Starting From Scratch


From successful businessmen and professionals, eventually they all started from scratch. Being taught young and having life experiences are proportionate to either success or failure.

A person has always the choice, and with that path he chose will be reflecting his future. I for one have sacrificed a lot, almost took out my life like the enjoyments of a Saturday night, a game play of RPG and game consoles. Things fit for the young. However, starting so young took a burnout of all the fun things I wish I had experienced.

Though I don’t question the events that happened in my life. I am glad that being able to experience life struggles will be the best feeling you can achieve while you are still young. You will have the discipline, patience and whatever virtues, teachings that are lectured to us by our parents it will always be in your heart and mind.

During my elementary days I never had the chance to be in a life of luxury and so I learned to be thrifty and resourceful. During my school days I had the time to cook and sell some candies for my classmates and at the same time study hard to make my parents proud. It was such a moment for me to graduate with honors while simultaneously selling for extra money. From then on every centavo counts because money is so hard to earn but very much easy to spend.
It did not stop me when I entered high school because I still sell some candies and baked goods like brownies, butterscotch and bread which I learned to bake with my sister. Though my subjects where a little complex I was able to get high grades but without the honors, damn! Mathematics is just too much for me and it destroys my average grade. During the senior year it was a life event that allowed me to lift my self-esteem by joining a singing contest with my friend and though we did not win, being a 1st runner up is not bad.

In fact I became more confident with myself and lifted my spirits in cloud nine. It adds up to my entrepreneurial ability to sell my products. I am not shy to sell to other classrooms and at the same time I needed the money. Sometimes I become envious with my rich friends and classmates and imagined the things if I could have what they had and so I became constructive and dreamed of becoming rich someday.

College life started that became so hard in my part because I took a course I love but did not love me back and I was easily disappointed and shifted but still I continued to sell to my classmates because being an entrepreneur is innate to me. When I shifted to my new course which was nursing, in my third year that we need to do a return demonstration really gave me the scare. For me it was the most challenging thing in my life because when you don’t love doing it, it becomes terribly difficult and though I thought of quitting its too late and go back for a new course. Gladly I graduated and passed, but my life did not end there because I did not practice my profession but it became an instrument to dealing with people.

Now I started a very small business, thanks to my parents especially to my dad who was very open and supportive to my ideals and plans. I never thought I would come this far, without having the capital and starting from one machine to almost fifteen machines with different functions to service the needs of people here in Davao. From a single proprietor to a corporation, a small buyer to a silver and gold patronage awardee in just four years is a milestone carved in history of our cooperative, a game changer. I hope this does not stop here because I have so much plans and goals in my life. The printing business, and the paper eventually made my title so literal and so I started from scratch and not a scratch paper…