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On the Scout for Real Talent

I am indeed blessed and I am thankful for it every waking day of my life.

And what better way to share the blessing but to give opportunities to those who deserve them.

I don’t believe in hand outs or charity cases. I have always taken pride in a hard day’s work. I am also a strong believer in professional work ethics. A man who toils with his hands is worth his keep.

Which is why I am on the constant look out for real talent: talent that I can grow and nurture and eventually, when they have strengthened their hearts, and sharpened their skills I can let them go and they in return, may become a blessing to others as well.

Ladies and gentlemen: my life’s purpose slowly unfolding before my very eyes.

I like the idea that I get to work with such talented people who deserve better opportunities than being presently handed to them. Everyone deserves a break. But not everyone can maintain that good fortune. You have to constantly improve on yourself and this does not only encompass skills and technical know-how but character as well.

If I were to choose between talent and character, hands down, I will choose character.

Talent and skills, as prized as they are in the professional realm, can also be learned.

But a humble and teachable heart who can be trusted in business, no amount of money can buy those qualities.

When I work with people, I try to make it a point that high standards of professionalism are observed.

I cannot work with stubborn and unreliable individuals. In business, my word is my bond. And if I cannot trust your word to deliver, what other assurances do I have?

My day to day goals are simple: Get exemplary work done, have a good stream of income coming in and relishing a peaceful night’s sleep. Too simple? But that is what life is all about.

It’s the unnecessary attitudes/mentalities that make life complicated.

Which is why, I absolutely cannot work with unprofessionals. My life is wasted on them. (Note that I used life instead of time. Reason? Time IS LIFE.)

I’d rather focus on the positive side of things and work with people who have their priorities in check, grounded on their goals, a team player and most importantly, are reliable.

I have been called a drill sergeant by some people because of being demanding at work, schedules, timeliness, deliverables, etc. but please understand my reputation is on the line. A good and reliable name is worth more than all the degrees in this world.

Also, I never force people to work with me. I am no tyrannical person who shouts orders back and forth or throws their weight around to show who’s boss. Totally unnecessary. Only insecure unprofessionals do that.

A real professional has quiet confidence. Gets work done with minimum to no fuss and makes sure her team gets to plow and reap the harvest with her.

I owe it not only to my clients but to myself that I deliver on time, all the time.  I was put on this world to create, and to create magnificently at that.

Are we on the same page here? Are you also on the look out for truly talented men and women as well?

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Personal and Professional: The Big Difference

For me, there are fat months and there are lean months.

Obviously, for the fat months I make sure resources are utilized well: saving, investing, and sharing.

What do I do with the lean months? I stay at home and take the role of a hermit.

Paula the Hermit, now that’s a sight.

Kidding aside, I have always been a staunch believer in putting my money where my mouth is.

Truth: Money comes and goes. For me, money has always been a tool, a resource, if you must. There is also truth that money puts food on the table, pays the bills, etc. But as much as possible, I don’t let these things get to my head or it will consume me.

If I can’t afford it, or if there is inner turmoil from my end, I don’t pursue a money-making endeavor anymore.

I believe I am quite generous with my time and resources. I try to share them as much as I can, sometimes even at a loosing end. There also comes a time that my generosity results in a deficit by the end of month. But I don’t regret my actions as long as they foster positive relationships as a whole.

I invest not only in monetary vehicles but in people as well. My biggest asset? My relationships. I make sure that my relationships (professional or otherwise) are all well taken care of, after all, they are the very people who bring me opportunities.

So sometimes, it just burns me when a good client or potential prospect deems me unreliable or unprofessional. I really take it to heart. If I can’t deliver, I might as well end the professional relationship there.

I can be very hard on myself sometimes, especially if I get a disappointing email from a valued client/colleague.

I make it a point to walk my talk. However, especially for the recent weeks, there were circumstances that were beyond my control. Currently, I am working on four separate accounts, all in four different industries!  One of them holds the biggest part of my income. But nonetheless, I try to be fair to everybody, giving them my time, resources and talents. But sometimes things don’t work out, even if I work till the wee hours of the morning, things will not always go according to plan.

More than the fear of loosing potential income, I am also scared of loosing the confidence and trust people have in me. My name is one of the things I highly value in this business. Aside from my relationships, my professional reputation is one of my biggest assets.

So what’s the difference between professional and personal affairs? For me, there is none.