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You Can't Go Wrong With These Four Resources

If there is one thing that I’m focusing on this year, it is the allocation of the limited resources that I have.

If I master how to allot these resources into their proper usage and timing effectively, I wouldn’t have to worry much about achieving success at the end of the year.

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My productivity is directly proportional to how I manage these four resources below.

1. Money

We cannot afford to waste money elsewhere. Money should be put into its proper place.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand how to allocate your financial resource. There are plenty of educational materials from financial experts around the country who teach the right approach to handle wealth. Financial experts such as Randell Tiongson and Marvin Germo, which by the way are authors of best-selling financial books that I devoured during my free time, can help you gain the wisdom to approach wealth in its fundamentals properly.

I’m not a financial planner nor would I consider myself to be an expert in the field. But by learning from many valid resources, I was able to learn some fundamentals of money management.

I remembered when I was starting my career as a freelancer, I didn’t spend money on buying fancy things like watches, and expensive coffees. Even if I was able to afford stuff, I disciplined myself not to purchase them.

Not until the time that I had a good financial portfolio and was capable of buying some wants – which by the way is still part of my money allocation every month. I allocate a small percentage of what I have for leisure and entertainment.

Early on in my career, I invested a lot of money in learning – books, online courses, seminars both in my industry and on personal development – which has helped me a lot in building my networks, and in increasing my income sources year after year.

Where do you spend your money? Be sure to spend it on things that will add value to you as a person.

2. Time

Time is unredeemable if we lose it. That’s why we have to budget not just our money, but also our time.

Technology can distract us the most. Our devices, if we are not careful, can be used to steal our most precious time from activities that will help us achieve our success goals.

I was a victim of time self-robbery myself. I was a computer addict for almost more than a decade. And though for some people, it is a usual hobby to do, I’d say it robbed me hours that I should have spent on acquiring skills and learning new materials at an early age.

Do not rob yourself by wasting your time.

I always tell this during my talks in schools, “Wasted time is a missed opportunity to grow.” The time wasted should have been spent on activities that will help you grow and mature in business and in life.

Have you had any days when you feel like you haven’t accomplished much?

It’s unfulfilling and it can affect our psyche. Those unfulfilled tasks can distract you while you are having dinner with your friends at night – there are seemingly little regrets running in your head. Unaccomplished tasks due to wasted hours are dangerous.

I like Jim Rohn’s philosophy of time. He said this best, “Don’t start the year until you finish it.” Don’t start the month until you finish it. Don’t start the week until you finish it. Don’t start the day until you finish it.”

Always begin your day with the end in mind. Identify your most important activities and pursue them with your full effort and attention.

3. Attention

Simply observe. Everyone is glued to their screens. Their attention is either focused on two things: entertainment or education

To get the most out of every hour (time), it’s important to know where you will allocate your attention. You can be entertained the whole day but found out that it’s not the right platform to place the most of our attention to.

A simple tip is this: education can be an alternative entertainment. Some people who read books feel as if it’s entertainment for them. You and I always have a choice. Manage your attention effectively.

4. Energy

You can be the most productive person concerning managing your tasks (time), money, and attention, but if you can’t function well enough, you’ll miss them all.

I’m not physically fit, but I am striving hard to get there. I managed to eat nutritious foods and take vitamins daily to cope up with everything that I do. Otherwise, I’d suffer days in bed without accomplishing much.

Your energy should be managed as well. Don’t get all your commitments scheduled in one day if you know it’s unrealistic to do so with all the energy you’ve got. You may reschedule, if it’s possible, and have the essential activities be accomplished first.

Don’t let yourself be burnout. Rest. But don’t take it as a luxury, take rest as a necessity.

Here you go! So those are the four resources that you have to allocate effectively this year. What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear your comments below.


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The Invisible Process

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What you see on the surface does not tell you the entire happening. What is visible to you is not the complete story. It may be a huge part, but it does not give you the whole picture.

An almost-perfect performance on stage, a rag to riches story of a young businessman, great preaching, a sudden-viral video testimonial - all of these are the visible events.

But have you asked in one moment of your life, what is the invisible process behind all of their big events?

Because the great insight is found in what you don't see and don't know.

1. What they don't do vs. what they do

I asked one of my mentees what she doesn't do anymore since she became a Christian, I got a simple short answer: she doesn't get mad quickly.

It's that a good thing? How many Christians do you know who are still impatient for years when dealing with people?

Another example is one that I've had an encounter with our partner agency client in the U.S. I asked this very successful businessman on what he doesn't do anymore — he told me he doesn't watch movies with his family outside, they just rent local movies for free in their local library. What a frugal approach to life!

The moment you interview someone, don't just ask what they do, try asking what they don't do that everyone else around them does. You'll be surprised at great insights you'll discover.

2. Offstage vs. on stage

Preparation is different from performance. You see people perform on stage, but you don't see them prepare off-stage.

