Jump over your shadow.

Erikjan Lantink
3 min readDec 5, 2023

How often do you jump over your shadow to get what you want done?

How often do you have to compromise some of your values, principles, or beliefs to make progress on your ambitions?

Your shadow reveals who you really are. Your shadow is the perfect reflection.

And sometimes, you need to let go of that perfect reflection to move forward.

My home country, the Netherlands, held parliamentary elections recently.

The results were a disaster, from my point of view.

The far-right party won. The party that wants to put a hold on migration. The party that wants to halt all climate change efforts. The party that wants a Nexit. That’s the Dutch version of Brexit.

The guy leading the party even has the same hairdo as Donald Trump.

That guy has changed his tone of voice over the last couple of months to become more attractive to milder voters.

People who are fed up with current politics and political figures looking for an alternative but not really in favor of the above-mentioned political agendas.

People who voted in provincial elections a few months ago for the farmer’s party.

People who didn’t read political programs were lured with oneliners and algorithms.

People who didn’t believe the guy could win until he did. And scared the living daylights out of most people with common sense.

That guy now has to try to design a coalition government in the Netherlands.

Suddenly, the most quoted oneliner is that “politicians need to step over their shadow” to research whether a coalition government is possible with this guy.

A guy who thinks the Dutch economy would survive if the Netherlands were out of the EU, with 80% of all imports through the Dutch harbors going straight to Germany.

A guy who ignores global warming like Donald Trump.



Erikjan Lantink

Business & Leadership coach. Interim Leader. Writer. Speaker. Former Retail Executive (general management; operations; HR)