I had my good share on bold and risky decisions. It started when I moved as a 19-year old to a university in the USA where I was one out of 50 white students among 3500 black students. A life-changing experience!I pushed my own boundaries when I hesitantly applied to the world’s best international security program and not only did I get accepted into Georgetown, I received a full scholarship.
I quit a career-aspiring job at the World Bank to see if I could become a professional cyclist. I failed multiple times to make my passion for cycling to my job. I started to believe that a job you love does not exist. With 30 years, I left my management consulting job and moved with nothing but my bike to the other side of the world. I had no plan but a one-hotel night stay and a six-week car rental. My mission? To find my purpose in life. And one year later I set a seemingly impossible record.Every success outwits many doubts, obstacles and failures. Most people don’t talk about it. I do. In my book, I talk about the anxiety, fear of failure and the conflicts with traditions and “what you are supposed to do” mindsets.But I also talk about how to make dreams come true. What it takes. And how everyone can do it too.This book is about that “normal” people can achieve extraordinary things, if they allow themselves to do them.
If you have a unrealized dream or a seemingly impossible goal, this book is for you.
My life is marked by bold decisions, by constantly pushing boundaries – whether academically, professionally and athletically. I am scared, anxious and worried like everyone else. But why I do it anyway, that is what I share in this book, in my talks and workshops while mentoring others through bold steps and pushing limits.