New Project Update

New Project
PC: ColourMove Studio

We have exciting news to share!

Koren and I have partnered up with the founder of Carmelo Soberano Visuals to work on a brand new project, ColourMove Studio (CMS).

We figured that since we have been laid off from our jobs, we’d create our own bread and butter. 😉 We’ve gotten some experience through  interviews and videos we’ve created and we thought we can put our newly developed skills to good use. And, from there, CMS was born!

We’re launching soon so subscribe for updates! We promise we’ll put out really cool stuff!


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Flying High With Limuel Hayag Vilela

Limuel Hayag Vilela

We recognize that many people outside of the startup world break boundaries every day so we wanted to share a story of a guy who has broken many boundaries in order to get to the place he is currently at in life.

We first met Limuel at the ASC Fashion Show through a mutual friend of ours, Carmelo Soberano. We wanted a chance to interview him because he was very driven and he wasn’t afraid to ask for what he wants. Those are always traits we admire as we can’t be timid about pursuing our goals. Like it has been said, the answer is always no if we don’t ask!

Meet Limuel

Limuel started off in humble beginnings in Quezon Province in the Philippines. He worked his way up from growing up in a poor family to a flight attendant and to an up-and-coming model. He currently resides in Canada and does runway shows in New York City. Here is a snippet of his interview:

Note: His interview was in Taglish (Tagalog + English) so the following contains translation from Tagalog to English.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I’m from Quezon province. I worked as a manager at a fast food restaurant and then I moved to the UK. I was a restaurant supervisor there, but unfortunately, I didn’t get permanent residency so I needed to go back to the Philippines. When I went back, I told myself I wanted to go to a country that has  easier immigration laws. I stayed in the Philippines for around 2 years. I worked at ABS-CBN (one of the Philippines’ largest television network) and I pushed myself to the point where my career was going really well. Then, after that, I ended up moving to Canada.”

Good stuff. How was your childhood growing up in the Philippines?

I grew up separated from my siblings and my parents. So, the struggle of being separated from your loved ones, it’s hard as a kid, right? Especially when you’re as young as 7 so you want to dream something big, but you don’t have much support from the people closest to you. I never thought that it was a hindrance nor did I catch hard feelings. From there, from elementary to high school to the university, I became very driven. My life started in a challenging way so I grew up very passionate about my goals and the things I want in life.”

So, now you’re a flight attendant and an up-and-coming model. How did you get from there to here?”

“I worked hard. At that time, I was getting bullied, also. People were saying I was too skinny and weak, ugly, corpse-like. I wasn’t physically fit. I wasn’t interesting. I told myself that I’ll build myself physically to the point that no one can judge me based on my physical attributes anymore.. that no one can drag me down. Being successful for me is not just having a good career. You have to be physically fit also because your body is a platform for you to have a good career.

In the Philippines, there’s high discrimination, right? I experienced it. If you’re dark, if you’re skinny, if you’re short, if you’re too old, you get discriminated against.  It’s the culture. But I asked myself, can I change? Do I have an opportunity to change this kind of culture? I know I might not be able to change the people in the community itself, but for myself, can I change? I got challenged. The things that I can control, the things I can change within myself, I’ll do it.”

Would you say that was your lowest point?

“I think so, yeah, the discrimination. Looking back now, I can’t believe I went through that. People judging me. I was always rejected. The way I looked. If you’re attractive, you’re good but if your looks don’t fit their expectations, you’re done. So I came to a point where I just said I’d do it. Work hard, go to the gym, eat properly. After that, I built myself, I said ‘wow, my body looks good, I actually look good.’ Then one designer said why don’t I try to audition. She said I had height and I wasn’t the typical ‘Filipino size.’

I decided to do it because I wanted to prove something to myself. Not only because of what other people were saying but for myself. I’ll start with myself and then I’ll show them. Ill show that impossible is really nothing. So I became a model and then I represented the province when I competed in Boracay.”

Out of curiosity, have you heard from the people who used to belittle you?

“I just want them to realize that there are things that you shouldn’t judge. Unexpected things can happen because as long as we’re alive, we all have an opportunity to change. They just laugh and they say ‘oh my God, this is the person we used to bully. Look at him now.’ They get embarrassed sometimes so they stay quiet. I’m not the vengeful type but I think my silence is a killer. I think I inspire them. ”

Love it! How did you stay committed to your goals?

“When I competed in Boracay, I didn’t win. I got really sad because I was representing my province and I lost. After that loss, I asked myself what I was lacking. I wanted to win because I wanted to prove myself to people. My dedication to bettering myself physically helped me stay committed. Even my dad used to say you eat the gym for breakfast. I never smoked, I just drank occasionally, I had no vices. My only vice was metal, pumping iron.”

What’s the one advice you would give to someone aspiring to become successful?

“Never be afraid of change. There are people that, when faced with a bit of change, they’re scared, but me, no. There were times that I did get angry at my circumstances or that I was too aware of what I was lacking that others had, but I realized what if I didn’t experience those challenges? What if I had an abundant childhood? Would I enjoy my success right now as much? Would I truly value what I’m receiving now? It’s part of my life journey. I learned how to adjust quickly.”

