Achieving mastery

Make no mistake about it: the journey toward success and prosperity isn’t a walk in the park. At least not when one is just starting on a venture and trying to find his or her niche in the market. The first part of the journey is the hardest, during which we undergo trials big and small. It is during this first phase when most people simply drop out of the race. They don’t have the patience, grit and perseverance to keep at it. What they don’t know is that most of the time, success is just over one more hump or obstacle, and the rest of the way becomes smoother.

We have to understand that to succeed, and then become rich, we have to achieve mastery at whatever it is we are doing. If we are professionals, we cannot hope to climb the career ladder unless we become good, nay masters, at what we are doing. In sports, business, professions and everything else, it is the masters who have the edge, and are most likely to succeed. If it is a product, then we have to make it shine and excel over the competition. People seldom settle for second-class when it comes to buying products.

There is really no secret to it: the path to mastery is constant practice and a lot of trial and error. Repetition is the key to mastery. This is best shown by champions in sports and the great painters, musicians and other artists. Excellence doesn’t allow for shortcuts.

Daniel Coyle, author of the book “The Talent Code”, wrote that remarkable improvement in skills happens when a person engages in “deep practice,” which he describes as “struggling in certain targeted ways… in which you are forced to slow down, make errors and correct them.”

Malcolm Gladwell, a prominent psychologist who write “Outliers”, postulated that mastery is often achieved after 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice”. Indeed, great athletes and artists reach their peaks because of the long hours of practice they put into their craft. Michael Jordan, for instance, was famous for spending an extra two hours shooting hoops and training in the gym when his team mates have already ended the practice sessions.

The more you master, the more you grow, and the more you grow, the more you master. This is how Tony Robbins, one of the most popular authors on wealth building and personal success, described what he calls a positive feedback cycle. “Repetition is the mother of skill,” Robbins has emphasized. The more skillful you are, the better are your chances of achieving success and wealth.


Quit the blame game

Just about the easiest thing to do when one fails is to look for someone, or something, to blame. And if we can’t find a person or circumstance to blame, we try to justify why we didn’t make it. Almost always, we don’t accept responsibility for things that happen to us, especially when it’s about failure.

This is the reason why most people can’t achieve success. They can’t even take responsibility for what happens to them, or their lives, in the first place. By refusing ownership of mistakes or poor judgments leading to failure, we unwittingly put ourselves in a corner where there’s no way out. We are only bound to sink deeper in failure when that happens.

The road to success is filled with risks. But when we accept responsibility for the outcome of our actions, we become more open to learning from mistakes, and we treat risks as opportunities for improving ourselves. Blaming others is a retreat without even taking a look at what happened, and understand where we made a mistake, and know how to avoid the same mistakes when we tread on the same path.

This tendency to blame others blocks off potential allies in the accomplishment of tasks, especially when it requires teamwork. Blaming a colleague will antagonize him or her; nobody will want to work with you, or want you on the team.

Justifying might make you sound good when you’re not. It’s the circumstances, and not your fault, is how you would put it. But justifying doesn’t help you at all in the accomplishment of your goals. When you try to point out reasons on why you failed, you are also closing the doors to discovering where you could have done right.

Success doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, the big winners are the ones who persevered and plodded on no matter how many times they stumbled and fell. Examine their lives and you can’t find a single individual who whined and complained and blamed each time they had to hurdle an obstacle.

Each invention that we take for granted today was a product of patient work, grit and perseverance. We might not be aspiring to make earth-shaking discoveries in technology, but we can apply this simple principle in our lives to become happier, fulfilled and successful in our ventures. Simply quit the blame game.

Extreme Ownership

If we want to succeed as leaders and business people, we have to take responsibility for everything that happens in our lives. Human nature is such that people tend to blame others for failure, or to justify or complain about circumstances. But we need to overcome this tendency if we want to grow and succeed in our careers and become wealthy and happy.

Admitting that we are wrong hurts our ego, and this stokes our fear of being regarded as incompetent or stupid. However, this fear is unfounded. In fact, those who are quick to take responsibility for their actions, as well as their organization’s, earn the admiration and respect of the people they work with. For one thing, it takes great courage to own what goes wrong.

