The last few days has been crazy productive. On top of running my real estate company and organizing training events, I've spent most of my time working on my second book. (Title to be announced soon!)


Here are two lessons I've learned this week:

1. You have to get the right details right.
You'll have to be able to distinguish a detail that matter from one that just slows you down. 

If you want to build a product that resonates with people, you will have to get the details that matter right. 

When publishing a book, this could mean picking the right colors for the book cover design so your book stands out when displayed on the bookstore shelf. Or it could mean using the right font size and spacing to ensure easy reading. 

The point is that you need to find out what matters to the people you are serving. 

2. To get the details right, you need to be with the right people.
I'm blessed to be surrounded by partners and friends who are talented, reliable and easy to work with.

For many nights now, I've been exchanging emails with my editor, Ms. May Palacpac. We'd bounce off emails back and forth just to get a single word right. Thanks to my editor. The book is now ready for printing.

I was in the printing/publishing office yesterday to finalize the book cover. Somehow, the printer didn't get the exact color right. Thanks to my graphic designer, Ms. Nix Gamboa, (with Janjan Arcenal) who immediately figured out how to get that detail right. 

On separate occasions, two of my friends, BG Hernandez (renowned creative director) and Maan Villanueva (graphic designer) also checked the layout of the book. They pointed out areas for improvement that I wouldn't notice otherwise.

While all of these were happening, my business partners, Bob Barcebal (Pinoy Sales Champ) and Kat Baylon (corp. trainer) took care of the details of the two learning events that we organized for May 2013 – Heart at Work EQ Workshop (May 17) and the book launch. (May 31)

I'm glad to be working with all of them. 

You don't have to do your work alone. Whatever you're working on today, surround yourself with the right people.

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By the way, if you don't have a copy of my first book yet, you can read the reviews HERE. PRODUCTIVE PINOY is available at any National Bookstore or FullyBooked Branch. Thanks!

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Here's something I read online. I thought I'd be good to share it before we start the work week. 

IN PRISON... you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.
AT WORK... you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

IN PRISON... you get three meals a day.
AT WORK... you only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

IN PRISON... you get time off for good behavior.
AT WORK... you get more work for good behavior.

IN PRISON... the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
AT WORK... you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON... you can watch TV and play games.
AT WORK... you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PRISON... you get your own toilet.
AT WORK... you have to share with someone who pees on the seat.

IN PRISON...they allow your family and friends to visit.
AT can't even speak to your family.

IN PRISON... all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required
AT WORK... you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON... you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
AT WORK... you spend most of your time wanting to get out or go inside bars.

IN PRISON... you must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK... they are called managers.

So why is it, again, that we work?

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Proof copies of my new book just arrived on my doorstep early this afternoon. Now it's time to scrutinize, get feedback, proofread (again for the nth time), tweak, edit, omit, polish ... 

I need to make sure that the new book is easy to read just like the first one. By the way, you can check out the reviews of my first book HERE. I will keep you posted. 



Why do you see highly skilled individuals who get promoted to a leadership position end up stressed or miserable? (Even worst, fail.) 

And why do you see people who are not as technically proficient succeed in the same position?

Traditional education or schools may have programmed us to be good at doing tasks, but not necessarily good at working well with others. 

The people who are more likely to succeed in their industries are the ones who are good at making "emotional connections." Not only are they able to manage their own emotions when it gets tough, but they're also sensitive enough to consider the feelings of others. 

And we all like working with people or leaders who are considerate!

With that, my partners and I came up with a learning event or a workshop this May 17 to help you become more "emotionally intelligent." 

Featuring one of the top certified EQ coaches in the country, Mr. Bernard Marquez. (under Six Seconds Company) He has done trainings with companies like Citibank, HSBC, Jollibee, Globe, Smart, Unilab, Glaxo and Ayala. 

If you're free on May 17, join us. This is a good investment for your personal development. Better yet, bring your officemates with you. I hope I'll get to meet you there.

It's easy to register. Simply click HERE and fill-out the form. 

Regular P1,200. 
Early Bird Rate: P1,000 only until April 30, 2013
May 17, 2013, 1pm –5pm
Makati Stocks Exchange – Penthouse Executive Lounge

Limited seats. Register now! 



There are two good reasons why you should work for a company or start your own business – to Earn or to Learn. 

Because of your responsibilities, earning may be your top priority today. That is understandable.

But it's also wise to spend some time "learning." Learning may cost you today, but it will pay off and will be worth much more later. 

As an aspiring entrepreneur, you may put up a small business, not necessarily to earn or to make it big, but to learn the disciplines of running a business. 

Learning (the right stuff) is extremely valuable and may increase your earnings later on.

Another way to do it is to work for a company where you can learn the ins and outs of the business or the trade. 

Both can work well.

The danger is to be too busy working without an objective. 

Be intentional and ask yourself, "Is it time for me to learn or to earn?"

Of course, you can always do both.


YENG REMULLA is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Productive Pinoy. He is also the founding-partner of Start Learning. Visit



You're waiting for your business loan to be approved. 

You're waiting for a prospective client to finally say "Yes" to your offer.

You're waiting for your business to take off now that you've done what you could.

Now that you're waiting, you realize that waiting (and not knowing what to expect) is harder than anything.

Getting news that you succeeded calls for a celebration. Getting news that you failed – you can face it, re-strategize and move on. Any answer will, somehow, give you closure.

But waiting?...

Like a test, you'll either pass or fail the waiting game.

Waiting is part of the package. Not only that it reminds you that you're not in control, but you also get to realize the important things in life.

You might as well do something productive and enjoy the wait.



The purpose of a business isn't just to maximize profits or to make money. Doctors make money, but their purpose is to heal people.

Behind every successful entrepreneur or a business, you'll find a deeper mission or purpose that fuel its growth.

By focusing on letting "Every Juan to Fly", Cebu Pacific holds the biggest market share (46%) on domestic flights.

Jollibee was able to beat McDonalds in the Philippines by making it their mission to satisfy the Pinoy taste buds.

While Hapee (Lamoiyan Corp), not only makes toothpaste, but also employs deaf-mute workers as a way to serve the community.

Other than to make money or to make ends meet, why are you starting or running a business?

What makes it worthwhile?

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I'll be giving a talk on how to Start a Business this August 3, Saturday, at the Malayan Plaza Hotel Ortigas. If you've been wanting to put up a business, this will be an interesting learning session for you. 

By the way, the first 30 to register will get a free START SOMETHING Book!

For details and to register, visit this link: