Someone read the signs for me, please?

Anyone over the age of 35 should read this, as I copied this from a friends status ...

In the age of “eco-friendly”, “biodegradable”, “organic” and “sustainable” products, the blog entry linked above is filled with such painful irony… the reality of how man has created so much conveniences to the utter inconvenience of the current state of Mother Earth.

In my very recent trip to Sydney, both my friends and locals were consistently complaining that they were having the “weirdest summer” ever:  Chilly nights, temperatures hitting 20deg Celsius during the day, plus occassional thunderstorms and rains.  The bewildered look on their faces told me that they were truly flabbergasted at what was happening to their weather.

Deep inside, I was increasingly feeling nervous.

Just like in the movie “2012“, that shook and unnerved everyone after viewing it:  The signs are all around us.   Makes me wonder, are we in denial to what will eventually happen to us and our world?


20 Life Lessons from Steve Jobs

Lance Ulanoff, ed-in-chief of my all-time-fave site Mashable, created this 20-point summary after reading the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.  Now that I’m coaching for PSI Starshooters Team 85 starting Feb. 2012, this is more than timely for my phase in life.   This list is also something I’m lovingly going to share with my future team players.

My personal thoughts to follow.

  • Don’t Wait

When the young Steve Jobs wanted to build something and needed a piece of equipment, he went straight to the source.

“He began by recalling that he had wanted to build a frequency counter when he was twelve, and he was able to look up Bill Hewlett, the founder of HP, in the phone book and call him to get parts.”

  • Make Your Own Reality

Steve Jobs learned early that when you don’t like how things are in your life or in your world, change them, either through action or sheer force of will.

“As Hoffman later lamented, “The reality distortion field can serve as a spur, but then reality itself hits.” – Joanna Hoffman, part of Apple’s early Macintosh team.

“I didn’t want to be a father, so I wasn’t,” Jobs later said, with only a touch of remorse in his voice.

  • Control Everything You Can

Steve Jobs was, to a certain degree, a hippie. However, unlike most free spirits of the 1960s-to-1970s love-in era, Jobs was a detail-oriented control freak.

“He wants to control his environment, and he sees the product as an extension of himself.”

  • Own Your Mistakes

Jobs could be harsh and even thoughtless. Perhaps nowhere was that more in evidence than with his first daughter. Still, as Jobs grew older and began to face mortality, he more readily admitted his mistakes.

“I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was twenty-three and the way I handled that,” Jobs said.”

  • Know Yourself

While not always aware of how those around him were reacting to his appearance or demeanor, Jobs had no illusions about his own formidable intellectual skills.

“Then a more disconcerting discovery began to dawn on him: He was smarter than his parents.”

  • Leave the Door Open for the Fantastic

Jobs was a seeker, pursuing spiritual enlightenment and body purification throughout his life. He wasn’t a particularly religious person, but did not dismiss the existence or something beyond our earth-bound realm.

“I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.” — Steve Jobs

  • Don’t Hold Back

Apple’s founder was famous for his outbursts and sometimes over-emotional responses. In product development, things were often amazing or sh_t.

“He was an enlightened being who was cruel,” she recalled. “That’s a strange combination.”– former girlfriend and mother of Jobs’ first daughter, Chrisann Brennan

  • Surround Yourself with Brilliance

Whether he was willing to admit it or not, Steve Jobs could not do everything. Yes, he could have a huge impact on every product and marketing campaign, but he also knew that there were others in the world with skills he did not possess. Jobs’ early partnership with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak perfectly illustrated this fact. His early success with Wozniak provided the template for future collaborations.

“After a couple of months he was ready to test it. ‘I typed a few keys on the keyboard and I was shocked! The letters were displayed on the screen.’ It was Sunday, June 29, 1975, a milestone for the personal computer. “It was the first time in history,” Wozniak later said, “anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer’s screen right in front of them.”

  • Build a Team of A Players

Far too often, companies and managers settle for average employees. Steve Jobs recognized talent and decided that any conflict that might arise from a company full of “A”-level players would be counterbalanced by awesome output. He may have been right.

“For most things in life, the range between best and average is 30% or so. The best airplane flight, the best meal, they may be 30% better than your average one. What I saw with Woz was somebody who was fifty times better than the average engineer. He could have meetings in his head. The Mac team was an attempt to build a whole team like that, A players. People said they wouldn’t get along, they’d hate working with each other. But I realized that A players like to work with A players, they just didn’t like working with C players.”– Steve Jobs

“I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people you don’t have to baby them,” Jobs later explained. “By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.”

  • Be Yourself

Steve Jobs was often so busy being himself that he had no idea how people saw him, especially in his early, dirty-hippie days.