I’d like to share this TedX talk by former SEAL and author Jocko Willink about “Extreme Ownership” to illustrate how not blaming others or finger-pointing can lift one’s own leadership and integrity and build a solid foundation for success. (Just click on the highlighted words.)

Bitcoin, gulpi nagnubo ang bili

Wala pa gani isa ka semana halin sang tumimbu-ok ang bili sang Bitcoin sa “record high” nga $17,117, gulpi lang nagbaylo ang direksyon sang iya dalagan kag nagnubo ini sa $13,152 subong gid lamang nga Domingo sang hapon.

Kon isipon naton sa Philippine Peso, kapin 220,000 pesos ang ginpanaog sang bili sang Bitcoin sa sulod gid lamang sang apat o lima ka adlaw, bagay nga sigurado makapakulba sa mga utod naton nga nagtaya sang dalagko nga kantidad sa cryptocurrency nga ini.

Yari ang report sang Coindesk bahin diri:

Writing your way toward riches

Believe it or not, you can make your dreams come true by taking a simple step: Write down your goal on paper!

Napoleon Hill, whose book “Think and Grow Rich” spurred millions of individuals on the path toward wealth, advised his readers to write down their clear and specific goals as the first step toward fulfilling their dreams.

Hill wrote down his major goal on a 3×5 inch index card and kept it in his wallet. This allowed him to read and reread it several times a day. What this does is it plants the seeds in your subconscious mind for the attainment of your dreams. By going back to it regularly several times a day, the seeds are nurtured and the subconscious collaborates with universal energy to bring you toward its attainment.if-you-have-a-goal-write-it-down-if-you-do-not-write-it-down-you-do-not-have-a-goal-you-have-a-wish-2

This makes sense, because when we build a house, or a building, or a road, or a bridge, we first put everything into a blueprint in which the over-all design, specifications for each component of the structure and other details are provided in detail. Even tailors, shoemakers and furniture makers use patterns to do their work. Ship captains and airplane pilots chart their course on a map before sailing or taking off.

Hence, it’s a wonder why so many people do not bother to put down on paper their goals to make sure we are clear about what we want to achieve. Well, this is really why most people live through life aimlessly, and never achieve much in terms of career and money. They simply drift through life.

As Jack Canfield, author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and “The Success Principles,” explains that by writing down our goals, we keep our subconscious mind focused on what we want by reading our list of goals not only once, but several times a day. This sets the subconscious mind to go to work and deliver the desired results, whether money or achievement of a goal.

Hill, Canfield and so many authors are convinced that our subconscious mind is wired to the universe, and by constantly giving it the desired course, it will collaborate with cosmic forces to make it happen.

In writing down what you want, you have to be specific. If it is money you want, write down the exact amount and the date you desire to have it. This is something you shouldn’t regard as one sick, joke. It has worked for me, and it has worked for millions of people who followed this advice.

But of course writing down what you desire isn’t all that it takes to make it happen. You have to work hard to bring about the conditions that will pave the way for its arrival. For instance, if you are into marketing, you have to gain mastery of your products and equip yourself with the right knowledge. You also need to reframe your mind and make it receptive to money-making.

T. Harv Eker, another multi-millionaire entrepreneur and writer of books on becoming rich, said we have to get rid of wrong notions about money. In my case, I used to think I didn’t want to be very rich. I just wanted sufficient money to meet my basic needs, most especially the education of my children. True enough, I never lacked for money to pay for the house, pay the amortization on my car, and tuition fees of my kids. If we have ask for money, there is really no limit.

Generosity is key to financial success

Tony Robbins believes that to achieve financial success, one needs to be generous. It is in giving more than one gets to receive more. Because of this, Robbins has embarked on a mission to help feed 42 million Americans who are hungry. His target this year is serving 100 million meals. By 2025, Robbins is aiming for 1 billion meals.

We have long heard the saying that “it is better to give than to receive.” This isn’t an empty quotation. It has been shown that people who are generous tend to get more in return. There is a powerful Being in this universe Who rewards the acts of kindness and generosity of people.

But more than that, being always ready to share one’s blessings creates an abundance mindset. Obviously, you won’t be able to give unless you have money to share. This plants the idea in the giver that he needs to earn more to be able to experience the joy in giving. By feeling happy, a generous person triggers positive energy not only in his being, but also in his environment.

