30 days of free business advice!

Have you seen Martijn his TikTok videos?

For 30 consecutive days, Martijn has shared business advice on TikTok. He has done that in short 30 second videos.

Due to the success on TikTok, we’ve decided to share the videos here as well!

If you haven’t seen those videos, click on the videos and text below to watch and learn!


Martijn on TikTok sharing free business advice!
Seen Martijn’s TikTok videos?

Free Business Advice – Day 01

If you start a business, always make sure that the people around you are part of a valuable feedback loop. Getting positive feedback all the time is not good. In reality, 90% of the ideas you have are probably just fine. BUT you want to make sure you aren’t investing time in the other 10% because others don’t dare to challenge you on your ideas. A good feedback loop consists of people who respect you well enough to protect you from bad ideas. I call this feedforward.

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Free Business Advice – Day 02

Try to hire people who are not alike. Having people with the same ideology, beliefs, or values can be great. It can also hinder you from thinking outside the box, come up with a different approach, or look at a problem or opportunity from a different perspective. Don’t be afraid you won’t be buddies. If you hire the right people, they will share the same goal: making your company extremely successful. Same as part 1, you also increase the chance of a valuable feedback loop.

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Free Business Advice – Day 03

If you set a goal for you and your business, make sure you can see the end result. If you know the end result, you tell your subconscious it has already happened. Continuously remember your brain about the end result once you have reached your goal. You can even write it down on your phone and save that writing as a background picture. It’s like a mood board; you visualize it for yourself. Your subconscious behavior is the one who is calling the shots in many different parts of your success.

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Free Business Advice – Day 04

Make sure you check your friends. Often difficult for people to accept, but if you have people who aren’t working on their own goals, they tend to drag you down. It doesn’t mean you should get rid of them; it just means you should be careful when surrounding yourself with them in business-critical moments. Toxic behavior can limit creativity and success in so many different ways! There is a world behind why these people drag you down. One thing to remember: it’s not their fault.

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Free Business Advice – Day 05

Starting a business is, for many people, an irrational process of outweighing many risks. Risks like; what you can lose or need to sacrifice. If you keep analyzing risk, you will never get anything done. So, my advice would be to start small and do something you are sure you will achieve. It’s the first punch in the face of negative thoughts that try to tell you not to do it. Keep living in concepts is a waste of all your business ideas and the future potential of your business.

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Free Business Advice – Day 06

Do your market research! If you have a fantastic idea, just try to look at the competition and the current market you are willing to serve. Observe their activities and see what they are good at or could approve on. After you have done that, you should ask yourself the following question. (Don’t forget to be critical!) “What will you do differently and better to differentiate yourself from the competition?” This question will drastically alter your business idea for better, long-term success.

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Free Business Advice – Day 07

Move slowly. This is basically a connection with part 1. Evaluate your business idea and make adjustments that contribute to the goal of your business. It’s one to critique previous ideas and change them for the better. Unfortunately, I have seen many people pull on a dead horse just because they can’t let go of the things they have created. They keep trying and trying to bring life back into a project or idea when you have, in fact, already stretched every inch out of it.

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Free Business Advice – Day 08

Be careful of hyper trends. If your business is a foundation for the longer term, it’s easy to get sucked into the endless trends that happen around you. Remember the fidget spinners? Many people who jumped on a train that was already dying lost a lot of money and were stuck with thousands of fidget spinners. As with part 6, do your market research and follow the data. You can spot a decline in a trend. If it stabilizes, it’s not a trend. If it shows a decline, it’s a trend.

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Free Business Advice – Day 09

I am surprised this one is part 9, but one of the most important ones. ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY. Great business ideas take time to grow. Remember, your subconscious will do everything to steer you away from the idea if you don’t see immediate success. Your subconscious wants fast confirmation. Just keep remembering what your goal is, and you will be fine. A final note: If you keep experiencing failure, remember that every failure is a way of teaching yourself never to let that happen again!

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Free Business Advice – Day 10

Listen to your clients. Having one client or 10.000, it doesn’t matter. Always listen to the feedback of your clients. They are the only reason you have a business. Ignoring their valuable information can damage your company in the long term. Many clients don’t even give feedback if your service or products aren’t satisfying to them. So by asking them for feedback, you optimize your products or service. It will also show you listen authentically, which confirms that you care!

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Free Business Advice – Day 11

The competition is your friend. There is nothing more stupid than to attack your competition. Not on your website, an interview, or with a client. Nowhere. It only shows you are scared of their products or services. See your competition as a healthy company in your market. As mentioned in Part 6: observe them, learn from them and see how you will distinguish yourself from their business. If you do everything right, there will be a place for you and your competitor.