“At meetings we had to look at his dirty feet.” Sometimes, to relieve stress, he would soak his feet in the toilet, a practice that was not as soothing for his colleagues.”—Mike Markkula, Apple’s first chairman.

  • Be Persuasive

While it’s true that early Steve Jobs was a somewhat smelly and unpleasant person to be around, this same Steve Jobs also trained himself to stare without blinking for long periods of time and found that he could persuade people to do the seemingly impossible.

“If it could save a person’s life, would you find a way to shave ten seconds off the boot time?” he asked. Kenyon allowed that he probably could. Jobs went to a whiteboard and showed that if there were five million people using the Mac, and it took ten seconds extra to turn it on every day, that added up to three hundred million or so hours per year that people would save, which was the equivalent of at least one hundred lifetimes saved per year.”

  • Show Others the Way

Jobs wasn’t truly a programmer or technologist, certainly not in the way that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is, yet he had an intuitive understanding for technology and design that ended up altering the world’s expectations for computers and, more importantly, consumer electronics.

“To be honest, we didn’t know what it meant for a computer to be ‘friendly’ until Steve told us.” — Terry Oyama, part of the early Macintosh design team.

  • Trust Your Instincts

I have, in my own career, navigated by gut on more than one occasion. Steve Jobs, though, had a deep and abiding belief in his own tastes and believed with utter certainty that if he liked something, the public would as well. He was almost invariably right.

“Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?” — Steve Jobs

  • Take Risks

Throughout his career, Steve Jobs took chances, first with the launch of Apple, then in walking away from it and then returning in 1997. In an era when most companies were figuring out ways to diversify, Apple — under Job’s leadership — shed businesses and products, and focused on relatively few areas. He was also willing to steer the entire Apple ship (or at least some aspects of it) in a single direction if he thought it would generate future success.

“One of Jobs’ management philosophies was that it is crucial, every now and then, to roll the dice and ‘bet the company’ on some new idea or technology.”

“I had this crazy idea that we could sell just as many Macs by advertising the iPod. In addition, the iPod would position Apple as evoking innovation and youth. So I moved $75 million of advertising money to the iPod, even though the category didn’t justify one hundredth of that. That meant that we completely dominated the market for music players. We outspent everybody by a factor of about a hundred.” — Steve Jobs.

  • Follow Great with Great

In everything from products to movies (under Pixar), Steve Jobs sought to create great follow-ups. He wasn’t so successful in the early part of his career (see Lisa), but his third acts to Pixar and Apple proved he had the sequel touch.

“There’s a classic thing in business, which is the second-product syndrome,” Jobs later said. It comes from not understanding what made your first product so successful. “I lived through that at Apple. My feeling was, if we got through our second film, we’d make it.”

  • Make Tough Decisions

Good managers and leaders are willing to do hard work and, often, make unpopular decisions. Jobs apparently had little concern about being liked and therefore was well-equipped to make tough choices.

“The most visible decision he made was to kill, once and for all, the Newton, the personal digital assistant with the almost-good handwriting-recognition system.”

  • Presentation Can Make a World of Difference

The Apple founder hated PowerPoint presentations, but perhaps somewhat uncharacteristically, believed elegant product presentation was critical.

“Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.” — Jony Ive, Apple designer.

  • Find a Way to Balance Your Intensity

It’s unclear if Steve Jobs ever truly mellowed, but he did learn that a buffer between him and the rest of Apple could be useful.

“In a company that was led by a CEO prone to tantrums and withering blasts, Cook commanded situations with a calm demeanor, a soothing Alabama accent, and silent stares.”

  • Live for Today

Even as Steve Jobs struggled with cancer, he rarely slowed down. If anything, the disease helped him focus his efforts and pursue some of his grandest dreams.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” — Steve Jobs

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs

  • Share Your Wisdom

Steve Jobs was not a philanthropic soul. He had a passion for products and success, but it wasn’t until he became quite ill that he started reaching out and offering his wisdom to others in the tech community.

“I will continue to do that with people like Mark Zuckerberg too. That’s how I’m going to spend part of the time I have left. I can help the next generation remember the lineage of great companies here and how to continue the tradition. The Valley has been very supportive of me. I should do my best to repay.” — Steve Jobs

Original article by Mr. Lance Ulanoff found here.  I couldn’t help but comment. 🙂

Thank you Steve Jobs, for inspiring us to no end.  I pray that one day I may also leave a strong and lasting legacy for others to create positive and loving change in their life.

5 Things I’d Love to be Doing for the Rest of my Life

A few days ago on the Let’s Get Digital (secret) Facebook group, someone asked, “If you weren’t doing digital, what is it that you’d be doing now?”  There were more than 12 replies to the question, and only one said, “I’d be doing the same thing.”

