7 Key Lessons Freelancers Can Learn from John Gokongwei Jr.

7 Key Lessons Freelancers Can Learn from John Gokongwei Jr.

The Filipinos are grieving for the death of another great man in society. John Gokongwei Jr. (93 years old), the Filipino Taipan and founder of JG summit, passed away last Nov 9, 2019. And we are forever grateful for all the contributions he has made for all the Filipinos. 

Gokongwei’s success is not handed on a silver platter. At an early age, his father died and left the family with a debt so onerous almost nothing was left for them.

Amidst this, he strived and sold soaps, threads, and candles himself – anything to help his family. It was his foundation.

From here, his business grew more and more as he dominates one industry to the next. Right now, JG Summit holds top stakes at key industries like Robinsons, Universal Robina, PLDT, Cebu Pacific, Meralco, and more. He has a net worth of $4.4 Billion! 

It’s a testament that regardless of the circumstances, we can strive to achieve success.

As a freelancer, it’s but just to celebrate his achievements and learn from his life teachings. Here are 7 key lessons freelancers can learn from John Gokongwei Jr.

 

Work Hard for Your Passion

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Work Hard for Your Passion 

Gokongwei’s children were trained to earn their own money. They were not given cash as gifts. They were also given just minimum allowances. It’s now their choice if they want to live with the measly amount or work hard for the things they want in life. It teaches them to find their passion and work hard for it.

Like in freelancing, we can dictate the income we can get. And ironically, the best freelancing gigs are the ones we are passionate about. But it needs to be backed up by hard work because no one will hand you your success on a silver platter.

 

Relationship with Your Family is Important

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Relationship with Your Family is Important 

The Gokongwei’s value family time the most. During family dinners and gatherings, the members are not allowed to use their gadgets. All are encouraged to converse about their day or anything under the sun. The exchange of ideas is healthy as much as the food they are eating.

Luckily, as freelancers, we have the ability to touch base with our family. With the flexible schedule, we have the time to create meaningful relationships with our loved ones.

 

Never Stop Learning

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Never Stop Learning

There is no such thing as stability in business and freelancing. It’s either your green and growing or ripe and rotting.

Whether you have reached the pinnacle of your career today, you still need to be updated with the current trends. You have to be updated. You need to be ready for this fast-paced world.

 

Ask for Help if You Need One

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Ask for Help if You Need One

And we don’t have all the answers. As freelancers, a lot of people have been successful already in our field. If you don’t know what to do, be humble and ask for advice.

 

Women are Just as Good as Men

Women are Just as Good as Men 

Gokongwei believes that gender is not an issue in business. Women are just as good as men. Gokongwei has 5 daughters who can run multiple companies as well.

You should not discriminate against anyone. And in freelancing, it’s all about the results as well.

 

It’s Not All About the Money. Spend on Experiences.

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It’s Not All About the Money. Spend on Experiences. 

Although he can afford it, Gokongwei remains humble in his spending. He doesn’t live lavishly. But he notes to spend on experiences. They spend on travel and books to determine new business concepts and ideas.

Pretty much applicable to freelancers. We should be willing to spend our hard-earned money on experiences we can make with our family.

 

Be Charitable

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Be Charitable

With all the blessings he has, he doesn’t forget to look back and help the needy. On his 80th birthday, he donated Php 20 Billion to his family foundation. It’s considered the most significant endowment in philanthropic history.

Be charitable. It tells us that we should help other people if we can.

The legacy of Gokongwei doesn’t end here. With all the lives he has blessed, we hope that more and more people exemplify his teachings. Cheers to life truly well lived.

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