About comfort zones

“Do one thing  every day that scares you”, Eleanor Roosevelt said or “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing grow’s there”, a popular quote you run into while scrolling through all social media. But what is it about comfort zones? And how do you define the borders of your own?

Melody Wilding wrote an inspiring article (“Please stop telling me to leave my comfort zone”) about the comfort zone in The Boundaries Issue of the Anxy Magazine. She “learned the hard way to define – and, more important, to honor – the boundaries of my comfort zone.” A friend of mine showed me this article and asked what I thought about it. I do admit, this article raised mixed feelings about my own ideas about staying in or leaving my comfort zone. I do know that leaving it – leaving my anxiety about it aside – makes me eventually enjoy the meetings with new people and impressions, because I know that it triggers my creativity and boosts my career. A comfort zone though, offers a basis of rest and it allows me to grow healthy and gradual.

This article also reminded me about an introvert and rather shy student I once supervised. He absolutely needed comfort and it was difficult for him to look beyond the borders of his comfort zone. After a while, at a point he started to see his own possibilities, he said to me: “If I really want something, I have to take action.” And this is exactly the path I wish to follow with Scriptiewijzer and buro dijkstra while supervising.

buro dijkstra & comfort zones

Together with the students and young professionals, I try to figure out which choices need action and therefore, which steps have to be made out of one’s own comfort zone. If you step ‘blindly’ out of your comfort zone, it results too many times in nothing. This doesn’t help you grow as an individual. Or as Wilding put is, “it means taking on challenges deliberately, but only after having thought long and hard about my qualifications and carefully laying out each step. It means playing to my strengths.” This summarizes everything for me. Dare to choose, then you dare to make the steps you need to take.

Want to play to your strengths? Contact buro dijkstra for more information.

“De twintiger van nu wil te veel”

Vrijdag 13 april publiceerde de NRC een artikel van Loeka Oostra over de twintiger die te veel wil:

Ideaalbeeld Uit onderzoek blijkt dat de huidige generatie twintigers perfectionistischer is dan ooit. Waar komt die prestatiedruk toch vandaan?”
Illustratie Roland Blokhuizen

Scriptiewijzer & perfectionisme

Ook Scriptiewijzer heeft te maken met studenten die de lat te hoog hebben liggen. In alles zijn deze studenten te perfectionistisch, waardoor zij de grip op hun eigen scriptie/leven dreigen kwijt te raken. ““De twintiger van nu wil te veel”” verder lezen

Michael Wolf – Life in Cities

The Hague Museum of Photography

Exhibition until April 22nd, 2018

According to the United Nations (2014), more than half of the world’s population nowadays lives in cities (source: https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/world-urbanization-prospects-2014.html). Cities and spaces more densely populated which has a huge effect on the city space as well as on the citizens. Michael Wolf, photographer of the architecture of density, uses Hong Kong as source of inspiration for his work. Imagine, Hong Kong houses seven million inhabitants on a space smaller than the province of Groningen. Wolf lives and mainly works in this metropolis and with his photographs he aims to reflect upon the density and crowdedness. On the one hand he literally shows us the city’s density with sceneries packed with nothing but sky scratchers. On the other hand, he shows us some of the solutions citizens have come up with as an answer to the scarcity of space. The Wolf’s pictures offer us insights in megacity life, but at the same time reflects upon the way people live together and depend on each other.

“Michael Wolf – Life in Cities” verder lezen

Pilot Talent Program

Stagiairs afdeling Marketing van De Oosterpoort & de Stadsschouwburg (OPSB) hebben stage succesvol afgesloten!

“Ze weet je altijd weer te stimuleren om door te gaan!” (Sandra)

Zes stagiairs van de afdeling Marketing van de OPSB hebben deze zomer met succes hun stage afgerond. Ook zijn ze inmiddels (bijna) afgestudeerd mede dankzij de persoonlijke begeleiding van buro dijkstra. Deze begeleiding kregen de stagiairs binnen het kader van een pilot van het Talent Program. Middels Talent Programs wil buro dijkstra bedrijven en hun stagiairs tot een win-winsituatie laten komen. Door stagiairs een waardevolle stage te bieden creëert de organisatie namelijk voor zichzelf de mogelijkheid om te innoveren en te excelleren. Deze stagiairs hebben een zo’n stage mogen lopen bij de OPSB. Hierin zijn ze, elk op hun eigen manier, persoonlijk gegroeid en daarmee de organisatie ook -en daar zijn wij hartstikke trots op!

Ze zijn alle zes op hun eigen manier tot bloei gekomen!

“Pilot Talent Program” verder lezen

About maturity -“the balance between courage and consideration”

Theater Artemis – War

Stadsschouwburg, Sunday the 19th of March (14.30)

It’s rather witty to write a blog meant for students about a children’s play, but War performed by Theater Artemis excellently offers a different way to approach the concept of maturity.  Interesting, because being a student is also about becoming mature. The announcement of War states that this play is a play which is impossible to make: it’s too big, too much, too scary and so on. Actually it’s unthinkable to make a children’s play about war, but Theater Artemis decided to do it anyway. Then, how does this play offer insights on maturity and therefore why do you need to see this play?

“About maturity -“the balance between courage and consideration”” verder lezen