A lot of people think digital marketing is the fun-nest thing today, sometimes really more play than work.  But if that were true, then why didn’t everyone chime in “You betcha’ I’d still be digital, baybeehhh!”?

So, what would be MY response?  My top 5 would be:

  1. Cooking and baking in my dream kitchen, and blogging about my creations.

    Experimenting with my future kids and family

  2. Helping other people lead better lives through coaching/counseling, further touching others by enlarging territories online.
  3. Ideation of creative and game-changing products and services

    My ideas are mind-blowing, game-changing, and simply awesome!

  4. Designing my line of clothes     
  5. Designing my line of genuine jewelry  

I’d be happily doing these things everyday for the rest of my life.  I guess the time to start working on these things is NOW.

NB.  Photos are not mine. Credits are reserved to the original owners/posts where images came from.

His Love Never Fails to Amaze Me

I woke up to a missed call today, and couldn’t go back to sleep. Hundreds of questions came rushing in my mind, filling it with so much doubt and negativity. Decided to jump off my warm, comfy bed and turn to my laptop.

My mail failed fully syncing since neighbor’s free wifi got turned off in the middle of the night (what a leecher, LOL). As I tried figuring out how far the RSS got into, my mouse went over an entry, and I *clicked*.

It opened to a *different* mail entry. But oh gawd, the message aiming straight at my heart, jolting my core.
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Discovering the ‘Global Microbrand’ Concept

I love links.  They literally link you to an entirely different world.

From Mike Abundo’s site talking about Alodia Gosengfiao’s downloads available to Globe subs, I got curious when he referred to her as a “global microbrand”.  So I naturally *clicked*.

Which led me to Hugh Macleod‘s blog called “The Gaping Void” and his blog entry “The Global Microbrand Rant.”

It was easy to grasp alright (Macleod says it’s not conceptual rocket science just to get it, LOL).  This is why people have blogs.  This is why the ‘exclusive’ sells.  A blogger can turn any mom n’ pop store,  any home-run business, any local designer’s work into a microbrand — even the small businesses and the persons themselves can wield enough power to influence the world if they knew how to harness the potential of the digital space.

Aside from the concept itself,  3 other things struck me:

  1. The realization (and monetizing) of one’s passion – Alodia Gosengfiao, in her passion for cosplaying, did the right thing by partnering with a global (not just local) CP. At the young age of 22(?), if she played her cards right, she’d be earning royalties (another form of passive income) from drooling boys and no-longer-boys all over the world, all of them eager to have her images downloaded on their mobile phones.  She created a name for herself, and now can earn potentially millions, because she lived out her passion.
  2. The corporate rat race thrives because we make it that way – I’ve read a number of self-help books and e-learning materials that talk about why one SHOULD get out of the rat race. People like Robert Kiyosaki, Tim Ferris, Bo Sanchez, Trace Trajano illustrate how you can go and grow beyond your monthly paycheck, how earning on your own and becoming your own boss is a bazillion times more rewarding than having to trudge through the same thing day in and out to put more money in the pockets of a giant corporation, while you get paid your not-so-fair-share despite the blood-sweat-and-tears you shed daily.  More importantly though, the natural propensity for people is to increase their standard of living, and adjust the lifestyle change when the pay increases.  Buying more material goods and upgrading your lifestyle in so many ways drives you back to the office — so that you work harder, so that you can pay the bills due from creating that new life standard you think you deserve.  Credit card and loan companies like using the line, “Get the lifestyle that you deserve!” in the effort to make you say, “Heck yeah, I work too hard! I need to reward myself with a bigger house, a bigger car, fancier clothes and more trips abroad!” After the acquisition, its back to the grind… to pay back what you just had spent.  Macleod says that lifestyle is “not sustainable”.  Honestly, its happened to me.  Barely 2 years ago, I couldn’t stomach shelling out P2,500 for a bag.  Today I’d be willing to shell out P7,000 for a designer bag… without blinking.  What’s the difference between a Paris-made Longchamp Le Pliage medium short handle made of nylon, versus a locally made Secosana in faux leather?  Aside from paying an extra P6,000 (if you bought the LC here), they basically do the same:  Carry your stuff.  Plus the LC demands a bag organizer or base-shaper (P400-600 a pop) so that it doesn’t look shabby and un-shapely.  Bear with me.  I’m a work in progress.  My fallback?  I can simplify my life (again) and sell all my designer stuff to earn back at least 85% of what I spent.
  3. Creating your own Global Microbrand transcends borders and ‘enlarges your territory’Yes, that last phrase is from Jabez’ Prayer.  It was my prayer in 2007-2009.  Believe me, it definitely WORKS… and sometimes to a crazily overwhelming extent that I’ve to tell God, “Whoa, wait Lord…this enlargement of territory is waaaay to big for me to handle at this time!” But I digress.  Macleod says:

…the Global Microbrand is sustainable. With it you are not beholden to one boss, one company, one customer, one local economy or even one industry. Your brand develops relationships in enough different places to where your permanent address becomes almost irrelavant [sic].