There are a lot of off-stage activities that they do on a regular basis that help them propel to the success level they are now.

I usually ask people for their daily routines and habits (I have another post about routines).

But, routines are consistent activities you regularly do. They are not glamorous. People may often find them as overly dull.

However, those sets of routines enable successful people to produce incredible results (in compounding effects as years pass by).

Another question you can ask a significant and successful person is this, "What are your daily routines or habits?". You'll find that their actions are what 97% of people don't do.

And next.

I liked off-stage or back-end people. They may not be in the spotlight and sometimes, they don't get much credit as compared to people on-stage.

So, don't just ask people on-stage, ask the staff who works behind the scenes. Their credibility and character are unseen and unknown - you can learn much from them.

3. What they post vs. what they don't post online

Reality-wise, the entirety of a person's life is not presented well in the mainstream (social or media).

With people living their lives to the fullest, they don't have much time to post daily on their Instagram or Facebook My-Day Stories. They are busy making significant activities and memories with people.

In most cases, their best achievements are found nowhere online.

It is best to meet your desired mentors and leaders offline. Ask questions offline. Take them on dinner. Your 1-hour time spent with them off the social media scene is more significant learning experience than on your 4-hour combined chit-chats on social networks.

Have you desired to see and ask people about their invisible process? Comment your experiences below.


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One Origin of Entitlement

Entitled - it is the word that many business leaders generally describe millennials today.

While I don't fully agree in the generality of the description because I've seen it first hand that there are young people who are very hardworking, diligent in what they do, respectful to the older generation and as far as output is concerned, they deliver results on time.

Reality wise, we couldn't deny the fact that there are people (in all generations) who are entitled in life and business.

The question we need to answer is, "what makes them all entitled?"

There is one source of this entitlement — self-serving mindset.

When work has become a channel of how you want to be served, rather than you serving others, you begin the path of entitlement.

Francis Kong describes work at its very core, "Work is the expenditure of energy in creating something good and of value that may make a positive difference on others."

When you start to think and act as if the world owes you something, entitlement starts to kick in.

It's difficult to remove such mindset, in fact, the more you step onto a higher level of success, there is an urge and temptation to seek for selfish desires and pleasures to the point of stepping other people's shoes.

What can we do about it? If you relate to any of these, here are some tips to help you out.

1. Distant yourself from whiners and seemingly-entitled people

It is not an easy thing to do, but if you want a different kind of life — a life of an honorable character, it is a must thing to do.

You can quickly smell entitled people; they are the ones who go out establishing their authority and stature without performing well and contributing much to the team and the organization.

They are the whiners and ones who would look for people to blame when they make mistakes. In other words, they are not responsible enough to rectify what they've done wrong.

Distant yourself from them. Seek for friends and companions who have the same core values as yours - all-out service.

2. Remember the "world doesn't owe you anything."

You can begin complaining all day that you should receive all that you want because of who you are and what you have done.

Far from reality, you won't get them all.

I like what Jim Rohn says, "Life doesn't give you what you want, life doesn't give you what you need, life gives you what you deserve."
When you think you deserve the salary increase or promotion when you have done only 2-hour work every day for the entire year, you're seeking yourself pleasurable yet undeserved rewards.

Of course, we don't deserve anything at all, but rewards are for those who work hard enough with integrity.

We sometimes need to check our prideful heart and see if there are any self-seeking desires.

3. Change your mindset and develop your attitude

It starts with your mindset and heart. Rather than being self-centered all the time, think of ways on how you can contribute to the organization.

You may be unpopular, and you may not get the credits you deserve, it is always a matter of time before one person can see the outcome of your efforts. When your efforts produce incredible results that surpass the requirement given to you, you don't just achieve, you also grow yourself and develop your character.

When skills are honed every day, why not attitude?

Bring a positive and energetic attitude in what you do. You may see negative circumstances in your life, but that's part of life. Be joyful and give your best every day regardless of whether it is other people won't notice. Success is visible, but the process is invisible.

That's it for now!

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7 Lessons That I'll Bring This 2019

Now writing at 10:20 PM, less than two hours before 2019 starts.

After watching an investigatory film, I opened my Facebook messenger to see if there are any new messages. To my surprise, I got a handful of encouraging notes to continue what I've been producing with my content - a few tips here and there, advice from my own Facebook page, and now that I just came back to blogging, some good "how-to" articles to help people do better in business and in life.

As we end this year, let me give seven personal lessons I learned, may not all necessarily from this year, because some have been just emphasized (or relearned). A few lessons that are new to me, and most of all principles that I'll bring from 2018 to this year and to the rest of my years (hopefully they're still relevant until my last age).

1. More than the motivation: inspiration with discipline

To be honest, I've been part of a set of people who used to be looking for motivation from external sources - may it be finding and reading quotes of top personalities (speakers/authors/ministers), reading self-help books, watching videos, and chit-chatting people to get motivated.

