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28 May 2014

Getting Over Your Circumstances

Are you prepared to face the truth about your discomfort?

Just few days ago, a friend of mine asked me straight questions that most of us would ask upon having an unbearable event of life. I pondered for few seconds and asked her this: “Why have you thought about those questions?” It seems like hope is impossible for her to believe and as if faith doesn’t exist. Has time come for you to think that there’s no way to go over your unpleasant situation? My Dad went up to be with the Lord in 2011 and the succeeding events have been a surprise to me. I had to face difficult decisions that I was never prepared for. In my pursuit for answers, I have come to realize essential ways that can lead us to overcome the struggles we are in.

Begin with yourself.
What your mind and heart have entertained and embraced becomes the truth. You may come to a point that you think there’s nothing good about you anymore just because a lot of people have fed you of what has been wrong. On the other hand, sometimes, even the nicest words from a love one or close friend won’t really matter. We are trying to understand yet our human intelligence is limited to the vastness of life’s entirety. We have to realize that change will start from within us. Begin with being honest of yourself. Accept that you are in a deep situation and regain your confidence by going back to the ‘goodness’ on you. This isn’t easy and will never be. But, when we begin to see ourselves as unique and significant, you start to appreciate yourself, something better will rise within you. I was filled with tons of disappointment. Almost every decision I made contributed to the pile of such discomfort each day. I have decided to talk to my inner spirit and became honest of what I feel. Though the most difficult person to convince is my own self, I really need to challenge my discomfort and begin to pull up what has been good.

Take a sweet escape.
Being in a different environment opens the door for personal reflection. Perhaps, your ears are tired of listening to regrets, disappointments and dissatisfaction. Few days of solitude, away from your normal world, will help you see your present circumstance in a different way. Mingling with new friends breaks the silence you have kept for several days or months. It’s also true that you have to face the issues but a sweet escape can help you determine the ‘real issue’ you are in. While writing this post, I’m in a national convention of a huge organization for their team building in Subic, Zambales, which is almost 4 hours away from Manila. I am part of a fantastic group of event organizers which I had a chance to know each member for the first time. It was a delightful experience. It ignited something inside me that says, “Hey, there’s always a brighter side of where you are now.” When you want to hear yourself clearly, go to a place where you can be honest about yourself, away from the voices you hear every day.

Live refreshed.
Once you have done the first 2, you need to sustain the freshness you got. How? This won’t be too easy but it’s important. You have to change the way you speak, think and act. Is that simple? No. Think that your temperament and ways were unpredictable. You have been into devastation. (Figuratively speaking) It’s very unnatural for someone who is passing through a dark tunnel to act like there’s nothing wrong in life. And there you are, so refreshed, so renewed and so happy facing your life’s challenges. To maintain being refreshed:
- Be firm with the change. It must be consistent.
- Be aware of your actions. It must be inspiring.
- Be good to others. It must be admirable.
By the grace of God, you can do what’s difficult. By His strength, you can do all things. Remain in faith and you’ll live life refreshed.

I always believe that nothing happens accidentally. Each puzzle piece of life is essential to our character building. There are a lot of inspirational quotes out there but you must experience the change within in order to believe what others are saying about overcoming your unpleasant situation.

You may find yourself being consumed by your circumstances. You think you are still the person you used to be but unknowingly you are already changed, sadly, not for the better. It’s not easy to get over your problems but you can begin to step up till you reach the top of the mountain.

21 May 2014

The 4 Valuable Things in Starting a Business

Anything that fills your daily life with exuberance is truly valuable. It could be work, hobby, gadget or a friend or love one. No matter what or who they are, you simply enjoy the day with them. However, its lost can bring (extreme) pain and longing.

Being a start-up entrepreneur is no joke. I am used to early morning travels and evening meetings, seeing wonderful people and creating value to the business I am in. Yet, when I decided to take the path not everyone is willing to pass through, there are things I found so valuable.


The people I used to talk with. Friends who are waiting for me in the office so we can have our morning coffee together and chat for few minutes. The mentors who are willing to spend time uplifting my spirit to be excellent in personal and professional life. The friends whom I go out with for lunch and talk about life at work. Sometimes, we enjoy the job not just because we earn but because we have friends. Having my own business made me realize that I can have the luxury of time meeting people while, unfortunately, my friends are stuck in their 8 to 5 world, less of travel time. I end up alone, waiting till someone is available. Having someone to get to know about your journey helps you feel lighter because as you share your story, you'd find yourself inspiring the person you are talking to.

