Where is Vlogpreneur heading?

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For my 25 years of existence, I’ve had a fair share of extreme experiences. I’ve experienced some victories and definitely a lot of failures. Right now, I’m enjoying the process of finding what I really want in life. Just last month, I tried to become a writer in Manila Bulletin and it was an unforgettable experience.

I entered new world, met new friends and experienced new things. Everything was new to me and I’ll be forever thankful to my mentors Ms. Pinky Colmenares and Ms. Ria Fernandez for giving their valuable time in teaching me how to be a journalist.

However, along my journey of becoming a journalist, I realized that I’m more interested in telling stories of people. Of sharing to the world what they’ve been through and what are the key takeaways from their story. Unfortunately, this stories are for books and not for the newspaper that we read everyday.

Nevertheless, I’m thankful to God that in spite of all my failures, He continuously give me the grace to continue the race. I’m now writing the book “Takeaways” for full time with the support of Xend Corporation, which I’ll be having a meeting again tomorrow.

What’s next for Vlogpreneur?

Just like what I envisioned this platform to be, I want Vlogpreneur to be an avenue of hope for entrepreneurs wanting to start a business, wanting to start a business again and wanting to grow their business.

I would like to help brands thrive by creating videos that tells their story. I want to focus on creating videos that could catch my viewers attention.

 

 

 

How AI is changing the world

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) or machines designed to make decisions from available data is
rapidly changing the processes of different countries in the areas of finance, national security,health care, criminal justice and transportation according to study by Brookings Reseach.

Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all of humankind said Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech at conference in Yaroslavl region, Russia.

In United States financial industry, decisions about loans are now being made by software that can take into account a variety of data about a borrower. In the stock exchange, people just submit buy and sell orders and machines can detect the trading inefficiencies without human intervention.

AI can also do fraud detection about transactions in the company. It could expose abnormalities, outliers or deviant cases that would help companies find the problems early.

In the area of criminal justice, Chicago city has developed an AI-driven “Strategic Subject list” that analyzes the risk of people, who have been arrested before, to commit crime again. It ranks people on scale using factors such as age, criminal activity, victimization, drug arrest records and gang affiliation.

Judicial expert, Caleb Watney of R Street Institute, claims that AI programs reduce human bias in law enforcement. “One machine-learning policy simulation concluded that such programs could be used to cut crime up to 24.8 percent with no change in jailing rates, or reduce jail populations by up to 42 percent with no increase in crime rates,” said Watney.
Transportation represents the area where AI is producing major innovations. Automotive companies, led by Tesla, have produced self-driving cars two years ago.
The growing role of AI could be attributed to the economic development it provides.

Artificial intelligence technologies could increase global gross domestic product by $15.7 trillion in 2030 according to the study made by accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC)

A book about Failures.

There are perhaps millions of books talking about success of entrepreneurs but there are few who highlights the process of getting there. In my journey being a vlogpreneur, with every heart to heart talks I had with entrepreneurs, I realized that the common denominator among them is how they handled their failures.

Who didn’t fail at anything?

But why is it that it is not a norm to talk about it? About how entrepreneurs experienced having their last centavo, about getting rejected several times, about getting back from bankruptcy and the lists goes on.

The fact is, these moments made them and placed them to where they are right now.

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I can’t forget what my mentor during the Go Negosyo’s One on One mentoring told me.

Your value is the amount of failures you’ve overcome.

Don’t ever think that because you have nothing now, you can’t be someone. You can put a dent in the universe if you’ve decided to.

 

Steve Jobs started Apple with nothing.

Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook with nothing.

Bill Gates started Microsoft with nothing.

 

And that’s the reason why I’m writing a book about failures. I want to create an impact but I thought I had little experience to share something thus I went on a mission earlier this year to interview people that I can and ask how they were able to pass their lives greatest challenges. In this book, I’ll be featuring 100 individuals and if it’s God’s will, I would like to launch it at the end of the year.

 

This book is entitled: 

takeaways

Takeaway

a key fact, point, or idea to be remembered, typically one emerging from a discussion or meeting.
Sentence: “the main takeaway for me is that we need to continue to communicate all the things we’re doing for our customers”
The goal of the book is to feature the key takeaways from the failures of successful people. I thought that majority of the books focused on the icing on the cake but never on the process of creating the cake.
We’d like to focused on how much this successful people have went through in order to achieve their success.
That’s the story what I would like to focused on.
If you happen to know someone that you think we should feature please email me at emmanllego@gmail.com with a subject “Takeaway Feature”

Go Negosyo’s 1 on 1 mentorship

Last May 11, 2018 I attended a one on one mentorship program at Mall of Asia organized by Go Negosyo (headed by Mr. Joey Concepcion). Just to share with you a story, Ever since college, Mr. Joey has created a big impact in my Entrepreneurial journey. I remember reading the books that he wrote and the inspiring stories in it.

