Stefan Imhoff

I’m Stefan Imhoff, a Senior Front-End Web Developer, and Designer from Hamburg, Germany.

I find inspiration in a wide variety of media, from reading challenging and heterodox books about philosophy, science, and economics to listening to podcasts, watching TV shows and movies, and indulging in Korean and Japanese dramas on Netflix.

As a passionate enthusiast of storytelling, I am convinced that humans understand the world and find meaning through narratives. This fascination has led me to contribute to the propagation of impactful ideas through my writing. Whether I am crafting essays, Sketchnotes, or Haiku, I aim to use the power of storytelling to communicate messages that resonate with readers. I have even written a free book about Ninja and Ninjutsu.

In my spare time, I enjoy exploring nature through activities such as walking and cycling, and doing Calisthenics. I have a keen appreciation for the beauty of everyday life and find joy in the small things. Whether it’s the peacefulness of a forest, the vastness of the sea, or the grandeur of a mountain, I am constantly inspired by nature’s magnificence. I enjoy both the power of thunderstorms and the warmth of sunny days.

I see myself as a 🔲 Minimalist, 🏛️ Stoic, 🎧 Introvert, 🐍 Libertarian, and ⛩️ Japanophile.

🔲 Minimalism allows me to simplify my life and focus on what truly matters. By owning only what I need and cherish, I am able to reduce clutter, increase my sense of contentment, and live with intention.

🏛️ Stoicism offers me a practical philosophy of life that emphasizes rationality, self-control, and virtue. By focusing on what is within my control and accepting what is not, I can develop a sense of inner peace, resilience, and purpose, even in the face of adversity.

🎧 As an introvert, I have a special relationship with silence. I’ll pretend to be out when someone knocks at my door unannounced (居留守), put on Do Not Disturb the whole day, and don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. With noise-canceling headphones as my trusty companion, I don’t need constant stimulation to be happy. And when it comes to socializing, I prefer quality to quantity.

🐍 Libertarianism is my political philosophy. I believe in the freedom of the individual, the sanctity of private property, and the power of the free market. I am convinced that the best way to improve society is to empower individuals to make their own choices and take responsibility for their actions. I despise authoritarianism, collectivism, and the abuse of power. Don’t tread on me! 👊

⛩️ I have a deep appreciation for Japanese culture and aesthetics. From the simplicity and elegance of Japanese design to the philosophies of Wabi Sabi, Shibui, or Ikigai, I find myself constantly inspired. I am fascinated by the history of Japan, from the Samurai code of Bushidō to the ancient Shintō religion. I enjoy exploring traditional Japanese arts such as calligraphy and Sumi-e painting, and admire the natural beauty of Japanese gardens and architecture. Not only that, but I’m learning the Japanese language for a while, but I’m not fluent yet. Through my love for Japan, I seek greater meaning in life and cultivate a sense of harmony with the world around me.