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Hello everyone, my name is Bart Hendrikx. No, I don't have any blood relations with Jimi. Berlin is where I am now. In less than 3 decades of this inspired life of mine, I've uncovered a bit of Mother Earth, living in cities like Amsterdam, Maastricht, Antwerp, London, Antibes, NY, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Newport Beach and 5 years of Malibu, CA where I worked in Advertising, Music, Film and TV. I collect air miles as often as I redeem them. Welcome to my My World: A Non-Commercial Blog intended for private personal study and educational purposes only with no charge made for any materials. Together we will absorb a daily recommended dose of inspirational content. We will laugh, we will cry - but most of all - we will delight in the inspired creations of humanity. Great documentaries, films, TV series, books, music, eclectic visions, interesting opinions, history lessons and anything else that uplifts and informs the human spirit. Enjoy your stay. And don't hesitate to click on the Random button, arrow above or by messaging me if you want your mirrored copyright material (Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976) which is intended for private personal study only removed - I enjoy talking to strangers.

"Distinct… or extinct." 

From the first day of preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, most of the football coaches of 32 teams gave their players the confidence (Article) that they can make a difference…. this of course if they are willing to follow the method of their coaches. It touches on the theories of the widely regarded top management books of all time:  “In Search of Excellence” (1982) Written by authors Thomas J. Peters and Robert H., Jr. Waterman, of which I read a long time ago. The authors distinguish four elements for success in business: a strong team spirit, a perfect execution of the core, a fixed plan and clarity and credibility. Looking at the current winner of the 2014 cup: "Die Mannschaft", the German Football Association (DFB) starting working on a meticulously-planned long-term project after failing to get past the group stage at UEFA Euro 2000 and 2004. It was the creation of a national plan with Juergen Klinsmann and Joachim Loew (2006) to invest in youth centres together with Bundesliga teams. This overall long term plan lead in using the latest technology with EXOS, and the Adidas miCoach Elite Team System (VIDEO), eventually resulting in the semi-finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, which they lost in Germany itself against Italy, the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ lost semi-final against Spain, the UEFA Euro 2008 lost final against Spain and the UEFA Euro 2012 semi-final lost against Italy, discovering the talented 22-year-old Mario Goetze, who scored the extra-time winner against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Final, building their own €32 million (DFB+German investors) private base camp (article) in Bahia, Brazil, and the historic 7-1 defeat of Brazil: That game really showed the German team’s remarkable ability to anticipate where the Brazilian players were heading and to redirect the ball around them.The Germans rarely had a direct path to the goal. — And the skill of pivoting like this applies in business, too — and not only for a quick shot on goal. Companies need to to be agile to adapt to changing circumstances and to combat new opponents. Similarly, successful individuals transition from one role to another using pivots that leverage their past and open up moves in new directions.” (Trish Gorman - Forbes) The book In Search of Excellence’ is still relevant till today and I highly recommend it - ONE-TO-READ! Also recommend: in "Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies", authors Jim Collins (Article) and Jerry Porras. This book describe the dual business mantras of “preserve the core” and “stimulate progress,” which they illustrate with a black-and-white yin yang symbol: “You can’t have one without the other.” ONE-TO-READ!

