Many of my clients and would-be clients have asked what training did I go through prior to becoming an entrepreneur.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s at the top of my head. This is not everything, though.
- Grade 1 – banana cue/camote cue vendor
- Grade 2 – pastillas, yema, bayabas, makopa, candy vendor
- Grade 3: what I did in Grade 2 + selling the pentel pens of my father who is a tinsmith welder (without his knowledge that I was selling his pentel pens, hehe)
- Grade 4 – 1st-year college – street food vendor + cigarette vendor in a cockpit arena
- 1st-4th year college – focused on academics and competitions (academic competitions and extracurricular competitions such as dance and band competitions).
- 6 years in the corporate world as an educator, systems analyst, applications developer, writer, and computer security engineer.
Trivia 1: I graduated as a computer scientist without my own computer; not even a scientific calculator. I was often having lunch in a comfort room with my pandesal.
Sometimes, I had to walk for 2 kilometers just to buy a pack of burger buns.
I aced the Probabilities and Statistics class without a scientific calculator.
I aced the graduating class of computer scientists without a computer.
Trivia 2: I was already a lead computer and internet security engineer but I still didn’t have a laptop; not even a smartphone with a decent camera.
During outdoor strategic meetings and business planning, I was the only one writing down in a paper notebook. I bought my first laptop in 2011. I wished I could bring my desktop computer that
I bought my first laptop in 2011. I wished I could bring my desktop computer that hung each time I played Minesweeper. I was promoted four times in one year.
How did I manage to do my programming assignments without a computer at home? I had to be in school at 7AM and stay there until around 10PM so I could ask a favor to my Academic Head if I could use one of the computers in his office when none of his staff was using it.
If someone’s using that computer, I had to ask him a favor to tell the computer lab facilitator to allow me to use one of the computers. When worst comes to worse, I had no choice but to write my computer program in a yellow paper and compile it in my imagination.
I didn’t have “immediate resources”, but I have always been carrying my “resourcefulness.”
Why am I sharing these experiences in vivid details? I said these things not because I want to exercise my bragging rights but because I want to tell you that resourcefulness is the solution to the lack of resource.
I’d like to tell you that I attended the School of Hard Knocks and went out with flying colors NOT because of my own strength.
If it was only me, I could have thrown the towel in the ring in the first round. My parents, siblings, relatives, and kind-hearted people supported me.
Do not give up. Giving up is not mandatory. When you feel like giving up, remember the promise of Christ. Jesus is on the throne. If He says so, He says so. Here’s what He tells us:
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
My friend, have you seen an inventor who creates purposeless inventions?
In the same way, you are made for something more. Don’t give up.
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