Hey! It’s my birthday in three days. On December 12, 2015, I’ll turn 25. Part of this, I’d like to share with you some of my experiences on the 1st quarter of my life. I hope that sharing these could motivate and inspire people especially those of my age to strive more and never give up on life’s challenges.
Graduating from a college course that I never really wanted for myself 4 years ago (2011), I worked in the BPO industry for my first job. Being a fresh graduate, earning your very first salary is really fulfilling. Back then, I thought that I’ll be staying in this industry for many years to come. I told myself, “I’ll get promoted and earn a lot to sustain the needs of my love ones. If I get bored, I’ll just transfer to another company that provides a higher pay.”
However, about 2 years ago (2013), my life routine became “go to work, earn my salary, save, spend, and then work again.” My life was just running in circles without a clear vision on what I want for my future. Yes, the workload is not that hard and I was earning more than what I needed, but I can no longer visualize myself doing the same thing over and over. In my mind, if I transfer to another company, things will still be the same since it’ll be the same work routine. — I was totally LOST in my life. I was on my Quarter Life Crisis.
It was a good thing that before the end of the following year (2014), a close friend introduced to me the idea of franchising and this opened up the door of entrepreneurship to me. — I believe that that was the turning point of my life.
I did an ocular visit at one of the stores of our proposed franchise food cart business and I saw people taking pictures of themselves with the product and with smiles on their faces. That event was just so priceless that I saw a vision of myself becoming an entrepreneur who would put a smile on people’s faces through a loved product. — I wanted to “earn” and at the same time “make people happy”.
I got totally hooked with entrepreneurship and started to read stories of successful people. As I read more articles about entrepreneurship, I also read about personal finance and different ways to earn passively. This encouraged me to attend seminars about financial literacy where I got to meet Financial Planners and Advisors. With this, I started to blog about personal finance and entrepreneurship. At this point, I started to envision myself not only as an entrepreneur but also as a Financial Planner in the future. — I really wanted to share all my learnings and educate people to become financially free.
Around April of this year (2015), I finally decided to leave my job in the corporate world and go fulltime in our franchise. In my mind, I told myself, I’ll focus on business and 2 to 3 years after, I’ll make sure to save enough to study, get a degree in finance and eventually become a Financial Planner.
I thought everything would go smoothly in my transition from the corporate world to the world of entrepreneurship. However, sales started to decline and we eventually decided to close our franchise. I thought that it was bad luck that stuck me. Later did I realized, that was actually a blessing in disguise.
Before our sales totally declined, I decided to get myself a Health and Life insurance. I met a friend who is a Financial Advisor, told him my reasons of getting insurance and my dream of becoming a Financial Planner.
To my surprise, this opened another door for me. Yes, our franchise wasn’t doing well but I was given the chance to become a Financial Advisor 3 years earlier than what I originally planned. What’s better about this is that I was able to meet God-fearing like-minded individuals.
At this point, I guess the best part on the first quarter of my life is realizing my relationship with God. Connecting the dots, I realized that it might have been God’s will that I took up a course which was not my interest; ended up working in the BPO industry where I was able to save and meet my very first business partner, having a decline in sales made me realize the need for financial protection and investments; and getting myself insured allowed me to meet people who are not only God-fearing Financial Advisors but they also believe on educating people about financial literacy.
As I turn 25, I can somehow say that I found something that I’m passionate about. I finally have a vision and a direction in life. Now, I see myself becoming a successful Entrepreneur, Financial Blogger and a Financial Planner. I know it’ll be a very long journey ahead and that I’ll be encountering a lot of trials and hardships before achieving these; but I believe that I can; because all of this, I declare in Jesus name. 🙂
Upon ending this, let me share with you a message that I got from a fellow Financial Advisor. It says:
You will DECLARE a thing, and it will be established for you..." Job 22:28 NKJV"Death and life are in the power of the TONGUE..." Proverbs 18:21 NKJVWhen you look at yourself in the mirror, anong sinasabi mo sa sarili mm? (what can you say about yourself?)Instead of saying "I am fat, I am not a people person, I always have migraines, I don't speak well, I am too old to learn new things, I am unattractive, I can't close this jumbo case, I was born this way...", why don't you declare positive things over your life?Speak abundance over your life. Declare breakthroughs in your career! Declare overflowing financial provision! Declare settled apps and overflowing client appointments! Declare good health and an abundance of energy! Declare joy and greatness over your life!Hindi porket pinanganak ka sa isang hindi magandang buhay (Just because you were born in an unfavorable environment), (broken family, traumatic childhood experiences, poverty, etc), it doesn't mean you have to succumb to your situation.All of us have our in-born weaknesses. But it doesn't mean you have to continue embracing them.DO NOT LIMIT GOD!Everyday, you need to believe that he can cause miracles to happen in your life! He can change you. In fact, He is always showering miracles around you.Believe in the impossible!"With man this is impossible, but WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.” Matthew 19:26 ESV
I hope this article taught you something about how to achieve success.
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