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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
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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.


Subscribe for this course
As of the 6th of May during 5 weeks we, Haydee Hermans from Soul Garden and Ivan Kuster from Uplifting 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 weant 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.
E-mail us at sixtaivan@gmail.com or call us 6986437 to subscribe.
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 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.

Click to attend.


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


Influencer Professor Dr. Ashley Duits, March Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week helpful tips

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog ( 11th – 17th of March) we will interview Professor Dr. Ashley Duits; we will invite you for our next upcoming Master Your Mind Platform session on the 19th of March at Mensing Caminada and we will share some personal tips as video-links with you. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

Influencer Professor Dr. Ashley Duits: passionate and in search of the beauty of life


Could you share with me some information of your family life?
My name is Ashley Duits. I was born in Curaçao, I have one sister and one brother and I am happily married.

We have come to know you over the years as a very passionate person and scholar in the health sector. You are now a professor from the University of Groningen, the director of the Red Cross Blood Bank foundation and your are the director of the department of Immunology of Curaçao. You were also the chairman of the Raad voor de Volksgezondheid till 2010 when it existed and during different moments represented the interests of SEHOS in talks and negotiations with the government. What other functions do you hold?
I am also an advisor to PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), as a professor I guide PhD students in their researchprojects and I am the educational coordinator of NASKHO.

What is your opinion on the info-biotech revolution that is underway in science?
Because of our ever enhancing capacity to analyse big data, we are improving our ability to recognise certain patterns out of more extensive data, like for instance thousands of birds flying in flocks, their flights can be predicted based on the data patterns that can be derived from how they fly individually. This is fascinating and achieving such knowledge is one of the most beautiful things there is in science. And I love it.


How does science deal with the way the media is now being used to at times sell fake stories?
In one of our seminars “Weerleggen van de grenzen” of last year we dedicated some attention to this phenomena. You can use these same media and two or three well followed internet figures (influencers) as tools, to sell the true story that is based on scientific truth, like for example the need for vaccination of children. We are now living in an totally new era compared to the 50-ies and as scientist we should leave our ivory towers and educate the people with tools and a language that they can relate to, as part of our social responsibility as scientists.

I was passionate at a young age about science and as I got more involved this passion only grew, also in the sense that as a scientist I am now also interested in the bigger picture specifically the philosophical part. Like Immunology that is my specialisation area and also my hobby. I do a lot of reading and researching in that area, but I am also interested in how a Theoretical Physicist perceives reality and I also keep track of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) endeavours , that is awesome. This is really also what I enjoy nowadays.


Did they ask you to become a professor or was this something that because of your interest in academia and science it naturally resulted from being a scientist and educator?
I was asked to become a Professor. It is not something that had never happened before, but it is rather unique to be a professor in another country while living on a Caribbean island.

You are also very much involved in NASKHO, what are the goals of NASKHO and what role do you play in enabling continuous education and learning of health care professionals?
SEHOS is an affiliate teaching hospital and it is one of the 8 affiliate teaching hospitals of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). So students in their second year of their masters for becoming medical doctors need for a whole year to continue their clinical rotations by going to work in an afilliate hospital.
SEHOS offers this opporuntiy and it is unique because it is the only affiliate hospital from the UMCG (and also from the Netherlands medical educational program), that is outside of Holland and I as the educational coordinator am ultimately responsable for this program in Curaçao.
I firmly belief that there is a link between education and quality improvement in healthcare, because it contributes to the improvement of processes being used and therefore structurally improves the quality of our healthcare. NASKHO is (and has been for more than 50 years) a partner with UMCG and SEHOS to maintian this link between education and quality improvement. The NASKHO goals are clearly defined as helping in assuring the clinical rotations, supporting continuous medical education and stimulating relevant medical science on the island.

Does CMC help to improve the quality of the health care?
The construction of a building doesn’t automatically mean that there is an improvement in the care, the people working in this new building are the crucial elements in this.
CMC can provide a framework for and also an opportunity to level up, if ...this proces is well managed and the professionals are respectfully involved and taken along.

How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, publish articles, follow courses, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Yes, I continuously do this.

As a scholar and scientist you still are very much into research and with lots of zest, where does this drive come from, did you always knew that you wanted to become a scientist?
I have this drive because I experience it as so much fun to do. Two weeks ago, I was in Dominica for an audit and I had an opportunity to experience how people there deal with problems they have. I preferred walking every day for 20 minutes to the venue where I was supposed to be for my visit, just to get a look and feel on how life is in Dominica. That is awesome and that fuels my drive and my joy for life.

How important are life style changes to prevent and lower the number of people getting chronic diseases?
Life style changes are very important, but complex and difficult, because there are no quick fixes. Just simply advocating life style changes via folders and stuff like that, isn’t sufficient. We have to start simply by really talking to people, know their culture, know their problems and understand how they think and based on that educate them to manage themselves. To effectively deal with cardiovascular diseases will require decades and decades, but it will still require that we start investing right away in things that will not give short term success and results. It requires being there for the long haul and better tuning in into a frequency, that you can effectively communicate with people, understanding them and knowing what works in their context.



Apart from regular exercises, healthy eating habits, self care (enough sleep) how important is the mastering of a person’s mind exercises, like mindfulness and meditation exercises, for the overall health of people?
I belief that the two extremes in science are meeting one another. In the past mindfulness and meditation was called esotheric, but of late its importance has increased. But also ethical issues like limits of treatment of patients based on their quality of life. Ethical discussionsquestions like when to stopstopping the treatment of patients based on their projected quality of life are becoming more relevant nowadays.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are?
To learn and by doing that to be able to make things better.

What are your other strengths?

I am also a good listener and a reasonable good communicator. I respect people and I use these skills in my work as a scientist. There has always been a movement in science for searching for the beauty of life. Life is fantastic. I can read an article on Statistical Thermodynamics and appreciate its beauty. Like the Nobel Prize Winner Frank Wilczek, an American theoretical physicist. He wrote a book titled: ”A beautiful question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design” and this book so perfectly describes my own views on life. Or the author Rudyard Kipling whose moving (alas now very actual again) story “the White Seal” that begins with an opening poem “The Seal Lullaby”, put to music by the famous Eric Whitacre choire, all as part of an effort aimed at understanding the beauty of life. Or Eric Satie a french pianist, his music like the 4 minute “Gymnopedie” is so simple yet so powerful, because of its simplicity. As long as we as scientists and humans remain humble and not complicated you can achieve so much. That is the way to achieve results, that is how one can inspire people instead of an aggressive “in your face”- mentality. As long as you accept what you know and not know, you can inspire people. Funny thing is you can get inspired by science in many different ways. Like by a study on why zebra have a striped skin (to confuse mosquito’s) or that by studies that show that we as Homo Sapiniens have genes from another extinct human species Neanderthalers and that we survived compared to Neanderthalers because we had better communication skills as a group. The Neanderthaler couldn’t communicate so well because of their poorly developed vocal cords. So, emotional intelligence is so much more important than only IQ. It is better to be invited to sit at the table than just go and sit first, meaning being respectful and valueing others.

We interviewed Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria this last week and she has worked with young men at the Sociale Vormingsplicht, drop outs and they lack self reflection skills and EQ. What is your opnion on this?
We are clearly missing something that we had in the past and that is: We are missing a value system and mental framework that ignites self reflection and value education. As religion has lost ground in the modern times, these elements weren’t replaced in the education systems that are offered nowadays. I belief that every society needs these elements. The greeks used philosophy as a valuable tool in this matter whereas nowadays lots of people are only getting an overkill of external stimuli in their lives, becoming victims of streams of (mis)information.

In Health Care though, the preparation and education of future physicians, as part of their so- called professional education, has changed in the sense it isn’t about having exclusively the right professional knowlegde nowadays, but also the need to have the right competencies. CanMEDS for example is an educational framework, that describes the abilities (soft skills) physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
I adore reading, I love movies and music. As a sport I runjog, I just came in from Bonaire this morning and I woke up at 3 am to runjog, because it’s “Me-time” for me, it gives me time to think about things.


You are also chairperson of the roman Catholic schoolboard, what drives you to be involved in such an institution?
Because I see the importance that such an educational institution can have for our society and especially our children, as I value the education of every human being. RKCS has 60 % of all the schoolchildren attending some form of education, so...

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

Passionate

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

Always in search of the beauty of life and in the human being.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There wasn’t only one single person. I had several people that inspired me, not necessarily one person. As I believef that everybody is unique, this means being inspired by a role model doesn’t mean emulating this role model. I was inspired by things that people have achieved from f.i. Nelson Mandela and so also Frank Wilczek, tobut locally for example Rob Rojer because of his incredible knowledge and humbleness. I am so grateful that I have met so many inspiring people in my life, that I have learned bits and parts from and also learned from others how “not to do”- certain things.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
A disbelief that it wouldn’t be possible to reach what I have reached up to now, meaning to produce and give input and a contribution to science through peer reviewed channels on a wordly scale, while not coming out of a more western centered culture and geographical area. I am from Curaçao and we are located in the Caribbean Basin.


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
 It wasn’t one moment, but different fragments of moments and I had the luck to bump into knowledgable and good people, whom made it possible for me to continue to grow.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?

I would like to be in a situation where because of my input, we have created frameworks or systems where there is sufficient guarantee of sustainability of scientific quality, education and health, that are not only dependent on individual effort.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That we are very happy, that we can celebrate life in the broadest sense of the word with you. That we have reached beauty together and that we are at a beautitful place in our relationships.











I would like to refer also to two quotes I used in my dissertation, one was from Miles Davies:

“I will play it first and tell you what it is later.” A perfect science metaphor by a master Jazz trompetist.

The other one is from Kahlil Gibran:

“ It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”

That is true understanding at a much broader and deeper level. That is the beauty in science.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Because it is all about human beings. If we can educate our people and understand them better, we are going to succeed, just like that.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Professor Dr. Ashley Duits, whom as a Professor and educational coordinator of NASKHO is structurally helping to improve the quality of our health care for years now. His energy and drive is far beyond average and being a Professor of the University of Groningen living in Curaçao and as an advisor for PAHO has achieved quite a feat also internationally. 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.

The next Master Your Mind Platform session 19th of March

Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 19th of March now at our new venue.

Venue: Chit Chat restaurant Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 - 9.00 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books “A short history of everything”, by the National Best seller Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “The gift of imperfection, Let go of who you think you’er supposed to be and embrace who you are”, by Brene Brown. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).
Click to attend.


Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share again some helpful motivational video links on self-esteem. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Animated Cartoon Short on Self-Esteem and Relationships - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=85oysKCSs8g

Self Esteem Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxZSRLwQHBs

Self Worth | Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NKxgf_RLlU

I'm Not Perfect - A short film on self worth - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRZ8a35uQ7w

What is Self Esteem? & Tips to Build Self Esteem | headspace - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQKY4_HwTqI

Self-Esteem/Body Image - Bridge the gAPP - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl1mtZKFe4w

Influencer Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria and this week personal tips

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

In this week’s blog (4th – 10th of March) an interview with Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria, we will share some personal tips as video links with you. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplif page.

Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria: inspires, joyfully at peace

Gwen could you share some information of your family life?
My name is Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria. I was born and raised in Curaçao till I was 14 years old, then the family migrated, as one of my brothers because of complications during his birth, needed special care. My mother gave up everything to go and look for the best care possible for my brother whom later died. I still have one sister and one brother. When I was 5 years old my mother and father divorced. Going to live in Holland at that young age, was a big cultural shock for me. A new world opened up for me, as I needed to transform to be able to integrate in the Dutch society.

What was so different in Holland compared to Curaçao?

The way the students addressed the teachers, students were more out spoken and interactive compared to being more submissive in Curaçao; the tools available for students compared to what I was used to in Curaçao, like having limitless internet access and my school even had its own swimming pool; this triggered my curiosity greatly and I became an eager student. I felt free to explore and discover. So this is how migrating to Holland impacted me. As I was attending, what is called the VMBO, from the 3th grade and 4th grade on, I had to do all sorts of internships and I loved this experiential type of education. After the VMBO I went to the MBO and one of my internships was at a social security organization, where I had to attend with clients and learned how to deal with employees and employers and this uncovered my innate social intelligence abilities.

When I went on to attend the HBO, I choose for a specialization in social work. I had myriad of experiences from these internships, like one at the Salvation Army in my first grade; I had to deal with immigrants for Arabic descent, that don’t shake hands with woman; I experienced discrimination, but I was mentored very well and dealt with it well. During especially those years, I learned self reflection techniques, this was mandatory and it little bit uncomfortable at the beginning, but this became one of my basic foundations as a person and professional and it is helping me, until today.

Why is this so important?
Because as it was mandatory, you are forced to dig into your life, so you learn to become better aware of your strengths and weaknesses. In every report related to my interships, this was an essential part, so I got used to doing this, as it was required over and over again. For example you become better aware of your ego, you become better aware of knowing your real self by perceiving yourself as if you are a 3rd person observing yourself. This was awesome and you can also apply this in a group. Both my parents are still alive btw, my mother lives in Holland and I am happily married to Shurendly Lanoy. I have, after years, re-establish contact with my father when I came back to live in Curaçao. In the last 8 months we got much closer.

What are the services you offer and what else do you do for a living?
'Gwen inspires' is my company and it stands for Education and Training others. I am a Mindstyle Coach, trainer and facilitator. I offer workshops, training and coaching with the goal to empower the Man and families.I also work at ACU, one off the biggest credit unions in the Caribbean. I work at the Education department of ACU and working there I fell in love with the 7 principles of Cooperativism and as I firmly believe when people know, understand and live by these kinds of principles, the world would be a better place for us all. 

Do you have business partners?
I started to work as an entrepreneur with Militza Riedel. She gave me opportunities to grow by using the principle of “train the trainers” in the first year we started working together. She design the courses Family budgeting and we have been working together for 5 years now in different projects mostly on “budgetting”. Like the presentation at CITCO during lunch time for example, where she gave me the opportunity to manage the lectures with al the basics from her design with my own style. She has an abundance mentality, which means that she firmly beliefs that there is enough for everybody. She is also an Influencer, you should interview her btw.

My company 'Gwen Inspires' exists 4 years this year, and one of its goals is, to offer educational skills and mindset changes. And all I have been doing these years has to do with my goal. Furthermore I have been working with Ellemieke van Beek we offer outdoors as a trainer/facilitator in outdoor and indoor teambuildings.

Me and My coach and also business partner Elia Augustijn are finally going to start this year with NLP on Curaçao. We will start in March 2019. This practitioner course is for individuals and in the near future also available for companies. 


You inspire people and audiences, when did you noticed that you have this ability first, recently or at a young age?

I come from a family where my mother and my grandmother are very strong women. My grandmother had to raise 5 children all by herself after her divorce and at times had to work 2 jobs to raise them. She is 82 years old and I admire how strong willed she is and she has a great sense of humor. My mother decided to go to Holland when I was 14 years old and is also a strong willed person. She burned all her ships to start a new live in Holland to offer my brother in Holland a better life. So I was influenced at a young age by these wonderfull examples.

People started telling me at a young age about the impact I had on them and so I became aware that I had something special. Then of course, as I grew up in Holland with the educational system they have over there and all these different types of internships, that really shaped me. I once had to work with victims of the human slave trade and because of the color of my skin, as a lot were from Africa, they related easily with me, also proving to me, my inspirational talents.

Were you always interested in inspiring people?

Unconsciously yes, but after so many people told me how I inspire them, I became aware of my power and the name of my company came up 'Gwen Inspires.

Why is it that you spend so much time addressing our men’s and father’s role in our society? Where does this come from?
When I came back in Curaçao, I worked for 3 years at the Marine Kazerne of the Dutch Army stationed in Suffisant, Curaçao (that was the venue that was used) with drop outs of 16 to 24 years old, as part of the so-called “Sociale Vormingsplicht”. Working with these youth, really opened my eyes. During this one year course, I was their personal coach for 4 months working on their motivation, helping creating structure in their lives, stuff like that. What I noticed is, that they lacked a personal identity and they lacked role models in their lives. They distrusted everybody and it is there, that I worked for 3 years with Boys or Men exclusively. I used to discuss themes like menstruation, the importance of integrity, relationships with Women and how to deal with it and I became aware of the myths, dysfunctional perceptions, that they believed in. So I started doing my PG (Pedagogische Getuigschrift), which offers me the formal authority to teach and to develop curriculum. During an internship as subject matter and as a pilot at a school (MTS) during 8 weeks, I focused on the role of Men in our society and in our lives. It is there that I read and studied about the so-called “Boy-problem” and used UNESCO sources.

But I also consider living in Holland from age 14 till age 25 years very impactful, as I grew up fatherless, I got my formal education in Holland and I married when I was 18 years old and divorced 5 years later. Reflecting on my divorce taught me lots of lessons. So both these experiences triggered me to focus on the role of father’s and Men in our society.


What need we Men and Women in our society do differently to achieve more harmonious relationships that is for the good of all?
We need to understand where we come from historically. From the times of slavery up to today, broken families became the norm in Curaçao. Especially the relationships between father and son are challenging. We need to become aware of it (Recognize it) to be able to Release it through communication and other means. After this has happened the healing (Reframing) can start. Then Repeat this cycle. This is what I address in my presentations to audiences and this is also the course outline in my workshops aimed at both genders, Men and Women. If we want different outcomes in the future, we will have to address these issues now, all aimed at enabling mindset changes, so we can have more harmonious relationships.

I checked your facebook page and saw that you are also dedicating time on the need for people to have a personal budget. Where does this come from?
Well I short of roll into this at an early stage in my career and I am still doing this work as I mentioned before when Militza has more projects that  she cannot do alone. And also because it all roles in to other problems for example (relationship problems). Especially the psychological aspects of budgeting, really fascinates me.


How important are mindset changes to create sustainable changes in our behaviors? Are there other ways and means that you use to create support for your ideas?
An inadequate mindset as I mentioned before where lots of our Men unfortunately have to live with, affects their relationships. We are not being taught Emotional Intelligence, that is being aware of our own emotions and feelings, and based on that knowing how to relate with others in a caring and understanding way. That’s why I am a Mindstyle Coach and my motto is 'Bo mente >Bo Arma'. We need to understand that we are not enslaved anymore. We are free and that we can do anything we put our minds to.

What activities have you planned on doing this year?

 I will keep increasing people’s awareness; I will be more consistent on my Facebook page and share practical weekly tips and tools especially for Men and I will continue to offer workshops, breaking down what needs to be done into small palatable pieces. Like I already mentioned NLP activities like master classes with a focus on improving communication and self-awareness/ and celebrating international man’s day.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are?
Trying to be a better person every day and at the same time by being a better person, influence those around me. I sincerely want people to choose to live a more peaceful life in this hectic world and I am convinced that if you know better, you will choose better.


How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, watching you tubes, follow courses of island, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Yes I do. I read books and I am continuously following courses. Like right now, I am studying more advanced aspects of Cooperativism. And I have a few other courses planned for this year.

What are your other strengths?
My intuition, when it feels good, it is good. I believe in the God`s power and I am a very spiritual person. I am Roman Catholic by choice and feel in a meditative state during lapses of the day. And of course at the end of the day I selfreflect, all of which feed my intuition. Also I am a people lover. People get several chances in my world.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
Yes, I love dancing, I love dancing salsa. Yes, I like Christian’s Kuster (and his team) salsa parties they are special they have a very relax atmosphere.


If you as Gwen, 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 joyful breeze entering a room.


How would you describe Gwen in one word or one sentence?
Joyfully full of peace and love.




Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career? Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Everybody that crossed my path has had an influence in my life ( good or bad). And I am grateful for that. If there would be one person I would say: Iyanla Vanzant, she addresses the men issues in USA. I use some of her videos to illustrate men-issues here in Curaçao. She is my big role model.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
How to do business and develop a business mindset, How to make a living out of your passion. When you are talented you temd to lose focus so I am still learning this and my coach is helping me with this.

In one episode in my life’s journey for example I was “baby sitting” 2 american youth for a living and this opened a totally new world for me and I learned a lot. This happened after the place where I used to work Sociale Vormingsplicht, lost a big part of their subsidy and this really let me land at the brink of an almost burn out, I had health issues and I stopped working for the youth at Sociale Vormingsplicht, although it hurt. At the other hand, I couldn’t afford it to “not complying” with promises, I needed make to those I coached because I was not able to deliver because of lack of funds from goverment. Because of my self reflective lifestyle, I recognized what was going on with me, so I quit.

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
My first marriage after 5 years we divorced. I was very young. It was a blessing a truly awakening moment. My biggest lesson learned: “Be less judgemental.” It made me a more mature person. As I already explained, I am good at self reflection so I did selfreflect a lot on this. I asked myself, what could I have done differently. So I also ended up concluding that I shoud apply forgiveness, love without fear and love anyway. I can stiil have a normal conversation with my ex and that says a lot about forgiveness. 


Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?
An even more powerful influencer, especially for my family, those close to me and especially Men.
That I have expanded my courses aimed at healing Men via my program / school.
As a coach, I am focused on families especially on Men, through empowerment coaching to trigger their mind to change continuously, enabling them to have a happier life, that is why I call my self a Mindstyle Coach.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
She has influenced me in such a way that I changed my life, she was the difference in my life.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
My faith and hope that we can do better. And we can’t simply continue doing the same we are doing now and expect another outcome. I firmly belief that people can be changed, if they are handed over the right tools.

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
Addressing Men in our society is not an easy job, that is why I am pleading to others with the same vision, to let us join forces and team up to address this issue.

For more information Gwen Inspires go to:
Youtube channel:www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcHraWK-TdhhGF2Zna31hA/videos
FB fathers of Curaçao: www.facebook.com/fathersofCuraçao/
FB Gwen inspires: www.facebook.com/gweninspire/

"When your Mind is the weapon you are never unarmed!"

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria, whom as a strong woman is addressing one of the most challenging mindset issues in Curaçao, being: “enabling new empowered mindsets of men” in our society. We definitely consider her 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.



In this week we will share some personal motivational tips as video links. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplif page.

Iyanla Vanzant Has A Message That Every Woman Needs To Hear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V0DSD0lvvo

PROBLEMS - Motivational video - YouTube
/www.youtube.com/watch?v14-5-JYtDM

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF - Motivational Video (ft. Jaret Grossman & Eric Thomas) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZ0KbJcav0

Inspiring: Change the World by Making Your Bed - by Admiral William McRaven - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6OoCaGsz94

Student Motivational Speaker: Josh Shipp - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN60zq491VY

Jack Ma: Attitude is Everything (Best Motivational Speech) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v9mPtkVAoPQ

Influencer Wendell Prince and this week tips

Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (25th – 3rd of March) an interview with Wendell Prince. We will also share some personal motivation tips as video-links with you. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Wendell Prince: a positive coach


Wendell can you share some information of your family life?
"My name is Wendell Prince. I was born in Curaçao , I have one sisters and 2 brothers. I have a son and he lives in Holland."

As a former athlete you have always been interested in track and field from a young age on.
"Yes, when I was 12 years old I started. I ran the 100, 200 and 400 meters and did the long jump."


Where did your drive come from?
"My dad was also an athlete and he used to be one of the top athletes of Netherlands Antilles. When I was about 12 years old my dad told me to come along with him with my sneakers and to go with him to the Rif Stadion. We were living at Roodeweg those days, so that was not so far from the stadium. A top trainer/coach from the Southern University of Illinois mr. John Stotlar an American came to Curaçao those days giving clinics in baseball, basketball, track and field. There is where I was introduced to track and field. As my dad was a member of the local sports organization he was very involved and he introduced me to Mr. Stotlar. And Mr.Stotlar asked me to run some 400 meter dash and that first time I was out of gas at the end of the training. That is how I got introduced to track and field. And Mr. Stotlar kept inviting me although I was one of the youngest back then in 1958, in those days OGEM now Aqualectra had chimney stacks sending smoke on the field, we were training in the sand with no starting blocks, so we had to dig holes in the sand to take off when we sprinted, so the conditions were not easy, but that didn’t stop us. In those days I also got help one of the top sprinters those days called Mr. Bloem, he also helped me with sprinting tips.

But it was hard at the beginning and we weren’t members of any club yet. So Anthony Miguel a friend of mine, a specialist in technical numbers as speer and disc, decided to start a club “Olympic”. He became president of the club and I became the vice-president and we got a lot of members from the local neighborhood that competed and the club kept growing and so did also our influence in the Local Track and Field Association, basically we re-activated the Curaçaosche Atletiek Bond, we organized courses to become jury members, and at a very early age I started to coach. The reason for this was, that I developed an interest in books my father had, so before I went to Holland for my higher education I learned a lot, simply by reading a lot on track and field. So I became aware that in other countries they didn’t dig holes as starting blocks. So I decided to import starting blocks, one from Great-Britain and I was unique because I was the only one that had one from aluminium that was very light btw. In 1960 my parents went to live in Santa Rosa, so to train I had to take the bus with my starting block under my arm. But then I also wanted spikes. I told myself that these had to be from a cow leather as via my father I knew that Addidas had these special spikes. They were lighter that other spikes, so I send a letter to Addidas making a request to order these spikes, but they told me that there was already an agent in Curaçao so I should approach the agent and he wanted to stop being an agent anyway, so he helped my approach Adidas to make me the sole agent in Curaçao of Adidas.

This happened and at the age of 16 year I ordered my own special spikes and but also ordered for other athletes their spikes and Adidas bags and I didn’t earn so much with this as I wasn’t commercially motivated. But by 1964, I had ordered so many goods from Adidas that they gave me a golden spike made from Kangoroo leather which became a collectors item as Adidas didn’t make a lot of these spikes. It is now exposed in the Sports Museum. So basically things just happened, I became an athlete via my father, then a coach after I started reading my father’s books and I became an importer of sports goods for athletes and this continued until I went for my higher education to Holland to earn a degree as a head-teacher."


Do you have or had any other hobbies?
"
You know, I was very involved in aviation also. When I was 13 years old I became member of JLB (Jeugd Lucht Briage) and within soon from assistant to sectie commander over 12 cadets. So we got lessons in different subject matters related to aviation like aero dynamics, air traffic controlling and after some years I even became an instructor of sorts because it was obvious that I had leadership talents and I was passionate and very active. Every week I was flying along in airplanes and I got so involved that I wanted to become a pilot myself and even applied to go to the Rijksluchtvaart school, but I failed the test because I was wearing spectacles and in those days you didn’t make the cut if you wore spectacles. But anyways as a teenager I was at JLB during the week-ends and doing track and field during the week until I went to Holland to study to become a headteacher in 1966.



My father was the one whom has mostly influenced me, he was my role model. He himself was a very active person, attending lots of courses like Dale Carnegie, the author of “How to win friends and influence people” And I used to follow these courses as he was following them, so this was very helpfull for me as a leader. So I grew up learning how best to approach people and stop worrying and start living and also evade negativity and focus on the positive side of things and this I passed over to my son also, but also to Churandy Martina, since he was 14 years old, as one of the athletes I had coached over the years, as he was living close to my house in Santa Rosa and we talked a lot in the car going to the training.

Recently I had a presentation for the organization for motor sport and as former Go Cart champion, I talked to a group of 16 drivers whom had passed an advanced driving course. And I elaborated on the mental part of being a go cart driver. I focused, on the mental part of driving, because I am a firm believer of training your mind and of having positive expectations. As a coach I teach self hypnosis as this is one of my other hobbies. At the age of 15 and 16 years old, I was interested in para-psychology and self hypnosis and on techniques on how to visualize better and calm your mind. Some of these athletes meditate, like Shurandy. When I was in Holland, I was once in a trainingcamp and I had to convince a sceptical teacher with some of my co-students as an example that hypnosis exists. This had such a big effect on my teacher, that he always was talking about how hypnosis, when used properly, can benefit people.

