Rise up, yes you. Don’t dwell on the ditch you’re in. You have to get yourself up from the quicksand of confusion and disorientation. Stand up and start from where you are and move on from there. Mind your own business. Some, if not most of us don’t start out well in life. It takes time and sometimes longer than we imagine, while some may think that what they have pursued in college and at work is not what they truly want. Sounds familiar? Well, I’ve been there on that so-called ditch or ditches in life on my way to creating my management consultancy firm and minding my own business.
What we don’t know from the experiences and challenges we go through life is that these life experiences could work for our advantage and we can create something significant that will make an impact not only for us but for the people around us. It is those life experiences whether personal or in business, that may seem not right which sharpens are acuity or perception and equip us on taking the variables in business and life in general. These life experiences also help me in my management consultancy business, not just the successes but also the failures.
At first, you might see my credentials on this website as outstanding such as my academic achievements being a CPA, a certified management consultant and having an MBA from one of the most prestigious graduate business schools in the Philippines and from a highly respected Jesuit institution. Besides not all graduates of accountancy become CPAs and around 80 percent of the candidates yearly who took the board exam, fail and never get to realize their dream of becoming a CPA. But if you will know the underlying reason how I achieved such academic status that makes it easier for me to put up my management consultancy, it all came out anything but easy and far from being gifted, as most of us would be inclined to think.
At twenty-one or twenty-two years of age, when the average college student is about to graduate or is already a graduate, I don’t even have an inkling if I would become a CPA let alone graduate from college. Having married at the age of twenty-one and with two kids already by twenty-three, I started contemplating going back to school when I reached my twenty-fourth birthday. I re-entered college and took up business administration whilst having a family to feed wherein most of my classmates would think only of themselves and their needs. I didn’t have any idea that I would take up accountancy until I was on my second year. At that stage, I don’t have a hint that I would put up a management consultancy someday but it just led from one thing to another.
I became a CPA at the “tender age” of thirty-one after having some struggles. I was just starting my career in the corporate as a CPA where some of my contemporaries were already settled in their work and profession. But even then, it never occurred to me that they’re way ahead in knowledge and experience and that I should be inferior to them because they started early. I simply minded my own business and learned the ropes of corporate life as fast as I can and experiencing success and failures along the way. Little did I know that these experiences would become my armaments for putting up my own management consultancy firm.
Corporate life didn’t come of easy either. There was a time in my career where I jumped from one company to the next. Although this was not my first few times to work after becoming a CPA since I started out as a salesman in my early twenties until my mid-twenties, the adjustment and nuances on the field of my profession made it a lot complex than I thought. It’s the language of business as they say, and you must communicate it with clarity. Even the changing of jobs and position then was vital for my growth and it was not wasted in the final analysis. It was simply preparing me for a new challenge which eventually led me to putting up my management consultancy.
In retrospect, there is no such thing as a “wasted effort” if we know how to see it in a different light. We may start out with a job we hate, and that cannot be denied, but if we know how to connect the dots and integrate, we will find out that it is part of the puzzle where its parts have different shapes but is vital to one another. My experiences as a salesman and as an accountant may seem disconnected, since the former deals with the relationship with people and adapting to a lot of variances on whether they will buy the product or services, while the other one works best in a solitary environment that needs to perform with precision and avoids variances. These experiences actually work in my favor now that I chose to have my management consultancy business wherein I have to build relationships with my clients (the sales part) and perform an engagement with them in a precise manner (accounting training).
Whereas others may have it all “figured” out at the beginning, it doesn’t always work for their advantage. As they may, later in life, find the things they have been doing since the start of their career become boring and does not pose a worthy challenge that will make their wits sharper. They might be hesitant to start another career because they have been used to their job which already became the source of their identity and becomes monotonous and so they will retire not having experience the limits of their potentials and possibilities, unbeknownst that the biggest risk in business and in life is not taking any risk at all.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw