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Every one of us alive today has the power to inspire, influence, and elevate each person we meet by the gift of a great example. And you need no title to do that.
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My friends decided to meet up in a hotel where there is a hot pool! We went
there even with the heavy rains and threats of flood (flood usually occurs when
it rains). Yet everyone is still equally excited to go. So we pushed through
with the plan!
stall on dipping ourselves into the hot water of the pool, while we talked and
enjoying the hot bath, one of us took notice of a cute baby girl in the pool,
tried to talk to the baby and frantically commented “she’s so cute/beautiful”
(something like that, don’t know what the exact words were). To our surprise the
father of the baby girl responded and that sparked the fruitful conversation!
sensed a lot of wisdom is overflowing and he’s got a good sense of humor, so we
obliged to listen. True enough, we enjoyed it!
were silences all of us thinking, amazed at the information we've amassed and
spoiled from that man full of wisdom. So to remind me of those things I've
learnt, I am going to try to recall some important insights I got from him.
houses in the Philippines. He never intended to do so though, until he was
moved and inspired to stay and bring the architecture of his country to our
country. He has earned so much experience that he knew what he can do with the
houses here. He has a unique style though, he creates the house at his own
expense, live on it for a time being when it’s not yet sold, then when someone
comes to buy the house, they’ll move out.
people told him or commented, that he’s been spending so much on the details of
his masterpieces “Mahal man! Aguy!/Naku Ang Mahal!/Oh! Very expensive” Some
would say. “Gasto ra kaau/Masyadong magastos/Just too costly.” But he gave us
what he usually say: “I never viewed everything as an expense! I look at them
as an investment. I am building a house with all the necessary details,
regardless of the cost as long as I build the intended purpose. After all, I
can sell these houses at much higher prices.”
things that we do as “costing” something. That is our perspective. But if we
get the value or know how much value we can get from doing it, we would not
count the cost. Knowing the value of what you've spent for would liberate you
from the poor mindset of getting just what is cheap. Getting the best quality
isn't equal to getting just anything in the market. This architect knows the
value of what he’s building.
that affirms his statement about investment, he was looking for something that
would connect two tubes/pipes of the same size, the local worker suggested that
they get an old slipper cut it and it would help them connect the two. He
refused and said, no! let’s find that what I needed. He was able to find it in
one of the local stores, and he happily connected the two tubes/pipes. His
worker asked, “sir how much?” he said, “P25.00”, the worker responded, “Oh!
Slippers are free!”
(I did not record the conversation, so I just phrase it closest to his exact
know I’m building a house worth more than a million. So I want the best of
every detail, so when people buy what I built, they would see that they get the
value of what they paid."
value you will get from what you are doing right now? If you do, then you know
cost is not an issue to you. Are you an artist? Are you providing services? Are
you doing something that people might not know the value?
and look at your creation, your service, your goods, and evaluate. Are you
giving the value of the product that you’re clients/customers are paying for?
Then consider what investments you would have to make to improve or deliver the
best product or craft that you can make.
repeatedly used that when we were conversing. Amazingly he knows the stores in
the city, where he could best get the materials he would use. He says, I have a
good researcher, but he does his own research too. He knows what he’s doing and
would love to explore on things. He said, he would not inadvertently spend his
money on something that he might be able to get a lower cost. So he said, he do
care to check prices, and it’s good that his wife is a good researcher.
the hardware stores in the city than most of us. He’s a hands-on developer that
pays attention to every detail, and even on costing. I even started to think he’d
make a good cost accountant in construction firms than me, because he knows
these stores and their pricing and these people in the industry!
English one, white, knows all these in my city. He’s done quite well in his
research, and he could even remember some of the prices or range of prices he
makes for each of the investments he’d take.
found a good investment, that’s good. But check if that investment is priced
the best. Meaning, is it pegged the lowest price possible?” There are different
prices of the same quality for each product, and the best researcher gets the
cheapest with the same quality. Be wise in your investment, do your own
commented on the way the houses he’s built and building, addresses the needs of
the user/buyer/occupants. He said, every part of the English house he’s made or
is making serves a purpose. He said, he doesn't want his client or himself
spend a dime on something that wouldn't work or serve a purpose. He commented
about some of the developers he knew, who wouldn't bother or care to know
whether the houses they built are all functional or does it fall apart after
some time? He said, so far, his clients are all satisfied with the houses he’s
built for them.
us, how he’s served a multi-millionaire mafia man who’s been satisfied with his
work for more than 15 years in England. He’s recalled funny stories, but again
supports his statement that such man was really satisfied with the houses,
clubs, offices he’s built for that man. He was smiling or laughing at some
scenery he recounted with us, and yeah, openly said, he’s quite satisfied with
the feedback of the works he’s delivered.
things or spending on things that are functional? Or pure aesthetics? Or
perhaps you could also ask yourself that question. What do you spend your money
for? Is it just for display or does it really serve a purpose? Or perhaps, you
have something right now that you didn't maximize the purpose of? Say a
smartphone, but you only used it for calls and texts? Have you explored every
possible good use of your phone? Your bag, have you discovered every
compartment that could serve a purpose? Is everything in your home functional?
Or mere decoration and aesthetics? Are you satisfied with the use of what you
spent for? If you’re client will have a lot of choices, would you be confident
that he’s going back to you again?
insights I got, I am sure my friends also have their take home insights too and there are a lot more… But these
are the things I could remember, will try to recall more and add them here