What’s the difference between successful people and failures?
I have a lot of flaws.
At many points in my life, I’ve been called a late bloomer.
Many people have taken advantage of me.
I’ve been ignorant about a lot of things.
I learned to cook when I was 25.
I learned to be professional when I was 26.
I learned to say no to lousy job offers when I was 28.
I learned to be self-employed when I was 30.
I learned to negotiate when I was 32.
I learned to drive when I was 34.
So I never consider myself naturally talented at anything.
In fact, I always considered myself as the dumbest person in the room.
When I struggled with my grades, my mom hired a teacher to tutor me, especially during exams.
When the doctor said that swimming lessons can help me with my asthma, I took swimming lessons every summer for five years.
When I was in the fifth grade, I was interested in drawing, so I took two art classes.
When I almost failed English and Math, our family paid for extra classes so I can catch up.
When I was in high school, I took martial arts classes to help me handle bullies who had martial arts training.
I got interested in getting fit and building some muscles, so I also paid for a gym instructor.
During college, I took a personal development seminar that cost $500 to attend.
I bought books and online courses to learn how to make websites and understand computers.
I also bought dinner, cigarettes, and booze for friends who gave me advice about making websites.
When I struggled in sales, I bought books and hired a sales instructor to teach me.
I also spend Php 50,000 to fly to Genting, Malaysia, and learn more about sales and marketing from different top sellers.
I also interviewed people who were excellent at their jobs and offered to pay for their lunch or Starbucks coffee.
I became fascinated with comic book characters, so I asked a friend to teach me how to draw. I bought him a Jollibee champ and bought him coffee from Starbucks after every few sessions.
When I got interested in getting stronger, I hired a CrossFit instructor to coach me.
I took care of my friend’s expenses whenever we met up as he assisted me in building my first bike.
When I wanted to learn how to cook, I bought books, online courses and regularly bought food from my friend’s restaurant to ask for advice.
I got interested in boxing, so I enrolled in a class for a few months.
I got interested in jujitsu, so I also enrolled in a class.
At the start of the year, I invested 26k in buying books and online courses to help me with my career.
I enrolled in Masterclass and paid $180, so I can take classes on writing, negotiating, and other exciting skills.
In 2019, I bought a car and enrolled myself in a driving school.
I paid Php 2,500 for five-session with the instructor.
I paid another Php 2,500, so Mitzi could learn how to drive with me.
I’ve been driving regularly since the lessons ended.
In 2020, at the Big Bad Book sale, I ended up spending another 8k on books and notebooks.
When I want to learn a skill, I buy a book, take a class, buy an online course, or pay an instructor.
So anything that I need to know can be learned.
Every skill I tried to learn is challenging.
I looked stupid with most of my first attempts.
After sucking for a few years, I can do many of the skills I mentioned above with my eyes closed.
When a student is ready, a teacher appears.
I don’t understand the concept of free training.
Ever since I was young, I understood that I need to pay to learn a skill.
And I always got what I paid for.
If I can do it, you can do it too.
I am praying for your success. God bless!
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