EP 58- The Awesome Founder Inspiration Session #7 with Gerrit McGowan & Dries Faems

EP 58 – The Awesome Founder Inspiration Session #7 

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Episode 58 features the seventh edition of the Inspiration Session with Gerrit McGowan & Dries Faems in which they share what makes them think, learn, and laugh. 

This week they touch on some of these thought-provoking topics:  

  • How to measure personality with your digital footprint 
  • Is fake it till you make it the right strategy to use as an entrepreneur? 
  • How can the chance of burnout be reduced? 
  • Should we expect a wave of entrepreneurial burnout next year?
  • How Art is evolving in the advanced technological world  
  • AI and they’re influence on our world 

We hope you enjoy the show! 



Something that made you learn  


Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans 

Youyou Wu, Kosinski Michael, Still David 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015) 


Matthew S. Wood, David J. Scheaf, Sean M. Dwyer,  Fake it ‘til you make it: Hazards of a cultural norm in entrepreneurship,  Business Horizons,  Volume 65, Issue 5,  2022,  Pages 681-696,  ISSN 0007-6813,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2021.12.001.  (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0007681321002068) 



Something that made you think 


Emotional demands and entrepreneurial burnout: the role of autonomy and job satisfaction (2022)  

Yosr Ben Tahar · Nada Rejeb ·Adnane Maalaoui · Sascha Kraus ·Paul Westhead · Paul Jones 

Small Business Economics 







Something that made you laugh 






(1:02) Gerrit Introduces the podcast inspiration session  

(3:00) What did Dries learn? Topic: Personality 

(4:19) Researchers are taking an alternative approach to measuring personality 

(7:38) Results of the study on whether the footprint can predict your personality 

(9:00) How is your digital footprint able to predict the likelihood of you experiencing certain outcomes in different life areas 

(10:31) On what basis is your personality assessed? 

(12:00)0 Discussion on the findings of the personality paper  

(14:00) Problems with personality models  

(16:20) Ethical questions for using data for investigating personality  

(17:25) Recruiters and your social media presence 

(18:30) What did Gerrit learn? Topic: Fake it to you make it  

(22:30) What fake it till you make it means  

(28:05) What to do instead of faking it? 

(32:25) Dries and Gerrit share advice on how to pitch 

(35:36) Does the personal story in storytelling need to be true? 

(38:00) Entrepreneurs thinking like scientists  

(42:45) What made Dries think: paper on entrepreneurial burnout  

(44:58) Does the feeling of autonomy increase the likelihood of burnout? 

(49:45) Should we expect a wave of entrepreneurial burnout next year? 

(55:35) Instead of being the best – be the best version of yourself 

(56:2) Mental struggle of having a bore out 

(57:50) What made Gerrit think: the technology of art and its destruction  

(59:00) Artists destroying art and turning them into NFTs 

(1:03:20) Are treasures in the art world being lost through NFTs?  

(1:07:30) Can the AI-generated art be called art? 

(1:10:10) Discussing what the new world will look like with AI 

(1:18:20) What made Dries laugh: his first encounter with TikTok 

(1:22:00) China’s strategy behind TikTok  

(1:29:00) What made Gerrit laugh: FTX downfall tweets 

(1:45:00) The economic shift and new topics 

(1:48:36) Gerrit thanks you for listening!