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Influencer Adrie Williams and this week tips

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (9th – 15th of december) we will interview Adrie Williams. We will also share with you some videolinks on the “Soul” as inspirational videos. Every day we will upload one on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer: Adrie Williams a multi-facetted leader and communicator

 

 

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?

I am married and I have three children of which one is living in Holland. I come from a family where I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. My parents even though they have passed away, were very supportive in whom I have become right now. Their influence is still there.

I was raised by a mother that was a highly ethical and strong woman. She came from Banda Abou. As I was the oldest child, me and my mother got along very well. We were so well connected that we could communicate without talking, just by looking at each other. I call that, communicating at a subjective level. She thought me to be specific and decide where do I want to go and develop strategies and other ways and means to get there. All these efforts will pay off in the end. It doesn’t just happen, you will have to work for it she taught us. She also taught us to be respectfull and she was an excellent communicator, she would have good relations with our neighbors. In those days when there were no cell-phones, if we as her children would cross a boundary, any kind of boundary, before I was home, she already would know this. That is how well the neighborhood was connected and kept an eye on our wellbeing.

My father used to work as an administrator at different bakeries and even now after all these years, I would at times meet people whom had worked with my father and expressed themselves very respectfull towards my father. My grandfather was from Saint Martin and my grandmother was from San Pedro de Macoris (Santa Domingo). So he knew as the son of a migrant, that only hard work can make you prosper in our society. I didn’t grow up with my father, but we met regurlay and in that sense, he also played a role in whom I have become now.

My grandmother from my mother’s side, lived in Willibrordus and when I was a child, I use to sit on her feeth as she would lend people money. She also sold goat meat and some herbs. She had a strong 6th sense, that I also developed. She would say, that a certain person was due on her payments and within soon this person would come and hug and greet her, and discretely handed her the outstanding money. Things were not easy in those days and she would say, I haven’t heard from my brother for a long time, my uncle, living in New York. And within short she would get either money or groceries that he send to her. After his sailing career, he stayed and lived in New York. He would send either money or groceries and in the groceries would come some money. So this 6th sense I also have. Just as a side step, my grandmother was from Willibrordus and back in the old days, Willibrordus was the center of Banda Abou as it had a school. So many youngsters from Westpunt would go to Willibrordus for their education. Willibrordus had different plantations surrounding it like Landhuis Hermanus, Jan Kock, Sebastian, Port Marie, Cas Abou, and in the days where there was slavery, the slaves that weren’t very obedient, were send to Willibrordus and it was expected that they wouldn’t survive the harsh environment in Willibrordus. But they did survive, as they were very resilient and strong minded people. And I come from this heritage.

 

You consider your self a world leader, where does this come from?
At a very young, I was 14 or 15 years old, as I was taught by my mother, I projected what I wanted to be. I would become “A World Leader” as I really believed that I was a born leader. During my career as president of Initiativa Particular Korsou, I attended international conferences and bumped into a book by Jose Silva, a self taught para psychologist. That made an impact on me, because what I was taught by my grandmother, I could now validate by reading it in this book.

I went to follow a course in Venezuela of union leaders once and I met Eduardo Garcia Moure. He told me that I was unique, because I was multi-facetted. This after he saw how I handled a soldier guarding the Panteon in Caracas Venezuela and this was just after Hugo Chavez was first removed and then later liberated by some parts of the army again. As at first the soldier was not willing to allow us to visit the Panteon, I told him that I had to compliment them, because without a lot of bloodshed they have re-instated Chavez. Just by saying that, all doors were opened and we and other union leaders from different countries of Latin America got a royal treatment as they guided us through the Panteon. As part of my leadership abilities, I am able to typify people based on their dominant personality and this would give me an idea on how to let certain people fit in any kind of collaboration, while using their strengths. I am also an excellent communicator and connect easily with other people as I am an extravert.

 

You have a daughter you told me that is a serial entreprenuer, how did that come to pass?
When my daugther was 14 years old, I told her that I would not going to let her get herself into a debt because of her studies like most youth that finance their studies via loans. After they have finished their studies, they are indebted while they still have to earn their first salary. So I told her that she would have to pay her studies herself by starting a business. At first she wasn’t happy with this, but now she considers this to be “the best thing that ever happened”.

When they were young I allowed my children to open up there electronic toys, as long as they would close it back aterwards and that it would still work. So she did just that, and she build lots of experiences “hands on” with computers and cell-phones. She wanted to sell cell-phones, so I borrowed her money via my creditcard and this first Black Berry that was already sold to a customer, was stolen. So I let her buy a second one on my creditcard again, because I thought if I can not trust my daughter whom else would trust her. The rest was history. She sold cell-phones, computers, was involved in the repair of computers and cell-phone, she would refurbish used cell-phones that would look like there were brand new. When she was 17 years old, she bought her first car, and now she is 24 years old, she has a car rental company that has 24 cars. She is the owner of 4 companies and as a serial entrepreneur, she is making big waves. She started getting involved in the BNB-business after she took over the management of the house my mother use to live in when she died in 2015. And she is also a motivational speaker, sharing with others the power of being a master of your own destiny.


What about your son?
My son has a musical ear and he can discern easily when someone is misque-ing a note. I can’t hear that. As I was travelling a lot, I would buy souvenirs for my children and my daughter was able to get some reasonable sounds out of some of these souvernirs, like a souvenir “kuarta” I once brought home. My son also could do this and he was more like playing the percussion though. So my son once went to his music teacher at his school and he asked him why they couldn’t start a brass-band at their school. His teacher told him, that he tried and there was not enough interest. So my son, as he was new at the school went and after some recruitment on the school yard got 40 names of youngsters willing to participate in a brass-band. But then came the challenges, there were not enough instruments, so my son told the teacher he would consult me as his father on this. I suggested them to be specific as my mother taught me, to always be specific in your wants. After making a list of the specific instruments we needed, they googled and got some prices on what these instruments would cost. So as there was no budget to buy instruments, we scanned locally and found a store that was able to deliver the instruments at a much lower prices. So I suggested to my son as the next step to visualize the succesful attainment of these instruments within the group interested to form a brass-band and they are now right in the middle of doing this visualization. I am confident that they will succeed.

Why are you confident that they will succeed?
Because I am a living example, that at a very young age I visualized that I would be a “World Leader”. I am in the board of international organization of civil servants and I have even been a guest of Hosni Mubarak on a trip on the river Nile where Susan Mubarak was in a project aimed at improving literacy among women in Egypt. What I mean to say is, that I am living this visualization right now as I am travelling the world as a leader of the world, now as a union representative in the past as representative of other organizations where I was part of, manifesting what I had visualized at a very young age. I meditate and visualize every day.

You have also been a leader in your neighborhood, Marie Pampoen, right? What was this project all about?
25 years ago, when the government was finalizing a deal between with the Van der Valk-group whom bought the Plaza Hotel, they promised them a beach, first in Punda, but that turned out not to be a good option and then the beach of Marie Pampoen was suggested. We knew that this beach was one of the last public beaches available, so we protested against this. We had also protested against plans to close the free passage from Marie Pampoen up till the inland waters of Jan Thiel by Dutch Schiers, as we considered this important, as a principle, for the coming generations. As president of the Initiativa Particular Korsou (IPK) I had visited lake “Strobold” in Austria before stepping down as the president and I could compare the development of that area in Austria with Marie Pampoen and I was convinced that we had so much more to offer.

So we started a foundation, all involved paid Ang 25,- per person for expenses and we had no office building so we met under some trees in the beginning as our slogan was: “The goal is much more important that an office.” After sometime we got a location via the former director from Sedreko, Lipo Elhage, that we used as an office, but we would have to pay the utility bills ourselves for 15 years without any subsidy from no one, which we did. We visualized the reconstruction of our venue and MCB adopted the project and even mr. Chicu Capriles came to help paint our venue. Now after 25 years everybody can take notice of how Marie Pampoen, the beach area is now developing as a public area open for whom ever. This is what we saw early on and this is another example of how through defining what we want and through visualization, we were able to manifest our outcome. It is a process and you have to be consistent.

In 2016, we were one of the organizations that almost won the “Appeltje van Oranje”. But Willem Alexander was so impressed by our Marie Pampoen project, that they send me a ticket to be present at the ceremony honoring the winner of the “Appeltje van Oranje” in 2016. I went to Holland and came back in 3 days.


 

What is your Big Why?
First of all, I want to be able to empower those that have the least opportunities in our society. As I came from parents my mother from Banda Abou and my father from Saint Martin born, I had a “double trouble”, as I was discriminated severely by people living in the middle of the island. But I overcame that completely. Therefore, those with the least opportunities I want to help, empower them, those are the ones. In those days when I grew up, discrimination was harsher than nowadays. Like myself, I don’t want those people to fall prey to a victim mindset and I want them to survive and flourish just like I did.


An empowered mindset is much more important than having material wealth, that you might have inherited for example. An empowered mindset is a guarantee for having better and more positive outcomes in your life. Like Saturday the 7th of December, I will give a course to 6 women, aimed at empowering them. I love doing this.

Secondly, I want to maintain my mother’s legacy. She thought me to decide where do I want to go and develop strategies and other ways and means to get there. All these efforts will pay off in the end.

 

What does success look like for you?
Success is to decide where you want to go and pursue this with your planning, strategies, tactics and actions.

At times, I can see things not going well, based on the way people express themselves like some politicians. I know that they are on a failure path, but don’t listen but then again at times, mistakes have to take place before people are willing to change their course of action. The down side is, we all lose lots of time and energy, but it is as it is. There is only so much we can do and I am at peace with my consciousness.

My grandmother use to say: “Nobody is your enemy. Your biggest enemy is your own consciousness.” She is so right.


Where do you want to be 15 years from now?
Curaçao is a room of my house I would say my house is the whole world. I will have become one of the most inspirational speakers on “Earth” by that time.

 

If you would celebrate your birthday let us say 20 years from now. What would you want your loved ones, friends and others say about you?
That is a good question. I address this differently when I am giving a course. I ask people how would you want to be remembered if you would die today? Most people have no clue and that is sad to say.

I would want my loved ones and others to say that: “Adrie has helped lots of people, to develop themselves emotionally and spiritually.” This is priceless and feels better than any amount of material compensation, really.

Like, I once introduced a new intervention tactic to teach some youngsters back then when “Bos di Hubentut” started. This was to teach the group, but especially a youngster, to discipline himself before he spoke and interrupted others while they were talking. Which he often did, as he was yearning for attention from his peers. This was disrupting the group dynamics, so I asked my intuition “What to do?”. So, this idea came up. We would stare at the person that was not disciplined enough to let others finish their thoughts, when they spoke. If that happened anyways, all others would stare at the one that interrupted the conversation. So, we did that and it stopped. The other day, remember this happened years ago, I met this youngster again at a gasoline station and after checking if I would still remember him, he shared with me that this intervention tactic was a defining moment in his life and this changed his life.

Or the other time at Brakkeput, when I was doing a workshop as speaker and I also played R. Kelly “The storm is over”. One youngster after our session, he was sort of the leader of the group, came to me and told me he would change his life, because I told him that my grandmother had taught me that: “If you mistreat your parents now, your children would double the pain they would cause on you when you become of age.” This youth came up to me afterwards and told me – after he was unwilling to be responsive in the beginning - that he would change his live, because he had children and he didn’t want this to happen to him.

 

What are your strengths?
My ability to visualize the things I want to manifest; I am a good organizer; I am good at earning my living with “the sweat of the use of my tongue”.

 

Do you use your intuition/ inner voice?
Yes, I do this constantly. It works 24/7 and when I am puzzled I just ask questions and I do get the answers, as I been doing this from a very young age. I meditate at times to get my answers, but I always get my answers.

 

As a leader you were also involved in sports, can you expand on this a little?
Yes, in Marie Pampoen there were lots of youngsters practicing free style bycicling. Which was something constructive to do in our neighborhood, right. My brother in law managed to get lots of youngsters involved and became their trainer and combined this with acrobatic acts. They even manage to, during a long period of time, give a show during breakfast on Sundays to tourists at Princess Beach Hotel together with a steelband. That was great. They also competed in Aruba, they competed internationally in Venezuela - estado Aragua, in 1986. In 1988, we earned the right to organize an international competition in Curaçao in the Suffisant-stadium. Our biggest challenge back then was, we had enough money to build a cross runway for the free style bycling event, but not enough to break it down again. But we succeeded in doing that anyways, building it up according to the required standards and breaking it down after the event and we won 5 medals. My brother in law is now living in Apeldoorn Holland and because of his experiences in Curaçao, he is the trainer of a cross bike club in Holland, which is unique, because as trainer normally you have to be certified in Holland to be allowed to do this. So, this proves to me, that we had reach a high international level. As we were achieving results in competitions and the sport was booming, I was a board member of CSF and because of the positive support I got from Junior Millerson, we were able to reach these international heights in bycling.

 


How do you survive amidst a rather complex, slippery political environment, as a union leader of ABVO the biggest union on the island?
Well I have learned from my grandmother, that: “Don’t let nobody touch your tomatoes and advocado’s or dry their hands unauthorized on your hand towel”. Meaning draw clear boundaries in how far you allow people to breach your privacy. And I have become very good at this. Meaning, you have to be close to people at times, but still away from them at a safe distance. That is to survive.

But I am also a creator, I can speak out strongly on our opinions as representative of the union for example, but never disrespectful. Furthermore, I am also very aware of the content of what I want to communicate. I am a forward thinker. In both sense, I am a little un-orthodox. I am able to do this because of my emotional and spiritual upbringing and development.

 

Why are you optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Because I use the gifts given to me by GOD and my upbringing, I respond to my environment, I don’t react on it. I teach this and empower others to be likewise, that is why I am optimistic about our future. I am aware that colonialism has created mindsets that are totally dysfunctional, hampering the colonized countries more than the countries that colonized. I firmly believe that we can overcome that. We can create our own future, every one of us, can. I am always creating, I am a creator and setting the tone for 75 % and leaving to others to finish the rest of the 25 %. And as Eduardo Garcia Moure once told me long time ago in Venezuela, I am unique because I am a multi-facetted leader. And this talent I want to use to disseminate empowerment among others. And I am eternally grateful for my upbringing, especially via my grandmother and mother.

