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Influencer Darrel Hoek; our list of influencers and coaching tips on self reflection

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (7th till 13th of January 2019) we will interview Darrel Hoek; our list of Influencers we have identified up to now and we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on self reflection. Everyday during the week we will upload one of these video’s on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Darrel Hoek: dynamic and inspiring

Darrel we have come to know you as a very dynamic, inspiring, ethical person and Influencer in our society since 2015. As the CEO/owner of KlikoLimpi you have been evolving as an entrepreneur for some years now. Could you share some personal facts of you and your family?
“I was born in Curaçao, I have one daugther and I now live happily with Dulcine, my significant other. My mother who is a former administrative worker and civil servant, always had a side business while, she held a fulltime job. She sold cloths, towels, underwear and did also catering. When she did her sales and collected payments at the end of the month, at times we joint her in her car, while she was driving around. So in that sense, I had a role model. She has always been and still is very supportive. She triggered me: “To be honest with myself and with others”. I still appreciate this very much.”

When did you decided to become an entrepreneur?
"
Well this dates back since I was very young. I was always saving money. The savings I used to buy books to sell and at first I wasn’t very successful in my sales abilities. Nobody wanted to buy my books, no cousins, no neighbors, no one. They used to tease me, by calling me a “salesman, selling Insurances”. When I was in Holland for my studies I used to buy clothes at a whole sale outlet and sold these, just like I saw my mother do as I was growing up. During those days the business was impressive, you know and I had a real appartment and not a simple studentroom, so I needed to earn the money to afford this appartment and I was succesful in doing that. In 1995 I came back to Curaçao after I received a very attractive job offer. As an entrepreneur over the years I have slowly, but surely honed my entrepreneurial skills going through what they would call the School of Hard Knocks — or University of Hard Knocks. Meaning the (sometimes painful) education one gets from life's usually negative experiences, often contrasted with formal education.”

When did you start with KlikoLimpi?
“I got this business idea via a friend, Ton Marten from Bonitha Blokhutten on the 16th of August 2006 and it became operational on the first of April 2011. It took me 4 years of preparation, to get started.

Basically I am very grateful for Ton to keep on insisting, after my initial scepticism. First of all it was totally out of my original HRM-background and I didn’t want to import business ideas that worked in Holland “one on one” in the Curaçao environment. But then I decided to look at this with an open mind and...... the rest is history.”

Have you ever worked for a boss?
“Yeaah. In Holland I had worked different jobs as a student and started my career after my study as a HRM-professional. I was very happy with this job. In Curaçao after I came back also, but not for very long. The organizational culture didn’t fit my urge to feel free. The culture basicaly was limiting me to grow. I had and still have this inexplicable urge to learn and grow. So I quit this this job and embarked as a consultant for a company in Barbados, Trinidad and finally Suriname.”

Where does your entrepreneurial drive come from?
“I think it is a calling and It had to manifest itself someway or the other. When I quit my job to become a consultant I was young and unprepared. I was a qualified HR-expert, but being an entrerpreneur was something totally different. In fact, I went totally broke twice. The last time I went broke I was in Suriname as an entrepreneur. Because of scarcity and as someone not born nor raised in Suriname, eager to earn money to survive, I saw opportunities where others, living there, didn’t noticeut that was also a big learning moment for me.

I discovered that I am a survivor. I can fall, but I will always rise again. When I started KlikoLimpi I experienced also a lot of problems, but this time I kept believing in myself and I was convinced that one day we would turn the tables and get back on course and even expand this business and create other spin-off businesses. As we speak, 2019 will be a break out year. I have other business ideas that are now still in the incubators phase. Some will become operational very soon this year.”


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I always wanted, in hindsight, to create my own playground with the things I initiate and by doing just that, serve other people. Like yesterday I climbed back on one of the trucks of KlikoLimpi and worked and this feeling of doing this whenever I feel like...call it freedom that is what I really cheerish.”

What kind of services does KlikoLimpi offers?
“We wash kliko’s of companies and households.”

How many employees do you have employed now?
"After hiring 43 different employees, I am very proud to say that we have 5 employees at work at KlikoLimpi of which 2 are full-timers."

What is the secret of this success up to now?
“Loyalty, I can best describe our organizational culture as “a group of ants”. We work like “ants” and help each other like “ants” too. We have had our challenges, but these workers stayed loyal to the company.

This year end, we gave them an increased bonus compared with the year before. They had on average only one day of sickness leave, over the whole year.

You know when you and I met each other in 2015, at that time I had broken my left hand while continue working on my truck as I was learning the skill how to attract the right kind of employees for KlikoLimpi. So I have come from very far. We also have very loyal customers as we have gone through different challenges. “Loyalty” is our most important company value.”

What are you doing to keep up with your knowledge and skills?
“I like reading books, watching you tubes, follow courses, I invest in networks and people that might help me further with my business(es). I am a people’s person and connect easily and that is why I love meeting different kinds of people and I have a vast network. I am a good story teller, I inspire others, connect with people to get on board of my ventures, where needed.”

Why is this so important for you?
It gives me so much inpiration and new ideas. By doing this I learn a lot and grow in different areas that I am interested in. But, creating new jobs for others also give me so much satifaction.

What are your other strengths?
“I have this ability to take an idea, I pick up and translate this in a very practical way and make it work by applying this. This is based on the University of Hard Knocks experiences.

I am able to live with less, I don’t mind not having fancy stuff. I can and have sacrified the short term benefits to reach my goals. This is one of the strategies I used, to overcome the issues with KlikoLimpi. You know this year we are going on vacation after a very long time.

Another strength I learned after my bankcruptcy in Suriname, I came back to Curaçao and I rebounded as an entrepreneur. I started selling marinades, fish and shrimps while preparing KlikoLimpi. I still had an enormous curiosity and I belief that is the key to my ability to bounce back. I am always finding a way to make it happen.

I am also a people’s manager and I connect easily, creating over time an increasing local and international network and this has created a “goodwill factor” that has and still is serving me well. I am very grateful for this.”

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
“I love doing sports (crossfit, biking and diving) and I work consciously on my overall life balance, which includes regular meditation. I love reading books. When I was a child, I use to read a lot. Like my parents had a subscription to National Geographic and had an Encyclopedia collection. So I ended up spending more time reading these books, because I preferred that over being teased by other children because I was stuttering. Because of this reading habit I could fantasize a lot and this kept me going and kept me focused on achieving the goals/projects that I set my mind on to achieve. In due time, I developed the skill to turn a dream into an actionplan and now also take the necessary action steps to make it work. I could reason very well and although my environment was not directly supportive, because we have no extensive family entrepreneurial tradition, through all my experiences and curiosity I kept my essence pure and developed a skill to set boundaries regarding whom I work with and whom not. I am very good at this now.”


If you as Darrel, 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?
“An adventurer, I also create a future for others and myself. I have big dreams, but at the same time I can stand with both my feet on the ground.”


How would you describe Darrel in one word or one sentence?
Inspiration, inspired by others and inspiring others.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“I had and still have different mentors. Once I discovered how important mentorship could be for me, it taught me that I am not alone. There are people that belief in you and whom are willing to guide you;

- My mother of course, as she modelled entrepreneurship;
- Inspiring leaders I come to know from books;
- Other business leaders and I have also learned from negative role models btw.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
“My decision to come to Curaçao from Holland. If I would have to do it again, I would decide to stay in Holland for my flourishing career, I would have probably become an entrepreneur at a much later stage. I would have prepared myself much better then the way I decided now to become an entrepreneur. I would have looked for a senior entrepreneur to mentor me and develop an ability to be more careful in the partnerships that I decided to work with.

Another defining moment was the moment I couldn’t find work as a consultant due to lack of network etc etc. It later turned out to be a blessing, because Ton insisted that I should explore the idea of KlikoLimpi. I am very grateful for this.

This year I will launch some other businesses that are spin-offs from KlikoLimpi, that will create additional employment opportunities. I can’t go into too much details yet, but we are on track to make this year 2019 our break out year, with new businesses.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?
“I would, based on a balanced life, then have moved away from operational tasks and to become a person more involved in managing some businesses, but also helping and inspiring others - based on my experiences and contacts - with setting up and developing their businesses from scratch.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
 “He did it his way”. Don’t forget that I became an entrepreneur against the tide of most people in my direct environment discouraging me and telling me to stay away from the unknown and to avoid taking risks.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“I firmly belief that Curaçao has lots of opportunities and different opportunities than the usual suspects. But to create value out of these opportunites requires a different mindset. Look for other opportunities far different then we are accustomed to look at. We need to be flexible with ourselves. I have come from far, from being HRM-consultant to a director of KlikoLimpi, right? You have to be willing to take 8 steps back before you can move forward. You need to have a supportive direct circle of influence surrounding you like Dulcine, my significant other is very supportive in what I am doing. You have to have a curious mind, I invest a lot in upgrading my skills and knowledge in areas of my interest. You have to get over your fears and self imposed mental boundaries. I once forced myself to learn scuba diving inspite of my initial fears, because I thought that one day this might become helpful in one of the business ideas that I am exploring.


Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
"Yes, I would recommend starting entrepreneurs to:

- Stick to the dreams that you have, if it feels like the right thing to do;
- Look for people with relevant information and knowledge to mentor you;
- Invest in learning the skills and knowledge needed to forward your goals. I have become an expert in areas that were initially totally different from my areas of expertise, but now I am an expert;

2019 will be my break out year, after working year in year out on my dreams. It is like building a pyramide, layer after layer. At times having my doubts, but then as I am very good in fantasizing or after reading a book, this inspires me to pick myself up again and stay in the course.

KlikoLimpi is and has been a social and employment project. But I build and honed my entrepreneuerial skills doing this and this is now benefiting me to create other businesses that will also create new employment opportunities. My plans will also generate and/or save foreign exchange and I also have regional international ambitions."

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Darrel Hoek whom as an entrepreneur has been growing, consolidating and expanding. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at value and jobs in our society. 2019 will be his break-out year and we will definitely hear more from him soon.


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

This week’s personal coaching focus on self reflection. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page. 

Psychological Resilience - The Value of Self-Reflection - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vehqXjf3S8M


Self-Assessment: Reflections from Students and Teachers - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkFWbC91PXQ


Simon Sinek on How Reflection Informs Personal Growth - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ky-mKuhKgU


ASCD Shorts: Self Reflection with Baruti Kafele - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmiNKJidwUQ


CGI 3D Animated Short: "Reflection" - by Hannah Park - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM6dGqYGLhs


Self-Reflection - Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndd6AfdjQAg


Influencer Roxana Croes, up to 250 Influencers and this week personal coaching tips

Posted on December 30, 2018 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (31st of December – 6th of January): an interview with Roxana Croes. We will publish a list of all the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on during 2018 and we will end with some video links as personal coaching tips. Every single day in the week we will upload one of these video links on Facebook.com/share2uplift.


Roxana Croes: Caring and Inspiring

We have come to know you as a very low profiled dynamic, ethical person and Influencer in our society. As the CEO of LDI (Leadership Development Innovation) you have been offering Leadership Management International modules on leadership for quite some years now. Can you share with us some details on your family and how you started as an entrepreneur?
“I was born in Costa Rica and raised in Curaçao. I finished VWO at Radulphus and completed three years of law at the university (UNA) and then quit studying law. I have one brother and I am happily married to Stanley Croes.”


You are an entrepreneur that have during the years slowly, but surely mastered your skills and gained insight in the market to become an organization, that successfully offers leadership development programs to an increasing number of attendees, from all walks of life and business sectors. You have inspired many to become a better version of themselves and continue to personally grow and hone the leadership skills of many. I am one of those you inspired. We met in 2011 as I started following LMI-modules and got so carried away with Leadership development that I followed 6 modules for the next few years. Basically, since 2011 I have been one of your mentees and you keep triggering me and inspiring me. In 2014, I had the opportunity to experience LMI’s world conference for that year in an inspiring setting in Kauai – Hawaii. I joined you as the winner of LMI’s ‘Client of the Year’ award. During that conference, I committed to dedicate myself to Leadership development on Curaçao for the rest of my life and started the Share2Uplift movement in 2015. 
Where does this come from? What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“It is an inner calling to positively impact the lives of others. It began many years before I even started with my current business. It makes me happy and fulfilled when others discover that they have in themselves all they need to be happy and successful.”

