Who do you want to be in the future?
What do you want to fulfill and achieve in life that will leave a legacy for the next generation?
I have always admired Richard Branson, the man behind the successful Virgin Group of Companies and one of the greatest entrepreneurs of his time.
Richard Branson has been known for putting up a lot of business ventures and though he found success many times, that doesn’t mean that he did not have his fair share of ups and downs before getting to the top.
Before he established Virgin Records and before he became the CEO of Virgin Group of Companies, Branson sold Christmas trees in 1960s. After failed attempts of growing and selling those trees, Branson decided to launch his first successful business, a magazine called Student, at the age of 16.
Though Branson never finished college, and was a high school dropout, he was a born entrepreneur. At 19, Branson launched a mail-order record shop called Virgin, which he later on built as a music recording empire called the Virgin Records, in the 1980s.
I have always likened myself to each of the well-known successful entrepreneurs and I always looked up to them. My ‘mentor’ in non-traditional business will always be Robert Kiyosaki of the ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ book installments.
Here in the Philippines, my business heroes are too many to share but two of them stand out, business tycoons John Gokongwei of Robinsons and Henry Sy, Sr. of SM malls. Their success stories are inspirations to everyone who wants to become successful in their business ventures.
In his speech during the 20th AD Congress in November 21, 2007, Gokongwei revealed a truly inspiring true story of his early years as a student.
“Before I begin, I want to say please bear with me, an 81-year-old man who just flew in from San Francisco 36 hours ago and is still suffering from jet lag. However, I hope I will be able to say what you want to hear…
Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Thank you very much for having me here tonight to open the Ad Congress. I know how important this event is for our marketing and advertising colleagues. My people get very excited and go into a panic, every other year, at this time.
I would like to talk about my life, entrepreneurship, and globalization. I would like to talk about how we can become a great nation.
You may wonder how one is connected to the other, but I promise that, as there is truth in advertising, the connection will come.
I was born to a rich Chinese-Filipino family. I spent my childhood in Cebu where my father owned a chain of movie houses, including the first air-conditioned one outside Manila. I was the eldest of six children and lived in a big house in Cebu‘s Forbes Park. A chauffeur drove me to school every day as I went to San Carlos University, then and still one of the country’s top schools. I topped my classes and had many friends. I would bring them to watch movies for free at my father’s movie houses. When I was 13, my father died suddenly of complications due to typhoid. Everything I enjoyed vanished instantly. My father’s empire was built on credit. When he died, we lost everything-our big house, our cars, our business-to the banks. I felt angry at the world for taking away my father, and for taking away all that I enjoyed before. When the free movies disappeared, I also lost half my friends.
On the day I had to walk two miles to school for the very first time, I cried to my mother, a widow at 32. But she said: “You should feel lucky. Some people have no shoes to walk to school. What can you do? Your father died with 10 centavos in his pocket.” So, what can I do? I worked.”
And so the young Gokongwei worked hard and reached the height of his career at age 31 and by the time he was 70, he decided to start an airline business, which we now know as Cebu Pacific Airlines.
Like them, I am on a constant lookout for possible opportunities and ventures that can catapult me to a successful career. Being a blogger is not my only forte. I am also engaged in business, traditional and non-traditional, and in both times, I found little success in what I did.
These experiences made me think: who and what do I really want to be in the future?
For the high school students out there, you are bound to choose what you want to be in the near future. Understanding who you are and what you desire in life are important things to consider in determining the best career fit. For example, if you want to become an Artist, then you may very well enroll in courses like fine arts, advertising, or even architecture.
Choosing a course that you really love plays an important role in your future, just as choosing the right school to enroll in. This can be done easily by first deciding what you want to become and then working your way backwards.
FutureYou.ph is the missing link that will help and motivate students to really understand what they are aiming for and know their goals in life. Futureyou.ph is a website where students can plan their careers in advance by learning about the fastest growing industries and job opportunities in the Philippines.
FutureYou.ph is not a recruitment platform or a job site but rather a career exploration tool that provides up-to-date information on what jobs are out there now and in the future as well as how to get them. Through FutureYou.ph, a student can also take a look at how well the school of his or her choice performs in the licensure exams.
Just like the successful people mentioned in this article, knowing your career paths and goals can help you succeed in life. Without their goals, perseverance, and hard work, there would be no Virgin Records, Cebu Pacific Air, Robinsons Malls, SM Malls, etc.
So ask yourself today, who do you want to be in the future?
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