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

 

This 2017 – I Don’t Want to Live for Me

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The hardest part about being a Christian is not in accepting Christ. For me, that’s the easy part. And it’s only the beginning. The challenge that all Christians face is in being consistent in honoring and obeying God. I admit that I am not as consistent as I should be. Although I’ve been consistently attending a discipleship group and leading one every week, I find that I still struggle with sin. I still have the tendency to put my own desires above God’s desires. I guess some improvement is that I am now more sensitive to sin compared to before. But I still have a long way to go.

My past new years resolutions have been all about me. About hitting a certain financial goal, winning a contest or getting that dream body. But this year, I don’t want to live for me. I want to be more consistent in honoring and obeying you Lord. You, after all, are the reason why I am here. You are the source of everything. The only thing I can give you is my life. I want to live for you. I just want to be used by you.

Moriah Peters, an American contemporary Christian singer captures it perfectly with her song Don’t Want to Live for Me.

Here and now, I surrender all my life.
I take this vow and abandon me tonight.
No more going down and up and down so selfishly.
No more going up and down and up, you take the lead.
I don’t want to live for me.  

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Moriah’s story has been such a inspiration for me. She auditioned for Americal Idol a few years back but was criticized by the judges for her wholesome image, telling her to live life – kiss a boy – before joining the music industry. Moriah believed in waiting for marriage and thus had a ‘no kiss rule’. It’s often hard to stand for your values in this relativistic world of ours. But although Moriah didn’t win in American Idol, a random stranger (also a Christian), touched by the stand she chose to take, approached her after the audition introduced her to Wendi Foy. It was Wendi who helped her make a demo to market to record labels in Nashville. Because of this, Moriah was eventually able to join Reunion Records in 2011 and released her first album I Choose Jesus in 2012. Now she’s happily married to Joel Smallbone from the band For King & Country and they shared their first kiss on their wedding day.

I love this song because it captures what I want to say. Tonight, on New Years, I abandon myself and choose to live for Jesus. No more going left or right, up and down. I just want to follow the path that my God wants me to take. And by His grace, I can do it.

Following Jesus is not easy or convenient. And sometimes, the world will mock you for your choices. Only those who have also chosen to follow Christ can understand the commitments that believers make. But although it may be hard, when we choose Jesus, it’s always worth it.

What about you – what’s your New Years resolution for 2017?

If you haven’t yet, perhaps you’d like to take this time to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. I promise, you won’t regret it. It will be the best decision you’ll ever make.

May you live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

SNL Unplugged Christmas Special

unpluggedSNL Unplugged – Christmas Special held last night was a full house at Chingkee Tea main as 7 different bands spent the night serenading the crowd with Christmas songs and songs of worship. The show started at 6:30pm with an opening number by UPraise followed by a short message by Mercedes owner and General Manager – Daniel Mejia.Then the rest of the night was spent listening to the rest of the bands while sipping a cold cup of Chingkee Tea.

snl-christmas-special-unplugged-2The message was mainly about finding meaning in what you do. Because you may not always understand what happens to you, but when you know who you’re living for – you’ll be ok. As for me, I’ve decided to live for Christ. He is the reason why I find meaning in life.

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Unplugged happens every 3rd Saturday of the month at CCF (beside Redtail Ketkai). It’s open to everyone who’s into music and making new friends. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday night. Hope to see you at our next event!

PS.
We would like to invite you to our Trivia Night next Saturday, December 17, 6pm at Elevate Hub, CCF (beside Redtail Ketkai). For more info, check out SNL’s official FB page HERE.

 

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.

What Happens When Love Fails You?

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Being in love is a glorious feeling.

Suddenly the sun seems to shine brighter and each day feels like it’s better than the last. We all want to be in love – to meet Mr. Right, get married, have kids and live happily ever after. I grew up on a steady diet of fairy tales and vegetables. So naturally, I wanted my own happy ending.

But what if love fails you?

Today a friend of mine shared me the link to a blog post by Tricia Centenera, the now-estranged wife of Filipino actor/singer/performer Gab Valenciano. I’m not a follower of her blog but after reading her post ..And So It Begins, perhaps now I will be. The post was about her broken marriage with husband Gab Valenciano. It was short but poignant – obviously straight from the heart.

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In the beginning, they were so in love. In fact, they got married three times. Once in Las Vegas and twice in the Philippines. But from being so in love, her marriage went from fairy tale to a nightmare after just less than 2 years of being together. She had never felt so broken and devastated before.

What do you do if you are hurt by the person who is supposed to protect you?

What if love fails you?

Human love can be a fickle thing. It can be perfect today and a disaster tomorrow. That’s why you can’t place all your faith on another person. Sooner or later, disappointments will come. Most issues can be worked on – if both of you are willing. But if one gives up, then saving the relationship will be next to impossible.

The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.
-Nicholas Sparks

There is only one love that will stand the test of time. One love that will remain the same from now until forever. One love that will never fail you. That is the love of our Savior.

Romans 5:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

What if love fails me?

Then I would do what I have always sought to do – focus on Christ’s love for me. People may disappoint me, but I know the Lord never will.

Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.
C.S. Lewis

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

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

 

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