Influencer Arthur De Nobrega Teixeira: curious and ambitious

In this week’s blog (8th – 14th of November): an interview with Arthur De Nobrega Teixeira MD. Furthermore, we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation in collaboration with Global Enterprise Week (Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña) via Zoom on the 9th of November; also we invite you to our next Personal Journey Pre-Christmas 6 weeks. We will also share some short videos on the importance of sports, family life, and the role of fathers. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our page.

An ambitious Medical Doctor dedicated to

serving his patients and the community

I was born in Curaçao. I have 2 brothers and I’m the middle one. Both of my brothers followed the business world. My older brother studied accountancy in the Netherlands and the youngest studied International Business in Canada.

Both my father and my mother gave me a great upbringing and they were very supportive in my choice to become a medical practitioner. My father is a successful businessman, that exemplifies the American Dream, starting from zero and later on becoming successful. He did this based on perseverance and being consistent in his work. This is the model I grew up with basically. My father’s way of thinking had a great impact, which influenced me and later on I adopted this attitude of “You have to fight for what you want, if you want to accomplish something in life”. As for my mother, she was a stay-home mom and she ran the household, always there for her children and very supportive of us, helping out with our homework and making sure all our needs were met. We were also taught to work for what we wanted, contrary to some of our peers, where their parents bought all the things that they desired. Not for us, we had to work for it. My father owns a wholesale company, therefore we either would be filling shelves in the supermarkets or help deliver goods. All of this help evolved me into the person I am today.

I’m happily married and we have a wonderful two year old son. I’m definitely the family man I am today thanks to the example of my parents. Seeing the dedication that both my parents have for the family was one of the greatest traits that I share.

Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
After finalizing my High School in the Dutch system and doing international baccalaureate at the International School of Curaçao, my original intention was to study in the USA, but it would take more time to graduate and the cost of education was way too expensive, so I decided to study in Costa Rica at a medical school called UCIMED, which is a worldwide highly reputable Medical School.

After graduating as a Medical Doctor in Costa Rica, I came back to Curaçao and started working at local family physician practices as a backup physician. Whenever a physician would go on vacation or any other situation, where they had to be absent from their practice, they would need a temporary physician to cover him or her. So working like this, I had no strings attached, which was great, as I got to work in various areas of the island, which was a great opportunity to get a taste of how it worked, if I decide to buy my own practice one day.

We know you to be an MD with your opinion about the effectiveness of how you have been trained. Can you tell us more about how this all started?
I was always very curious about a lot of things, but especially curious about the human body. I studied physics, biology and math and decided to pursue the career of a Medical Doctor and went to study Medicine in Costa Rica.

My mother tells me that as a boy, I was always eager to discover new things and very interested in science. If I saw something on television related to science experiments, I would try it out myself. I am still very curious, always very interested in new technology and checking it out. This curiosity is a great asset for my profession actually.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
Where I am right now in my life is that I want to help people. That is my drive.

After my graduation as an MD, I wanted to give back to the community in a way. When I finalized my studies in Costa Rica, while trying to figure out where and what to specialize in, I had this unique opportunity to teach for a period of 9 to 10 months at the University and here is where I discovered this niche of teaching. It was such a great and beautiful experience. When I came back to Curaçao I opted to stay as a general physician, but soon realized that sitting inside an office prescribing medicines was not enough. Just earning my monthly income and staying very much in my comfort zone wasn’t enough for me to feel fulfilled. I wasn’t happy and after two years of working as a general physician, I got this breakthrough moment and I decided to go back to teaching, as I loved teaching. This was in the form of spreading awareness and health tips.

I called another Influencer you have also interviewed Rudolf de Wit, and explained to him that that I was tired of doing the usual and that I wanted to do more, I wanted to explore my potential. He didn’t hesitate and immediately gave me an opportunity. So I teamed up with him and became part of his weekly Sunday program and also wrote articles for his magazine “Support” every month. Since then, I never looked back. I had the feeling that I was on the right path of what I wanted, which was educating the community and giving information that they can use on a daily basis.

In 2018 I bought my practice, which I slowly turned into a Medical Center, consisting of a psychologist, a child psychologist, a well known lab, a physiotherapist, a diabetic nurse, a diagnostic team specialized in diabetes, midwives, where we all interconnect on a daily basis. I am a big believer in team work and we are open to growing from the feedback we give each other.

“Every week someone else gets a turn on our Facebook page to help educate our followers on how to improve their health with simple tips .”

I started this Facebook page of my practice, where we as a team would do 5 minutes videos consisting of short information that is helpful to the community and is accessible to everyone. Every week someone else gets a turn to help educate our followers on how to improve their health with simple tips. We strive towards cultural changes and we are very much aware that some cultural behaviors will take years to come in effect, but awareness is the first step and that is what we are doing.

For a recap to your question: My defining moment was when I decided to leave my comfort zone after being stuck there for 2 years and Rudolf de Wit gave me a chance to work together.  Up to this date I’m continuously looking for the next thing to challenge me.

What are your thoughts on Alternative medicine?
Regarding alternative medicine, which usually is based on more for the wellness area, I always look into how the patient feels. If the patient is okay and feels happy with the results then I am okay with the alternative medicine. As long it gives the results expected and is not hurting anyone. For our culture’s background, our grandparents relied more on plants and we can still see this method being practiced. I am strict believer in the patient being comfortable and happy when receiving a treatment, either alternative or conventional.

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
First of all, if we are talking professionally, it would be to keep expanding my practice. I want to be able to offer more services to the patient under one roof, that he/she might need to address for his/her pathology.

“I want to offer more services to the patient under one roof….”

