Growth

January 1, 2013

“Growth” is the word of 2013 for me. Every year I choose one. Last year’s was “Pure”. No, not just the chocolate 😉
I was also looking at connecting with pure people. Also finding ways of purifying our environment. Examples are buying a new lower emission car, a high-performance, low- energy consuming boiler, filtering our drinking water and numerous small steps in further reducing our impact or footprint here on earth.

“Pure” brought me to more transparency, open minded and inspirational talks with partners, customers and on a personal level, a higher detoxication and fitness level of my body. I also got ill for the first time in a long time, also allowing me to cleanse even more.

As you probably know, I also participated in a medical research programme (where I had to eat pure chocolate on a daily basis!) about the influence of flavonoids in pure chocolate on our health. Of course, I will never know if I were in the actual test group or the control group, but it had a positive effect on my conscience about health. If you don’t feel well, you can’t live or play full out!

On the business side, I started a new company, Really LinkedIn, in the UK with Mike Clark, also a pure person. We purely focus on helping clients with our “Really LinkedIn” products and services. We want them to be successful with finding new customers, partners, employees or whatever kind of people they are looking for. Pure results! A really symbolic way of wrapping up 2012 for me was working for one of our customers: Pure, fundraisers with integrity. By the way, they have created 500K of new business in a couple of weeks, thanks to our LinkedIn course. Yes, their official testimonial is on its way 😉

Did you know I was a speaker at a TEDx event? Check out my 9-minute session at TEDxGhent, purely about lifehacking:

Let’s look ahead at 2013 now! “Growth” is the word that appeals to me, both on a personal and on a professional level. The first level for me is about growing more by learning more, talking to inspirational speakers (yes, I have made another top 10 list, remember this one?), growing my network, reading at least 1 book a month and investing in a least 5 courses for personal growth. Remember Jim Rohn’s quote: “You become the average of the five people you spend most time with.”
So choose wisely 😉

Another important element is growing my contribution again. I feel like last year was lower than average on giving back to community and contributing to charities. Time for action! I want to pick up the pace by creating a team of great go-givers to setup a foundation to systematically starting to contribute to other charities. Raising awareness, creating pure happiness and giving people a chance that otherwise would not happen; in short making a true difference is our focus.

On the business level I want to grow our business, not only in the Benelux and the UK, but also more internationally. I am happy to serve our first global clients. On top of that, we are expanding our team and portfolio of services as well.

So, what is your keyword for 2013? Did you choose one yet?
Let’s hear it!

Wishing you all the best!

To your success,

Bert

PS: Yes, this year I commit to writing more blogs too! So stay tuned 😉


Twitter Time

April 24, 2009

Twitter is truly going global these days. If we look at the rate they are growing. Amazing! What’s happening?Twitter

Many startups, like StockTwits, are basing their entire company on Twitter’s infrastructure. StockTwits is an open, community-powered investment idea and information service. Just eavesdrop on what other traders and investors are talking about in real time.

Recently Twitter grew at an incredible rate. As the graph of comScore shows, Twitter increased 95 percent in the month of March from 9.8 million to 19.1 million.

Twitter Growth March 2009 (TechCruch)

You also probably heard of Ashton Kutcher’s stunt on getting 1 million followers on Twitter? If you want to follow him too, he’s now at 1.3 million followers 🙂 By the way, mrs Kutcher (Demi Moore) is attracting people herself with 750K followers! Also a must read is Simon Dumenco’s article. He’s putting things in the right perspective.

What probably made the biggest difference is the appearance of Oprah (@Oprah) on Twitter (16th April). Read Heather Hopkins’ article on the Oprah Effect on Hitwise. Or is it coincidence that Twitter made it in the Top 40 most visited websites by Australians, according to Alan Long.

And then there is the Cisco Fatty or how to ruin a “Fatty Cisco Job” with 1 tweet. You must of heard of it by now, right?

Anyway, let’s share a great comic byNitrozac & Snaggy (Joyof Tech)

Twitter Etiquette

Oh, if you were still wondering where to find me, I am also on Twitter : http://twitter.com/bertverdonck

I know, I don’t have Ashton’s number of followers (yet), but fun in progress 🙂

Enjoy your weekend,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach