Decisions That Are Key to Success

Success isn't just a destination where you "arrive." But is built (or lived) one decision at a time – over a long period of time. 

And the decisions that make a lot of difference aren't the obvious ones or the ones visible to the naked eye.

In my life, here are just some of the important decisions that I take seriously:

1. To Honor God in everything that I do.

2. To be faithful to my wife. To raise my children well and prepare them for the challenges of life. To prioritize my time with family. 

3. To do good and give back to community whenever possible.

4. To always under-promise, then over-deliver.

5. To solve problems, instead of complaining. 

6. To continuously sow, so I can regularly reap.

7. To invest for the long-term. (time, money, relationships)

8. To improve continuously in everything that I do. (real estate, entrepreneurship, personal finance, speaking, writing, etc)

9. To respond well to challenges. (God will allow trials to build our character)

10. To never compare myself to others. Because of God's grace, I can be content regardless of how much I have or don't have.

What are the decisions that are key to your success?


What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?

"What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?"

As the new year begins, many experts, teachers or gurus will try to challenge you by asking that question.

Thinking that you couldn't fail is pretty inspiring. And the emotional high might just compel you to take a leap of faith.

But here's the thing, the reality, the spoiler, sooner or later, YOU WILL FAIL. One way or the other.

There's no such thing as a "sure win."

If you believe otherwise, then you are missing the point.

Yes, taking a step of faith is a risk, but it's a risk worth taking.

The real question should be, "After you fail, what do you intend to do?"

Will you find something (or someone) to blame? Will you learn from your mistakes? Or will you quit or try again?

Every detour or set back has its purpose. You may not understand it for a while, but when you look back, it will all make sense.

Be faithful. Follow through. Be willing to make changes.

Time for a better question...

"Will you start even if you know you could fail?"


The First Thing To Do This Christmas

"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed” – Mathew 2:10

My sister used to live in Baguio. We'd drive there about six times a year just to visit them.

Every time that we travel, the boredom of long drive sets in. "Are we there yet?" My kids at the back of the car would ask in 30 minutes interval.

For me, the STAR logo of Caltex in NLEX (or Shell Select) reminds me of the same STAR the Magi saw. Joy sets in knowing that I can stop and relax for a bit to buy chocolate, chips, siopao, chicharon, atbp.

After another 3 hours of driving, I see another star……STARbucks! (Sta. Lucia) Now, I am not only happy, but also awake and revived.

The Magi traveled from a far place but when they saw the star, they were OVERJOYED.

First thing I do from travel is to unload the baggage, freshen up, and then drink coffee.

The first thing the Magi did when they reached the place where Jesus was staying was to BOW down and WORSHIP Him. And then they presented their gifts to Him afterwards.

Let this be a time or a season of joy, praise and worship. This is not the time to be pressured with hectic schedules, never-ending parties or gift giving.

Let's pause for a moment and thank Jesus. He freely gave us a gift, not even one of us deserved. He loved us first even when we were incapable of loving. He deserves our attention, our adoration, and our praises.

All honor belongs to Him.


Living Your Second Wind

Last Saturday, we concluded our "Jumpstart Your Success" Workshop @ The FORT BGC.

After the learning session, I had the privilege to meet Cathy. She asked me to sign her copy of my book and was thanking us, the speakers, for the inspiring event.

She said that she wrote something down that she would like to read to me.

"You have awakened my soul… 
My passions... 
Adrenalin rush is pumping...
I want to live more and I don't want to lose my second wind…
To act…
To implement…
To be in the now…"

And then she smiled and told me, "I'm 7 years old." (which I didn't understand immediately)

Until she told me that she is a cancer survivor. She stayed for a while and shared to us her story.

I left the venue that night touched and more inspired by her.

Thank you Ms. Cathy for showing us how to be courageous and for reminding us to live fully.

Speaker Ardy Abello, Ms. Cathy Altonaga, Ptr,. Ariel Marquez, and Productive Pinoy Author Yeng Remulla (me) 


35 Lessons I've Learned So Far

Turned 35 yesterday.

Here are 35 lessons I've learned so far:

1. Spend time with your family as much as you can. They are irreplaceable and your time is limited.

2. When you honor your father and your mother, things will go well with you.

3. Do something for someone. Generosity is more about giving of yourself.

4. God's way is way way better than your way. You already know that, but don't try to show otherwise.

5. Be best friends with your wife. She deserves your best self.

6. Every morning, tell your wife how pretty she is. Everybody happy!

7. Obey first, you can ask God later. 

8. A selfie-a-day will keep your friends away.

9. People can change … by the grace of God.

10. Your kids will follow what you do, not just what you say.

11. It takes the same effort to inspire people and to lecture people. You might as well inspire them.

12. Teach your kids to choose their friends well. Don't just impart knowledge, but also discernment.

13. The husband or the father is the spiritual leader of the family. Yes, you are.

14. Value friendships. Be the kind of friend who sticks closer than a brother.

15. Sometimes the smartest person in the room isn't the loudest one, but the quiet one. Listen more, speak less. 

16. Develop one talent, skill or ability at a time. And then when you are great at it, you can learn another one. 

17. Just be you. You don't need to be "the next ____________" of the industry.

18. Be "easy to work with." But to be able to do that, it will take a lot of effort on your part.

19. Surround yourself with people who will help you overcome your self doubts. People who aren't afraid to say "this could work."

20. There's a big connection between what you learn and what you earn. To earn more, learn how to do the challenging or the stuff other people aren't willing to figure out.

21. Set aside a part of your income – even before you get it.

22. If you are going to be working everyday for the rest of your life, you might as well choose the people you work with. 

23. The best idea doesn't always win. People don't just buy ideas. First, they will buy into the people behind the idea. 

24. Fail early. It's better to close a business while you are 25 than to lose everything when you are 60.

25. Don't be driven by hype. Always do the math.

26. Don't borrow money (you can't pay) to put up a business you haven't tested. 

27. Everybody wants more time and money, but not everyone knows what to do with it when they get it.

28. Always be on time. If not, be early.

29. Plan and then Do. Most people get stuck with planning.

30. You are where you are for a reason. Don't try to go on your own, let the Lord direct your steps.

31. The target is always moving. Don't ever think you've "nailed" it.

32. Preach what you practice.

33. Try to say "I'm sorry, I was wrong" more often. You'll skip the parts you might just regret.

34. Don't ever believe that you're not in any position to help. It may be little, but there's always something that you can do.

35. Honor the LORD in everything that you do. Your success is not your own doing, but a result of His favor.

YENG REMULLA will be one of the speakers at the "JUMPSTART YOUR SUCCESS" Workshop at the FORT BGC this Saturday, November 30. 

For details or to register, visit


Bibilib ka sa Pinoy

While in Tacloban, one of our teammates overheard an interview between a reporter and a tricycle driver.

Reporter: "Di po ba kayo aalis ng Tacloban?"

Tricyicle Driver: "Kung nung bago dumating ang bagyo ay hindi kami umalis, ngayon pa na tapos na ang bagyo?"

I agree – the Filipino Spirit is stronger than any typhoon.


What I've Learned from the Man I Met on the Plane Going to Tacloban

Day 9 after Yolanda. 

On the plane going to Tacloban, I was sitting beside a man in his late 30s. You can see worry in his face. He was bothered, a bit tense.

He asked me, "Are you from Tacloban?" I said I'm from Manila and going to Tacloban to deliver relief goods and equipments for our church there.

So I asked him, "Ikaw sir?" 

"I work in Australia. My family is in a nearby town in Leyte. They're safe, but we lost everything." 

At that moment, I didn't know what to say. All I can do was to listen and share the moment with him. 

He then told me that he was only able to contact his family on the 4th day after Yolanda. I can't imagine how he must have felt waiting that long to get their call.

When the plane was about to land, he looked outside the window. You can see how eager he was to see his family. At the same time, he was in disbelief.

And then he told me something I won't forget. He said, "Thank you for coming to Leyte. Thank you for taking the time off your busy schedule to help out your kababayans. We will need it. God bless you."

Wala pa kong ginagawa pinapasalamatan nya na ko. I felt humbled.

We were spared from this disaster. That could have been you or me. 

There is a big opportunity for us today. We have a window to show our love for our brothers and sisters in Visayas. We have to tell them and remind them that God has not forgotten them. 

Include them in your prayers. Continue to bless them. In your social media post, continue to share their stories and how people can be of help.  

It may take time, it will be challenging, and it seems impossible, but one thing is for sure, I know that God will bring healing and restoration in their city.


Why You Can't "Bag" a Client

"I just bagged another client." Whenever I hear this phrase, I can't help but smile. No client wouldn't want to hear you say that.

The truth is that you can't "bag" a client. In fact, you only have a business, a sale or a deal, because your client said yes.

The client picked you.

Things will go sour the moment you think you're a sales superstar, a money making machine, or a serial closer.

Treat your clients with respect. Work with them like they are your partners. Appreciate their business. It's when you do that you are more likely to serve them well.

YENG REMULLA is the author of the bestselling books, PRODUCTIVE PINOY & START SOMETHING. Hear him speak at the upcoming "JUMPSTART YOUR SUCCESS" Seminar this November 30 @ The FORT BGC! See details here:


Forgive Quickly

I intentionally didn't write "forgive easily", but instead I wrote, forgive quickly.

It's not easy to forgive specially when you've been mistreated or have been offended.

But to forgive is not just for your offender's benefit, but also for your own.

