“Entrepreneurship” is written all over inside me…in my heart, mind, it’s even running through my veins. It’s something I have always wanted to do. I may have not succeeded in some investments and stumbled here and there because of my foolish moves, I will continue to try on other businesses. Sige lang ng sige, somehow, the right business will find me or vice versa.
I have gone through a lot and my failures are enough for me to give up, to call it quits.
Aside from buying and selling plush toys, I experienced selling lutong ulam sa office before, tried importing RTW directly from China, hair accessories from the US, tried selling ice candy hoping that I’d be the next ice candy millionaire, and so much more. I also tried affiliate marketing (Clickbank, Amazon, etc.), the dreaded MLM, and sold things for commission. I have done all of these, and while it has augmented our income in some ways, I never got into the millionaire ranks…YET.
So what fuels me?
I get my inspiration from known businessmen and women — I look up to them, especially the ones who are driven by their passions and are not just into profit making. There are also some who started from nothing but thrived because of persistence, consistency, and effort — nakakabilib sila!
Here’s one person I admire from afar. From being a chef, he has now embarked on entrepreneurship and I am so honored to be a part of his journey — kahit sa marketing part man lang 🙂
This task got me the chance to interview him and he has inspired me, AND made me crave for success even more.
Hi Chef, what do you think MAKES successful entrepreneurs?
There are 4 types of people. First the people who can’t seem to make money and are not passionate about anything. Second are the people with passion but can’t seem to make that passion happen for them. Third, people who make great money but are indifferent or miserable at what they do. And fourth, people who make money doing what they love… the last being the ideal choice for everyone.
You see, I have been these 4 people throughout my career and I know what it feels like. I also know a lot of the 4 kinds of people and pay attention to what the successful ones are doing that the not so successful people are not doing.
Entrepreneurship isn’t something people need, making a living or earning for the family is what people need. Entrepreneurship is merely a tool that helps in this process. For me there are 2 key factors: First, I believe everyone has to understand how business works and second people have to be able to work their butts off and believe when everyone around the doubts… they have to show strength when others are weak.
Our day to day activities involves business, and you said everyone needs to understand it. Why is this so?
Chefs are in the food business, many people are in the fashion business, creatives are in the creative or marketing business, engineers and doctors are in the business of their trades, and even stay at home parents are in the “business” so to speak, of running their household.
No matter what it is people do, they cannot escape the fact that the business side of what they do affects their lives. It is my belief and it is also something that I notice most successful employees, business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors share in common is that everyone should at the very least have a basic understanding of entrepreneurship, management, and business in general.
I would like to know more about your humble beginnings in the entrepreneurship world, Chef.
My entrepreneurial journey began when I was 23, earning minimum wage for my first three years as a cook and seriously needed to increase my passive income because I had promised my mother I would be 100% self-sufficient and “help out” if she paid for my culinary education. I went into product sales, catering from home, and even tried to sell food out of the back seat of my car. Each venture I tried failed and there were times when I was so depressed I’d spend the entire day staring at the ceiling feeling sorry for myself.
My first big break was when I was able to take part in an entrepreneurship short course at the Asian Institute of Management. Most chefs would think of opening a restaurant but using what I have learned I was able to think outside the box as I was taught to innovate. My “business plan” went from Chinese take-out restaurant to industry disruptive culinary education.
In a way, I was discouraged to pursue my dream of opening a culinary school because of my age (24), my lack of funds (zero), and the fact that no one believed an unknown 24-year-old chef could startup a successful culinary school out of the merit of hard work, passion, and a determined entrepreneurial spirit.
Fast forward to 3 years later… I endured 3 dozen loan and investment rejections, a handful of times of literally crying my eyes out in utter hopelessness, and occasional lows of borrowing money from my sister for food or transportation to a bank that wouldn’t have loaned me the money anyway. I quit the whole chef-entrepreneur thing about 3 to 5 times when things got really dark and all I could see was failure from a point of view of desperate self-pity, and the social anxiety that comes with the feeling of socially hiding my downright poor self-image.
My second big break came at the age of 27 when 4 investors finally agreed on funding what is now the Global Culinary & Hospitality Academy, one of the country’s foremost culinary education institutions. Today Global Academy is one of the leading culinary schools in the country with alumni working as chefs all over the world.
Tell us about Integra Institute and the course you call PriME.
The Integra Institute is a modern-day school that focuses on teaching skills people need in order to really thrive in the world by doing what they love the most. I find that true wealth is fulfillment combined with financial reward and sustainability and that is why we have made this entrepreneurial course called PriME.
PriME stands for “Proficiency in Management & Entrepreneurship” and is designed to get make the beginner capable, competent and confident in the world of business management and entrepreneurship.
There are a lot of entrepreneurship courses, what’s different about Integra’s PriME?
It’s adapted to today, it’s fast, and it gets the job of getting a beginner ready to engage in an entrepreneurial way. You can be a stay at home parent, a blogger, designer, into IT, or even a mixed martial arts enthusiast – Integra’s PriME is meant for people who did not go to business school but are aware they need business and entrepreneurship education to get things done or start their business because ultimately, entrepreneurship is all about creating a vision and managing resources to get things done.
Right now, I no longer do buy and sell. I juggle my time doing several money making tasks – I bake, do SEO work, meet clients for my social media services business, or go to blogging events. You see, these are not just merely businesses, though I must admit that they put food on my table, THIS IS WHERE MY HEART IS and for me, that is the most important thing.
And if one of my girls take this crazy route, then it is just right to give them the right foundation in order for them to have a headstart in the business.
To know more about Integra and how it can help you grow as an entrepreneur, visit http://www.integra-institute.com/ today!