When I came back to Curaçao I started a new track and field club called Excelsior and this club also grew a lot. And as I was also interested in computers, I became a computer teacher."



When you were in Holland, did you continue to be an athlete?

"When I was in Holland, I continued doing track and field the 100, 200 and 400 meter dash and relay in The Hague were I lived and studied, but I also wanted to be a coach. So when I came back to Curaçao in 1968, I focused on becoming a better qualified coach and followed my first course in 1976 in Mexico. I was 31 years old and my son was 2 years old. In those days there were lots of trainers coaches from the Russian communist bloc, that went to live in Mexico after Cuba stopped being a communist country. With the help of translators me and Anthony Miguel stayed in Mexico for three months and we stayed in a student complex with very poor sanitary conditions. Lots of attendees left the venue, we stayed and survived these hellish conditions, because the trainers were top and the best of the world. And I really did my utmost to learn as much as possible and all my grades were 10. I was taught far jump, high jump, pole vaulting I even got private lessons so I learned a lot."


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are still at age 74 to still be a coach?
"Well it started first from books and after that first year I went to more advanced courses in 1977 and 1978, so as I grew and I started teaching. In preparations for the Carifta games in Bahamas 1985, I gave my first international course, which included participants from the Caribbean but also from Canada and parts of Europe. But then I also taught at Puerto Rico and that was at the highest possible level there is, where the best meet the best."

What makes you different from other trainer/coaches?
"What makes the difference ultimately is my attitude. I have this drive within me, that I want to be the best. I want to do everything better then everybody else. So I won a medal as best instructor in Puerto Rico. In 1992 I became a lecturor, this is when you pass the practical and theoretical part of the course, and I became what is called director electorate. This is level 1 and gives you the authority to teach in other countries. My mentor until today is Loren Seagrave and he is one of the best in the world and at times we jointly give clinics especially in sprinting to international atletes. I am on the world list of Lecturors for the NACACTFCA (North American Central American and Carribean Coaching association), with Victor Lopez as president whom was the head coach of the USA during the Carifta games held in Curaçao in 2018. I am the vice-president of that association. So I still read, attend conferences, I still teach and have a life long subsciption for the New Studies in Atletics magazine."

What are your strengths?

"Mentally I always want to be the best. I am a perfectionist. I have developed a lot and I am still developing new techniques based on new insights on biomechanics of a human body.

Like in 2012 in Bahamas Frans Bos from Holland had a presentation and talked about “wip from the hip”-technique where athletes as Hussein Bolt and Shurandy Martina used their strength in an optimal form when they touched the ground and he told me that now he understands what drills were used to develop this technique which I called “fast clow” and I also developed and teach."

When would you stop as a trainer/coach in track and field?
"Well, as long I have life and health I will not stop, because I want to be the best I can be and this is what I tell all whom ask me this question."

So you did most of your coaching and training of different generations of athletes during after hours when you were still at work?
"I did almost all in after work hours until 1-8-2011 when I retired as a teacher. It was only once, when I was coach/trainer of Shurendy Martina together with Bob Kitchen from January till August in 2008, I was on leave from my work as we prepared in El Paso Texas were Shurandy was studying until after the Beijing Olympics. So I am passionate about track and field it is such a big part of my life, so that is why I could do most of the coaching during after school hours."

Can you mention some of the athletes that you have coached, trained and mentored?

"Jairo Duzant, Nathanael Esprit, Churandy Martina, Athwinson Luis, Brian Mariano, Curtis kock, Rachmil Van Lamone, Hensley Pualina, Kim Rossen, Dimitir Julie, Aldrich Jack, Nasya Ramirez, Dominique Zwiep, Dudly Boeldak, Nargelis Statia and so many other younsgters that I don’t even remember their names, but they always greet me when they see me and I am proud and they are proud that they have been to my training in the past."

Could you tell us about go-carting and how important that has been as a hobby or interests that you are passionate about?
"This hobby started small. I went to a demonstration of skelters or go carts, that was announced via newspapers when Arie Mulder and Leo Van Veen from Aruba came to promote this sport in Curaçao . I was already very much in speed. I love it. I had a Toyota Sports car that was speedy, so I went for a test drive and this caught my attention. I bought a go cart myself in february 1974, that I loved so much that I kept it in my living room and I bought a station wagon especially to transport my skelter. Those days Koral Tabak had a small race track and I always studied how to best to take the curves and drove rather slowly. By the mid of 1975 we had our first race in Curaçao and there where two distances one sprint and the other one an endurance race. In the spint I came number two behing Pedro Maria from Aruba in those days the best of the best and in the endurance race I even beat Pedro Maria and it was my first race that I won.

We started Curaçao Carting club, but then we were not always able to access Koral Tabak, so we look for a new venue and found one close to the ariport, which was convenient because of the noise these skelters make. It was 38 acres big and we, after approaching the government had to start a foundation “Stichting ter bevordering cart sport” and the government gave us the lease over this property and we build with the help of Curaçao sche Wegenbouw, one of our board members worked at CWM, a race piste that complied with international standards for go-carts. We build a cantine and in the cantine I had long talks with Arie Mulder a go-cart driver that had competed in Europe and I learned so many things from him. He taught me lots of tips and tricks and the rest was history because I became champion 5 years in a row and competed internationally Aruba, Venezuela and Mexico. Later on I used my experience to share it with others pro-bono. What is often forgotten is that the sports requires technical driving skills especially in the curves and it requires a very good conditioning of the body because it requires endurance to become a winner. But as we speak the go-cart or skelter sports has fallen deeply. If there is one thing I would have done differently in this sports, it would be to design more clear and strict rules and what is and what is not allowed to do with the skelters to create a level playing field. Those with money can get an advantage that can’t be bridged by drivers with a less solid financial backing."

Do you still practice the sport?

"Yes, especially when I am in Holland I go with my son in an indoor cart piste."

If you as Wendell, 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?
"
Sport, I am a sports and life coach, I love communicating with other people."


How would you describe Wendell in one word or one sentence?
"Positive, a positive thinker and I always have positive expectations and can keep this feeling up during the whole day."

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
"My farther as I mentioned before. My father knew so many people if I picked him up and bring him to the bank for example people would pass by especially to greet him, he was liked and respected. My humanity and my loving kindness towards other people, I have from my mother, she had such a great heart where she knew so many people and she could relate with so many different kinds of people. But she also always commended me on “me being a technical genius”, because whatever technical challenge came up at home, she would call me and I would fix it, always. So I was fortunate and blessed to have my father and mother as role models.
In track and field my role model and mentor till today is Loren Seagrave. He is one of the most knowledgeable persons internationally and for him to accept me to work with him, I consider a priviledge and great honor. I once, when I was at the beginners level, gave him a small hint during a clinic of a mistake he made and he accepted that feedback and as of that day he invited me to give clinics together with him. He once even trusted my with the responsibility to train a top sprinter from Nigeria in Puerto Rico. This proves to me how much confidence he has in my abilities as a coach/trainer and as a person and also that what I am doing, is appreciated."

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
"
I am a positive and also a honest person. I once had to disqualify as a member of the jury at one of the relay post, my own 5 X 200 meters team during a Waaigat run. No body else was there and I still did it. Integrity is important to me and not every one is like that. I have also experienced trainers, luring athletes away from me. I am in this for athletes, so it do feel sorry for these atheles when I see that their performance dimishes. After Olympic, I started another track and field club Excelsior especially focused on youth and we became so succesfull that we could represent Curaçao with athletes from Excelsior only. But this didn’t happen so we decided to start a new track and field federation and I was suspended as a coach. So I stopped as a coach for a while until an athlete, Nathaneal Esprit approached me to train him and as I am a coach for athletes, I put my pride aside, got over it and decided to become an active coach again. My intentions are always positive and I hold no bad feeling towards no one. I keep smiling and greet also those that might have played some tricks on me."


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
"Well, that what we just discussed when people try to trick me, I use it as a stepping stone to grow and stay on the high road."


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
Thas was when Nathanael Esprit asked me to coach him. He wasn’t making any progress at the trainer coach that was coaching him. That was a defining moment. You know, I used to train and coach his mother. I had introduced weight training for woman athletes, which was unusual in those days, but as I was studying the international developments I knew that in other countries this was happening. So once during Games of the Kingdom of the Nehterlands (Koninkrijkspelen) in Holland, Maurina won from a dutch athlete that was competing at the European level and that was a big surpise and a great moment in her career and my career as a coach."


Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your life?
"A better coach at an even higher level. You are never to old to learn. I read books, visit conferences and I have a subscrition for live of a track and field magazine. But I also develop my own techniques and drills and I want to keep sharing my knowlegde and skill with others."

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years years from now?
"When we meet, they feel great. For example once I was in Santo Domingo for the center american championships in track and field, the head coach of the Jamaican delegation came up to me and told me the following: “One thing I never told you, you changed my life.” I had given him a clinic in Puerto Rico.

Another atlhete from Dominica also told me the same. And after one of our joint clinics with Loren Seagrave and a instructor from Nigeria, in the feedback forms the participants told Loren that I came out as the best instructor, while I know for sure that Loren is more knowledgeable then me. But that is the way I am, I love to Uplift my students and hope to impact their attitudes that is very helpful also in other areas of their life."

