WITH several popular food brands under his belt, it’s not surprising that Bunny Pages, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year, gets requests for business advice. Here, he shares the 21 things he truly believes in and practices.
“I want to help inspire others to do what I’m doing,” he said. Pages serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Pages Holdings Inc., which operates Mooon Cafe, Lantaw, Thirsty, Fruitfull, Mismokuno Teppanyaki, Sushi Boy, and Cafe Racer, as well as BRIGHT Academy.
Here’s his advice:
1. The goodness of people. “Be curious, not suspicious” is my mantra with people.
2. A business is a blessing from God to be nurtured, to grow and to use in serving others.
3. Business is a team sport. No one can do it alone. It’s all about people working together to achieve common goals.
4. Life is a game. I play to win and not play not to lose.
5. The purpose of a business is to create satisfied customers.
6. The law of attraction: What I think and feel most, I attract.
7. There is no excuse to be rude to others.
8. No one can succeed in life without working hard.
9. The universe likes speed. Speed in making decisions. Speed in action. Speed in trust.
10. Karma: What I plant is what I sow. If I lead my life the right way, my dreams will come to me.
11. Developing other people is the noblest task of all.
12. Success is a journey and not a destination. Trust in the process and the results will come.
13. I seek to understand people first and second only to be understood. Ask more questions; avoid telling.
14. People are not my company’s best asset; only the right people are.
15. Thinking positive thoughts is the road to prosperity, happiness and good health.
16. To always go for win-win situations in life and in business.
17. Regular exercise and managing my food intake (healthy but in small portions) is the secret to a long and prosperous life.
18. To get more things done, constantly ask yourself, “What is the best use of my time right now?” Then just do it.
19. Closing every “open loop” with a sense of urgency. An “open loop” consists of unfinished projects, nagging tasks and promises one hasn’t kept.
20. To prosper in life, one needs to do three things exceedingly well: solve problems, capitalize on opportunities and practice “Kaizen” (continuous improvement in everything).
21. Prayers work. My late grandmother, Lola Taling, gifted me with this prayer when I was a teenager. I’ve been using it with amazing results since then: “God is with me. God is helping me. God is guiding me.”