(Grabbed from DTI’s Facebook Page)

 

When President Duterte assumed office in 2016, my biggest worry was that He is not a businessman and he might tech business reforms lightly. Fortunately, President Duterte chose a very able man to become the Presidential advisor for Entrepreneurship. No other than Mr. Joey Concepcion himself.

In the mentorship program, I’m particularly amazed on how the mentors gave time for it. All of them are known already in their own fields. I even saw Mr. Will Qa at the venue as one of the mentors. Indeed they gave time to give back to the community.

 

 

I was able to interview the Program Development Officer of GoNegosyo, Mr. Miguel Lopez, He told me that this is the first time that a one on one mentorship has happened in Go Negosyo and that they usually have seminars. We were even given the chance to be mentored in two topics: Entrepreneurial Mindset and Marketing.

 

 

3 Takeaways

I had the privilege to be mentored by Mr. Willy Arcilla, Go Negosyo’s Brand Healer. 

  • Former regional marketing consultant at Universal Robina Corp.
  • Former CSD Group Marketing Director at Coca Cola Company
  • Former Marketing Manager at SC Johnson
  • Former Brand manager at Procter & Gamble

 

At first, He had a hard time discerning my concern. I myself honestly don’t know what would I ask. But I focused on asking question about my brand, Emgo PH. He asked me a lot of things until at the very last minute we ended up with a light bulb idea.

Just to give you a background, Emgo PH is made to create products for security. Almost 90% of our clients buy our “Kangaroo Bags”

 

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(1) Make a Product that would make Philippines known worldwide

When Mr. Willy said this to me, I know I can never forget our meeting. I already set my mind into something beyond I can do – To make a Filipino brand known worldwide. He eventually suggested a very good brand name.

 

Kanga – Keep it Safe.

Ever heard of a bullet-proof backpack? Kanga would make it happen.

 

(2) Set your prices higher

For the longest time, I follow the law of supply and demand. That if I sell my products at a low price, people would start to buy it. But It has an adverse affect to the brand. It makes it cheaper. Rebranding Emgo was a very welcome move and I couldn’t wait to look for investors to launch the soon to be known worldwide – Kanga.

 

(3) Give back to the community

I was so inspired to see successful entrepreneurs gather in an amazing event mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Someday, I would inspire people to do what I was able to accomplish.

 


 

You can buy Go Negosyo books at your favorite bookstores, Nationwide.

 

 

From Janitor to Business Owner

Dream a better dream and work to make them real.

This is something that I’ve learned from my CPA friend, Karla Herrera, The Summa Cum Laude of our batch. She would always remind me to work for my dream.

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When I went to Baler last March, my goal is to learn from people that I will meet along the way. I have this eagerness to know and tell their story.

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Until I found Baler souvenir shirts, right in front of probably the best resort in Baler: Costa Pacifica.

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Being my usual self, I ask the owner Mike about his story and how did he came up with a business (that solved my problem). I was so inspired when He said that he was previously a Janitor of the said resort.

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Let’s talk about, D R E A M I N G.

I’m nothing against Janitors, they have a noble profession and I salute them. I’m just so amazed on how he was able to establish his own business at the age of 23, without a college degree and working as a Janitor.

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That’s something else.

He started selling few shirts for a very affordable amount. Then he eventually grew to 500 pcs shirt orders and now he is selling 3000 pcs shirt in just a span of 3 years in the business.

Mike shared that it was hard at first since he has no capital but then he had a vision. He saw something that no one else saw before.

A souvenir shop at the famous Baler.

Mr. Will is right after all, Capital is just a tool in the business, it is not the main thing. Click here for my interview with him

Here are my three takeaways from my Interview with Mike

1. Never be afraid to share where you came from

When success gets in your head, sometimes it’s hard for us to remember where we came from. Mike, through pointing his fingers to the resort in front of his business proudly told me,

Dati akong Janitor dyan (referring to Costa Pacifica)

2. Start Small, End Big

Never be afraid to start. It might be really hard to start but remember, you can never go to where you want to be if you remain in the same place.

As they say, the richest place in the world are in the cemetery, for in that place lies the best ideas that never happened. Don’t include yourself in that list.

3. Dream bigger

Cliche as it may seem but Mike just proved to us that Dreaming big pays off. He did not settle to where He is, He worked hard for what he wants to achieve and he eventually got it.

For those of you who would go to Baler, please support Baler souvenir shop. They offer very affordable shirts and other merchandises. Please take note that this is not a paid advertisement. Let’s support local! Yabang Pinoy!

 


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