8. You Develop A Greater Appreciation For What You Have.
From 2009 to 2012, I co-founded a company which was successful. I was able to provide a comfortable life for my family and buy my first car. Then with one phone call, I lost it all.
Life changed drastically for us. I had to discontinue my Powerlifting career. I was only eating once a day and exercising 1-2 times a week. We canceled the annual family vacation. We were eating only 1 type of viand per week and relied on rice to keep us full. Jollibee became a treat. We canceled cable TV.
We would tell our son these were sacrifices we had to make to help us get back on our feet.
As the padre de familia, it was hard for me. I would open Facebook and see friends post pictures of their trips abroad, the food they ate at the newest steak house or the most painful of them all, a Christmas tree filled with gifts.
I was angry, frustrated and envious because that was our life before. But a trip to the grocery on Christmas Even changed all that.
When I bought a few kids 150 Pesos worth of goodies, they were not only happy.
They shared with one another.
Money, the trappings of success, vacations these are great but otherwise shallow definitions of what life is all about. You should not let them define who you are and what you want out of life.
Even when business improved and our finances got better, we never forget where we had come from. Occasionally, I would treat them to a fancy restaurant, but we still enjoy Jollibee once in a while.
The lesson I learned was never to take things for granted. Appreciate what you have but never assume for one moment that your life’s success is set in stone. Stay hungry; do not be complacent and believe in your hype.
I did, and I paid a big price for it.
9. Understand What Others Go Through.
I love writing for tycoon. It’s a great medium to share my experiences and give advice both of which I hope can help its readers. I told Roel Manarang who owns tycoon that writing for his website is a great release for me. If I had a webcam on me while writing, you would see a perpetual smile on my face.
I especially love it when readers reach out to me and ask for advice. I wish I were able to respond faster, but most of the messages are coming in via Facebook.
I’ve corresponded with readers who share their difficulties in running their businesses. They send me e-mails, and I try my best to give valuable and usable advice.
Writing for tycoon gave me the opportunity to validate one of my long-held beliefs:
No one can teach you about success, but you will always learn from someone else’s failures.
The knowledge, tips and advice I give the readers of tycoon were what I learned through countless failures over the course of my life.
These tips may work for you or they may not. The most important thing is to try and never give up!
10. You Will Realize A Greater Purpose Than Finding Success.
One of the most heartwarming videos I’ve seen was by the Tim Tebow Foundation for its charity work in the Philippines.
People remember Tebow as an American Quarterback in the professional football league. Tebow found instant fame because for someone who was technically flawed as a Quarterback. He always found a way to bring his team back from the brink of defeat.
Despite bringing the Denver Broncos one game away from the Superbowl, he was unceremoniously cut the year after. No team wanted Tebow because coaches said he had poor throwing mechanics.
But Tebow’s life was filled with uncertainty the day he was born. His mother was a missionary in the Philippines. The doctors advised her to terminate the pregnancy because it may kill her.
The mother said no and gave birth to Tim Tebow.
This is why the Philippines holds a special place in Tim Tebow’s heart. With his professional playing career in limbo, Tebow continues his mission to help underprivileged children and people in the Philippines a chance at a better life. His Tebow Cure Hospital has funded many medical missions in the Philippines.
His success in the NFL may have been cut short, but Tim Tebow had continued to walk down the path God set before him the day he was born.
Tim Tebow does not need Football.
The world needs Tim Tebow.
I’ve met people in my life who looked like they had it all; looks, intelligence, family support and the best education money can buy.
But they squandered it all because they were afraid of failure. What happened to them?
Some remain unemployed. Some allowed themselves to be used and abused by others to find a career. The majority has become delusional; they say their position in life is a matter of choice.
Let me leave you with a quote from one of my sources of motivation which also happens to be a great comedian, Jim Carrey:
“So many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it.
I’m saying: I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it.
My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive.
I learned many great lessons from my father. Not the least of which was that you could fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”