During all these years that you have been associated to LMI in their yearly events with associates from all over the world either in their regional conference or world conference you have consistently won numerous awards for growing your business in this small sized market.
Check this link:www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA-VpMHQaXI


That is no small feat. When did you start offering LMI courses in Curaçao?
“I heard for the first time about LMI in 1998, I saw an ad in the newspaper which immediately got my attention. I worked for a short period of time for the LMI licensee and in 1999 began offering SMI personal development programs. I did this for approximately 3 years. In 2006 I became an LMI licensee.”

When did you get interested in becoming an entrepreneur?
“I worked with three family members; my mom, my brother and my husband, who owned their own businesses therefore I got some “training” in becoming an entrepreneur even before I considered becoming one. I also did freelance and volunteer work for several years, organizing and supporting organizations and events.”

When did you start with LDI?
“January 2006.”

Have you ever worked for a boss?
“Yes, however for short periods of time, after I finished school. I like the freedom and the challenges of having my own business.”

What kind of services does your company offer?
“We offer LMI (Leadership Management International) programs. The LMI programs were developed in the early sixties by the late Mr. Paul J. Meyer, who held the firm belief that all people, regardless of their gender, personality, social standing or level of education, could develop the necessary characteristics to achieve and live a lifetime of success. The programs are offered in small groups over the course of several months to allow participants to bring about changes in their behaviors and attitudes and to achieve their personal and professional goals. My work is to assist participants go through a process of self-discovery. Recently we have also been offering a workshop on Emotional Intelligence.”

How many employees do you have employed?
“4.”

What is the secret of this success?
“Self-knowledge: Since I was a young adult I have been interested in better understanding myself, others and life in general and I have continued to pursue this interest.

- Perseverance: I do not give up on myself or others. It may take a few days or a few years, but I do not easily give up.
- Courage: (to be outside my comfort zone) I used to be insecure, shy and reserved and my work consist now in working with many people.
- Continuous Growth: I continue growing by attending personal development programs, reading and listening to inspiring materials on a regular basis. I also meet weekly with my Master Licensee, and I have a group of LMI peers (the Master Mind & the Right Stuff group) with whom I meet weekly. I am always learning. I ask many many many questions. I focus on my strengths and I acknowledge my weaknesses.
- Mentors: I have several mentors that I have been meeting with for many years. It has helped me tremendously because they challenge me and help me to see things from a different perspective. A Great Team: I am fortunate to have a group of committed people who are eager to do a good job.”

You are trying also to keep up with your skills and you enable others to grow. You like reading books and you love meeting different kinds of people. Why is this so important for you?
“The more I know, the more I know how much I do not know. I enjoy growing and empowering others to do the same. I know how much it has transformed my life.”

What are your other strengths?
“I am becoming more conscious of my inner dialogue (self-talk) and “I am doing a better job in managing this inner dialogue and my emotions. I am continuously making the effort to pause and reflect. I realize that things don’t always are the way they seem to be. I am learning how to be kind with myself and others when mistakes are made and at the same time challenge myself and others to do a better job.”

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
“For many years I have been interested in preventive/natural medicine (for mental, emotional and physical health) It has served me well in my own life and I also like to share this with others. I have also been practicing meditation for many years. Understanding my mind has been a lifelong interest and pursuit.”

If you as Roxana 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 tend to be reserved and would not easily share a lot about myself with a stranger, unless he or she would be interested in the things I am passionate about. Then we can have a very long conversation… “

How would you describe Roxana in one word or one sentence?
“Someone who wants to live a life well lived and who wants to share with others what she discovers so that they can find more happiness and success and love life even more.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My mother, my husband and LMI founder, Paul J. Myer.”

Were they always positive role models or were they also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
“All human beings have both positive and not so positive traits. There is always room for improvement.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“When my husband and I lost all we had (stability, income, business, home) and we had to reinvent ourselves. During these challenging years, I learned to trust life, trust others and myself, because no matter how big the challenges, there was always a way out. Without the challenges I would not have personal experiences that now help me to relate to people going through similar challenges. It is also because of the challenging times that I once again considered LMI as a business venture and rediscovered my talents and strengths.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“In 5 to 10 years I want to have an organization with an inspired team of associates who will continue to positively impact many lives for many years to come.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
“She inspired me to live a happy and meaningful life.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“The people. We have many talented, creative people doing a lot of good work. I have the great good fortune of meeting many of these people in my work.”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“It is important that we each continue to make a consistent effort to grow as human beings so that together we can have a positive impact on those around us, especially the younger generations. Every little effort that we do, to be the best version of ourselves will help our community and the world at large. Each of us can be the change we want to see in the world.”

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Roxana Croes whom as an entrepreneur has been offering mostly leadership development programs for years and has been inspiring hundreds of people. Roxana has been a mentor, coach for me (Ivan Kuster) since 2011 and triggered me into choosing for leadership development as my new career path. Roxana by inspiring others is serving our community for years now in an ever increasing way. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the 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

This weeks’ personal coaching tips theme is compassion. Every single day in the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook page Facebok.com/share2uplift.

Human: The Circle of Compassion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhlgXvO5BXk

Dalai Lama - Why compassion? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFY4KgOAwzs

Compassion is Natural. So Why is It So Hard For Us? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2h1Ioug-ss

40 Acts of Compassion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi9KdrP34oE

The Compassion Exercise - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF6MMCdUzII

The Science of Compassion: Kindness Is a Fundamental Human Trait - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vmWIRembP-E


Extra interview: Influencer Elgenia Pieternella and book list 2018 Master Your Mind-platform sessions

Posted on December 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week (24th – 31st of December) we will present to you as a bonus, our second and therefore our extra interview we had with Elgenia Pieternella chairperson of Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña. Further: a list of all the books we presented this year in our Master Your Mind-platform session. The video's of the December books: '21 lessons of the 21st century” and “Innercise” will soon be uploaded.

Elgenia Pieternella: talented, modest, honest with a big heart for the community


Elgenia Pieternella is born in Curaçao, and is very fond of her family. She studied at the UNA (now UoC), has a Masters in Economy at the university of Maastricht and a few years back also got a Law degree at UoC. She worked at ABN-AMRO bank and MeesPierson Bank before becoming a policy advisor at the Ministry of Finance. In addition, she was involved in local organizations like ABVO, ACU, Toastmasters and youth groups as advisor or a leader. In the Netherlands, she contributed to organizations like GroenLinks, Unicef, Environmental Economist and to different youth groups. She is now a board member of the Foundation Johannes Bosco and is very connected through different networks in our community. Elgenia is also the chairperson of 'Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña', a foundation aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial education among our youth/students. 

Elgenia, when did you start getting interested in enabling entrepreneurship?
“I think I discovered it, when I was around 16 years old and I needed money to buy a Christmas gift for a young guy, who was in our youth group. We had a program and everyone drew someone else name to offer them a gift. It needed to cost no more then be around Naf 10,= . I think, if I can recall correctly, I got Naf 5,= from my parents. At that time, they couldn’t afford more. I needed to double that amount and fast. After giving it much thought and reflection, I invested the money in clothing pins and made two products to sell to some 'wealthy tourists' staying in the house of a neighbor. My selling skills were so bad, I ended up giving them the product as a gift. There is where my parents stepped in and took money out of their grocery/month savings account and gave me money to buy the gift. But, that experience was the turning point in my life, because it taught me that I needed to educate myself to become more skilled, so to never end up like that anymore.

So, I started reading the Financial Times, the Economist and Caribbean Newspapers like the Guardian, but also the Bible as part of the youth group of which I was part of. By the way the newspapers and magazines were “used leftovers” from the ALM flights. My father, who was working at the airline at that time, took this home for us to read. Via these papers and magazines, I once saw an advertisement from International Pen-friends (A kind of Facebook at that time) and I became their representative in Curaçao.

Everytime someone became a member through me, I got a commission of $3 or $5. That was awesome.
In a week, I sometimes made $30 dollar. That’s how I learned to become a real entrepreneur at the age of 17. Afterwards I created our first family business called “Rodeko” (derived from Robeco in Rotterdam. I saw the name on a building when vacationing). With this additional stream of income, my family became more self-sufficient and we could do and buy things we needed and help others.”. This additional source of income replaced the salary of my parents when at a certain moment in time the monthly income from business was around Naf25.000,=. More business followed from Rodeko and when the 3 of us went to study in the Netherlands (Erasmus and University of Maastricht) we set up a business to cover our costs. “Dimasy” was created for this purpose by me and my brother Ethsel. Some of the highlights of this “student company”. One of our products made it to the inside of a Mazda car at the European Head Office of this company. The “conservator” of Boymans van Beuningen museum, one of the largest museums in The Netherlands, surprised us one day by calling us up and requested a demonstration of our product. Our business partners were companies from Italy, Taiwan and United States.


This interesting and challenging period in our lives made us realize that had we had “entrepreneurship/financial education” in school, it would have prepared us much much better. How to be an entrepreneur, we learned the hard way, with ups and downs, by teaching ourselves and learning by doing…..alone.

Going through this experience, we decided we will set up an organization in Curaçao that would inspire and teach children and the youth to become entrepreneurs, since through this you will receive essential life skills. These acquired knowledge base skills via entrepreneurship is, we believe, important to reduce poverty and for a person to have (additional/passive) streams of income. But most important, they did not have to learn it the hard way as our family did.

In the end we did it, we survived and I am now an investor and also advisor to some of our family business endeavors.”


What kind of programs have you rolled out as the Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña over the years? Which one of the programs has been the most successful?
We have done the following programs:
• Company Program;
• Our Community;
• Festival di Lamunchi (together with a local Bank);
• Economics of staying in school;
• Roefeldag (together with the organizer FAJ and Desaroyo i Progresso)
• Global Entrepreneurship Week;
• Youth Biz Startup;

We got the most publicity via 'Festival di Lamunchi' and we mobilized the most students and schools via the project 'Our Community'. In 2017 directly via training and the lessons we taught 2.332 students from over 30 schools in Curaçao from the primary school level till the University of Curaçao. This year we reached over 2000 students again. The exact numbers are now being collected. Over 25.000 students have been reached and inspired by our programs in these last 10 years. The coming years this will be doubled in less than 5 years. The programs have been exported to Bonaire and in 2019 we will reach out to Aruba and Sint Maarten.


Does the foundation has employees employed?
“Yes, for 0.75 FTE, two working 30 hours overall a week.”

How many volunteers are helping you achieve the goals of the foundation?
“Approximately 25 volunteers a year.”


With which international and local organizations does the foundation work with?|
“Internationally we work with Junior Achievement and Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Locally we collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.”


How important are these link with the international organizations which you work with?
“These links are very important. We get expertise, we have access to their network and it gives exposure for ourselves and also for Curaçao.”

Can you give me some examples and what this collaboration entails?
“We consider it to be very important to be locally based and locally focused first and have a significant impact as a foundation and then use this foundation and these experiences, to export ideas and knowledge to, for example Bonaire. Branching out to Aruba and Sint Maarten to get also economies of scale for the translations we have to invest in, is also important to us.


The Government is important, as it will cover our basic and initial costs, that the private sector is not willing to sponsor. All our programs are offered free of charge to our attendees, so we need the Government to facilitate “financial and economic”- education to our people. This starts in school. Most schools, parents and students can’t pay or are not inclined to pay for these type of programs, since they don’t have the resources or don’t (yet) see the benefits to be gained out of these programs.”

You have just been involved actively in the Global Entrepreneurs week in November? What is the intention of this week and how has it developed itself over the years?
"We promote the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Curaçao and Bonaire. 2018 was our 4th consecutive year. Changing mindsets is an uphill and long term “battle”. We believe that an increasing number of people, especially young people are starting to see entrepreneurship as a career option. This is being confirmed by the Chamber of Commerce. We are still aiming to:
• increase the interest of our youth and others to start a business:
• scale their business up and
• even aim for export as an explicit goal, that can be accomplished by more of our local entrepreneurs (Yu di Korsou) either together with others locally or non-locals or on themselves.”