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Free Business Advice – Day 12

This one is a little bit cliché, but you won’t succeed if you do it only for the money. Because what if you don’t like it? What if you aren’t happy with your business? Do you keep going because of the money? If you answer yes, you are preparing for the inevitable: losing your business. You will ultimately lose a sense of reality. Running a business requires you to enjoy it every second. Put that joy in your products. Use that positive energy to make amazing services or products.

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Free Business Advice – Day 13

Have the optimal form of focus. If you do something, finish it. If you plan to do something, make sure it actually happens. I strongly advise you to look up Rory Vaden. He has created a model that helps you to make sure you apply the right focus. He will explain that everything you need to do must help you with the success of tomorrow. Can you eliminate it? Can you automate it? Can you delegate it? Go check it out!

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Free Business Advice – Day 14

Imagine that you have no money. How would you try to execute your idea? Thinking like this will most likely help you to be critical of your expenses and financial business model. Once money comes in, people tend to become a little lazier. In fact, set the money aside and focus with all your energy on the next project as if you have no money. Your motivation will be more consistent, and you will have a more efficient next project.

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Free Business Advice – Day 15

Start reinvesting the money once you generate income. See your first income as an opportunity to reinvest it in something else. Of course, this investment should help you with the success of tomorrow, as with part 13. If you are making videos, buy needed equipment. Mr. Beast invested every dollar he made into new equipment. I think we all know where he currently is. Fifty million subscribers and money is no longer an issue. Again, apply part 13 to your investment. Can you, for example, automate processes?

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Free Business Advice – Day 16

Halfway through my 30-second business advice, I would like to be a little more personal with this one. Passion in your work is essential, but don’t let it consume everything you do. Balance out the business idea with your passion. If passion gets the upper hand and you no longer rationally can run your business, toxic things can happen, like your company might miss new opportunities, or like in part 1, there is no longer a feedback loop.

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Free Business Advice – Day 17

Dare to launch your product or services even if it isn’t perfect. It’s straightforward; if you stay in the perfecting-your-product-phase, you are doing nothing more but creating an endless concept. Dare to launch it and learn along the way. If you have a client that will use it for the first time, agree that they will receive something in return for testing your platform. If your idea is solid, they will support you, and you will work it out.

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Free Business Advice – Day 18

Starting a business requires a clear state of mind. Make sure you are in a good place when starting a business. I forgot how many parts we talk about your subconscious, but trust me. Your brain is capable of the most beautiful things in life, but it can destroy so many things. Make sure you are ready to deal with everything that will come on your path. Can you handle the tasks, the highs and lows, and the pressure? I believe you can but, does your brain feel the same?

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Free Business Advice – Day 19

Pitch your business ideas to someone not close to you. They will have an objective and can rationally look at your business idea. An emotional connection towards you doesn’t hinder them. Make sure when you get the opportunity to talk with them to ask questions that will help you. Dare to ask questions that feel uncomfortable. For example: Would you buy my product if you had this problem. The worst that can happen is that they say no. The best thing that will happen after, you ask them what is needed to buy my product? 

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Free Business Advice – Day 20

Start your networking journey. Connect with other people that share similar interests. Find potential clients by going to virtual or real-life events and share contact details. Connect via different social media and inform them of your business. You won’t immediately sell something to them, but you can bet they will think of you when you have a solution for their problem. Networking is hugely underrated, and I highly suggest you use everything available in this digital age.

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Free Business Advice – Day 21

Once you have successfully started your business and have people working for you, make sure you train them, no matter how successful you are. People development is very underrated within companies. Training people on their skills, beliefs, and capacity is a way to sharpen the mind and bring in new focus. Try to avoid training inside the company. Hire someone who is not hindered by a personal connection. They are willing to challenge your people. Some self-promotion; you can always call me!

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Free Business Advice – Day 22

Stop procrastinating. Dear oh dear, there are so many books on this topic, but wow, great potential will be wasted because people keep procrastinating on their business ideas. Many people think introverts tend to procrastinate more. This is entirely false. Everyone has an equal chance of procrastinating. My advice is straightforward: Procrastinating only happens because you haven’t set a goal you believe in! You have created an atmosphere where you don’t want to take a risk and don’t want to set new goals.

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Free Business Advice – Day 23

Never stop learning. The saying goes; You are never too old to stop learning. This is so true. I am the best example. If I kept doing what I was doing, never would I have made that leap forward I needed to with my business. I maybe wouldn’t even make this video. By learning, you challenge yourself to think about new things you can do to make a difference in life and your career. Read a book on something you know nothing of. A new world might just open up for you

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Free Business Advice – Day 24

Ask yourself: Why would anyone be willing to buy my products or services? It is such an easy question. But if you sit down, maybe even close your eyes and ask yourself: Why would anyone want to buy my products or services? What is the answer you would give yourself? As hard as it sounds, if you cannot give yourself the answer to this question, how are you supposed to make sure your client can do the same? 

