Creative Artist Spotlight on Diggy

by Kim on September 12, 2010

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If you’re going to be successful in any endeavor, you better work on getting your heart and mind congruent with what you’re looking to accomplish. Do you want to become the Next Best Artist, a Top Model, or a Top Chef?  Okay, how about success in daily events? Do you want to get in shape, improve your creativity, or ask someone out on a date? It’s no secret that you must believe that you can accomplish whatever you set out to do. Otherwise, you’re likely to sabotage your efforts.

Diggy, as he is popularly known, has written about such topics using his personal experience. He has transformed his life through his strong belief in personal development and the elements that are necessary to accomplish the goals he sets to accomplish. In the short time that I’ve known Diggy, he has successfully grown his website, he compiled and launched his e-book Upgrade Reality: The no nonsense guide to overcoming personal obstacles and getting the life of your dreams, and he challenges his community to improve their diet, creativity, and overall sense of well-being.

Diggy inspires by example and has been transparent in how he has overcome personal obstacles to encourage others. I’m happy to have him here in the Spotlight.

Kim: Please tell our readers a little about yourself…

Diggy: Hi, My name is Dirk de Bruin, but you can call me Diggy.

I was born in Amsterdam, but only lived there for the first couple of years of my life. When I was 6 my family moved to Cape Town, South Africa, and that is where I grew up.

My first language is Dutch (and I still speak it at home) but I had to learn English when I moved to South Africa so that is also like my first language.

I’ve never studied at college or university yet I think I can say that I know more about business and the practical world than most graduates because of personal experience.

Kim: When did you realize that you wanted to pursue your creative talent as a writer in the realm of personal growth and development?

Diggy: I never thought that I wanted to be a writer, it just sort of happened.

In school, English was my least favorite subject, and I also got the worst grades for it. Grammar and writing was never very enjoyable for me, and I never thought I would be doing so much of it.

I met a friend who worked online for his living, and he showed me the wonderful world of building websites, blogging and being able to make money by creating content and writing words.

This intrigued me so much that I started playing around with websites and started my own blog.

As my writing skills became better and my articles became more interesting and helpful to other people, I started to enjoy writing a lot more, and since then I’ve been writing on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis.

Because of my experience with running a large supermarket for 2 years when I was just 17 (and various other projects and businesses I’ve been involved in since then), I think I have a lot to share with others, and I enjoy writing about how to avoid the mistakes I made. If I can help someone become successful or improve their life through my own experience, then all the work and effort of writing so many articles is totally worth it.

Kim: Please share with us how your book Upgrade Reality came to be…

Diggy: I wrote my very first book Upgrade Reality because I wanted to have one complete resource that was the summary of all my knowledge and experience, compiled in an easy-to-read e-book.

Although I have over 100 articles about various topics published on my blog, not many people are willing to dig through the archives and spend time reading every one of those articles.

That is why Upgrade Reality is the complete package. One book — easy to read and easy on the wallet.

Kim: What has been one of your biggest obstacles to success?

Diggy: I would say that my biggest obstacle to success has been me.

I used to have (and still have from time to time) many self-limiting beliefs that I was not smart enough or I was not creative enough or even that I did not deserve to be successful.

It took a lot of time, mistakes and failure to learn how to remove these self-limiting beliefs — beliefs that I had in my head that were sabotaging my own success.

One very important thing is to believe in yourself and to trust that you are going to succeed, no matter how long it takes or how many times you are going to fail.

Kim: Everyone experiences peaks and valleys. Please share with our readers how you overcome challenges?

Diggy: Very true, even the best of the best (not referring to myself here) still have tough times.

I like to analyze my challenges or obstacles logically. I ask myself what the obstacle is. I ask myself why it is an obstacle. I ask myself what it is that is holding me back from overcoming that obstacle. Then I have the solution.

Once I know what the bottleneck is and what I have to do to overcome it, then it is usually just a matter of persistence, time and hard work.

Kim: What advice do you have for people just starting out on their journey to pursuing their dreams?

Diggy: Get a mentor. Seriously.

I’ve tried to forge my own path and it is so much harder (and dumber I guess) than if you have a mentor.

Find someone who has walked your path successfully and ask him or her to be your mentor. Pay them if you have to. Their experience and wisdom is really worth the money and will save you a lot of time and failure.

Kim: Do you have a positive experience with a mentor that illustrates the importance of having guidance and support that you can share?

Diggy: Haha, interesting question since I mentioned getting a mentor in the previous answer.

I actually don’t have much experience with mentors because I was foolish and decided to learn by trial and error.

I have had a couple of successful friends and people share some knowledge with me, which has helped me enormously. After my vacation I am planning on getting a mentor who can help me with my online projects and what I need to do and can do to maximize my work and efforts.

Kim: What’s up next for you?

Diggy: I am planning to put some renewed energy into guest posting, I have a new product planned that I want to create and I want to outsource affiliate site building.

Kim: To keep up with Diggy’s latest and to participate in his online community, subscribe to for awesome weekly self improvement articles. You can also pick up his book Upgrade Reality, where he shares all of his knowledge and experience over the last 24 years.

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Diggy September 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Hey Kim!
Totally Awesome, thanks so much for the interview and great review!

I really appreciate your help on the ebook and project and would like to return the favor someday!

Diggy´s last blog post ..Throw Out The Old and Bring In The New


Kim September 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Hey Diggy,

Thank you for honoring me. Your growth and success is inspiring.
I’d better set a date for my project 🙂

Cheers to you,


Jeremy Johnson September 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Diggy, Jeremy here. It’s a pleasure to meet you and see you here on Kim’s website. You said a few things that resonated with me.

First, you wrote a book. That’s a compilation that took an immense amount of time. That’s no small feat and congrats on that.

Second, you mentioned getting a mentor. That’s something that I didn’t realize at first either. Modeling other successful people is so important. You are also right that we might just have to pay someone to be a mentor.

Third, you ran a supermarket at 17 years of age. That is impressive.

Thanks for sharing this interview Kim, and good luck to you Diggy!
Jeremy Johnson´s last blog post ..To Make A Difference


Kim September 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hi Jeremy,

As a fellow writer, I can see how you’d resonate with Diggy’s journey.

I agree, it’s important to consciously choose a successful role model to help guide us in our desired direction. It makes for speedier progress.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Jess September 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm

People say “you can’t…” because of your age or because you didn’t go to college or you don’t have enough experience. I think it’s cool that you proved that you CAN accomplish whatever you want.


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