How is the youth reacting on the services that you offer in the schools?
“We work and approach schools. So, schools are seeing and recognizing the benefits of entrepreneurship education in their schools and are welcoming our experienced based programs. In the beginning, we had to approach schools. Now they are approaching us. So, the momentum is definitely changing.”

How many youth do you belief you have touched over the years? Can you mention some of the best examples of youth whom have followed your courses and started as entrepreneur with success and they still are successful?
“I think there are several. Look at a few examples on the picture below.”



You are of the opinion, that you can master your own destiny and should not wait things to fall in your lap. By deciding to be like this, it also means working long hours at times. Where did this drive come from?
“I suppose, it is within me, but I belief that my upbringing has inspired me to think that a lot is possible and that you need to learn new things and meet new people all the time, to keep up with this rapid changing world. During my whole life, others have helped/assisted me (opened doors for me) on my path. Sometimes, I recognized that they were there to help me and I welcomed them, but sometimes I didn’t even noticed them and couldn’t see what their purpose was in my life. So, I too have made mistakes and I try again again to learn from them and strive not to repeat my mistakes. But then again, that is easier said than done. I am NOT perfect, I am human.

Having a belief system and basic core principles will help you make better choices in life. That is also easily said, but difficult to apply. Although sometimes painful, people and experiences combined with my belief system have shaped me and make me who I am today. I liked to thank all that had deliberately or unconsciously contributed to this.”


You are trying also to keep up with your skills and you enable others to grow. In that sense, you attend conferences regularly. You can connect with people and you can connect dots and align as part of a deliberate effort. You like to meet different kinds of people. Why is this so important for you?
“I try to attend conferences 2 or 3 times a year, this depends on the funding of the attendance to these conferences. If I visit a conference three times a year, usually one conference is paid by the organizers; one by Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña and one I cover the costs myself. They are important because you learn new ideas and skills, but also for the networking and the sharing of experiences with others.”

You have very good people’s skills. Where does this interest come from?
“I don’t know if I am good with managing people. Seeing the results reached I suppose I do motivate and inspire people. I am starting to realize and recognize that I am a very creative and talented person. I do see possibilities where others only see problems and waste.
But going back to managing people, actually, I am a very shy person. If I need to connect with people I will, to reach my goals and be useful to them. So, this drives me to go beyond my fears and do what has to be done in a positive way. It isn’t easy, but I keep trying.”

What are your other strengths?
The biggest strengths that I have is, that I try to be honest and real. That is what others tell me they see in me and appreciate. In addition to that, when I am passionate about something, I will go for it and sometimes loosing myself and the sight of my family in doing this completely. I need to put more attention to this. Since it can become a liability or weakness.”

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
"Of course. I love being in nature, l enjoy walking, traveling, reading, coaching and motivating people and being in a creative environment with like-minded people.”

If you as Elgenia 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 was never asked this question before, but I think I would answer: I am a world citizen living in Curaçao, trying to change the community and the world from there. Here is my email/app if you want to contribute, from where you are or where you are going, here is the information you need. Many many thanks.”

How would you describe Elgenia in one word or one sentence?
“A very talented, modest and honest person with a big heart for the community.”

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?
“There have been a few including my family especially my mother. But one of the first I can remember , outside the family circle is a woman I met at my first “vakantiejob”. We were 3 or more “vakantiejobbers”. And they needed to choose someone to do a difficult job and since I was modest and a little shy in those days, everyone else thought that the ones with the more outgoing personality could do the job. She told them all, she wanted me and not the others because she believed I am the one that could do the job. I did more than what she expected from me, immensely grateful for the confidence she had in me that helped me in all the future “jobs” I had since then!!!”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
“Resilience and creativity and I gain lots of strength from my spirituality and family.”


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“I guess that is “Not selling a product” I thought was the best product I had at that moment!”


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Is it spiritual or something else?
"First of all, I believe in God and in creation. I think all of us have been created with a purpose and we should leave a (positive) footprint behind in this world. You have to look or search for it, we are more than just animals and plants. We have a mind and a consciousness. We have the freedom to choose our path in life;

Secondly, family is also important since they teach you the first “steps” in life and make the first decisions for you. My BIG WHY is: “Will I get enough time or do I live enough to accomplish my mission”. The motivation for me is “so much blessings have been given to me and my family, so it is my obligation to give back.” I have chosen the path of changing the mindsets of young people and their environments, so that the community as a whole will be a better place to live in. So my BIG mission in life is, to invest in and inspire the youth to change our community using all the talents and years they have been blessed with. The real challenge is to convince them to believe in themselves and that they can be a change agent and change themselves and our community and the world at large.”

I want to be alive and healthy and still be contributing to change things that are important to me. For the next generations, I would say: “Look at the upside of live and make it better.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 25 years from now?
“Great inspiration, we will follow in your footsteps and leave a legacy behind for others to continue to create ripples.”


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
"
We have a talented population with a lot of hidden treasures among them, many of us are just looking at the wrong place to discover our talents. The younger generations (sustained and inspired by the experienced older generation), will lead the way, if those of us with experience will honor them with our confidence and hand over to them the torch to our future. Remember the young are part of us, our production. If they do not make it (happen) it is in part our responsibility.
So, I am optimistic looking at the future and I am able to contribute, because we know how to connect with our youth. I want to playfully teach them, that when they look in the mirror, they will see their real value.”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
"I would like to speak directly to all those reading this blog, to stand up and do their part to make this a better place, a better world to live in for you, your family and our community. You are your brother’s keeper as part of our society and of the world. All of us, have the power in us to change (part) of this big world. We can do this by inspiring ourselves and others. We just have to start, get up, stand up and start doing what we need to do. We were created with dedication and talents, it would be a pity to waste it and not to use it. ”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Elgenia Pieternella whom as a (social) entrepreneur, is serving our community especially our youth for years now. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the society.



The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is 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. 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 Sessions

The video's of the December books: '21 lessons of the 21st century” and “Innercise” will soon be uploaded.
In order to be able to reach more people we have decided to change our formula of how we present book summaries. What will change?
We will offer our book summaries as of this month online. We belief that we will be better able to reach a larger audience with the content we are presenting. This month’s summaries will be “21 lessons of the 21st century”, Yuval Noah Harari to be presented by Michiel van der Veur and “Innercise”, by John Assaraf, to be presented by Ivan Kuster. So, instead of “live” presentations you will now be able to watch our book summaries anytime you want as often as you want via this website www.upliftingcuracao.com soon.


List of the books we presented in our Master Your Mind-platform sessions 2018

1. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Live them and reach your potential, by John Maxwell;

2. The Procrastination Equation, how to stop putting things off and start getting stuff done, by Piers Steel;

3. How successful people think, Change your thinking, change your life, by John Maxwell;

4. 100 ways to motivate yourself, And Change your life forever, by Steve Chandler;

5. The Coaching Habit, Say less and Ask more and Change the way you lead forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier;

6. Mastery, by Robert Greene;

7. The Tools, by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels;

8. So good they can’t ignore you, by Cal Newport;

9. “The seven habits of Highly Effective people, powerful lessons in personal change, by Steven Covey;

10. “No Sweat, How the simple science of motivation can bring you a Lifetime of Fitness, by Michelle Segar;

11. “Tijd voor nieuwe zaken, op weg naar je hogere doel, een nieuw businessmodel en een verbonden organisatie”, by Judith Manshanden;

12. “Drive, the surprising truth about what motivates us”, by Daniel Pink;

13. Synchronicity, the inner path of Leadership, by Joseph Jaworski;

14. Source, the inner path of Knowledge creation. By Joseph Jaworski;

15. Homo Sapines, a brief history of mankin, by Yuval Noah Harare;

16. Homo Deus, a brief history of tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harare;

17. Breaking the habit of being yourself, by Joe Dispenza;

18. Enlightenment now, the case for reason, science, humanism and progress, by Steven Pinker;’

19. Breaking Rank, how to lead change when yesterday’s stories limit today’s choices, by the author Steven Coutinho;

20. “Why Nations fail, the origins of power, prosperity and poverty”, by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson;

21. “The power of eight, Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a small group to heal others, your life and the world”, by Lynn McTaggart;

22. “Thinking fast and slow”, by Daniel Kahneman;

23. “Flourish, a visionary understanding of Happiness and Well-being”, by Martin Seligman;

24. "21 lessons for the 21st century”, by Yuval Noah Harare;

25. "Innercise, the new science to block your brains’s hidden power”, by John Assaraf.


Influencer Daniel Corsen and this week tips

Posted on December 24, 2018 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (24th – 31st of December) as a bonus because of the holiday season interviews with Daniel Corsen and Elgenia Pieternella (we will upload this interview on Thursday the 27th of December). We will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on the importance of Education. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Daniel Corsen, committed, driven & passionate

We have come to know Daniel as a very dynamic, ethical person and Influencer in our society.
He was born in Curaçao and he has one sister” Iliene Corsen” and he is very fond of his parents. Daniel has a Bachelors degree in International Business at the UNA (now UoC) and he has a masters degree Financial Management from Erasmus University/ UNA.

Daniel you are the director of D & I Business Support Services, a company that you and your sister Iliene started. Is that correct?
“Well, in the beginning we were not planning to start a company. I was working as a lobbyist for a company called Caribbean Water Association (CWA) in Brussels, Belgium were the headquarters are of the European Union and the funds are available for Water Management projects. I was trying to identify possible Water Management projects in the Caribbean that could be of interest for CWA and an association of watercompanies. But, I got bored of this job and came back to Curaçao and after 6 months of orientation I was hired to do some work for a company, but I didn’t have a company as a legal entity. To get paid for my services rendered to this company, I asked my sister to start our own company D & I Business Support Services and she would become the director and I would become the shareholder, creating an entity so that I could get paid a salary for the services I offered to this company. Then a myriad of syncronistic events happened, that pulled me in the direction of looking for work via D & I, after the company that triggered me in the first place to start a company, stopped with its activities. Back in Curaçao, I didn’t wanted to study full time again (I started with a Masters in Finance at UNA-Erasmus), so this pulled me in the direction to become a serious entrepreneur and look for customers for D & I. In 2010 we started the company and in 2012 we actively started to look for clients, interested in the development of people and their organizations.”

Visit  the website www.dibusinesssupport.com/ or the Facebook Page www.facebook.com/dibusinesssupport/  


What did this interest in people and organizational development come from?

“My parents were in Scouting and we grew up in Scouting. Through Scouting I developed a people’s development background and a mindset to develop myself so that I can be able to help others. There are lots of training possibilities being offered in Scouting dedicated to leadership development. But this was not a straight forward matter. Just when I was planning to leave scouting in 2003 /2004, my parents whom were also very involved in Scouting Internationally, convinced me to attend an International Jamboree in Thailand in 2004. That, was a defining moment for me. I was part of a group of 34 other youth participating in this Jamboree. In Thailand it became clear to me, that Scouting had so much more to offer, than I was accustomed to getting in Curaçao. So this triggered my new focus, I started to focus on achieving more youth involvement in Curaçao. I started a Scouting network of youth, aimed at getting our youth involved also in the decisionmaking processes in Scouting. This process has not been easy by the way, we experienced lots of setbacks doing this. Nowadays, a significant portion of the board of the Scouting consists of youth younger then 30, which is something unique for our region. So to answer your question, via Scouting I became interested in people’s and organizational development.”

Have you ever worked for a boss?
“Yes, when I was a policy advisor responsible to develop sports projects at the ministery of Education before 2010 and as I mentioned I also worked as a lobbyist in Brussels, although I was free to do what I considered best when I was a lobbyist.”

My first company btw, my sister and myself started when I was 15 years old. Inspired by “Fundashon Negoshi Pikina” we started our first company, a video production company and we made video produtions. That was fun. Now as D & I Business Support Services we are a “Strategic Consultancy and Design firm, guiding organizations in their transformation.”

How many employees do you have employed?
We have 11 employees working with us, two of them are free-lancers.


How do you keep up with your skills and enable others to grow?

“I have always practiced the principle of learning by doing. This is the best way to learn. I read a lot and as we advice on leadership and management, I needed to go through these experiences myself to have enough knowhow I gained through action learning in D & I, to share this with potential clients.”

