Like you, I rode the jeep.
I also hold my breath when I rode the pedicab.
I made sure I clutched my bag near my body when I went to Cubao or Guadalupe or any super crowded place - like the Manila trains.
I was single, alone all the time - and staying for free in my loving Lola’s house in Malate.
I sent most of my salary to Los Banos where my family still lives to this day.
I did what I could to help the more than 10 members of my family of origin to survive.
If you haven’t guessed yet, I lived a life of want.
I wanted and needed many many things.
One of those would be shoes.
I had one pair of office shoes at any given time.
This particular one was a gift from my loving Tita Becks.
Tita Becks would always send home massive balikbayan boxes to Lola’s house.
I picked out a nice pair of black shoes and had it repaired.
One day in 1996 I went to a trade show in a big hotel.
I wore a worn out barong - office uniform and only went because it was “interesting”. My company didn’t send me, I sent myself.
I didn’t understand 99% of what the salesmen were talking about.
I would appear interested when they’d talk - and then move on to the next one.
I would collect free ballpens, notepads, bags - anything really.
Then I came to one booth offering something called “Dial Up Internet”.
It was Joel Disini’s company - called the “Email Company”.
I knew what an email was- because I read a lot.
The movie “You got mail” -starring Tom Hanks made it popular 2 years after.
But in 1996, I didn’t have an email address yet.
The “Dial Up Internet” they were offering will give me an email address.
Plus it will give me access to the internet, they said.
What’s the internet?
It was network of information made up of schools and big companies.
I knew what that was because - I did read about it earlier.
So I paid - monthly around P 600 I think - just to learn more about this “internet”.
My first email address was firstname.lastname@example.org.
That was written on my calling card.
I was proud of that email address.
Let me remind you something.
What were you doing in 1996?
But did you know that for the next nine years I stared at the computer screen wondering “How can I make money from this?”
Nobody answered my question.
I saw people leaving yahoomail for gmail.
I even had an old @mail.com account.
I joined newsgroups and SIGs (special interest groups)
I saw the birth of Netscape Navigator and made my first website with a college student.
I saw internet explorer destroy netscape navigator and became the most popular way people would use to see the internet.
My first website was called “Marga and Kulet” (Serendipity.com.ph)
It contained the biodata of me and my friend Marga, that’s all!
So if you’re going to the VA 202 Seminar - I’ll introduce you to her.
Then in 2005, my love for Christian Music helped me answer that question.
But that’s story for another day.
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Right now, I want to let you in on something.
When I started, I had no experience in using the Internet.
There were no youtubes.
Not even a decent book to read about the internet.
During that time, it was impossible to download music from the internet.
That was a dream that Mark Cuban (Internet Billionaire) said would never happen.
He said you cannot stream high quality video over the internet.
Of course Netflix (US company) and Apple is doing that exact thing he predicted would never happen during our time.
Maybe that’s why I’m the one teaching you now - instead of the other way around.
But I want it sana - to be the opposite - for you one day.
That one day - you will be the one to teach others too.
And we would start a quiet revolution of giving people the best information that they need.
Because you can do it.
You can change your thinking by..
Changing the information that you’re getting.
Changing the people who surround you..
Changing the choices you make by…
And in the future - I dream that you be the one to supply this new and best information to other people.
In my last webinar, my Virtual Assistant/OFW guest did that privilege to you.
You’re going to find out the details of how she got the job —from her own voice.
You’re also going to have the privilege of asking her your own questions.
Yes, you do the interviewing this time.
She’s in Singapore and is still working.
She just got an online job last week (I think).
You ask her.
You have the privilege to check if this is all true or not.
As a bonus, you’ll also know why I’m saying that Facebook Boosts wastes your money - if you are using it to promote your page.
You’ll also know -that admiring a page’s likes or paying to get more likes on a page is the poorest way to spend your money.
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Now live a marvellous life,
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