If we are talking as an individual, then I do feel that I am already successful. The fact that you keep a mindset of keep exploring, growing and never stand still, then I know I have the right recipe for success, looking at these aspects.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Challenges are inevitable and continuous, but it is needed for us to mature and grow. The best way of dealing with challenges and also the most difficult aspect is to acquire the right tools for the job.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
Everybody has an inner voice. There are certain things that I will explore within myself, but sometimes it is better to look for support elsewhere. It is always good to not listen only to the inner voice, but also the experienced voices of others. Look for the right person with the right knowledge and experience. That is what I do.

How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
Medical Practitioners are always required to upgrade knowledge and skill levels. So it comes with the profession so to speak.

What are your strengths?
I am determined, passionate, collaborative, and ambitious.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
1. I love music. I have been involved in music since I was 10 years old. I used to play the guitar just for fun. I played in a band and even became eligible for a scholarship in music, but never followed up on that
2. I also love reading books on personal growth.
3. I love bodybuilding and I have been doing this for years. It started in my teen years and it became a lifestyle as it taught me how to structure my day and structure my life.

Up to this date I work with timetables, I was obsessed with this idea while being in the university. I believe a great aspect to success in life, is to have structure. Especially in medical school, timing was everything and so was bodybuilding if you wanted to do it right. Scheduling the training, the food and balancing everything else around my studies was a great challenge. Thanks to this bodybuilding lifestyle it helped me being very structured and therefore very helpful until I graduated. All highly successful people I know and read about, all have very structured personal lives. When I graduated, most doctors congratulated me and asked me how I managed to pull it off with the great load of studies and going to the gym every day. Everything you want badly has its price, I did sacrifice a lot, but I succeeded in the end.

How would you describe Arthur in one word or one sentence?
Not one word but: determined, passionate, collaborative, ambitious.  

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your life or career?
My father, for his, pursue the American dream.

“My wife is the one that helps me focus on keeping my heart where it is supposed to be.”

My wife is a board member of the foundation “Rescue paws”, they rescue street dogs and give them a second chance at a better life by searching for people to adopt them. They also sterilize the dogs to prevent further offspring. The passion and drive she puts into her talent is second to non, and a reason why I fell in love with her. She’s the one that helps me focus on keeping my heart where it is supposed to be.
I am a big believer in serving others and a life of giving is a lot more meaningful. These traits of her, help keep me in line.

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Patience, but to be a general practitioner you need lots of patience, and this is continuously being tested.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I would be doing the same thing, that is keep on growing and keep on helping people.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
He was always there.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
Wherever you are, you have to have hope and be optimistic. Curaçao specifically is an attractive island with lots of talents. Look at how well we perform in baseball for example. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources yet to develop all kinds of talents and most of us rely upon them to leave the island. But the ones that do get a chance to develop their talents somewhere else are insecure of coming back due to limited resources.

Do you believe that Curaçao is well underway to becoming a wellness island?
Yes sure, I believe that we have a big potential in this area.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
A big factor that we have to develop and explore in our culture is the lack of love. This is in what we do for our peers, our relationships, our work and so on. The need to have more love, to have our hearts in the right place in all aspects of our lives will greatly affect our success rate in everything we do. If we would unite, we would easily address whatever challenge life throws at us, be it financially, mentally, physically, socially, or emotionally. Addressing this issue is going to be the next big project for me.

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

Arthur de Nobrega Teixeira is a passionate, curious, determined, collaborative, and ambitious Medical Doctor dedicated to serving his patients and the community at large. As a child, he was already very curious about the human body, physics, biology, science, and technology. As a multi-talented person, he loves music, medicine, books on personal development and bodybuilding. Bodybuilding has taught him to structure his life and focus. With this mindset of keeping exploring and never standing still, he keeps on moving and growing. Hard work pays off, as his father as a role model, modeled this attitude of “You have to fight for what you want to accomplish in life”. While staying close to his heart, the inner drive to serve has made him find his next steps to serve the community, where he is actively working with different other health practitioners to create more awareness in the community about multiple health issues. For all his drive to serve, his collaborative innate character, Arthur is and will continue to create big waves in our society. His opinion on the need to develop more “Love” in our culture that will help us overcome all sorts of obstacles, to unite, and his collaborative mindset, makes him stand out. For all this, we deeply love and respect Arthur and we consider him one of the 250 influencers of the islands representing the health sector. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2021

The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that by collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

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 the delivery of the vision;
– Coach and build a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values 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.

Next MYM-platform session as part of the Global Enterprise Week via Zoom

Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 9th of November via Zoom. Here different presenters will present the book “Atomic Habits”, by James Clear.

The number one New York Times bestseller. Over one million copies sold!

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving – every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, listeners will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:

  • Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy)
  • Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower
  • Design your environment to make success easier
  • Get back on track when you fall off course
  • And much more

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits – whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress or achieve any other goal.

 “Atomic Habit” ‘will be presented by different presenters.
Date: 9th of November
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free

Subscribe by emailing us: or ivan@upliftingCuraç and we will send you the Zoom link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book. 

New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions start on the 13th of November 6 weeks Pre-Christmas workshop pa solamente Ang 750,-

Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.

Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 6 siman: 
• maestría di bo emoshonan;
• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;
• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;
• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i
• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá awor riba 13 di November pa Ang 750,- di 1 – 4 pm, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848. E-mail: soulgardenCuraç

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409. E-mail:

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437. E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraç

Website: www.upliftingCuraç

Personal Coaching tips

This week we will share some videos on the importance of sports, family life and the role of fathers. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our page.

Sport Is My Life – YouTube

The real importance of sports | Sean Adams | TEDxACU – YouTube

NO EXCUSES – Best Motivational Video – YouTube

Importance of Family in Todays World (Mashup) – YouTube

6 Signs You’ll Be a Great Doctor – YouTube

The importance of a father in a child’s life – YouTube

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