However, in the days where you don't have the drive and will to keep moving forward and are being tempted to slack off the whole day (even while you're in the office), discipline is a must.

Discipline comes with the inspiration that pulls you toward a transformation and change that must be made. It lasts, and it may be hard at the beginning, but when you've always pushed yourself to do things right, you end up getting better results.

Self-discipline is one key to success. With discipline, you learn, you grow, and you move towards your goal.

Motivational part, in most cases, is just movement of emotions, is short-lived. It doesn't sustain your growth. You heard a great speaker in a seminar, then once he went off the stage, your emotions die down, and so that temporary motivation goes down.

With inspiration that is accompanied with discipline, you draw something from the inside - your purpose, your core values, your mission and vision in life. And with the right thinking and proper attitude and skills, you combine them all to do what you can do best every single day.

2. Get wise counsel

I don't know everything. And even in my fast-paced learning moments, I can't assure myself I could understand how to manage ambiguities in life. There are instances when I don't know what to do, and the only way to make the right decisions is to ask for counsel and advice from trusted and credible people.

Why do I have to emphasize trusted and credible? Because not all of the people around you are credible — they may listen to your stories, but haven't gone through the almost same problems that you face. The ones that are credible are the people who've had experiences similar to yours, overcame difficulties if there are, and they have the same core values — these are the ones you and I should be looking for.

And trusted — you know people you've told your secrets before, and later on, found out that they shared it away to their friends? This is the saddening truth of life.

Get counsel from as many godly, trusted and credible people so you would have different point views, pros and cons if you do this and that, be able to see your blindspots (we all have them, and we should all be aware) and from this, you and I will make up our minds with the guidance of the Lord.

3. Face problems head-on

I liked what Pastor Dennis said in his Instagram post, "Life is never kind to the areas we neglect."

One neglect leads to another. And little did we know, it is one beginning of an unexpected disaster in our lives.

If there are things that have to be fixed right away, do not neglect solving problems. Be intentional in facing them. Though we have the option to run away from it, sooner or later, we'll encounter just the same problem, but now a bigger and wider one to solve.

In my line of work, we encounter different business problems, different clients with different personalities and issues in their businesses. I couldn't just choose running away as my option. I have to talk to my colleagues, get them involved and make a firm decision on how to solve the issue.

4. Develop yourself so you can develop others; lead yourself so you can lead others

The good thing with reading books from different authors about one subject area (e.g., leadership) is that you'll be able to widen your perspective on certain things that include best practices, relevant issues, and how the author addresses each need.

One common denominator that I've found to be true in all books is this point - lead yourself so you can lead others well.

Leading yourself is not bragging your position, your rights, and your abilities. You don't drive yourself to prideful situations.

You lead yourself to servicing many people, to self-denial, to self-sacrifice, and to self-development. Because once you grow and become more valuable, you can add significant value to a friendship, mentorship, and leadership in all areas. The value itself once applied and taught to subordinates will bring tremendous growth to your organization.

5. Be careful with who you listen and watch

These days is the age that we can Google everything we want to know. But not wisdom and insights.

It takes some time to identify who is telling the truth and who is just giving you shallow advice. It takes some critical thinking skills to separate the wheat from the chaff, and bones from the meat.

That is why learning is important for you to see both sides of the story and issue.

More ideas aren't equated to better ideas. Some ideas are just cluttered that can confuse the mind and misdirect to its intended purpose. Some ideas are shallow and don't have any substance.

Be careful with what you put into your mind.

By God's grace, I have become more careful and discerning this year than last year.

6. Simplify productivity

We sometimes overcomplicate things. And yes, I do that most of the time.

One example is that I always lean on tools and devices to improve my productivity for the past years. Without several apps and offline tools, I tend to lose focus and knew for sure I couldn't accomplish my big priorities in the day.

This year, I have simplified things. I use my journal where I put all my priorities (Big 3) for the day. And with a little help of Google Calendar to schedule activities, I could easily see where my commitments are in place. Fewer tools, more productivity.

Two weeks ago, I purchased my own set of Full Focus Planners from the Michael Hyatt team - helping me set my goals in writing (both achievement and habit goals), put my daily priorities and schedules on paper. A planner, journal and a calendar - classic yet helpful.

Because productivity is not about the tools, it is about the system and the person doing it.

These tools, whether they are free or not, won't be a big help, in my opinion, without self-discipline and 20,000 feet perspective on your goals for the year.

7. Build your foundation and know life essentials

What brings me hope? What keeps me going? Who am I? Why do I need to do all that I am doing? Purpose, visions, mission, goals, identity, morality (ethics) — though you and I heard them all the time from many sources, if they are not determined and clarified, we can easily be swayed by the wind.

What is essential to you? What is essential to me? With all the material things in this world, what makes your life worth-while to live?