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
"Stay optimistic because in the end optimism wins. I love helping people to stay optimistic."

Anything else?
"Yes, I am a member of the Hall of Fame for Sports in Curaçao and I have a condecoration as Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau. I want to be a role model inspiring others to also get these same types of recognitions."

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Wendell Prince, whom as an international renowned track and field coach has been and still is so influential in the past generations of athletes whom he has trained and coached. 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.|


Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share again some helpful motivational video links. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Before you overthink, watch this - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ICREZm9CtE

How To STOP Negative/Stressful Thinking Once and For All - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=diRQiarlWJc

Working to Live or Living to Work? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNRldP18bH8

What is the Happiness Advantage? by Shawn Achor - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBRy3QrRGFI

Motivational: The Leaders - short film for a great leader - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B365giypZmw

Thought provoking video by Jim Carrey | Alan Watts - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG7Bgxn2Ysw

Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (11th – 17th of February) an interview with Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon. We will invite you to our next Master Your Mind event on the 19th of February at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share some video-links with you as personal coaching tips on the teachings of LynneMcTaggert. Every single day of the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon: chill, intense and forward going


Can you share something about your family background?
“I am a father and with my significant other Soraya, we have 2 wonderful daughters of which youngest, Solange, was born very recently. My father and mother are still alive and I was raised by my mother and my grandmother. I was born in Curaçao and I have 3 sisters and 1 brother.”

You were very involved in the Downtown Management Organization (DMO), there is where most people know you from and recently made a career switch and started as an entrepreneur, you are now an event organizer. What else do you do?
"
I have been organizing events for almost 20 years now, including the ones I did while I worked at DMO e.g. Punda Vibes, Ban Topa’s, and Noche De Kompras. So starting Enrich is the natural continuation of my passion to create concepts that bring people together and to build platforms to promote creative talent. Next to my own events, the objective of Enrich is to give creative support to other people’s dreams. In more practical terms, I add value to other people’s endeavors by developing concepts, by doing the marketing and by having the relevant experience and network to make these events/projects happen."

We have come to know you as a very dynamic, talented, entrepreneurial and optimistic person and in that sense you are an Influencer in our society since we met when you were director of DMO. What caught our attention was you someway somehow have re-oriented yourself and as an event organizer, you are involved with Kaya Kaya and The Lounge and I am not sure of other events. Whom are the other partners in Kaya Kaya and can you expand a little bit on what the goals are of this event as this event caught a lot of positive attention? How do you explain the success of this event?
"I think the positive reactions to Kaya Kaya come from our bottom up organic approach, although I have to say we were surprised by the amount of attention it generated as well. One of my Kaya Kaya partners, Kurt Schoop, has been involved in the development of Ser’i Otrobanda for over 10 years. He has been relentlessly working on building social cohesion and on beautification of the neighborhood. This laid a strong groundwork for our Kaya Kaya - event. Our other partner, Clayton Lasten, brings his business savvy and innovative way of thinking, to the table.

What helped is that we all bring a positive mindset and that we prefer doing over talking. With our motto “Leave it better behind” we have committed ourselves to achieve lasting improvements for the neighborhood and its inhabitants. And you know, the inhabitants were more than willing to collaborate with us on this. During the preparations of the venue for the Kaya Kaya- event, for example, they helped us with the beautification of the area by painting their houses and with the clean-up. The inhabitants also actively participated as food vendors, and supported us with the production of the street party. Another aspect of Kaya Kaya is that we’re able to create a platform to showcase our talented local artists. We are very grateful that so many people supported our events. This surely motivates us to continue with this concept going forward."

As an event organizer you need to be very connected and be very able to deal with different types of personalities. In that sense you are influencing a lot of people in a good sense because Kaya Kaya was also a community building project. When did you start getting interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Where does it come from? This question makes me reflect way back to when I was living and studying in Rotterdam in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. When I was in my mid-twenties, I noticed that parties with the music genres Hip Hop, R&B, (Neo) Soul and dancehall were mostly on the outskirts venues of the city and the crowd was not as mixed as it is nowadays. I wanted to bring change to that. During that time, Rotterdam was the cultural capital of Europe. The city council stimulated creative hubs, for example by promoting the use of empty buildings as an incubator for creative talent. As an island boy, I walked around in awe of all that was happening there at the time. After helping other people on their projects, I decided to throw my 25th birthday party in an old abandoned insurance building downtown Rotterdam. We had the top-floor of the building full with open-minded people from all kinds of racial and social backgrounds and we had a great time! Fueled by this, I took the leap and together with a group of friends started throwing events commercially. Every few months we had up to 1000 – 1500 guests that came to our events in different venues in Rotterdam, usually in the OffCorso.
I still love bringing people together and let them have a good time, while also providing a platform to hone the skills of young musicians, DJ’s and other talents. So when I moved back to Curaçao , one of the first concepts I developed was Groove Lounge. Groove Lounge brings my friends and the friends of my friends together for a hip-hop/R&B/Eclectic party that hosts some of the best DJ’s of the island. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary last November. We all got older and many of us need to arrange a babysitter or recuperate for a couple of days after the party now, but I’m happy to say that the vibe was still there. 


Video: After movie: The Lounge @ Papagayo Curacao.

I sometimes jokingly say, that I’m in the ‘memory creation’ business. I hope that people who visit my events take the positive memories and connections they made during the event with them in other aspects of their lives as well."

Are you a full-time entrepreneur?
"Yes, I am doing this full time now. So next to the organization of my own events, I provide creative support for other people and also coach other entrepreneurs in the implementation, marketing and branding of their businesses."

Where does your drive comes from? What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
"When is I was a kid I used to play a lot with Lego building cities and also spend time drawing imaginary countries on a A4 paper. Back in those days there was no SIMS computer game. By living and actively participating in the social growth of Rotterdam I’ve noticed that what truly interest me is ‘creating stages’ for positive change, especially in an urban environment. In short, I just feel an urge to create and to see things improve. When you know me, you know I’m someone that has a lot of energy and has a hard time to sit still."

In what ways are you trying to keep up with your skills?
"Mostly by researching the internet on topics that I need to learn more about. Perhaps even more important is that I regularly hit the streets to connect with people in my branch so I can experience what’s going on." 

As an entrepreneur, you should possess lots of courage, you do this easily. Where does this come from?
"Who said it was easy? We all have days that it is not easy to get up or face a challenge, and that’s ok. As long as I’m making steps, as tiny as they may be, I get there eventually while enjoying the journey."

What are your other strengths?

"I can visualize how I want to experience an event and then work back from that to make it happen. In other words, I can “visualize to realize”. I also thrive under pressure and am highly adaptable to change, which comes in handy as an event organizer."

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
"When I was young, I loved playing with Lego. Now I share that hobby with my four-year old daughter Jazmine. We are building an awesome Lego city together, even with her Elsa and Moana and other Disney Lego’s that seem to keep appearing. Besides my family, I love sports, basketball especially. Next to watching the games, I’m interested in the ways teams function, the plays behind the scenes and the development of talents. I also like learning about city development and the history of the world, especially why and how things have happened."

If you as Raygen, 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?
"Hey, I am Raygen. Where is the party at?"


How do you see the future of Willemstad?

"The best way to predict the future is to create it. Willemstad has a hardware and a software side. The hardware consists of its buildings, its harbor, its streets and its parks. The software part is what I love to do, by giving the hardware “taste” with the right events and encourage a good mix of functions, so that people like to visit the area and feel connected to it. There are currently many developments in the Willemstad area that runs from “Bapor Kibra” to “Piscadera”. I am optimistic that with continued focus and effort, we can make great improvements in that area in the short term."

Someone once told me that “Curaçao is the island of the future, and it will always be that way”. This triggers me, because I refuse to believe that we cannot achieve better things for our island. I prefer to think that the best way to predict the future is to create it ourselves. This is absolutely possible. We have so many creative and capable people on this island.

Do you have another subject matter that you are passionate about?
"
Another subject I naturally gravitate towards has to do with youth. During my time at Luna Blou, together with Angela Roe, we brought young talent together to guide them and to give them a stage through the Luna Yen Open Podium event. In a broader sense, we need to hone the skills of our youth, for example through better education and afterschool programs. Not only for their own development, but for the development of our community as well. Currently, we are not doing that sufficiently, at least not in a way that is feasible for people with lower incomes."

How would you describe Raygen in one word or one sentence?
“Chill, but also intense, with a perspective of going forward and making things happen."

Who is a positive role model in your life?
“My mother. She had me when she was 15 years old. Nonetheless, she raised me and started her own company. She is very good in what she does. I’m really proud of her and hope to have inherited some of her determination and strength."

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, defining moment that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths and turned out to be a blessing?
"
That was back in Rotterdam, when I decided to come back to Curaçao . I was still organizing events, but noticed that times had changed. Friends moved away, had babies, my relationship ended, and my events were less successful. After some self-reflection, and a good talk with my mother, I came to the conclusion that the cheese that I’ve been eating had moved and I decided it was time to come back to Curaçao .

My time in Rotterdam taught me how to be an active participant in a time that the city was booming. I took this mindset back with me when I came back to Curaçao in 2005. I gave myself 10 years to prove to myself that I could be successful in bringing together city development, culture, night life, youth and art. Those 10 years have passed already, and I am happy to see the results of the projects that I was able to work on and I’m now blessed to be involved in Kaya Kaya.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now?
"A couple of years ago, I stood at the Plaza Fort outlook at the Punda side of the harbor enjoying the view with an American that comes regularly to the island. Standing there the American said: “Curaçao is the most developed underdeveloped island I have seen in the Caribbean”. In my opinion he nailed that remark. We have one of the most beautiful Islands in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage city full of potential. But still we haven’t succeeded harnessing its social, physical and economic power.

