It’s 6:15pm, Sunday, as I am writing this. I’m in a quiet restaurant in Shangrila Mall Edsa — a perfect way to cap a long day. This morning, I attended the Feast PICC, served at the Feast, and I had lunch with my friend and his family.
It’s been a while since I last posted a blog in SeminarPhilippines.com. For the past few weeks, I’ve been very busy with a lot of things – giving talks to companies and universities, giving training to hundreds of out-of-school youth in Q.C., writing a new book, etc.
Today, I would like to share with you some random life lessons I learned in the past few weeks.
Lesson #1: Always Look at the Brighter Side of Things
Have you ever experienced a setback? Perhaps you got late because of traffic. Or someone you considered a friend betrayed you. Or maybe you missed a flight and you had to buy a new ticket!
Last August 19-24, 2014, my toastmasters friends and I went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend the Toastmasters International Convention.
For the past 9 decades, the Toastmasters International Conventions were held in North America every year. This year was the first time such convention was held outside of North America. And so my friends and I didn’t let the opportunity pass us by.
Our flight to Kuala Lumpur last Aug 19 was at 2:10pm. We finished checking in as early as 1pm. But for some reasons, we got so comfortable chatting, laughing, and enjoying the airport that we didn’t notice the time.
In short, we missed our flight and we had to buy another ticket! Ouch!
My friends and I could have blamed each other or fussed about the missed flight. Instead, we talked about how the missed flight blessed us:
One, the experience gave us an opportunity to be more patient. The next flight was at 9:00pm. Imagine waiting for 7 hours for your next flight!
Second, we had more time to talk some more. (Girls never run out of things to talk about!)
Third, we realised, we didn’t waste Php6,000 each for that new ticket we bought. Instead, we actually saved Php44,000. How did it happen? Well, if the Toastmasters International Convention was held in the United States, we would have spent Php50,000 for the ticket alone. 🙂
Fourth, my friend turned our misadventure into a humorous speech. She joined a Humorous Speech Contest in our toastmasters club. She won Champion in our Club and 1st runner up in the Area Level.
Fifth, our misadventure made our trip to Malaysia more exciting! We still laugh every time we talk about it.
Whenever you encounter a setback, think of five things that you could still be thankful for. The key is to always look at the brighter side.
Lesson #2: Feed Your Mind Everyday
How do you spend your days or your weekends? Do you read books? Do you listen to audio talks?
One of my favourite daily habits is to listen to audio talks every single day. I love listening to the talks of Bro. Bo Sanchez, Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, John Maxwell, Joel Osteen, etc.
Lately, I’ve been listening to at least two of Joel Osteen’s talks every day. His talks are insightful and inspiring. I’m learning a lot from him! 🙂
What is good about listening to audio talks is that you can do it while you are having your breakfast or while doing the dishes or while cleaning your room. You get entertained. You get inspired. You learn something new. This way, you maximise the use of your time.
Lesson #3: Always Give Your Best
I love this verse from Colossians 3:23.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord and not for men.”
This also happens to be the favourite verse of my Mama.
Lately, I’ve been invited to give talks to the different companies and universities. I welcome every opportunity to speak, share, and inspire. I give talks on Personal Financial Management, Happiness and Inspiration, Passion, Purpose, and other topics. If you wish to invite me to speak in your company, you may contact me HERE.
Whether I speak in a private company and thus, get paid a professional fee; or in a university where I get paid an honorarium; or in a church and I don’t get paid at all, I always give my best.
If it’s my first time to give a certain talk, I would usually allot about two weeks to conceptualise the talk, and two whole days to prepare my powerpoint and practice my talk.
When you give your best, God will always find a way to repay you. You cannot outdo God in generosity.
I hope this short post inspired you! 🙂
Have a Happy, Inspired, and Meaningful week ahead.
I wish you success and happiness!
Author, Money & Me
P.S. If you wish to invite me to speak in your company or organisation on Personal Financial Management, Happiness, Inspiration, Passion, or Purpose, you may contact me HERE.
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Sha Nacino is one of the most sought-after Filipino motivational speakers in the Philippines. She is the bestselling author of the books Money&Me, Mission Happiness, plus 7 other books. Sha is the founder of The 90-Day Book Writing Challenge where she helps first time authors write their books. She also writes for Bo Sanchez's TrulyRichClub newsletters. She regularly gives talks on Personal Finance, Happiness, Purpose, Success Principles, etc. If you wish to invite Sha to speak in your company or events, visit shanacino.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.