He refers to Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) earlier in the article, calling him the “grand-daddy of this space”, and says, “(Scoble) may work full-time for Microsoft, but whose brand is much, much larger than any job description they could give him; that’s worth far more than anything they’re ever likely to pay him.

That, IMO, is pure awesome.  You can be an employee, yet since you are your own Global Microbrand, you can be anywhere and be worth so much more.

Read the full article here, and be enlightened 🙂

Love abundantly!


This Blog’s New Purpose

The thought has been simmering at the back of my head for a few weeks now.  I need to blog it in order for it to crystallize and take shape.

To think is to create. (thank you PSI)

Since 2006, I already knew my calling: EVANGELIZATION.  But that thought did not make much sense when I left Janssen and the BLD Singles Ministry to re-join Smart in 2007.  My new job demanded so much of my time, it required excessive gray matter that I did not have time to pursue other things… and I was a workhorse that had to churn out one advertising campaign after another. At the end of my first year in Smart, I had done a whopping 197 ad campaigns.

Mid-2008, a man who had just turned 40 and was dear to me at that particular time was struggling with himself.  He was experiencing mid-life crisis.  He plainly expressed that at his age, he still did not know what his life purpose was. I gave him a curious look.  So point-blank he asked me:

“Do you know what your purpose in life is?”

The answer to me was crystal clear.  In a heartbeat, I replied,

“Yes. My purpose, my calling is to do evangelization.”

He was wide-eyed and doubly surprised. From how he knew me, plus with the hours I kept in the office, he couldn’t fathom what I meant. I gently explained to him how I had spent practically 16 years of life, prior to meeting him.

Quite indignantly, he retorted,

“Then why aren’t you evangelizing to me?”

I was dumbstruck.  After a pregnant pause, I quietly replied,

“Because I don’t force these things unto others. I believe the longing should come from within themselves.  I only aid, support and lead. I do not impose.”

Another thought was playing in my head. It was telling me, “Because I chose to do something else, and evangelization is something I have to set aside for now given other priorities in my life.”

Fast forward to 2010.  This year has been a roller-coaster year, emotionally.  But that’s not the highlight. An uncanny series of events has been unfurling before me, evolving, emerging, becoming increasingly more apparent. I can NO LONGER ignore my calling. I can no longer hide and procrastinate, pretending to be deaf and having other worldly concerns.  No more lame excuses, no more but’s.

Don’t ask me about specifics yet. I just KNOW with real certainty this is a personal awakening, the start of something LIFE-CHANGING for me and my future readers/friends.

As I write this, it just dawned on me that I have received again the gift that I once thought I lost a long time ago: The gift of EXPECTANT FAITH.

This is what I have discerned:  I will use my love of writing, plus my desire to pursue social media, as tools for evangelization (I wrote about it in an earlier post here).  First I figured, “I need to create a brand new blog.”  But tonight, it smacked me hard on the head.  I didn’t need to create one.  This blog,  created in 2007, only recently seemed to have the most nebulous, generic positioning. Now, it makes real sense.

Brand New Day, Brand New Blog” or BNDBNB, will henceforth be the place where I will write about transformation, positivity, change, leadership and a newfound life that I am about to experience.

Stretching out my hands to reach out to what the universe has for me: God‘s abundant gifts and blessings all laid out for me to receive and use to the full!

God is so good.  All the time!

Love abundantly!


The PUSH – on Eagle’s Wings

“The Push.
Sometimes we need it.
Sometimes we need to give it.
It can be the greatest GIFT you ever give.

It will change a life FOREVER.”

From the video Even Eagles Need a Push by David McNally

You and I were each born with a purpose.

Like the eagle, for each of us to realize what that purpose is, we must:

  1. Get out of  our nest, our comfort zone.
  2. Be brought to the edge.  We never know our true limits unless we bring ourselves to the breaking point.
  3. Spread our wings, no matter how ‘imperfect’ they may seem.  Stop thinking like someone wearing mental chains. Start breaking free from the mediocrity and drudgery of a humdrum life.
  4. Take flight.  We are creatures created  free: We’re free to soar, free to roam, free to breathe in new life.  Let the wind carry you and bring you places.
  5. Think:  What is the source of your wind. WHO is your wind?

How does it all start?  With the realization that you and I both need the PUSH.

This is why I’ve decided, despite the ‘chains’, to take Heroic XXXI.  Because I want to soar on eagle’s wings and embrace a life-changing breakthrough in my life.

How about you?