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Let's talk about the abundance of love and grace.
I asked my husband if he has plans for me for Valentine's day. Maybe a trip to our favorite restaurant post-VD or chocolates with flowers. He said, "Honey, chocolates and flowers or grocery."
I hastily replied, "Grocery, of course." Our grocery items will always have some sweets with it in some form or another.
We always look at our love tank as something full or empty.
A wise person told me that, in reality, you're not really that empty and you're not that full.
You can't be too full because it means that you have no room for more love that shows through compassion, patience, perseverance, understanding, and respect.
You can't be too empty because somewhere along the way, you have decided to not care at all but yourself. Maybe your love skills are underdeveloped/underused or neglected.
We are always in the in-between situation where there lots of room for personal improvement, growth, and challenge. I don't like to be improving for nothing just to prove you have credentials, awards, and achievements.
I remembered one of the trainees in my class regretted attending the course because she thought she was missing out on new training programs and needed to update her skills and knowledge. Training for the sake of padding up your resume is totally a waste of energy. Because she also has a disability, the effort in taking the course became a liability as well.
Abundance is a good purpose to adhere to and this not just goes to finances, business, and entrepreneurship where dollars are screaming at you.
Abundance of love in organizations particularly in grace shows up in policies, programs, micro-practices, and culture that silently tells you that they care and they will simply do the right thing when presented the opportunity.
What does the people in your organization say when you're not around?
How does an abundance of love show up in your organization?
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There's Engineer Without Borders, Doctors Without Borders, Educators Without Borders and a hundred more permutations of the same sense.
My business has always been global, hence the logo: GLOBAL OUTLOOK, LOCAL IMPACT.
If some people are irked with this ambition, I think they have a small thinking.
Small thinking is usually scared thinking.
They project their own insecurities on you. So because they can't fathom the idea, you shouldn't do/attempt it.
Life is short.
There is really no joy in hiding your true potential, waiting for blessings or approval for others to proceed to exalt you on your rightful place.
Get the drift.
Nobody cares and everyone is busy minding their own problem.
Pursue your own global ambition with the feet planted on the ground.
I have coached 25 leaders from around the world while I live in a rural area with just an Internet connection and a lot of heart to give. I worked in 15 countries and trained thousands of people as early as 2000s.
Of course I have what it takes, but that's not point.
With technology and focus, it's not difficult but it's not easy either.
Go follow your dreams.
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As a new instructor in a university way back circa 2000s, I was mistaken to be a student trying to attend a faculty orientation training program. When I told the nun I am an instructor, her eyeballs grew big.
As a consultant in a room of community service providers, they think I was there trying to get their monies out of their budget into my pockets. People have stereotypes of consultants. I told them, " I'm just here to help."
As a Filipino immigrant, I was always perceived to be a caregiver or a nurse by way of just knowing my ethnicity, they could guess my employment or occupational interest somehow. I usually told them otherwise.
As a minority writer and author of a commercial book, my publisher was perceived to be more partial and welcoming of unheard and non-mainstreamed voices in the sector. What's wrong with that?
As a job applicant before, I was told that they are looking for a senior professional who had previously taken executive-level positions. I had to do a short litany of what I had accomplished at a younger age. Age is not a defining factor of competence.
As a diaspora in Canada, some people assume that I have married my husband to get permanent residency and citizenship. My husband is quick to correct that notion.
As an instructor, I was told that my stories tend to convince them that I am an expert in the course. Yes, I'm really the expert. That's why they've better listen up.
As a social enterprise, I was told that I'm very entrepreneurial. I had to be. I'm running a business not a charity. Even charities must be entrepreneurial to survive.
Mistaken notions perpetuate when you don't enlighten them in that moment. Surely, we all have the fair share of these on a regular basis. What matters is what we say and do when we catch them.
You may only have one chance. Do it well.