Did you had any role models?
“Not really, since we were children my sister and I, we were playing entrepreneur. We still have pictures of those days where she use to be the secretary and I would be the director. So we sold coco nuts to our neighbors for example. So we were very serious in our role of playing to be an entrepreneur. But I have learned and still learn, from different people.”

What are your strengths?
“I read a lot and always aim to empower people. In that sense I am a people’s manager and a servant leader. I am an abled communicator, I can connect with people and I like meeting different kinds of people.”

Of late you became president of the Inter-american Scouting Association, a regional association of scouting, what was your drive to accept this responsibility?
“Scouting Antiano has been an associate member of the International Scouting Association since 1997. And the board of Scouting Antiano always aimed at becoming a full member. This opportunity appeared only after 2010, when Curaçao became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 2016 we finally became a full member with full voting rights, after aiming to achieve this at full force after 2010. I was in the Inter-american Association since 2012 as vice -president. You know, I postulated myself this year to become president and I didn’t consider my chances of becoming the president very high. Well it appeared, that destiny and others had other plans for me. I was fully aware of the time this would take to do it right, because I needed to combine this work with my responsibilities in D & I, where last year we opened an office in Aruba. Then something remarkable happened. My colleagues in D & I told me to ”go for it” after I was getting signs, that I would make a chance to become the next president. They told me that the prove of the cake of empowerment is, to really allow others to step up in D & I and assume more responsibilities, if I would be elected. Even though I wasn’t convinced that I could stand a chance, don’t forget we are a small island and we also have countries like the USA in this organization, I was elected against all of my own odds.”

When would you consider you tenure as the president of this association in scouting a success?
“I firmly belief in Scouting and what it significance could be, to make this world a better place to live. I have learned a lot from Scouting and as long as I live, I will be giving back. Curaçao is a very small countyr, but we can still make a big difference. The advantages of being small are, we speak different languages and know different cultures. We have a Dutch education, while we live in this multi cultural region. We have a track record of people from Curaçao doing a great job in Scouting Internationally, like my sister Iliene was in charge of Streams Youth Program consisting of fulltime staffers from Scouting and volunteers, she did a great job.
We have Serulia Damasco whom is also from Curaçao that has also done an excellent job. Think of the size of this project 130 staffers and volunteers merged together and working in different Task Forces on the strategic plan of this international organization. Others have taken notice of our skills and educational back grounds. So we are highly regarded.”

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
“I love music and I played “Quarta” for many years, not much of late, because of my other responsibilities. I love travelling, I meditate, love swimming and enjoy relaxing.”

If you as Daniel 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 work on “organizational development” area, that is my passion. I am involved in Scouting and I am a business owner. Well, I normally don’t mention that last part, but someone I met recently told me, that I should be mentioning this, so “I am also a business owner”.

How would you describe Daniel in one word or one sentence?
“Committed, driven passion.”

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?
“Well, I have been influenced by different people. Especially my colleagues. Their individual growth is a source of inspiration for me. Negative role models, ....well I see lots of leaders in our society that I experience closely, that I don’t want to emulate. They don’t consider human development as important as I do. They see things coming and still they don’t act and still they depreciate the importance of the human factor. I firmly belief, that if we invest in people they will grow.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts ? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“My defining moment came in 2013/2014 when I had a burn out. This made me stand still and reflect. I had an uncontrolled drive. It made me start meditating and exercise more consistently. Your body has limitations. I learnd the hard way, that I have to set priorities and you can’t achieve everything you want all at once. So this was a defining moment for me and a blessing. So now I am able to see it more easily when others fall into this trap. But then again, when people are like that they aren’t good listeners. But I try to be empathic towards them.”

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opiniated person? You influence a lot of people while you have worked in a variety of postions of responsibility. Like being the chariman of the youth council in Curaçao. What are your other strengths?
“I have excellent people skills, like the ability to give feedback, be empathic, I am a relationship builder, I have a great ability to adapt, I am a strategist where I can break things up fast in smaller bits and bytes and then translate that into actions and go for it.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“It is spiritual and simple: Becoming the best version of myself, this is the reason I came to this world. I also want other people to become like that and discover their best versions of themselves.

I was on a trip from Curaçao to Panama or Columbia and I read the book “Solve for Happiness” by Mo Gatwat. This book had a big impact on me, because it really hit me, because life is all about expectations and the management of these expectations and nature by itself means that nothing is permanent. I was working very hard and people were warning me about, working too hard. And I didn’t listen. Until my body protested. This book made me much more aware of my judgements and the tendency for stereo typing. In my spiritual journey, as I was raised Roman Catholic, I was more able to answer questions where the Roman Catholic church wasn’t giving me all the answers. So this was my BIG AHA-moment. I read this book twice. The moment I read it again, I got new insights and looked at things from different perspectives. That is why I at times, I read books more then once.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“That I will still be doing the same, like:
• Being involved still in Scouting, serving in which ever capacity;
• Be involved and caring with regards to my family;
• In business, that D & I has grown and expanded beyong the Dutch Carribean with our client base.

In Scouting, we have a strategic plan and the vision is that by 2023 Scouting would have grown and become the leading youth movement educating and developing over100 million actively in their development. For Curaçao this would boil down to a growth from 1700 members now to over 3000 by 2023.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others say about you, let’s say 40 years years from now?
“That I made a difference in their life’s and added value to them as a person.”

What makes you stay optimisitc about the future of Curaçao?
“Nothing is permanent, even when things are not going well, it will not stay like that for ever. We are a developing country not a developed country. I see growth in that we are supposed to experienced some things as part of opur growth. I am seeing how our governance institutions especially our judicial system is being tested and is functioning, as different prominent persons in our country are being in trial or have been sentenced in our courts. This makes me optimistic about our future.”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Daniel Corsen whom as a young enterpreneur and his innovative spirit, is serving our community and other markets and even in the wolrd at large as president of Inter-american Scouting Association. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the society and also the rest of the world.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is 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.

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.

Time for change for how we present our monthly book summaries
In order to be able to reach more people we have decided to change our formula of how we present book summaries. What will change?

We will offer our book summaries as of this month online. We belief that we will be better able to reach a larger audience with the content we are presenting. This month’s summaries will be “21 lessons of the 21st century”, Yuval Noah Harari to be presented by Michiel van der Veur and “Innercise”, by John Assaraf, to be presented by Ivan Kuster. So, instead of “live” presentations you will now be able to watch our book summaries anytime you want as often as you want via our website www.upliftingcuracao.com soon.
Soon these summaries are online!


The importance of Education
Why is education important? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHyA3pp4G_Y

Every kid needs a champion | Rita Pierson - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFnMTHhKdkw

All about Learning. Why is education important? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJbQphVcGxA

Importance of Education Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnvi1HHtfWc

What's Education For? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HndV87XpkWg

5 Reasons Why Finland Is A Global Education Leader - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfmFIEh2QjU&t=32s

 

Influencer Boudino de Jongh; Introducing Online Book Session and this week tips

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Boudino de Jong co-owner of Skempi, Profound Projects and Skenicash; we will invite you for our upcoming Uplifting’s video presentation of our two books for this month to be uploaded by the 20th of December and we will share some valuable video-links on success stories. Every day in the week we will upload a video-link on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Boudino de Jong, dreamer, entrepreneurial and innovative

“I was born in Curaçao and I don’t have other brothers or sisters. I am the stepfather of a 3 and 4 years old, my partner is expecting our first child within soon. My parents are still alive and I care a lot for them. I studied in Holland in Groningen at the Rijks Universiteit Groningen (2007 – 2016), but because of my innate curiosity I also worked during that time. I also spend 6 months in Barcelona. I didn’t not exclusively dedicate all my time in my formal studies. I have a Bachelor Interational Business in Holland and a Masters degree in Strategic Innovation Management.

I have always been kind of restless, call it drive and passion in my personal journey. I was always into exploring. I have always worked and earned some money on the side and I was always doing things, that I really enjoyed and liked. I had started our businesses in Curaçao, I had finalized my thesis and still had one exam to finish my studies. But, I was pretty sure of what I wanted to do. You know at times that’s a problem because as focused as I can be, the moment you are involved in more businesses at the same time that could become a challenge. But in hindsight we have a pretty good success rate, because in the end it is all about the execution. I want to experience so many things at the same time....”

Have you always loved entrepreneurship?
“Yes, since I was kid I used to collect shells and sold them to tourists. I have always been a dreamer and I wanted everything, but when the dreams become plans with a deadline, they are not a dream anymore. That has never stopped over the years. My dreams have kept developing themselves and once I achieved them, I developed new ones. I always told myself: “Keep my wishes coming, keep on dreaming and keep striving for either commercial or non-commercial dreams.”

What are the companies you are involved in?
With my business partner Gino Jacobs, we are involved in Skempi. It is an online music streaming platform for independent music, it started in the Caribbean, but now also entails international music.

Profound projects. It is a digital agency, that is focused on digital innovation to facilitate digital transformation of companies;

And of late, this year Skenicash. It is a customer loyalty program based on digital raffles every month and differs from a point redemption program where you collect points through your purchases. All these companies are innovative.


What is your last big dream?
“One example of my continued dreaming is the big transition we are in right now from being a local market based group of companies, into companies that are mostly global oriented. Let’s be clear on this, the local market in Curaçao which included people from Curaçao living in Holland, has helped us come as far as we are right now, so we are deeply appreciative of that. But since 1,5 year we are transforming into a more internationally oriented company. I belief that we have our destiny in our own hands, but there are certain things outside of our control. Let us say, you can be as entrepreneurial as you can possibly be, but if your market is Venezuela and the economy implodes that will still not work for you. So because of the small scale of the local market and the vulnerability of some international markets, we are forced to put our eggs in more baskets. It gives us more assurance and growth possibilities. So, our dreams and ambitions are international simply because of the diseconomies of scale. A small market has its limitations and that is why we didn’t want to stay depended solely on the local market. This triggers us to stay innovative and keep re-inventing ourselves.”


What is your opinion on the entrepreneurship on Curaçao?
You know, the number of entrepreneurs we have in Curaçao is shockingly little. We hired some flex office spaces for a while at Scharloo and we could take notice how small the number of local entrepreneuers were that we met, while the expectations were that this place would be sold out in a blink of the eye. That didn’t happen. I belief that our educational system plays a role in this and most of our family households, with the best intentions of parents for their children, don’t stimulate their children to become entrepreneurs. The ideal career for very long was and still is, to let the next generation become great professionals. Furthermore there are not so many role models available and the government in Curaçao, doesn’t facilitate and stimulate enough local entrepreneurship, although we can clearly see small improvements from the government side.”

 

Are you optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“We need to anticipate more the coming disruptive changes in the world. We on Curaçao will not be excluded from these changes, like the rise of crypto currencies as an example. These changes will come and are unstoppable. We need the same kind of innovative spirit when Mr. Smeets developed the Off-shore and Trust financial sector in the past, that was the single most innovative product developed in the past decades in Curaçao. We need to develop an innovative product, I belief we can, if we start teaching our children program codes for examples. Program codes is a language just like papiamento. Teach them these new tools instead of stifle their entrepreneurial spirit as I belief the existing educational system does, too much. Why not create a Sillicon Valley type of sector. Just like Pietermaai has become a creative neighborhood, why not develop a creative industry comparable with the creative sector in Pietermaai. Why not be a front runner in introducing electric infrastructure and electric cars? Why not use our braintrust that are successfull internationally as role models and advisors to prove to our upcoming generations what is possible. Why not attract digital nomads that align their efforts within our education system? I belief that we should start small. I belief that a lot is possible.”


What is your biggest take away up to now in being an entrepreneur?

“We have become more experienced in our entrepreneurial skills. It was action learning, but anyways this resulted in making us more able to roll out new ideas on the market in a much smaller time span, Skenicash for example.

We also continue to learn by looking at what our local and international competitors are doing. I read a lot of books and read online, but I am focusing on the subject matter that I need to know more off. So I am very selective and that serves me well. I never read novels for example.”

Whom were you role models?
“Well I didn’t learn it from my mother or father. I liked what a distant family was doing, but most of all I read books that inspires me. And as I am the average of the 5 persons I meet the most, those 5 persons in my circle of influence, push me out of my comfort zone and there is where I learn the most.”

