered was phenomenal โ€“ over 2,000 events around the world, content, learning delivered every week in stories, magazines, 24 hour radio, videos. The problem was most even the most active members would only ever get to 5% of this value, which made it a very inefficient and ineffective use of resources. In XL2.0, the focus of XL Nation should be 100% on Effective Giving.

When Roger Hamilton & Dave Rogers started the XL Results Foundation in 2001, their vision was a way to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals without needing to rely on governments or other institutions. What better way then bringing entrepreneurs together could have achieved this? Today the history continues and we are creating the next chapter.

So, where are we now? Well today, the Bali Convention takes place and about 10% of the Founding Members Citizens of XL Nation are there to sign the Declaration of Interdependence. The new flag will presented and several speeches will inspire us even more. Our XL Vision 2020 is growing and more is being donated every day!

What can you do to step up? Join XL Nation now and start giving effectively! If you need a hand, let me know…

Now it’s time to celebrate the birth of a new nation! Party time ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach


March 29, 2009

Ever seen sheeps carrying LEDs to enlighten the hills of Wales?

Have a look at this great prank, which turned into a commercial for Samsung.

Well done guys,

Bert Verdonck

The Wealth Garden

March 25, 2009

Writing a book can be hard.ย  And finding a title or publisher is also a challenging job, but it is even harder if you do it all by yourself!

I decided to step up and write a book with several authors from around the world. JP and Matthew Newnham are the coordinators and the book is progressing very well. The launch will be in June, but I’ll post the exact date here later…

So, coming back to the title and cover, a decision has been made and here is the first draft: The Wealth Garden, Catching Butterflies without a Net.

The Wealth GardenMy chapter is now in proofreading and I am excited ๐Ÿ™‚ On top of the creation of the book, we also participate in a marketing programme to gear up for becoming a bestseller on Amazon! Yes, that’s right, our ambition is to become a #1 bestseller in our category on Amazon. And I’ll need your help to get there ๐Ÿ™‚

By arriving at the #1 spot, I will be one of the first Belgian bestselling authors on Amazon (Yes, my friend Jan was probably the first!). Imagine what extra visibility that will create for me. On top of that I’ll be doing interviews in several publications.

And it gets even better! My chapter will be used as one of the previews of the book. This means that I will get an amazing interest from all over the world. Sure, this book is will be promoted on a global scale. Not only will it be a classical book on paper, but also a multimedia format will be available.

This is so exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

Go Bananas!

March 23, 2009

Showing up and helping people in need, stepping up for charities and giving back to society in general are very important for Tonia and me.

In 2008 I have dedicated about 10% of my time to contribute to these initiatives.

Our main charity projects is Go Bananas. Our goal was to find a way to help Kevin Allen, the Banana Man, with his amazing goal of providing 1,000,000 meals for the forgotten orphans in Zululand, South Africa. We decided to step up and set ourselves an ambitious goal of 10%, which is a whopping 100,000 meals.

As most of you already know we created a challenge for ourselves to walk 100 km (60 miles) in 1 day. Supporters could sponsor us for every km we walked. We also found a number of corporate sponsors and presented several banana deals.

With additional help and events, we received more money. We finally calculated the new total and we are so happy!

We gave โ‚ฌ 6,417 to Banana Appeal in total!

This means that we surpassed our ambitious goal and more children will be fed thanks to all our sponsors and supporters. This eye-wathering result made us realize how great we have it in our own life. Not only do we have a roof over our head, but also plenty of food, drinks and even a car. We go on holidays and enjoy time with friends and family. I feel so grateful every day! Do you too?

Coming back to Go Bananas, we enrolled to participate in a radio quiz Quizt’t on Radio 2. This Thursday 26th March, we’ll be headed to the studios in Ghent with several supporters. So, if you are willing to support us, you are most welcome to join us too! We need at least 20 supporters! Mail me and I’ll send you the details. The winner of the quiz takes โ‚ฌ 1,000, which would be a great start for 2009!

Of course, we are still accepting gifts for Go Bananas as well. This year will be a special year and I’ll be back with updates and plans for 2009 later.

In the meantime, think about your own actions to step up and give back to society and charities. Now would be a great time to take that extra step! And if you can’t choose which one, give me a call, we always welcome extra support for Go Bananas!

Have a great week,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

New Zealand Tour!

March 21, 2009

Mount NgauruhoeItโ€™s official now! I am going on a tour to New Zealand in September! Next to Auckland, I will also host seminars at Wellington and Christchurch. I am looking forward to contribute to a lot of people and teach them how to boost their efficiency. As we are finalizing dates and venues, I will inform you later on about the exact dates and details.

In the meantime, download my audio CD, learn several genius shortcuts and benefit from the extra time that it saves youโ€ฆ

Have a great day,
Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

Train Travel?

March 17, 2009

Tonia, my wife, took the train to work, a couple of days ago. It normally takes about 7 minutes by train to get to her destination. Despite the fact that most trains are late, this time she could not believe what was going on.

The train stopped suddenly in between stations. The conductor passes her and she asks what was going on. Apparently there was a problem with the tracks and they needed to reverse a small distance to change tracks and they’d be on the move soon again (5 minutes or so). So Tonia textmessaged her colleagues she was going to arrive later.

