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Stick to It

You must be stickier as you get older.

Stick with your dreams when others tell you to forget them.

Stick with your dreams when facing tough times and you aren’t sure whether or not you can make it.

How to Become Indispensable

During the last talk I gave, someone asked for some strategies he can use to get himself promoted faster. I thanked him for his courage to ask that question which almost everyone wanted to ask but never did. Filipinos don't ask this of questions in public, most specially when bosses are around.

My simple answer: be linchpin. Be indispensable.

In this post, I will show you how to do that.

Ever dreamt of changing the world?

ou can and you will. Make the eyes of those around you sparkle. You can speak more of possibility instead of scarcity. You can create a positive change in your organizations and communities. Yes, you can and you will. My name is Jef...

Luck, Sense of Urgency, and Kinipan

Twenty five years ago, there were two newspaper boys. Both were born to poor families and both had parents who did not have college education.

They were selling newspapers to support their families.

Dodong, the younger and smaller one, couldn’t compete for customers against Toto who was older and bigger. Toto ran faster. He offered discounts. And he convinced customers to pay him only during pay days.

Five years ago, these two met again on that place where they used to wait for customers.

Two important jobs of Filipino motivational speakers

A motivational speaker has two jobs: push you to dream bigger and to encourage you  to make your dreams real.

The motivational speaker tells stories so you can see yourself from those who became successful. In his stories, he shows you that every successful person is somewhat like you. Or that you are in reality in a better position and is more capable of achieving whatever you want in life.

Invest in Your Biggest Dreams

When you work for something that makes a difference in this world, undertake it with painstaking excellence. The smartest way to change yourself, your community, or the world is by working harder and longer than anyone else.

What is it that you are passionate about? How many hours will you spend today to bring your passion to life?

Personality vs Personal Development

The confusion is not only in the meaning but also on what is more meaningful.

This is why many speakers offer personal development when they are actually talking about personality development.

And training associates look for a personality development speaker when what the boss really wanted is a personal development speaker.

On Becoming A Leader

Excuses begone!

People have many excuses why they don't take charge and lead. Let me tell you what these excuses are – why you must say goodbye to them.

I will also encourage you to get into the habit of reading INSIGHTS. and subscribe to People Matter Letters. Bring leadership learning experiences to your organization. Learn more on how to become a better leader.

Change is always coming.

Many people bet on a slogan.

People want change. And “change is coming” is a promise that resonates. Only that the change is not defined.

Change will not come from a politician. You and I can make the change we desire. In this post, I encourage you to look into yourself.

Learn more. Be the change.

More is not always better.

We measure ourselves better with the outcome we create, the impact we make, the value we produce.

We do not become productive because we do more. People who are caught in a whirlwind do more everyday. But they don't get the most important goals done.

In this short post, I invite you to that more is not always better.

Resist the urge to criticize.

hen you become aware that your spending more than 15 minutes criticizing co-employees, organizations, or the government, snap out of it. Give more attention to creating more value. This is what I learned from the conversations I had recently. "It...

Fresh Tips

What did you win?

Did you win? is a a good question. A better question is what did you win?

You win when you get what you want. This is why many of us are not happy having something millions of people desire to do, to have, and to be.

Batch Similar Tasks Together

Using a bullet journal helps me a lot in chunking tasks together. I only need to use symbols. Let’s say, I needed to send quotations for team building. Though each one needs a separate program, I find it easy when I think only of team building and nothing...

Take Breaks

For some people, life is a sprint. They give all their energy to some causes because they want to achieve them fast. But they don't know when to stop. Pomodoro makes us take short breaks and longer breaks. I don't have to do anything during breaks. I must not do...

Seek Progress

I have heard people say that we must seek progress, not perfection. They say we cannot attain perfection as no one is perfect. I am not so sure about that. Those who pursue excellent aim for mastery. Those who aim for mastery, practice for perfection. But I see why...

It is OK to say NO

As professionals, we must say yes to opportunities. Saying YES makes us more creative and innovative. But saying YES to everything isn't healthy. This is because not everything we must do is equal. This is because not everything that is offered to us can make us grow....

Personal Development Speaker

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Les Brown, Dr. Stephen Covey, Leo Buscaglia, Og Mandino, John Maxwell, and Dale Carnegie are some of the personal development speakers who influenced me to pursue and value personal development. Filipinos must pursue personal...

3 Ways to Simplify Life

In Stress Mastery, I share three simple ways to simplify life: Prioritization, Elimination, and Routine. Find out how to simplify your life — and learn more stress management tips here.

Start with Your Big Goals

Gurus will tell you to start the day with easy tasks. I think this works when your best time of the day is in the afternoon or in the evening. However, if you are like me, I will tell you that you must begin with your most important goals. These goals can...

Cram Early

This is my best time management tip. This also one of my best stress reduction strategy. Most people worry about deadlines. Deadlines give them much unnecessary stress. But our lizard brain is afraid of deadlines, specially those deadlines given to us by...

Don’t Hire People Who Aren’t Competent

One common problem of small business owners is their inability to get the right people. They don't need many of them; they just can't find excellent ones because they are too busy looking for jobs in big businesses. But a small business cannot afford to...