What are your strengths?
• “I am very empathic towards colleagues and other people. I am a people’s person. If I don’t manage this well it drains me;
• I am very visual, this is of great help when we are involved in innovation. I can see so clearly in my mind’s eye and finally
• I don’t mind working very hard.”

What was a defining moment in your life?
“My big defining moments were twofold:
The first one, was the moment I decided to become an entrepreneur. That was in february 2012 in my student attic in Groningen Holland. I was having this inner self talk with myself. It was clear to me, that I wanted to become an entrepreneur and start something for myself, the issue was when. I was finalzing my Bachelor degree. So one line of thinking in my self talk was, dedicate the next 1,5 years fully to finish my masters degree, find a great job to put my Bachelors and Masters degrees work for me, have a family and kids, buy a house with a mortgage and when I would turn 45 years old, start my own business. I would have more mental peace and then take the leap forward into the unknown. But then, suddenly it hit me. I am only 24 years old I said to myself and if I would have to wait, till I would have turned 45 years old ...that would be a long time from now (then 2012) ...and then I thought, it is never a good moment, so I concluded the sooner the better and I started immediately to take some steps and started my own company and started telling everybody that I did just that. In hindsight, I have no regrets whatsoever, contrary to that, it has not been easy. It has been the opposite of having a smooth ride, it was sacrifice after sacrifice. But by just getting started, that feeling gave me such a great sense of accomplishment.

The second defining moment was, the moment I decided to collaborate with Gino Jacobs, my business partner. First we started with Skempi and then we started with Profound projects and after that we started growing exponentially. But that moment in time was my other defining moment. I had to let go of another company that I had started, to be able to collaborate in this partnership. And as Frank Sinatra sings: “I did it my way, I do what I like and I have no regrets”. This is better than regrets afterwards on missed opportunities, for sure.”

What is your BIG WHY? Where does your drive come from?
Well to tell you frankly, I don’t really know. I belief there were some big success stories that I read about. I thought, that if they could do it, why can’t we do it? We aim high and we are still trying to reach our never ending stream of new goals and targets. As long as we are having fun doing what we do, as long as we are able to materialize our dreams, I will keep doing this. Einstein once said: “Imagination is the preview of coming attractions.”

And as I told you before, I am a very visual person in my visualizations. I always start with the end in mind and I anticipate all possible solutions visually. Even as detailed as, how would the client react when he receives the email we send to him. That works for me and for us.”

How would you rate your life’s balance?
“Well an “A” for my effort, but in reality a 6 meaning there is room for improvement. I didn’t do enough sports the last two years. I have done some diving, surfing, swimming, free diving and snorkeling and I am planning to pick up jogging again. But there is definitely room for improvement.”

Do you meditate?
“Yes, I meditate. I am aware of the power of meditation and how it releases mental blocks as you become one with the Universe. I have picked it up again recently under the guidance of a meditation teacher and I am increasing the frequency of my meditations. I love the idea of going within oneself. I belief in a higher being and I am humble enough in managing my ego. It is OK to have a high self esteem, but I am humble enough to understand that what I create is not 100 % to be credited to my sole efforts.”


Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“Be almost completely independent of all my companies from operational tasks, to full time be able to dedicate my focus on high level innovative developments or entering new markets. I would like to own a hedge fund, this is my passion, that successfully invests in high potential start ups.

I would have financial freedom and more time for travel and more time to spend with my family. I am making it my challenge to appreciate the small things. I like being in the now as this is a big challenge for me right now, as I am restless and always thinking about the future, and find it difficult to let go.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 40 years years from now?
“That I was always ready to help, that I was a caring father, son, grandson. That I am a goalgetter, I walked my talk, I have a done alot for our society, because as my businesses have grown, I gave back to the society. I belief in giving back to the society and consider this to be a blessing. At this moment, since one year I am a member of the Rotary of Curaçao and we do lots of charity and our companies donates some funds to a foundation aimed at taking care of dogs."

How important is the organizational culture in the three business that you run?
“Culture according to us makes our company unique. Culture is one of most valuable assets. We deliberately cultivate a certain culture in our companies, because as we are going to continue to grow, we would need different mechanism to keep everybody aligned towards our goals and targets. One of the most relevant policies we apply is the development of 6 collective company mantra’s:

1. Have fun;
2. make it happen: We do what we say, we are going to do, in the agreed upon deadlines, while maintaining ownership and accountability;
3. We turn obstacles into opportunities. We have had our share of extremely challenging moments, we aim at embracing and turning a moment of panic, into the greatest opportunity for growth;
4. Eliminate politics. At our meeting all of us are equal and you can bring up anything in our meetings, as long as you can substantiate it, with no back talking and in an open dialogue;
5. The client perception is sacred, this is our strongest marketing strategy, we will do everything possible to keep our clients happy. Our company's reputation is scared;
6. We have high standards and work continuously towards improvement and direct implementation in our drive to be more innovative and more professional.

How many employees are employed by you?

“We have now 12 high end people working as employees for us in Curaçao, we collaborate with developers in India and and we have some freelancers in Holland. All our employees are younger than 30 years old and we recruit those that love to do the work we offer and don’t have a primarily money incentive. We like shaping our new employees to meet our requirements and the younger they are, the better that is possible.”

Like Timothy (as we were doing the interview Timothy passes by), we could personally ask Timothy some questions.

Timothy, why do you work here?
“It is a very unique place to work, you need to be able to:
• manage your stress well because the deadlines are sharp;
• do some quick thinking and
• be solution oriented.”

Timothy was at the UoC doing Civil Engineering and HRM, but loves what he doing now because:
“You are instantly being confronted with challenges, going through new experiences and learning cycles every single day when dealing with new clients and new sectors.”


As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Boudino de Jongh whom as a young entrepreneur and his innovative spirit, is serving our community even though he thinks global. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the society and the rest of the world.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is 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.

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.


Changing the way we present our book summaries
In order to be able to reach more people we have decided to change our formula of how we present book summaries.
We will offer our book summaries as of this month December 2018 only online via this website by the 20th of December. We believe that we will be better able to reach a larger audience with the content we are presenting. This month’s summaries will be “21 lessons of the 21st century”, Yuval Noah Harari to be presented by Michiel van der Veur and “Innercise”, by John Assaraf, to be presented by Ivan Kuster.

So, instead of “live” presentations you will now be able to watch our book summaries anytime you want as often as you want via our website www.upliftingcuracao.com


Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Success”. Every single day during the week, we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

6 Inspiring Success Stories - Famous People Who Made It Against All Odds - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNUNrPyF-Rw

Famous People Who Failed Before They Succeeded - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_SquYgj7lE

10 CELEBRITIES WHO FAILED - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHmmA3SCXVo

10 Things Poor People Do That Rich People Don't - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=d46dl9rMGiI

The single biggest reason why startups succeed | Bill Gross - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNpx7gpSqbY

Richard Branson: Advice for Entrepreneurs - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH35Iz9veM0

 

Influencer Thakai Doran, This week Book Lovers Happy Hour at Chit Chat Café, Next Master Your Mind-platform session and this week tips

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (10th -16th of December) we will interview Thakaidzwa Doran better known as Thakai; we will invite you to our year’s ending “Book Lovers”- event at Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada on the 13th of December; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of December and we will share some video links on “Resilience” as personal coaching tips for this week. Every single day during this week, we will upload one of these links on our Facebook/share2uplift page.

Thakai Doran, driven, hungry and humble

We have come to know you since 2015 as a very dynamic person involved in different networks especially in the sports networks and with a focus on our youth. You were born in Curaçao and please tell us some more of your family?
“Sure, from my mother’s side which I have grown up with, I have 2 other brothers and 1 sister. I am a father of 2 sons, a 7 year and a 2 year, that I am very fond off and my parents are still alive and I care a lot for them. I have studied in Holland from 1999 till 2008. In 2008, I decided to come to live back in Curaçao, because I wanted to contribute here, but in the early beginnings it wasn’t easy. My passion was to educate youth and that is why I started teaching youth of Tera Kora, baseball. My motivation to dedicate so much attention to our youth was triggered because I believed in the importance of educating our youth to let them become better citizens. I have started first to teach at school “Juan Pablo Duarte” because it was not easy to get a job into sports. On top of my job as a Physical Education teacher, I coordinated 'School sport wedstrijden' with a couple of strong and motivated teachers Mr. Louisa & Mr. Jonis at school. We formed teams to participate at the island games were there were “school against school”- competitions. I was like a busy bee, because I was doing my daily job as a teacher and I was also board member of the local baseball federation as the secretary and 1 year even as the president.”

You always loved sports and your favorite sport is basketball and you still practice this?
“No I do not practice basketball anymore, due to a back injury. But I do exercise at home and swim 2x a week.”

You are the director of FDDK since 2015 and as this was a new organization consisting of an integration of two organizations, this has been a big challenge for you, but as we speak now in 2018 you are still being challenged, but you have grown a lot and are better able to deal with those challenges being in the middle at times of contending stake holders externally and internally dealing with your supervisory board, employees and political arena, while the money available for FDDK is scarce.
“It is a huge challenge, but I am not afraid of challenges. Now I know what it means when they say, it is lonely at the top. But I have decided, that I want a new challenge, so I will be leaving FDDK after 4 years for a new challenge.”


You have founded a foundation 'Curaçao Athlete Development Foundation' that wants to promote track and field because you firmly believe that Curaçao has the talent to compete on the highest levels in sports and furthermore these athletes can become very positive role models for the next generations coming. In fact, some of these athletes were involved in motivational speaker’s assignments to employees of different companies proving that the character traits and attitude needed to compete on the highest levels is something one can use in all sectors of our society.
“Yes, it first started in 2016 before the Olympics in Rio Brazil where I sold the portrait rights of Liemarvin Bonevacia to UTS. After the Olympics, I got closer with Liemarvin Bonevacia, Churandy Martina, Terrence Agard & Hensley Paulina. By that time, we started organizing Motivational talks to local companies such as KPMG, CIFA, AMICORP & MCB. That same year in 2016, I went with Churandy Martina and some of the other athletes to an Financial tradeshow with CIFA to promote Sports & Business. We got closer and closer and in 2017 we organized the first speed clinic, giving back to the kids of Curaçao. In 2018, we started a program travelling with these athletes during the year of 2018 creating content of them during their International games. For all this “content” we collaborated closely with CWM, CTB and the TV 8.”


We have heard that there are plans to create a multi-functional facility enabling athletes from other countries to come for either training purposes or to compete in different areas of sports like soccer, baseball, track and field and what have you more, which can create spin-offs in our economy and on itself can inspire local youth to dedicate themselves to become the best they can be in their preferred sports. This in itself will in a much broader sense also inspire others in all age groups to practice sports as long as they can. You sincerely belief this.
“Yes, the business plan is solid and we also got the financial request approved by APC last year. We also got the approval last year from the Council of the Ministers for the last part that missed. But when something goes through the “bureaucratic aparatik” it will get stuck. So, it is stuck in there up to this moment.

But then, I still believe in this multi-functional facility, but it is primarily for the local community itself and the business case was on generating more income in order to maintain the facility on that level that local and international users can make good use of it. It is a concept based on the idea, that the government doesn’t have enough funds to maintain big sport facilities in a small scale economy and Curaçao is a small scale economy, so we must look for other possibilities and that was it what we tried.”

You have been involved in leadership development and like LMI leadership course offered by Roxana Croes and belief that one should always try to improve one self. That is why you are trying also to keep up with your skills, because you belief in continuous learning and you enable others to grow. For example, you deliberately work to empower employees at FDDK and look for ways and means for them also to develop their leadership skills. You like being involved in community activities and you love meeting different kinds of people, right?
“Since I was a child, I have been educated that to be multi-dimensional in my interests, so it can help you to see and experience other things in life. My parents pushed me into sports activities and scouting, but I have chosen for sports.”

In what way did your parents played a role in your sense of being involved in community involvement?
“This was an instinct of myself. As a person, I am social and like to interact, so it comes with my character that I like to be around people to learn more and broaden my network and knowledge.”