In 10 years’ time I’d like to stand on that same spot, look out on the city and enjoy how far we have come.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
“He did it his way.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao ?
"
We have everything that is needed to make the island thrive. I meet and work with a lot of young people that are focused on making their communities better. Overall, we just need to be more critical of ourselves, not by bashing one another or by pointing fingers, but by setting higher expectations for ourselves and the people around us."

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
"Well, one last thing I will say: be careful what you wish for because you can be overwhelmed with opportunities. The question you have to ask yourself is when to say “Yes” and when to say “No”. I’m still learning to say “no” to myself and I’m hopefully getting there soon, because by saying “yes” on too many opportunities, can overwhelm and stray you from the path to reach your goals. What I’m learning myself is to work together and to share opportunities, considering that one person can’t do everything in one lifetime. By sharing, others can take on the opportunities as well and together we can make the pie called “Curaçao ” bigger and more fruitful for all."

For more information on what Enrich offers, go to:
www.facebook.com/Kayakayaparty/
www.facebook.com/GrooveLoungeEvents/

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Raygen Zuiverloon, whom as an event organizer is creatively connecting people in a positive way and helping them to create a positive memory, modeling through his actions positive societal changes. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets 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.


Master Your Mind Platform book presentation

This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the book 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster). Click to attend!




Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links related to the book “The power of 8”, by Lynn Mctaggart. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Lynne McTaggart - The Power of Eight - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYGRztyR24

Lynne McTaggart - How to do intention: Useful Tips - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKJMZKZNiJc&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart- Highlights of The Middle East Peace Intention Experiment - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Abvdw1NLo8&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart: How to conduct a Power of Eight group - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTORJd3s3Ws&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart and Dr Dacher Keltner discuss the vagus nerve - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-1HhWRcIyQ&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart and Wes Chapman: How a Power of Eight group session transformed his life – YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QduyIeb8w How he overcame his depression?


Influencer Tamira La Cuz, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (4th – 10th of February) an interview with influencer Tamira LaCruz, we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platform session now at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share with you some personal coaching tips as video-links. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Tamira La Cruz: a bridge-builder, diverse and global

Tamira could you share with us some of your family back ground?
“My name is Tamira La Cruz, I was born in Curaçao and I have one brother Marco and a very large and dear extended family in Curaçao, the Netherlands, the US and the Dominican Republic. My parents are still alive and have been very supportive in my career. “

Have you ever worked for an employer?

“Yes, I worked for Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB) for 4 years at the start of my career. I received a scholarship from them. We have maintained in contact over the years especially with Ron Gomes Casseres and we try to connect and talk to one another every 90 days. About three years ago I went through a transformational phase re-inventing my “niche” as a professional and I am grateful for having been able to talk with him. Ron is a kind of an accountability partner for me and on top of that his more experienced and analytical mind and his quick answers to my questions, where only a few words are enough, that challenges me. There is wisdom in age.“

How long have you now been an entrepreneur and what are the services that you offer to your clients?
“Since 1995 I am offering two things to companies. MarkStra Caribbean helps companies grow their market and therefore their company by looking into new opportunities and help them turn this into reality. Nowadays, most of my clients are international clients; they have a larger business strategy and research system. In the last three years, I diversified from private sector clients to also multi -lateral international agencies that give advice to governments. We help economies and the companies within them to become more competitive, innovative and more export oriented. I also work as an export coach for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.”


When we first met, you were a member of Rotary Club, so you are in that sense also giving to the society.
“I am fortunate as a person, first of all to have the parents that I have. When I was 14 years old back in 1979 and I read in the magazine Seventeen that there was a summer camp in New York I really dearly wanted to go to this summer camp. I am grateful my parents’ courage, because at the age of 14 years, they put me on an airplane and I went to New York. This was 40 years ago in New York and the USA, where just some years after the abolishment of the segregation and only 11 years after Martin Luther King had been murdered. They never took me to Disney World, but they had a lot of courage to send their 14 year old daughter to a summer camp in New York. It was life-changing.

I was also fortunate to get a scholarship from MCB to attend Boston University, after I finalized my secondary school. In that sense MCB recognized my talents, which our system doesn’t necessarily do. I later got my MBA from to the Wharton College in the USA... I did an exchange at IESE Business School in Barcelona, worked in Chile (still under a dictatorship) and volunteered in Colombia and Guatemala (both with internal strife). Al these experiences were life-changing.

I appreciate this so much that I am now, as we speak today, very passionate about offering young adolescents (16 to 17 years old) the opportunity to go to exchange programs, or participate in any international opportunity available to them. I consider it a way to pay it forward.”


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I try to pay it forward what I got and I am passionate about that. “

You are trying also to keep up with your skills?

“I do lots of reading, always with a special focus on companies and international agencies, their methodology, identifying best practices. I love meeting new people, new behaviors and new ways of looking at things."

I have always perceived you as an opinionated woman and you are not a shy person, right?
“I try to speak based on data, logic and evidence based. It sometimes comes across as ‘critical’.”





We have heard that you are very innovative in what you do, where does that come from?

“In Curaçao, for historic reasons, we value and listen to opinions of professionals working in rather conservative sectors like accountancy, lawyers, tax lawyers, civil servants. They are wired to think in terms of ‘maintaining what there is’ and to ‘group think’. In my profession, I am constantly looking for new developments and opportunities and see if I can create value for my clients. And after doing this for over 30 years, adding international insights, it becomes ‘automatic’ and I have gotten increasingly better at it. This skill stands out as unique amid the sea of conventional thinking, based on the same premise, in Curaçao. Working outside of Curaçao, I also realized that we can be more transparent, opening opportunities for people with different expertise. To me it is obvious that people with my mindset are not valued.“

What are your other strengths?
“I have always been ‘the bridge’, everywhere I am, and also in Curaçao.”


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

“I am very much involved in organic perma culture and natural farming. I lived in Spain in 1993 and saw that they were growing things in a very arid climate comparable with Curaçao. This inspired me. So after I came to Curaçao and I talked to my father to join me in setting up a project. He said: ‘Go read this book first’. After some ‘debate’ and hesitancy I did read the book and have been reading and experimenting with organic gardening ever since. I am now also on the board of Soltuna, Agricultural Marketing Foundation.”

If you as Tamira 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?
“That is tough; I would ask them first about themselves and then tell them that part about myself that fits the conversation and context.“


How would you describe Tamira in one word or one sentence?
“A bridge, diverse and global.”





Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My mother is the daughter of immigrants and an extremely very pro-active woman. When she was 28 years old she started the first club for women in Curaçao back in 1963 by passing the articles of law at a notary to formalize it, during a time when woman couldn’t even sign certain legal documents. She is a big role model for me. My father used to be a civil servant, but still had lots of initiatives like he started a chicken farm back in 1970-ies and later sold it. When I met the new owner some time ago he told me that this farm, when he bought is, was way ahead of its time and still is. So both my parents are out of box thinkers, way ahead of their time. I respect them dearly.
Ron Gomes Casseres as my former boss and also Orlando Cuales. I worked for Radio Curom Z-86 when he started to localize radio and transformed radio in Curaçao in the beginning of the eighties. I think both are 20 years older than I. I have a few more mentors of that same age difference. It’s the sweet spot, I think.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
“I am a business economist by profession and when I came back I started my company in 1995. Although I was helping companies in their growth strategy as part of their marketing strategy, many people thought I was doing the creative and design part of it. That is why I started 10 years ago to re-positioning myself to a business strategist and am now a recognized economic and private sector development expert for SIDS. It took a lot of effort because Curaçao is not known by multilateral agencies or countries for economic development programs and experts, and because my experience on the national policy level in Curaçao was and continues to be limited. It is often required to ‘break through’ internationally. I cannot tell you how many times I got rejected in Curaçao, for the simplest things. However, I had invested in acquiring current knowledge about competitiveness (Global Competitiveness Index) and red carpet (World Bank Doing Business), both of which proved to be perfectly timed. I am, after all, well-versed in finding new opportunities and building bridges. All the work I have done in economic development is with international consulting agencies because I built the bridge.The lessons learned: invest, be more responsive than your competitors, show off your uniqueness and diversity.“

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?

“When my significant other died 2,5 years ago. I started to look at things differently because I received a warm bath of empathy not only from friends, but also from relative strangers because I could sense their humanity. I became more empathic and I now deliberately connect with people on a different level now. Also, I deliberately try to be ‘diplomatic’. I omit and delete phrases, word choices, that are unnecessarily suggestive. That was a great lesson."

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your businesses?
“Retired.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 25 years from now?
“She lived her life and she was fortunate to have a great one.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“We still have great areas of strength to uncover and to learn to put to use to the growth of our country. If all had been discovered and uncovered, there would be no way forward. I also know that we still have Spirit to fight. I wrote that article ‘A dozen and four reasons to choose Curaçao for business’ a few weeks ago. Check this link: 16 sterktes van Curaçao voor zaken en privé.
Tamira La Cruz | Jan 17, 2019.
It was published by several local papers to coincide with the BB4B Forum (Bon Bini for Business). The greatest reward was how Yu Di Kòrsou reacted. It gave everybody a much-needed ‘aliento’. I realized we were not emotionless about our country and circumstance. That is a great thing!”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“We need to appreciate whom we are and not “waltz over” our diversity that has created whom we are on this moment in time, but recognize this as our strength that adds value to our country.”

