Work hard and be happy. Or isn’t it?

How do I become successful? How do I achieve more success? Everyone of us thought about these questions at least once. The answer usually lies in the general consensus ‘by working hard -or harder’. There is unfortunately, not much truth to that obvious and commonly accepted answer. In a humorous and inspiring TED Talk of 12…

Wakey Wakey, Rise and Shine! The benefits of waking up early.

Waking up early has something magical. The fresh smell of the air in the morning, the fresh breeze in your face and the silence, makes it that way. It gives you a feeling of freedom and freshness. If you would tell me a year ago to wake up every morning at 6.30am, I would kindly…

Finding a teambuilding activity that works

Most teambuilding activities, aren’t worth the effort. It’s a sad conclusion, but alas it’s true. The raise in demand for (cost) effective teambuilding solutions, has led to a sharp increase in teambuilding suppliers that promise to deliver on the corporate need of building exceptional teams for literally next to nothing. Truth is that they deliver…

The Happiness Initiative

“We wish you a Happy New Year.”How many times have we heard this phrase? Do we actually realize what it takes to make our next year happy? A month ago, I was approached by Muhammad Fahd Khan, a UAE based trainer, coach and author. Muhammad asked me to write a page for his Happiness book…

Happiness is found when YOU decide to CREATE it

Happiness to me means waking up every morning being in love with life, enjoying every single thing I am doing and being surrounded by loved ones. But this is my belief of happiness and maybe not yours. What makes me happy doesn’t make my neighbor happy and what makes my neighbor happy doesn’t make you…

Killer Confidence: a driving force for fulfillment

What happens when you bring a successful actress and film producer, a badass champion NASCAR driver and an entrepreneur turned women’s empowerment expert  in front of a room full of professional women and have them talk about how to build killer confidence? Suddenly the room feels full of energy and the confidence boost is spreading, touching…

Diner en Blanc NYC: reconnecting with old friends

I have to admit: I am hooked on unique events that bring people together with the aim of connecting and having a great time. That is part of what attracted me to my current job and what also drew me to participate in Diner en Blanc NYC for the first time 3 years ago. To…

Resilience: Tales Of True Grit & Tips On Bouncing Back

With the Paralympics starting, I am amazed at the stories of many Paralympian athletes about how sport has given new meaning to their life and enabled them to rise like a phoenix from the ashes.  It are stories about how putting labels on ourselves limits our ability to achieve and how instead, by focusing on our strengths, we…

Attention……Attention……

The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose concentration after only eight seconds, highlighting the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain. Researchers in Canada surveyed 2,000 participants and studied the brain activity of 112 others using…

Fan Friday: Safmarine Trophy

Safmarine is an international player in the market of container carriers. It focuses on trade from and to emerging markets in Africa and West Central Asia. Safmarine was founded in 1946 in South Africa. Safmarine always had strong ties to Africa. It really appreciates the African energy, people and vibrant culture. Embracing these roots led…