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Marlene & Delphine | London | Trust Your Gut!

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

We have been crossing the globe for almost two decades. By 2010, our lives and work had taken us to more than 80 countries, but it still wasn’t enough. Our passion for people had become stronger than ever, and we were yearning for a deeper experience. We wanted to learn more about the countries we had come to love, and we wanted to contribute more to the people of those countries, especially the youth. We wanted to reflect the inspiration that we saw. This was the big question: How do you inspire somebody? You tell them a story. What kind of story? One that changes their life or how they think. You have to live by example and lead the way through your actions. These are the stories we strive to find and share. The people who impact the lives of those around them by living meaningful and daring lives, we call them Inspiring People – “IP” for short – and we’ve portrayed hundreds of them across the world, inspiring thousands of Millennials & Gen Z along the way. The first book was in Oman; the next was in the UAE, followed by Nigeria, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Mexico, Lebanon, Bahrain, Panama and Ghana. We have many more countries in the pipeline.

Delphine: "believes that inspiring people can have an impact on youth". “We know from experience that the right kind of inspiration can change the course of a young person’s life. That’s what inspiration is all about, and we are honoured to facilitate that in any way we can,”

Those Who Inspire is a book collection that features stories of some of the best local role models and mentors to encourage millennials to pursue their dreams.

What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?

Finding the right business model that would match our values: Genuine, authentic and give back.

Keep going does require a lot of flexibility and adaptation to different cultures.

Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits?

How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight?

We always had a lot of support from our families and friends. If they see you’re motivated and passionate they will always be supportive.

What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success?

Passion & perseverance.

What advice would you give to an upcoming entrepreneur locally and internationally?

Do it... and never give up. Listen to advices but follow/trust your gut.


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