This is a reverse-guesting episode where I was interviewed about my experiences as a seasoned digital marketer, entrepreneur, and leader, and how the skills I’ve learned can be applied to other industries.
How Do You Build Your Relationships and Write Connections and How Do You Pursue Those People When It Comes to Mentoring?
Building relationships should not be an artificial thing. It should be natural and casual, because millennials, especially the younger generation today, the centennials, can detect if you’re fake about something if you’re not authentic.
I handpick the mentors that I want to learn from. And I am very specific in the things that I want to learn. I just send them a message through Facebook Messenger or any available communication channel that they allow. Which is usually email and I tell them “Hey can I invite you for lunch or dinner on me, someplace near you and all I’m asking is for advice”.
When they agree, I also put value on the table for them. It could be in the form of helping them build a website, or contributing to their digital marketing process as of now.
It’s not complicated. Just ask.
How are you going to receive what it is you want to learn if you don’t ask?
Is There Any Specific Person of Influence Whom You Can Say Made an Impact on What You Have Achieved Both in Business and Your Personal Life?
I would say Pastor Dennis Sy right off the bat.
He has mentored me for seven years. 13 to 19 years of age. He helped me with my morality, with my faith, with how I look at other people and how I look at myself.
Pastor Joby Suriano helped me in one of my darkest times when I was 19, without whom I would still be in a very different place, I probably could not climb up that heap of failure that I was in, during that time.
Other people who have influenced me in business. Dave Ramsey. Dave Ramsey influenced me to be a better entrepreneur, to be secure about how I do things, and how to lead our people and build a culture. These are people who are not who I’m not personally acquainted with but have influenced me in how I think and do things.
Can You Share With Us Verses in the Bible That Serve as Your Guide in Doing Your Business as a Whole?
I have this verse painted on the wall of my dining area at home, and that is:
“Keep lies far from me. Give me neither poverty nor riches, but only my daily bread.”
That entire set of verses is dear to my heart, because when I read that it’s about contentment in the Lord because the writer was telling the people that you have to be contented with what you have, not too much and not too little, but not just for the sake of contentment, but for the sake of my relationship with God.