Fathers and Sons

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Exactly 6 years ago, I was in Cardinal Santos hospital feeling an overwhelming mixture of happiness, fear, and  excitement. You see, for the first time, I was holding my son in my arms. And there was something else I was feeling. As I beheld my son, I felt an unmistakable tug of the heart. It was the first time we met face-to-face, but never did I feel such an intense feeling of love for another person. He was mine.  Then I had a quick realization. I quickly looked for my dad. Finding him, I gave him a hug and said, "happy birthday!" It was also his birthday after all. I then extended the hug a bit. You see, it was also the first time in my life I realized … [Read more...]

He Gives and Takes Away

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Around three months ago, I got a call from my wife Pauline. She was frantic. She was crying. "I don't know what to do." She was pregnant with what would be our fourth child. She was pregnant only after a few months of giving birth to our third child. With all the strength I could muster, I talked to her as calmly as I could, saying I would be home soon and we could sort it out. On the way back home though, it hit me. Hard. I thought and worried about escalating tuition fees multiplied by a larger factor, an ever-expanding household, how we won't be fitting in our current family car anymore, and my ability to be a loving father to four children. I was worried also for my … [Read more...]

On Power, Spiritual Leaders, Achieving the Impossible, and Other Random Motivational Thoughts

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This is my third attempt at writing a blogpost today. Currently, I’m experiencing that same feeling that I get when I’m being moved to write. The experience in which the spirit takes over and I am provoked to let go of inhibition because I’m being called to send a message. I’m not sure what I’m being called to say, but here it goes: Money will not give you power. Respect and humility in your work will go a long way Leaders are spiritual. Something greater than their idea of self is at work. If we accept the call, then we must lead unafraid of what the world thinks If we are trying to change things in the world, something in it apparently isn’t working Never … [Read more...]

How to Avoid The Marshmallow Career

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In a landmark study done in 1972 by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel, hundreds of children were offered a marshmallow. However, each child was told that if they could resist eating the marshmallow for 15 minutes, they would receive a second marshmallow. Decades after, it was found that the children who delayed gratification (around a third of the 600 students who participated), were described as more competent, had higher SAT scores, and went on to have better careers. A few days ago an entrepreneurial friend of mine posted a quick "Pera o Passion?" poll on his Facebook page. The last I checked, "pera" was leading.  It was understandable, but I have to admit, I felt a bit … [Read more...]

How God Founded Our Startup

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When a new employee starts in STORM, or any of the startups I'm associated with (we're all in one building), they are treated to something different (especially if they've previously worked in corporations before) which happens every three o'clock. We invite the newbie to our conference room, where we read the Gospel for the day, and then everyone gets her turn to say a prayer. When we celebrate a victory, we quickly remind ourselves that ultimately, it was God who enabled the victory. Yes, we have very talented and intelligent people on our team - but where do all these gifts come from anyway? We cannot and will not take full credit. On the lower-right corner of our website, you will … [Read more...]

The ONE TRUE RISK I faced in taking the startup leap

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One of these days, I'll post the full-blown story of what exactly happened when I took the leap and kissed my corporate career goodbye. It was truly a Faith-Leap for me. Till then, kindly make do with this super abridged version: I was a 33-year old corporate lifer with a wife and a newborn son I was supporting. It was the middle of the 2008 recession. The startup firm I was working part-time putting up was struggling mightily, partly because I wasn't giving it the time it deserved. I had two paths to take. One was to continue on my 12-year corporate career as a line HR director, continue receiving my comfortable salary, continue with the peace of mind that my family would be ok. … [Read more...]

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