Reflecting on my life | 4 years in London

Do you ever feel like you work so hard, you give so much of your energy and your heart and still can’t see the outcome?

It has happened to everyone at least once in life. When you find yourself in that position please take a minute, breathe and reflect on your life. Think about the last 4 years of your life:

  1. -What have you achieved?
  2. -What have you learned?
  3. -What has been the main theme of life and pattern?

Then take a look at the present and be as honest as possible about where you are at. Most people tend to see the present better than it is or worst than it is.

And lastly, think about where you see yourself 4 years forward? What is the desired outcome for you 4 years from now? I guarantee you that if you don’t take a moment to reflect the 4 years will be identical to the last years of your life.

I really don’t want for you to wake up one day and realize that you don’t have the time to achieve all your dreams anymore. So please take the time to reflect in your life. Reflect is more of a philosophical word but you prefer the word audit your life please go with that.

All those thoughts came to mind as I realized that I moved to London on the 1st of July 2013 – 4 years ago! I moved from Amsterdam to London and what a journey this has been! My life in Amsterdam was pretty settled with my job, friends, and circle of influence and when I got the offer from the company I was working at the time to move to London – I thought to myself why not? I’m still young and ambitious and London will open my horizons and give me new experiences. So I did it.

The first six months were horrible. I didn’t have any friends in London and I spend so much time on my own, I felt really lonely. However, after some time I managed to make friends and acquaintances. Now 4 years fast forward I’ve had 4 roles in 4 different companies and I’ve grown so much professionally and personally.

Of course, I’ve had a few flings too that helped me learn so much about men, their ways of thinking and my reaction to those – but this is a whole different video because I’ve got a lot to share in this area too.

The highlight of the last 4 years it was the start up attempt which didn’t work out in the end. This was just a priceless experience, I’ve learned so much about myself, life and business in general. However, I won’t lie about how bad it hurt and how painful the whole experience was. See nothing really prepares you for entrepreneurship. The reason I say this is because yes you need all the skills for business –  such as marketing, sales, product development, and picking the right people to work with but the whole experience boils down to one thing and that is guts, courage, and emotional strength.

It’s not easy, I felt that I exhausted my limits and went even further, therefore I grew. Of course, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything and I would do all of it from the start. The truth is I’m still recovering emotionally from it but I’m so much better as a result of this experience.

Now the other element of entrepreneurship and when you do something that’s out of the box is that some people may fall off the wagon of your life and that’s absolutely fine. Now please remember that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. It’s vital to audit the people on the wagon and I say this because in the past I let people that didn’t support me or my vision to stay in the wagon. What this does is it slows the process and it drags you down. You don’t need this energy in your life so make sure you surround yourself with people that love you, believe in you and your vision and will be there for you when the wagon breaks down.

Overall the last 4 years of myself have been all about me and my development. Now the only reason for me gaining knowledge and growing is to be able to share more, contribute and help more people grow and that’s exactl my intention for the next 4 years of my life.

Please share with me below what’s your intention for the next 4 years of your life and surely I will be here to support you all along.



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