And there are countless individuals who have shown this principle to be true. Rommel Ynion, a close friend of mine, literally “spread the sunshine” when he acquired a fortune back in the early 2000s. He helped not only his friends, but even those he hardly knew. One example was a young boy in Iloilo City who had a congenital heart problem. He needed open heart surgery to close a hole in his heart; otherwise, he was not going to live long. The problem was the boy’s parents had a hand-to-mouth existence.

A radio anchorman appealed to Rommel for help. Without even asking who the boy was, he agreed to bankroll the surgery that cost more than half a million pesos. The boy is now in the pink of health.

Rommel was harassed and oppressed by the Aquino administration because he dared to challenge the Liberal Party’s candidate in Iloilo City back in 2013. The BIR was commissioned to freeze all of Rommel’s bank accounts and charged him for allegedly evading the payment of correct taxes. It did cause Rommel to go through a period of difficulty, as he was deprived access to his bank deposits.

But less than four years after the cases were filed against Rommel, he is now back on his feet. Obviously, his propensity to give to others got him a fair return from the cosmos. Not even the full force of government was enough to crush him to powder.

There are countless illustrations of how generosity has rewarded rich people for their acts of kindness. Another is Rommel’s own brother, Eugenio Jr., who is a barangay captain in Barangay San Antonio in San Pedro City, Laguna. Kap Jun built a business empire in shipping management and logistics. When he became barangay captain, he took the unexpected move of relocating his corporate headquarters to his own barangay. What used to be a squatters area was developed into a beautiful corporate office compound that also houses his Sabak Foundation.

Kap Jun has changed public perception about their elected officials. Four years ago, he promised “zero corruption” to his constituents. At the time, it was a hazy idea for people who have grown tired of hearing empty promises from politicians. But not this time. In no time, Kap Jun demonstrated that when public officials shun corruption, more money is turned into projects, programs and services. Kap Jun gave back not only his money and time, but also helped restore public confidence in government.

The world’s richest individuals are perhaps the best known for giving away their fortune in the billions of dollars. To name a few are Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and the late Steve Jobs. And giving back is not confined to money; it can be service to the community. Many businessmen and professionals do this through civic organizations like Rotary,  Lions and Kiwanis. It can also be done by doing volunteer work for the church, schools and community organizations.

Indeed, those who do not hesitate to help do not really see their finances grow thin. In the process, the universal law of attraction is put to work, and brings back more to them to enable them to continue their acts of kindness and generosity.

Ang sekreto sang mga milyonaryo

Madamo ang gusto mangin milyonaryo, apang gamay gid lamang ang makatigayon nga malab-ot ang damgo nga ini.


Ina tungod sa hindi husto nga paglantaw naton sa manggad. Isa sa mga rason amo nga malain ang pagtamud nila sa manggad. Para sa ila, mahigko ang kwarta. “Money is the root of all evil,” siling pa gani sang iban sa English. Apang indi ina matuod. Isa man ako sang una nga may kasubong nga panghuna-huna. Ginkabig ko nga malaw-ay para sa akon bilang chief of staff sang congressman kag provincial administrator nga magka-angkon sang madamo nga kwarta. Husto-hustohan lang nga kwarta ang ginhandum ko.

Bangud sina, ang Ginuong Diyos nagbugay sa akon sang madamo nga “achievements”, pero gamay gid lamang nga kwarta. Husto-hustohan lang para sa akon kinahanglan ang ginpangayo ko, kag amo gid man ang Iya ginhatag sa akon.

Maayo lang kay nabuksan ang akon pa-ino-ino sa mga sinulatan nanday Napoleon Hill (“Think and Grow Rich”), Tony Robbins, Guy Kawasaki kag madamo pa nga mga maalamon parti sa kon paano kita maka-angkon sang dako nga manggad. Diri kag naglain na ang akon panan-awan bahin sa kwarta. Nakamarasmas ako nga mas makabulig ako sa iban kon may kwarta ako. Kag ining pagsulat ko sang Blog nga ini isa ka paagi nga makabulig ako sa mga luyag man nga mangin manggaranon.

Indi man sa pahambog, pero mas dako ang akon kinitaan sining nagligad nga tatlo ka tuig sang sa siyam ka tuig nga yara ako sa kapitolyo bilang provincial administrator.

Sigahumon ko nga maka-share sa inyo sang dugang pa gid nga mga ihibalo bahin sa kon paano kamo maka-manggad.

Subong, lantawa ninyo kag pamati-an ang You Tube video interview ni John Assaraf kay T. Herv Eker, author sang libro nga “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”, sa dugang pa nga mga ideya bahin sa “wealth-building”. I-click lang sang underlined nga ngalan ni T. Herv Eker.

Indi kita magkahadlok sa kapaslawan

Isa ka rason kon ngaa kadam-an sa aton ang indi makatigayon nga mag-uswag ang kabuhi amo ang kahadlok sa kapaslawan, ukon “fear of failure”. Ina bangud nga sa aton bug-os nga pangabuhi, halin pa sa magagmay kita, ginatudloan nga dapat madinalag-on sa tanan nga bagay nga aton sudlan. Maski ang aton pag-eskuwela nasandig sa “performance standards” kon sa diin naga-sigahom ang kada isa nga makapasar ukon maka-angkon sang matag-as nga grado.

Bangud sini, madamo ang wala na lang nagatilaw himuon ang mga hilikoton nga makadulot kontani sang manggad para sa ila. Sa ila kahadlok sa kapaslawan, naga-atras gilayon bag-o pa gani magsugod. Ang iban, naga-untat pagkatapos nga mapaslawan sang maka-isa pa gid lamang. Ginapasulabi na lang nila nga magpabilin sa ila nahamtangan kaysa magtilaw liwat.

Apang tanan sa pinaka-manggaron nga tawo sa kalibutan ang nakaabot sa ila sitwasyon bangud nagpangisog nga sulongon ang tanan nga kabudlay kag ginbale-wala ang mga nagahambal nga indi nila masarangan ang ila ginahandum. Ginpanas nila ang tingaga nga “impossible” sa ila vocabulary. Ang ila sekreto? Gindula nila ang “fear of failure” sa ila kabuhi. Wala sila naghadlok sa kapaslawan.

Para sa inyo nga luyag mapanginbabawan ang “fear of failure”, yari ang isa ka @youtube video ni Tony Robbins, isa sa pinakabantog subong nga motivational speaker, “On How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure”. I-click sa title sang video agud malantaw ninyo kag mabal-an kon paano nga kamo man, mangin madinalag-on, kag mas mangin manggaranon, sa inyo pangabuhi.

Ano ang sekreto agud mangin madinalag-on?

Pirmi ko lang mabatian ang reklamo sang mga tawo nga nabudlayan gid sila malab-ot ang ila mga ginahandum sa ila kabuhi. Maski ano kuno nila nga pagtinguha, indi nila ma-angkon ang kadalag-an, ukon “success”. May sekreto si Jack Canfield, ang bantug nga manunulat sang libro nga “Chicken Soup for the Soul” kag “The Success Principles”, nga mahimo ninyo tun-an kag himuon sa inyo kaugalingon nga pangabuhi. Wala ini sang liwan kondi angkonon ninyo ang responsibilidad sa kon ano man ang nagakatabo sa inyo kabuhi. “Accept 100% responsibility for what happens in your life,” siling ni Jack Canfield. Indi kita mangita sang kon sin-o ang basulon sa aton mga kapaslawan. Yari ang iya malip-ot nga video,¬†Jack Canfield “How to Effortlessly Achieve Success”, bahin sini. (i-Click lang sa video title)

Mabaskog nga handum

Madamo ang indi magpati sa ginsulat ni Napoleon Hill nga sarang naton maangkon ang kon ano man nga manggad nga luyag naton agud mangin matin-ad ang aton kabuhi.

Nagataas ang kilaw sang kadam-an kon nagahambal ako bahin sa libro ni Napoleon Hill nga “Think Rich and Grow Rich.” Paano, pamangkot sang mga wala nagapati, maangkon ang manggad mapa-agi sa panghuna-huna? Kon wala nimo nahangpan ang mga prinsipyo nga yara sa libro, makasiling ka gid man nga IMPOSIBLE.

burning desirePero madamo na nga mga tawo ang nakapamatuod nga husto ini nga prinsipyo. Kag siguro wala na sang mas maayo nga ebidensiya sang sa ila pag-angkon sang manggad nga lapaw sa ila pinakatayog nga damgo. Huo, wealth beyond their wildest dreams.