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Tamira LaCruz, whom as an entrepreneur is modeling to other entrepreneurs how a local entrepreneur can work and thrive by working mostly in foreign markets. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society by her example.

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.

The first Master Your Mind Platform book presentation
This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the books 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster) and 'A short history of nearly everything', by Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur).

Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share some helpful motivational video links. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

What Is Synchronicity? Ask Deepak Chopra! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pb1NC-Tcbw

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

Tony Robbins on the Best Piece of Advice He Ever Got - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=if1AeoHbZ8k

Tony Robbins - Best Story Ever - Inspired a Pimp! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8KQ7egNyYU

Tony Robbins - Life's Too SHORT - #BelieveBites - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKRW3K_N-Tw

Purpose and Meaning | Dr Wayne Dyer (The Shift) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b53A1cBlPk

Influencer Vicky Trinidad, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on January 26, 2019 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog: an interview with Vicky Trinidad; we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind Platform session on the 19th of February; we will share some personal coaching tips as video links with you on ‘Being non-judgemental’. Every single day we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/ share2uplift page.


Vicky Trinidad: a sunshine, dynamic and all round


Vicky, we have heard from people, that you are a very dynamic, talented and a driven person.
Can you share with us some of your family back ground?
“I was born in Curaçao and the rest is a little bit complicated and a long story. I grew up with my aunt since I was 6 months old. This aunt is the sister of my father and I call her my Mom, because she is my mommy (Iris Trinidad). My biological mother went to live in Holland and my father went a little later to Holland and they were already separated. Both of them, I didn’t hear or see a lot of them.My biological mom uses to send me cards, one of my birthdays and one on Christmas. She did this till I was 13 years old. But I never had an address or a phone number of her. I don’t know so much about my biological mom. I know from my father’s family that I have 2 sisters and one brother.“

But you know, I am very fortunate because I grew up never feeling that I missed anything until I was an adolescent, I started asking questions about why “this” and why “that” about my biological mother. There are two words that I almost never use: “Hate and dumb”. I don’t judge people and therefore don’t judge her. She must have had her reasons and I don’t blame her for not being involved in my education and my life when I grew up. I’m not the one to judge. I wasn’t there and I could never walk in her shoes to know why she never took care of me. So, there is also nothing to forgive. When she made her a choice, at that time, I guess that was the best choice for her to make. You will never know what that someone was feeling when they took their decision.

I met my older brother by coincidence, when I was 15 years old and once I lived in Holland I went out and looked for my biological mother, curious to know whom she was and to find out if I looked like her or something. In October 1997, I finally met her. And it turned out that I had another brother, younger than me. So, I finally came to understand that I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters, from different fathers and “it is like it is”. I love them all and I talk to them all. My Mom (Iris) was and still is very supportive and so is the rest of the family here in Curaçao, but also in Holland. Whenever I have a crazy idea my mom gets a heart attack first and then she sees why I’m so excited. And together we talk about the options. My sister Jo-Ann in Holland, is my Number One fan, she always tells me, how much she admires me. I have a boyfriend now for almost 4 years and he supports me in my craziness and my hectic live and work. And his family too He even comes up with ideas for me”.

You have studied and worked in Holland, right?
“I went to Holland in 1997 when I was 20 years old. I went to study Ergotherapy, but ended up studying “Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening” with a certificate in “Ambulante en Medische Zorg” because Ergotherapy had a lottery system which I missed. I also combined this with a Sociaal Juridische Dienstverlening. In those days, I wanted to look good and show to the world that I could handle two Majors. But you know that didn’t work out at first because especially after I became sick for 4 to 5 months, I changed my plans. I went to work for a Telecommunication and Technological firm. And I was challenged after being hired as a telephone operator after two months when the secretary of the director asked me to help them out with his PowerPoint presentation which I have mentioned on my CV that I have mastered. Which in those days was still very unique. But, I didn’t master this as well as they thought I did, but my boyfriend then, he is computer whiz kid, helped me out on the phone and after two days I delivered and the director was very happy with what I did with his PowerPoint presentation.”

Does this typifies whom you are, not afraid from the unknown and challenge, having courage?
"Yes, for sure. Because after, that they offered me, after working there for some time, to work for them for an indefinite time, but I decided to go back to school and finish my studies, because I thought I would look good in the eyes of others. Btw I don’t do this anymore, pleasing others. If and when I say “no” it is a “no”. But back then in my early 20-ties, I was like that. “

You used to work for SSC as a mentor?
“Yes, I started in 2004 and stopped in 2011. I loved working there because helping others, especially students to get their education in the best of possible ways gave me great satisfaction. When I left to Holland for my advanced education, I went without any mentoring. And I met a lot of other students those days all complaining about the mentoring via SSC. So, I decided why not help out by giving a helping hand as a mentor. “

Where did that caring for others come from?
“Well, my Mom is a dedicated and caring schoolteacher and she always worked to let her students become the best they can be, giving extra curriculum during schooltime and in the afterschool hours. So, she empowered them and never left a child behind. I was fortunate enough to have her as a mother, so she inspired me and that explains how I am. In a sense, it is “monkey see, monkey do”. You know when I go around with my mother these days, we meet ex-students and their parents and they still express their appreciation for how my mother had impacted them when they were a student.”

You decided to come back to Curaçao although your future was unsure? When did you come back?

Since 2012 I was planning to come back. In the year 2011 one of my best friends, Vaneska Vis, a colleague at SSC, decided to move to Bonaire. And then my Sister Jo-Ann also left in January 2013 to live in Bonaire too. We used to live together in a big house I bought. So, when they started to leave Holland, I myself started to think about coming back to Curaçao. I sold my house and with the intention to save more money. What happened at that time is that I got sick in the beginning of January 2014, I had Breast Cancer stage 3. Another long story. The best thing is: My mom came to Holland and stayed with me till the end of my treatment. So, I decided to stay longer in Holland because Health Care is somewhat better than Curaçao. The thought to coming back still in the back of my mind.

By the beginning of 2016 I started to look for jobs and in February 2017 I packed my bags and I was back in Curaçao on 21st of March 2017. Life is short. And after having survived Cancer you really know that life is. That I’m here telling you this, is a miracle of sorts. So, when you get an opportunity to do something, do it. Because tomorrow you might not be here. I missed my family so much and my Mom is getting older. The other thing was that my boyfriend was also in Curaçao. So, the question was, Why not?!"


Your are project leader of CURA DOET and in that sense involved in making lots of volunteer work possible. Would you explain to us what your work is all about? How many full timers and part timers are involved in your overall work?
“I have one of the best jobs. Because I haven’t had a day that I wake up and say: I don’t want to go to work. When you love your job, it doesn’t feel like working. From filling all forms to get the “subsidie” till completing the project is my job. Curaçao Cares Foundation is the main Foundation and CURA DOET is one of the projects we have. We try to connect NGO, Companies and Volunteering together. CURA DOET is the biggest volunteering Action on Curaçao with 6.500 people volunteering. The job gives me a great feeling. Grateful to see every project crystalizing and all those happy smiles. We 4 now working together with 1 super intern. We all work freelance. We all have our own company. Beside us, we have a great board who supports as all the way. I can say I have learn from the best, Janis Vinck.

It is fun to have all those different types of contacts, their stories, my colleagues, my office hours that are not 9 to 5 working hours. You know a job title is not my thing. When I came to Curaçao I started to spread my CV around among friends and people I knew, visited network opportunities. I took a job in helping organize Carifta as volunteer, I was motivated to help Curaçao strengthen its reputation for being able to offer a good organization of the Carifta games, but for me it was also an opportunity to network and to showcase my skills. So, as I don’t belief in formal application procedures, this was an excellent opportunity to show to people what I was made off. I was also helping ACECollege (offering MBO and HBO-education) in 2017 with their rooster, teaching some classes and helping out in their afterschool programs and helping SOAW in writing project-documents, tools and curriculum for youth. But the main thing, my strategy to show case my skills worked perfectly because in July 2017 Curaçao Cares Foundation approached me for the first time and then by the 1st of October 2017 I was called again and offered the job as project leader of CURA DOET as the budget for SOAW dried out and in a sense, I considered this to be a present from heaven. I gradually stopped my work for ACE college in December 2017. But I still do some side jobs like in 2018, I also worked for a medical specialist from Colombia as a side job. He is applying Stem Cell Therapy, but I quit at the end of the year.

I am the secretary in the board of Curaçao Zoo and vice president for the Football Federation UNDEBA. It’s my way of giving back to the community. Beside this I’m an Education Consultant at Bircham University. I have my own foundation call Stichting Exprys and in my free time I help other to write projects. I have a lot of ideas and hope I can do a lot for my community."


What are the outcomes that you are aiming for CURA DOET?

