Life & work tipsPassion 7 August 2017
Career Girl Monday #2: Danique and Adine

We believe Mondays can be the day where real good things happen. That’s why we feature inspiring women who share their very best advice, in short, practical tips, tricks & lessons. Every career girl passes the torch to another. By doing so, we aim to create an endless range of stories of inspiring women across the world. We hope you enjoy the extra boost of inspiration & motivation you need to skyrocket your Monday!

Emilie Sobels hands on the torch to inspiring girl bosses Danique Wiltink (32) and Adine Tjeenk Willink (30) who are currently whipping up the tutoring industry with their start-up Nimbles. They strongly believe every child, benefits from having a private tutor. Nimbles is an online marketplace platform, connecting parents with high-quality tutors for every budget.

Danique founded her first company at the age of 26 and won the TedX Amsterdam Women start-up awards in 2015. Last year, she made it to the list of the 50 most promising entrepreneur talents of 2017 by the Dutch newspaper het Financieele Dagblad. Also, she’s one of the finalists for the prestigious LOEY talent awards. Danique’s a busy girl boss who couldn’t have done this without her business partner Adine. Adine studied European Studies and kickstarted her career ‘the corporate way’ as an online strategist. Two years later, she decided to quit her job and plunged into adventure by starting an online platform for trading cows. After she sold her shares in 2016, she decided to join Danique as a co-founder of Nimbles.

What does success mean to you?
Danique: ‘To me, success means go ahead where others lose courage. If you have a goal, you must always be prepared to go through the deepest waters, even if you don’t see light at the end of the tunnel. The bigger the dream, the more courage you need. If you fail during the road, don’t worry. You will see the road to success has brought you so much more than you ever imagined.’

What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting out?
Danique: ‘When I decided to quit my first job and start my first company many friends were skeptic. During that period my mom gave me the best advice I ever had: ‘Darling, It’s better to regret what you have done than what you haven’t’. If you keep that little piece of advice in mind, every decision you have to make will be much easier.’

In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
Danique: ‘Much more often than pushing myself, I’ve done things that are not in line with the norm. Absolutely never to provoke but all the more because it makes me happier. Of course, the feeling of not walking over the beaten paths is sometimes stronger than the other. And of course I sometimes nervous of what it will bring, but I have often experienced that the moments of fear are the way to happiness.’

Which of your traits are you most proud of?
Adine: ‘I’m most proud of are my optimism, sensitivity and my sense of determination. I tend to think there is a solution to everything. I’m getting better at unnerving tense situations. My main goal is to find solutions that everyone can work with.

What quotation or saying inspires and motivates you to be yourself and what you love?
Danique: ‘That is obviously the quote of one of childhood hero’s: Pippi Longstocking: ‘I have never done it before, so I’m sure I can do it.’
Adine: ‘If you see every hurdle as an opportunity, you will find out that you can do so much more than you ever imagined.’

Last but not least, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Adine: ‘You are good enough so start acting like it’. You think you’re not pretty enough? thin enough? Smart enough or cool enough? Comparing yourself to others is normal. Make an effort to understand your insecurities and beat them if you can.’

Next up: Adine & Danique hand over the baton to Caroline Glasbergen of 100% natural protein nourishment brand Fitshe. Stay tuned for her best business advice.

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