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The year 2017 has nev­er been that easy. There was a lot of ups and downs, new expe­ri­ences, met new friends, start­ed a new career and what­ev­er it is, 2017 was indeed an amaz­ing year for all of us. And wow! time flies so fast and 2017 is almost over. As we are about to enter a new year, I would like to share with you the 12 lessons 2017 taught me. It is 12 because my plan­ner allowed me to enter the lessons I learned every month and here are the fol­low­ing:


1. Be edu­cat­ed, always invest in your growth fund because when you change, it affects the sur­round­ing peo­ple.

Jeff Rich once said, “If you think edu­ca­tion is expen­sive, try igno­rance.”

Edu­ca­tion, could it be aca­d­e­m­ic or per­son­al, con­tributes so much growth in our per­son­al lives. John Maxwell, in his 21 Laws of Lead­er­ship, he men­tioned that every­one has their own lids but a few peo­ple rec­og­nize it.

I learned that we are the only one capa­ble of lift­ing our own lids. Lids that lim­its us to our poten­tial. And to remove that lids we need to grow, thus be edu­cat­ed, invest in your learn­ing.

Before I thought that edu­ca­tion was mere­ly a waste of time, I hat­ed going to col­lege, I even asked my teacher what would I do with alge­bra? Can I use that when I am work­ing already? I am wrong, When I was 21, my eyes have opened to the real­i­ty that we will not grow if we will not edu­cate our­selves. When I say edu­cate our­selves, what I mean is; self-edu­ca­tion, because aca­d­e­m­ic edu­ca­tion can teach so many the­o­ries but you can’t apply all of them in our own lives.

Do not ven­ture into some­thing you do not know.

See 8 Habits of High­ly Influ­en­tial Peo­ple


2. Rela­tion­al uni­ty is not built on chem­istry and com­mon­al­i­ty but on Jesus.

Our cul­ture dic­tates us that in order to be unit­ed, we must have in com­mon. As the old proverb said, “birds of the same feath­er flock togeth­er.” It might be true but not always. Being a Chris­t­ian is a call to fol­low Jesus’ exam­ple.

In my pre­vi­ous trips abroad, meet­ing a stranger who hap­pened to be a Chris­t­ian as well makes every­thing so easy.

We may have dif­fer­ent back­grounds, sto­ries behind and, inter­ests, in Chris­tian­i­ty, Jesus is the com­mon denom­i­na­tor.

The his­to­ry can tell us more about it. It is Chris­tians who first start­ed non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions to help the wid­ow, father­less, and poor. Start­ed hos­pi­tals, schools, and uni­ver­si­ties.

Why? Because Jesus com­mands us to love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls. By means of? By lov­ing our neigh­bor as our­selves.


3. The fear of hav­ing not enough par­a­lyzes one’s whole being.

What if they don’t select me because the next per­son is bet­ter than me?
What if she does­n’t like me because I have a dark skin and I do not look like a Kore­an?
What if?…

SEE ALSO:  When You Feel Like Giving Up

My answer to that; SO WHAT??

The fear of hav­ing not enough stops us from max­i­miz­ing our poten­tial. So what if they don’t like you? Are you pleas­ing them? So what if she does­n’t like you just the way you are? Boy, you deserve bet­ter than him or her! She does­n’t know your worth and the good life you are offer­ing to her.


4. Lead­er­ship is serv­ing.

Con­trary to what the world is say­ing, lead­er­ship is not about posi­tion. Yes, you can be the CEO or the most pow­er­ful man ever lived and respect­ed as a leader in the whole world but if you don’t have an influ­ence on them, you are not real­ly a leader.

A leader remains a leader even he does­n’t have posi­tion or author­i­ty. How do we gain influ­ence? By serv­ing them. We lead to serve oth­ers. As Pas­tor Steve Murell, Pres­i­dent of Every Nation Philip­pines said, “The influ­ence we gain from lead­ing oth­ers should not be the end goal but rather it will be a means to serve.”


5. Do not com­plain if you are work­ing eight to ten hours a day and go home and not work on your own goals because you’re tired. YOU ARE NOT TIRED, YOU’RE UNINSPIRED.

I have a few friends who often asked me how do I man­age to get the most out of my time. I have pas­sion projects; I have projects also needs to be deliv­ered in my cor­po­rate work, church activ­i­ties, sem­i­nars, and events. Well, I’m inspired! If you are inspired to make a change not just in your own life but also in the lives of oth­ers, noth­ing can stop you from doing what you want out of life.


6. Courage is not the absence of fear.

I don’t know why I wrote this, but I remem­ber I was prepar­ing for some bat­tle here. I pre­pared for so many years and because I was so inspired I also bought my first car because of it. Let’s move on to next les­son to fig­ure out what hap­pened.


7. God can open doors that no one can shut but also He clos­es doors that no one can open it again.

The month of July was a tough one for me. To cut the long sto­ry short, I did not win the bat­tle, I end up defeat­ed. But I know it was also an answered prayer, it is sim­ply not meant for me because I know God meant it for good. Because after that there are so many good things hap­pened.

You may read the whole sto­ry here: When God Closed Doors and Rela­tion­ships

What hap­pened after How to Sur­vive Every Month Finan­cial­ly and Radio Guest­ing at DZME 1530khz Kinse Trenta


8. Ever doubt­ed your pur­pose and call­ing in life? Be patient enough with it. God affirms it when it was meant to you and He will do that by sur­pris­ing you with mir­a­cles you nev­er expect­ed to come.

SEE ALSO:  What Are The Things That A Man Should Build?

August was a month of unex­pect­ed bless­ings. I was able to com­plete my funds need­ed for the trip, and also my arti­cle has gone viral in social media, not only that, I was also invit­ed in a radio sta­tion for a guest inter­view.

God is so amaz­ing. I was still hurt­ing (but not that much) at that time but God did amaz­ing things to divert my atten­tion, time and ener­gy to bet­ter things that are ahead of me.


9. Be sen­si­tive.

It was com­pli­cat­ed to tell here but I learned that some­times I am insen­si­tive. I need­ed to make a con­scious effort to watch my words and actions.

I even wrote it as my action plan next year. To smile to every­one I will meet and greet them, elim­i­nat­ing crit­i­cism from my sys­tem, to always give appre­ci­a­tion and praise instead of con­dem­na­tion, and to be sen­si­tive to oth­er per­son­’s view­point.


10. Not all bat­tles are worth fight­ing for.

Pick your bat­tles wise­ly. Not every con­flict is worth turn­ing into a major bat­tle. There are cer­tain bat­tles in which sim­ply can­not be won no mat­ter how much effort you put into it or what strate­gies you use.


11. God is not a god of con­fu­sion. He made all things beau­ti­ful and in order.

My dili­gent prayers have answered and what I have been search­ing for has been found for God affirmed where I must go.

For years I am pray­ing and dis­cern­ing God’s will for me. I felt that I was called to a full-time min­istry, but I felt I was also called in the mar­ket­place. After my third mis­sion trip, God has already affirmed it. I was called not in the full-time min­istry but in pub­lic speak­ing.

And last,


12. This year has a lot of sur­pris­es on its own. Be expec­tant and be more hope­ful for the next com­ing year!

Time to stop, reflect, and eval­u­ate what hap­pened through­out the year. And write what must stop, and must con­tin­ue but don’t for­get to start!

Have a Mer­ry Christ­mas and Hap­py New Year! Enjoy the most won­der­ful time of the year with your fam­i­ly and friends!

How about you?  What are the great­est lessons you learned in 2017? I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share in the com­ments on the blog or just hit reply.

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