If testings come and we're not prepared to answer those mentioned above basic existential questions of life, we are in trouble.

So I ask you to search for the deeper meaning of life. You only have 75 or 100 years to live, every hour and minute counts. So make it count.

< End —11:07 PM, will go back to watching movies. Happy New Year everyone!


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Failures Don't Mean No Progress

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It is this time of the year again when people are starting to write down their list of goals for next year. Resolutions, change record, reminders boxes - whatever you call it.

It's good to have one of them, but I always believe that the best way to start is first having a good review of what happened this year.

And there are two reasons why we don't take a run-down of the entire year and instead go swiftly to catch the year ahead.

First, we don't have any details or data to back up our claims and monitor our progress this year. Even if you've got an excellent photographic memory, it's nearly impossible to dump all financial numbers, scheduled activities, accomplishments, even best events you've had in one sitting.

We can make guesses, but it'll fail even to estimate.

Secondly, our hopes and lists for next year are more likely enticing to imagine and see, than being honest to yourself and see if there's progress now.

And possibly it is because you know to yourself, at some or most areas of your life, you've failed (you're entirely sure even if you don't have to remember them).

Just today, I took some numbers for myself to be able to assess what happened.

It may not include all domains of my life because some are hard to quantify like relationships with my family and my ministry, though my calendar is a good tool to reveal what activities I have I invested in those areas.

Here's a good rundown:

  • Business: 58.4% year over year growth (Goal in 2018: 100% YOY)
  • Book reading: 40 out of 48 non-fiction books
  • Conferences (industry-specific and self-improvement): 5 paid conferences out of 4 planned events to attend for the year
  • Media interviews: 3 out of 4 (though which is uncontrollable)
  • Speaking engagements: 11 out of 12 (mix of company trainings and inspirational talks)

There is only one goal that I think that was achieved, which is attending at least 4 seminars for self-growth.

The rest, they all fall short.

Being an analytical thinker, I'd always look at numbers and use it as a basis to determine if it's a success and failure.

But that shouldn't be how I review your goals.

Of course, numbers are essential. But there are quality measures I should also take an in-depth look. A few of which I should consider.
— "what beneficial habits have I started and sustained as of this date?
— "what attitude have I developed at work, in ministry and relationships?" Have I become more patient this year than last year?
— "How deeper my relationships are with my mentors and leaders in the ministry?" Have I let them lead, or all I do is to micromanage them?"
— "How deeper my faith in God this year than last year?"
— "Did I expand my networks this year and even cultivate better relationships with my business partner and training colleagues?

FAILURES DON'T MEAN NO PROGRESS.

We may look at numbers alone, but it doesn't say all that happens.

As my favorite classic speaker, Jim Rohn, says, "The ultimate achievement of a goal is not what you get, but who do you become."

It's a good thing to assess yourself on both sides: quantity and quality measures.

In my next post, I'll share some tips on how to set goals and how to stay motivated until the end of next year.


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Why I Don't Believe in Most "20 Things to Do Before 30s" Articles?

Almost every day, I see listicles (articles with lists) about the "20 things you need to do before 30", or "50 books every entrepreneur should read" or "15 things you don't need to miss in your 20s".

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I'm sure you've seen and read one of them too.

These lists are everywhere. They tell people that if you do this and that, you will become successful. or if you follow this advice, you will be rich. The contrary is when you don't do this, you will miss half of your life, or if you don't do this, you won't achieve what you desire in life.

I read some of these lists. I checked and see what other authors' views are. But I don't do them.

Here are my personal reasons. I don't ask you to buy it. Read mine, ponder it yourself and make up your own mind.

1. UNIQUENESS OF WHO, WHY AND WHAT 

Because different people live their lives differently, it's almost impossible to happen that what I do is 100% exactly similar to what another person does.

I work, another person doesn't. I lead, others don't. I don't eat much, some do. Different location, different context, different age, and different set of goals.

In other words, what I do is unique in terms of context, timing, age, and location.

The same goes for my checklists. I do believe that our checklists should be unique, not because we just want to make it different from what other people have. But it is unique because it is based on who we are, why we do things and what we currently have.

When you have determined your identity (your who), you can identify your purpose and meaning (your why), and then look at your current resources, abilities, gifts, and skills (your what).

From that who, why and what, you create a checklist of your goals you want to achieve.

Therefore, my goals (and checklists) are uniquely different from the authors who wrote, "50 Things You Should Do Before 30s".

One of my goals perhaps included in one of their lists, but not all. And even if I got an exact similar list, the timing and season of achieving them are different.

2. SEASONS AND TIMING

30 is now a good number these days. Millennials shout 30!

When people say, "You need to reach and do this before 30 or 40s", it's like a motivational pump pushing everyone to reach their dreams quickly.

I do believe everyone can do great things, but not everyone will

And if everyone will, not everyone will be able to have them all because of seasons and timing.

The law of sowing and reaping simply says that, "If you sow, you will reap." If I may add, if you don't sow, you will not reap.

If you have not planted seeds in your 20s, you will not be able to reap one, two or any of the items in articles, "20 or 30 things you need to have".

Even if you have planted the right kind of crops, you have to wait for your season of harvest. Same is true with your current list of goals. You sow good seeds, and reap a great harvest if it's in the season of harvest.

You don't force harvest but you can force yourself to plant seeds. 

3. WRONG EXPECTATIONS

When your decision is solely based on other people's opinions, you may be setting up yourself for failures.

When you read hype articles, unconsciously, you are setting expectations on yourself to do this and that, to achieve this and that and to think this and that — copying what other people have included in their lists.

If you haven't pondered what you read well (not applied your critical thinking skill) and you neglect your own virtues and values, you are following a list of other peoples' goals without including YOU in the list.


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Neglect as a Disease of Attitude

When we think of failure, we often imagine a one-time big event in our lives that shames us, disappoints us, and of which we never want to remember.

But are these failures just sprout out from somewhere or are they accumulations of wrong decisions, wrong thinking, and wrong views of things? Are there any small diseases or negatives we haven't handled properly that led to all sorts of failures?

Think about that for a second. Did you fail overnight or is there something in your life you've neglected before, and now you're facing its consequences?

Merriam defines NEGLECT as failing to care for properly, or simply - ignore.

Neglect is a daily disease, if not cured, can lead to some major troubles in our lives. Why did I say that?

Neglect is not taking seriously of SMALL things in our lives. We are too often concerned about BIG happenings - the big picture, big goals, big achievements, and yet, we don't care about small things - small acts, small to-dos, small encouragements.

When these small things aren't taken care of, they dig up holes one by one, until our BIG thing is nowhere to be found.

So, how can you cure this disease of attitude called neglect?

1. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT EVERYTHING MATTERS

There are things that may seemingly unimportant as of the moment, but they all do matter. Of course, one has to discern which of these small things matter to his or her life. One has to exercise his critical thinking skills.

However, after you ponder, if these small things are needed in your life, and they should be done immediately, don't cheat yourself into the thinking that they don't MATTER at all.

When that happens, you are in the business of excusing yourself for not doing.

This is not good, because the moment you remember them after a period of time, this NEGLECTED thing could be your REGRET.

2. REMEMBER "STILL HAVE LOTS OF TIME" IS A FALLACY

The reason why we neglect is that we have this manyana habit, thinking that we still have lots of time.

The truth is…. we don't have any.

Time is running so fast. It speeds up that we ended up being surprised we're on Ber months again.

The moment you're in a decision of whether to do something or not, remind yourself that you can never go back to that moment's same day, time, and place. Time machine is unreal. Get over that.

Recently, I've posted a Facebook status update that gives a thought on moments of time:

"Being there" means soaking yourself into what's happening. Observe, capture, and experience the moment.

Don't let moments pass by. You don't want a day full of "I should" moments.

Remember, time can be your "friend" or "enemy". You choose.

3. DECIDE TO DO THINGS NO MATTER WHAT

The 1-minute you spend taking your vitamins, reading a book for 30 minutes a day, and practicing your presentation three (or 10 or 20 times) requires a decision and discipline.

I understand those small routines in your life are not easy. But when you do them consistently, the results compound, and you never know what these small things have affected the way you think, you say, and you behave.

Remember successful people do what unsuccessful don't even try do - and that includes doing things no matter what.


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Critical Thinking Is a Critical Skill

In my previous article on how to become more valuable in the marketplace, I shared one important tip - that is to acquire more than one skill.

If there's one skill among so many that need to be developed, in my opinion, I would say it's critical thinking.

Critical thinking, in a nutshell, is the disciplined process of processing information based on substance, context, and timing before making a conclusion or judgment.

Many people go astray in their lives because they let every idea that comes their way to influence their minds. If they can develop this critical skill, they would be able to go to places they wish they were, or become a better person they aimed to be.

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There are three primary reasons that I see critical thinking as a necessary skill to practice.

First, it helps you to filter information that you get by reading, watching or listening to a video, article or any other sources.

You put, what I call, "mental stop" to an idea that is trying to enter your mind. You pause for a while and think.

By doing so, you don't give a chance to any idea that will not add value to your success goals.

Second, critical thinking helps you deepen your values by recognizing them first as your primary criteria to check if an idea is good or bad.

Thirdly, critical thinking allows you to make solid arguments when there is a need to protect your beliefs and your virtues.

No, you don't insist debate, but when the time comes that you have to defend what you believe in, you know what to say because you have pondered it well several times.

Now, let me discuss how you can develop a critical thinking skill.

