Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman
It was 2005. We just graduated from high school and we were set to finally choose a course or degree that we must pursue in college.
I remembered that time, I told my mother that my dream is to be a Psychologist or an Educator and a degree in those fields would be great.
However, my mom told me, why would you choose those courses? Teachers are not well paid here in the Philippines as well as guidance counselors.
Like most people or teenager, our minds are still clouded during that time and confounded albeit we have something in our hearts that tells us, “GO” chase that dream!
Since we were being practical then, I decided to take Economics and thankfully, the experience of being able to understand how the financial market works as well as the demand and supply and the theories of Adam Smith and Keynes helped me landed a good managerial job in one of the most respected and largest banks in the Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands.
I landed a sales job and who would have thought that I stayed there for almost 8 years.
During one of our training when I was just starting out, I remembered how I cried. I told the facilitator, I am not fit here. I will never be a salesperson.
But by sheer determination, I even graduated Valedictorian from our sales management training program before we became assistant managers.
Everyone would know that a sales job is a challenging job. You have to cooperate and talk to a lot of people. You need to brand yourself well. Sometimes, you also need to do some politics to get what you have and there are also times when your client becomes the client of another colleague.
During those 8 years, I was also exposed to the importance of having a healthy wallet. Learning how to save, invest and the likes.
That made me create a Facebook financial page called “SMART Chinay.” I was suddenly interested in the stock market and I started joining Facebook Financial Groups. I even completed the Registered Financial Planner certification course just to help me understand more the importance of money in my life.
However, along the way, I found myself struggling with creating a comprehensive financial plan for my clients. I like solving math problems but something just ain’t right.
I found myself reading MORE inspirational, self-help, motivational, psychological books more than finance books and admired leaders and speakers like Zig Ziglar, John Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Seth Godin and more.
Being a financial savvy was just another trait that I possess, I guess.
When I took the Strengths Finder exam back in 2015, my top five included positivity, harmony, discipline, consistency and restorative.
During my college years, I also saw how my grades fared well in my Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and Ethics class. There was really something in me that wanted to study people, that wanted to understand them. There’s something in me that tells me that I could be really a great encourager, leader, and counselor of relationships and women.
With the help of more books and affirmations from my close friends, I have decided to chase a different path. Not just someone who motivates but someone who educates people on how to live a better life for themselves. It was the dream I have been always hearing in my heart. Whatever path that might be, that specific path, I will just keep it to myself first.
I realized that when you are good at something for a while it doesn’t mean that it is already your life’s purpose. I have a sales job for 8 years but I wouldn’t want to be in the same place again. If I would be a salesperson, I would rather sell myself by doing what I like the most.
At this moment, I have the courage.
I have the courage to say that it is not too late to chase your dreams. It is not too late for me to turn around my life and to focus more on writing and blogging about the things I like the most which are more about relationships, people, love, values and more.
At the age of 30, I am not too old to follow that dream.
Although I have yet a very long journey to achieve my goal, I feel in my heart that this has been my calling, and maybe my purpose. I might be wrong but how can I know unless I try.
Being financially savvy and a salesperson, however, are two traits that would still help me. And who knows? Maybe we are not called just for one purpose. Maybe all those things I have learned from the past will also be something that I could harness soon to complement my purpose. But meantime, let me concentrate on this.
At the end of the day, passion will find you as long as you’re doing something. Something that makes you feel alive, something that makes you feel significant.
There’s still a lot of learning and sharpening to do. I cannot promise anything to you. But I will put my heart and soul in this new journey.
May this post encourage you that it is never too late to start again and to follow your heart’s desire.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. What are the topics that EXCITE you to discuss and share with others?
2. How do you usually spend your FREE time? and where do you usually find yourself when you’re outside?
3. In your whole life, what were the things you enjoyed doing that gave you JOY and inspired you?
4. If there’s a one-day event where volunteers are needed, in what ORGANIZATION will I find you?
5. Who are the people that inspire you the most? Your ROLE-MODELS. Why do you want to be like them?
6. What’s one COMPLIMENT about you that motivates you to push further?
7. Close your eyes, VISUALIZE, look into the future, where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
8. What would be your LEGACY? How do you want to be remembered?
9. If you were not afraid and if you have all the resources and if no one would bother, and that if you’ll definitely WIN, what career or job would you choose?
10. What does your HEART or GUT always tells you that thinking about it makes you afraid?
Reflect on those questions, search for that inner voice.
Remember this: It is never too late and you are never too old to begin again. Believe in yourself. Stop wasting time, have the courage and go pursue that dream!
Life is not to be feared nor resisted. It is to be embraced, to be the best you can possibly be, and live the life you dare to dream. – Daniel Chidiac.
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