Wrap Up

There you have it! Hope you guys received as much inspiration from Limuel as we did. Check out this highlight reel!


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Babata: Organic and Natural Care Products

babata logo

As a startup, we are always interested in meeting fellow entrepreneurs. Their stories, struggles, successes, failures take us on a different journey each time. From tech companies to entrepreneurs heading non-profits, there’s always a lesson to be learned from each one we have met thus far. Their passion and dedication to their craft continues to inspire us (as well as our readers) and we know that their impact is slowly changing the world for the better. One such entrepreneur is Percival Cunanan from Babata New York, one of the producers of one of the best organic and natural care products currently out in the market.

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Breaking Boundaries Update

PC: korendezvous

Hey all! We wanted to just give a quick update on what’s been going on. We have been extremely busy with everything coming at us (in a good way!) that we haven’t really posted since last week. Speaking of which, it’ll be one of the few changes that we are going to do. We’re only going to post on the blog once a week now instead of 2-3 times a week.

There have been a lot of opportunities that have opened up and we’re pivoting and doing some changes in order to take advantage of as many as we can. Speaking of changes, lol, the site has been a little different and we are still in the process of doing major changes to it. Instead of just being a blog and interviewing entrepreneurs, we have gained a few clients for content creation. We’re focused a lot more on the business aspect of things so we can eventually scale BB.

With that said, you’ll see us at different client events as we are very involved with their projects. We’ll be sure to share things we learn on our journey as always. We appreciate those who have been patient with the changes and we promise  it’ll be worth it!

It’s kind of crazy where we are now. We’re definitely far from the kind of success we want, but we’ve never been this close to it. I just want to end this with a reminder to take risks. Will Smith once said that God placed everything you want on the other side of the things you fear the most.

Let’s climb to the top.

Reinforcements, Attentiveness, and Getting Things Done. (Guest Post)

Reinforcements

We’ve all seen the memes. The ones where ruddy-faced millionaires tell us how easy it is, to “click the link”, believe in  yourself, and all in good time, you’ll be sipping Chardonnay by a cliffside lagoon surrounded by A-listers. Let’s be real—that’s complete bull. I don’t know about you guys, but I was raised on a ramshackle basement in the slums of Jersey City, New Jersey. People like me had to start so far down the ranks and I sure as hell am not taking advice from a guy who kickstarted his business with a “small loan of a million dollars.” They just don’t know what real people, people like you and me, who still put on our JC Penney pants one foot at a time, deal with just to get out of bed in the morning. For some of us, we question the purpose of rolling out of bed. What’s the point? I’m never going to be successful? There’s always someone better than me. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret, my friends, attentiveness in yourself is the most worthwhile investment you can make.

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Midnight Market: Jersey City’s First “Foodie Nightlife” Experience

midnight market

As the next Midnight Market rolls back around, we’re getting super excited and rallying more of our friends and family to experience the event. If you haven’t been to one, go! The first time we went was in February and we loved it so much that we invited a few of our friends to come with us to the next one in March. They did and they had an amazing time as well! The next event is on April 14th and it’s dessert-themed. (Teaser: You might see Alice in Wonderland or Willy Wonka.) We’ve invited more of our friends and family and we can’t wait to see what they have in store!

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Characteristics of High-Performing Teams We Can Learn From Ducks

characteristics of high-performing teams
PC: korendezvous

Characteristics of High-Performing Teams

Here we are again with another gem from Darren Hardy that I would love to share with you all. As a lot of my readers are first-time entrepreneurs, this is going to be beneficial to a lot of you. For this post, I’m going to be writing about 4 characteristics of high-performing teams. I believe this is going to be valuable because as you scale your business, you’ll have to learn how to develop teams.

I know firsthand how a bad team can affect your  progress; Your environment really does make a difference and birds of the same feather do flock together. When you’re on a team where they glorify “just try” instead of “actually do,” you’re in big trouble. You start accepting the mentality that even if you don’t get result, it’s okay as long as you try. This is a complete personal opinion of mine, but if you try and do something and you don’t achieve the results you should be getting, something is amiss. We make things happen. I don’t think it’s good thinking to feel good because you “tried” when what’s needed are results.

So, to help pave the way a bit, here are the 2 characteristics of high-performing teams yours should have:

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Ward eSports: A Community Platform for eSports Fans

Ward eSports

These days, mostly everyone is on some sort of social community platform. Let’s take Facebook for example. According  to the World Economic Forum, Facebook would be bigger than China if it was a country. To put that into perspective, China’s population in 2016 was 1,382,323,332 (Source: worldometers.info).

There are also platforms where we can find events near us like meetup.com or  eventbrite.com. Why, then, do gamers and fans of eSports have trouble finding events geared towards their community? It’s because there isn’t a platform out there yet that is known enough to the gaming community that can bring like-minded gamers and fans together.

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