Hola mah frendu! It’s been quite a while since my last post because I’ve got bunch of activities to attend outside this online world. I’m also currently into creating new websites which will hopefully make me earn more bucks. So what’s up people!?
In this post, I just want to make it more of a personal type of blog. I don’t know but I feel like sharing stories today so I’ll give you some pictures of my past that is related to business and entrepreneurial thingies. Please excuse me for using non formal words here. I just want you to hear my voice in this post. 🙂
I did a lot of things during my childhood days and I’d like to share some of them in this post. These are the things that I think became a significant part of who I am today, entrepreneurship-wise. So here we go.
When I was a kid, we have a sari-sari store where I used to be the “bantay” (storekeeper) and as a kid, all I knew back then is it’s boring to stay long hours in the store. We do have doorbell but our store is wide open so we really cannot leave it without anybody there.
For around 17 years, we have a store and I’ve learned a lot from that. We used to get scammed, deceived, and robbed in our own house, and those experiences made us smarter not just in that particular area of life but in many other things as well.
2. Charcoal Repacking
I cannot forget this repacking of coals. I really hate this work because it makes my hands dirty and it’s really hard to get rid of the dirt. My mother always ask me to turn a sack of coal into smaller packs for retail.
By the way, our store is both retail and wholesale. We used to be the supplier of goods to other sari-sari store in our subdivision.
Going back to packing of coals. Yes, I miss doing this thing but if you ask me to do it again just to earn money, I won’t do it anymore because I know much better ways to earn now. lol.
3. Making Water Bags
I always asked to make bunch of water bags for making ice. I also cannot forget this one because of a game I made while making water bags.
Whenever I need to make around 50pcs of water bags, I always turn the water filter to maximum flow of water. The game is to not let the pitcher overflow. What I need to do is to become consistently fast in making water bags so that I don’t need to turn off the faucet when the pitcher overflows.
If I will look at it now, it’s a lame game but the game pushed me to work fast. This also made me realize how every second counts when it comes to critical things.
4. Delivery Boy
Yes, I’ve been a delivery boy at an early age. Just like what I’ve mentioned, our store provides wholesale price as well. Many of our customers get used to just leaving a list of goods they want to buy then I’ll deliver it to their stores after preparing their orders
We have two sidecar bikes, they’re sadly gone now, and those two are the ones that I use for delivery and collecting payment.
5. Payment Collector
Aside from delivering goods, I used to be a “bumbay” (payment collector) LOL. It’s either I collect payments for delivered goods or collect payments from my parents’ small lending business (a nightmare business for my mom).
When my dad retired from his job, my parents decided to lend the money with interest to some of their friends with small businesses. I don’t want to get into the details of things but all that’s glaring to me now is that I’m thankful that nothing bad happened to me during those days that I’m collecting money. Why?
It’s just recently when I realized that I’m just in my early teenage years when I am collecting money. Although most of the time, my collected money is just around P10,000 before I go back home, I’m thankful nobody kidnapped me or did something bad at me.
Because I just put the money either in a simple “sando bag” and hang it on the bike’s handlebar or put it in a box where the money is scattered. I’m so vulnerable that time. If you know what I mean.
6. Sidecar Bike Driver
I think I was around 7 years old when my mom used to cook spaghetti and “ginataang bilo-bilo” during afternoons where we peddle with our sidecar and I’m the driver. I still can remember I’m shy doing it but I’m glad I’ve experienced peddling foods and I’m proud I can include it here.
7. Playing Computer Games
I started playing family computer and brick-game at 5yo, Star Craft at 6yo, then Red Alert, then Diablo, then Counter Strike, and so on and so forth. I’ve played a lot of PC games and other game consoles too. During those times, only few people have PCs in their homes and I’m lucky my father managed to get one for us.
I’ve learned a lot of vocabulary words from these games and playing really helped me enhance my critical thinking a lot.
8. Computer geek at 10
When I was 10, my father and his friends put up a computer repair shop. I still can remember the name, it’s called “CyberTribe”. The front of our house is half sari-sari store and half computer shop.
