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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


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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White men in victim roles

White men are under attack from every angle within the 7 Belief systems: Love (eg, #MeToo), Money (eg, gender pay gap, male over-representation), Philosophy (eg, slavery, white supremacy), Politics (eg, male over-representation), Religion (eg, sexual abuse), Science (eg, male over-representation), and the Truth (eg, mansplaining). Some of these white men are using...

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Affirmation of our choices and decisions

Several days ago, a friend asked if my son likes my new habitat. I answered that he does. She made some interesting follow-up remarks: "affirmation by people who are important to us, is sometimes a need" and "one small negative remark can cause so much confusion and/or dissatisfaction". Affirmation in this context can best be described as "emotional support or...

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The benefits of self-doubt

Self-doubt is a (very) bad thing if you believe Google's search results. Typing the "benefits of self doubt" gives a more balanced overview of this topic. Obviously, too much self-doubt is never a good thing. However, everything in life is bad which has the words "too much" in front of it. This concept also provides for the most popular Dutch saying. Many...

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