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Free Business Advice – Day 25

Fall in love with failure. Even Apple once had almost no more money. There are barely any companies that have had a “Forever” success streak. It isn’t possible. Just get used to failing many, many times. Get used to having no money. Just get accustomed to all the failures you will endure along the way. Every failure leads to 4 good things. Every failure allows for critical and creative thinking. Just make sure it does not stop you from your idea! 

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Free Business Advice – Day 26

Elon Musk once said: If you work 100 hours and your competition works 50 hours. You will get twice as much done. Now, it is true that time is the real champion in many cases, but here I give more personal advice. You haven’t been born into this world to work non-stop. Have fun! Enjoy live. Create downstream thoughts! Nothing is more problematic than when you can no longer work because you gave too much. Hard work will be rewarded, but not at all cost. Tomorrow more on this one!

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Free Business Advice – Day 27

Part 26 was all about working too hard. There is a way to make sure you manage your time well. What I want you to do is the following: Speak out your goal and multiple that goal times 10. Now write down on a piece of paper (don’t use a phone) what you will need to do to achieve that. It will feel very uncomfortable but trust me, it will help you think bigger and make a smarter decision on how you spend your time. 

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Free Business Advice – Day 28

Your business ideas need to be understood on one single piece of paper. If you can, you can explain it to other people. If you ever need an investor, you can quickly tell them about your business idea. It also helps you to simplify difficult parts of your business. Remember, people are lazy by nature. Keep their attention by being short, powerful, and easy to follow. You will get much more people on your side. This will support your business!

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Free Business Advice – Day 29

As a business owner, you should talk with external sources like a mentor. Don’t be afraid to let a professional coach help you to become the best version of yourself. Hashtag ad: I coach people into realizing their full potential. It works miracles if you understand why you do the things you do and optimize your thoughts and behavior that brought you success. A coach can help you to prepare for the next step in your success.

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Free Business Advice – Day 30

The final part. In this one, I would like to thank you for making it this far. Maybe you just tuned in. Anyways, thank you very much. I very much enjoy making these videos, and it is a true inspiration if it has reached your thoughts and made you think about your own business. Share the one you liked. Subscribe on YouTube and follow me on other social platforms. For now.

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The Next Best Leader

Leadership Development for Middle ManagersL

What is a great indicator for the success of your company or organization? According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s the ability of your middle managers to inspire the people in their teams. Leadership development and execution, not just by the CEO, but by everybody who leads a team.

The study that triggered the WSJ article, is done by Gallup, on the future of work. “Five years ago, the Gallup organization embarked on one of the most ambitious deep dives it has ever conducted; an analysis of the future of work based on a decade of input from nearly 2 million employees and more than 300,000 business units. The results confirmed something Gallup had seen before: a company’s productivity depends, to a high degree, on the quality of its managers.”

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What else did that study show? First of all, it showed that managers didn’t just influence the results their teams achieved. Due to that influence, it even explained 70% of the results. In other words, if you want your company to be full of excellent teams, getting the right manager is 70% of the battle.

Mentorphile commented on the article by the WSJ and the Gallup study. He stated: “What sort of return can businesses expect from doing this? According to Gallup, the top 10% of companies, ranked by engagement, posted profit gains of 26% through the last recession compared with a 14% skid at comparable employers.”

As a result of better leaders, teams perform better

Want to get the leadership of your middle managers to the next level? And consequently allowing your teams to exceed their own expectations and results? We have a program just for that.

#leadership #development #training #subconscious #nerdsofhumandevelopment #success #middlemanagers

The Art of Active Listening

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply

Everybody has heard this cliché. It’s not new. But somehow, most people don’t practice the art of active listening – which is listening to understand. To really comprehend. To be emphatically engaged in a conversation, and trying your best to understand the other person’s point of view, and digging deeper if you need to.

The people who do practice the art of active listening, radiate something special. And why? Because they have put aside their ego and are really involved in your story. They have set aside their subconscious, automatic patterns.

These people are the leaders that truly inspire. Or the team members that can bring order in a team that was chaotic before. The sales rep that gets new business deals again and again, because (s)he is actually trying to create win-win situations with clients.

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Glenna Fulks gives a practical trick to improve your active listening: “Count to eight before you reciprocate.  I have been guilty of hi-jacking a conversation and realizing that I spoke too soon and cut off the other individual’s response. It will seem like an eternity, but be smart and give the person with whom you are communicating the time to acknowledge your comment or statement. It builds respect and credibility. Not only does this expand the opportunities for communication, but you also allow yourself time to hear and take notice of their cerebral nuances.”

