Practical Tips in Growing and Sustaining a Business

During my childhood years, my late parents made some attempts to go into business.

Those attempts proved to be short-lived.

I was young then and I just observed what went on. Now, I look back and I saw a different light in some of the business decisions that my parents made.

I think that perhaps those business attempts would have thrived longer and earned better profits if my parents had considered the following:

Directly manage the business or hire a good manager. My parents at one point owned a beauty salon but they were too busy with their own separate careers. They also did not hire an experienced manager. This business eventually folded up. I think focus and passion are key things in growing and sustaining any business.

Knowledge of the market. At one time, my parents also went into newspaper publishing with some of their friends. The main challenge here is that they did this in our city where there were already two entrenched newspaper companies that time. I think that given their combined talents and skills the newspaper would have stayed on if they did a little bit more research and data gathering about the market and even about their competition. Doing this could have perhaps helped them in bringing out the edge of their paper. Data gathering or possessing information as some would say is power. Data gathering, and better data management would help a lot in improving one’s business. You can read more about data management tools on this page.

Failures and loss are sometimes part of the package. Perhaps it had to do with my father being a lawyer who always did his best to win every case he handled. Failure or loss is something he never wanted to face. But just listening to or reading the stories of successful business people and their businesses would show that they even faced several losses or failures in the beginning before they reached their breakthrough. What I remember is that my parents preferred to end a business venture when business challenges begin to appear.

Ask sound business advice from other successful business people. My late parents, it seemed to me, did not cultivate friendships with other business people who could have given them business tips, advice. I think we succeed when we listen and learn from others. Getting a mentor in business is also a key in unlocking the door of business success.

My late parents were satisfied with their own careers and were successful in them. I just think that they would have fared better, too, in doing business with just a few tweaks in their approach.

Kristel de Catalina, Spiral Pole Dancing and Reaching for Your Dreams

I admit it that from my corner of the world I do not really know Kristel de Catalina.

I also admit that I am not familiar with spiral pole dancing.

And then I saw Kristel perform spiral pole dancing for her audition in Pilipinas Got Talent.

Her performance was breathtaking, perfect. All the judges were impressed- Vice Ganda even pushed the golden buzzer sending Kristel straight to the Semi-finals.

Her performance during the Semi-finals was again flawless.

The judges talked about Kristel’s dedication to her son (she’s a single parent) during her performances as something that was inspiring.

I also want to highlight one other thing that’s inspiring of her performance.

Kristel is clearly passionate about dancing but at one point this passion or dream had to take the backseat as she fell in love, had a child. It appears that this romantic episode she had had with a man did not lead to forever.

That must have been heartbreaking.

But she found her dream, her dance again. And we are all lifted up, just a bit higher in experiencing beauty, hope, joy as she dances before us.

Kristel, keep dancing. May God bless you and lead you onward in living your dream.

To me personally, you are already THE winner 🙂