1. Question the popular thinking. 

Our social networks are now bombarded with motivational quotes, videos on "5 easy tips to make", "quick hacks," and "secrets to success." Information like these is scattered everywhere. If you want more of them, just follow a famous personality, and get notified by his latest updates.

When an idea is positive and is coming from a person you admire because he or she is very famous and rich, you are likely to read it, consume for a while, and share it quickly.

But..

How many times have you questioned a popular idea?

Have you taken time to reflect and criticize if it is really valuable?

If you are like most people, you don't. As long as the quote got thousands of likes and shares, it doesn't matter, they will accept it.

I want you to take cautious moments and think.

The next time you read a quote, watch a video, read a book, or hear a principle from a speaker, my recommendation is for you to ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Are these ideas aligned with my beliefs, values, and virtues in life?
  • What's the context of this statement?
  • Where is the speaker coming from? Why is he saying that?
  • Does the idea add lasting value to me and to others?
  • Are these statements leading me to shortcuts or easy hacks in life?
  • Does this person's life reflect what he says?

And a lot more questions that would allow you to criticize the idea. Once you've got through all the thinking process, you will realize if an idea is worth accepting, worth to practice to your personal life, and even worth sharing to your social media feeds.

2. Read more than one material. 

My favorite business philosopher, Jim Rohn, says this best, "Don't be a follower, be a student."

What does it mean to be a student?

To be a student means to read more than just one book. You go to the library and look for other references for the same topic. You don't stop searching until you find which resources are valid and credible.

Then you make a curated list of topics or points that sums up your entire report or presentation.

In life, you don't just follow the crowd. You don't just accept opinions from other people. You get more than one source. You ask advice from many counselors, mentors or coaches. You seek for learning.

From that, you make a decision upon your conclusion. You conclude on yourself on what makes sense to you.

TAKEAWAYS:

You cannot master critical thinking by just enrolling in a course or reading a book on this topic. It requires more than that - a discipline to think and reflect and the humility and willingness to be corrected.

"You eat the meat and throw away the bones," as Francis Kong said. You get what is substantial and valuable, and throw away what's not.

So, If someone tells you there's a shortcut to success or one formula to getting wealth, would you believe them easily?.


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Becoming More Valuable in the Marketplace

This week, I was having a conversation with one of our employees who just went to a 1-year evaluation in our company.

I went over her accomplishments, how she behaved in the office and the improvements she needs to make in the coming months or years.

It's tough to give evaluated feedback as you have to support your objective comments with data, notes and situational cases, where both of you would remember and agree.

Like every employee, she wants her salary to be adjusted. Of course, who didn't want that?

Given the results and productivity she had, her line of work and the professional behavior she showed, the value that she gave to the company doesn't deserve a salary adjustment.

With a little pondering with my business partner, we came to that conclusion.

As I end my conversation with her, I gave recommendations as to how she could be more valuable to the company. I provided a few opportunities that she can grab and treasure and shared recommendations for behavioral changes that need to be made to acquire specific skills.

When we desire to get more from the marketplace, we have to give more and become more valuable.

As my favorite business philosopher, Jim Rohn once said,

"Work harder on yourself than you do on your job."

What a fascinating philosophy that is!

More than just being a hard worker on your job, you've got to be hard worker on your own personal development and growth.

Your salary will never be more than your personal development. I strongly believe that.

Of course, there would be people who are undervalued in the corporate world today - meaning, they don't get the salary deserved for what they have contributed.

If you are one of them, I believe God knows that if you invest time, money and other resources to grow yourself and put them into practice in the workplace. Time will only tell. In the right season, you'll reap your harvest.

Working hard on yourself means learning some extra skills by reading books, attending classes and seminars, having lunches and dinners with mentors, coaches and trusted friends who can give you feedback and by doing other activities that will help you become a better worker.

It is better to make yourself more valuable than to wait for the annual review to get a raise. You may look for another company that gives a better compensation, but sooner or later, you'll receive the salary that deserves your worth in the marketplace.

I say worth in the marketplace, not your self-worth. You get your self-worth alone from God and not from anybody and anything else. Our worth in the marketplace will increase if we make some changes in the way we think, the way we say and the way we do things.

become more valuable in the marketplace

Here are two ideas to increase your worth (or value) in the marketplace.

1. Develop the discipline.

Every one of us will choose either of these two pains: the pain of regret or the pain of discipline. The pain of discipline weighs ounces, while the pain of regret weighs tons.

How many times did you regret something you've never done or finished in the past? Whether it's a new part-time business that you want to put up or a certification course you want to take or an MBA program, you want to enroll in?

Whatever it is, those regrets could be avoided if you have put enough disciplines to them.

In a moment of deciding whether to invest your money and time in an activity that helps you grow, discipline your mind. Think of the future, and not just the present.

You can easily waste the money if you decided not to. But if you invest it in the future, you'll reap the rewards of your investment. And the investment is not on other people, IT'S ON YOU!

It takes discipline to decide whether you'd go for the necessary activities for personal growth or let days pass by without doing anything and just waiting for things to happen.

2. Acquire more than one skill

When you understand the benefits of becoming more valuable in the marketplace, you'll start to look for opportunities where you'll gain more skills.

We paid by the value of our hands. Knowledge and skills are both needed in the marketplace. But let's talk about our hands - our skills.

The more specialized our skills are today, the more we increase our value.

Think about your current skills today. Do you have a technical skill you gained from your college course? Is there any chance you can deepen your knowledge towards that skill?

How about adding more skills? Other skills aren't industry-specific but are critical for daily work.

Today, people skills are fundamental. There's a high likelihood of you getting promoted when you have both technical and people skills.

Many available resources will help you gain knowledge in dealing and handling people in the marketplace. One book that I'd recommend is the 360 Degree Leader by Dr. John Maxwell. This resource will help you lead yourself, your co-employees, your subordinates, and even your boss.

people skills

There are other skills every one of us need to develop - skills such as communication and selling (if you're entering into business, this one is a must).

Be intentional in gaining more skills. Because in this highly competitive world, highly-skilled people are ones who get the highest pay.

Takeaways:

With simple disciplines and a strong intention for accumulating new skills, you'll increase your value in the marketplace over time. Maybe not too quick as you wish. But success is not an overnight success. Success is practicing daily disciplines consistently.


Big Secrets of the Most Successful Online Workers Uncovered

The interest in online employment among Filipinos is increasing dramatically. Obviously, with good reasons. Who wouldn’t want more independence and flexibility in their daily schedule? Not to mention numerous possibilities for earning far more than you need! And all that from the comfort of your home. It’s finally not important who you know, but what you know and can do.

Sounds like a dream come true, right?

We’re not talking solely about earning some extra cash on the Internet. It’s rather about making your living online and building a stable virtual career in a massively growing industry. You wonder which one it is? A bit more patience, please. You’re about to find out the greatest secret of online workers who are well ahead of the game.

Take a peek at these genius insights into becoming a prosperous and satisfied online employee.

Love What You Do

You can make money online in various ways. For instance, you can work as a virtual assistant, copywriter, web developer, CSR, administrative support, marketer, graphic designer and the like. The opportunities are numerous, so everyone can find what suits their needs and interests best.

That is important because you can’t remain committed to your work if you’re disengaged. But how could you get engaged with the job you don’t like or get bored with? Don’t let the money be your only motivator. You won’t be able to achieve the business goals and fulfil your company needs.

Instead, be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Based on that, find a lucrative niche you’re interested in and hone the necessary skills to perfection. That’s the only right direction.

Followed the link above? Then, you have the idea which one that is for sure. If you think it’s eCommerce, you’re right! The rise of this industry is undeniable. Cost saving and convenience for buyers are what primarily drives its massive growth. That’s the well-kept secret of leading online workers.

Keep Up-to-Date with the Latest Industry Changes

Once you’ve identified the most impressively growing industry and chosen your field of interest within it, it’s vital to remain updated. Why? Because all industries are evolving rapidly nowadays. The tools you have to use when working online are changing and developing in the blink of an eye.

In one of the Forrester’s reports about eCommerce forecast for 2017 to 2022, it is stated that:

Cross-border shopping will make up 20% of eCommerce in 2022, with sales of $627 billion. Asia Pacific, driven by China, will become the largest eCommerce cross-border region for both imports and exports.

You see? Not only eCommerce is the future, but it’s already our present!

Thus, strive to stay on the learning path constantly if you want to be competitive. It’s impossible to become affluent if you’re not highly skilled for the job, right?

So, be proactive! Always gain new knowledge and certifications to stay ahead of the curve. Your employer will appreciate that.

Develop Your Technical Skills

Haven’t we mentioned that constant learning is the key to success? You don’t have to be a Jack-of-all-trades who speaks perfect English, knows a lot about SEO, graphic design, marketing, or programming. Just show initiative to learn and grow. Every legitimate employer will reward your effort.

Basic technical skills of an average online worker include:

  • using the Internet,
  • using a word processing program (e.g. MS Word or Google Docs) to create and edit documents,
  • using spreadsheets (e.g. MS Excel or Google Spreadsheets) to keep various records,
  • sending emails,
  • downloading and uploading documents, and the like.

Mind you - your aim is to be exceptional, not average! So, invest in your knowledge today to become competitive! Choose an effective self-paced online training.

Master Your Communication Skills

When it comes to communication, keep it clear and straightforward. Be a careful and active listener who asks specific questions. That’s how you’ll get targeted information you need to complete your tasks.

For instance, imagine you’ve encountered a problem you’re supposed to discuss with your teammates to find a solution. Don’t just say ‘Hey! Here’s the problem! What should I do?’ Instead, offer a possible solution in advance and ask for their opinions and suggestions.

