#LiveBrighter Series with Jonathan Yabut for SunLife PH


The very first time I met Jonathan Yabut was during a blogger’s event to help promote the reality show Apprentice Asia back in 2013, which was the asian version of its US original. He was with fellow contender Celine Le Neindre. The entire season was already pre-taped, including who won and I was very anxious who could have won?

During that event, I became an instant fan of Jonathan and felt deep within that this very smart and eloquent guy was going to be a finalist and en up in the Top 3 or 2 spots. And when the final episode came up, my hunch was correct and Jonathan made it to the Final 2 alongside his strongest opponent Singaporean Andrea Ern-Yu. But in the end, Air Asia’s Mr. Tony Fernandes declared Jonathan the grand winner and so our Philippine flag prevailed!

I had the chance to personally congratulate Jonathan during a post Apprentice Asia public event where some of the finalists flew here in town for a meet and a greet session at BGC. It was that time that I stayed in touch with him and Celine thro social media.

Fast forward to four year later, I had the privilege of attending a special #LiveBrighter series headed by Jonathan for SunLife Philippines that discussed from grit to great. He has left Air Asia and has put up his own consultancy firm and is an author of inspiring books on how to succeed. Jonathan also gets invited to a lot of talks and business seminars here and abroad.


According to Jonathan, there are scientists who have done studies on the most successful individuals, from employees, CEOs, and company moguls, and one common thing in all their stories is the way they stood up to failure. That is GRIT.
Grit is the ability to roll with the punches, to learn how to handle and deal with failures, and most importantly, the ability to be able to rise up no matter how many times one falls down.
He pointed out the importance of having a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset; a person with a growth mindset has more room for success because they understand the importance of the expansion of the mind, which in turn leads to the expansion of skills, network, and opportunities, leading to a better life.

GRIT is also known as “passion and perseverance for a very long term goals.” Beauty, brains, and wealth will never get us there if we know how to handle ourselves out there. GRIT also refers to “traffic different egos and personality (emotional maturity),” how to execute plans and how to respond to failures and shortcomings. Surprise thought about GRIT is it doesn’t happen overnight. We have a responsibility and duty to play to get that GRIT in us. And we millennial should learn how to mold these characters.

 

SOCIAL PURPOSE
The most successful companies are aimed at making lives better. Tetrapak’s goal is to help prolong the shelf life of food in areas that don’t have access to refrigeration. Starbucks’ main business is to inspire people through their stores and it just so happened that they are selling coffee. In the Philippines, fashion brand Rags 2 Riches is an example: it is a social enterprise that employs men and women from the poorest communities in Manila, and provides them fair access to the market, equal profit, and business education.

Another speaker went onboard in the person of SunLife Financial Advisor and Unit Manager Mr JP Cruz who gave an inspiring testimonial on how he was able to attain his dreams of becoming successful and where he is now. The struggles and hardships he had to endure in the past motivated and pushed him to strive harder and build a better future for his family with the help of SunLife.

He encouraged everyone that when a goal is set, it is possible to reach it with the help of sheer determination and confidence and knowledge and faith.

Jonathan posted this photo and caption on his Facebook account a day after his talk and event with SunLife PH. May we be all inspired by him!

Shared my journey and lessons learned to becoming the first Apprentice Asia during the #LiveBrighter Session yesterday at Gallery A Space for Sun Life Financial Philippines. I also recount my experience on why I consulted a Sun Life Financial advisor and the importance of having one to my engaging audience composed of millennials, business owners, and Sun Life financial advisors. Thank you Sun Life Financial Philippines for this great opportunity and to all the attendees; go grab those dreams!

For speakership inquiries on marketing, leadership, public speaking, office productivity and the Gen Y workforce, contact jonathanyabut@jycvasia.com

#FastForward

“Live Brighter Sessions” are set to be held in Cebu and Davao. For more details, follow @sunlifeph on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Interested in becoming a Sun Life advisor? Visit bitly.com/sunlifeadvisor to learn more.

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