 

Adrie Williams is a motivational speaker that has used the sweat of his tongue, to earn his living. Adrie is also a leader, now a “World leader” as he visualized when he was 15 years old, representing the civil service union internationally. But as a multi-facetted person he is also a neighborhood leader, a sports leader, very un-orthodox in the upbringing of his children and also the chairman of the biggest union in Curaçao, ABVO. Because of his emotional and spiritual upbringing and development, he is very capable to be close to people at times, but still away from them at a safe distance, for survival reasons given the slippery environment he - as a union leader - has to operate in. But he is also a creator, that can speak out strongly of his opinions as representative of the union or any other role he has, but never disrespectful and at the same be very aware of the content of what he wants to communicate as a forward thinker. His ability to visualize and manifest the things he wants and using his other talents to disseminate empowerment among those whom have a disadvantage in our society, makes him and his contributions to our society unique. As a representative of the government sector, his efforts are aligned with the Share2uplift goals and we definitely love and respect him and consider him one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the share2uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. We will use interviewing Influencers and “train-the-trainers”-program on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact. By doing this we will be empowering more and more people with the knowledge and skills needed to start their own group to influence their circles of influences, thus creating bigger and bigger ripple effects, ultimately impacting the whole island. We will keep you posted on how these strategies are unfolding. We will also, via a virtual platform open up the possibility soon, for the diaspora and others willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join us. We will enable through this virtual platform, real off-line collaborations that can have real impacts in all walks of life in Curaçao. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

 

This week tips
This week we will share with you some inspirational video links on the “Soul”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Treasure Your Intuition, It’s More Than You Could Imagine - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gyD6UXM9S4

 

The Power of Intention | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iaqs4_xePk

 

Trust Will Change Your Life, but How? - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=152GOzW26NU

 

Shifting Your Attention Inward for Answers - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUQ04xlFLB4

 

A Simple Exercise That Tells You How You Really Feel | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNRzr-C3rpE

 

Psychology – Healing A Shattered Soul - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Jd6JIokls

 

 

Influencer David Levy Maduro and this week tips

Posted on December 1, 2019 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (2nd – 8th of December) we will interview David Levy Maduro; And we will share with you some inspirational video links on the “Soul”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer David Levy Maduro: Open Minded

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and have 2 boys, Nathan and Daniel. I have 1 sister. My parents are still alive. My father is a “Life” member of the Lions club, so in that sense I was inspired by him to become a Lion myself. When you are a child of a Lion, you are a Cub. I was a Cub for many years, whereafter I joined the LEO Club. I believe, that the fact that I am into leadership development, has everything to do with my father.

 

Could you tell me some more about LEO and LIONS Club?
We have two LEO clubs, one is from the age group 13 to 18 years (an Alpha LEO Club called Willemstad) and the other is from the age group 18 – 30 years old (an Omega LEO Club called Curaçao). The Alpha youngsters are still finding their indentity and are dealing mostly with their schoolwork. When they are an Omega, they are involved in different issues, their jobs or businesses, their families that they want to start, in any case different things that they are concerned about. After you turn 30, you can become a LION. I started when I was about 16 years old and participated in the LEO club until I was 19 years. Back then, it was called LEO Club Peter Stuyvesant and was a “School-based” Club. 10 years years ago, I joined the LIONS Club. This is my 6th year appointed as a LEO Advisor.

 

Could you share with us your educational and professional background?
I have worked different jobs, as I didn’t finish my high school, but became a person learning on the job and that is how I acquired my knowledge and skills, by doing lots of different things. I started as a 14 year old working several vacation and part time jobs as a busperson, barboy, which kind of initiated my passion for Food & Beverage. At the age of 17 I could start as a part- time Bartender and Waiter. I have this attitude that you need to show me and prove it to me, in that sense I am very unorthodox. I started my professional carreer at the Sonesta, where at 21 I was part of the opening management and staff of the Hotel in Curaçao. I started as a Room Service and Mini-Bar Supervisor. In my 2nd year, I won an award through Feffyk (in charge of vocational training in Curaçao), which paid for a summer school at “Hotelvakschool” in the Hague, Holland. Here I also learned Menu Engineering and Manipulation, which I guess was the start of my analytical mind. This very much helped me look at things in a complete different way, where I would have costed out the menu and it’s recipes and could manipulate the cost and sale of the items. This mindset, makes me quite succesful in the analytics of Marketing and also Social Media for a couple of years now, where I would have a completely different eye and feeling of things compared to others. I have also worked in the ICT-sector. The Sportsbetting industry with it’s online gambling gave me many more opportunities and knowledge and is imperative to what I do at the moment. I was even a Telecom Auditor in New York and Denver and for the last 14 years, I have done Sales & Marketing. When I was 21 years old, I left home to live on my own.

As of September, I have my own company called “Open Minded Solutions & Management” as I love to think out-of-the-box. I can quite easily adapt to rapid changing situations. Being able to make decisions and changes to plans “On the Fly” is quite a norm for me. I am also a partner in CX Pay, a FinTech company. We specialize in ePayment solutions, bringing international payment options to the local market. I am an entrepreneur and am open for new things. One thing you do not hear very often, is being “open for coaching”. I am never to old to learn more or something new. I firmly believe in synergy. The collaboration between people and companies which is based on each others strengths. Together we can achieve so much more. I also offer training and consultancy in the 7 industries I have worked and am working in currently. An example is, that I offer services to “mistery shop” for companies to check their customer service, phone etiquette and other services. I even advice clients on their menu cards, breaking it down completely, including the cost of the ingredients in their receipes all the way to the prices on the menu and sales mix thereafrer. So I have been and am involved in lots ot things.

 

It seems that you are a very curious person, right?
Yes, I am. I am eager to know , learn more. Also .......you can’t keep a secret from me for long. When I do something, I do it with passion, this is how sometimes, I can go from 6 am and still be completing tasks or meeting deadlines till 3 am in the morning. I don’t need much to be able to go long hours. The passion or the perfectionist I am, can motivate long hours! I remember having worked a 28 hour day on the 2nd of January 1994, where I started work at 3pm and left the next night at 7pm.

 

The other day I was talking to Lysette Van Lamoen-Garmers and she was mentioning how passionate you were working with youth in the LEO Club. I also know Sherlyne Eisden who had mentioned you before as her youngest son was also a LEO Club member. How long have you been working in this area that is Youth leadership development? What does the LEO Club members exactly do, how do they contribute to the local society? 
At 15 I was in another Club (BBYO), where I participated in a Chapter Leadership course in Wisounsin, USA, which impacted me greatly. I was brought up that there is more to it, than just growing up and playing around with my friends. I was enticed to get involed in the LEO Club and with Leadership Development. In 1989 we organized a big regional LEO Club Convention for Latin America and the Caribbean. There were 300 guests and we used the UNA now UoC campus as venue for attendees to stay and for the conference. My father the Convention Advisor, and my Sister, who also joined the LEO Club, the Covention Director, we just did it and it went well. So it is a way to develop leadership among youth and it is important to mention, that some of these youngsters are now respected citizens in our society. So it is very important to develop leadership among our youth.

 

What does being the LEO mean for the participants?
It stands for Leadership Experience Opportunity. Basically in the LEO Club, you are being taught how to enter in the society in the best possible way. Being a LEO means serving the community at the one hand, but also doing the hard work in committees, at times falling down and standing up again and those are the best lessons you learn. You have to go through all the hassle with people not acting according to what is promised and needed, find out-of-the-box ways and means sometimes to get the group going, it requires lots of communication, but in the end, when they succeed it is such a big satisfaction for all involved, me included.

 

What is you exact function in the LIONS Club?
The LIONs club sponsors / fosters a LEO Club. The LEO Club program falls directly under the LIONS Club as a community project to create opportunity and leaders. Currently I am the 1st Vice President. In the past, I was a 3rd Vice President, 2nd Vice President and even a 1st Vice President, but skipped becoming President the year thereafter. In principle, I should become the President next July. Staying on as LEO Advisor and even of both clubs (Willemstad and Curaçao) as it is right now, will not be a tough one. My greatest fear is to leave a void when I need to take over the function of President and while I really love doing this kind of work and will need to start grooming another LION to take over for me. This task requires constant and consistent effort. And this requires passion......lots of passion. You can’t do this differently. It is at least 2 hours of meeting with 1 of the Boards, another 2 hours of a General Meeting and this is not counting the many messages and calls during the week with short questions and follow ups per club.

 

Where would you want to be, let us say 10 or 15 years from now?
I want to be Financial independent so that I can do what I want and when I want.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My purpose is to give the LEOs a chance to become better than they ever planned to be.

Last March we decided to select a LEO of the year in Curaçao. So I approached another LION, who used to be a LEO many years ago as well as a LEO Advisor some years ago and we set up a list with criteria to make a selection between the LEOs for this LEO of the Year Award. The criteria included not only attendance, compliance to tasks and responsibilities given, always responds to requests.....but also excell in other things next to your duties...and we selected Zamir Narveaz.



As LEO of the Year, LEO Zamir received an all-expense-paid trip the the 3rd LEO Leadership Forum in Arizona Last July. As we are part of District 35-N, which consists of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Bahamas and South Florida, we were not aware that they selected LEO Zamir as the LEO of the Year for the the Muliple District 35, which also covers the rest of Florida. Then in August, we were suprisingly informed, that he was even selected as the LEO of the Year INTERNATIONALLY by LIONS International. LEO Zamir is a simple guy, but he is a very, very active guy who doesn’t like to say no and always wants to help everyone. Another great surprise was, that our District had more then 5 LEO Clubs and was eligible to start it’s own LEO District board. We were honored by our District Governor to appoint one of our LEOs for District President, to merrit our activities of the previous year and how active the LEO Club program has been in Curaçao. As LEO Sheeney Magdalena (the previous LEO President) left to study abroad, we chose LEO Nathaniel Yzer, who is currently also the Alpha Club president. Both of these actions, made us, Curaçao, the members and familes so proud.

I am a very humble person and at the same time so proud of these achievements. We as Curaçao are something else, aren’t we? I love to empower our youth, I create opportunities and enable them to grow. This is what makes me tick. Other then the growing up my sons.......this gives me purpose.

 

The 24th of November, you sent me a link where all the LEO Clubs (of the world) were requested to send in a video of 3 minutes showing off the projects that they are doing in their respective communities. LEO Club Willemstad also sent in their 3 minute video, showing off their Club and activities! What are the chances that they could be one of the winners is this competition?
I have shown you the video (see the YouTube video) and we only enabled them to do their own thing. They do almost all the work. I just look over the script and if there is not something really wrong.....I let it go! It is awesome to see how much talent is shown with Curaçao as the overall theme and this makes we feel very proud. We were just informed, that they were voted as the #3 of the world and this going up against much bigger countries like Japan, India, Colombia and many more.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Staying consistent in my effort to have a participative leadership style, as I firmly believe that groups come up with better results, than individuals working on their own (solo). This is not always easy if you take into consideration the youngsters, adults in the other Club. But this is what I believe in.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I always doubt myself and I overthink myself many times. I aim for perfection and I always try to improve myself. As mentioned before....I am also a perfectionist.

 

What are your strengths?
I have lots of stamina, when I do something that I am passionate about, I am unstoppabble. I am ethical (high integrity). You can count on me and I am trustworthy.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Well....strangely enough, I am a Practical Shooter. I am a member of the oldest Practical Shooters Club in Curaçao and am a member of the International Organization ruling over our sport. I am also on the board of the Synagogue (in Punda), where in a certain way, I try to follow in the foodsteps of my father. I am currently responsible for funerals, which in our tradition is treated with great reverence. I used to be well toned and even participated in 3 triathlons, but.......I chose a busier lifestyle, where I will need to change my “flohera” and start sports again SOON!

When I want to get “back into my zone”, I like to download some TV series and movies and am able to complety zoom out to reset and be ready for a long day or week.

I like to brainstorm with younger LEOs. This is where I am inspired or shocked of how the youth thinks and acts. I love spending quality time with my family. Most weekends we try to do things together. I say most of the time, since I do get rolling eyes when there is a meeting or activity.

 

If you as David would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would you answer?
Oef...if they would ask what do you do? I would most likely tell them...... what are the things that I don’t do (yet), ha, ha, ha.

I love to engage in discussions. Even the ones which can become quite heated. Like, don’t start a discussion with me on FinTech. The is merely, because I am a very curious guy and I would challenge you to have a discussion, exploring the boundaries of the subject matter that we are discussing. I even tell many.....I love to be proven wrong....this is when I can learn! The other day for example I went to Bonaire for the installation of the LIONS Club Board of Directors. After the event, I got engaged in a discussion with some mothers and their children for only 4 hours. I learned a lot from discussing some issues with the youngsters (and mothers) and how they live or act in certain situations and handle and resolve others. It’s awesome really. You get a good insight on how youngsters react, how they deal with technology, school, work and social media.

 

How would you describe David in one word or one sentence?
Open minded.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your life?
I have had a tough life, I have gone through some hardships and it is not always easy. I am an extravert but at the same time a very humble person. What I would like to do is, not to become indispensable. I look up to my father at the way he directed a meeting and his vast knowledge on many subjects.

 

What is a trait that you want to work on and improve?
To improve my ability to sell myself better, as I am very good at selling everybody else but myself. I need to work on this. But also, towards myself, I never stop trying to prove to myself, that I can do better. But then again, when I look back after having achieved something, I often will tell myself, That I couldn’t have done it better. I am not easily satisfied and I had to teach myself to “lower this bar”. When I am recognized or receive a praise for the work I do, I often tell myself that I didn’t deserve this and there were other people, who better deserve this. But on the other side, I am quite an emotional guy when I look at my LEOs - they are like my extended family - achieving their goals or on their way to achieve their goals, it touches me and sometimes catches me by surprise.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
The birth of my 1st son Nathan, as it was a mixed feeling, happy because of the birth, but also a reality check for the feeling of responsability that comes along with his birth. This was the most planned event of my life (next to my wedding). The same happened when I asked my wife to start a relationship and to engage 5 years thereafter, it was planned. Also coming to terms with my wife to conceive our boys, but even though it was planned, when he was born it really hit me, that there was more responsability involved now for both us, my wife and myself. Definitely a defining moment.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now as they are celebrating your birthday?
You are in your own comfort zone, you are doing what you love and you have found your self.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I am from this island. We have to succeed on this island and I firmly believe that together we will progress and succeed.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I don’t like talking about myself. I prefer to enjoy how other people achieve successes. We have a big and noble task in front of us and our challenge is to make our progresses stick. I am happy on how things are moving and this is the way we should prepare our youth for the future, even tough it is a never ending process.