Half an hour passed and the only thing that happened was that they reversed a couple of 100 meters. The trained stopped and did not move again. Luckily for her the conductor passes by her again. So, she asks him how long it would take. He comforted her by stating they’d be moving again in no time (again 5 minutes?).

Again some time went by and besides keeping her colleagues up-to-date, she couldn’t do much. So, when the conductor came by once more, she stopped him and asked for a clarification why it was taking about 2 hours to get to the next station.

This is what happened : before going in reverse every traindriver has to fill out a special form to get permission to do so. This driver filled out the wrong form and reversed without (official) permission. This means that he lost his driver’s license (he has to repass his exams again! Go through medical examination again, you know : the works!) immediately, which resulted in having to wait for another traindriver to arrive. Ok, so far reasonably understandably, but then it turns out that the form he filled out is the one they will be using from June on. The current one will be obsolete by then! So, the poor fellow was ahead of his time (for once :-))!

Now, I am not sure if you got this right? I had to ask Tonia to tell it again, because at first I did not believe it, but yet it was true! So, this kind of Kafka’s example makes me laugh at first, but also made me realize in what kind of society we are living. It’s sad to see that so many passengers had to suffer from this minor “red tape” issue. I am sure many people might have lost their patience during those two hours…

Lessons learned :

1. Filling out the wrong form can have serious consequences. Be aware you always choose the right one and check if it is up-to-date!

2. If you need to tell your fellow travellers something, give them a realistic timeframe. If you tell them you’ll be moving again in 5 minutes and it takes 2 hours, you have lost your credibility. So, why should they trust you next time?

3. Even if your trip only takes minutes, it can still go wrong. Take something with you to make the most out it. Check also my tips on “wasting more time!”

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Cork removed from bottle

March 9, 2009

How to remove a cork from a wine bottle?

Ok, I know, this is a classic lifehack, but when someone asked me about this last week, I realized that there are still a number of people out there who don’t know how to get a cork out of a wine bottle. And of course, this also works for other bottles too (olive, vinegar, …)!

Instead of explaining it myself, I have found this great video from Entr200 for you :

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Use LinkedIn

March 5, 2009

How to REALLY use LinkedInHow to REALLY use LinkedIn is Jan Vermeiren‘s new book. And it’s a great book! I have read it and encourage you to read it too…

Why did Jan write this book? Well most people are asking the same question over and over again :ย  “Iย  have a Profile on LinkedIn and some connections, but I don’t know why I should use this website and how to use it in an effective and efficient way.” As the title suggests, Jan gives profound insights on how to really use LinkedIn ๐Ÿ™‚

So what’s this book really about? Next to expert talk about networking Jan also gives you basics stategies on how to build your network fast. On top of that he shares several advanced strategies and little know, but very interesting features and behaviour of LinkedIn.ย  Of course, he trows in several extra tips and tools to get the most out of your LinkedIn experience! Table of Contents?

Here is my testimonial : How to REALLY use LinkedIn” is stimulating, enjoyable and informative. Jan excels at sharing valuable, pragmatic knowledge in this book. I found it to be very helpful, even for seasoned networkers or experienced LinkedIn users, like myself. I recommend this book to better understand the sound principles of networking and to learn more about the amazing power of LinkedIn. It truly is the best LinkedIn book on the planet!”

The book will be launched on the 17th of March, but here’s additonal good news : you can enroll for a FREE webinar on “How to REALLY use LinkedIn” in Dutch or in English. Enroll now! Yes, I’ll be hosting both webinars, so that Jan can really focus on delivering maximum value for you! You can even ask questions “LIVE”!

If that is not enough, you can also download a “light” version of “How to REALLY use LinkedIn for FREE!

Happy reading,

Bert Verdonck

Lifehacker & Life Coach

PS: In case you were wondering : here are the LinkedIn profiles of Jan and me. Let’s connect ๐Ÿ™‚

Clean Desk?

March 4, 2009

โ€œIf a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?โ€

– Laurence J. Peter –

Do you have a messy desk? I do. Most people do. And if you’re like two out of three people, you feel guilty and ashamed about it, as well as about the lack of neatness and organization in your home, your office, your business, and everywhere else in your life. And other people probably give you grief about it. But are messiness and disorganization really such terrible things? If so, why do people who keep their desks very neat spend an average of 36 percent more time looking for things at work than people who keep a fairly messy desk? I’d rather spend that time on having fun. And yes, I can still find my way around in my mess ๐Ÿ™‚

A Perfect MessLast week, we had dinner at friend’s place and while she was in the kitchen I found a great book ( A Perfect Mess) in her library. It demonstrates that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, spur creativity, yield better solutions and are harder to break than neat ones. Yes!ย  Stop letting the neat-freaks push you around!ย  I found out why a certain amount of messiness and disorganization was already working in my favour, but I lacked evidence (sometimes) to proof it to others.

If you look at the money and time that goes into organizing, structuring and archiving stuff in companies, I sometimes wonder if all the efforts are really worth it? Do you really need all these applications, filing systems, neatly organised desks? I already told you about the Pile, don’t File-approach and A Perfect Mess gives more insights on how you can take even better advantage of the benefits of disorder. Don’t take my word for it, read the book, get convinced and keep a fairly messy desk, like mine ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your mess,

Bert Verdonck