“Last year I aimed for 225 volunteer projects and we ended having 250 projects and we ultimately ended up with 303. This year 2019, I aiming for 310. Why? It is great to expand and grow but you have to keep the quality of the projects in mind. But we already have over the 330 projects. We know that the overall awareness on the island is growing, but the way projects are handled and how volunteers are managed in the interpersonal relationships area, also needs to mature. Another thing is they need to be there for each other and we need to learn that we don’t need to wait until Christmas to start the preparation and caring for each other, they can work on the preparations during the whole year. We need to learn and feel how nice it is to do something for somebody else. Through radio, television, Facebook and Instagram we are going to promote this. If you are not the focal point but others, you will benefit anyway.”

What kind of activities are you supporting?

“It’s a little too much to answer. It’s from diving with turtles and clean part of the ocean around Curaçao, Cleaning up the beaches, Helping schools with painting their school or classroom, going out with the elders, taking care of the homeless, touch up kindergardens, Helping the zoo, Scoutingclubs, helping Sport federation to maintaining their “facilities”, painting with autistic children, taking care of our Archeology etc.
Go to www.curadoet.com. See the list.”


What are the challenges of the volunteer organizations?
"I would say to be open to meet other new people and to deal with the financial limitations and create something creative with it."

How do you experience the willingness of people to be involved as volunteer?
“Well I can say that a lot of my friends and my family are helping. Before they were like: why should I, because they thinking they have a lot to do at their own home, so why helping others. The minute I explain the benefits to them and they get in touch with others and hear their story, they change. And this is what happens to others. 

I am a connector, it is about give and take and be aware that you are not the center of the world the whole day and I am very aware of that.

I always say: No matter what happens is life, you need someone or you WILL need someone to help you. Today is their turn, tomorrow is yours. Money is not everthing in life. Lifting others up and helping other is best way to show that you care and that you don’t expect anything in return.
I always say: No matter what happens is life, you need someone or you will need someone to help you. Today is their turn, tomorrow is yours. Money is not everything in life. Lifting others up and helping others, is the best way to show that you care and that you don’t expect anything In return.”

Can you explain your relationship with Curaçao Cares? And with the donor funds supporting CURA DOET?

Reda Sosial supports us in Curaçao. And from Holland Oranje Fonds. In Holland you have NL Doet, and so all the other island participates. It’s a Koningrijks ding. Union. The greatest thing is that it happened on 2 day on all 6 island and Holland. In 2 days more than 300 projects are being help. CURA DOET 2019 is on 15th and 16th of march.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“To be a better person and to be a better me every day. To be a useful person. Last year I found an old Friends-Book and way back in those days, I was already thinking and feeling that I wanted to be a useful person for my community. I didn’t wright that I wanted to be an advocate or a doctor or accountant. I just wanted to be useful for others, helping others. And It is exactly what I still love to do and doing it. I got this from my Mom. She is always ready to help someone. Look what she did for me when I was a baby. She was young, wasn’t marry and she could have travelled the world but instead of that, she chooses to take care of me. And time after time I have seen how she did this for the family. My role model.
I love to wake up and see myself happy, feeling and knowing that I did a great deed and someone is overly happy because I help them. I love what I see in the mirror. They are no problems, I see solutions.”

How do you keep your skills up to date? 
“I like to read books. Nowadays these are E-books. I like to read about the human being. Why we act like this? Why we think like this? The psychology part of it and the dynamics between people is so interesting. My skills? I'm sometimes terrified of myself, because I can easy do something I never did before and learn it easily. I’m a very quick learner. And that is why my job must be interesting, because for me the money is not everything. I can’t see myself in that office from 9 to 5. I like to see movies and documentaries. It doesn’t matter in which language, as long as they have a subtitle. In Curaçao I haven’t follow any courses yet, but when I was in Holland I went to too many of them. I love meeting people. I invest first I my family, friends and I love to network and share with them my ideas. “

What are your strengths?
“I can see the positive sight of something easily while others will not see this;
I can talk easily to a stranger and maintain an interesting and entertaining conversation
I love to challenge myself;
I can organize like nobody else can;
I easily motivate others and I have great sense of humor.”

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about apart from singing?
“How did you know about my singing? Well, I am not singing anymore these days. I used to be in the M.I.L.-choir when I was going through my secondary educational education with Tania Cross, I used to sing in the church choir. I use to love singing in a group not solo, but never aiming to make a career out of it like Tania Kross and other singers famous singers too and I used to sing in the church choir. I use to love singing in a group not solo but not to make it a career out of it like others has made it; it was not my ambition. I love to dance, but lately I am not going out so much; I love the theater and “theater sport” . I did have my own group in Holland: A-Talents.I love photography; I love watching movies and series. And I am a motivational speaker.
Btw, I will write a book before I turn 45 years old. I already know the title of this book: “Greetings from Penstraat”, that is where I was born.“


If you as Vicky, 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?
“Easy: I would answer…Hi. I’m Vicky. What brings you here? Where are you travelling to? I love doing lots of things, but people call me sunshine, dynamic, multi-functional, an octopus, “WOW” and connected.”

How would you describe Vicky in one word or one sentence?
“Dynamic or a sunshine, but it is not easy because I am so much more than just one word. One will never know me by just describing whom I am in just one word.“

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?

“My Mom, my Sister Jo-Ann whom is now back in Holland for her advanced studies in Psychology. There are so many. You know I’ve seen a lot and I’ve spoken with so many inspiring people and everyone has touch me. I’ve had a lot of interesting works like working as a Social Working with Prostitutes and in a Psychiatric Clinic, close- setting. So, all my clients or patients tells their story and every story made me think. Sounds Cliché, but so it is.”

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
“My way of thinking is this and how I feel is this: Everyone who crossed my path has taught me something. My friends are my friends, because I look up to them. They have supported me through hell and backed me. I have with every one of them, a different relationship. This is also true for every person that I ever met. There are some unforgettable moments. There are other less “pleasant” moments. But, my “number one”- role model is my mom. I look up to her how she took care of me (she was 28 years old when she decided to do this) and she was always by my side. She is just a great example of how a good woman should be and how an unconditional mom as a person can be. And because of her, bad models are just lessons learned.“

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
"• Fighting and beating Cancer;
• Another moment was when I started doubting in myself during the time that I was for 1,5 year unemployed. I became depressed at last because of the overwhelming financial challenges I had;
• When I decided to be single, just to get to know myself better. And I can tell you that I am my best company, when I am alone. Me, myself and I. Me-time offers me the opportunity to do the things that I want to, like going to the movies when every else calls it off, I will go to the movies. I consider my freedom of choices as something very important;
• Fighting my thyroids hormone issues and accepting myself as I am. But because of all of this, I have grown to be the person I am now.

Whatever happens is life: Life will go on with or without you. You have to stand up, dust the dust off and keep going forward. When you hit the bottom, you can only go up. My logic is not yours. My quote: Despite how open, peaceful and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you as deep as they have met themselves (think about it).”

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
A defining moment was the period I was depressed. Those were 1,5 frustrating years. I bought a house in 2006 and even went to Curaçao in December 2006 to celebrate and then in February 2007 I was laid off based on the LIFO principle, Last in first out, from De Haagse Hoge School. Everywhere I applied for work I was considered overly qualified. The economic recession during those days hit its peak. The main reason I got so depressed was I was unable to oversee a solution for my financial challenges of paying my mortgage and fixed monthly payments in the end running arrears and I couldn’t see the end of the tunnel, until via a psycho therapist and a financial advisor after recognizing that I had an issue we finally were able to get back on track. During those days, the help I got from my sister and friends was so important for me to get back on track. I am eternally grateful for the help I got. My sister and a friend finally moved in my house and the worst was over by 2010. But I renewed my talents and I learned that I can stumble, get to the bottom and come up back.
I think It was a lesson to learn so it prepared me for the Cancer-period.I believe that things happen for a reason and there are no coincidences in life!”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?
“Happy, in good health so to keep helping others. I already have my company and foundation. I’ve learned not to plan too much. I don’t even know If I will still here. So, I live my life happy, graceful, grateful and there are always things on my path to do.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
“She was good!!!! She was happy!”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“I think I see Curaçao in a totally different way than others. I see possibilities every step I make. There is so much to do. I don’t want to be rich, I want health and help others to realize a lot of projects so I can help my community. If we keep on waiting for things to happened, it will never happen. Go out and change it. A small act can change the world. Stop playing the victim and do something for you Island.”

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

“We have to stop thinking in boxes and categorize everything and put it in a box. If you keep thinking this way, you will never think out of the box and see out the box and appreciate how beautiful it is. You will only see problems. Life is a challenge, but it is a beautiful challenge.
(I made up this quote whahahahaha)". 


As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Vicky Trinidad, whom is influencing our NGO sector as an Influencer and a very dynamic project leader of CURA DOET. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society. We will definitely continue to hear from her 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 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.

The first Master Your Mind Platform book presentation
This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.

Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the books 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster) and 'A short history of nearly everything', by Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur).


Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share with you some valubale tips as video links on 'Being Non-Judgemental'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video’s on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Judging Others is Dangerous: Powerful Story - Video - Don't Jump to Conclusions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEuqMlv02aw

Think For Yourself - Stop Being Judgemental || Dont Judge || Eye-Opener - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjPtgzx1JRY

Judging and Shaming | Brendan Buchholz | TEDxYouth@ParkCity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCj44WmgcLE

Tips for practicing non-judgement - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjRe2l0fQFg

How To Be Non-Judgmental - Happiness Vlog - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=su1uslmjWNA

Non-judgement. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Non-judgmental Awareness - Habits of Mind - - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vKE8IiK3O1U