When I was in high school I had a dream.
Nangarap akong maging basketball player and to play for Brgy. Ginebra sa PBA.
But I never shared this dream to anybody. I guess even at my young age, I have fears already.
“What if kung hindi mangyari?”
“Baka pagtawanan nila ako.”
“Magaling na ba talaga ako o feeling ko lang?”
A year after, I try out for our school basketball team and didn’t make it.
That’s a “failure” so to speak.
As an adult, you probably have one of these unpleasant experiences. You realized that not all of your dreams will come true.
This led us to start doubting ourselves and what we’re capable of. We start to see ourselves less than we really are.
I personally mentored hundreds of aspiring entrepinoys in the last 2 years and I can tell you that 99% of the time they articulate the same fear…
“Paano kung malugi ako?”
“Paano kung hindi mag click ito?”
Some even started a business secretly. They didn’t tell it to anybody even to their spouse.
Takot silang pag-tawanan.
“Ano na namang negosyo yang pinasok mo? Itigil mo na yang kalokohan na yan.”
All those words playing in their heads again, and again, and again.
This is why majority gave up on their dream and instead took a job. And every morning, no matter how difficult it is, tinitiis nila.
Trapik. Corporate Politics. Long Meetings. Unappreciative boss. OTY. Chismosang ka opisina. Less sleep. All work. Short Vacation.
Lahat yan tinitiis just to avoid facing their fear of failing in business.
“I have JOB. I’m Ok. That’s how most people make a living anyways.”
But I’d rather face my fear, fail in business, and start again knowing that someday I’ll make it big.
That for me is an adventure. Rather than being an employee, working like zombie, making just enough money to survive.
Your goal in life shouldn’t be “just to survive” but to thrive.
Life is meaningless knowing that you can accomplish more and yet you decided to work for someone else. With your job, you’re building someone else dream while you said “goodbye” to your own dream.
How can you tell to your kids to “Dream big my child!” when you yourself are thinking small and not pursuing your own dream?
How can you tell to your kids, “Walang imposible anak!” kung ikaw mismo ay puno ng takot?
You’re simply like those politicians we see on T.V. Puro kwento, wala kwenta.
Starting a business despite of all your limitations doesn’t have to be that risky.
I created a program to help employees to transition, as safely as possible, and become a thriving entrepreneur.