Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Last month while travelling on a bus for a briefing on my retirement, I heard a man complaining. " We are a family of poor people. My grandparents are poor. My parents are poor. All my relatives are poor. I myself am very poor. I will probably be poor for the rest of my life."

I pity the man and other people like him. Poverty has become their family identity, it'll be very hard for them to detach themselves from this very horrible belief. This belief is the one keeping them poor, if they only knew.

On the contrary, I had a grade school classmate and neighbor who was very poor. He wears, for school, different size and color of slippers for each foot. He told me he got those slippers in a garbage can near their small hut.

But he always believed that poverty is not in his blood. And he firmly believed that his family's poverty would stop right with him.

After finishing grade school, their family moved to another province and I never heard of him since then.

About a year ago, a relative told me that my poor classmate before is now a very successful engineer-contractor. He really ended his family's poverty with him. He had always that basic belief that poverty is not in his veins.

He graduated himself from the poor mentality.

Our core beliefs are self-fulfilling prophesies that determine our future lives.

Change your attitude and your actions at the same time and you can have anything you want.
---Anne Harley

Saturday, March 21, 2009


I have read so many articles about being rich and creating an abundant life, and all are suggesting one very basic principle, that is investing in your self first.

One article says that we have to consider ourselves as a company or a business entity and ourselves as the product, we have to invest in ourselves and sell ourselves first.

You may ask yourself, what would I sell?

Every person is gifted by God with a core gift, other people call it their talent or passion. Look for your core gift and focus on it.

The great Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, in an interview said, " God gave me the gifts of a great stamina and a strong punch and I just focused on them and thank God I have these gifts."

Manny Pacquiao is a very real example of a successful man who knows his passion and concentrated on it, he invests in it, he sells himself as a boxer and excelled. He is still on his way to more boxing greatness. He will be fighting again on May 02, 2009 with another great fighter
Ricky Hatton of Britain.

The most important opinion you have is the one you have of yourself. And the most important conversation you'll have is the one you'll have with youself.
--Zig Ziglar