What I wanted to say

My vision was to write a soul into this business book. And that’s what I did.

In our book Your Next Vision we asked what the value of a vision is. The answer is: it depends.

If you have decided that life is what happens to you, a vision has no value whatsoever for you.

When external circumstances and other people are leading your life, you don’t need a vision.


There always have been and there always will be people who are more than willing to think on your behalf. You just sit in the back seat and let them drive.


On the other hand, you might have something real to do in this world and in your life.

You have a mission and a strong internal need to accomplish something meaningful.


Then a vision is a big help for you. A vision

  • Helps you to see more clearly something bigger than yourself that you want to connect with.
  • Serves as a guiding star that you can look at from time to time to reorient your path and direction.

But maybe the most important thing:

  • A vision helps you to live your life with worth and dignity.

And maybe the best of all: it also works the other way round. A vision helps you take a journey to your inner self and find your mission. This works through the questions you have to ask on your way to find out what you really want.

And that what you do is tied to what you are.


When I look at the people I meet and the companies I work with, I sense a difference between these choices: have you decided to live from your deepest joy or from your shadowy life (or from the vast grey area between). If it’s the former, you have access to your deepest personal energy.

To lead this energy consciously you really can reach out and make a difference.


When I look at the world I can see a lot of people living their lives as if they had a hangman’s noose around their necks all the time. They’re living in fear of failure and flaws. But that’s not living! Life is not a one shot deal where if you miss, that’s it, you’re done.

You can’t create anything out of that kind of fear.


Life is joy, playfulness, creation, and experimentation. You cannot live your life fully and as a whole human being, vulnerably and bravely, without these qualities.

Trying to pretend to be smaller than you are is the greatest loss.


It’s not only a personal tragedy – although that would already be loss enough. It’s also a tragedy for all of us who are unable to enjoy your individual contribution and celebrate it with you.

We need better visions to make this world better.


Start today by asking the simple question: do my closest colleagues deserve to see me living up to my best vision?

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