The best things in life are free


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It’s true what they say, the best things in life are free. As I came upon an e-mail invitation for a Megaworld event, I knew it would be an opportunity I’d be a fool to miss. Why? First, I get to hear great speakers like Randell Tiongson and Francis Kong. Second, the venue is New World Hotel. Third, a full-course dinner. Lastly, everything is for free courtesy of the event sponsor! (In Tagalog, ikaw na lang ang kulang.) As an added bonus, I get to meet like-minded people from different walks of life.

Since I really came for to hear the speakers, let me share with you what I’ve learned about life and investing. Randell starts the program by painting a lovely picture of the Philippine economy’s rosy future. He sets the tone by showing figures that hint perfect investing opportunities and cautions on get rich quick investment scams, specifically that of the controversial Emgoldex. Randell also emphasized the step-by-step guide of achieving financial success, starting with getting out of debt, increasing your income, investing, and insuring against risks, and so forth.

On the other hand, Francis Kong gives his personal insights on life and success. It was actually my first time to hear him in action. Most of his speaking engagements have expensive door fees. Now I know that the fees are actually worth it.

Here are some of the nuggets of wisdom I was able to take note of/remember (as of writing, I realized I might have accidentally erased my notes from my phone):

1. The self is the hardest to please. Don’t measure your worth with the material things you have.
2. Change is scary, but it is scarier not to change.
3. Three stages [of personal growth, I guess]: survival, success, and significance.
4. Three major deprivations: time, attention, and sleep.
5. Invest (quality time) with your family/loved ones.

I consider myself really lucky for catching this event and learning a lot at absolutely no cost. I’m still on the lookout for other free learning opportunities. Earlier, I had the opportunity to lunch and learn with successful women in business. They are such an inspiration and very generous too in sharing life lessons even for just a short two hours. I have my eye on this free conference about women who have successfully launched a startup and looking forwa4d to learn from the guest speakers as well. So, don’t ignore the opportunities for free learning! You’ll never regret it.

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