To overlook an offense is a choice. And when you do, it's to your credit. You're giving yourself a chance to start all over, to move on, or to push forward.

Instead of getting stuck in the past, you get to focus on the good things ahead.

You have a God who forgave you quickly. No matter what wrong you've done.

Show the same kindness or graciousness. It's not only the best way to respond, but it can also be one of the best decisions that you can make.

YENG REMULLA is the author of the bestselling books, PRODUCTIVE PINOY & START SOMETHING. Hear him speak at the upcoming "JUMPSTART YOUR SUCCESS" Seminar this November 30 @ The FORT BGC! See details here:


What's for Breakfast?

I went out of the house extra early this morning to go to McDonalds.

Seated near me were three men in their late 30s to mid 40s. By the way they were speaking, I'm guessing they are in the construction business. They are probably engineers.

What were they having for breakfast?

Politics, natural calamities, corruption, and conspiracy theories about the Marcoses.

Yes, in that order.

This made me realize how important it is to start the day right. 

You can...

Point out a problem or provide a solution.

Doubt or trust.

Complain or have gratitude.

And this morning, I'm proud of myself for choosing what is right -- Sausage, muffins & egg in a platter + Brewed Coffee.


What are you aiming for?

Without a goal or a vision, our days will just go to waste. It may sound like a cliche, but yes, life is short.

And what you do now matters. It will all add up. 

Be discerning, but don't be overly cautious. You'll learn more from the (unintentional) mistakes that you'll do.

Don't be driven by fear, but by the purpose that God has given you.

What are you aiming for?


The First Social Media Parenting Seminar in Manila

Entrepreneur & Productive Pinoy/Start Something Author, Mr. Yeng Remulla & Wife, Ms. Michelle Remulla

My beautiful wife and I together with our good friend and Social Media Strategist, Mr. Russel Patalinghog, talked at the first ever Social Media Parenting Seminar last Saturday held at Fully Booked BGC. Not only that it was a fun afternoon, but we also learned a lot from each other!

Social Media Strategist Mr. Russel Patalinghog

Thanks to my business partners and co-founders of Start Learning, Mr. Bob Barcebal and Ms. Kat Baylon for organizing this learning session. This is the first "non-business" program or topic we ever did as a company.

Start Learning Founders – Ms. Kat Baylon, Mr. Bob Barcebal & Mr. Yeng Remulla

Social Media has changed the way we all connect and share information. And as parents, we realized the need to prepare our children, not only for their offline life, but also for their ONLINE life. Whatever they do online is important – it's an extension of their "real" life.

Productive Pinoy & Start Something Author Mr. Yeng Remulla

In this learning event, we've given the parents specific tips on what they can teach their children to ensure their safety. And at the same time, we presented how they can use "social media" as a tool to raise productive kids. 

We're so glad to have met parents who were eager to learn. One thing they have in common is their passion to raise their kids well. Truly admirable.

The world has been changing and we believe that as parents we need to keep on learning too. 

We hope you'll join us next time! 

To find out the next schedule, please feel free to email, contact (0917)4647528 or visit

Photo courtesy of Mic Que.


Social Media Smart is the New Street Smart

After leaving school, you will notice that the people who succeed are not necessarily the ones who were good in the classroom, but the ones who knows how to find their way on the streets. 

Not just classroom smarts, but street smarts,

Research, networking, closing deals, all used to happen on the streets, face to face. But now Social Media has somehow changed that. 

Today, most of us, we interact, build our connections, and engage online. 

What you do in Social Media is already an extension of what you do in your physical (real) life. 

The "newsfeed" is the new avenue where you can meet new people, create a brand or an impression, or build a strong connection. 

You might as well be smart about it too.


Out of The Abundance of the Heart, the Facebook Status Speaks

This Saturday is a special one for me. I'll be sharing the stage with my beautiful wife, Michelle, to talk about Social Media Parenting, together with our good friend and Social Media Expert, Mr. Russel Patalinghog. (Fully Booked BGC from 2pm–5pm)

As parents, we realized the need to prepare our children, not only for their offline life, but also for their ONLINE life. Whatever they do online is as important – it's an extension of their life off the screen.

Our role as parents is to prepare them to use these tools the right way. As I'd always say "Out of the abundance of the heart, the Facebook Status speaks!"

There are many learnings or benefits on being connected, but there are real threats and dangers too. And in this learning session, we hope to be able to equip the parents on how they can use social media to protect their children, and at the same time, raise them with the right heart and the right values.

There are few seats left. Hope you can join us! Visit START LEARNING or to register.


Better Decisions For Your Business

The best investment is on people. If you run or own a business, spend time with your team, suppliers & customers.

Real "face time" will always out do 'Facebook' time or any other way of communication. Being there with them will give you a better grasp of what they're thinking and of what's really happening.

You'll make better decisions this way.