Meet the Authors
In the book UPTURN, 7 entrepreneurs openly tell the story about their personal setbacks in life. But more importantly, they share with us HOW exactly they got back on track thanks to their Personal Development through crisis.
Get to know them below.
Uncertainty and a lack of self-confidence dominated Peter’s life from childhood. As the best behaved kid in the class, he feels best at home in the background. As an adult Peter has a safe and good job with the government, and is trapped in his comfort zone and does not dare to take any risks.
After a brother passes away at the age of 42 in 2015, Peter starts with personal development in 2016 together with his partner Shirley. This marks a turning point in his life. Realizing that life is too short to live in his comfort zone, he begins to take steps beyond it. In 2018 Peter and Shirley started Personal-Mastery; their company in training, coaching and empowerment. Their mission is to guide people to have a life full of self-confidence, passion, satisfaction and happiness. Now Peter is full of self-confidence and he is in the spotlight as a speaker coach and -trainer!
Born and raised on paradise island Curaçao. Adric Walter sees himself as someone who, by virtue of his upbringing and education, has an unfair technical advantage.
“My father used to be an advisor to the minister of Social Development, Labor & Welfare. We used to discuss poverty and inequality over the dinner table”.
His mother worked at IBM and her influence was vital in paving the path that he followed. Adric Walter believes that with this advantage comes the moral responsibility of using his skills and knowledge to help as many people as he can in reaching their full potential by means of technology. He is convinced that technology can combat poverty because it has been scientifically proven that education is the best escape to poverty.
Therefore he sees more than enough opportunities to combat poverty by building new structures and instilling a future proof mindset.
Habiba van Helden
Habiba van Helden was born in 1972 in Morocco as Habiba Amzil. She grew up with her grandparents and mother until the age of 5, and left for the Netherlands because of family reunification with her father. Despite all the events that she has experienced in her life, she turned this into positivity. After having her own business in the beauty industry to make people beautiful, she wants to make people more beautiful from the inside out by coaching and inspiring them. ` Working on the brain, heart and feeling ensures the best long-term metamorphoses`. As a speaker she has found the right way to communicate to inspire people and provide insights by sharing her life stories with them, and to be the voice to people who have never been allowed to use their voice. The insights allow people to get more out of life, both privately and in business.
Darryl grew up with her mother and from a very young age she was infected with the travelbug. She already sees quite a few countries within and outside Europe when she’s young.
After having worked in tourism for quite some years, she changed course and studies to become a HBO lawyer. After graduation, she ends up at the government. After ten years she decides to make a long-cherished dream come true. She sells her apartment, puts her company on hold and quits her job.
In eighteen months, she visits all five continents and decides to write a book on her insights she had during her worldtrip. In the process of writing her own book she gets an opportunity to co-write a second book with 7 other authors for the project called Upturn. Her mission is to inspire others to keep following your heart.
Vanessa is known for her thirst for knowledge and practical implementation. Every step in life is clearly preparing her for the next. In hindsight, that is. She earned a Bachelors degree in Economics as one of three classmates, out of a hundred, that started four years earlier. Alongside her first fulltime job she studied to be a chartered accountant until she realized she wanted to be more than a financial specialist.
She earned another Bachelors in Business Administration and added a Masters in Public Controlling. She also completed a number of trainings varying from projectmanagement to earning certificates stating her aptitude as a Neuro Linguïstic Master Coach and Organizational Behaviour Manager.
Vanessa now has her own changemanagement business in which she consults large public and private organizations that find themselves under public scrutiny. The way Vanessa combines her Hard and Heart skills lead to success every time.
Naomi Mayahi was born in Iran, where she spent the first eight years of her childhood in the beautiful capital of Iran, Tehran. Growing up in Tehran she was part of a culture where family means everything. At the young age of eight years old, she moved to the Netherlands with her mother and siblings. She stepped into a new country with a relatively different culture, in which individualism has the overtone. Even though she was young, she strived to feel at home the same way she felt before moving. The question that kept her busy for many years now is “how can one feel at home in a new environment?” That same question is at the essence of her mission in life.
Noami always had a strong sense of justice and equality, which has prompted her to study law. Her passion for cultures, languages and especially what shapes people’s beliefs and growth made her travel to the UK for a follow-up study. After two years she returned to the Netherlands with a greater understanding of the beauty of diversity and freedom of acceptance.
Through the life experiences she has gained she has been able to recreate herself using her value free strategies and embrace her new life. From this experience Naomi decided to give her vision a voice and live her mission to serve others.
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