5 Things Independent Thinkers Do Differently

In the past three years, Stadswild has become a community of people who like to think differently, or more so independently. I can honestly say Stadswild is a community of open-minded people who are always into new experiences and adventures, embracing new ideas and life’s challenges.

Some of our members have even quit their job, sold their house and started a whole new life

And the funny thing is, they all say that process of change started with getting out of their comfort zone during the Stadswild-workouts.

I like that. No, I love that. Because the beauty of using the city of Amsterdam as our playground to sweat, play and do yoga, is that it changes your perspective. First on the city, then on your body and mindset and eventually on life itself. Because there is nothing more honest and real than a solid workout. You can learn an awful lot about yourself by pulling a car, running a mile as fast as you can or staying happy in the yoga pose- even if this means looking at your toes from a very unexpected angle. What happens at Stadswild, stays at Stadswild (yes, there are things you won’t tell your boss or your mom), but it will rub off on your everyday life.

Why we do what we do and why we love it so much

Over three years ago, Juri and I wanted to create a platform where you can explore and learn as you go about the many aspects of holistic health. This is the foundation of Stadswild with the city and our community as our heart and soul. This urban movement we created attracts people with a mind of their own. Independent thinkers are of a rare kind and we are happy to meet them at our workouts.

The thing is, I personally never felt at home at concepts where fitness is presented like some kind of religion. Trainers having opinions about everything, going around like they have all the answer because they read a couple of books- not my thing either. Why? Because after working for over two decades in the field of fitness I can honestly say- fitness is a path.

You can have a whole new perspective on ideas that sounded true to you ten years ago. And yes, at Stadswild we work with some of the best trainers, scientists and health experts out there – but we can only provide you with answers to the best of our knowledge at this moment.

“When you talk you are only repeating what you know, but if you listen, you may learn something new” – Dalai Lama

So how can you tell if you are an independent thinker? Well, let’s just start with this:

5  Signs That Say You Are An Independent Thinker

1. You take the driver’s seat

You take charge of your own life as you understand the concept of taking responsibility for your thoughts and actions. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself you take action by focusing on what you can do to make things better.

2. You question authority figures

Is that really so is a question that pops into your head more than once a day. No, you are not a cynic and maybe not that rebellious either. But you do question authority figures because you genuinely believe trust must be earned.

3. You trust your intuition

When life throws you a curveball, you tend to get quiet. Not because you don’t care, but you need time to watch the process from a distance. You’re not seeking answers in textbooks, because you know life is just too complex to find all the answers there. So you take some time off, following your intuition and dig into your soul to find out what sounds true to you.

4. You don’t let the opinions of others dictate your life

You don’t need constant approval of others and you sure don’t let the opinion of others dictate your life. Instead of trying to fit into conceptualized thinking, you prefer a life that makes you happy.

5. You respect people from all walks of life

The real beauty of independent thinkers lies in accepting people from all walks of life. You don’t look down on another person because they have a different lifestyle. Instead you look beyond your differences, looking for something in common that might create an emotional connection.


Developing the mind of an independent thinker creates new opportunities and a whole new perspective on life. But then again- this is something you have to explore by yourself.

See you at Stadswild,

x Angélique



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