Like four billiard balls of ivory on felt paper, some names are now being floated for the seemingly faraway presidential elections of May 2022. But three years isn’t that long, since it takes years to prepare for a difficult presidential run. The name of newly minted Manila Mayor Isko Moreno easily dominated the news cycle in the last fortnight. He has barely warmed his seat when he fired off a series of directives – complete with on-site inspection covered by Facebook Live and trimedia – to clean the Philippine capital. For years I used to travel around Manila, as a journalist and later as dean and acting president of The Manila Times College in Intramuros. When the car was not available, I would take public transport on my way to TV5 in Mandaluyong City, for my daily radio-TV show called “Remoto Control.” The moment the jeepney stopped in Quiapo I would hold my breath and keep my bag close to my chest. A cumulus of dirty air always floated over the … [Read more...] about Political hardball
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Many years ago during one family gathering, my youngest son Anton was in a conversation about money with our relatives and he said, “Oh, I do have a big psychological wallet!” And all the titos and titas expressed surprise to hear this from a young grade school kid, “Psychological what?” Months before this happened, my young bunso asked me, “Ma, how come a lot of stories are about rich people who are bad and poor people who are good. But I want to be rich and good!” After that I gave him the book of Bo Sanchez entitled 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich and he really liked it. And that’s where he got the term psychological wallet. To quote Bo, “The poor have tiny psychological wallets. God wants to give them more but their psychology can’t handle the blessing.” What is psychological wallet? My interpretation and the way I explained it to my son goes something like this. Psychological wallet is the way you think about and treat … [Read more...] about How big (or small) is your psychological wallet?
Bestselling author Dr. Steve Maraboli once said, “Get-rich-quick schemes are for the lazy and unambitious. Respect your dreams enough to pay the full price for them.” It’s true. Get-rich-quick schemes — like corruption and gambling — are nefarious and corrode the moral fiber, work ethic, intellect and character of people, whether entrepreneurs or professionals. Let us teach ourselves that success is earned through working hard and working smart, not through shortcuts, cheating, fate or luck! A reader of this column, Christian entrepreneur and founder of the 2,000-branch The Generics Pharmacy (TPG) chain Benjamin “Ben” Liuson, jokingly told me that there are three get-rich-quick ways to become super-rich in the Philippines: first, be a gambling or jueteng lord; second, be a drug lord; and last but not least, be a “Praise the Lord”! Another Philippine STAR subscriber, the publisher of the 100-year-old Chinese Commercial News and … [Read more...] about How to avoid ‘get rich quick’ schemes and scams