Lessons that will surely change your definition of failure.
When we talk about “success” we can’t ignore the fact of thinking the greatest people ever existed on earth — like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. Often are rags-to-riches stories. And we wonder how they were able to achieve such height of success — how they did it, what are their secrets.
I spend time reading success stories (for inspiration) and most were stories of these most successful people in the world I mentioned above. In this post, I’ll be sharing the 10 most important lessons I’ve learned from them.
10 Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned from the Most Successful People in the World
Successful people aren’t normal, they desire for authenticity
Do you mean, they are crazy? Yes! Successful people don’t go with the flow where everyone goes. They try to exist in their own way as unique as they could be. They self-established power to explore in the area where they feel they are comfortable.
They take risks in trying new things every single day
Andrew Zimmern, a host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America, says in an article published at oprah.com: “People say it’s gross that I eat grubs and goat liver, but if you haven’t tried it, how do you know? Our brains tell us lies, and if we listen, we cost ourselves surprises. When trying something new, cast off your fear and expectations.”
Trying out new things can help us improve at something we don’t really mind ourselves. We won’t know that ice cream can be in different flavors if we don’t try to crush ice on an apple.
Successful people don’t bargain their instinct for a love-life
Most successful people speak about their lives. Have you heard them mentioning how they feel in love? No. Successful people are narcissists. They are self-centered. They are selfish.
I always watch motivational talks of some of my favorite successful entrepreneurs who are still rocking in the limelight of success today — like Arianna Huffington, Guy Kawasaki, and others. What I’ve learned from them is that they preach more on self-development, self-growth, and emotional intelligence.
These factors are the ones that build a foundation to expand their horizons in uplifting other’s lives in the future. It’s nurturing self first before the others.
They love to be harshly criticized
There are countless reasons why criticism is obviously a good thing that people who strive for success literally love it.
Criticism forces you to think about how you work on the certain thing that you want to be successful in. If someone criticizes you it means that they want to give you feedback on what you’re doing that might benefit them. It means an opportunity to learn more about what you do and improve the areas that need rectifications.
Successful people choose quality over quantity
People with a billionaire mindset would strive to get a piece of gold even if it costs their lives than a huge load of shit, free. What I’m trying to say is that, why would you spend on something that isn’t worth it at all?
People with successful thinking are clever. They are conscious of spending their money, time, and effort. They are “seguristas.” They make sure that everything will happen according to their plan.
They love to fail
Whether we like it or not, most successful people failed a thousand times before they became who they are today. Indeed, failure is the best teacher. So, if you want to succeed in life expect a thousand turns and knock-downs. Once you handled yourself to get up, that’s the moment you become victorious. Applaud!
Successful people love the “What’s on your mind?” thing on Facebook
Yes, I’m not trying to crack a joke here.
The what’s-on-your-mind thing on Facebook is a real-deal and it’s a literal thing for people who want to succeed. That moment when you open your FB and you see that on your status bar, if you mind it carefully, Facebook wants you to think.
Facebook wants you to be productive. Facebook wants you to explore your mind. Facebook wants you to take note of every little idea you have at that moment so when you open your FB again the next time, you’ll realize you’ve got that idea before. And that small idea can be a great impact on your future plans, or projects, etc. The real thing here is; open your mind and execute your idea even how small would that be.
They imagine being a robot on heavy days
Being too ambitious is a tedious task. We want to finish all the things we wanted to do all at once. Successful people aren’t exempted to think this way too; worse than that — they wanted to be a robot.
Robots are stress-free, multi-player, un-restless, and have no physical nerves to experience body pains. These people wanted it this way.
They are hungry of accomplishments. They feel bad when they could not be able to do the tasks they outlined for the day. They are always eager. They are like vampires hungry for fresh blood every single time.
They know exactly what they don’t really know
That’s weird, I know! But that’s what accomplished people are — they possess a genuine kind of humility. These people know exactly where they are on the scale and they don’t brag about it. This does not mean they don’t have strong egos, but when you’re smart and experienced, you simply know that you can’t possess all the powers of every intelligent man on the planet.
To them, family is the key
Behind every successful person is a family that sugars his coffee every morning and flips on his pillow at night. Simon Jacobson, an author of the book Toward a Meaningful Life, stresses that:
“When a family shares principles and values, they grow together. The home becomes a foundation for the family’s shared sense of purpose while providing a springboard for each member to pursue his or her own goals.”
In such homes, families stay up late talking heart-to-heart about what’s on their minds. Children crowd around grandparents to hear stories. Teenagers debate meaningful issues with each other and with their parents. The whole family gets together — and not just on holidays — for evenings of songs, games, and reminiscing. The home becomes alive, a source of energy and hope, of urgency and love. It is not the tranquility of a home that makes it peaceful; it is the life within. Jacobson further narrates.
So, family’s presence in someone’s life is a very important factor for his/her success. This is why a vast majority of the most accomplished people ever existed on earth focus on their family and loved ones. Actionable reflections
So, I hope you find it helpful, the 10 lessons I learned from the most successful people, which I listed above.
And here are a few of the best actionable reflections you can do to yourself right now if you want to achieve a meaningful and successful life:
Rule #1: Get along with people who have the same mindset as those most successful people mentioned in this article — make them your basis.
Rule #2: Rise and shine every morning with a fresh smile on your lips.
Rule #3: Stay bounded with your family and loved ones.
Rule #4: Think in a positive way possible. (Yes, I just said that “positivest” lol)
Rule number 5: Follow this blog. Yes, you read that right on point. Follow this blog so you’ll have updates on my future articles which might be so so so so helpful for you.
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Small-time business owners often neglect the idea of having a logo for their startup business. This is because they do not understand how it impacts and what wonders can it do to their business. This is why it’s so important to know and learn what are the key benefits of having a professionally designed logo.
What makes professionally designed logo?
A professionally designed logo is a well-thought, thoroughly processed design. It’s not just a mere symbol or a character that has no underlying meaning. A professional logo is a product of a highly technical process and deep understanding. It brings out the real message and identity of the brand. It speaks volumes, even the colors, and the typography.
There are two types of logo designs: Descriptive and Non-descriptive. And you may ask, what’s good for my business? And how can I maximize it? Let’s discuss it further.
Below are the 5 reasons why the logo is so important for your small business.
5 reasons why logo is so important
1) Catches up great impressions
A well-thought-designed logo doesn’t just look good in everyone’s eye, it creates a strong impression. And in business, strong impressions lead to great deals. This is what all business owners aim for — to gain great deals. Why miss the opportunity?
Did you know that 86% of small business owners who started their own brand do not include logos in their business plan? And most of them fail.
2) Proof of legitimacy and professionalism
With a strong brand impression, people will not get hooked on eye-worthy colors and shapes. People do business with people who have a strong presence of professionalism, and a good logo can do this trick.
The logo is one of the most crucial elements in marketing and this people often forget and misunderstood it. In my previous post, I shared common business mishaps small-time business owners do.
In an article published by Entrepreneurs magazine, businesses that lack authenticity will fail. This is because, with the advent of social media platforms, people are bombarded with a lot of shitty information that impacts their buying behavior.
With that, people want brands that are authentic where they can easily connect themselves with. This is why influencer marketing is such a trend in the digital marketing arena. Now, you would ask, “How does this connect with my logo?”
Let’s go back to #1, a professional logo ‘catches up great impression.’ By that, it means when you have a strong brand online people will follow you and because you have utilized your presence very well, very likely people will get engage with your brand.
4) Builds emotional attachments
A carefully crafted logo attached to all your branding builds a hefty of emotional attachments to your target audience. Think about Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Jollibee. Can you feel that sense of emotion by just merely looking at their logo or by just reflecting on reading its names? Can you feel that happiness? Can you feel that love? Can you feel that childhood in you? Yes.
