Archive of ‘Self Development’ category

The Power of Being Self-aware

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Do you know yourself?

Self-awareness is a powerful thing. We are complex beings and despite the amount of time I have spent being me, I still discover new things about myself each day. Self-awareness does not come in an instant. You will need to spend time analyzing your actions and studying yourself.

Here’s a simple exercise to check if you are self-aware. Ask yourself these questions:

What is my personality type?
Am I an introvert or an extrovert?
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
What motivates me?
What excites me?

Now you may think, why do I need to study myself?

To excel in life, you need to know who you really are.

Once you know yourself, you’ll know how to motivate and empower yourself to do the things you should do. You’ll know what your strengths and weaknesses are. You’ll be able to identify the personality types you can work best with.

A simple way you can apply self-awareness in your life is in choosing your career. For instance, I’m an extrovert. I love meeting people and learning from them. My weaknesses are, I’m not very detail-oriented as I’m a big picture kind of person. I don’t like math. I tend to take a while when it comes to solving stuff. My strengths are public speaking, networking with people and I also enjoy anything that involves music and art. I don’t like routine. I enjoy doing something different everyday and learning new things.

I’m a nurse by profession and when I graduated college, I tried working as a nurse for a year. A nurse requires attention to detail because you can’t afford make a mistake. You’re dealing with peoples lives so it’s important that you check and recheck everything. I remember that before every shift I would pray that I wouldn’t make a mistake and everything would just go smoothly. Suffice to say, just a few months into working as a nurse, I had confirmed that it wasn’t the career for me. It required a lot of attention to detail, which is not my strength. And the work was routinary, which did not suit my personality type.

Now, I’m working full time as a real estate broker here in Cagayan de Oro City. The job requires that I meet and speak to a lot of people everyday. I don’t have to go to our office unless we have a board meeting. Everyday is different and I get to work on my own time. Since being a real estate broker involves meeting quotas, I need to think of creative ways to share our available listings to our clients. Being a real estate broker is the perfect fit to my personality type and strengths. Because this career fits me so well, I get to enjoy my job while making money.

Life is too short to be stuck in a job you hate or are not good at. When you choose a career that does not fit you, you’ll have to work twice as hard just to survive. But when your job is inclined to your strengths, then that, combined with a lot of hard work will allow you to soar to great heights. Think of the most successful people you know. Chances are, the career they have chosen is inclined to their natural strengths and personality type.

Self-awareness is a powerful thing. When you are self-aware, you open so many doors. You’ll know the opportunities to say yes to, and which ones to say no to.

So now let me ask you, do you know yourself?

If yes, good for you. You can now start applying what you know about you in your life so you can be on your way to becoming a success.

If no, perhaps it’s time to get to know you. Take a this Myers Briggs Personality Test. This can help you start to know yourself.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex

Expand Your Leadership

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Leadership is a privilege. But it not something that many people embrace willingly.

Leadership is not easy because, frankly, it’s a huge responsibility. I’m ashamed to say that there were a few times in my life where I declined to take on a leadership position because I didn’t feel like I was ready for it. But now, as the CEO of Truly Wealthy Realty, I need to step up and expand my reach as a leader. I can no longer hide from responsibility because God has given me the privilege of leading these people. And they deserve the best that I can give them.

Today, I listened to Jossy Chacko as he talked about ways to expand leadership.Jossy Chacko is the Founder and President of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.

According to Jossy, since leaders are trusted with more, then we should embrace the privilege to lead with all our hearts. We can expand our reach as leaders by first, enlarging our vision. We should not focus what we are doing now but learn to see the bigger picture. Leaders are visionaries. It’s only when we see the big picture that we can be able to achieve great things for Gods glory.

Second, leaders empower people. There are leaders all around us just waiting to be discovered. When we empower people, we impart to them the confidence and ability to soar high. Jacko further gave us 3 ways on how to empower people. Read full post on that HERE.

Lastly, embrace risk. Or as Christians would say, step out in faith. Where there is no risk, there’s no growth. The enemy of growth is being comfortable. When we become too comfortable where we are, we stop stretching and growing.

God has not given us the spirit of fear. So as followers of Christ, we should be the most risk-taking, audacious people on earth. When we stop taking risks, we prevent ourselves from reaching our full potential.

-Jossy Chacko

It’s easy to take risks when you’re still beginning, when you have nothing to lose. But when you’ve built something from nothing, you begin to fear losing what you have. When I started Truly Wealthy Realty with my partners, we were almost fearless in setting goals. We dreamt big and had lofty ambitions. Now, I think we need to step out in faith again in order to take the realty even further. Fear is crippling. Just like the 3rd servant who hid his denari in the ground because he was afraid of losing it, I don’t want to hide my God-given abilities. I want to use it to grow my potential and stretch my ability as a leader.What about you? Are you constantly expanding your reach as a leader? Decide to expand your reach by enlarging your vision, empowering people and embracing risk.

Leadership is a privilege. Many are called but few are chosen. If you are chosen to lead, embrace it. Do your best. Add value.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

How to Empower People

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I had to opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit for the past 2 days. Here, I was able to listen to great speakers like John Maxwell, Bill Hybels and Melinda Gates speak on a variety of topics. One of the speakers was Jossy Chacko – the Founder and President of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.

His topic was about expanding leadership. Part of the process of expanding leadership is knowing how to empower people. As a leader, you cannot do everything yourself. You must raise leaders to share in the work with you so you can accomplish more as a team.

Jossy gave 3 tips on how to empower people which I found very useful so I want to share this with you.

How to Empower People

1.Focus on building the character before you empower them

Great leaders don’t just pass on information. They build character. The biggest leadership failures are not because of the lack of talent or ability, but of character. As a leader, it is your responsibility to build the character first your mentees before empowering them. Otherwise, you could be building up a potential time bomb.

2.Build a relationship with your mentees

Leadership is not about leading from the front or from the back, but alongside. The better your relationship is with your mentees, the more influential you’ll be to them. And the better you’ll be able to lead them.

3.Make sure you have agreed on the right outcomes

You cant get to where you want to go if you don’t know where you are going. From the very start, agree on an outcome. This will allow you to focus on the goal and reach it much faster. Clarity breeds competence. Make KPI’s. Evaluate. Measure.

Again, being able to empower people is key to successful leadership. Let’s take the time to carefully consider, who among our team can we empower today?

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

 

Exploring the Art of Performance Workshop

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I’ve always been a fan of art. From painting to drawing to music. Acting is also another art form which you can use to express yourself. You can just lose yourself in the character you’re portraying and become a whole other person.

For those who want to enhance their talent in stage acting, i have good news for you. The 3rd year Communication and Multimedia Arts students will be conducting a theater stage workshop entitled “Exploring the Art of Performance”. It will include exercises and activities to enhance the individual’s talent in stage acting.

Venue: Luxembourg Hall of Southville International School and Colleges, Las Pinas City
Date: January 14, Saturday
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For inquiries, please call or text: 09778220176 (Globe) 09208217505 (Smart)
To register online, click HERE.

Hope you have fun!

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

10 Things I Love About being a Real Estate Broker

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  1. Time freedom. No time ins or outs. I can work when I want, where I want. I get to schedule my work around my play instead of the other way around.
  2. Unlimited income potential. I get to earn whatever I want – sky is the limit! Provided that I work at it, of course.
  3. Not having to file vacation leaves whenever I want to go on vacation.
  4. Being on the go everyday. I’m just not an office person. I’d get bored in 5 minutes. I like being constantly mobile, running from one location to another.
  5. Everyday is different. No day is the same for me. I can be meeting 4 clients today and tomorrow I’d be chilling at a coffee shop or mentoring one of our affiliates. I’m not one for routines. I like having a difference schedule everyday. It keeps me on my toes and it makes going to work (or play) everyday exciting.
  6. Meeting people. I love meeting a lot of people and building great (and lasting relationships) with my partners (they’re the best!), affiliates (they’re awesome) and clients (best clients ever!). I’m just so lucky to have these people in my life.
  7. Being able to help my clients buy or sell property. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences – next to discipleship. I always get a kick seeing my clients buy their dream home or sell a property and get to use that money to reach other goals.
  8. Mentoring our affiliate brokers and salespersons and helping them succeed in every area of life. It’s a great privilege to be able to influence other people like that. I consider Truly Wealthy Realty to be more than just a company. We are a family.
  9. Attending events – all kinds of events. Developers and banks have loads of those.
  10. Having the opportunity to share the gospel to a lot of people.

The Value of Submission

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When you read the old testament, there are hundreds of rules given out by God that the Israelites must follow. At first I thought, that must be so oppressive and burdensome for them. But as I got to know God more, I realized that the rules were there mainly for the Israelites. Left to their own devices, they could become pretty destructive. Even with God guiding them, they still rebelled, complained and turned away from Him several times.

It’s easy to think that the Israelites must be a bunch of really hard-headed people. But when I look at my own life, I realize that I’m a lot like them. I used to dislike following rules and was really stubborn. If I didn’t understand a particular rule, I would not follow it. I also wasn’t very submissive.

Knowing God has changed my perspective on submission. Daily study of the bible and the desire to really know Him will change you. It will soften your heart and change your desires. And although I still don’t understand some of God’s ways I have made a commitment to submit to Him and to those he has appointed to guide me.

Last year, two churchmates of mine got married. They were both active members of CCF and had multiple ministries. After their wedding our Dgroup leader met them and encouraged them to take a year off from their ministries to focus on building their marriage. I didn’t understand it at first because, ministry is important, right? Then this morning I came across Deuteronomy 24:5. That was when I understood the wisdom of his advice.

Deuteronomy 24:5

If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.

It is important for newlyweds to focus on their marriage on the first year so they can give it time to strengthen and mature before they face other responsibilities. The challenge of marriage is that it puts two very different people under one roof, 24/7. So the first year is a critical adjustment period for the couple to adjust to each other and ease into married life. Just like a gardener takes care of his seedlings in a pot before transplanting it into the field, a marriage is meant to be protected from outside pressures. By protecting your marriage from too many distractions and outside pressures, you’ll allow it grow strong enough to endure the trials of (married) life.

Following advice that you don’t at first understand is tough. But our mentors, leaders and parents have wisdom beyond our years. And if we listen and follow their advice, it is us who will benefit. Even if we don’t like our leaders, we are still called to submit and obey – for all authority has been put there by God. The only time we should not obey our leaders is when they ask us to do something that is morally wrong and contrary to the bible’s teachings.

Romans 13:1

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Obedience is the best evidence of a life lived for God. For if we hear but don’t obey, then we are no different from non-believers.

Last year, when my boyfriend and I were still friends, he asked the permission of our Dgroup leader if he could pursue me. Instead of giving his blessing, our Dgroup leader encouraged him to pursue God first before pursuing me. You see, he had just accepted Christ in his life so he first needed to grow spiritually before turning his attention to other pursuits. He followed our leader’s advice and “protected” his new relationship with God by focusing on Him. It was only a year after, with our Dgroup leader and my moms blessing, that he finally pursued me. During that year of waiting, he was able to grow his relationship with God. Now that we’re together, our relationship is way better because he has matured spiritually.

Submitting to authority is often not easy to do. Especially if we want something (or someone) and want it now. Sometimes it is seen as a weakness. But it takes a great man to bow down low. And it takes great humility to submit.

Are you struggling with a person of authority right now? It may be your husband, your parents, your boss or the government. There is wisdom in submission. And I believe it is something that we ought to practice in our lives.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

The Power of Clarity

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One thing that successful people have in common is clarity. They are very specific about the goals that they want to achieve.

It makes sense. How can you get what you want if you don’t know (or are not very clear) about what you want? Goal setting has always been an effective way for me to reach my goals. I would sit down, and write down what I want.

One of the things I learned in nursing was that you had to set SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

A friend of mine said, “My goal is to be happy.” That’s a reasonable goal. I, too, want to be happy. I mean, who wants to be miserable? To be happy is a good goal. But it’s not very SMART. How do you define happiness? Is it having a happy family? Traveling the world? Being successful in your career? A vague goal is hard to achieve. So it’s important to be as specific as possible.

Or let’s say your goal is to be “financially independent.” How do you define financial independence? Is it an income of P50,000 a month? P500,000 month? Or 1 million a month? Also, set a realistic deadline. If you earn P20,000 a month now, saying that you would like to have a million pesos next month isn’t very realistic. Maybe you can start with P50,000, then P100,000 and so on. Once you’ve set a specific and realistic goal, put a deadline. When would you like to achieve your goal of financial independence? This year, next year, or in five years?

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

-Napoleon Hill

We first have to be clear about our goals. When our goals are clear, then we will be able to come up with how we can achieve them. The “what” comes first. The “how” comes after.

Whatever you want, write them down. Draw pictures. Pinterest your goals. Seeing them clearly will motivate you to work towards achieving them. We humans are intrinsically teleological creatures. The word teleology comes from the greek word telos which means meaning or purpose. This means that we are very goal-oriented. We function better when we know what the purpose for our labor is. What the end goal is.

Humans are capable of intentionally pursuing goals that they consciously set for themselves, and thus a different order of teleology applies to them, one which places them in the domain of ethics and politics.

– Monte Ransome Johnson

When I was in high school, I dreamt of being the CEO of my own company. I wanted to run my own business and have the time of my life doing it. Fast forward 13 years later and that dream has come true.

I don’t believe that I’m better than anyone. In fact, there are tons of people that I can think of who are way better than I am. But it’s not about having a high IQ, it’s about setting SMART goals and working on them.

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

We all have goals we want to achieve. The question is, have you taken the time to actually write them down?

If you haven’t perhaps you can take the time to do them today.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

What Art Do You Make?

I’ve always equated art with painters and musicians. But according the Seth Godin in his book Leap First, art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

There’s a small village in China that reproduces paintings as fast as they can. Based on Godin’s definition of art, although these people are painters, they aren’t artists. An artist is someone who gives his all to create something of value from the heart. Therefore, anyone can be and should be an artist.

Art is not just about paint, marble or music. It can also be numbers, how you relate to people and strategic planning. Art is about giving value to the world through what you do. The most successful are those that have found their art and shared it selflessly. Pacquiao is an artist. Steve Jobs is an artist. Warren Buffet is an artist.

I used to paint and draw a lot when I was a kid. Here are two of the paintings I made when I was in college.

oil-painting-by-alex-zetaMedium: Oil
Year made: 2009

acrylic-painting-by-alexMedium: Acrylic
Year made: 2005

But although I enjoy painting, it’s not my passion. What I really love to do is connect with people. To build relationships and learn from them. That’s why I enjoy being a real estate broker, writing and public speaking. As a broker, I can reach out to people while providing valuable service to them. As a writer, I get to share my thoughts through my blog. As a speaker, I get to communicate my ideas to the audience.

The other day I met a client who works for the army. While we were touring around Xavier Estates, he shared to me how hard it was to be in the army because of the constant danger they had to face. Now that he was getting married, he wanted to invest in a lot so he could build his fiancée their dream house. Yes, one of my favorite topics with my clients is their love life. And they love talking about it :)  So I showed him a lot in Xavier Estates which he liked and we’re currently negotiating with the seller on the final price. Hopefully, all goes well. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Whenever I get to help out clients in finding their dream home, when I connect with them through their stories, I remember why I love my job. Seriously, being a real estate broker is the best job in the world. I have so much fun doing it that most of the time, it doesn’t even feel like I’m working.

Reading about Seth Godin’s definition of art made me think, what is my art form? And I realized, this is it. This is my art form. Connecting with people is my art. And through that, I can do my job which is to help fill their real estate needs whether it is to buy or sell property. The essence of good communication is building a connection with your client. No matter how good you are in presenting your product, if you don’t have that connection, you’re just making noise.

Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

-Seth Godin

 We are all artists in our own way. When you do what you do the best way you can, when you create meaningful work and share it selflessly to the world, then you’re an artist. It doesn’t matter if you have never made a single painting in your life.

I believe that our art is meant to be shared to bless people and make the world a better place. And if there’s someone who doesn’t appreciate your art, don’t sweat it. It’s not for them. I’ve had clients who chose other brokers to serve them. And it’s ok. At this time, my art is not for them. But for those clients who chose me, then I’ll serve them to the best of my ability. Because I see connecting to people as a real estate broker as my art. And I want to make the best art I can.

What about you, what is your art?

You are an artist. And being a unique individual, you can produce art that no one else can. Whatever art you make, make it special, make it unique, make it you.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

How to Deal with Difficult People

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In my job as a real estate broker I get to deal with different types of people everyday. Most of my clients are a pleasure to deal with. Some, however, are a bit difficult.

I remember a few years ago when I was working on this deal in Xavier Estates. My client wanted to purchase this 5-bedroom luxury house overlooking Cagayan de Oro. It had a huge lawn with a swimming pool. It was one of my favorite listings and ever since we got that listing, I’ve praying that I would be the one to sell it. Now my client was a 24-year-old businesswoman named Maria (not her real name) who was a bit on the tough side. She would shout at people (yes, even at me) and was generally difficult to deal with. At first, I felt a bit resentful towards her. I was raised in an environment where shouting was not a normal part of our routine.

