Monday, November 21, 2016

Thank you, Casey Neistat

The first thing I saw when I opened YouTube tonight was Casey Neistat saying goodbye to his daily vlogs.

Check out his farewell video here.

After over 5 million subscribers, 18 months and over a billion views he is finally calling it quits.

I must admit that part of me felt really sad.

I've been hooked with Casey's vlogs. There's so much creativity, passion and inspiration with all of the stuff he shares.

It's quite hard to find someone else who is as crazy, passionate and determined as him.

However, I admire and respect him for ending it for all the right reasons.

His daily vlogs (or daily mini movies) started as a way for him to challenge himself to be creative every single day.

Then, long story short it started to become easy for him. He found his rhythm and it wasn't a challenge for him anymore.

That's why he's moving on to other things.

I believe he is not totally abandoning YouTube. But, he will be doing other creative stuff that would challenge him more.

So, thank you Casey Neistat for the inspiration.

Thank you for the reminder to keep challenging myself and not staying complacent.

Your YouTube channel will always remind me to keep hustling every single day of my life.

Looking forward to your next adventure!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hebrews 10:25

One thing I really enjoy doing is having fellowships with the young people at our church.

There is always so much to learn from them.

The more I hear about their lives, the challenges they face and the problems they encounter, the wider my perspective in life becomes.

That means I see my life in new ways, I would realize how blessed I am, I get insights I never really knew about and a lot more.

This is why I think these meetings should never stop (see Hebrews 10:25 of the Bible). It's amazing what it does to my personal life and the group.

I thank God for fellowships like these.

I feel blessed to have these people who encourage me and help me strengthen my faith as well.

By the way, if you are ever in Cagayan de Oro City and want to come join with us don't hesitate to contact me! We'd be happy to have you around.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

The Very First Marketing School Event Here in Cagayan de Oro City

Today I was invited by Xavier University's Junior Marketing Association to talk about Digital Marketing.

It was fun and memorable.

But, more importantly it was fulfilling and rewarding.

Being able to share what I am passionate about is something I enjoy doing.

Plus, there's nothing quite like seeing students learn from your experience. I saw how they were eager to learn. For sure, they would be brilliant marketers in the future.

I hope to be able to do more of these.

The organizers did a great job kickstarting "Marketing School" here in Cagayan de Oro City.

I'm so glad to be part of it and I'm so happy that the city is starting to see how important these kind of events are.

Cheers to more marketing events in the future!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The One Important Thing a Remote Team Should Do

I have been working with a remote team / company since 2009.

I am still with the same people except the company has grown significantly since then.

After thousands of work hours, hundreds of different locations, gallons and gallons of coffee, multiple computers and Skype calls, I believe I can clearly determine the one important thing a remote team should do to keep it healthy.

Over communicate.

Yes, the word "over" should be there. You need to go beyond the usual virtual text chat.

Working in a remote company is obviously way too different than working in an office.

In an office, you can just talk to any one at any minute of the day. You just sit side by side. You can crack jokes anytime and just stay in the water cooler with your colleagues if you want.

You won't experience that in a remote team.

You still need to schedule chats, meetings, Skype calls and Hangouts. You won't even get a response right away.

It's like you are living in isolation.

This makes it very important to over communicate.

For my team, we do daily meetings. Even though these meetings can be done just once or twice a week, I made sure we do it daily so we get to at least to talk to each member of the team face to face.

Speaking of face to face, I require the team to do video chats. Getting a webcam is pretty cheap. Chances are your computer already has one. There is no excuse not to show your face.

In our team, we don't care how you look. Some men don't even have their shirts on (on rare occasions) during meetings. It gets too hot in the Philippines though. You can't blame them. 

We do all these things just to make sure everyone in the team does not only look at their computers the entire week. There should be some form of interaction with everyone.

If you are not doing this, you will definitely notice that the overall productivity of your team will be affected. I've seen so many good employees leave just because of this.

So, make sure you communicate more than the usual. Get in touch with everyone in your remote team. Talk to them about everything -- their hobbies, their families, what makes them happy, all of those.

Over communication has kept our remote company healthy throughout all these years. I'm sure it will for you too.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Now I know why I love procrastinating

I have always wondered why I tend to procrastinate in the middle of an important task.

Here's my typical workflow:
  1. I start the task.
  2. I get those creative juices flowing. 
  3. I procrastinate.
  4. I procrastinate more. 
  5. I realize that the deadline is almost there.
  6. My brain turns into panic mode.
  7. I get stuff done faster.
I used to reason out that I'm doing it this way so that my mind could go on panic mode. I kind of like working under pressure. 

But then everything made sense when I saw Adam Grant's TED Talk on "The surprising habits of original thinkers."  (Video below).

He emphasized how original thinkers are always late to the party.

That means they don't rush to do things first. They might have started something. But, they hold off and tend to make a better idea out of it. 

These original thinkers are basically procrastinators. 

Procrastinating gives them time to think and come up with better ideas. 

I won't say that I am confident that I am an original and creative thinker. But now, I think I already have a clear explanation why procrastination works wonders for me. 

Holding off on a task I started gives me time to think and consider ideas. This makes the final output better than it should have been if I rushed to finish it. 

If this is a great way to keep me thinking creatively, then for sure I'd keep this habit.

Here's the full video of Adam Grant's TED talk: 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Political Drama

Politics isn't my thing.

I know I should be at least a responsible and active citizen. But, I really don't like talking about political leaders and how they run governments.

If you know me too well, you know that politics never comes out of my mouth.

Today was quite political though.

Our country is going through a very controversial hearing on extrajudicial killings. The person of interest is none other than the President of the Philippines himself.

This morning, a certain witness claimed that our current President Duterte has formed a death squad when he was still a mayor and has ordered the execution of a lot of people.

That was a crazy confession.

Social media went wild.

Did he really do it? Was this witness just paid by the president's enemies?

There are so many questions and speculations right now.

All I know is that the truth will always come out... no matter what.

I'm just waiting for that time.

For the meantime, I'll just grab a popcorn and enjoy the political drama going on.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

First time I enjoyed watching zombies

I was never really into zombie themed movies or TV shows.

It's just not my thing.

That is also the reason why I haven't seen a single Walking Dead episode.

But then, last weekend we watched this Korean hit movie called "Train to Busan."

I'm still not into the zombie things. But, this one had a really really good story.

It's a whirlwind of emotions. It had drama, comedy and obviously some epic thrilling scenes.

It definitely deserves all the good publicity it is getting at the moment.

Bravo for good movies.

I wish we had more of them today.

And, I might consider liking zombies from now on.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Becoming a man of value

"Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value."

What Albert Einstein once said has made a big impact in my life.

When I first heard this, I just thought it was deep. But, the more I came across and thought of this quote it slowly changed my perspective in life.

We all want to be successful.

But, sometimes I think we are so focused on being so successful based on the world's terms to the point that we're missing what's really important in life.

What's the point of being successful anyway? To be recognized? To be remembered? To be honored?

If by any means achieving something is what you are after to be successful, then I'm afraid you'd easily be forgotten.

This is why I decided to become a man of value instead.

Instead of focusing so much in achieving stuff, I am now more focused on providing value wherever life takes me.

Whether it's teaching, giving or working I'll give it all I can.

I believe by doing so I'd acquire more friends, more relationships and a much better experience than chasing wealth, career or worldly goals.

With the best of my ability, I will provide value to this world and find my own fulfilling "success" in doing that.
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