Suliton ko lang ang kabahin sang mga prinsipyo ni Napoleon Hill: dapat kita magtanum sa aton kaisipan sang ginatawag “burning desire” kag “definiteness of purpose”. Kon sa kalayo, nagadaba-daba nga handum nga gina-updan sang piho nga katuyuan.

Bilang ehemplo, gin-istorya ni Hill ang kabuhi ni Edwin Barnes, nga sadto nga panahon isa ka pigado nga Amerikano. Nakabati si Barnes bahin kay Thomas Edison, ang imbentor sang incandescent  bulb kag madamo pa nga nagahutag tubtob subong sang masulhay nga pangabuhi. Ginhandum ni Barnes nga mangin business associate ni Edison, nga sadto tuman na ka manggaranon.

Maski wala kwarta si Barnes, nangita siya paagi nga makabiyahe halin sa malayo nga lugar padulong sa New Jersey sa diin nahamtang ang pabrika ni Edison. Maski inog-plete sa tren, wala. Ano ang ginhimo ni Barnes? Nagsakay siya sa freight train, sa bagon nga ginakargahan sang mga kahon-kahon nga produkto. Wala sang pulungkuan, wala sang tulolugan. Gutok ang bagon sang kargamento.

Apang ginbale-wala lang ini ni Barnes maski pila ka adlaw ang biyahe. Pag-abot ni Barnes sa pabrika ni Edison, nakipagkita ini gilayon maski na nga lamugo ang iya panapton kag wala pa ini kapaligo sang pila ka adlaw.  Sang nag-atubangay sila, deretso nga ginhambal ni Barnes ang iya katuyu-an: luyag niya mangin kasosyo sa negosyo si Edison.

Maayo lang kay wala siya gintabog ni Edison. Nakita ni Edison sa iya mga mata nga pursigido ini nga tawo kag napun-an sang kalayo ang iya dughan. Nakita ni Edison nga maayo nga tawo si Barnes. Pero ang ginhatag nga trabaho sa iya makabig nga manubo kag ordinaryo nga puwesto. Malayo sa ginhamdum ni Barnes nga mangin kasosyo sa negosyo.

Ginbaton man ni Barnes ang trabaho nga gintan-ay sa iya. Nag-obra siya sang maukod kag nagpakita sang iya kasampaton sa buluhaton. Apang wala nadula sa iya panghuna-huna ang iya ambisyon nga mangin kasosyo niya sa Edison.

Pagkaligad sang pila ka tuig, may na-imbento si Edison sang dictating machine nga mapuslanon para sa mga business executives sa pagdihon sang mga sulat, reports kag memorandum. Pinaagi sa dictating machine, maka dihon sang madamo nga sululaton ang mga business executives kag ihatag lang ini dayon sa ila sekretarya agud i-transcribe kag i-type sa papel.

Ugaling wala sang gana ang mga manogbaligya ni Edison sa amo nga dictating machine kay nabudlayan sila magbenta sini.

Apang nakita ni Barnes ang kahigayunan kag madasig niya nga ginsugilanon si Edison nga siya ang malibot sa mga siyudad sang Amerika agud magbaligya. Nagpasugot si Edison. Kag sa pila lang ka semana nga paglibot-libot ni Barnes, natigayon siya nga magbaligya sang nilibo-libo nga dictating machine kag nakahatag sang minilyon-milyon man nga ganansya para kay Edison.

Sa kalipay ni Edison, ginhimo niya si Barnes nga business partner sa negosyo sang dictating machine, rason kon ngaa naka-angkon man si Barnes sang tuman kadako nga manggad.

Paano ini nahimo ni Barnes? Natigayon ini bangud wala gid natunaw ang burning desire ni Barnes agud malab-ot niya ang iya definite purpose nga mangin business partner ukon kasosyo sa negosyo si Edison.

Kag ginatos ka libo pa gid ka tawo ang nakapamatuod sini nga prinsipyo. Gani ginalauman ko man nga ang magabasa sini makatanum man sang burning desire kaupod ang definite purpose agud maangkon ang manggad nga wala sang limit.