Then one day, as we were waiting at for some documents, Maria told me her story. When she was eight years old, their village Healer told her parents that she was bad luck and that they had to give her up or else the entire family would suffer. So her parents took her to her grandparents house and left her there. Since her grandparents were already old and had little money, she had to work to take care of them and herself. She started to grow vegetables in their backyard and sell them at the night market. In the mornings she went to school. On weekends she would man their small sari-sari store. Sometimes Maria’s male cousins would storm inside her store and take away all her earnings for the day. Since they were bigger and stronger than her, she couldn’t fight back. So instead, to protect her earnings, she put her money in tin cans and buried it in her backyard. All throughout grade school and high school, Maria worked hard to fend for herself and her grandparents while at the same time, using her wits to outsmart her cousins who would drop by from time to time to bully her.

Maria’s first house

When Maria reached 13 years old, she happened to pass by one house for sale in Carmen which she liked very much. She liked the quiet environment and peaceful neighborhood. The house was being sold for 3.5 million. Maria thought for a moment. Where would she get that kind of money? After a few minutes, she went home and started digging. She dug up every single tin can she had buried over they years and started counting the money she had accumulated. The total amount was 3.5 million. And that was how Maria bought her first house.

Nothing beats hard work

Over the years, Maria engaged in a variety of businesses until she found one where she really hit the big bucks – the textile industry. She started buying RTW’s from a factory in Korea and selling it wholesale to boutiques and malls in different cities. She had clients from Pagadian, Ozamis, Dipolog, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan and Davao. Her business was so successful her clients actually had to get in line to purchase her products. The factory didn’t have any other buyers as it sold everything it made to her. Despite not being able to go to college, Maria’s dedication to her business and willingness to work hard enabled her to succeed where so many had failed.

Put yourself in the other persons shoes

Maria’s story not only inspired me to continue reaching for my dreams, it allowed me to understand her better. It was only when I put myself in her shoes that I was able to see where she was coming from. At a young age, she was rejected by her family. Over the years, many people tried to trick her and take advantage of her. It’s no wonder why she would so easily get defensive and angry and suspect that people were trying to deceive her. We are shaped by our environment and experiences. I could see that although Maria was, by worldly standards, successful she was still struggling with trust issues because of what she went through as a kid. And so, instead of feeling resentful I started to feel compassion towards her.

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Are you dealing with a difficult person in your life now?

When dealing with difficult people, instead of reacting, try to understand where that person is coming from. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. My experience taught me that people are the way they are for a reason. Perhaps that person who’s mistreating may just be having a bad day. Or maybe he’s going through a huge family problem. Or maybe he’s up to his ears in debt.

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.
Dale Carnegie

 

Because I made the effort to understand Maria, we were able to keep our relationship. I was able to help her buy the house she wanted and now she’s living in her dream house. A beautiful 2-storey, ridge-view mansion in Xavier Estates that overlooks the city. The little girl who was supposedly “bad luck” became the good luck charm of her family. Last time I saw Maria, she was with her family. She had forgiven her parents and is now building a relationship with them again. 

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Never burn bridges 

I believe in never burning bridges with people. You never know when you might run into them again. The world is becoming smaller everyday. If you have a person in your life now that’s difficult to deal with, try to understand that person. Decide to love them.

John 15:12

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life

-Alex

Playing to Win: Lessons Learned from Ivanka Trump

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No one says “successful career woman” quite like Ivanka Trump. As the daughter of billionaire real estate tycoon, Donald Trump, you wouldn’t expect any less. In her book The Trump Card, Ivanka tells her story about growing up as a Trump and shares the lessons and insights she has learned along the way.

Most people are not as fortunate to be born a Trump. But Ivanka takes what she has to a whole new level by not resting on her father’s laurels or her famous family name. She fearlessly worked hard to forge a name for herself and make her own mark in the real estate industry.

Despite being born in the lap of luxury, Ivanka shared that their parents taught them the value of discipline and hard work. Yes, their parents provided for their needs. But if they wanted more, they had to negotiate for it. Thus, Ivanka learned early on how to hone her negotiating skills. At home, if they were asked to do the dishes after dinner or help fold the laundry, they were expected to do it right away with no complaints. Growing up, her father provided guidance yet never pushed them into doing things they didn’t want to do. He gave them free reign to make their own choices and commit their own mistakes.