Also, provide detailed but concise instructions. Use active verbs and a step-by-step approach when assigning a task to a co-worker to avoid misunderstandings. For example, don’t phrase the instructions like this:

Blog article on popular shoes with nice photos and relevant links needed by Friday.

Instead, give the following less generic guidelines, such as:

Hi (team member’s name),

Please, write a blog article about the most popular high-heeled shoes this season for www.storename.com/blog (no longer than 900 words).

Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017, 10 a.m.

The aim of this task is to .... (explain what you would like them to achieve with this work)

1) Please include a link to their most popular product page in the first part.

2) Include no more than X outbound links.

3) Also, include at least 3 high-quality product photos (dimensions AxB).You can ask [team member] to help you find them.

Thank you,
(Your name)

Isn’t it more precise?

So, keep your messages and emails brief to avoid confusion. Getting right to the point will show you respect other people’s precious time.

Strengthen Your Soft Skills

Besides the professional skills required for the job, you shouldn’t neglect your soft skills as well. It means you’re supposed to develop your emotional intelligence. That’s how you’ll learn to:

  • handle work pressure,
  • cooperate with others,
  • be an active listener,
  • communicate properly,
  • connect with people,
  • empathise with them,
  • be open to feedback, and much more.

It’s also useful to learn how to deal with difficult colleagues.

Maximise Your Productivity

It’s impossible to reach maximum productivity when you’re not focused on what you’re doing. Stronger focus increases productivity. As simple as that. Thus, plan your steps, manage your time, and remove any distractions while you’re working. That’s the only way to boost your productivity.

Keep Track of Your Performance

Define reasonable specific professional goals and deliver on them. Keep track of your performance on a daily or weekly basis. It will help you stay on the right path and head towards achieving your goals.

If you’re not satisfied with your performance, find the ways to improve it. Also, don’t sit and wait for the feedback, ask for it.

Demonstrate an Exceptional Work Ethic

No matter whether you’re working on a major or minor task, always do your best. Handle all your tasks with particular attention to details and the same enthusiasm and responsibility. Anyway, being devoted and hard-working are typical Filipino traits. So, you won’t find achieving it difficult, right?

Someone unreliable who often misses deadlines can’t expect a raise or promotion. Similarly, your excellent performance will be recognised and rewarded.

Thus, hone new skills, be within reach, stay loyal and self-motivated. Jump in and offer help when you see a colleague struggling with a task. Even if you’re not asked to. Get the job done on time and inspire others around you to grow. That’s an online employee who can count on long-term engagement, high rates and success.

Always Stay Professional

Wins and losses are part of everyday business. Filipinos are sensitive and take everything too personally. That’s why you should learn how to take constructive negative feedback from your boss or co-workers seriously but not too personally. Use it to figure out how you can improve. It’s vital to learn how to manage your emotions and stay professional.

Create a Good Working Environment

Remove any distractions from your working environment and get some peace and quiet. You certainly wouldn’t take your children, family or pets to the office, right? Your office is now at home, so make sure the kids are playing in another room or outside while you’re working. Talk to your friends and family so that they know when they mustn’t interrupt you unless the house is on fire.

Also, turn off the TV and your mobile phone. Don’t get lost and start surfing the Internet for pleasure, reading newspapers or playing games during your working hours. A serious online employee would never do that!

Comfortable chair and adequate lighting go without saying.

Take Special Care of Your Equipment

The equipment you use in your day-to-day work MUST meet at least some minimum requirements. Otherwise, you won’t be able to perform your duties smoothly. Make sure your computer works properly, and secure a stable Internet connection. Also, come up with a backup plan if something goes wrong. That’s how you’ll show your employer you’re serious about the work.

Be Wise with Your Earnings

When you start earning more than you used to, you will be tempted to spend more too. You’ll want to make some big or unnecessary purchases, buy expensive presents for your friends and family, or organise big parties as most Filipinos would.

You think that’s how you’ll show the people how much you love and appreciate them, right? Besides, shopping and parties relieve stress, and you work a lot now and are under intense pressure. So, why wouldn’t you relax a bit and enjoy your life? Be careful not to fall into that trap!

Plan your budget before you get old and realise all your big money’s gone with the wind. Open a savings account, get insured, and think about your retirement now. Also, invest in your education because it will bring you an even higher salary.

Adopt the Right Attitude

It’s all about the right approach to work. Do you believe your home-based online employment is less important and serious than a regular office job? If you do, that’s an obstacle to success.

Don’t get working in your tracksuit or pyjamas from your room deceive you! Your virtual job requires as much dedication and effort as all the other jobs. Thus, treating it as a genuine employment is the only right attitude.

That’s why you should learn how to be an effective and valuable remote employee. All these guidelines rely on nothing more than common business sense. Stick to them and your online career is bound to thrive. Keep in mind that building a successful online career takes discipline, dedication and persistence.