5) Makes your brand standout
First and foremost, your logo is the face of your business. No one wants an ugly face, so, is your business. If your logo is that bad, no one wants to deal business with you. That’s really harsh talk there.
In today’s modern marketing, design is a crucial part of all your marketing strategy and that includes a good logo taste. We are in an era where information and design are so easy that many people get it so irrelevant. And because every bit of information is everywhere and is basically free, business owners tend to get hooked on that snares of irrelevant design principles and myths.
Without carefully studying the in-depth process of logo design and how it impacts the core of every business, a logo can be a huge factor in putting your business into the dump.
So, what logo design should I choose? Descriptive or Non-Descriptive
A study of around 600 logos shows which kind is the most effective – descriptive or non-descriptive logo. This study will help us identify which type of design is suitable for the kind of business we’re into. Let’s take it a little deeper.
It’s a logo design that includes textual or visual design elements or a combination of two that clearly communicate the type of product or service a brand is marketing. In other words, it’s a type of logo design that says what it sells.
A great example is the logo of Burger King. The name “Burger King” is sandwiched with two burger buns. They sell burgers, so they are King on it. And their logo says it all.
What is a non-descriptive logo?
The non-descriptive logo is a type of logo design that doesn’t give any hint of what the company does. The elements on the design usually do not relate to what services it offers, sells, or buys. Some called it abstract logos.
Think about Coca-cola. If this brand isn’t famous, can you see any drinks there? Can you think anything that it’s a soft drink? No.
What’s should I choose
Since you are just starting your business, the most common and highly recommended for startup businesses is descriptive logos.
According to the study, descriptive logos are effective for startups as this type of logos needs no further explanation to the brand message your business wants to convey. Let’s go back to the Burger King logo. It’s obvious that they sell burgers and they want to be King for that. That’s pretty much it.
In my five years creating logos for brands, what I saw as effective for small businesses is descriptive.
While descriptive logos are really obvious, non-descriptive tends to be more abstract in nature and are more popular for famous, established brands. Why? Because this type of logos gives a more unique identity and that exactly relates to the type of business they are doing.
Still undecided and confused about what to take on upscaling your business logo? Do you need help in deciding what proper design type? Or need someone to talk about your business upgrade? What are your plans? Let’s talk.
My odd coffee routine changes the way I see life. A work-from-home coffee journal that makes me realize life’s biggest wonders.
Working from home gives a lot of advantages to almost every employed individual around. It doesn’t just give a luxury of time for yourself but it gives you some sort of comfort — the commute hassles, the tardiness fears, the boss’ pressures, and a lot more stressors are somehow lessen or, luckily, crashed out.
I kind of developed a certain pattern working from home for about half a year now. My coffee routine dramatically changed.
The casual waking-up coffee sess now an afternoon break
Usually, I would have my coffee right after fajr (Islamic morning prayer), and it’s normally around 4:30 am. That’s on normal working days — well, before the pandemic. It’s the time I read my favorite book and sometimes writes a few lines of poetry for my Instagram or a short journal, like this.
That routine changed when I started working from home. And maybe because I also moved back to my home country, the Philippines, where I live in a different time zone that I used to clock for several years — I just came home eight months ago from the Middle East.
Now that my sleeping routine has changed, so did my coffee. Even on a humid afternoon in the metro, when I wake up at 11:30 am, coffee is waving.
Here are the the 3 Best Lessons I’ve Learned Working from Home:
1.) It helped me become more creatively productive
As a creative person, I tend to be more focused and more sound when I am left alone. Unlike in the office environment that I have to attend to other unnecessary tasks that are sometimes out of my responsibilities.
Another factor that adds up to my productivity is that I can cook and eat fresh food at any weird time I want. Plus, you got to share it with your loved ones.