You are of the opinion that you can master your own destiny and should not wait things to fall in your lap. Where did that come from?
“Yes, I always wanted to do something back for sports in my country. By visualizing myself in the position of the director of the local sports foundation of the it could be easy for me, to make changes that would benefit the whole country. Visualizing and working hard on that for 7 years after coming back to the Island, I became the board director of the Sports Grassroots Foundation of Curaçao.”

Is this the reason why you started the foundation focused on stimulating track and field and the reason why you belief that Curaçao can create a multi-functional sports venue?
“The reason that I have started the foundation Curaçao Athlete Development is that it could be a vehicle for enhancing the power of what we have in this world of athletes. If we think in how to make a business out of it, it could help our island, economy, image and the future of the people of Curaçao. One of the things is we need role models for the future and the positive that sports brings along, this gives us hope and keeps us alive.”



If you as Thakai 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 Thakaidzwa Doran. I am driven, hungry and humble.”

Your leadership capacities are obvious but where did this come from?
“It came from a lot of dedication, discipline.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strength?
“Being a young director, I have learned a lot from my mistakes. In my actual situation as director, I wished I could have had all the tools to do a better job. It is a must to, once every 3 month, to get out of your work environment and to get some air to search and get inspired with new ideas. Furthermore, you must have different coaches in order to grow and go to the next level.”


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“My process of letting the position of board director at FDDK is a defining moment right now in my life at this moment in 2018/2019. I have reached my goal and it is like what else can we do. So, I am open now to do other things that still keep that fire in me burning.”


We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opinionated person? Where does this drive come from?
“Wooooowww, I have never stood still and analyze that. What I can say is, that by complaining you won’t get far. I always try to look for a solution in all kinds of situation I am in.”

What are your other strengths?

“I know to choose my battles, I am not easily offended and with lots patience and with faith I achieve a lot of my goals.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Is it spiritual or something else.
“It is spiritual.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now? Or can you share with us what are your personal and/or business goals for short and long term?
“A consulting company is my next step, do the things that makes me happy, I am not aiming to be in a “formal position or thing”- guy or that I have to be General Manager to be seen and appreciated. I am going to be happy and rich in 10 years.”


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“That you have the freedom to choose where you want to go. It could be in Curaçao or somewhere else.”


Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“Be yourself, and when you find something that is not challenging anymore, go and look for something else. Do not get stuck in the old mentality that you have to stick in a job for 30 years and after that retire with a pension. Working should be, to love what you do every single day and that is what drives and pushes you out of your bed, as simple as that.”

Go for more to:
Curaçao Athlete Development - Home | Facebook

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Thakai Dorna, because of whom he is, being involved in sports his whole career until now and of late as director of FDDK serving our community especially in the sports area and now on the brink to take a new important step in his personal journey. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is 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.
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.

Book Lovers Happy Hour – are you also coming? 
On Thursday 13th of December at 7.00PM, come and we will share our experiences regarding the books we presented.

Never attended one Chit Chat book discussion? Feel free and you are most welcome.
It free of charge. So, see you coming

Thursday at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing's Caminada!

Register via info@mensings.com
Join this event.



The next Master Your Mind Platform session | Also live via Facebook
Our next MYM-platform session will be transmitted for the first time live via Facebook of Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou.

It will be on Tuesday 18th of December.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books '21 lesson for the 21st century', by Yuval Noah Harari (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and 'Innercise, the new science to unlock your brain’s hidden power', by John Assaraf (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).
Click to attend this session.



Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Reslience”. Every single day during the week, we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

This Is The Best Video I’ve Seen On Perseverance & Resilience: “There’s no dishonor in having a disability” | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day.
larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2013/08/24/this-is-the-best-video-ive-seen-on-perseverance-resilience-theres-no-dishonor-in-having-a-disability/


Resilience in the workplace - short video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTpY8DGYGtY


What is resilience? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcbTmw1Y48I


Resilience - Motivational Video - Steve Jobs - Tony Robbins - Eric Thomas - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJXHWtDY4JQ


What is Resilience? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoNh7RNtQzk


Resilience - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPzGT8U5m-o


Influencer Ivan de Windt, This month Master Your Mind-platform session and this week tips

Posted on December 2, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview entrepreneur Ivan Maurice de Windt, we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session, that will be also be transmitted live via Facebook of Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou and we will share with you our weekly video links as personal motivation tips on the mind, body and heart connection. Every day, during the week, we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Ivan Maurice De Windt, patience and caring

“I was born in Holland 28-12-1980 and I have one sister, I am fond of my immediate family. I graduated in “Finance and Computer Science” at the Manhattan Ville University in the Westchester County in New York and I also had a special interest in Photography.”

Why did you do photography, while you were studying Finance and Computer science?
“I did this because I love the creative part of Photography and I enjoy capturing the world as it is. Btw, I was inspired to do this because of my sister Lysaye, whom also loves photography.”

When did you came back to Curaçao?
“I came back to Curaçao in 2014 and from February till September 2014, I was spending alternatively three weeks in Curaçao and one week in New York at CITCO. In fact, I started working immediately at CITCO in New York, 15 days after finishing my graduation. In hindsight, I would have preferred taking some time off before I started working at CITCO. In this transition period and transition year, I started setting up a gym as a side job in Curaçao, but after a short while, I decided to dedicate myself full time to the gym, I set up with two other business partners. I decided basically to become an entrepreneur, because as we speak now, I also am shareholder of a Real Estate company together with my wife and alos run an Import Export company currently importing Solo Coco, an organic Coconut oil due to my focus on healthy living. 

This has become my central theme for some time as I developed this interest as I was a student in the US. It originated from my love for sports. I was practicing different sports while in the US, I played tennis and I was involved in swimming and I did some recreational basketball. As I was so passionate about sports in the beginning when I was in the US, it never occurred to me, that I would end up setting up a fitness facility in Curaçao as a business entrepreneur.”

From graduating in Finance and Computer Science, to becoming an entrepreneur isn’t that a major career shift?
“Yes indeed, it was a major career shift and it was one of the most decisive moments of my life until now. I was leaving behind the safety of a fixed monthly salary working in a business sector where I could use my knowledge and skills acquired at the University, namely in Finance, but I wasn’t feeling happy doing that job. I had to overcome a lot of fear and go out, follow my dream and vision and use the road never travelled to get there. I had no direct role models in the fitness entrepreneur sector and what I envisioned was a total new concept in Curacao. I have overcome all of that and this makes me feel very empowered at this moment in time.”

Was this an instant epiphany or did it grow over time, this interest for Cross Fit?
As I mentioned before, I was passionate about sports and from this originated my love for working out in a gym in the US. Then, I got to know the CrossFit methodology as an approach to fitness that made so much sense to me. It incorporates all the ten general physical skills human beings need to stay fit and healthy. Check this link for 10 general Physical Skills | CrossFit www.crossfitrandolph.com/10-general-physical-skills/.


Furthermore it can appeal to all age groups and levels of fitness, from professional athletes, to the elderly and kids. Basically, it is very inclusive and by getting myself more involved in crossfit, I gradually got involved in other aspects relevant for a more holistic approach for our clients. We are just now preparing the launch of a new logo for 5 triple 9, as our theme has evolved and our business model now entails three parts of fitness:

1. a physical;
2. an emotional and
3. a mental part,
that need to be in complete balance and that enables our clients to master the art of their fulfillment.

I said “evolved”, because after going to the motions of getting the gym consolidated, I noticed that clients at times had other issues that were blocking their personal development and standing in their way to fully and consistently grow and become more fit. And this became my mission.”


We know that you are permanently educating your-self in the self-development area? Where did that came from?
““I was always interested in personal development mostly inspired by my mother. She was reading books like “The power of Now”, by Eckart Tolle and “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus”, by John Gay. You know, as I don’t like reading my Mom used to read parts of these books and discuss them with me. And then I discovered audio-books and I still don’t read a lot of books, but I do listen to audio books a lot and by doing this via space repetition and absorb the quintessence of these books on personal development. I have a very inquisitive mind. I do a lot of self-reflection and one way to learn is, that every book I go through at times multiple times, I checked out what works. So, when one of my clients is having a need, I really do my utmost to address this need. So, I literally distil practical tips from the books I work through and this adds value for my clients."

Can you give an example on how you work?
Ok, I tell clients for example, to identify their true identity and we will brainstorm on this and then once this is determined, the client must start to live according to this identity and share their actions with 5 accountability partners for accountability reasons and support. Once the client accepts this identity, they will have to live according to their true identity and ask them self what this identity would buy in the supermarket, how would they walk and feel like and this creates a structure for sustainable changes. Basically, we are priming them for their success.

And ultimately if we can’t come up with a solution, we refer clients to other professionals to address their issues. If we can’t offer something specifically relevant for our client, like for example yoga, we refer them to one of our contacts in our network.”


What is your BIG WHY?

“My Big Why is the lessening of the unnecessary suffering I see around me because of lack of knowledge and professional guidance. My aim is to empower clients, our methodology is basically educational. And we tell our clients that if you don’t need us anymore, our work has been done well. But then they keep coming back to us, because they love our ambience, the fun part in our gym and they see that we are modeling the correct knowledge based lifestyle.

But my inquisitive mindset, this love for self-reflection on “what I could have done better” and my caring, my drive to help our customers the best we possibly can, at times becomes my challenge and it can become contra productive. It costs time and this time sometimes comes at the expense of my other goals. Following a leadership course module of LMI with Roxana Croes-Berg, made me aware of this. My challenge is to create a win-win balance between those two polarities.”


Where would you be 5 years from now and do you have international ambitions?
“This mission we have is not limited to Curaçao. What we offer, I haven’t seen around elsewhere in the world. So, we do have international ambitions. But for the coming 5 years I visualize our own location offering all the services I mentioned before.” 


We have come to understand, that you also are an advocate of intermittent Fasting. Can you tell us something about this?
“My approached evolved into a more holistic approach and one of methods we suggest is Intermittent Fasting. What is it exactly? Intermittent fasting is a type of diet where you eat within a specific period of time, and you fast the rest of the time. With Intermittent Fasting, you fast for 16 hours and eat two/three meals within a 8-hour window. Other combinations of fasting are 20 hour fasting and a 4 hour window or 16 hour fasting and a 8 hour. Our body only really exists in two states – the fed state and the fasted state. Either we are storing food energy, or we are burning it. It’s one or the other. If eating and fasting are balanced, then there is no net weight gain. In the “hunters gatherers”-era of human beings, we didn’t every eat the whole day. It is only recently in the “Information” age that we start eating the minute we roll out of bed, and do not stop until we go to sleep, we spend almost all our time in the fed state. Over time, we will gain weight. We have not allowed our body any time to burn food energy. To restore balance or to lose weight, we simply need to increase the amount of time we burn food energy. That’s intermittent fasting. In essence, fasting allows the body to use its stored energy. After all, that’s what it is there for. The important thing to understand is that there is nothing wrong with that. That is how our bodies are designed. That’s what dogs, cat, lions and bears do. That’s what humans do. If you are constantly eating, as is often recommended, then your body will simply use the incoming food energy and never burn the body fat. You’ll only store it. Your body will save it for a time when there is nothing to eat. You lack balance. You lack fasting.

Now before I go any further I would like to elaborate on the science behind this fasting method. Burning off unhealthy fat— and also with other health benefits, including a faster metabolism, better blood sugar levels, and lower risk for certain chronic diseases — this may explain some of the health benefits associated with fasting.

One last remark on intermittent fasting: Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese cell biologist, has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for his discoveries on a process whereby cells essentially eat themselves. The process is called autophagy, and though it’s essential for your health, By recycling part of the cellular content, autophagy allows our body to cope with starvation and with all types of stress.” Autophagy Explained: youtu.be/FGoLcJxApCA

What would you want your loved ones, family and friends want to say about you when you turn 60?
"I want them to give two-folded answer, proud of me of what I created as a entrepreneur and proud of what I have meant for them on a personal basis.”


How would you describe yourself in one word or one sentence, if you would meet someone in a bus let us say in New York?
““Patient and caring. I can see it in a lot of things that I do, I am very generous in giving other people time and being compassionate. Recently the lady that cleans our home now for 2 or 3 months, told me that.”