 Never be afraid to try new things.

While at Choate, a college preparatory boarding school, a modeling agent invited her to try modeling. At 5’11” she certainly was tall enough to be one. Although she wasn’t really interested in modeling, Ivanka wanted to try her hand at something new. Something that was outside her fathers sphere of influence. She wanted to see if she could succeed in an industry where the Trump name didn’t carry much weight. As a model, Ivanka had moderate success. Still, real estate remained her first love. It wasn’t easy to juggle go-sees and college but she did it, graduating as summa cum laude with a BA in real estate from the Wharton School of Finance.

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Listen to advice.

Due to her exposure to real estate as a child, it has always been Ivanka’s dream to join the Trump Organization after college. But one of her college professors advised her to try working for a different company first before joining the Trump Group. Seeing the wisdom behind his advice, she joined Forest City Ratner, a diversified real estate development and management company. After two years, Ivanka resigned and joined the Trump Organization as the Vice President of Real Estate Development and Acquisitions.

Donald Trump may come across as brash, too outspoken and can rub some people off the wrong way. But based on how his 3 children turned out, it seems like he was a good father to them. He provided them with the guidance they needed. No matter how busy he was at the office, whenever anyone of his children called, he would pick up the phone. He also modeled the value of discipline and hard work. Now all three are doing well at the Trump Group as part of his team.

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”

Albert Schweitzer

Here are 3 things I learned from Ivanka Trump:

Follow your passion. Ivanka had discovered her passion for real estate as a young kid. She loved the times she would go with her mother, Ivana Trump, to check on their hotel operations or accompany her father on the construction site. Ivanka and her two brother got to work at the different aspects of their business when they were still in high school – mooring boats, landscaping and helping with operations. Donald Trump was a firm believer in hands on, from the ground up training. Business was their usual topic at the dinner. So although she could have been successful in other fields, Ivanka followed her passion to pursue a career in real estate and is currently doing well as Vice President for Real Estate Development and Acquisitions.

Make excellence a habit. Her parents taught her at a young age that whatever you do – be it school, modeling or business – do it to the best of your ability. Ivanka’s parents allowed her to pursue a modeling career while studying provided that her grades wouldn’t get affected. And their standard was no less than a 4.0 average. There is no room for being mediocre in this world. It’s easier to aim for the best when you love your job. Still, even if you don’t like what you’re doing at the moment, that’s no excuse to slack off. Successful people play to win no matter what they’re doing because excellence is not only a destination. It’s a way of life. It’s a habit.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
-Aristotle

Hard work will never go out of style. The world may know about Donald Trump’s story. About how he built his real estate empire from the ground up, about surviving a financial crisis, from being almost a billion dollars in debt to coming out even wealthier than before. But not many people know that Ivana Trump, his first wife and the mother of his 3 children, is also very much like him. Ambitious, relentless and hard working. As a Czech skier who competed in the Olympics, Ivana was no stranger to hard work. And she brought this work ethic into the Trump Organization, matching her then-husband in his zeal for hard work.

Having successful parents like Donald and Ivana Trump can either leave you feeling entitled or determined to get out of their shadow and succeed on your own. For Ivanka, it made her determined to succeed on her own. As the Vice President of Real Estate Development and Acquisitions, she has worked hard to provide value to the company. When working on a deal, she does her homework. She studies the competition, analyzes the deal and gets the insight of a lot people (including her father) before making her decision. A famous family name is one thing, but without hard work to back it up, you won’t go far. It’s like style and substance. They need to go together. Aside from her success with the Trump Group, Ivanka has also ventured out on her own by partnering with Dynamic Diamond Corp, a leading diamond supplier, to introduce a line of jewelry called The Ivanka Trump Collection. This collection is targeted for the working woman who wants timelessly chic pieces that she can pass on to her children.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

-Colin Powell

As a career woman myself, I appreciated how hard Ivanka works and the effort she puts into doing what she loves. Success isn’t simply about money. It’s about significance – making your mark in the world through meaningful work and helping as many people as you can. As for me, I want to make my mark through 3 things: as a discipler, as a real broker and someday (hopefully next year) as an author.

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What about you?

How do you want to make your mark? In this day and age, we can succeed in almost anything. Do what you love, make success a habit and work hard at it. If you do, you will make your mark and success will be around the corner. It’s only a matter of time.

Go live Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

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