My work consists for 80% of non-physical activity like, preparation, administration and post production. Like most office jobs. Every year we get older, we loose muscle tissue and we gain fat. It's just the way it is. If we don't do anything. Here's an article and two great exercises that help fight our demise and increase vitality. Burpees and rope jumping. No walk in the park, but very efficient.

Small steps, one by one. These burpees are very hard at first, so I started with only a few. By slowly adding a couple, every week, it's doable. Still hard but doable. People often overestimate what they can do in 1 year and underestimate what they can reach in 10 years. And these exercises are a great example. By doing a little bit, every day, the long term benefits are huge and worthwhile.


The brain has only one task; to help you survive. It has no other job. You may think that you are in charge, but you’re not. We want to belong to a group, enjoy respect of our peers, we avoid mistakes and significant risk and we protect ourselves. The brain is doing all this and it’s so clever, we’re not even aware of it.

The brain does not like opportunity; an event or situation that creates change. And the brain does not want change, it wants us to stay exactly where we are. We think we want change, for instance another job or partner. Or just about any other opportunity that excites us. But when we start questioning how to get there, our brain starts throwing objections at us. One by one. The first ones in the car on the way home. Then the second and third while talking to a friend. Finally, what seemed like a great plan, has become a dangerous threat.

The longer we wait, the more objections obstruct the view of the goal. That’s why success loves speed. Speed is the antidote.

Here’s a picture of a sycamore tree on the shore of Lake Garda, Italy. My mom used...

how we make people feel

We connect with others all the time. With our families, colleagues, with shop assistants, with everybody we meet. Maya Angelou said; 'People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget houw you made them feel".

She also said; 'My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.'

Each time we meet someone we have a chance to make a real connection.


Getting older is not always easy, and often we are in doubt. Read this tremendously valuable contribution by Trevor Blake . His book 'Three Simple Steps' is a blueprint for change. If only one person buys this book, this blogpost has fulfilled its purpose. Such an important work.


A decade ago, very few people believed in Bitcoin. Those who did were early adopters. They took the risk and embarked on an insecure journey. That’s what starters do. They seek change.

Not all initiatives work out, many fail. And that is normal. Current owners of bitcoins do not look back. They were open to embracing an opportunity. The thing is, we never know how things roll out. But we need to begin, in order to find out.

Marc van der Heijden / Triboo

A design chair made from the very waste it stands on. We throw away millions of tons of plastic in The Netherlands alone. Marc van der Heijden is a logistics afficionado. Marc loves the earth, nature and his family. He has no 9-5 job. His task is to make sure his son grows up in a world where we recycle our garbage and don't hand it to the next generation. That we keep the plastic out of the ocean before it gets in there. That we really need to get busy, now. Love this guy. Read his story.

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American amputee reinvents himself as Caribbean windsurfer

A story about resilience by Michel Porro, photos ©Michel Porro/Getty Images

Dave Moomaw speeds his windsurf board across Lac Bay on the Caribbean Island of Bonaire, leaving a trail of whitewater in the aqua-colored lagoon. He pivots through a perfect jibe, bracing his sail against the strong trade winds that make Bonaire a tropical windsurfing paradise. Afficionados from around the world hibernate here for weeks often months. Dave is one of them, but he is slightly different than the rest -- the 60-year-old industrial designer from East Aurora, New York sails with only one leg; the other is a prothesis.

Dave lays out his life story while enjoying a fruit punch at the Hang Out Beach Bar overlooking Lac Bay. In the background, windsurfers swoosh past in a carnival of colorful sails and gleeful looking men and women. His quest for speed did not start on the water.

A biker at heart, Dave woke up in hospital after a near fatal motorcycle accident and found that his right leg had been...


What? Almost 500 portraits in 6 hours

Hundreds of internet, new media and digital technology professionals were lining up at my photo booth at an e-merce event.

This commands focus, energy and full on commitment to shoot almost 500 portraits for Getty Images.


At an event like this I am more than a technician / photographer / lightman / computer wizzard alone. Some people feel at ease in front of the camera. The majority is not. Perhaps you recognise this. You do want a good portait but you also feel uncomfortable. A bit like going to the dentist.

Up in the air

What are the main tools: a photographers' personality, enthusiasm, empathy and then expertise. Flow is essential: equipment has to work seamlessly and consistently. All of these factors may help that one shy man in the process to create that photo he or she needs and wants. Or the woman who never dares to laugh on pictures and then finds out that a laughing expression shows her warm and cheerful...


Johnny de Mol initiates Movement on the Ground

Here's a guy who's really committed. His tattoo shows a piece of wisdom of fundamental importance. If everyone would say this to his neighbour, there would be no wars.

The name Johnny de Mol is well known in The Netherlands for various reasons. This kind and gentle man finishes a call on his cell phone. After arriving at our studios on the former air force base Valkenburg he exits his car with his English Bull dog Hop following in his footsteps. Johnny is all attention and cheer-hearted, just like he is in his television programmes. This guy is real and authentic.

Johnny agreed to pose for me for my collection of portraits on Contour, my agency. The session lasted no longer than 45 minutes. It was a light and happy experience. While photographing my eye caught a tattoo on his right arm. I...