...you have to learn from people who have already made it.
This explains my obsession for autobiographies of successful people.
I prefer the rags-to-riches stories...stories of people who had to go through hell for a dream that others may have described then as impossible...even foolish.
So far, I have learned a lot from these people and I try my best to apply their life's lessons in my own life and business.
|Smiling through the journey|
|The reason why I dream|
My family at Manila Ocean Park
I also like reading self-help books like Marketing 101 or Business Tips for Dummies.
My undergraduate degree is Political Science and my masteral degree is Mass Communications.
Except for my minimal exposure to my parents' exporting business in the 90's... I really have no background to guide me in my journey towards building a sustainable business.
Reading these self-help books is my way of compensating.
Do not treat these books as bibles though.
"To each his own " is a good saying to remember every time you read books like these.
What worked for others may not work for you.
Their tips are guides, not laws.
This...I learned the hard way.
My mistake then was to spend as if my capital was as big as those of the business moguls I'm trying to emulate.
In any business, it's true that you've got to spend to earn.
However, you have to set your limit.
There are just some investment moves you've got to let go.
Big shot businessmen can afford to lose some for long term gain.
Small time entrepreneurs, however, often times can't.
Like me, some need the 'gains' shortly after they've spent.
So the key is to improvise.
Know when to spend and know when to be resourceful.
In my case, I don't have much financial capital.
What I'm rich though is creative resources.
I still can't hire help so if I can do it on my own, I'd do it.
|Popjunklove's delivery boy|
It takes up lots of my time but it's okay...
In return, I get to learn and challenge myself.
|Took on another full body plushie order|
From 2 days to 7 hours
We use materials we already have and sprinkle them with a bit of our imagination...
Then voila!!!!... a new collection just from scraps!
|Bracelet from scraps of fabric|
|Hunger Games-inspired necklace for Luis from scrap felt|
How about you guys?
Do you have lessons you'd like to share?
|Sporting my new bracelet!|
Can't wait to hear them,
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