2014 FIFA World Cup™ (Article) 
The Netherlands national football team lost their 750th Official (30-04-1905) KNVB’s international game last Wednesday night (09-06-2014). This against Argentina in the final shoot-out penalties. An extremely boring endeavour it was…again, trying to break down heavily build foreign compact defences (ARG-CRC-MEX), in an overall ‘non risk taking‘ and ‘un-dutch school’ (un-total football/un tempo football) way. The possibility to become the 5th nation in history to reach a World Cup final for the 4th time disappeared in just simply seconds after Ron Vlaars’ 1st penalty miss…. - Germany (8x - 3 WC titles), Brazil (7x - 5 WC titles), Italy (6x - WC 4 titles), Argentina (4x - WC 2 titles), Netherlands (3x - 0 WC titles - 3 lost finals) ….”An unadventurous and unattacking game with an overload of VanGaal’s (LvG) unclear tactical assignments in which resulted in a 240min (+Costa Rica) non-scoring Dutch side”…Agreed Mehmet Scholl. Game over….but Holland you were Awesome!
203 Teams from 6 confederations went into 2014 FIFA World Cup™ challenge, where 32 nations compete for the title in the Final Competition with over more then 2.2 BILLION viewers, and we made it to the last 4 again. Boy!…we did have a lot of fun (Instagram Video of 2-1 Mexico in Berlin tension release jump!!) for 3 weeks: 6 Games, 12 goals, and 59 attempts on target…..And what did we play well against a ‘good for non boring football’, and ‘non-defensive, attacking side’ of Spain (VIDEO) (VIDEO) (Match of the Day) (Pang! In the face!), Australia (VIDEO), Chile (VIDEO) and the last 15min. against Mexico (VIDEO). Yes we were we all sucked into the ‘Orange fever’ (including myself) (NED-ARG: 9.05 million highest telecast rating in Dutch history - more then half of the Netherlands - PDF), football fan or not, inland and abroad, the fever got to us……Van Persie’s ‘flying Dutchman’ header, Leroy Fer’s 77’ mightily leap header above the Chilean defence, Sneijder’s 88’ close range blast, and Huntelaar’s ‘like the elixir of life’ 93’ stoppage-time penalty in Fortaleza’s 39°C heat against Mexico, Robben’s 20’ halfway line run goal against Australia, his ‘Messi’ like dribbling throughout the 6 games, and of course the 37km/h. fastest (Record) (Article) 5th goal run against Sergio Ramos Spain (30,6 km/h)….
Yes, we were close to win that final 4 yrs ago against Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, and now close again to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ final. And have a 2nd chance at our very 1st FIFA World Cup™ Cup win….but eeeh! This summer the Dutch played with a complete new LvG formation (4-2-3-1 to 5-4-2) then 4 yrs. ago. This formation, heavily criticised by the Dutch Media even before the tournament started. A tailor made system build around Sneijder, Van Persie, Robben, De Jong and Kuijt. This with 7+ more talented Feyenoord, PSV and Ajax Academy youth players like Cillessen (25),Blind (24), Kongolo (20), Depay (20),Clasie (25), Janmaat (24), DeVrij (22),Indi (22),Lens (26),Fer (24), Wijnaldum (23) and late bloomer Vlaar (29) were added. All from the highest Dutch echelon football league called: The Eredivisie…
Yes, the in ‘International media’ over discussed penalty keeper substitute (calculated risk), Arrogant Van Gaal (yes, we find him arrogant in Holland too), Goalie Krul’s last minute resort theatrics (was too much indeed), Robben’s annoying dives (we already knew that and yes, the Dutch hate it too - VIDEO), KLM’s true media blunder (article), and Michael van Praag’s rant to the FIFA (article). I will all take that for granted…"Hoge Bomen vangen nou eenmaal altijd veel wind", literally translated ‘High trees catch a lot of wind’ ??) We still have the Brons game on saturday, annoying. (Right Seth Meyers! - VIDEO), a bit of a useless game indeed but the real matter of the fact is that Brons will be always Brons.. (Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd - VIDEO) 
Summary:
Lood om oud ijzer’? - it’s all the same to me, 'Six of one or half a dozen of the other'…..Small Country yes ('Calimero complex'), simply not good enough? maybe….Bad game preparations?, non perfectional (?) /professional enough for long tournaments?..but they did well, our squad/team did well…Let’s not forget the US’ undying support…(Wall street journal) Thank you! 
Germany: 
Let’s hope for in the sake of the game, that Germany will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, because the only team that sticked to own play consistency football was them: “The Passing, free running, positional play, and the way the goalkeeper is used, in terms of real football they are standing above all.” Agreed Johan Cruyff. 
What have we achieved?
Worst of what I picked up at this specific World Cup was instead of creating positive harmony between it’s players, nations, culture and game-play, I saw continues camera close ups of kids and people crying (new form of direct emotion??). Also the weird creation of a new form nationalistic driven disrespectful online meming and cyber bullying, where we found ourselves cheering defeat and sadness…..
In my opinion the 2014 FIFA World Cup failed in all aspects of what ‘football’ the World Cup stood for: 'For the Game, for the World', what a joke. Not only did it cost $14 billion (1/3 in stadiums) ($18 billion Olympics - RIO 2016) for Brazil to have their worst nightmare come true (Argentina made it to he final), and of course it’s taxpayers are picking up the biggest bill. And after being forced from a 7-1 loss to Germany, Brazil’s reexamination of it’s entire Brazilian identity/culture and way of life??? (Thankx Mesut Özil & Lukas Podolski) What is the real life fun in that? We all knew Brazil was a nation that loved ‘FUTEBOL’ and produces 201million strikers where nobody wants to be a defender! But Hey…. but that’s Sports right? You can’t calculate: bad luck?? (what statistics stated).

7 years have passed since Brazil won the right to host this World Cup. In a country where 20% lives in extreme poverty and 13 million are malnourished. The Brazilian government had $14 billion invested in the World Cup. And 0.6 billion more in what has become the most expensive security operation of a World Cup ever: 170,000 security professionals, including 50,000 soldiers and 20,000 private security guards.
Monday July14th, Brazil will be left with a fifth of the projects undone, FIFA’s Ray Whelan $90m ticking scandal, the world’s costliest stadiums like Manaus, Natal, Cuiaba and the capital Brasilia with third-tier teams supporting them and therefore won’t be even be profitable. Same as in South Africa…Worst of all: the 95% recycled Manaus Stadium - in the middle of the Amazon - costs €200 million (paid by BNDES), with no future purpose after the cup at all. And Don’t forget the current dilapidated public transport improvement promises that where made to the Brazilian people and will never happen…(One-to-watch: VICE News: The Other Side of Brazil’s World Cup)
Who wins?
The Zurich-based FIFA…. earning €3.2billion (TV income, commercial deals through sponsoring, hospitality packages, merchandise and ticket sales), on top excluded €250 million tax exemption for all it’s members. The FIFA will leave yet another nation prosperous. Weird for a non-profit with already a ‘reserve’ of €1billion in the bank. And the 32 national football associations that joined this years 2014 FIFA World Cup™ stand by and do nothing. On to Qatar folks! #longwaytogo
Undersigned,
An impartial Dutchman, living abroad…
(Photograph: KNVB/NIKE)

2014 FIFA World Cup™ (Article) 

The Netherlands national football team lost their 750th Official (30-04-1905) KNVB’s international game last Wednesday night (09-06-2014). This against Argentina in the final shoot-out penalties. An extremely boring endeavour it was…again, trying to break down heavily build foreign compact defences (ARG-CRC-MEX), in an overall ‘non risk taking‘ and ‘un-dutch school’ (un-total football/un tempo football) way. The possibility to become the 5th nation in history to reach a World Cup final for the 4th time disappeared in just simply seconds after Ron Vlaars’ 1st penalty miss…. - Germany (8x - 3 WC titles), Brazil (7x - 5 WC titles), Italy (6x - WC 4 titles), Argentina (4x - WC 2 titles), Netherlands (3x - 0 WC titles - 3 lost finals) ….”An unadventurous and unattacking game with an overload of VanGaal’s (LvG) unclear tactical assignments in which resulted in a 240min (+Costa Rica) non-scoring Dutch side”…Agreed Mehmet Scholl. Game over….but Holland you were Awesome!

