Real change starts from within

People who know me well and who have been following me throughout my journey know I have always been interested in the new and fascinated by what’s coming. I am grateful I have been able to develop my talent to predict the changes coming to society and business and being able to map what really matters.

I started off as a saxophone player in Belgium exploring new waves of musical expression in the eighties, I anticipated the changes into electronic music and the coming of the internet in the nineties, I was at the crossroads of the mobile era in the early days of this century, I participated to a Singularity University program at the start of this decade and have been talking and writing on the impact of exponential technologies on business and society since then.

And now… We’re on the verge of another new influential era in the evolution of humanity.

Anyone with some healthy human sensors left in his body can feel and see this emerging already, it’s happening all around us. People who sense this turn of a new era are already taking responsibility towards building a different and better future, for ourselves, our children and our communities around us.

We just cannot keep doing things the way we used to do, real change starts from within.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela

For me, it started when I hit a professional wall 2 years ago, when I realised that the way I was doing things was no longer working for me. Since then I’ve been searching for a way out towards a new purpose in life and towards creating more meaning and value for myself and others around me. I’ve been trying out different transformation methods, as I moved forward in my journey.

I quit alcohol and sugar, I started exercising again, and become vegan over the summer. Becoming vegan provokes a radical change, not only in your body but as well in your whole being, everything becomes so pure. You start seeing and experimenting everything with more clarity and focus. Going vegan is also one of the best lifestyle choices one can make in contributing towards a greener planet. Follow @veganband on Instagram to see the goods we’re cooking and eating and read how to reduce your carbon footprint as a starter.

“The second most important lifestyle change is to eat less meat, with particular emphasis on meals containing beef and lamb. Cows and sheep emit large quantities of methane, a powerful global warming gas. A vegan diet might make as much as a 20% difference to your overall carbon impact but simply cutting out beef will deliver a significant benefit on its own.”

My transformation started by learning to face and release my deepest fears, forgive the ones who have hurt me most and forgive myself, turning negative thought streams into positive ones, clearing decade-old assumptions and addictions, neutralising old beliefs that have been keeping me down or blocked for a very long time.

Looking around, it’s easy to see how many people are struggling with themselves and their environments. Most people prefer to stay focused on work in a task-driven and fact-based world without examining whether the things they do make them truly happy. Going through ones own fears is not an easy thing to do, it takes a lot of courage; the good news is that bliss awaits on the other side.

We live in a world based on fears, so we need to break through those old assumptions, addictions and negative thoughts to build a new world we believe is full of love and focused on creating happiness and prosperity, not creating or contributing to generate more fear everyday on the news or in our social media feeds. The more we watch, hear and indulge ourselves with bad and negative news, the more it influences our own system with bad and negative thoughts. The first thing to do is to break that paradigm.

I took my decision and decided to act by creating positive flows for myself, the people around me and my community.

I hereby introduce my 2 new projects I co-founded with Canay Atalay: human works design and Wapaland.

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Rudy de Waele.

Istanbul, October 2017.