Posts by Yvette van Dok

Talent makes new friends

Once you discover your own talent, something special happens to you. And not only to you. Things change when you discover the talent of the other. The chemistry of the relationship alters when two talents meet, and friendship can arise. Some examples from Georgia. Natalia eagerly entered the room and embraced Tamar so warmly that it…

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Message with talent

Last week I received a message from Eggie Chiromo, a participant in our Brilliant Entrepreneur programme in Zimbabwe. Her message was a real gift. A message with many beautiful lessons. ‘Dear Madam, I feel I should let you know my achievements so far. Through your teachings and advice, my business is doing well and I…

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Talent uncovered

‘Walk more slowly, then you see more’. I came across this sentence last week and I tried it out immediately. My conclusion is that it is true!  If I walk more slowly, I can hear the birds sing, see the tulips coming up in my garden and have a chat with my 3 year old…

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A new talent year!

A new year. We have been gifted with another 365 days. They comprise no less than 31,536,000 seconds. That really sounds like a lot. And very precise. At least, this is how it seems to be.  Time is a strange phenomenon. And not half as precise as you think. We try to control our time…

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About a jacket

Opportunities for business and women refugees: Get inspired by the example ‘About a Jacket’ where business and opportunities for women refugees come together. About a Jacket is Marilou Evelo’s dream. A fashion designer, who fell in love with Peru’s soft and warm alpaca wool and colourful traditional designs. These would be perfect ingredients for warm and…

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Talent delegates to talent

Some people work extremely hard with little success. Others make great things happen seemingly without effort. What is their secret? They leave things to others. They delegate. That sounds very simple but … it’s not. Talent can help. Take the example of Barbara, principal of five private schools in Uganda that employ about 250 teachers.…

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Meet Marlous!

We are happy to welcome Marlous to our Brilliant Entrepreneur team. Marlous is a student of International Development Management, majoring in Disaster Risk Management, and has joined us for a five month internship. She will support us in the preparations for a new Brilliant Entrepreneur project in Jordan. Her focus will be on employment opportunities…

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The writer lives on

A few months ago, Shayonti Chatterji, owner of the online ‘Our FrontCover’ magazine, asked me to write for her magazine. I happily agreed. What a good opportunity to put talent and our brilliant entrepreneurs in the spotlight! Shayonti is a social entrepreneur who is putting her heart and soul into producing ‘Our FrontCover’. After a…

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Talent does not lie

Talent does not work with ‘alternative facts’. You may get side-tracked for a while and get lost, but if you remain aware of your talent, you will automatically get back on your feet at some point. This is what Kareen in Zimbabwe experienced. She was one of the participants in our Brilliant Entrepreneur programme. Kareen…

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