The business provides software programming services and computer repair services. I’m lucky that at an early age, I’ve learned how to format a computer, attach and detach computer cards, install and uninstall software, connect to internet through dial-up, learned how to navigate through DOS commands, and etc.
Also at 9 years old, I started learning how to program using visual basic. I really did not learn that much because every time I ask the older guys to teach me, they always say that I’m still young. Sad. LOL.
Observing things, decoding patterns, solving puzzles, and other things that challenges my critical thinking are some of my hidden activities. I can spend long hours of thinking about the WHYs and HOWs of things and not care about what’s happening around me.
Whenever I see myself being part of a crowd, I always try to step back from that crowd so I can look at the bigger picture of how things are going. I don’t know but I guess this really is just my nature. I believe many introverts can relate to this.
10. Taught Myself to Play Musical Instruments
I played the piano during elementary days and early high school days but all I knew back then was just playing with one finger on my right hand and another one on my left. I might use more than one finger per hand but that’s just me pretending to be a pianist.
During my third year in high school is when I got really interested in music theory and playing instruments. We have a toy piano and every time I learned something new about playing guitar, I always translate it to the piano. That’s how I started learning about music in general.
Then I started to learn about chords, scales, modes, and etc. Along the course of learning theories and what not, music taught me a lot of beautiful lessons in life. I repeat, A LOT.
11. Combinatronics and Analogy
This topic has a great impact in my life. I don’t talk about this much but this is one of the principles I hold on to whenever I want to come up with something new. This is so valuable to me that I don’t want to share this to everybody.
And besides, only few people wants to talk about math, theories, and ideas and etc., that’s why I keep my mouth shut regarding this topic.
It’s a mystery to me whether creativity is something you’re born with or something that can be trained and I think I’ve found an answer during my college days when I’m studying and solving problems related to combinations and permutations.
I don’t want to go deeper with this one but if you know how combinations and permutations work and you know how to connect and relate different things, I believe this is the foundation of creativity and everybody should learn this.
12. Playing with perspective (Literal)
I’m amazed with what optimism can actually do with people. It’s like a secret sauce to success of many well known businessman. Back in my high school and college days, I always play this secret game of mine (I’ve got a lot of secret games LOL) where I look at things with different perspective.
Here’s how I do it. I use peripheral vision so I can see wider and while in my peripheral vision mode, I’ll try to focus in one object. Next is I will try to switch my brain mode as if I’m just a 5 year old kid.
This may sound silly and weird to some but I enjoy switching perspective. There’s an awesome feeling if you know how to switch to the five year old you for about a minute or two and go back to the real you after. I feel like I’m the only one who can do it in our class. LOL.
I cannot do this anymore. Maybe I’m just lacking practice.
13. Playing with perspective
I always want to see things typical people cannot see. What I mean is being able to look in an object, event, or a person with an eye that is coming from different perspective.
You really cannot tell the beauty or importance of a thing unless you’ve seen what’s on the surface, what’s on behind, what’s on the inside, and all other sides out.
I might not be able to appreciate the beauty of a mountain looking from where I am until I look at it from where you are. I think not too many people are spending time about this but I think this is very important.
Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes for me is a kind of game I enjoy. Tapping on other people’s live and learn how they see things is part of my ideas of being rich. I believe every businessman needs this kind of skill.
14. Joining battle of the bands
During my college days, one of the things I do to earn money is by joining band competitions. Prizes vary depending on who organizes the competition but typically I get around P500 to P3000 every time we win.
One thing that’s great being in a band is when all of you understand each other. The skills are very much transferable to a business setting.
When all of you in a team whether it be in business, sports, or online games know exactly what your goals are and you all understand what everybody can contribute, everything will run smooth.
Oops. I think this will go longer than I expected. I guess that’s it for now but I’ll keep this post updated maybe every other day or every week. For now, I’ll just list down the things I’ll be talking about next:
- Value of time
That’s it for now. Hope you have a good time reading. 🙂