2.) Flexibility is key
When you have the idea in your mind that your schedule is flexible, it gives more room to your brain on digesting other functions. I believed it’s a contributing factor to becoming more comfortable in terms of measuring the bar on your daily productivity.
What’s best is that you don’t have to worry about heavy traffic and missed your workout routine.
To me, flexibility is a huge deal because, in the office setting, I can’t just easily walk out whenever it’s prayer time. As a Muslim, my day is set to have a five-times-prayer on my to-do list.
3) Working from home is not for everyone
Of course, working from home is a great positive deal. But it doesn’t mean it’s always the best choice. No — not for everyone.
Many of my friends still prefer to work in the office than in their pajamas. I asked them ‘why’ and here are some of what they have to say:
“I always prefer working from the office because I tend to be more acquainted with my tasks on my office desk than on my laptop.”
—Marie Claire, Office Clerk.
“I miss having coffee with my workmates after office. That kind of moment makes me more feel in love with my work and become more productive.”
— Patrick, Designer
My close friend Zaprollah who was just recently hired and currently onboarding training at home for a BPO company, says:
“I prefer having training in the office than on laptop because all my training mates are new and unfamiliar to me, specially the trainer. It’s always great to be talking to someone fact-to-face so I can easily understand and comprehend them based on their facial expressions.”
How did this pandemic affects your work routine?
Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, recorded an unprecedented scale of people losing their jobs. The recent data shows the global record of around 114 million jobs were lost in 2020.
Fortunately, while tens of millions of people are losing their jobs, thousands of people are also taking advantage of the pandemic by starting up their own small businesses.
If you’re one of those affected by the pandemic, or maybe you’re tired of working from home for other people and are wondering if you can also work on your own, maybe it’s about time to really fasten your seatbelt. It’s not really that hard as you think.
I know a lot of people who used the advantage of this pandemic and turned their frustrations into a profitable business. Like for example this one great story of a milk tea aficionado who turned her cafephilia into her own cafe house. Yes, you’re right. She created the milk tea business right in the wake of this pandemic.
So that’s it! I hope I have helped you clear out your mind on something that’s bothering you at the moment, your work or your business. You, how are you dealing with this pandemic and what are the lessons you’ve learned so far?
Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s see what others have to say. In the meantime, I am sending you my warmest congratulations for you have come this really far even in this great adversity. Life is indeed a beautiful thing to have when we know how to handle it with passion and love. No matter what challenges would come, we’re resilient enough to conquer the world.
This is Qassim and have a great day everyone. Please take care. Always!
The Philippines is home to millions of solid cafephiles and milk tea aficionados. Among all of Southeast Asia, the Philippines ranked second of the most number of milk tea drinkers. In 2019, a survey conducted by GrabFood found out that Filipinos consume an average of five cups of milk tea in a month. GrabFood recorded a tremendous 3,000% increasing average growth of milk tea orders in that year.
According to GrabFood, what’s driving this growth is not just die-hard bubble tea fans who can’t go a week without drinking this sweet treat, but a growing bubble tea fan club in Southeast Asia. The number of bubble tea lovers on GrabFood grew by over 12,000% in 2018 – and there’s no sign of stopping!
With increasing consumer demand, how is Southeast Asia’s bubble tea supply catching up? As of December 2018, GrabFood has close to 4,000 bubble tea outlets from a network of over 1,500 brands – a 200% growth in bubble tea outlets in Southeast Asia. This figure is crazy!
Milk Tea tea growth by percentage in 2018*
>8500% growth from Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
>3,500% growth from June 2018 to Dec 2018
>3,000% growth from Jan 21018 to Dec 2018
>1,500% growth from May 2018 to Dec 2018
>700% growth from May 2018 to Dec 2018
>250% growth from May 2018 to Dec 2018
*Time period: January 2018 to December 2018, or from the time GrabFood was launched. | Source: GrabFood
Not just Philippines, Milk Tea is a global addiction
In a report published by CNN, a recent study shows that the bubble tea industry is expected to grow by almost $2 billion to a whopping $4.3 billion by 2027.