What makes you optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“Yes, I am optimistic about the future of Curaçao. II am an entrepreneur and I belief that is what is happening here in Curacao is cyclical. You have to take charge of the situation and create value to the society yourself. My belief is: “You got to buy when the market is down, it is a cycle, that is what I do. I firmly belief in a future in Curaçao.”

What are your strong points?

“I have a lot of patience, I have lots of determination and can see through possible interrelationships creatively between things and that serves me well. I have a degree in Finance, so I know numbers, but I migrated into health, sports and personal self-development area. This ended up in the business model we have now.”

Whom has inspired you the most in your life?

“In the area of self-development, as this is now part of my business model, it was my mother whom I deeply admire and has inspired me. For years on her interest in self-development and self-improvement triggered my interest and enabled me to deal with life challenges by upgrading my knowledge and skills level tools kit.
My sister I deeply admire because of her courage to leave her job where we both worked and follow her passion, being photography. She inspired me to leave CITCIO also and also follow my passion, for as where I worked I wasn’t happy.
My father I admire deeply also because of his business abilities, networks and capacity to get things done.
Finally, my wife because of her ambition, drive and daily work ethic that really motivates me.”

What was your biggest challenge and lesson learned up to now?
“My biggest challenge in what later on became my biggest lesson learned is, my first experiences working with 2 other partners, starting our business. I was the majority shareholder, but it didn’t work out. I was disappointed because in my drive to get my vision implemented, they were not having the same enthusiasm as I did and maybe trusted for too long, that they would go along and see and believe in the vision. But anyways it is a lesson learned and in that sense a blessing. Now I am the one responsible for the decision making I feel like things can move along better and that feels great. I would follow my gut feeling more in the future instead of rationalizing my decisions, self-reflecting too much and overthinking. When something doesn’t feel right according to my gut feeling, I should follow my intuition. Hopefully I will keep following my gut more in the future.”

For more information on 5 Triple 9 go to: 
www.facebook.com/CrossFit5Triple9/videos/2325932334300174/
www.facebook.com/CrossFit5Triple9/videos/2192221717463409/
www.facebook.com/CrossFit5Triple9/videos/2368030360090935/
www.facebook.com/CrossFit5Triple9/videos/2343329752560432/

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Ivan Maurice de Windt, because of whom he is, running his businesses and serving our community especially in the welness and life fulfillment area. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at creating value for the whole of the society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is 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.

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

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

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

Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of December

The next Master Your Mind Platform session will be transmitted for the first time “live via 

This session will be transmitted for the first time live via Facebook of Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou.




Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on Mind, body and heart connection. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

What is CrossFit? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzD9BkXGJ1M

Exercise and the Brain - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJW7dYXPZ2o

Wendy Suzuki: The brain-changing benefits of exercise | TED Talk
www.ted.com/talks/wendy_suzuki_the_brain_changing_benefits_of_exercise

15-Minute Mind-Body Workout Circuit - Women's Health - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vIAsZUQ_2Mc


Exercise therapy for mental illness - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6JIXnwW03Q


7-Minute Workout - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECxYJcnvyMw


Influencer Saneleo Petronella, This week workshop at Chit Chat Mensing's Caminada and this week tips

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Saneleo Petronella, an Influencer that is very active in our agriculture sector; we will invite you to our next Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada workshop on the 29th of November; we will share some personal coaching video tips with you as video links. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Saneleo Petronella: humble, passionate and dedicated to serve his community

We have been experiencing you as a very dynamic person since we met you in 2015. You were born in Curaçao and you are fond of your family. You went to the Salesian University in Venezuela planning to become a religious teacher (studied Theology, the science of religion). But, because of the difficult and worsening socio-economic situation in Venezuela, you returned back to Curaçao in 2011. Your company is working for a middle-sized company and you are involved in the sales department of this company. You speak Spanish very well and you are a very social person that can connect easily with other people, that is why you started in the sales department.

But, you are also very humble and a down to earth person. You have grown up to love animals and your vision is, that all children in Curaçao also learn to love animals. In your vision, this is a way to learn children emotional intelligence. Give them responsibility to care for an animal and they will develop compassion.

You are now chairperson of KOABA (Kooperativa Agrario Banda Ariba) and they offer vegetables and fruits every single week up for sale. You are a religious person and this gives you lots of strength.
“Yes, I am a very religious person and this combined with some routines like going to church and prayer gives me so much strength.”

You have always been interested also in personal development and you have followed leadership courses at LDI - LMI Curaçao offered by Roxana Croes-Berg and was inspired to do this because of how people can change when they go to courses on leadership and personal development.
“I saw how my uncle Luello Girigorie, now Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs his attitude towards life has changed drastically and this has inspired me and still inspires me, to change myself in a very positive way.”

If you would meet a stranger in the bus and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
 “How are you, a good and productive day to you. I am Saneleo Petronella and I am a servant of our society.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My role models where, apart from Luello Girigorie that I mentioned before, also my grandfather.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
“First of all, I had this feeling that I have wasted lots of time in my life, but then again I began understanding, that without these experiences I wouldn’t have had the results that I am experiencing now. Now, I know what my talents are. For me it has always been important to look at my personal journey from the positive side and this allows me to learn from mistakes I have made in the past and use them as stepping stones to continue with my journey. My biggest challenge is being sufficiently disciplined. Discipline is such an important pre-requisite for success.”

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“In 2005 my mother passed away and I felt a big emptiness in me, that I wasn’t able to deal with until 2011, six years later. I found a book my mother gave me in the past, describing in great detail whom I am and what my talents and strengths are. This was a defining moment that changed my life totally.”

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opinionated person? You influence a lot of people. Where does that come from?
“When I reflect back on my life, this has been the common thread through all my life. It was like this in Curacao, in Venezuela where I finalized my advanced studies, and in all organizations or activities where I participated in. I always wanted to know and go back to find out what are the origins of things, I always looked to explore issues from different angles and this investigative mindset I have always used, before coming to any kind of conclusion. This resulted into me listening to different people and reading a lot. By doing this I always get a deeper understanding of issues, enabling me to explain situations from different angles and suggest specific solutions and this is usually very appreciated by others.”

What are your other strengths?
“My humbleness, passion and willingness to always share.”|

How would you describe Saneleo in one word or one sentence?
“Humble, passionate and dedicated to serve his community.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“My drive is my desire to help others and to see the good in other human beings.”

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now?
“Ten or 15 years from now, I want my company to be stable and strong. My company entails the nursery and construction of greenhouses, but also advisory services to home (non-industrial) famers. I want part of the profit of these activities to go to my foundation that I founded, that aims at giving back to children and our youth, via the love for animals, teaching them compassion and understanding of the importance of agriculture but also the understanding for a sustainable and healthy environment.”

Can you share with us what are your personal and/or business goals for the short term and long term?
"Short term: To make my company profitable.
Long term: Have enough funds to give back to our society to children and our youth.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 25 years from now?
“That they would consider me to be a very humble, caring and successful person.”

Saneleo, since we have met you way back in 2015, you have shared with us your vision on the potential of the agricultural sector in Curaçao. Can you expand on this a little more?
“I belief in lots of opportunities, that exist in the agricultural sector on all levels in Curaçao. Most of our farmers are not using modern techniques and technology in their farming, neither do they use the best way to plan and organize their farming.

I belief that there are lots of opportunities and “ways and means” to improve in these areas. I will mention a few possibilities.
I am convinced that the moment we start to teach and educate a willing traditional farmer to learn the new possibilities, the farmer in due time will see important positive changes, like in:

1. A more efficient production, meaning higher output per crop;
2. More efficient use of water;
3. Better control of the costs of production;
4. Better use of inputs used to guarantee the output;
5. Improved planning of the production;
6. A more diversified production;
7. More financial resources to offer more workers job opportunities.

This is just to mention a few opportunities. This will translate itself into spin-offs, to mention some, like:
1. A higher quality of their products;
2. Improved regulation of the production to prevent waste of locally produced products, because of overproduction of one or more products;
3. More job opportunities in this sector;
4. An agricultural sector that is better controlled;
5. and an opportunity to classify products in 3 categories.

If we would transform and migrate into using these modern methods, like the use of Greenhouses (a structure with walls and roof made chiefly of transparent material, such as glass, agriculture UV plastic or shade cloth in which plants requiring regulated climatic conditions are grown), Container Farming (manufactures farming units from recycled shipping containers), Hydroponics (a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent), Aquaponics (a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and other aquatic animals), Aereoponics (is an indoor gardening practice in which plants are grown and nourished by suspending their root structures in air and regularly spraying them with a nutrient and water solution) to mention a few, with the right knowledge we can produce even more, we will have better control over the costs, the quality of the products being produced, better calculation of the prices of the end products (fruits or vegetables) and more uniformity in the products being produced,…. etc etc….
I am just mentioning these points and I am not being complete, because there are more opportunities."


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?

“I have taken a decision to become part of the solution of the country and I have decided to dedicate my focus on positive things happening in Curaçao. By changing my lens, this gives me the opportunity to see lots of opportunities and positive developments in Curaçao and it is this that keeps me optimistic about the future of Curaçao. I just wanted to illustrate the vast opportunities that exist in the agricultural sector. For me, instead at looking at our situation from a point of view of problems to be solved, I choose to look at the solutions for the challenges we face. When a country is confronted with challenges, that is the golden opportunity to look for solutions. The moment that - and this could be any citizen on Curaçao - we start looking at solutions, we will start finding opportunities for ourselves, others and for the whole of the society. I firmly belief that agriculture, be it industrial or at home on a very small domestic scale, is an alternative for the challenges our country faces. Let start looking at solutions. I firmly belief that on different occasions we have identified these types of solutions. Let us make use of these so that each one of us can be part of the solution that all of us so desperately long for.

To end this interview, do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“I would like to share a quote that works for me:

"If you are not making the progress that you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined". Paul J. Meyer”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Saneleo Petronella, because of whom he is, dedicated and passionate in serving our society by offering value to our agricultural sector and also starting to take baby steps in teaching children and our youth, the love for animals, teaching them compassion and understanding of the importance of agriculture and teaching them the understanding of a sustainable and healthy environment. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is 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.

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

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

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.

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

Our next Chit Chat workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on the 29th of November.
We would like to invite you to our last Chit Chat workshop of this year.

Title: How to level up your brain power, tips to unlock your brain’s hidden power.

Date: 29th of November

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 – 9 pm

More on: Facebook event




Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Grief”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift.

COCOON - A Short Film About Grief & Loss - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WY_rbQJUV4

The Grieving Process: Coping with Death - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsYL4PC0hyk

Why You Shouldn't Mourn The Death Of A Loved One | Neale Donald Walsch - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v9NDLWC_CZ0

How grief feels | Robbie Stamp | TEDxLondon - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GfthkyzW5s

Looking at the Other Side of Grief | May Jones | TEDxGreatHillsWomen - YouTube
hwww.youtube.com/watch?v=cTJRjx9yHGU

Grief is Good | Joe Primo | TEDxAsburyPark - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=snbc6jg0Oro


Influencer Mishane Arrendell, Upcoming Chit Chat Workshop and helpful tips on Time Management

Posted on November 18, 2018 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (19th – 25th of November) we will interview Mishane Arrendell; we will invite you to our next Chit Chat workshop on the 29th of November at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share with you some video-links on “Time Management”. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Mishane Arrendell, passionate and never gives up


Mishane is a very dynamic person. She was born in Holland and she has lived there for 15 years including when she went back in Holland for her studies. She has one sister and one brother.
“I am the middle one, my sister lives in Jacksonville Florida and my brother lives here in Curaçao. Both of my parents are still alive. Last but not least I have one child, a daughter 10 years old, but it is always full house as we have 6 cats, 2 dogs, 2 fishes, and 2 guinea pigs. So, I have my hands full.”

Mishane you like reading books and you want Mensing's Caminada to be a trend setter in different areas. Mensing is now more than just a book shop.
“I love meeting different kind of people, we are very active in branding Mensing as a business that is bigger than a bookshop. Books were my life as a child and young adult, unfortunately, I have less time to read right now so I try to keep up by attending workshops and other book events. I try to meet as much authors as I can or people that love to read. That is one privilege I have working here in Mensing. I would like Mensing to become a meeting place for the whole family and be a platform for writers or anyone with a good idea. To give them the opportunity to showcase their book or idea. It is also very important for me that Mensing is a place where you can learn, develop yourself and where information can be shared. Hopefully this effort will bring “like minded” people together for all age groups, like children, teens, parents, adults, but also our seniors.

