This week is going to be different. I have gathered a couple of insights from the interviews I have done in the couple of months and decided to make a blogpost about them. I picked out the first four persons that I had an insightful conversation with, those being Naomi Marsidi, Zain Al Rawi, Kenny Bon, and Stefan Sakrama.
NAOMI MARSIDI – ‘By mastering the art of attention, we can create any life possible’
Naomi finds it important to live life in line with your own values and ideals. She would love if people would not only respect and love themselves, but also others and other beings as well. In order to do this, we should get to know ourselves first and figure out what type of life suits us best she says. This can be difficult, because it is a lifelong journey. So in a way we are reshaping or rediscovering (depends on how you look at it) ourselves our entire life. The tricky part is to stay close to our ideals and values and live according to them.
Click here for her 10 tips on implementing new habits into your life.
ZAIN AL RAWI – ‘It all comes down to do what you love to do’
I asked Zain what advice he would give to people who are doubting to start something of their own. He said that the advice he would give would be ‘why not’. Zain believes that if you think you have a shot at something you love doing, if you enjoy doing it, if you can do it, then why not start doing it? It really matters in the long run that you love what you are doing.
Zain talks about how he has met people that are high up in their work fields, but are really tiring themselves and running out of fuel. They are really ambitious but don’t like what they do. Zain believes that people in general have to keep in mind that they are going towards a place that they really like to be in or like to do. Otherwise you cannot sustain in life or enjoy it.
Money is not everything, social status is not everything, your position in the hierarchy is not everything. Eventually if you can enjoy what you are doing you can excel at it. Ask yourself if you are enjoying your current position, your current place in life. Ask yourself what could it be and do I need to do to get to a place where I can enjoy what I am doing. The road is not easy, but it is worth it. It all comes down to do what you love to do.
If you want to read more about Zain’s interview, click here.
KENNY BON – ‘From the inside to the outside’
Kenny has mentioned this a couple of times. I believe his message to be very important. Instead of trying to please others’ expectations, try and figure out what it is that you truly want. Instead of doing the things that you think others want you to be, do what you think is important. Otherwise you might lose yourself in the process.
If you feel out of place it can be a good thing to ask yourself: What drives you? Why do you wake up in the morning? What do you feel is important in the world? What makes you want to become better than who you already are? What do you like? What are you good at?
Maybe you have experienced something horrible in your life and you don’t want anyone else to experience that ever. Maybe you just feel that your life is dull and you want something more out of life. It can be a real puzzle to figure out what you really want, but once you know it for yourself it is an endless pit of energy and drive.
If you want to read more about Kenny’s interview, click here.
STEFAN SAKRAMA – ‘Don’t overthink it, just do it’
During the conversation with Stefan, he talked about ‘time’. Stefan finds it important to have a purpose in life and he realised that we can replace everything in this world, but time. He thought about what he wants to do with his time and what gives him pleasure to make use of his time effectively.
He says that we shouldn’t forget that we have just one life and we don’t know how long that is. Stefan says that when he is not here anymore, he wants to be remembered by the value he can provide to others. If he can inspire someone with just one video, his job is done. The main goal is to focus on one thing and inspire others with it.
At the end of the interview I asked Stefan to give one final message and he says: don’t overthink too much, just do it. He talks about how overthinking can cost you a lot of time and energy and actually allows you to create excuses to not do it. Instead, we should just start creating with small steps. One step could be sitting up after waking up. Or getting dressed. Stefan says that when you just focus on one step at the time, you stop yourself from overthinking too much.
If you want to read more about Stefan’s interview, click here.
If you would like to share your story and/or insights, or if you know someone who would want to, please let me know! You can send me a message or an e-mail. More contact information can be found here. Let’s grow together.