I am really appreciative of my wife. Through thick and thin. If she was not and is the person who she is......I could have kissed this whole LEO Club and bringing the Clubs to what they are right now.....goodbye. She is the Ying or the Yang, I am the other one...... When you hear that the wife is the one who supports the husband to become succesfull, guess what....it is so true! While she is accepting and supporting my actions, she is achieving and elavating herself at the same time at her workplace as well.

Off course I appreciate both Nathan and Daniel, my two sons, for accepting when I can’t be there for them all the time, when I am either working long hours or in a meeting or other activity, preventing us to be able to do something together.

 

More info:
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David Levy Maduro is an entrepreneur owner “Open Minded”, co-owner of CX Pay, he is a trainer and consultant, but most of all a person with a Big Heart in terms of community service. As the upcoming next President of the LIONS Service club, he is actively preparing to prevent a void, as it will not be easy to find his replacement as an advisor to both the Alpha (Willemstad) and Omega (Curaçao) clubs that are so actively into developing leadership skills among the youth for 6 years now. David is a humble man, but the results speak for themselves as of late a representative from LEO Club Willemstad (Zamir Narveaz) was chosen as International LEO of the Year by LIONS Club International. By their District Governor they were honoured to appoint a LEO District President, to merrit their activities of the previous year and because of how active the LEO Club program in Curaçao has been. For this LEO Nathaniel Yzer was chosen, who is currently also the Alpha Club president. This week they heard that the video LEO Club Willemstad sent in to the video competitions of LIONS Club international among many LEO Clubs form different countries, was voted as the #3 of the world and this going up against much bigger countries like Japan, India, Colombia and many more. David firmly believes that groups come up with better results, than individuals working on their own (solo) and in that sense he also represents a collaborative mindset creating impactful changes in our society and is therefore, as a representative of the business sector, 100 % aligned with the Share2uplift goals and definitely one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the share2uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. We will use interviewing Influencers and “train-the-trainers”-program on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of scaling up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact. By doing this we will be empowering more and more people with the knowledge and skills needed to start their own group to influence their circles of influences, thus creating bigger and bigger ripple effects, ultimately impacting the whole island. We will keep you posted on how these strategies are unfolding. We will also via a virtual platform open up the possibility, to the diaspora and others willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao. Thus, using this virtual platform to trigger real off-line collaborations. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

 

Tips

This week we will share with you some inspirational video links on the “Soul”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

3 Steps to Cultivating Your Authentic Power | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSrTh-xNUDs

 

Gary Zukav on How to Get Your Power Back | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3PBMz85430

 

The Power of Intention | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iaqs4_xePk

 

Creating the Life That You Want of Love, Fulfillment, and Joy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWhmGw_kVpU

 

Gary Zukav: How to Fulfill Your Purpose | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE4csr0IyoY

 

Spiritual Growth Requires Relationships - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vig4Keqmv4c

 

 

Reflecting on 4 years Share2Uplift, This week events: MYM Book Session and Meet & Greet with Swati Mandela; Week tips

Posted on November 17, 2019 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (18th – 24th of November) we will reflect on 4 years after the official launching of the Share2Uplift movement on how far we have come and we will share with you our vision for the coming years; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session at Mensing’s Caminada on the 19th of November; we will invite you cordially - together with Global Enterprise Week, Mensing’s Caminada, Soul Garden Curaçao and Uplifting BV - to a “Meet and Greet” event with Mrs. Swati Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, on the 22nd of November and we will share some motivational video links. Every day we will share one of these links on our Facebook page.

 

How far did we come now 4 years after the official launch of the Share2uplift movement in 2015?

On the 22nd and 23rd of November 2015 we officially launched the Share2Uplift movement during a 2-days event at the Santa Barbara Beach Resort Hotel. Our goal was to identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect and align to create mindset changes in Curaçao.



 As of per November 2019 we have amended this goal. We want to:

“Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.”

We have added “impactful changes” as we now believe that we have to aim at: “Enabling lasting changes in how people manage their Emotions and mastery over their Intentions.” We have used a two-tiered approach, namely at the one hand we started interviewing Influencers, those are people with a big circle of influence, as a way to consistently connect with new leaders.

We have at the other hand, through webinars, coaching services, workshops, our social media presence, public speaking assignments and monthly book presentations, discovered the importance of “Mastery of Emotions” to our society.

We have been consistently exploring collaborations aimed at adding value to the society. We have learned that the collaboration has to be organic. Where there were common goals and possibilities to complement one another offering services to clients, this has happened and this will continue to happen in the coming years.


What will we focus on the coming years?
In the coming years, we will scale up the number of people that we reach to: “Connect, align and create impactful changes.” This we will do by continuing to interview Influencers in our society on our way to reach the 250 leaders. But we will scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform opening it up, to the diaspora and others willing to constructively create impactful changes. Thus, using the virtual platform to trigger real off-line collaborations.

 



As part of a strategy to offer different effective interventions aimed at enabling mastery over “Emotions and Intentions” we will also start new “Train-the Trainers”- courses in mastery of Emotions and Intentions, empowering more and more people with the knowledge and skills needed to start their own group to influence their circles of influences, thus creating bigger and bigger ripple effects, ultimately impacting the whole island. We will keep you posted on how these strategies are unfolding.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the share2uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in November
We would like to invite you for our next session on the 19th of November and we will be presenting again two very interesting books.

Gary Zukav’s "The seat of the soul" and “Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West.

This as part of our effort to keep combining personal developments books with books that give us a macro view of the world and its developments.

In the book “The Seat of the Soul” by bestselling Gary Zukav, to be presented by Ivan Kuster is the 25th anniversary edition. It contains a new Foreword by the author, website links, and a new Study Guide to help readers find even deeper meaning and fulfillment. The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav explains how we are evolving into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul--authentic power. Our evolution requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all of our relationships with meaning and purpose.

“Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in. Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses.

West’s work has been game-changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work’s applicability. Cities, too, are constellations of networks and laws of scalability relate with eerie precision to them. The implications of these discoveries are far-reaching, and are just beginning to be explored. Through the brilliant mind of Geoffrey West, we can envision how cities, companies and biological life alike are dancing to the same simple, powerful tune.

Date: Tuesday (3rd of the month) 19th of November
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

 

Meet & Greet
On the 22nd of November from 5 - 6 pm at Mensing Caminada, Global Enterprise Week, Soul Garden, Uplifting and Mensing Caminada will host a "Meet and Greet” event with Swati Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson and Wini Mandela.

Come and see what Swati has to share about these two books about their grandparents time in prison:

"The prison letters of Nelson Mandela" and "491 days" of Winnie Mandela’s.

We will host this “Meet and greet”-event and you will have the unique opportunity to have a Q & A with Swati and she will be signing these books of the about Mandela’s. So save the day and hope to greet you then.

Entrance fee: Free

 




The importance of Education
Everyday we will share one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


The success cycle TONY ROBINSON - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm8zZ6fs62c

 

Small Steps Make Big Changes | Jack Canfield - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QllaabbFTm0

 

The Motivational Success Story of Oprah Winfrey - From A Girl Without Shoes to Billionaire - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWAKgef3Ytk

 

Dr. Joe Dispenza Explains How We Are Programmed by Television - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK_y1Dsg4iE

 

Are Your Daily Habits Killing Your Chances Of Success? | John Assaraf - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALQ0_D8qzGM

 

A Clip from Brené Brown's TED talk - The Power of Vulnerability - YouTube|
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y9aqT0L3TI

 


 

Influencers Rose Mary Allen, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on November 3, 2019 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)
In this week’s blog (4th of November – 10th of November) we will interview Rose Mary Allen. Furthermore we will invite you to the repetition of our workshop in papiamento “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 16th of November; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind platform session on the 19th of November and we will share some motivational video links. Every day we will share one of these on our Facebook page.

Influencer Rose Mary Allen: Sharing and resilient



Could you share with us some information of your family life?

I have lived in Steenenkoraal near the Shell neighbourhood of Suffisant and my parents had played a very important role in my life. My mother is from Saint Kitts and came to work as a domestic servant for the director of the oil company Shell. I consider her a strong woman, who stressed the fact that her children should study in order to be better off than her, in the society. She was very strict with us and as we grew up, we began to understand why she was like that. She wanted us to focus on our studies and was less willing to let us be more playful. My father at the other hand was more soft in his approach towards us. The focus on letting us study was also noticable, when I changed school from the country side to one in town, which at that time was considered better. First I went to the so-called MULO and afterwards to HBS B. In the beginning when I was in the MULO, I was behind in Spanish and my father would then do my household chores, so that I would have more time to dedicate on my homework. Him doing my household chores was very humbling as in a “macho” oriented society, doing household tasks was “not done”, but still he would do it anyway. That was just one of the ways he supported us and they were proud of what we achieved at school. My father was the more lenient one, you could talk and negotiate with him. I carry the name of my mother, Allen, because they married one year after I was born. We are six brothers and sisters. I also have 5 other brothers and sisters from my father’s side who had them before he married my mother. I have 2 children of my own and I am proud of them of what they have become. I have raised them by myself, after I divorced.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
Well I don’t consider myself an entrepreneur, but more an anthropologist. I have a degree in Cultural Antropology of the University of Nijmegen. First I started to study in Amsterdam, but as my then husband from Nigeria was doing a PhD in Nijmegen, I moved to live and finish my study in that city.

I am an antropologist. I have always loved my work and it has become my way of life. As I left AAINA (Archeological and Anthropological Institute of the Netherlands Antilles) and the government, I continued working as an antropologist. It is just whom I am. I continued to record “lived experiences” of elderly people through oral history and looked at how their experiences are shaped by subjective factors such as identity, age, race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, political associations, and ethnicity. Through studying the “lived experiences”, I learned about society and about how individual experiences are communicated from generation to generation.

 My dissertation “Di ki manera? A Social History of Afro-Curaçaoans, 1863-1917” in which I look at the key factors determining the social and cultural life of Afro-Curaçaoans during the first fifty years after the abolition of slavery in 1863, is based for a considerable part on the oral histories of the former enslaved people in Curaçao.

An interesting study I did was the one about the Curaçaoan workers, who had gone to Cuba to work, in which I interviewed both those who went to work in Cuba and returned and also those who stayed behind in Cuba and never came back. Recording that last phenomenom was interesting, as it entailed that I had to do my research in Cuba, which was a rather an adventurous experience. At first, it was a little bit challenging to find these people. The results were presented in the book “Ta Cuba mi ke bai” and in the publications “Emigración Laboral de Curazao a Cuba a principicios del siglo XX” and “We are of the same blood: The Curaçaoan-Cuban intra-Caribbean migration in the conceptualization of identity and the politics of belonging.” Migration has also been the theme in the articles “Hacia una cultura Caribeña: Explorando las migraciones de los Curazoleños en el Caribe en el siglo XIX y XX por medio del lente sociohistórico”, published in Batey: “Revista Cubana de Antropología Sociocultural as well as “Music in Diasporic Context: The Case of Curaçao and Intra-Caribbean Migration” in Black Music Research Journal.As the daughter of an English speaking migrant mother, the theme of migration has always fascinated me btw.

You are a cultural antropologist and researcher?
Yes, I am. I use qualitative research methods, offering people to talk as much as they can and express themselves, based on guiding questions that I ask. The aim is to get a much deeper understanding of certain phenomena, expressions and philoshophy of life and oral history forms an important part of the research. Certain events in history, lack certain detailed information and oral history offers the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective.

You are an award winner of the Cola Debrot award and Boelie van Leeuwen prijs, is that correct?
After I finished my career at AAINA, I decided to leave the government and started working on my PhD thesis and finished that. I worked on different subject matters and based on that, I was honored first with the Boelie van Leeuwen award. This was especially because of my research on oral history, not only in Curaçao, but also outside of Curaçao and the consistency in my work.

Later on, I was awarded the Cola Debrot award for my work in Science and Humanities, because of my work on issues such as collective identities and identifications, culture and gender issues in Curaçao as compared to the rest of the Caribbean. See e.g. some of my articles such as: “The Complexity of National Identity Construction in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean”, in: European Review of Latin American and Caribbean: ”Toward Reconstituting Caribbean Identity Discourse from within the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao”, in: “Freedom, Power and Sovereignty: The Thought of Gordon K. Lewis” as well as “An Intersectional Approach to Understanding the Social Life of Female British Caribbean Immigrant Domestic Workers”, in: Dissolving Disciplines. “Tidal Shifts in the study of the languages, literatures and cultures of the Dutch Caribbean and beyond”. Most of my articles are available on the academic platform academia edu.

Overall, I am particularly interested to find out how we think of ourselves as “Yu di Korsou”, and to look at the role of migrants in our society. We are basically a society, shaped by different migrants coming together and we tend to underestimate this given fact. For example, 2019 is the year of the musical instrument “Kaha di orgel”, which is now considered part of our cultural heritage. But it originally came from Venezuela through a Curaçaoan migrant and was appropriated culturally by the society. So in my work, I tend to emphasize on the role of migrants in our society just a little bit more.

You have been successfull up to now, but where do you want to be let us say 5 years and 10 years from now?
I would say, check my age and health, that is the first thing that comes to mind. I am still healthy so in that sense, I am still in the middle of the playing field.
So I would still be doing the things, that I love to do and have the talent to do. I have alsways said: “When you retire, your talents will not retire with you”. Go and continue to contribute to the country and the good of all. It bothers me, when I see that people try to label other people that are older than 60 and tend to put you aside. Still doing what you love at this age, it gives you so much satisfaction especially if you are contributing to the good of all. I would say that in 5 to 10 years from now, I would like to be healthy and I would still be doing what I am doing now and that is contributing to the society in a positive way, based on my talents and knowledge.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Serving, by sharing my knowledge with, and give a hand to, the younger generations, so that they can progress, both professionally and personally.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
The most important thing is the efforts, I make to stay healthy. I go to the gym regurlarly and this gives my the energy to deal with life and do the things I am still doing and involved in.

How would you describe Rosemary in one word or one sentence?
Resilient, whatever happens I will always have enough resilience, to bounce back. Also hard work and discipline. These are my life’s motto’s.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Apart from my mother and father, they are Elis Juliana and Pater Brenneker. They complemented each other so much in their journey to study the essence of the “Yu di Korsou”. Without their work we wouldn’t have the information we have now.

Intellectually in my work as an antropologist, there were also different people, but if I would select one, it would Tom Lemaire. He taught us to look at cultures from the viewpoints of the people who experience them.. The mainstream antropology had the tendency to consider certain cultures as primitive and to look down on those people. He respected these cultures, in particular their ways of dealing with the environment and this caught my attention as a young student.


What are your strengths?
Resilience as I mentioned before, but also whatever happens, doesn’t matter how bad it is, I always learn for this experience. Check this quote of Nelson Mandela, it represents another of my life motto’s:

“I never fail, I either win or learn.”

I am very humble, as I truely believe, that you can learn from anyone, from the youngest child to the eldest person.

I honor and value everybody for whom they are, as this attitude helps me to be open for other people and learn from them.

I believe that you can even learn something new on your own death bed.

 

What is a trait that you consider work in progress that you are working on to become a better you?
Being more open and more sponteanous, being more able to connect better with other people.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
I have had different defining moments, but I would say the moment I had to defend my PhD thesis was an important one. This is something that I have longed for so long. In my younger years, I couldn’t imagine that I would come this far. But it defined me, it is who I am. To succeed in something I have worked for so long. It is a result of my determination of never giving up in life.

Other defining moments are when I got the Boelie Van Leeuwen price and the Cola Debrot award. Because it meant receiving recognition of my work during my life time, not after I had passed away.

And finally, my two children. They have become respected citizens in the society.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 years from now?
I would want them to say, how much they love me and how I influenced their lives in a positive way.


Do you believe that the fact that we were colonized still has an impact in the mindsets and the culture of our people?
The late Pader Amador Romer used to say, that even though we didn’t personally experience enslavement like in the colonial times way back generations ago, it still affects our mindsets. We have the tendency to surpress these emotions. We can notice some of these traits originating from those times within our families themselves and sometimes when I talk with some youngsters they would refer to their grandparents and what they have learned from them about experienced oppression during that given past history, and in that way these ideas are transmitted from generation to generation. Even intellectuals might think they are not affected by this, but you see it in their way of thinking and behaving, in particular when they are dealing with people whom they have been taught to accept as being superior. And this feeling of inferiority opposed to that of superiority just doesn’t just go away easilyas this is an internalized thing, that is passed on to the next generations.

One example of this, is the importance we give to being “respected”. We put so much emphasis on “respect”, which I think means to be seen and to be recognized as a human being. You can even hear it in the lyrics of songs being “rapped” (“Nan ta dis bo” = meaning they disrespect you). E.G. I remember how in a film on the revitalized Pietermaai area, with all the new investments in restaurants and hotels, the original inhabitants when interviewed said that they liked the developments, but felt that the newcomers did not respect them as they did not even greet them when they would encounter each other on the street.

The emotional wounds from the past will not be healed by themselves. I strongly believe that as long as those who have enslaved our ancestors and colonized us, don’t apologize to us, and we who were colonized don’t render forgiveness, we will not pass through this collective healing process. It will stay under the surface of our collective consciousness and erupt violently at times. As e.g. during 30th of May 1969, where the protesters expressed their historically anchored hatred. But also look more recently at the discussions that took place around 10-10-2010, as Curaçao gained its autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This anger and hatred is historically explainable and it will not disappear by itself. As a country we indeed have to move forward, but moving forward entails that we also have to deal with the pain of the past.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“Yu di Korsou” are strong people. Slowly but surely I am taking notice, that although things are not going well, people are resilient and that e.g. they are starting to plant their own food, they are starting their own businesses. This power, as they are becoming more and more aware that they have it, this I believe will put us in a position that we can and will survive whatever the challenges are that we are confronted with.

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I really enjoyed this interview a lot. It triggered me to think and reflect deeper on myself, the society and the world at large.

Rose mary Allen is one of the leading cultural historians of Curaçao. Her work based on oral history and the influence migrants had in our society has earned her two awards the Boelie van Leeuwen award and the Cola Debrot award. Her humble demeanor, her attitude to never stop learning and her focus to share her vast knowledge with the next generations definitely makes her an Influencer representing the Arts and Cultural sector and we deeply respect and love her and consider her to be one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.




The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. Now we want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.



Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?
On the 16th of October we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel
Time: 8 am - 12 pm.
Entrance fee: Ang 125,-
Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.
Find out more.

 

Our next MYM-platform session in November
We would like to invite you for our next session on the 19th of November and we will be presenting again two very interesting books.

Gary Zukav’s "The seat of the soul" and “Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West.

This as part of our effort to keep combining personal developments books with books that give us a macro view of the world and its developments.

In the book “The Seat of the Soul” by bestselling Gary Zukav, to be presented by Ivan Kuster is the 25th anniversary edition. It contains a new Foreword by the author, website links, and a new Study Guide to help readers find even deeper meaning and fulfillment. The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav explains how we are evolving into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul--authentic power. Our evolution requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all of our relationships with meaning and purpose.

“Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in.

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses.

West’s work has been game-changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work’s applicability. Cities, too, are constellations of networks and laws of scalability relate with eerie precision to them. The implications of these discoveries are far-reaching, and are just beginning to be explored. Through the brilliant mind of Geoffrey West, we can envision how cities, companies and biological life alike are dancing to the same simple, powerful tune.

Date: Tuesday (3rd of the month) 19th of November

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend! 


Tips

We will share one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 Inspiring Future Leaders to be Responsible - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=98y1FoVboLs

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrC3u1oDVJY

Personal responsibility - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4npS4Lv3KRY

AMAZING KIDS OF CHARACTER: RESPONSIBILITY (Accessible Preview) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_0TzBMf7rw

Fault Vs Responsibility by Will Smith FULL SPEECH - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=USsqkd-E9ag

7 Things You Should Never Apologize For! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGEH0TQYpKI

 

Influencer Gino Jacobs, this week workshop on emotions and our week tips

Posted on September 29, 2019 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (30th of September – 6th of October) we interviewed Gino Jacobs from Profound Works, Skempi and SkeniCash representing the business sector. Furthermore we would like to invite you for our upcoming workshop in Papiamentu of the 5th of October “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will end this week’s blog with some motivational video-links. Everyday during the week, we will share one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Gino Jacobs:
Passionate and extremely driven about this life-time.

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have 1 sister and my parents are alive and were very supportive in whom I have become right now.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?

I went to the Peter Stuyvesant College now KAP (VWO) and I made a deliberate choice to stay one year in Curaçao and studied International Business Administration at UNA and after that, I decided to go study in the Netherlands at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where I first got a bachelors degree in International Business Administration and afterwards got a Masters degree in Strategic Management.

We have met before in 2015 as we were starting the movement Share2Uplift. You were working for a company as an executive. Can you expand a little bit on what has transpassed since then?
In 2016 I was already working with Boudino de Jong as we launched a music platform in 2012 and by the end of 2015 Boudino and myself had a deep conversation at Pop’s place at Caracasbaai. We were brainstorming on what I would do next and then he shared with me this small company he owned where he was building websites.

He asked me it I would like to join him to take the company to the next level. He was very well documented on what he had done in the past and I decided, why not? Let’s do it after I stopped at my former employer. I started working on projects and that collaboration with Boudino proved to be an instant success. We massively expanded the last 3 years and as of today, we will be employing 25 locally and 6 in India and we have a broad network of professionals in the Holland we collaborate with.


What kind of businesses are you eaxctly in now and what are the names of your companies?
We have three companies: Skempie, which is an online world wide music stream platform for independent artists; the second company is Skenicash which we launch in January 2018 and the 3rd one and the largest one is Profound Projects, which is into innovative digital projects.


You are also active in markets outside of Curaçao. As when we talked about 2 years ago you told me that your aim was to have 90 % of your business from markets outside Curaçao. How did you fare with regards to this goal?
Yes, this is stil our aim and we are not there yet, but for 2020 we expect to reach that goal. We are actively working and now expanding our horizon in the Dutch Caribbean markets, in Surinam and we are focusing on the rest of the Carribean and Latin America. Like now we are also focusing on Ecuador.

That is great to hear. Do you require other toolkits?
Yes, we firmly belief in local partnership when we aim on foreign markets as our strategy, as we try to find local partnerships who have better knowledge of the markets they operate in and often already have a big network.

This sounds that your expansion is very organic, right?
Yes, it is organic.

As your are growing so fast, in 3 years since 2016 since you started with Boudino in Profound Projects, when do you consider that you have been successfull, let us say 5 years from now?
Well we use a definition of success that goes like this: “Success is the progressive realisation of pre-determined personal worthwile goals.” So we consider success to be a journey, as we are running metaphorically a marathon, it is not a sprint. So 5 years from now I really can’t tell you where we will be. In this day and age, in 2019 it is very hard to predict the future in let’s say 3 to 5 years from now, as the world is changing faster then every before. We don’t know what the effect of the block chain will have in the world and how the financial markets will radically change. We don’t know how specific geographical outside forces will be changing the island as we know it now. So much is happening right now and there are so many unknown factors and at the other hand, this is also at the same time the exciting part of our journey. We fully embrace this and we look forward to what the future will bring.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“Relevance in everything” we can do. What are the things we can do to still be relevant tomorrow. Relevant in terms of the contribution and value that we bring to the market, relevance in the sense of how I personally contribute as a citizen of the world in this life time. Relevance as my biggest driving force and it is a healthy dosis of paranoia, as some people might call it. For example let’s look at the story of Wallmart and compare them with Enron. Enron was over confident and arrogant in predicting the future. We all know what happened to them. Sam Walton, that was brought up in the era of depression of the 1930’s always kept a business paranoia. His motto was, that if you do want to stay relevant tomorrow, you will have to stay on top of your game in an era of changing customers demand. To compare notes on how BIG Wallmart is. They make as a company revenues of 514.4 billion USD per year, while the second biggest company Aramco has 355.9 billion USD in revenues annually, Royal Dutch Shell is 240 Billion USD, Amazon 232 billion USD and Google 136 USD billion. This shows you how big the size of Wallmart is right now, while most people celebrate the Google’s and the Amazon’s, while Wallmart is operating in a market that is being challenged by on-line sales.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
One of our biggest company values is to turn challenges into opportunities. We create by doing this as a mindset where we accept obstacles as a natural phenomena of our progress. We nuture obstacles as we know, that we can use overcoming these challenges as a way to get us in a better position compared to the situation where we didn’t had any obstacles to overcome. For instance our local economy. We believe that we are living in the right time and btw in interesting times for our economy. Inspite of the challenges this should drive us, instead of having a mindset where we wait for things to happen. Now is the time to push and expand our borders I would say, this is what we are doing instead of waiting what is going to happen and opting fore a defensive strategy. We choose to be as pro active as ever we have been and looking beyond this temporary transition that our economy is going through.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I did a lot of meditation in the past, but of late I do this less, because for me the best way to trigger my inner voice and come at the source of where creative ideas come from and where I can (re-)create almost at will is, when I run. There is power in running and it triggers creativity. I run 2 times a week, sometimes 5 km sometimes 10 km. That hour or so is so magical for me, as I start running without any expectation, I do have questions that I ask myself and I am amazed that I always get new insights in the end, it is like an awakening. I really look forward to running and at times nothing shows up. But then the next times I run it does shows up. It gives me answers on the practical ways to deal with the situations we are in. It gives answers to questions like how to take our company to the next level. It is awesome.

 

Do you use visualization you future? How does it work?
Yes, I do work with visualizations, it is a constant exercise that I do for myself. Instead of looking at what it is right now, I try to make decisions on what it could be. It is with this mindset, for example, that we go about our investment in new recruits.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I like reading, I have always been extremely curios about let’s say everything. The beauty of trying to satisfy this curiosity is that the more you know, the less you know I am concluding. The only thing that challenges me in this quest to satisfy my curiosity is, that I have less time now as I work night shifts.

 

What subject matters do you read about?
I read about all sorts of subject matters like personal development, business, spirituality and autobiographies. I also learn by surrounding myself with like minded people. Recently, we also decided to start a bookclub as part of the Profound Academy for our employees.


What are your strengths?
I am a very optimistic person. I recover from disappointment fast. I accept a setback, evaluate what it does to me and often after a few hours (or to the max the next day), I am ready to go full speed again. I have this ability to process a lot of information which makes me learn a lot and fast, which on its turn, helps me to be on top of multiple things at the same time. I also refer to this as my mental stretch. I am often really busy and I break busy down into smaller fragments of workload I have to deal with. For others this workload stresses them out because this busyness is most of all in their head. I keep expanding my mental stretch and therefore I am able to do multiple things at the same time, while staying on top of my game. In doing so I can see the forest for the trees.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Running as a sport, I do this 6 times a week, of late 3 months ago, I started playing piano. I also enjoy reading, love to watch movies.

 

If you as Gino would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? How would you describe Gino in one word or one sentence?
Hello I am Gino. I from a small island called Curaçao and probably I would have to explain where Curaçao exactly is. I am passionate and extremely driven about this life-time.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career/life?
A lot of people inspired me, like my business partner, my parents, my mentors Nelson Mandela and Richard Branson.

 

Is their a character trait where you are challenge?
Yes, impatience. Look it works like this. I don’t like wasting my precious time, and that can make me impatient sometimes. I am always so focused to get the most out of my day, so I am forcing myself at times intentionally and trying to keep a delicate balance to still make time and listen to people that are not directly conducive to whatever I want to achieve. It is a work in progress though.

 


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts or what was a defining moment in your life?

When I decided to embrace the entrepreneurship for 100 %. This completely changed my life as I was in the position to apply all my skills that I have honed over the years. Before that I could only apply it in a moderate way, after that moment I could use it to the max. Being in business as an executive is like doing top sports, so I am very conscious of what I eat and how much I sleep, to be at the top of my game. In 2016 everything changed and it has been a great and exciting journey up to now.


 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I seriously have “no idea”.

  

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I was there when they needed me, providing live and care in the most difficult times they always could have a good laugh with me.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
In 1973 I read a book called “Dubbel spel” written by Frank Martinus Arion and my biggest take away from that book was that in the whole history of Curaçao, we always had people predicting dooms day of Curaçao. And the funny thing was also that there were always people predicting that this time we would really messed up as an island, really really....that was almost 50 years ago. Let me be clear on this, I am not disregarding that Curaçao is in a crisis at the moment, but usually we need a crisis so that we can elevate to a next level, that is how I see it. The economy isn’t bad, it’s just in a transition. Some will continue winning, some will lose. Especially those that hold on to whatever worked in the past. Survival of the fittest is not about whom is the strongest or the most intelligent, but those whom are flexible enough to adapt to change.


Is t
here anything else that you would like to add?
A great inspiring person once told me, that the difference between a successful person and a very successful person is that a very successful person tends to say “no” to almost everything. So don’t be afraid to say “no”, if it is not conducive to your own development and not aligned with your goals. There is where great power lies, in saying “no”.

 


Gino Jacobs, is a representative of the business sector. In 2016 he decided to become a full time entrepreneur, using his ever expanding knowledge and skills to start SkeniCash in 2018 and also bring Profound Projects to a totally new level together with his business partner Boudino de Jong.The growth of their businesses has been remarkable, not only in terms of employment, 25 employees by the end of this year loccaly and 6 in India, but also because they have transformed their focus from being almost exclusively local to, as they project now, to have 90 % of their markets outside of Curaçao by 2020. This growth is being accomplished by looking for partners at the one hand but also through the Profound Academy, investing in the upgrading of the knowledge and skills of their employees. Gino’s curiosity in life, his focus, humor, optimistic demeanor and his drive to live his life to the max, is impressive. We definitely consider Gino one of the 250 Influencers in our society and because of his very young age (early thirties) expect so much more from him in the future.


 The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.


Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Workshop on “Emotions” on the 5th of October at Avila Beach Hotel
Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel
Time: 8 am - 12 pm.
Entrance fee: Ang 125,-

Presenters:

Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV
Click to attend!

Watch MYM Live on Tuesday the 1ste of October for more info about the workshop!



Tips

In this week’s blog with some motivational video-links on focus and visualization. Everyday during the week, we will share one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Why You Really Should Say "No" More Often - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GJuli8XxoM

The Power of Saying No | Tony Robbins - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukXrRljGRRs

"Focusing is about saying no" - Steve Jobs (WWDC'97) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8eP99neOVs

FOCUS - Motivational Video 2016 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqAKw9aZu1E

What If You Could? (David Goggins) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipVrphmIIkQ

Mind of the Athlete - Visualize Success - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M725talLav4

Influencer Michel Jourdain, this month worskshop on emotions and week tips

Posted on September 22, 2019 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (23rd – 29th of September) we will interview Michel Jourdain. Furtheron in this blog we will invite you to a workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 5th of October and we will share with you some motivational video links on “never giving up”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/Share2uplift page..


Michel Jourdain: "Become the best human being for everybody in the world"


Michel could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married to my soulmate “Muni”, I have one brother and 2 sisters. I have 2 children Quijana Jourdain and Quishurean Jourdain that I am very proud of. My parents are still alive and these days especially, are very supportive about what I am doing now. In the past I was educated the traditional way, to focus on studying, although I was passionate about doing sports. After my studies in Holland, I was supposed to find myself a job and live happily ever after, like most of us were educated to do, right? Now, I am preparing myself to expand my business of lifestyle coaching and I am on my way to becoming a fulltime entrepreneur by starting my own business, just like my wife Muni is, whom was born to be an entrepreneur. I have experienced a big mindset switch the last couple of years, which I am appreciating a lot.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?

I have studied aircraft engineering in Holland, afterwards came to Curaçao and started at “Isla”, the local refinery in Curaçao, to study to become a plant technician. After passing my exams with honors (cum laude), I was fascinated by chemistry and looked for a chance to work in the laboratory, they offered me to continue to become a chemical laboratory technician, which was completely not what I studied for. Now I am working as a plant technician and focusing more and more to become a fulltime life style coach. Our slogan is: “My health, my responsibility.” And this has become my biggest goal in life. As an entrepreneur in the wellness sector, that is partly educational and partly the health sector, I want to enable my clients to have a new life style. I focus first in my approach on mindset, then the daily structure, the nutrition and last but not least the physical part with daily fitness exercises and ultimately a new lifestyle, aimed at maximizing the person’s wellbeing.

How do you know that you are successful?
I have a saying: “Be inspired, Be inspiring”, I want to inspire others, so that they can become the best version of themselves so they can inspire others around them (Circle of Influence). To achieve this, I diligently work on myself, so that I can become a role model for others. So, I live intentionally every single day and work diligently towards achieving my goals and bettering myself, so that others can be inspired to reach their goals.

We met at Mistica Fraai’s office the other day and she highly recommended you as an Influencer. Mistica works at SEHOS and I was a trainer in the SEHOS Fitness movement. Are you also involved in other projects in Curaçao?
Yes, I am also involved in the Fundashon Alton Paas.

Can you give an example of how you work as life style coach?
Well I make an appointment with the clients, I meet them virtually by video call or personal, and by asking questions, we can expose the root cause of the emotions and/or other issues that possibly are bothering them, I explain my process in which I help with changing their lifestyles, so that they come to gain a better understanding of themselves and understand the purpose of it. Afterwards I answer any questions they might have.

What is the age group that you are targeting now?
Well my approach was until recently, not directed towards a specific age group. Most people that approach me now, are older than 35 years old. But, I am deliberately focusing on reaching our youth, as I synchronistically discovered, that this is a very important thing to do. Let me share with you an experience I had. As I have been involved in all sorts of sports during most of my life, competing even on the highest international levels, I was asked to give a presentation about nutrition at AV Sparta (a Track and Field Club in Curaçao) for some youth between the age of 6 – 18 years old and three of the best Track and Field athletes of Curaçao LeeMarvin Bonafasio, Terrence Agard and Prince Kwidama, they are competing internationally, were also invited at this event to give their experiences in the sport. These three athletes asked me more questions than the youth that was attending. You know after this happened, I could understand why and resonate with them. As an athlete your focus is on training, training and training and you are not so much interested with your nutritional habits. We are not educated in this area until becoming professionals. This has inspired me, to start focusing especially on our youth, because of the total lack education on nutrition for these youngsters, at this moment.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I want to enhance the quality of life and change the world starting in Curaçao, influencing people so that they can experience improved health and improved life styles.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront? And what was a defining moment in your life?
I used to safe money in bottles of protein and those were small change as I never saved guilders. There was this moment that I had to go to this part of saving, as it was the only resort left to go for, I emptied these bottles on my kitchen table to count how much money I had to buy food for my us. This is when I decided that I could not go on further like this, I had to do things differently. This was my BIG AHA-moment, my epiphany that changed the course of my life. Now I am doing what I love to do and also I am taking care and supporting my family too.

I was and I am still at times my own biggest challenge. It is all about, how I handle myself. I have a mirror at home (my wife) that everyday reminds me of who I am and where I wanna be.Secondly my wife Muni, has been pushing me to become a better version of myself, and in the beginning this was triggering resistance in me, instead of using her feedback as a fuel to change and mend my ways. But 3 to 4 years ago in November 2016, I had a defining moment. My wife asked me what I wanted to achieve in life. I came to understand, that I was my biggest obstacle, standing in my own way. I have learned since then to absorb whatever I needed to learn and actively use it in my personal life, I started educating myself intensively. And I am now eternal grateful for my wife, for the role she played in whom I have become since then. I regularly post information on my Facebook page and I am happy with where I am now, compared to where I was some years ago and I am eager to become the person that I visualize that I will become, in the near future, especially as a role model for my children.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?

Everybody has an inner voice. And I have to use my inner voice because if I don’t, I immediately will experience the consequences of not listening to it.

How does that work for you?
Well I go to presentations on entrepreneurship. I am involved in different projects. Nowadays I don’t fear anything anymore. Nowadays, I always believe that the project I am involved in, will be successful. As I put my mind on it, I just do it and go for it, all the way. By doing this, I learned and I am supported 100 % by my wife that surfs the internet and shares ideas with me and together this makes it all easier. She asked me 4 years ago: “Are you just going to “exist” till the end of your life? What are you investing your money in. What you are doing and what you are involved in, is it really what you want in life?” This was a defining moment. This is when I decided to change my life course and I started the process of improving my health and through this I started the movement of life style coaching and helping others.


How?

I asked myself what is my life’s purpose. I asked myself what makes me wake up every morning at 4 am (I wake up at 4 am every day and I work shifts) and do this with lots of passion. As anything else that is not my passion, would be just a 9 to 5 job, which I didn’t want anymore. I found my passion now and have experienced a paradigm shift. 4 years ago, my mindset was totally different. I was planning to end my career at Isla, where I work now. I was doing fitness and with all due respect just measuring the size of my biceps at the end of the day, nobody would be interested in knowing how big they are! I changed my life and that is giving me so much more satisfaction than what I used to do 4 years ago. I used to be very easily distracted, nowadays if I put my mind on something, I rid myself of distractions and focus. And this makes me happy, I feel a lot more accomplished. as I experience euphoria because I am influencing so many people in a positive way.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I study on-line, I am doing two courses at this moment, I google and search a lot, I attend courses of the NASHKO institute, I am a Neuro- Ex Certified Activity Based trainer, which enables me to help people with spinal cord injuries, stroke and MS to regain their muscle strength back, and creating new pathways for the nerves to reconnect with the muscles below injury. I am mentored by a lifestyle coach and I am working on getting certified in this and love educating myself.

What are your strengths?

I am consistent, I persevere and I am disciplined. I am working hard on the further improving of my communications skills. I am loyal to my work and I can work in a team. For example, me and my amazing wife complement one another very well in what I am doing now. I believe we have a brilliant future as we are also constantly looking for new ways to improve ourselves. I do visualizations where I believe in my mind eye that what we want is an intangible product, that already exists but it has not yet come to manifest itself. For example, when we got married in 2012 in Sint Maarten against all odds (too much to mention) and this was meant to be. She helps us, “believe in us.”

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am very talented on the artistic spectrum of intelligence, which you might
not believe at first side. I love painting, I am very good with using my hands, so I am a barber and I am a good dancer.


How would you describe Michel in one word or one sentence?
I am determined to improve myself, I want to become the best human being I can be for everybody in the world. This is my biggest mission in life.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My wife Muni, my mother as she has such a great and caring heart and my dad because he is straight. In hindsight whatever I was thinking, when he was disciplining me when I was young, that was the best thing that ever happened to me. I really learned to appreciate the value of life and the value of personal development.

Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
I want to expand on what I am doing now, with the help of others, to markets outside of Curaçao. Creating a chain of wellness centers to help people, educate people and by doing this making the world a better place.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Michel is an inspiration that helped me improve myself and he is a role model to us.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Curaçao is at the best place it can imagine itself to be, because when we are deep down in the gutter and there is nowhere else to go but up, we can create many great things and we will make Curaçao a much better place. We will succeed, as I firmly believe that you create what you are. We now have the chance to work on our intentions on how we want Curaçao to be. Because if you do something thinking you will get a good result and you didn’t, is because you didn’t do the right thing, analyze, adjust and improve it, so you can obtain the results that you want.

Michel Jourdain is a representative of the educational and health sector as a life style coach. The past 3 to 4 years he has transformed his love for sports and fitness into his new passion, to let people take more responsibility of their own health and therefore their wellness. Via his movement “My health, my responsibility” he aims at enabling people to have a new life style, focusing first on mindset changes, then their daily structure, their nutrition and their physical part of their life with daily fitness exercises and ultimately creating a new lifestyle, aimed at maximizing the person’s wellbeing. His determination and dedication to “Be inspired, by inspiring” is gaining momentum and we consider him an awakening giant. We deeply respect and love Michel for the work he has been doing to improve the wellbeing of people in Curaçao and definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.


Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Workshop on “Emotions” on the 5th of October at Avila Beach Hotel
Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel
Time: 8 am - 12 pm.
Entrance fee: Ang 125,-
Presenters:
Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden
O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind
Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV
Click to attend!


Tips
This week motivational video-links is aimed on “never giving up”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/Share2uplift page.

Health Conscious - Motivation For Healthy Lifestyle - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOoL29N_nbs

It's Up To You - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMz2_S2y9WE

Never Quit
youtu.be/IzbCLooj-M8

Unbroken
youtu.be/26U_seo0a1g

How Bad Do You Want It?
youtu.be/lsSC2vx7zFQ

Get Back Up, Nick Vujicic
youtu.be/Hd05kpKaYr8

 

Influencer Max Tjoen Tak Seu, Upcoming events and this week motivational tips

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (1st july – 7th of July) we will interview Max 'Taximax' Tjoen Tak Seu; we will invite you for our next workshop “How to unlock the Brain’s power” on the 9th of July; we will invite you to a repetition of the “Power of Intention”- workshop on the 11th of July for those whom missed the first workshop both at Chit Chat Café; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind Platform-session on the 16th of July and we will share with you some motivational video clips on “courage”. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Taximax: a smile from my guests with every rose
Max, we got interested in interviewing you because someone told us that you are an exceptional positive and client centered person and a role model as taxi driver working on Curaçao. Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have 2 children and I am married. I come from a family with 7 brothers and 4 sisters. Furthermore, I have worked different jobs in my life I have been a waiter, I have been in the Industrial Security business, I have been a member of VKC for 25 years and I have worked as a bus driver for 2 years before I started my career as taxi driver. One thing has always characterize what I did in my life is, I can’t sit still and don’t do anything. I have been waiting for an official taxi permit and it didn’t happen, so I decided to lease a taxi permit.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I am so thrilled when my customers are happy and to achieve that, I always try to go the extra mile for my customers. I always say to myself, that it is never enough and it is exactly where I am being appreciated for the most, by my customers. It has become an automatic part of whom I am today. I am aware, that if I treat them very well, I will reap positive endorsements expressed via social media and elsewhere from these customers and this even motivates me extra. For me I consider how I treat my customers as my “work of art.” And as customers when they are back home will share their positive experiences with family and friends. This brings me new customers, because they don’t want to get another taxi if they decide to come to Curaçao.

It seems to us that you are a very Emotional Intelligent person and you can deal with people very well. What are some of the things you do that makes you so special?
As I have said, customer service is a work of art, that I do this with all my heart and soul. You have to put yourself in a position to attract customers by the level of service that you give to the clients. For example, I open the doors for them as they enter the Taxi; I ask them what kind of music they want to listen to during the ride; I am very well equipped with different types of music like merengue, disco...you name it; my taxi is always well polished and shines and they enjoy this; I always take care of the cleanliness inside my taxi and it always smells good; I tell them jokes and I am able to talk about politics in the US; I use the latest technology to improve my service; I drop by at a snack or something, along the road and offer them a welcome drink if I have picked them up from the airport; I offer them local sweets as we go for a trip to Banda Abou; I know how important body language is, as I have worked as a waiter, so I know what works best and I also draw boundaries, I don’t facilitate illegality for example drugs, as I don’t want to get in trouble with our laws. This formula has worked perfectly for me. And this has earned me a “Certificate of Excellence of 2019” by Trip Advisor, which I am very proud of.

At times my clients are so pleased with my services that they offer me, if I would visit Miami or Los Angeles, to come and stay at their place or apartment they have. I really want to be different. Because of that I am being booked at times months in advance, as they plan to visit Curaçao again. I also do a lot of promotion via social media for Curaçao. I recently uploaded a video of Curaçao on Linkedin and I titled it: “Curaçao an island between Aruba and Bonaire, home town of Andruw Jones and many other Big Leaguers.”. By doing this in a creative way, I get more people in the US interested to visit Curaçao, which will be beneficial to me and the island. I also offer via social media, to my female customers the opportunity to win a personal alarm system easy to carry along for free, if they make use of my services 4 times and it works.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I don’t have a lot of challenges. I do strongly believe, that we need to upgrade our service levels in the tourism sector. If we are on course to increase the number of tourism visitors, because of an increase in the number of hotel rooms, we need to match the service levels of other tourism destinations like for example in Aruba, because the visitors are at least used to that level of service.

As a matter of fact, if we would do nothing about it and they would come and have a bad experience, then it would be too late. You know, for me personally it doesn’t matter if one client says something negative about me and my service, because I have so many others that give me positive to very positive feedbacks, so it doesn’t bother me personally. But the whole island that is a different ball game.

And yes, it has happened, that customers book me and then cancel me at the last moments, because they found another tour company that was less expensive and this made me consider introducing a cancellation fee. So, this I will also deal with it.

One last thing, I know that in Aruba they have 450 taxi licenses. Here in Curaçao a bigger country with more demand, we have 200 numbers only and I strongly believe that more licenses should be distributed as the tourism market is growing. This is important, because then it is possible to deal better with illegal taxi drivers, which I now consider a challenge, that can also be a serious legal problem with foreigners sue-ing our country.

What are your strengths?
Everything that I have done was unique. As security officer I have learned not to take unnecessary risks. I don’t believe that it is always 100 % safe. So, don’t go in the ghetto, as anyone in any country around the world that lives in a ghetto is poor and wants to survive, their desperation could harm others. So, don’t go to these abandoned beaches during the week days without being cautious, also sleeping on the beach with your belongings all over the place and I suggest my customers to go to these beaches where there are restaurants with all necessary facilities. So, as I never lie to a guest, I do inform my guests on the to do’s and the don’ts.
I am a good communicator and I am proactive every single day, as I post something positive of Curaçao via all my social media outlets.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I like snorkeling and I accompany my guests on a snorkel trip and I make a video of them, the moment they for an example swim with the turtles and later on, have a lunch.


If you as Max Tjoen would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?

I am Max. I make people happy by offering them a red paper flower. I take pictures of couples and make them smile and feel romantic.

How would you describe Max in one word or one sentence?
Taximax, a smile from my guests with every rose. By the way, I learned to make these roses while I was working as a waiter, but made myself un upgraded version that is smaller and stronger.

How do you keep up with your positivism?
Every day I go out to work, I am convinced that at the end of the day, I will have achieved the goals for that day. Even if I close the day with no ride at all, I will stay be positive. Why? Because I am convinced, that I will catch up the next day based on a deep faith in GOD. Every single day, I have the same energy and love in every single thing that I do.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
Unfortunately, I will not be driving a taxi, but I will still be involved in planning the next steps in the tourism sector on the island. I would have other carefully selected people driving my guests in their taxi, I would be entertaining people if I’m their host, in all scenarios I will not be sitting at home doing nothing. For the very short run as I have been working for years 365 days, I will be on vacation with my family by next year.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years from now, as you are celebrating your birthday?
I would have a big party on Wilhelmina plein with my family and friends and I would invite passing by guests to my celebration and share this moment with them and if there are any of my repetitive guests during that day, it would make me very happy to have them with me.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Tourism in Curaçao and what makes you stay optimistic about Curaçao in general?
I believe in the future of Tourism in Curaçao, due to the fact that we have the potential in providing more to our traveling guests and that by opening opportunities for more foreign investors we could be advancing in a short time in creating more jobs and the same time more tax for the Government and creating possibilities to change our negative financial position, into a more positive one. That is why I am optimistic about Curaçao. That is why I post something positive personally on my social media outlet almost every day, because I am engaging on a daily basis to acquire the attention of interested parties to come and invest as soon as they set their foot on the island, but we need Government officials to start moving towards this phase by preparing themselves to embrace opportunities. We may get and make Curaçao the hidden gem, finally shine!

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Yes, just four ideas that I have. We need to deal on a more direct way with tourists. I have this wild idea:
Firstly, why not let every company on the island offer their workers 30 minutes during 28 consecutive days and promote something positive of Curaçao via their own social media outlets. This will create such a boost in promotional activities that you wouldn’t need to have a marketing company to promote the island. That according to me, is our best least expensive sales strategy, it’s directly between friends and family members abroad and the exposure is massive and will go viral. Via social media you can reach people faster and directly, making this the best marketing strategy and most successful one too!

Secondly, as I said before, I make videos of some customers, snorkeling, dining etc... and I give it away to them, so that they can share this among their family and friends. Their personal experience is priceless and much more trustworthy than any other form of sales marketing strategy.

Thirdly, I’ve recently been to a course of security and damage control, that I recommend the authorities for offering more of these courses and I believe that more needs to be done. I want to stress that our Tourism 

Authorities and those involved in the hospitality industry need to upgrade the service levels of those working in this sector. We need to set standards for different areas in the sector, like for the taxi branche on the island. We need to look at the whole service chain and enable better collaboration and by doing this everybody wins. There is a need to monitor how quality standards are being upheld.

Fourthly, we also need to use a positive approach towards rewarding employees. Choose the employee of the month and offer them a free week-end in local hotel for them and their family. We need to honor those whom are doing an exceptional job in their area and lead the country by example and effectively boost the results within the tourism industry. I am definitely sure that by compensating them for the challenges some workers may have in the hospitality sector by increasing their wages, will be rewarding while their cost of living is rising. Invest in honoring the good employees you will get a good return on investment out of it.
For more info on Taximax:
www.facebook.com/CuracaoTaxi
Tripadvisor
Phone: +59996976302


Max Tjoen Tak Seu is an inspiring taxi driver with a positive perspective on his customers, his work, his life and the island in general. As a representative from the hospitality sector of our island, he is renowned and highly appreciated by his customers, because of the way he treats his customers. He qualifies this as “his work of art.” We love and deeply respect Max for his high standards he offers to his clients and in that sense, he is a role model and therefore an Influencer for all working in the hospitality sector. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island with a warm heart for his customers and Curaçao.



The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020




As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.
As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.


Workshop on the 9th of July

In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address the topic: What is holding you back?

Our second workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:

“How to unlock the brain’s power. Why willpower, hard work and an action plan are not sufficient to reach your personal goals.”
This series aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.
So, save the day and we hope to greet you then.

Date: July 9 th

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada

Tickets: Navel. 45,-

Save the day and we hope you will attend.

The Power of Intention on the 11th of July
On request we will repeat the workshop “The power of Intention”. We will teach you how to formulate and work on your Intention and we will show you and invite you to experience a so-called “group of 8”- type of Intentionality, where your intention can be magnified.

Date: July 11th

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place Chit Chat Café

Tickets: Nafl. 45,-

Save the day and we hope you will attend.

Our next MYM-platform session in July
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 16th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

"How democracies fail", by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt and it will be presented by Michiel van der Veur and "The atomic habits", by James Clear to be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Time: 7 - 9 pm.

In “How democracies fail” the authors raised the question if Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the question: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

In “Atomic Habits” the author will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal. You will earn how to:
* make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
* overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
* design your environment to make success easier;
* get back on track when you fall off course;...and much more.
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Entrance fee: Free

Tips
In this week we focus on “courage” as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

WHAT IS COURAGE? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlfEiLvxCOY

COURAGE - Powerful Motivational Speech - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFalmesXWMY


Graffiti - A short film about courage - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTpaABPUMWY


Courage- Short Film - video dailymotion
www.dailymotion.com/video/x361pmj


Moral courage (short film) - video dailymotion
www.dailymotion.com/video/x2oqmqc


The Call to Courage - Brené Brown compilation - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDIQQx1KNZc


Influencer Meyrtha Leetz, Master Your Mind Platform Book session, this month workshops and tips

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (24th of June – 1st of July) we will interview Meyrtha Leetz; we will invite you for our next workshop “How to unlock the Brain’s power” on the 9th of July; we will invite you to a repetition of the “Power of Intention”- workshop on the 11th of July for those whom missed the first workshop both at Chit Chat Cafe; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind Platform-session on the 16th of July and we will share with you some motivational video clips on finding one’s purpose. Everyday we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Meyrtha Leetz, service and structure, a teacher in all her vains

Meyrtha could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am a widow, I have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. But that is not the whole family picture. I come from a family where we had 12 children and I was the eldest, so I was very much involved in the helping out in the education of the rest of my brothers and sisters. I developed a high trust relationship with both my mother and father, as you can imagine. At the age of 16 years old, I got emotionally involved with my future husband George Leetz, that I knew from school and he started visiting my elderly home often.

We were interested to interview you as we have always experienced you at someone that has held leadership positions for years now, where did this come from or how did you hone your organizational and leadership skills? Can you expand a little on this?
I went to the MMS Maria Immaculata (MIL). During my years I was going to school, I was appointed often as spokes person for the class that I attended and at a young age George and myself where involved in the Paul Anka fanclub that just started, where I was involved in the organizing committee in charge of organizing parties. I was involved in radio progams at Curom in an office in the second floor of the Postoffice in Punda with Lucille Berry. I was also a member of the Antiliaanse Meisjes Gilde (AMS a Scouting organization) as a leader and under the guidance and leadership of Soeur Otilia, with whom I worked as a colleague at the Margareta School. We went camping and I learned to deal with teenagers during those days. It was through all these organizations I was involved with, I developed my organizational skills and talents. These experiences combined with my role as the elder daugther of the family, made me gradually become aware of my talents and leadership skills only after I got married btw.

How did you got interested in special education as a teacher?
My school director Mister Hermans also spotted my talents, as my father used to worked at the SHELL and he brought us to school from 6.30 am and on, as he didn’t want to be late at work. And this routine stayed even after I became a teacher at the Margareta school. He brought me to my work at 6.30 am and on. As a young teacher, I had to wait until mr.Hermans, the schooldirector, arrived. So he decided to give me some responsibilities. He started first by giving me the keys of the school to open the school, then I was put in charge of printing stencils for the exams of the different teachers and I was also later given the responsibility of the library. So that triggered me to start reading books on the theory of education (didactics) and pedagogics. But there was this one book I read, that made a big impact on me. This book was written by Prof. Wilhelmina Bladergroen and it dealt with those children that had challenges with learning and were difficult to handle. I could read only a few pages a day and after a while I noticed, that I had a special interest in children with learning difficulties. In the afternoon I used to help students that had issues in grasping subject matters, like grammar and mathematics, with some extra after school hours. By doing this all, it triggered in me even more clearly to ultimately discover my passion for the children that have learning disabilities.


In those years there were no schools for special education in Curaçao. Through the European Funds the construction of the schools was taken place around 1966/67 and during those years special education was introduced in Curaçao. In 1968 George and myself went to Holland and after a vacation, George started studying at RUGroningen in september 1968 as we planned it. I wanted to work as a teacher and I got spotted and recruited by the director Mr. Tiddens of the Van Liefland school, a special education school, and shortly after that, I started working as a teacher. Things just happened to me synchronistically. Because Mr. Tiddens had a brother in law, that had been sharing enthusiastic stories about his time when he lived in Curaçao, Mr. Tiddens immediately contacted me as he saw my name on a list, that I was from Curaçao and when we met, we immediately had a click. I came as a substitute teacher at this school offering special education as the youngest teacher at that time. As I started to work there, Mr.Tiddens appointed me in a committee organizing the 100th anniverary of the school, as he also just like Mr. Hermans in Curaçao, recognized my organizational talents.


How was your experience when you got back to work in Curaçao as a special education teacher?

During my vacation in 1971 to Curaçao, I wanted to see my family again, I visited some of the schools offering special education in Curaçao. I went to a LOM school directed by Glenda Wilsoe. When I went back to Holland, in 1971 I started doing Ortho Pedagogy with a specialisation in children with a mental disablity at the University of Utrecht, while we lived in Groningen. In 1973, within the 5 years we planned to stay in Holland, I got my second Masters degree. Again I felt connected, although I was pregnant, I was very fortunate enough to go as a trainee to an orthopedagogical Institute during 3 months period in Paterswolde. There I met Prof. Wilhemina Baldergroen, which made me feel so connected again. I was interested in children that had challenges with language issues like dyslexia and I got to learn and get acquainted with lots of assignments and materials, that I coud use when I went back to Curaçao. It was then, that I definitely identified my passion for children with special educational needs and I graduated with the highest honors.


