Author: Dennis

  • The cold is your teacher

    Imagine it’s a freezing day, and the water is ice cold. You decide to be brave and jump in. At first, you might panic. When you sit in ice cold water, your brain is saying “We’re dying, we’re trapped in ice”. It’s the same when you try to hold your breath or go on a…

  • Acceptance

    There is a problem with basing confidence solely on appearance or competence: it depends on relative situations. If placed in different settings where others may surpass our looks or abilities, our confidence wavers due to constant comparison. True confidence goes beyond these layers. It does not falter depending on circumstances or those around us. It…

  • Competence

    Recently I feel like I fell out of love with design as an occupation. The everyday life of a designer has changed massively in the last years. The hesitance in making decisions due to over-reliance on making data-driven vs data-informed decisions has annoyed me for years. Add to that the advances which AI opens up…

  • Appearance

    I was never overly concerned about appearance. On the other hand I never looked trained. Seeing well trained people never made me aspire to build a trained body for aesthetic purposes, but I can’t deny that I felt a little bit of envy. When diving deeper into my lack of confidence recently, I realised that…

  • Confidence

    Confidence is something that everyone wants more of, as it is crucial in various aspects of life such as work, social situations, or being in front of a camera. Most people that know me, would consider me fairly confident. Yet I had multiple occasions over the last months where I didn’t feel as confident as…

  • Say Less

    When I was working as in-house art director, I often got invited to important meetings where the leaders of the company discussed various topics. I still remember this one meeting, where I interjected and shared my opinion on something. After the meeting, one of the owners of the company pulled me gently aside and asked…

  • Open Loops

    Realize the significance of completing tasks to move forward. Open loops, such as unresolved decisions or unfinished projects due to perfectionism, can weigh you down. It’s crucial to learn when something is good enough and finish it. I love the fact that we say, somebody releases an album or a book. There’s a wonderful double…

  • Just write

    Every morning, for 20 minutes, I just write. I write anything that comes to mind. I don’t stop, even if I’m writing “uhm” or “I don’t know what to write.” I simply let my thoughts flow onto paper. The goal is to release any resistance and let your mind express itself. After a small break,…