Again, bubble tea or Milk Tea orders in Southeast Asia recorded a 3,000% increase in 2018 alone, while the drink has been popping up in menus outside of Asia for quite some time as well. Some other countries like Germany, for instance, added bubble tea to its McDonald’s menu back in 2012.
How devoted are fans of the drink? Recently in Singapore, when bubble tea shops were ordered to close temporarily to contain the spread of Covid-19, anxious crowds rushed to get their last sweet fix and bid their favorite beverage a temporary farewell. (CNN, reports).
Based on figures we built a brand
On a business side, the data presented is a crazy opportunity to take advantage of. Jiving the hype of the milk tea craze in the urban folks, we believe it’s a great opportunity to bring the madness to the remote provinces – specifically Zamboanga del Norte in the Northern Mindanao.
With a total population of 1.1 million, starting a local business with such demographics is not a bad but rather a great standpoint, plus, Zamboanga del Norte has a thriving economy.
Because there are already milk tea cafes doing good business in the area, we made sure the brand that we’re going to build is something that will scrape out the hyper-provincial mindset of our target market in terms of money spending.
The challenges on building the brand
Starting out the brand, we came up across four major challenges:
The cafe perfect spot. It has to be not far and not inside Dipolog City, one of the densely populated cities in Zamboanga del Norte, where other milk tea businesses thrive. Because of the owners vision to bring the milktea culture to the remote areas on the peninsula, we chose Manukan, the hometown of the owner.
Pricing range that will standout from the competitors. In 2006, a study by National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), found Zamboanga del Norte Province to be the Philippines’ poorest province with a poverty incidence rate of 64.6%, an increase from 47% in year 2000 statistical figures. This data is a determining factor that challenged us on pricing Teaste Me products that would suit to the economic standards of the target market.
The cafe theme – the Instagramable feel. Targeting the Gen Zs and the Millennials was a challenge because bringing the milk tea urban culture is quite new to our target market. Or if not new, it’s quite familiar. Meeting their demands can be a heap of a toe – interior design, product designs and packaging. All these can have a tremendous effect on the business of not very well thought at the beginning.
Start-up budget. Our goal was to put-up a milk tea cafe from scratch that is “socialan-but-affordable” with just a limited start-up capital.
Five months ago, we created the brand #TEAsteMe – a local cafe in Mindanao. The mission is to create a local cafe brand that would stand out from the crowd. A not-so-typical “provincial cafe.”
It has to be “makamasa-but-sossy” kind of cafe. Creating the brand was a bit challenging because we don’t know if people would actually bite-in knowing that milk tea culture in the province is yet popular. Given the challenges that we’ve encountered on the first page of the business, we managed to pull the plug off.
TEAste Me is not a fancy cafe. It started with very limited capital. The owner, Maebel D. Bugahod, did not invest much in the interior designs and etc. We invested in creating the story of the brand.
We did not pay for online marketing and media buys. We create our own brand strategy that would catch people’s attention without spending anything. In just a few months, Teaste Me today has already three (3) branches and is one of the most sought-after cafes of all cafephiles in Zamboanga del Norte. And we’re so glad here at Acabo CC seeing how far Teaste Me has come.
A few samples of the social media designs we made for TEAste Me
It’s just pandemic, you’ve got business!
Starting a business is really difficult especially in this time of the pandemic. But it does not mean you don’t have to try. Use the circumstances to be the starting ground for something you are really passionate about.
Like TEAste Me, with a combined knowledge of data and passion, we were able to help the owner build something that she really cares more about than just sipping her favorite milk tea.
Speaking about data, it might sound too technical or something very unfamiliar to you but it’s a very crucial factor to always put on the table when planning out to start your own business. Data determine the flow of your business. It guides you on all the deciding factors in laying out your business development plans.