On the road to entrepreneurship, money is an integral thing. Being employed secured me for monthly earnings that I can use to pay my bills. The truth is, the bills for home utilities continue each month but my income is still unpredictable. When things turned around, it takes faith and determination to be able to raise up funds and spend for monthly expenses. As an employee, I used to complain about the salary I am receiving. Now, as an entrepreneur, I am being trained and disciplined to be happy with every single money that comes from real hard work.

Learning is an investment that anyone should not neglect. I took advantage of the huge sale of books recently and grabbed expensive titles for half of their selling price. It's important for me to learn new things and acquire success principles I would be needing while I'm establishing the business. It's an honest confession that I don't know everything but I am very eager to learn new things. Most influential people I know personally - C.E.O.s, General Managers, Managing Directors, Presidents are investing on books. Why shouldn't I?

It's easy to get excited about the new business. It's fun to say I am on my own and do things my way. Yet, the ultimate challenge is how to sustain that excitement. Losing that butterfly in my stomach will consume the dream I am building. Just when I feel that excitement will subside, I'll talk to friends - those who are have their own business and share the passion, those who are in need so I'd feel I'm not alone in a struggle and those who are fun to be with so I can laugh out loud. I hug kids too to feel I'm not getting old enough.:)

The value you offer to your customers is directly proportional to the value you create for yourself. This famous saying reminds us that we must be committed to add value to people, including ourselves.

12 May 2014

ProTips + YOUnique: Discover your Unique Professional Potential

Looking for an event to boost your potential? Here's a FREE event for you!

Protips + YOUnique: Discover Your Unique Professional Potential featuring speakers Maloi Salumbides and Jayson Lo on June 14, 2014, 2-6pm at Powerbooks Greenbelt 4.

This learning opportunity aims to equip you for success through discovering your unique potentials and committing to pursue excellence and become key players in the marketplace.


Maloi Salumbides is a broadcaster, motivational speaker, author and life-long learner. She has exemplified in her life the value of excellence as she encourages her readers and listeners to “be a blessing in the workplace” through her best-selling ProTips books and radio broadcast. Her featured book for the seminar, ProTips: As You Enter the Race, “GETs you ready for the workplace with a winning mindSET that will make you GO with confidence, influence and excellence!”

Jayson Lo is a public speaker and adviser to companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. He desires to help people achieve their fullest potential. He also authored the best-selling book YOUnique and its youth version, YOUnique Youth.

As practicing professionals, both speakers understand the challenges and demands of the workplace. Their willingness to share their expertise and experiences through this seminar stems from their desire to create positive influence and promote godly values in the lives of individuals.

For more information, you may email, call 852-7301 to 04, or visit

See you there!

08 May 2014

Why people succeed?

Why people succeed?

When this is asked, a lot of words pop up: Determination. Patience. Leadership. Hard work. Intelligence. Strategy. Vision. All of them contribute to the success of a person. Their work performance beats others easily. But, have we ever asked ourselves why some people perform better than the others?

Here's an interesting fact...

Having a high IQ alone may not necessarily equate high rate of success. Other "intelligent" factors such as self awareness, impulse control, persistence, self motivation, being able to build and sustain inspiring work environments as well as engage others through empathy and positive relationships are qualities which set apart leaders who excel.

Increasing emotional intelligence makes individuals more efficient, productive and successful. Organizations can become more productive by hiring emotionally smart people and by offering opportunities to enhance these skills in the workplace

Success is defined as your ability to set and achieve your personal and professional goals. Let's take a look at how the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient) matter to the success of an individual:

IQ’s relevance to success is estimated to be low (According to Sternberg (1997) 4 to 25 percent, may be no higher than 10 percent)

EQ’s relevance to success is estimated to high (According to Stein & Book (2000) estimate 27 to 45 percent of job success)

It's important that everyone, especially the working professionals, should be aware of their emotional quotient to be able to workout in what particular area they are weak at. A salesman's top performance in numbers won't guarantee that he can be an effective manager and team leader. His ability to manage people is highly important.

“If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness,if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” — Daniel Goleman

To learn more about EQ-i 2.0, email Center for Creative Learning and Leadership Development: and