Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


From “are you being served?” to “will you be served?”

A random Dutch radio news message: police retirement will outpace police recruitment in the forthcoming years, which will result in police shortages. You can hear/read similar messages about nurses, plumbers, teachers etc. The (predicted) impact of a graying population is - finally - becoming noticeable. My blog's title is a reference to the 1972-1985 British comedy...

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What is beyond Needs, Wants & Beliefs?

As I've stated before, there are three collective development stages in life, Needs, Wants & Beliefs, and one individual development stage, which I refer to as an Awakening. What collective development stage, if any, might be beyond Needs, Wants & Beliefs? To a large extent, beliefs are perceived certainties. In my blogs, I refer to beliefs as known unknowns...

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Why can’t you learn from success?

You probably know the expression "never change a winning team". Often, success feels like magic because we don't really know or understand its ingredients. Changing the ingredients may jeopardize success. Hence, the soccer quote by Sir Alf Ramsey (1920-1999). An 2011 article in Harvard Business Review came to similar conclusion: Why...

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The weakness in me

For the last couple of weeks, I've been worried whether my sadness was a weakness or a strength. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) had a clear view on this matter: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger” (Wiki). With hindsight, I agree. My moments of sadness feel like waves, slowly building, shortly peaking, and then slowly...

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Navigating life by emotions, validating by ratio

Several days ago, I made a casual remark: I navigate through life by emotions and validate by ratio. This implies that I take all my decisions (eg, business, private) based on my (gut) feelings. I do validate such decisions by consciously applying my ratio. A few days later, I noticed this article: Feelings: what’s the point of rational thought if emotions always...

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Doubt vs certainty

Last Sunday, I had a conversation with a new and local friend. At a certain moment, I asked her a rhetorical question: "You have little doubt inside you, don't you?" She acknowledged that and told me that her heart knew her beliefs to be certain. I was puzzled by that remark. After our conversation, I sent her several quotes on doubt by international philosophers....

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