We are in the modern business world. Everything runs on data. On a scale. And it’s really important to understand how it will affect your business especially when you’re just starting out.
Are you starting out a business? Or are you struggling to focus on onboarding your business? You need help. Here at Acabo CC, we exist to help you grow your own business.
We’re more than happy to help you. Don’t hesitate to reach us. We’re just one call away.
Assalamu alaikum warah matullahi wa barakatuhu! May the peace and blessings of The Almighty be upon us all. (This Might Be My Last Eid In Kuwait – An OFW Story).
I would like to greet everyone a blessed and joyful EID! To all the Muslims, may our du’as and prayers have been accepted and our good deeds have been received.
As a Muslim, It is sad to say goodbye to a lovely friend who just visits us once a year – Ramadhan – for I am not certain if I could be able to see this friend again next year. It somehow makes my heart a little anxious yet grateful and overwhelmed for I know I am so blessed to have hugged this friend again, this year.
It’s my fourth year celebrating Ramadhan and my last Eid in Kuwait now. And as Ramadhan leaves, I am also saying goodbye to this beautiful place I’m already inloved with.
This Eid 2020 (my last Eid in Kuwait), might be my last glance of Kuwait’s gorgeous towers, beautiful sunsets, amazing humans, tasteful kubos, delicious laban. This might be my last eid prayer, my last to hear takbeer, my last salams to my dearest friends, my last sujood – in this land so beautiful. And this writing might be the last and final sweet memory I would keep for the rest of my life.
To a new beginning
I am ought to depart this land as I am only a stranger here. Though I’m leaving, Kuwait will forever be in my heart – something that I can brag about to my kids when I have one so soon. My four years seeking fortune in this place have been a part of my beautiful memories as an expat.
Though it was a rough ride, it taught me countless lessons that mold me who I am today. I could say I become a better person, a better friend, a better employee, a better expat, a better citizen, a better brother, a better son, a better husband, a better Muslim, a better me.
It’s in my fours here in Kuwait that I realized how beautiful life is if you always see the good things in every bad that happens. It is here I see myself how far I have come in the pursuit of a better purpose. It’s within these four years I realized I am worth something. It’s within these four years that I had all the “bests” of my life.
Within those four years, I’ve got the major gifts of my entire life. I fulfilled most of my weird bucket list. I was able to visit Makkah and Madinah. I’ve built beautiful relationships. I’ve learned more about my religion. I become a husband. I become my own boss.
Being an expat is not easy. I may have experienced the “worsts” while working in Kuwait but it doesn’t mean I have regretted coming here.
The truth is, wherever we go and whatever job we may have, there are always goods and bads. It’s entirely up to us how we keep the boat sailing.
I feel bad to my fellow OFWs who have or had the worst experiences of their lives while working here. Those who have the evilest of employers and the worst workmates. It’s sad to see them suffering. It breaks my heart.
As I bid farewell to my fellow OFWs, I wish and I always pray that that we will all be well. Remember that God is always watching us and all those who do us wrong will surely have to pay the consequences one day.
I know we all have a dream. That’s why we are here because we want to achieve something.
To be honest, I’m coming back home having zero in my pocket. What I have is a dream. A dream that I’ve been working on my entire life and I am certain that now is the time to roll up the curtain.
If you’re an OFW, like me, don’t be afraid to go home just because you have saved nothing in your pocket. If you feel like you’re not worth it anymore working here, maybe it’s time for you to move forward. Don’t get stuck. Don’t quarantine yourself on something you are not happy about.
Invest on something you are passionate about. Forget your stressful job. Start your own and one day you’ll say, “I was once an OFW and I will never be going back again.”
Eid Mubarak, beautiful people in all the earth. Have a blessed day and thank you for reading this long post. I’m certain that my last eid in kuwait is such so memorable.