Sunday, November 13, 2011 was such a momentous day for me and for a lot of people. Can you guess why?
Yes, it’s the much-awaited match between Philippines’ pride Manny Pacquiao and Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez. But there’s another reason why 11/13/11 was memorable.
On this day, I met a great man who loves Filipinos and the Philippines dearly. He talked extensively about the Filipinos. He even wrote books on the 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help our Philippines. His name is Alex Lacson. (He’s a lawyer, a very humble one who prefers to be called Alex rather than Atty. Alex).
Before his talk, I had a chance to speak with him and I was surprised that he was soft-spoken. The way he carried himself showed his simple and down-to-earth nature.
Let me share with you the three best lessons on success that I picked up from his talk. I believe that these lessons are key ingredients to succeed in life.
Lesson #1: The Gift of Freedom
Alex shared that his son once asked him, “Dad, what do you consider as God’s best gift to you?”
Alex shared that he was quick to answer that his life is God’s best gift to him.
Then his son asked him, “Dad, what’s the second best gift?”
At this, Alex had to think hard and told his son he’ll get back to him.
Before Alex revealed his answer to his son to us, he said,
We have the same God who loves us. We have the same number of hours in a day. But why is it that some people are successful and some are not?
He then went on to share that what he thinks as the second best gift is freedom.
We have the freedom to dream big or dream small. We have the freedom to use our time as we wish.
How we use our freedom will determine our success or failure.
Lesson #2: The Power of Focus
- The Power of Focus
He shared that there are so many talented people in the world. However, not all talented people succeed. Why? Because one key ingredient to success is focus. Only those with both talents and focus will succeed.
He mentioned that even ordinary people can succeed. You don’t have to be good in doing so many things. If you’re good at only one thing and you focus on developing it, you will succeed.
He gave Manny Pacquiao as an example. Manny Pacquiao focused on his talent in boxing and that’s why he’s very successful.
Lesson #3: The Power of Little Acts
I love the story he shared about his shy roommate back in University of the Philippines, Diliman during his college days.
His roommate dreamed of becoming the editor-in-chief of Kule (U.P. Diliman’s official school paper). Every 8pm, his roommate would drop whatever he is doing. From 8pm-9pm, he would read great works of great minds until it became a habit
After 365 days, or 365 hours rather, his roommate became a different man. He continued doing his reading habit. When he was in his senior year in college, he took the editorial exam and he passed. He realized his dream of becoming the editor-in-chief! That’s the power of little acts.
Truly, little acts done consistently could do wonders. I remember a few years ago. I dreamed of writing a book because I had a compelling message on personal financial management that I wanted to share.
Every night, after office and every chance I got, I would work on my laptop, writing down my sentences until they became paragraphs. I continued until the paragraphs became chapters, and the chapters became a book. ((Check it out HERE)
Two years after, my first book was published. It’s the one Alex is holding. 🙂
Have you always wanted to pursue your real interests?
Do you dream of becoming a great singer?
Do you want to put up your own business someday?
What little acts will you do consistently to get the results you want? Exercise your freedom to use your time wisely. Focus.
Wow! I realized Alex Lacson just gave a great formula for achieving success!
Apply this formula and soon, you will achieve your dreams and live the life that you’ve always wanted.
Have an Inspiring Monday!
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