Here’s the result of my mental exercise: my personal Charter. This is how I want to live and want to be remembered. I’m not a perfect person, though. I am aware that it won’t be easy to pursue them in everything I do. But at least, I try.

I have identified 12 Herculix values and I would like to share them with you.

  1. BE BOLD: be like Richard Branson: be courageous, without being arrogant. Be brave enough to face what’s going wrong in your life and to change what you don’t like. Sounds like a cliché, but it’s oh so relevant: Dare to be yourself, because you are absolutely gorgeous! Be a leader. Follow your dreams and don’t listen to all those people who will tell you why you will fail.
  2. BE SOCIAL: look for connections with other people. Open yourself and don’t place yourself above or below others. Meet people and make time for them, listen to their stories. Show your appreciation and affection towards your friends and family. Be respectful. Show interest in their feelings. Be mild. Be polite and well-mannered.
  3. BE GENEROUS: do some good without expecting anything in return. Remember that you don’t need to be rich to do good. You can be generous with many other things than just money. Share your ideas and experiences with other people. Offer a helping hand where you can and connect interesting people with each other. Support new talent. Be happy when your friends are successful. And most of all: don’t be rancorous and forgive; everybody makes mistakes.
  4. BE FUNNY: Play down. Be light. Have a positive outlook on life. Use humour. Try to have fun in everything you do, also and especially in your work. Fun is refreshing. It stimulates and inspires you, and is vital on both a physical and a mental level. When it’s not fun anymore, move on.
  5. BE YOUNG: Pablo Picasso said: “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.” Stay in touch with your juvenile side. I must admit that having kids can help you on that one. If you stop thinking young, you risk to be rigid in your approach to life. A youthful approach enhances your personal development and sharpens your ambitions.
  6. BE ALIVE: take a deep breath, and shout it out loud. Look for things that give you positive energy. This is what they mean by that trendy word “mindful”: live consciously in the moment. The past is already gone and the future hasn’t started yet. If you live the moment, enjoy it: travel around the world, discover other cultures, learn Arabic or Chinese, or both of them. Open yourself for the beauty of art and nature; you can find it everywhere.
  7. BE CHARMING: Shine! Glide! Show some selfrespect and care for yourself. Be a beautiful, tidy, attractive person. Enchant people with a natural friendliness and consideration. You will be amazed how people respond.
  8. BE CREATIVE: The system is not sacred, for god’s sake! Break the rules, find new ways and don’t blame others. The world is full of opportunities. So dream. And please don’t be a victim. There’s always a choice.
  9. BE BALANCED: Pursue harmony and authenticity. Do what’s right for you. Think about what you want to change and make it achievable. If your goals are too large, you might get disappointed. A lot of small steps make one big step. Switch of that TV, read a book or listen to some music before you go to bed. Follow your intuition without denying your ratio. Try to live healthy. Take up gardening. And if you need that chocolate tablet to feel balanced, eat it!
  10. BE INSPIRING: If you want to change the world, be an example. Change yourself. Be a hero and inspire others. Make a list of your own heroes and point out those characteristics why you admire them.  They will encourage you, just when you need it.
  11. BE DECISIVE: Action speaks louder than words. What we anticipate seldom occurs, so don’t be afraid to make decisions and execute them. Be fast. Like Richard says: “be prepared to be called a raving lunatic.”Think long term, but adapt continuously.
  12. BE AWARE: Stop for a moment. Look around and widen your view. Look further than your own micro-cosmos. I don’t know if others perceive it as much as I do. But I feel like the world is evolving at another pace now. Think about the impact of your acts on the planet because we can’t go on like this.  Climate change, 3rd World problems, endangered species,…  also affect you. Commit yourself before it’s too late.