#success #nerdsofhumandevelopment #listen #art #subconscious #visionforward #sales #leadership #teambuilding

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Paradoxical Problems: When Working Harder Doesn’t Solve It

Most of the times, working harder works. However, sometimes, it just doesn’t.

If you work hard, we’ve always been told, you can achieve anything. And it’s true: If you do the work, can you reap the results. However, with some issues, working harder will not only not work, it’ll be counterproductive.

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YouTube channel The Art of Improvement has provided a video about these kinds of issues, called Paradoxical Problems. Click here to view the video.

Take a look at the problems you are facing. In your professional life, your business, or in your personal life. When will working harder be helpful? And when is it a Paradoxical Problem?

#success #subconscious #nerdsofhumandevelopment #paradoxicalproblems #visionforward

The Lifelong Journey Of Personal Development

What does personal development mean to you?

The term “personal development” is very much a part of today’s lexicon, but have you ever thought about what it really means?

Svetlana Whitener describes personal development “as a transformational journey, and improving your emotional intelligence (EI) can be a major part of that journey. This is because EI develops your self-awareness and gives you the tools to understand your own needs and the needs of others. EI also elevates your self-actualization by allowing you to honor those needs as well as understand them.”

Personal development, according to us, is very much linked to improving your emotional intelligence on the one hand. On the other hand, what new beliefs can you adapt and make your own? What skills do you need to learn in order to achieve what you want to achieve? How can you increase your sphere of influence? With yourself, and with others?

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Whitener also states a number of steps she deems necessary in your lifelong journey of personal development:

  • Be honest
  • Be brave
  • Be curious
  • Be excited
  • Be creative
  • Be proud
  • Be proactive
  • Be forgiving
  • Be an internal light
  • Be progressive

We know, of course, that personal development (and professional development) is also predicated on the goal you tie it to. WHY do you want to develop yourself? WHY is it important? What Goal are you trying to achieve? Without a Goal, without that point on the horizon, the ease with which you develop yourself will be much less – all because of the way our brains are wired.

Need to take the next steps in developing yourself, personally or professionally? Need to improve yourself? Your team? Your sales? Your leadership? The way customers perceive you? Let’s get in touch.

#subconscious #success #nerdsofhumandevelopment #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment #visionforward

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3 Signs You’re the Toxic Person in Your Workplace (and What to Do About It)

People tend to have a natural aversion to those who make it all about themselves. But wait, is that person you?

Inc. states: “Almost every workplace has at least one toxic employee. You know the type — always negative, tends to bully others, distracts much of the team … the “bad apple” that ruins the barrel. But what if someone were to tell you that you were that person?”

What are the signs that you are the “toxic person”? And what effects does that have on your workplace satisfaction? The relationships you have with your colleagues? With your customers and clients? Your prospects?

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Try and look as objectively as possible. If you tick the boxes, it’s time to look at how you can change your behavior, as well as influence how people perceive you. And what lies underneath, on a subconscious level, that you behave like you do?

Do you:
– Make everything about you?
– Say and do passive-aggressive things?
– Feel and show jealousy of other’s successes?

You might be the toxic person in your environment. How does that affect your success? Lead yourself to a better place.

#nerdsofhumandevelopment #success #toxicpeople #subconscious #visionforward #personalleadership

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How Many Goals Do You Have?

What do you want to achieve?

“Experts on the science of success know that the brain is a goal-seeking organism.  Whatever personal goals you give to your subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve them.” – Jack Canfield

It’s true. Your brain will actually help you out. But you have to provide a direction for your brain, in order for it to do its work.

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That means you have to have Goals. What are you aiming for? What do you want to achieve? Personally? Professionally? What skills do you want to master? What experiences do you want to have? What material things do you want? What do you want to do for your community? Your family?

Give your brain Goals, and it will help you in achieving them.

#success #brain #neuroscience #subconscious #goals #development

Too Busy and Too Distracted?

Here’s how to take control.

“We live in a distracting world, and it’s not getting any better. New information crashes toward us at every moment. Technology companies work tirelessly to create products that bring convenience and delight to our days. The incentive structure hasn’t changed: usage creates data, data sells ads, ubiquity creates demand, demand sells devices.”

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Use technology to your advance, not your demise. Know why your using it, and why you’re using specific apps on your digital devices. What’s your Goal? Why is it useful? If you know why you do what you do, the choices become easier. Identify the irrational and subconscious triggers, and move beyond them.

Additionally, create barriers to distraction. Remove the distracting apps, log out and change passwords, and get proactive with your time. Rearrange your schedule, and make conscious decisions about what you do when you’ve got a few minutes to spare.

#subsconscious #productivity #success #removedistraction

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