In 1973 Desmond was also born and George got a job as a teacher at MIL as of the 1st of September. As we were back in Curaçao, Maria Liberia-Peters approached me as she was working then as an official at the RK schoolboard. She made a pitch to recuit me and as Desmond was recently born, I only agreed to accept her offer, after I arranged a solution for the daycare of Desmond. I didn’t want to leave him on his own during long lapses of the day. As I accepted the job offer to work at a school for special education, I was appalled at what I encountered. They had just split the students in good students and what someone told me were “the scum students.” This triggered me even more. I got the responsibility over these students. And the books that were left as school equipment and material were outdated and totally not in sinc with the needs of these students. All this then hurt me deeply. I was ready to fight for these students. For example there was this boy that fought or looked for a fight everyday. I started approaching him with love and as time went by he changed. These students need love. I know that it works. We were fortunate when the school where I worked was later moved to Koraal Specht as a special school that was build from European Funds, the Evoniusschool. Within short in 1975 I was appointed director of this school and had a team with the necessary background and preparations, to handle special education children or if they hadn’t I took care that those teachers that had no special degree had an opportunitiy to upgrade their knowledge and skills levels. As this was a new school I had this unique one time opportunity to select the whole inventory and equipment of this new school. This was my golden opportunity to choose for the school “senso motoric equipment” and inventory that was based on what I have learned from Prof. Bladergroen. I chose and introduce all the different aspects needed in a school for special education. Again I was connected and the good things kept coming in my life. At times in the beginning of my carreer, I had to put up a fight against Frater Aurelio and Mrs. Vigdis Mensing Jonckheeer of the RK-Schoolboard, but after some years we became best friends. But after 25 years in 1998 I decided to stop working.

We had teachers in our team and all had done some kind of study that would help them to handle children with special needs; we had monthly teammeetings where we would discuss issues from an ortho pedagogical and ortho-didactical points of view and every student was discussed in these meetings. After I stopped being the director of this school, all of this stopped and there are no special opportunities for teachers to upgrade their knowledge in special education, we have a lot of teachers now that don’t have the necessary educational background to teach on these special education schools and this is a pity for Curaçao and all these children.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?

I finished my high school at the MMS at the Maria Imaculata Lyceum; I hold degrees to become a schooldirector; I have 2 master degrees, one in pedagogy and the other in ortho pedagogy. After being appointed in 1975 as schooldirector I followed a management course that convinced Vigdis Mensing-Jonckheer to also send some her staff at the RK-schoolboard to management courses.

How did you get involved in SEDA and the Steering Committee Curaçao?
In 1974 I was approached by the Maria Liberia-Petersagain to come, join and to present this time to a group of business and women professionals in Holiday Beach. I addressed an issue during that event on “How it felt to be breadwinner (wage earner) for 5 years while my husband was studying.” This same group in 1974 decided to form an organization on the Woman’s day. As it was one year before the first International Woman’s day in 1975, I ended up in their board and we decided to start a federation, the Steering Committee, of all the different organizations of woman in Curaçao and later in the Netherlands Antilles. We had lots of meetings during that year as Steering Committee Curaçao. Stella Oosterhof became the first president and I became the second one from 1977 – 1979, the year of the woman. In that year we organized an educational fair in a time where there were no deans (career counsellors) and there was no clear idea of what the needs of the labor market exactly were. The commissioner of Education at that time Mr. Willy Franco used our list to allocate scholarships to students during those years, and career counsellors became normal afterwards in Curaçao. Basically I had a good understanding with the RK-School board represented by Father Aurelio in those days.

After he retired, Father Aurelio visited Curaçao one time and he wanted to visit me. When he came by to see me, he said: “We have had a good relationship and when we had our differences of opinion it was always for the good cause.” 2 weeks later when he was back in Holland and passed away, that was a strange farewell, don’t you think? I always could address issues with him that I considered out dated and at times we had our differences of opinion, but we worked out our differences and I respect him for that. It was his vision and idea to bring all school boards in one foundation and together develop new curriculum and school equipment and school material. Basically he was the father of Fundashon Material ps Skol (FMS).

When and how did you start at FMS?
In 1998 I stopped as a school director and I wanted to experience what it meant to be at home and just do nothing. But then again Maria Liberia-Peters approached me now as the acting lieutenant governor of the Island territory of Curaçao this time. She told me, that she wanted me to help out and develop a new structure for FMS as the old board all members had stepped down, because of problems they had with a political leader in those days. Within 3 months I developed with others a new structure for FMS. George and I were planning to go to India shortly after these 3 months to visit an UNESCO conference on value education . When the 3 months were over they asked me to become director of FMS, which I accepted.
I was director from 2000 till 2005. I accepted not before we invited Roxanna Wanga to join us in our visit to India, which was possible as George through fund raising arranged the tickets and the costs of her stay to India. The government didn’t had the funds to finance this. After our visit Roxanne and Lucille Felipa made the book: “Balor di tin balor.”

When I stepped down as director in 2005 we had made all the equipment of Funderend Onderwijs for the first cycle, we had trained 60 people, so that they could be able to develop curriculum in papiamanto and in colours, we had given workshops, over the 8 subjects taught at school. We had taken the first baby steps and in august 2002 the first boxes presented as a toolbox were distributed in a Loko Loko bus with the commissioner of Education and all the different directors of the different institions that were involved, so this was a big memorable happening. SGE would take care of the capacity building, FIDI would be in charge to promote innovative teaching methods, FPI would be in charge of papiamento and DOS would be the administrative organization. The funds for the next phases of the Funderend Onderwijs the 2nd and 3th cycle where available. And then the momentum stalled after that. In 1-1-2005 there was a mid-term on the 2nd and 3rd cycle, and after that those whom were sceptical of the changes gain ground again and suddenly almost all started to go back to the old theather style of classrooms just like the old times, the biggest schoolboard RK-schoolboard stepped out of FMS, they restarted with introducing dutch at some of their schools while the intention was to gradualy but surely introduce edaction in 4 laguages.

What was a defining moment in your life?
This period was a very painful and defining moment to me. We regressed backwards and went back to VSBO and that is when I started to develop an alternative techno future school at SEDA, because I don’t want to give up. This, we do this in collaboration with Techni Venturi from Holland. We work with drop outs and teach them so that they can earn certificates and give then a second chance, with certificates as handy-man that are also recognized in Holland in 5 areas at level 1.

What needs to be done to regain momentum for Funderend Onderwijs?
All the different schoolboards and entities need to connect again and align back to get on the same page with the same vision and then we can get back on course with Funderend Onderwijs with her 8 subjects taught areas. It is only now in 2019 that there is talk again of the law to make the 3rd cycle of Funderend Onderwijs possible. It is still possible.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
All the gifts, benefits and blessings of being the oldest child in my family when I grew up is my BIG WHY. I wish this for all children in the world.
I want to share and give, it back, I love children. All children, but most of all those that were kicked and shoved in their lives. I don’t want to see this society being drawn into a downward spiral.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?

I am Life Long Learner, I read a lot, go to workshops and teach a lot. This has been my life, life long learning. I have Masters degrees in special education; I have studied human values.; NLP; theology from 1886 till 1990 at the UNA; I have studied the adult education school of thought of Poulo Frere in Brazil; Theology of liberation (Leonardo Bof) ; Restorative practices; Tree of life therapy, by Ivonne Sliep and I have developed with others lots of curriculum like “Ken mi ta” KRA for boys and the curriculum for pre-phases of the Technofuture school. I am specialized in Education, Theology and social skills.

 



What are your strengths?

My faith, I put everything in GOD’s hand and I have a strong self esteem and self worth. GOD has created me to be perfect for my brothers and sisters, the teachers I had whom were proud of whom I have become. These teachers have taught me to have this strong self-esteem and I feel very Carribean culturally. I was also 11 years the womens president of the Caribbean Conference of Churches.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
My work is my hobby as you can guess. But I also love gardening and be with my plants. I can totally can get lost in my garden with its orchads.
I love cooking, I use to cook early in the morning before I left for work and I was always welcoming family and friends at home to eat.
On sundays I used to cook for the whole family when I was still living with my mother and father. And I also love sewing. Even how I dress and some say, it is obvious that I love sewing as I combine clothes and I love creating new combinations of what I dress.

If you as Meyrtha would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am Meyrtha Leetz Cijntje and I have two sons and three grandchildren. I am a teacher in all my vains and I share happiness with others. I will never introduce myself with the different functions I have.

How would you describe Meyrtha in one word or one sentence?

Service and structure. Structure is important in a class room and in a family. A child with some kind of deficit needs structure.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career/person?
Lots of people have inspired me, like the two schooldirectors that I talked about. But also Desmond Tutu, that is why my first son’s name is Desmond. Allan Curtain, he was the Caribbean General Secretary and he was very attentive always giving me a present of the place where had been, that was very typically some aspect of my personality. I still have them at home. Arch Bishop Carter of Jamaica, he was like a “father” to me as in the morning when we had conferences, he use to call when we was having an Eucharistical mass in his room for a small group of people and he inspired me to study theology. But last but not least, my husband, he had inspired me a lot as I met him since I was 16 years old in the educational area, Paul Anka fan club during our teenage years and later on his spirituality as he was a very deeply spiritual man, just like his father.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
The funeral of my father. I saw so many people at the church, you could hear a needle fall. I did some studies after my father’s passing away and I reconstructed my ancestors with the name “Cijntje” back to the time, when one of my ancestors was a slave. As I shared this information with all those interested, this was highly appreciated by the families and it made many of them very happy. That was a special time for me, as my father was the eldest of his family. I was grieving for quite some time wearing black clothes, until a colleague of mine talked to me and asked me why I was still wearing black, suggesting me to let go of my father. That night, I had a dream where I saw my father standing in a row to receive the Holy Communion that I was offering at this mass. When it was his turn, he turned his face away from me in my dream and walked away. The next day I started wearing gray clothes and detached from him and I felt grateful for all he had meant to me and us.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career/life?
I would want to be at home with my great grandchildren. My eldest grandchild would be 28 years old and I would want all three of them, to have achieved their dreams. That is what I look for to experience.
I have been president of SEDA since 1980 and in 2007 we redesigned its make up. We have increased the number of SEDA dependances offering services through our professionals that are well equipped and educated, and with a loving and caring heart for their clients. Now we are also in Koraal Specht for women and families and we want to be strong in enabling youngsters to transform into responsible adults.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 years from now?
I would want my grandchildren to say: “Grandmother you have given enough, take a break, we love you.” I have always been busy in the eyes of my grandchildren, but when needed I was readily available for them.

Tarun one of my grandchildren living in Curaçao, would always ask me to go shopping together, just the two of us the whole afternoon. He recently asked me if I would leave Curaçao, because of the challenges the island is facing. I explained to him all the good reasons why I will not leave. My house, my pension, I have enough to eat and I have a normal live. Where would I go?

I tell all my grandchildren, as they grow up and become a professional, keep giving and sharing. My husband George was like that, always caring and giving. Until his last days in his bed he was thinking on how to anticipate certain developments to take care of me and the rest of the family.


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I strongly believe in grass roots organizations. This was btw also the vision of the late Father Amado Romer. He believed in cooperativism and the power of grass roots organizations. He inspired me a lot. He once said that grass root organizations of which SEDA under the guidance of Steering Committee was one of them, according to him has the professionalism to help people to address their needs by the services they offer to women and families in different areas on the island. I share his beliefs in grass root organizations and that is why I am optimistic about the future of Curaçao.

I don’t believe in this school of thought that believes that it is the economy that is going to change our country for the better. I have been in the different Carribean Islands and I was, and I am still impressed by their level of self worth and autonomous thinking. I believe that this should be an example for us in Curaçao, instead at looking for all solutions to Holland, maybe we should look more at regional “best practices” for practical readily applicable solutions for Curaçao.


Recently on the 15th of June, we have met Andrew and Becky Lines from Austalia at a SEDA event and we liked their approach the so-called Rite Journey. We from Share2Uplift are very interested in exploring collaboration possibilities base on our phylosophy to connect dots, align efforts to create impact in our society. So we will get back to you on this subject matter. How does this fit in your approach to change mindsets in Curaçao?
Well, we have been doing some work in this field as we noticed that there were few practical guide lines to deal with the challenges boys and adult men confront. That is why we developed Konnekshon Real ku Alma (K.R.A.) for boys and adult men, it is about the psychology of boys and adult men and it was developed by the late Nelson Coffie (psychologist), Humprhey Poulino, the late Fridi Martina and myself. Via Andrew and Becky Lines we have started two pilots at two schools Goslinga school and at GOG and we hope that there will be some more spin-offs possible after they have visited Curaçao. Their teacher’s guide is very practical and this will be multiplied and distributed to multiply the possible effects of their approach.

On the 30th of May the was an ecomenical service of the churches of different denomintation at the “Plentji di Postkantoor”, to reflect on the events 50 years ago, when Willemstad burned down because of a popular uprising. It was full, it was on National TV and one could sense the unity among those present and on the island. When did you became chair person of the Council of Churches again?
In 2018 I became chairperson again of the Council of Churches in Curaçao. I had been the chairperson before from 1996 – 2000. In that period the government was laying off large numbers (1200) of people and we as SEDA were very involved in the so called “kobibensha”-project via ABVO attending clients on social, psychological, pedagogical and legal issues, those days were very challenging. Now I felt the need to get more involved again, as we are confronting challenging times again.

...During the interview, someone comes in and greets Meyrtha very cordially and he wants to sell Johny Cake. He comes in with his wife, that wants to meet Meyrtha personally as she highly regards Meyrtha and she had seen Meyrtha on TV during the memorial service, that was held on the Plentji di Postkantoor Punda in the morning of 30th of May, 50 years after 30th of May 1969. As they leave after a short while, he blessed Meyrhta and refers to Isaias 310 for her to read...” Meyrtha explains that people follow her and when they come to SEDA they want to drop in and greet her personally, as she has for many years been involved in our educational system and via SEDA also involved in the promoting sound family relationships. ..”.

Meyrtha Leetz was and still is an inspiring leader, that works relentlessly in the NGO-sector and the religious/spiritual sector. She has life-long credentials in the educational field, women’s right movement and of late has become an avid advocate of sound family life and at her age (born in 1945) is still very active. We love and deeply respect Meyrtha for her continuous commitment and her mindset of “never giving up” and continued effort to enable connections, alignment and tangible impact in mindsets of people in Curaçao via SEDA and as the Chairperson of the Council of Churches in Curaçao. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island and an excellent representative of the NGO-sector and religious/spiritual sector.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020



As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.


Workshop on the 9th of July
In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address the topic: What is holding you back?
Our second workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:
“How to unlock the brain’s power. Why willpower, hard work and an action plan are not sufficient to reach your personal goals.”

