What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?

"What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?"

As the new year begins, many experts, teachers or gurus will try to challenge you by asking that question.

Thinking that you couldn't fail is pretty inspiring. And the emotional high might just compel you to take a leap of faith.

But here's the thing, the reality, the spoiler, sooner or later, YOU WILL FAIL. One way or the other.

There's no such thing as a "sure win."

If you believe otherwise, then you are missing the point.

Yes, taking a step of faith is a risk, but it's a risk worth taking.

The real question should be, "After you fail, what do you intend to do?"

Will you find something (or someone) to blame? Will you learn from your mistakes? Or will you quit or try again?

Every detour or set back has its purpose. You may not understand it for a while, but when you look back, it will all make sense.

Be faithful. Follow through. Be willing to make changes.

Time for a better question...

"Will you start even if you know you could fail?"


The First Thing To Do This Christmas

"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed” – Mathew 2:10

My sister used to live in Baguio. We'd drive there about six times a year just to visit them.

Every time that we travel, the boredom of long drive sets in. "Are we there yet?" My kids at the back of the car would ask in 30 minutes interval.

For me, the STAR logo of Caltex in NLEX (or Shell Select) reminds me of the same STAR the Magi saw. Joy sets in knowing that I can stop and relax for a bit to buy chocolate, chips, siopao, chicharon, atbp.

After another 3 hours of driving, I see another star……STARbucks! (Sta. Lucia) Now, I am not only happy, but also awake and revived.

The Magi traveled from a far place but when they saw the star, they were OVERJOYED.

First thing I do from travel is to unload the baggage, freshen up, and then drink coffee.

The first thing the Magi did when they reached the place where Jesus was staying was to BOW down and WORSHIP Him. And then they presented their gifts to Him afterwards.

Let this be a time or a season of joy, praise and worship. This is not the time to be pressured with hectic schedules, never-ending parties or gift giving.

Let's pause for a moment and thank Jesus. He freely gave us a gift, not even one of us deserved. He loved us first even when we were incapable of loving. He deserves our attention, our adoration, and our praises.

All honor belongs to Him.


Living Your Second Wind

Last Saturday, we concluded our "Jumpstart Your Success" Workshop @ The FORT BGC.

After the learning session, I had the privilege to meet Cathy. She asked me to sign her copy of my book and was thanking us, the speakers, for the inspiring event.

She said that she wrote something down that she would like to read to me.

"You have awakened my soul… 
My passions... 
Adrenalin rush is pumping...
I want to live more and I don't want to lose my second wind…
To act…
To implement…
To be in the now…"

And then she smiled and told me, "I'm 7 years old." (which I didn't understand immediately)

Until she told me that she is a cancer survivor. She stayed for a while and shared to us her story.

I left the venue that night touched and more inspired by her.

Thank you Ms. Cathy for showing us how to be courageous and for reminding us to live fully.

Speaker Ardy Abello, Ms. Cathy Altonaga, Ptr,. Ariel Marquez, and Productive Pinoy Author Yeng Remulla (me)