You are of the opinion, that you can master your own destiny and should not wait things to fall in your lap. By deciding to be like this, it also means working long hours at times. Where did that come from?
”I was raised that way, to give a lot of yourself and be involved in order for something to succeed. My parents worked long hours, so I don’t know better.”


You are trying also to keep up with your skills and you enable other to grow. Is this part of your social responsibility as Mensing?
For example Steven Coutinho the former regional director of RBC Caribbean shared with us, that you were the one that made him transform his original draft of his book “Breaking Rank” to become more accessible for a broader audience.

“Yes, I consider this a part of our responsibility. Breaking Rank changed my life, even though the first draft was not an easy read, but I enjoyed the journey the book took me on and it gave me the opportunity to meet such an intelligent and inspiring person. We do promote a lot of products to help people grow in all kinds of areas, for example some would like to grow spiritually, another one wants to increase their productivity or to be more happy. To keep up with this, I grow personally and I am better in understanding the needs of our clients. Another example of our social responsibility is, that Mensing is offering speakers involved in personal development, to address audiences from all walks of life enabling them at the one hand, but at the other hand also attracting different audiences to visit Mensing.”


You are also very supportive to the ideas of Share2uplift to “Connect dots and align efforts of 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life”. Is this a deliberate policy?
 “This is a deliberate policy. I want Mensing to become a platform for speakers (authors or others) and I want people to grow in all areas of their lives so I will support any organization that wants to connect people and I will always seek ways and means, to work together. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.

If you as “Mishane” 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 a good question, because I will always skip myself and focus on the person in front of me and ask “WHO are you?” But if I have to, well….. I would tell them about my work, I love my work and my daughter, the two things I get out of my bed for, every single day.”

How would you describe Mishane in one word or one sentence?
 “Passionate and I never give up.”

Your leadership capacities are obvious but where did this come from? “I like to lead and be an example for others. But I don’t like to lead all by myself or in the traditional ways. If I am in a job where they expect me to lead traditionally, I won’t succeed. I want people to be involved and try to give back the responsibility wherever I can. I look for the strengths and good qualities in people and try to give them the freedom to develop that quality or qualities. This comes from within, it is hard to explain. But it has always been there, it is something natural.”

Whom are the persons, that have inspired you the most in your career?
“I meet so many people in my career that inspire me, but I am inspired the most by people whom have persistence and that belief in what they want to achieve and just go for it and do it. The one person I would like to mention is my very good friend Arthur Kibbelaar, he has been my guide and coach throughout my career and personal life. Lately I have been inspired by some authors like Steven Coutinho the author from the book “Breaking Rank” and Gerry Lewis author of the book “Shine”. But also people like Haydee Hermans from “Soul Garden”, whom inspired me to consider the concept of Mensing being more than a book store and Emeli Colen from “Black Curaçao”. They just do their thing and follow their own course and they have made their passion their work.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strength? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
"I took some time before I could find my strengths. After finalizing my secondary school exams (VWO diploma) I wanted to become an accountant, can you believe that? But I knew that after going through the first study year, I knew that this would end in a failure, so I switched to a more general curriculum, that contained “Economy” as a Major and that went well. But at the end of my studies, I ended up working for a firm of auditors. But again, I knew that I wouldn’t end my career here. Then a friend of mine, recommended me a job, that was available at that moment and I ended up becoming a GM for a large brand in Curaçao. So, after 3 months of working at the firm of Auditors, I made a switch and went to work for retail company and this really felt good. This was someone external that from the outside in, saw my strength and just like that it “clicked”. The biggest challenge at that time was to convince everybody else, that I wasn’t out of my mind, switching jobs and go from a renowned audit firm and go to work for a retail company. But then I learned an important life lesson. I should follow my internal compass and gut feelings and not worry too much about what other people think I should do. Because I was happy at that job and it was a success. If I would have stayed at the audit firm, I would have become a miserable and frustrated for the rest of my life. So, I thank my friend Michael Oleonor for what he saw in me at that time of my life."

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opinionated person? You influence a lot of people while you work as the director at Mensing and you have very good people’s skills. Where does that come from?
 “I like to connect with people and like to meet new people. It gives me the opportunity to learn and grow.”

What are your other strengths?
“I am very persistent and flexible (yes, I believe that being flexible is a strength) and I am a good communicator. And just being myself, I think nowadays it is very difficult to be yourself as everybody is expecting you to be something or do something. People like to label other people. You are the director so you have to do this, you have to do that. I don’t want this and I don’t have to do anything. I don’t want to be part of that show or any show at all. I just want to genuinely be myself."

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Well, I am still looking for my BIG WHY.

What do you love doing? And maybe that is what will where you can identify your BIG WHY and meaning in life?
• “I love selling products personally to people and make them satisfy their needs. This really makes me happy;
• I went from a renowned audit to a retail firm because I could combine serving customers with meeting people and helping them to fulfill their needs. This makes me feel very fulfilled;
• I feel great and accomplished when I reach the goals that I set myself to do;
• I feel my best and I feel free, when I am at the beach, close to the sea, reading a book. My dream house would be a house close to the sea;
• I feel at my best when in the morning after dropping my daughter at school I have a timeslot of about half an hour, that is exclusively for me, to either read a book or call and talk to a friend.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now? Or can you share with us what are your personal goal for short and long term?
“One of my personal goals is to get my daughter through our old fashion educational system as good as possible, and by that, I mean, I sincerely don’t want her to lose her way because of the heavy burden and pressure that nowadays is being put on our children.

On the other hand, education (the way children are now being taught) doesn’t say anything of whom you really are and what you can achieve.

Our educational system labels people. I belief it is important that my daughter starts appreciating her own talents and that she will able to see herself as whom she really is and not as the society expects her to be. This is one of my most important personal goals in my life for the coming years and I belief that I will busy with this venture the coming years. 10 years from now, I want my daughter to be an independent self- confident person.”

What would you want your daughter, your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 to 20 years from now? “That I have always stayed loyal to my core values and principles, no matter what.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Oef …that is a tough one… Of late, we have to make a lot of efforts, to stay optimistic, but I believe that with the right people and the right mindset, we can make Curaçao a better place.


Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“Take away: The best day of your life is the one where you decide that your life is your own. No apologies, no excuses, no one to lean on, rely on or blame. The gift of life is yours and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Mishane Arrendell deeply, because of whom she is, genunely being herself. But we also love her for serving our community by offering authors, speakers and innovators via Chit Chat Mensing's Caminada a platform for like minded people. But also aiming at reaching all age groups. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is 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.

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

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

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



Our next Chit Chat workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on the 29th of November

We would like to invite you to our last Chit Chat workshop of this year.

Title: How to level up your brain power, tips to unlock your brain’s hidden power.

Date: 29th of November

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 – 9 pm
Tickets nafls 45 p.p. (available at Mensing's Caminada).

Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Time management”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

What Stephen R. Covey Taught Me About Time Management.mp4 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vDyG5lKbH08

Using the Eisenhower Matrix - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=suGXZ1869qc


Time Management - 10 Productivity Tips and Tricks That Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FsEr8owBOc


How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=go5XyuI7DkA


20 Quick Tips for Better Time Management - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzNZh-HolUU


How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zyZunxqIEM

 

Influencer Shirley Treurniet-Martis, this week MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (12th-18th of November) we will interview Shirley Treurniet-Martis; we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind Platform session on the 15th of November and we will share with you some valuable video-links on how to “focus” and every day we will upload one of these video-links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Shirley Treurniet-Martis, a Charismatic Leader


Shirley, we have come to know you as a very dynamic, ethical person and Influencer in our society. You are involved in so many organizations during all these years. Shirley could you tell us something about you?
“I was born in Curaçao. I am married and have 3 sons and have 9 grandchildren. I come out of a family with 5 sisters and 6 brothers. I have lived, worked and made my career in the health sector all these years. I have been the director of Wit-Gele Kruis for years and now I am on the supervisory board of Besteda, IFE and Thuiszorg Bandabou. I was in the Supervisory Board of SEHOS from 2006-2012.

I am also very active in the Roman Catholic Church in Curaçao. As such I still have lots of responsibilities, but I belief that I have been prepared to deal with these challenges, because of all of my past experiences. I am of the opinion, that I can master my own destiny and should not wait for things to fall in my lap. By deciding to be like this, it also means working long hours at times. But my faith gives me lots of strength.

I have always liked to hone my knowledge and skills levels. I have studied from being a nurse till graduating with a master’s degree in Nursery. I love meeting different kinds of people and I like helping people. I love reading and this has always been my passion since I was young. I always was leading and I like organizing conferences. I also enable others to grow. In that sense, I am an abled communicator, I can connect with people and I can connect dots and align as part of a deliberate effort.”

If you as Shirley 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 would introduce myself as passionate helping people in need, caring, I am good at listening and counseling in the palliative care. I still feel the “nurse” in myself. And last but not least, I am a professional born with the mission to lead especially in the healthcare sector.”


How would you describe Shirley in one word or one sentence?
“A charismatic Leader”.

Your leadership capacities are obvious, but where did this come from?
“After 6 years that my mother had no children, I was born and after me 3 younger brothers and sisters were born. Because of that, I had to be their role model, as my father would always say. I was born with this mission I guess.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“In fact there were a couple of people that inspired me, they were Nurse Jos Wouter, Rigoberta Pieters and Souer Coleta. I looked up to their leadership, caring and professional skills. They have taught and inspired me a lot.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
• “I had experienced big challenges in my career, like after one year working in the Homecare, I was asked to take over the management of the whole Institute. That was a big challenge;

• During the years, I had also passed through many different board of directors during my career which at times used all kinds of unfair tactics towards me, but I survived many of those challenges, as I worked as the director for 36 years;

• I managed the growth of the organization. When I started, we were only a group of 28 nurses and when I ended as director there were 230 people working with me in the Homecare;

• Another Big Lesson learned was, when I lost one of my sons in an accident. It was during that moment I knew, that I had really profound faith in God and I accepted everything in a very peaceful manner. My faith gives me a lot of strength to do all the things I do;

• Ultimately as a last defining moment in my life, I would like to mention a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing. The moment I had to stop working at Homecare as the director, I had a small pension. The blessing was, that I started on my own as a consultant. I had never thought before of working on my own as an entrepreneur. But it was a blessing, because I knew for sure that my God would provide in all my needs. And it so happened.”

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opiniated person? You influence a lot of people, while you have worked in a variety of postions of responsibility. You have very good people’s skills. What are your other strengths?
“People say that the peace that shines from me, is what they admire the most I me. I am furthermore a very down to earth and simple person.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Is it spiritual or something else?
“Yes, I love what I am doing after working for many years and I still believe I am not done yet and I am working consistently and diligently to accomplish my mission.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“My goals for the coming years are to see the transformation of nurses to be accepted as professionals in Healthcare and that is what I am striving now.”

What would you want your sons, your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years from now?
“I hope, that they will look at me as their role model and most of all things, that my children and grandchildren to appreciate me as their mother.”

What makes you stay optimisitc about the future of Curaçao?
“I love my Island and I am still hoping to see a new Leader born, to lead us to a better future. That is my prayer.”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Shirley Treurniet-Martis deeply, because of whom she is, serving our community especially in the health care sector during her whole life basically and still relentessly working on her mission. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is 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.


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
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of November.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books “Thinking fast and slow”, by Nobel Price winner in Economics Daniel Kahneman (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “Flourish, a visionay understanding of Happiness and Well-being”, by Martin Seligman. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).



Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “How to focus”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

5 Tips to Improve Concentration and Focus - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GUucjDeGp4


How to Improve Focus - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQsI693QcoM


How to Focus - Learn How You Can Focus Without Getting Distracted - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9e3MCPxFFU


How to Improve Your Concentration and Focus at Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI-oPZnPRqI


How To Improve Your Concentration - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc3fqkwHWJA


How To Stay Focused - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhbYBb0huMs


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