This series aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.
So, save the day and we hope to greet you then.

Date: July 9 th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada
Tickets: Navel. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.

The Power of Intention on the 11th of July
On request we will repeat the workshop “The power of Intention”. We will teach you how to formulate and work on your Intention and we will show you and invite you to experience a so-called “group of 8”- type of Intentionality, where your intention can be magnified.
Date: July 11th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café
Tickets: Nafl. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.


Our next MYM-platform session in July
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 16th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

"How democracies fail", by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt and it will be presented by Michiel van der Veur and "The atomic habits", by James Clear to be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Time: 7 - 9 pm.

In “How democracies fail” the authors raised the question if Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the question: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

In “Atomic Habits” the author will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal. You will earn how to:
* make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
* overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
* design your environment to make success easier;
* get back on track when you fall off course;
...and much more.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Entrance fee: Free

Motivational tips

In this week we focus on purpose as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Discovering Passion and Purpose - Be Inspired - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TpIYXjersM

Purpose (Discover Your WHY) - Incredible Motivational Short ᴴᴰ - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yBwzuVI6sA

What Do You Want To Be Remembered For? - Motivation - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRaTpTVTENU

7 Tips for Living a Fulfilling Life from Brain Pickings Creator Maria Popova - The Atlantic
www.theatlantic.com/video/index/414238/blogger-maria-popova-search-for-purpose/

Finding your life's purpose - Passion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mLn99CQubI

The Secret To Your Power (David Goggins) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytSkw9toJ1o


Share2Uplift future, upcoming events and week tips

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (29th of April – 5th of May), we will share some insights on what you can expect in the near future of the Share2Uplift movement. We will invite you to our next events and we will end with some motivational video links. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

What’s next to expect from the Share2Uplift movement


We are now interviewing Influencers from all walks of life in Curaçao, as part of our goal to reach a critical mass of at least 250 ethical leaders from different walks of life, as this was our original goal and still is our goal. In fact, we are enabling “Optimism”, as we belief that optimism is as contagious as “Pessimism” and we relentlessly work on leadership development i.e. capacity building.

We aiming to create by the end of 2019, a virtual network of 100 Influencers and by the end of 2020, a network of 250 Influencers by connecting dots and as we grow via “live”- events and whatever means we can use, to enable people to explore and where possible align efforts, aimed at creating value, that will impact the whole of the society in Curaçao.


How does the alignment happen now?

As we are developing this expanding the list of Influencers by interviewing them:

• where possible we are referring some Influencers to one another as part of possibilities for synergistic collaborations that might emerge. We belief that if these influencers connect, align and collaborate, this will positively impact the whole island;

• In the second half of this year we will classify those interviewed in 7 to 8 categories and sub categories so that it will be easier to search and find for possible opportinuties to connect, align and collaborate to jointly create value. As the span of attention of a human being is very short to read our extensive interviews, we will ask all those we have already interviewed soon to introduce themselves in short videos of no more then 2 minutes. This means that anyone interested can select the category, that they are interested in and explore collaborations just by watching the short video’s and then afterwards, read the extensive interview from the person that they are interested in. These extensive interviews then make more sense.

Up to now with the exception of one person, all the 46 + persons (as of today the 29th of April) we have interviewed, are not working in the public sector. This is on purpose, because we are meeting lots of Influencers that work in silence and are passionate in what they do, creating big waves in their respective sectors because they think “If you want to predict the future, you have to create it yourself”, and they don’t bank on being overdepended on the government for achieving their goals. These opportunity thinkers are creating big waves in their circles of influence and we hope that when some connect, align and explore collaborations and really collaborate, they will have an even bigger transformative impact via the value they are creating for the good of all.

In fact, apart from Influencers that in themselves are:

1. “Role models”,

2. we via the “live”- meetings for Influencers (and their referrals) and via any other means we shall come across, we will enable collaborations. We will “keep track” of the real impact these collaborations are having, where they are in fact “modelling” the new way to impact our society, enticing others, to do the same.


We would like to share a link “7 core competencies of new leadership … leading with new authority – OnTheAgilePathv /www.ontheagilepath.net/2016/03/7-core-competencies-of-new-leadership-leading-with-new-authority.html that is a summary of the book “Leading with new authority/Mit neuer Autorität in Führung” by Frank Baumann-Habersack and Arist von Schlippe. In this link they are explaining the most important trends in leadership development.



The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create impact and value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.

Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.

As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Subscribe for this course

As of the 6th of May during 5 weeks we, Haydee Hermans from Soul Garden and Ivan Kuster from Uplifting BV will offer a new edition of: “Where will you be 5 years from now?”.

This course will trigger you to think about and define much more clearly on where you want to be in your life 5 years from now.

You will be inspired to look at the different spokes of your wheel of life. Are you interested or committed to becoming your best, subscribe as soon as possible.

Subcribe and info
E-mail us at sixtaivan@gmail.com or call us 6986437 or
E-mail Haydee at Haydee.hermans@gmail.com or call her 5639848
Find out more on this eventpage.


The next Master Your Mind Platform session will be on the 21th of May

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 21st of May (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

"Against elections”, by David Van Reybrouck to be presented by Michiel van der Veur and

"The 8th Habit", by Steven Covey, to be presented by Haydee Hermans.

What is "Against elections” all about:
Fear-mongering populists, distrust in the establishment, personality contests instead of reasoned debate: these are the results of the latest elections. In fact, as this ingenious book shows, the original purpose of elections was to exclude the people from power by appointing an elite to govern over them. Yet for most of its 3000-year history, democracy did not involve elections at all: members of the public were appointed to positions in government through a combination of volunteering and lottery. Based on studies and trials from around the globe, this hugely influential manifesto presents the practical case for a true democracy – one that actually works. Urgent, heretical and completely convincing, Against Elections leaves only one question to be answered: what are we waiting for?

What is “The 8th Habit” all about:
Today’s new reality requires a change in thinking: a new mindset and a new skill-set—in short, a new habit. The crucial challenge of our world today is this: to find our voice and inspire others to find theirs. It is what Steven Covey calls the 8th Habit. The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul’s yearning for greatness, the organization’s imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity’s search for its “voice.”

Date: 21st of May,

Time: 7 - 9 pm sharp

Venue: Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada.

Entrance: Free
Click to attend.



Motivational tips
In this week we focus on different motivational tips on productive habits. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

The Power of Forming Habits | David Nevins | TEDxCushingAcademy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUKwFuV6FaA

Habits of high achievers: Gerry Duffy at TEDxTallaght - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vZONMEaXLro

How to create habits with consistency | Productivity Arata 09 - YouTube|
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNukFEA9_Pc

How to Build Self-Discipline Lesson #1: How to Form a Habit - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4fsbGAiocI

8 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Morning Ritual) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U36ZH8Jk_E

Morning Routines of Successful People | Brian Tracy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUVUwQ5IjsQ


Influencer Alton Paas, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week (15th- 21st of April) an interview with influencer Alton Paas, we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind platform book presentation on the 16th of April at Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share with you some valuable video links. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Alton Paas, a positive individual with a heart to serve others

Alton Paas has become a brand in Curaçao, you are making a difference that is why I wanted to interview you as we consider you to be an Influencer. Alton, could you share with me some information of your family life?
My name is Alton Paas. I have 1 sister and 1 brother. My sister is married and has 3 daughters and my brother lives in Holland. Both my parents are well and healthy. I live with my mother and father and my better half for 8 years now. I am born and raised in Curaçao. I did travel a lot since I was a child, but always loved being on my native island.


Alton could you share with us some of your educational background?
I started kindergarten ‘Mi Pret'i wowo’ then to MM Römerschool. After that I went to Maria College for two years and then to St Jozef VSBO. At St Jozef, we had the opportunity to choose a sector at which we could get more practice and at that time i chose administration. After St Jozef, I went to Frater Aurelio SBO and their I switched and studied ICT.

Alton, I have come to know you in 2016 when we interviewed you in the National Library, the video link we never used as we changed our concept by now interviewing Influencers personally. For us it has been a journey to find this formula. You inspire lots of people and we wonder where does that come from?
After the car accident I had in 2009, I became aware of the impact each individual can have on a person. That was because of some of the messages I started to receive from family, friends and colleagues. Despite of not being able to move my body they were still being inspired by the smile on my face on some pictures and that was not a pleasant time. Those experiences with the people around me, let me realize that everything we do, will always have an effect on someone else. Even if we know it or not. So at that time, I made a conscious decision that I wanted to have a positive effect in the lives of people around me. That is when I started to use my story or experiences during those tough times to inspire others, that despite any hardships you can still move forward and overcome.

During the last three years, I have been really passionate about the process of having an idea and turning that into something physical or making a dream come true. That sounds better than it truly is, but it does get me excited to create something or build something that has never existed before. That is one of the reasons, that I'm motivated to do the things that I’m doing. The other reason is to make a difference in the lives of others. As I said that our lives affect everyone around us. so the reason for our existence is, to be there for others. There is no such a thing as having a party with only one person. The greatest memories of our lives are always those we have with other people or when we can share experiences with other people. Those are the two things that really gets me going.


You have your own foundation and do you collaborate with other organizations in teaching people their limitless potential and teach them about the power of their minds?
Yes. The foundation I have does different things. Since the beginning, we had different projects and depending on the projects, we search for partners to collaborate for a bigger impact. Recently we’ve partnered with the Rehabilitation Center in Curaçao to develop an educational platform in Curaçao regarding spinal cord injury for professionals in the health sector and people with spinal cord injury and their families. We will now start a Caribbean spinal cord injury network, so that the islands in the Caribbean as well, can exchange data and resources for the good and betterment of those people with a spinal cord injury.We have now partnered as well with a world-renowned company on activity-based training.


We now have two certified neuro ex activity based trainers, that are the first and only trainers in the Caribbean that can give that type of training, which is the activation of the neuromuscular system below the level of the injury with the aim of retraining the nervous system to restore a specific motor task. With this expertise, we also did a project in collaboration with the Brucker Bio Feedback center. They have a special method that focuses on the connectivity between the brain and the muscles to train the brain to improve and coordinate those connections. Those are some of the examples of collaborations that we have, but we are consistently improving and networking with organizations because of the needs of people with a disability on the island makes you more creative to get funds and find people whom really do the work, to ultimately make a difference.


How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, follow courses, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Yes, I do read books. Mostly on leadership, but I don't read books as much as I read on the internet. I follow different blogs and educational platforms online related to nonprofit, personal development, marketing and sales. Almost every morning I read 10 pages of a book. I recently finished the book of John Maxwell ‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn’ but I could read an average of 3 blogs or articles on a day, that I get through subscriptions, that I have and some of them have YouTube video or online seminars as well.

What are your other strengths?
I believe I have developed the ability to see the good in every situation. I am good with words, I can sing not only in the bathroom btw.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?

Some hobbies are watching movies, exercise and also, I started to get more curious to understand some of the things that are happening around us, for example the advances of Robotics and A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), the Universe, human behavior and the history of Curaçao.

If you as Alton, would meet a stranger if you would travel outside of Curaçao and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Alton Paas. 28 years old gentleman who loves to smile and with a passion to make a difference in the world.

How would you describe Alton Paas in one word or one sentence?
A positive individual with a heart to serve others.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My family has been my biggest inspiration. Growing up with my mother and father I have learned so much from them. But also my partner, we are almost 10 years together. She has also been an inspiration to me, her life experiences and also her support to help me stay true, to my words.

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
That I can remember, there were always positive people around me thanks to my family. There were some people, that I didn't like, but they didn’t had a bad influence in my life.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths? What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
The biggest defining moment was between 2009 and 2011. Those were the two years after my accident, that started the shift to where I am now. During those years, each day was a lesson. I recently read a quote that said about people that have been through deep hardships, develop a profound compassion for others. That is something that now, as I look back, I could relate with, because I had to go through so much during those two years and no one can actually understand what that feels like. They can’t feel the pain or the emotions as I did. Neither can I feel or understand their emotions seeing me in a wheelchair, so I had to learn to deal with my emotions and understand that others also can have difficulties and I can never compare which is worse and therefore I’ve learn how to stop judging others.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
That my foundation would be self-reliant, that we could help more instead of asking for help to help others. That I was able to develop and become a respected investor and leader owning different business that also can have a positive impact in the life of others.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
He did everything, he said he would!

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The future is not pre-written, it's an imagination. I am a believer in the idea that our thoughts become our reality and my imagination for the future of Curaçao makes me stay optimistic. It's not that easy to see the picture when you’re in the frame so we don't always see or recognize our opportunities or our potential, but we can do it.


Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
Make it happen!

More information of the foundation Alton Paas on: .facebook.com/FundashonAltonPaas/ or fundashonaltonpaas.org/


As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Alton Paas, for his positive mindset to create what he thinks of in his minds-eye. We respect him for the work he is doing through his Foundation named after him, for all those with a spinal cord injury not only locally, but also in the Caribbean region. We love his tenacity and resilience as he has overcome major setbacks in his young life and we applaud him for his abilitiy to collaborate, create value and his ambitions for the future. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better, in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020


As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.
Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.


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The next Master Your Mind Platform session 16th of April
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of April now at our new venue.
We will be presenting the books “Nooit meer te druk ”, by Tony Crabbe and “Rest, why you get more done when you work less”, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. Both books give valuable tips on how to take better care of self. The lack of this is pandemic, internationally as well as in Curacao, as the world is going through big transformative changes. Come and experience an interactive session where we will share tips and tops to enable you to manage your self care.

Venue: Chit Chat restaurant Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9.00 pm sharp.

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In this week we focus on different tips from Iyanla Vanzant related top self help. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

The One Thing Keeping This Woman from Accepting Her Brother's Passing | Help Desk | OWN - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx6CHrI61bY

Iyanla's Candid Advice for Overcoming a Negative Body Image | Help Desk | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdlC23exL3I

How To Get Unstuck | Iyanla Vanzant - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuTDWnz6Tgg

Iyanla: The Powerful Advice That Boosts Your Self Esteem | #OWNSHOW | Oprah Online - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j6kxvDuFMk

Iyanla to a Father of 34 Children: Why Didn't You Get a Vasectomy? | Iyanla: Fix My Life | OWN - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8JAbF4rqn4

Iyanla Vanzant on Making Peace with Oprah | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM22oreRPkI