Newsletter: life experiences are there to grow and elevate our performance.

Dear Friends,

I thought, why not share life experiences through a Newsletter(s). Today’s memories are of my personal life but are for sure useful in my professional life.

When you work for a company, there are boundaries of what you can and can not say and write, certainly on a platform like LinkedIn. Having my own business, I have the total freedom to express myself. My son Edouard told me one day: Dad, you can do and write whatever inspires you. Nothing is holding you back.

Please bear in mind that my memories of the past are not there to be nostalgic, but experiences of life that elevate my performance. If you trust me, you will connect with the message and hopefully get something out of it too. Anyhow that’s my wish.

I was very blessed as I grew up in the countryside of Antwerp with horses at home. By the age of 2, I was lucky to ride a shetland. For those who know them, they have their character. Put aside; I have learned a lot from horses and, that’s what I want to share with you today. You might be wondering, what’s in it for me?


These are 3 thoughts that come to mind from what I have learned from horses:

  • I would say Respect is the first characteristic I have learned from horse riding. If you don’t respect the horse, you won’t get the maximum out of their qualities. Knowing they represent at least 80% of your total performance as a rider. Respect is and will always be one of my core values. Respect others but also myself. Would you perform 100% if your manager didn’t respect you? And this goes the other way round too of course. I googled the word respect, as a noun, it means 1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. 2. due regard for the feeling, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. As a verb, it means: admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
  • The balance between letting go and pulling. Pulling a horse won’t get you anywhere. In other words, you have the be smart and give them small wins. If you want someone to follow you and this person doesn’t want to follow you. It might first be good to take a step back with them and then move forward.
  • Nature. Riding horses is the best way to explore nature and wildlife. You will be fully immersed in what is happening around you. You’ll be present and creativity could arise. Now, you might be asking yourself, how can nature help me professionally? Well, have you ever had a professional meeting outside with your team, a customer, a partner. I can assure you, miracles will happen. You will be far more creative.

I could share far more than that, but I’ll leave at 3 points for today.

Any thoughts are welcome.

All the best,


Any questions or support needed, please book a time in my calendar.


PS. Yesterday I read my daughter Lydwine’s final Master’s Business Analytics Report at Imperial College (ranked 8th university WW). I was amazed by how she achieved the impossible, namely, making a difficult subject readable to me. I am a proud Dad of two children ;-).

Hugh van Praet

I help businesses and individuals to move forward.


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