Its a very question but one I can answer quite easily. I left school not sure what I wanted to do so dropped into electronics and had some hard times as I worked my way through. I used to work in a local nightclub at the time aswell as a full-time job and my studies were in the evenings. From a child I come from a family that I have never heard the word “love” or been praised for anything I have done. Infact if anything quick to put me down when I ever started anything. Over the years I have studied many things and had many interesting jobs and tried my hand at a few businesses. One thing I have always realised though is people have always been waiting for me to fail. Friends, family and people I have been associated with, very few have ever even said good luck or hope it all works out for you. But where are they now? I’m not bitter over things but its a drive in ambition as I cannot fail as I point blankly refuse to. I’ve worked night and day in the past and expect to do it in the future. I have carried out contracts for my employers previously and presently and will organise, re-organise and make things run smoother and faster simply because I wont be the one to let things fail and when I do leave things or more efficient than they have ever been. I went back to a company a few years ago I once worked at making doors alongside a friend of mine. We worked 13hrs a day 6 days a week and got paid a good salary but it was heavy, fast and repetitive work. My friend left shortly after I did after I decided to head off to the exhibition trade as the salary was higher and work more interesting. On my return I found that they had replaced the two of us who done everything by hand or with hand routers had been replaced by 5 people and a CNC machine and they still couldn’t output what we used to. I look at people these days who are looking for the next job and no interest in what they are doing but if you don’t set the high standard who will? Failure is something I have never accepted in life simply because I adjust and adapt. I have had work where it wouldn’t be profitable to pay someone but instead I have worked night and day and still made a profit. Although long-term not a great idea but short term I made a profit and then sold it on. Its always about driving forward with everything and knowing that those who laughed sitting joking at your expense waiting for you to fail all fall silent in your success.
But there is something else people need to realise is there is no I in we and me my wife April and our family work as a team to better all our lives. I’m not some fat guy expecting to pay a minimum wage and expect results. I work on a partnership that is developing over time. Although I have talked about many ventures even the piggery many say “don’t do it it will fail” it still made a profit. Just one I don’t find acceptable for the work involved for my in-laws. What has happened over the last two years is the bond of friendship,trust and family which makes all ventures stronger and more profitable as we start to understand each others strengths and weaknesses. The statement “Together We Stand Divided We Fall” rings very true in Filipino culture as a single persons success is pretty impossible as the combination of things to get something done easily relies heavily on networks of friends and associates. But also the fact that the most important thing is family. I have always looked at life in the way if your home life is bad it leaks into your work life then corrupts that and you end up in a cycle of unhappiness and everything suffers. I have a wonderful wife who is great on things I am not and I blend with things she doesn’t like to do or has little knowledge in. Allowing a combination of ideas to spiral and create a better life for us all. Many people say I have but I base things on “We” when I’m abroad I have no issues with my in-laws using the vehicles or any other equipment for either business for themselves or general use because they are ours.
The reason I brought that up is simple. I hear so many people saying keep away from your wives families giving advice to others. Truth is its all based on people not stereotyping not every family is the same and not all families have a rotten apple amongst the bunch. I had one bad experience but we wouldn’t be where we are now without the continuing help from Mom and Pap’s. In return we help them with other things as building a community is key to happiness.. Living in a sub-division driving to the malls each day and back is an existence not a life. The Philippines is a raw society full of business opportunities to be built and over time I will share them with you the ones we get involved in.