What's for Breakfast?

I went out of the house extra early this morning to go to McDonalds.

Seated near me were three men in their late 30s to mid 40s. By the way they were speaking, I'm guessing they are in the construction business. They are probably engineers.

What were they having for breakfast?

Politics, natural calamities, corruption, and conspiracy theories about the Marcoses.

Yes, in that order.

This made me realize how important it is to start the day right. 

You can...

Point out a problem or provide a solution.

Doubt or trust.

Complain or have gratitude.

And this morning, I'm proud of myself for choosing what is right -- Sausage, muffins & egg in a platter + Brewed Coffee.


What are you aiming for?

Without a goal or a vision, our days will just go to waste. It may sound like a cliche, but yes, life is short.

And what you do now matters. It will all add up. 

Be discerning, but don't be overly cautious. You'll learn more from the (unintentional) mistakes that you'll do.

Don't be driven by fear, but by the purpose that God has given you.

What are you aiming for?


The First Social Media Parenting Seminar in Manila

Entrepreneur & Productive Pinoy/Start Something Author, Mr. Yeng Remulla & Wife, Ms. Michelle Remulla

My beautiful wife and I together with our good friend and Social Media Strategist, Mr. Russel Patalinghog, talked at the first ever Social Media Parenting Seminar last Saturday held at Fully Booked BGC. Not only that it was a fun afternoon, but we also learned a lot from each other!

Social Media Strategist Mr. Russel Patalinghog

Thanks to my business partners and co-founders of Start Learning, Mr. Bob Barcebal and Ms. Kat Baylon for organizing this learning session. This is the first "non-business" program or topic we ever did as a company.

Start Learning Founders – Ms. Kat Baylon, Mr. Bob Barcebal & Mr. Yeng Remulla

Social Media has changed the way we all connect and share information. And as parents, we realized the need to prepare our children, not only for their offline life, but also for their ONLINE life. Whatever they do online is important – it's an extension of their "real" life.

Productive Pinoy & Start Something Author Mr. Yeng Remulla

In this learning event, we've given the parents specific tips on what they can teach their children to ensure their safety. And at the same time, we presented how they can use "social media" as a tool to raise productive kids. 

We're so glad to have met parents who were eager to learn. One thing they have in common is their passion to raise their kids well. Truly admirable.

The world has been changing and we believe that as parents we need to keep on learning too. 

We hope you'll join us next time! 

To find out the next schedule, please feel free to email startlearningph@gmail.com, contact (0917)4647528 or visit www.startlearningph.com

Photo courtesy of Mic Que.


Social Media Smart is the New Street Smart

After leaving school, you will notice that the people who succeed are not necessarily the ones who were good in the classroom, but the ones who knows how to find their way on the streets. 

Not just classroom smarts, but street smarts,

Research, networking, closing deals, all used to happen on the streets, face to face. But now Social Media has somehow changed that. 

Today, most of us, we interact, build our connections, and engage online. 

What you do in Social Media is already an extension of what you do in your physical (real) life. 

The "newsfeed" is the new avenue where you can meet new people, create a brand or an impression, or build a strong connection. 

You might as well be smart about it too.


Out of The Abundance of the Heart, the Facebook Status Speaks

This Saturday is a special one for me. I'll be sharing the stage with my beautiful wife, Michelle, to talk about Social Media Parenting, together with our good friend and Social Media Expert, Mr. Russel Patalinghog. (Fully Booked BGC from 2pm–5pm)

As parents, we realized the need to prepare our children, not only for their offline life, but also for their ONLINE life. Whatever they do online is as important – it's an extension of their life off the screen.

Our role as parents is to prepare them to use these tools the right way. As I'd always say "Out of the abundance of the heart, the Facebook Status speaks!"

There are many learnings or benefits on being connected, but there are real threats and dangers too. And in this learning session, we hope to be able to equip the parents on how they can use social media to protect their children, and at the same time, raise them with the right heart and the right values.

There are few seats left. Hope you can join us! Visit START LEARNING or http://tinyurl.com/digitalparent to register.


Better Decisions For Your Business

The best investment is on people. If you run or own a business, spend time with your team, suppliers & customers.

Real "face time" will always out do 'Facebook' time or any other way of communication. Being there with them will give you a better grasp of what they're thinking and of what's really happening.

You'll make better decisions this way.


Do The Hard Part | Entrepreneurship

The fun part in a startup - coming up with ideas, the brainstorming sessions, and the 'dreaming' of endless possibilities.

Many people will spend most of their startup time talking about how cool their ideas are. And yes, in a way, most of them are also seeking for validation.

The discouragement starts when the people they talk to don't share the same excitement. At this point, some will quit without even trying. But that's not even the hard part.

The hard part is doing the real work. It's translating ideas into actual products or services. It's raising or saving enough money for the venture.

Designing a product is fun. Launching a product that people are willing to pay for is another thing.

It's exciting to close your first sale or customer. It's a challenge or a struggle to breakeven or to hit profitability.

Starting a business is an adventure. It's fun, exciting, and yes, it's not easy. If you are starting one, make sure to anticipate and prepare for both sides of the story.

Having great ideas doesn't make you an entrepreneur. Doing the hart part will.


There is a Time To Wait

In many situations, you can only control your actions, but not the results. You don't need to push too far. Your job is to hope, to believe, and to do your best. Be faithful with the task at hand. 

God is faithful. He keeps his promises. At the proper time, He will only give His best!

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. – Psalms 27:13-14: 


How to Win the Respect of Others

Your perspective or views will change as you grow old and mature. But your priority should remain the same – to love God and one another. The greatest achievement (or ambition) that you can pursue is to lead others to do the same. 

How to win the respect of others: 

1. Live a quiet life 
2. Mind or take care of your own business 
3. Work with your own hands 
(see 1 Thes 4:9–12)


Don't confuse "waiting time" for wasted time.

Don't confuse "waiting time" for wasted time.

If you've been put into a position to wait, you might as well make the most out of it.

Build meaningful relationships. Learn a new skill. Pray for clarity and direction.

Every season has its own purpose. Even if you don't see anything, there's always something happening.


We Follow What We See

Most of the time we don't follow other people's advice because what we emulate isn't what they say, but what we see they actually do.

You can lead by example when you preach what you practice.


How Not to Frustrate Your Customers

The most frustrating experience as a customer...

Your service provider causes inconvenience because of their inefficiency, but lets you pay for it anyway.

Lesson for entrepreneurs:

1. Own the problem

2. Provide a solution

3. Compensate for the hassle

Many will do #1. But if you're wise enough, you won't stop there.