203 Teams from 6 confederations went into 2014 FIFA World Cup challenge, where 32 nations compete for the title in the Final Competition with over more then 2.2 BILLION viewers, and we made it to the last 4 again. Boy!…we did have a lot of fun (Instagram Video of 2-1 Mexico in Berlin tension release jump!!) for 3 weeks: 6 Games, 12 goals, and 59 attempts on target…..And what did we play well against a ‘good for non boring football’, and ‘non-defensive, attacking side’ of Spain (VIDEO) (VIDEO) (Match of the Day) (Pang! In the face!), Australia (VIDEO), Chile (VIDEO) and the last 15min. against Mexico (VIDEO). Yes we were we all sucked into the ‘Orange fever’ (including myself) (NED-ARG: 9.05 million highest telecast rating in Dutch history - more then half of the Netherlands - PDF), football fan or not, inland and abroad, the fever got to us……Van Persie’s ‘flying Dutchman’ header, Leroy Fer’s 77’ mightily leap header above the Chilean defence, Sneijder’s 88’ close range blast, and Huntelaar’s ‘like the elixir of life’ 93’ stoppage-time penalty in Fortaleza’s 39°C heat against Mexico, Robben’s 20’ halfway line run goal against Australia, his ‘Messi’ like dribbling throughout the 6 games, and of course the 37km/h. fastest (Record) (Article) 5th goal run against Sergio Ramos Spain (30,6 km/h)….

Yes, we were close to win that final 4 yrs ago against Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, and now close again to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ final. And have a 2nd chance at our very 1st FIFA World Cup™ Cup win….but eeeh! This summer the Dutch played with a complete new LvG formation (4-2-3-1 to 5-4-2) then 4 yrs. ago. This formation, heavily criticised by the Dutch Media even before the tournament started. A tailor made system build around Sneijder, Van Persie, Robben, De Jong and Kuijt. This with 7+ more talented Feyenoord, PSV and Ajax Academy youth players like Cillessen (25),Blind (24), Kongolo (20), Depay (20),Clasie (25), Janmaat (24), DeVrij (22),Indi (22),Lens (26),Fer (24), Wijnaldum (23) and late bloomer Vlaar (29) were added. All from the highest Dutch echelon football league called: The Eredivisie

Yes, the in ‘International media’ over discussed penalty keeper substitute (calculated risk), Arrogant Van Gaal (yes, we find him arrogant in Holland too), Goalie Krul’s last minute resort theatrics (was too much indeed), Robben’s annoying dives (we already knew that and yes, the Dutch hate it too - VIDEO), KLM’s true media blunder (article), and Michael van Praag’s rant to the FIFA (article)I will all take that for granted…"Hoge Bomen vangen nou eenmaal altijd veel wind", literally translated ‘High trees catch a lot of wind’ ??) We still have the Brons game on saturday, annoying. (Right Seth Meyers! - VIDEO), a bit of a useless game indeed but the real matter of the fact is that Brons will be always Brons.. (Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd - VIDEO

Summary:

Lood om oud ijzer’? - it’s all the same to me, 'Six of one or half a dozen of the other'…..Small Country yes ('Calimero complex'), simply not good enough? maybe….Bad game preparations?, non perfectional (?) /professional enough for long tournaments?..but they did well, our squad/team did well…Let’s not forget the US’ undying support…(Wall street journal) Thank you! 

Germany: 

Let’s hope for in the sake of the game, that Germany will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, because the only team that sticked to own play consistency football was them: “The Passing, free running, positional play, and the way the goalkeeper is used, in terms of real football they are standing above all.” Agreed Johan Cruyff. 

What have we achieved?

Worst of what I picked up at this specific World Cup was instead of creating positive harmony between it’s players, nations, culture and game-play, I saw continues camera close ups of kids and people crying (new form of direct emotion??). Also the weird creation of a new form nationalistic driven disrespectful online meming and cyber bullying, where we found ourselves cheering defeat and sadness…..

In my opinion the 2014 FIFA World Cup failed in all aspects of what ‘football’ the World Cup stood for: 'For the Game, for the World', what a joke. Not only did it cost $14 billion (1/3 in stadiums) ($18 billion Olympics - RIO 2016) for Brazil to have their worst nightmare come true (Argentina made it to he final), and of course it’s taxpayers are picking up the biggest bill. And after being forced from a 7-1 loss to Germany, Brazil’s reexamination of it’s entire Brazilian identity/culture and way of life??? (Thankx Mesut Özil & Lukas Podolski) What is the real life fun in that? We all knew Brazil was a nation that loved ‘FUTEBOL’ and produces 201million strikers where nobody wants to be a defender! But Hey…. but that’s Sports right? You can’t calculate: bad luck?? (what statistics stated).

7 years have passed since Brazil won the right to host this World Cup. In a country where 20% lives in extreme poverty and 13 million are malnourished. The Brazilian government had $14 billion invested in the World Cup. And 0.6 billion more in what has become the most expensive security operation of a World Cup ever: 170,000 security professionals, including 50,000 soldiers and 20,000 private security guards.

Monday July14th, Brazil will be left with a fifth of the projects undone, FIFA’s Ray Whelan $90m ticking scandal, the world’s costliest stadiums like Manaus, Natal, Cuiaba and the capital Brasilia with third-tier teams supporting them and therefore won’t be even be profitable. Same as in South Africa…Worst of all: the 95% recycled Manaus Stadium - in the middle of the Amazon - costs €200 million (paid by BNDES)with no future purpose after the cup at all. And Don’t forget the current dilapidated public transport improvement promises that where made to the Brazilian people and will never happen…(One-to-watch: VICE News: The Other Side of Brazil’s World Cup)

Who wins?

The Zurich-based FIFA…. earning €3.2billion (TV income, commercial deals through sponsoring, hospitality packages, merchandise and ticket sales), on top excluded 250 million tax exemption for all it’s members. The FIFA will leave yet another nation prosperous. Weird for a non-profit with already a ‘reserve’ of €1billion in the bank. And the 32 national football associations that joined this years 2014 FIFA World Cup™ stand by and do nothing. On to Qatar folks! #longwaytogo

Undersigned,

An impartial Dutchman, living abroad…

(Photograph: KNVB/NIKE)

"Directing is not a job. It’s more like a career." 

Sharing another really informative and interesting video essay from Editor Tony Zhou about Michael Benjamin Bay (49). Bay, criticised for his work, "I make movies for teenage boys. Oh, dear, what a crime", is an American film director and producer known for directing high-budget action films characterised by their fast edits, stylistic visuals and extreme use of special effects. Bay is known for his considerable success at the international box office, and now China (LAtimes). Tony ZhouThere are filmmakers we love and then there’s Michael Bay. Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This is an exploration of “Bayhem” — his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct. Enjoy! 

"A brand is a promise, a good brand is a promise kept." (Documentary)
Bloomberg’s ‘Inside’ Series: A series of inspiring short documentaries from Bloomberg Television about the insights of successful businesses in the US and around the World. Learn more about the business insights, corporate strategy, marketing strategy and competitive advantages from the following brands. Watch INSIDE: PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Fendi, LEGO, McDonald’s, Chipotle, DeBeers, Dolce & Gabbana, LinkedIn, Pixar, Ebay, JetBlue, Disney and Caterpillar. Quote above comes from Turkish-American Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent of The Coca-Cola Company, watch here. (Photo credit Bloomberg.)  

"A brand is a promise, a good brand is a promise kept." (Documentary)

Bloomberg’s ‘Inside’ Series: A series of inspiring short documentaries from Bloomberg Television about the insights of successful businesses in the US and around the World. Learn more about the business insights, corporate strategy, marketing strategy and competitive advantages from the following brands. Watch INSIDE: PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Fendi, LEGOMcDonald’sChipotleDeBeersDolce & GabbanaLinkedInPixar, EbayJetBlue, Disney and CaterpillarQuote above comes from Turkish-American Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent of The Coca-Cola Company, watch here. (Photo credit Bloomberg.)