In recent years, Wassili was closely involved in writing and publishing several books.
Happiness is depressing
My new book ‘Happiness is depressing’ is out (only in Dutch for now)!
In Happiness is depressing, I take you on a step by step journey from depression to zest for life. But by doing so I had to explore the meaning of happiness and our assumptions about depression. What is happiness? What do we know about happiness and what ideas and assumptions about happiness affect our perception of happiness? What is depression anyway? How does it work? What does the ‘inner world’ look like of a depressed person? And what can learn from depression about happiness? Anyone that is interested in more happiness in life should read this groundbreaking book especially when you feel down.
Happiness is depressing answers 2 main questions:
- How do you go from depressed to zest for life?
- How can the coaching approach create non-therapeutic but effective models for profound change with depression?
Best business book 2011
Best management book 2012
What do you do when you’re not happy and uncomfortable with where your (work) life is heading? How to lead a company? What do you do when you want more than ‘just’ money? How do you make yourself valuable, what is your contribution, your legacy? Do you work to earn money, or to do something for the world? “Meaningful Profit” shows how opposites go hand in hand.
“Because you can’t fit man in a machine”
Advertising a bit of meaning
Several years ago Ben Steenstra (owner of one of the biggest advertising companies in the Netherlands) began, with the help of coach Wassili Zafiris, a quest in search of himself and changed from being ‘advertisement scum’ into a meaningful entrepreneur.
Outspoken and compelling Ben describes the process of his transformation, the resistance he encounters, the blunders he makes, the successes he achieves, the provocative coaching sessions and confrontations with himself and his staff. This combined with the insights and background knowledge of Wassili make of “Meaningful Profit” a particularly good readable book on entrepreneurship and personal development in a time of crisis. Note: at this moment “Meaningful Profit” is only available in Dutch.
The book provides inspiration in many areas, including:
- Motivation and meaning, what are your highest intentions?
- Personal leadership, how people can take centre stage again
- The fourth revolution, entrepreneurship in the new economy
- Generative capital, the power of the collective
Ultimately Ben and Wassili’s search lead to a new kind of enterprise: a meaningful profit enterprise, the middle ground between profit and non-profit where Human Nature takes centre stage in the workplace.
Authors: Wassili Zafiris and Ben Steenstra
Audience: Anyone who wants to work and live meaningfully.
Available: 2011 – ISBN 10: 9052618380 – ISBN 13: 9789052618388 (Uitgever: SDU)
Note: at this moment “Meaningful Profit” is available only in Dutch.
The ingredients for the ultimate chef, 10 top chefs and their secrets
“Learn how to think like a top chef”
Chefs interviewed: Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay, Herman den Blijker, Ferran Adria, Nadia Santini, Anthony Bourdain, Curtis Stone, Sergio Herman and Alain Passard.
Over 10.000 copies sold!
“As a chef, you have to have something flamboyant, exciting and always look for the next big thing,” said Gordon Ramsey to Aranka van de Pol. For Alain Passard (France’s top chef) it is important for a chef cook to be a teacher and, according to Sergio Herman (The Dutch Michelin chef) the chef ‘inside you. ”
But what are the real ingredients that create the recipe for the ultimate cook? On the search for this recipe Aranka van de Pol visited, along with photographer Frank de Ruiter and top mental coach Wassili Zafiris, ten of the most successful chefs in the world.
“A surprising book about cooking, the extreme world of the top chef and the psychology behind the chef.”
Aranka van der Pol travelled around the world to interview, cook and play with the world most renowned chefs. Wassili Zafiris accompanied her and unraveled their thinking to uncover what’s going on in the mind of a top chef. Hence creating the world’s first recipe of the mindset of a top chef!
Authors: Aranka van der Pol i.c.w. Wassili Zafiris
Available: 2008 – ISBN 10: 9085104823 – ISBN 13: 9789085104827 (Uitgever: Dutch Filmworks)
Note: at this moment “Appetite” (Eetlust) is only available in Dutch.