By Mikel Dumlao 4th February 2017
What was your experience with our Virtual Assistant work/webinars/seminars/book/blog like?
Different people have different stories to share.
Different takes on what success is for them. So as with me. I met my mentor Jomar Hilario way back 2009, he conducted “Internet Marketing Workshop.”
The same year I was already working full-time in a manufacturing company as well as a part-time professor in a university in our province.
Still, I’m looking for other means of income to support myself and my immediate family.
I read a blog post from Bro.Bo Sanchez about the workshop few times and convinced this would change my life.
Not knowing it will, but in ways, I’m not expecting.
The day I first met my mentor is the first step of my journey to success
.Later on, I discovered Jomar also conducting a lot of other specific topics about internet technology and social media marketing tools.
When he introduces the “Virtual Assistants Seminar”, I was excited. I told myself, I’m not for internet marketing, making my own business online.
I attended his “Virtual Assistant Seminars” I tried to be a virtual assistant. As of this writing, I’ve known Jomar for seven years, so what did I accomplish?
Nothing much, I have not (yet) succeeded in online marketing.
I got three clients – first is a Filipino, then two were foreign clients.After that, I didn’t get any online work ever.
That’s it! Yup, it is depressing and frustrating.
Still, I got a wonderful experience.
God anticipates all my screw-ups and inadequacy as a result of taking more excuses than actions.
So what happens in seven years?
It was the year 2013, this is the time I told myself I quit.
I concluded even being a virtual assistant is not for me.
Or perhaps, I don’t have enough pains and sufferings.
What I did instead is I work abroad.For two years, I have worked in Saudi Arabia as an Electrical QC Inspector.
The challenges of working in an Islamic desert place are both emotional and physical.
It was painful for me to take this path, but I know this is a healthy pain to awaken my senses.
Though I told myself the online business and online work are not for me, I know in my heart I couldn’t not continue.
I learned to blog and get enough confidence to write.
I also learned from him the value of continuing learning, so I also continue on reading books and listening to audio teachings from different people.
While I’m in abroad working, the first thing I do in the morning is to write 500 words.
I do it even I felt I’m crazy and fooling myself again.
Weekly, I wrote in my personal blog about my life experiences working abroad.
While I’m doing my laundry, I’m listening to audio teachings.
This is almost impossible with the amount of spare time I have and almost everyday fatigue working on construction sites under the scorching heat of the sun.
Thanked God I did.
After I got back to the Philippines, one of my first agendas is to buy a downloadable version of his now known as “Virtual Career Seminars” through Christmas Bundle #1.
So I did.
A few weeks later, one of Jomar’s teammates sent me an email.
She told me I was invited to a webinar as one of the sharers.
Who? Me? Am I not successful?
I’m not sure if it was a good idea, I say yes anyway.
It turns out it was a good idea I did.
While I’m the one already speaking, Jomar told my positioning should be “Mikel, the Mindset Master.”
I just laugh, but in the back of my mind, I’m asking myself, huh? Me?
Then I got free admission to one of Jomar’s IVS Live Meetup.
I got it simply by sharing my story on a webinar for the first time.
These are completely out of my plans.
Given the opportunity, who am I to refuse?
So I met again my mentors and fellow students for the first time in years.
As of this writing, I’m doing my tutorials for my blog portfolio for my Virtual Career.
It was a joy for me to know lots of success stories of Jomar’s students.
After reading a bunch of testimonials and observing my mentor for years, both online and offline, I know God brings me to the right person.
I didn’t just learn how to make money on the internet.
I also learn how to deal with life in general.
It’s also painful for me out of envy and regrets that I should succeed in earning if I become brave and mature enough.
I know I’ve done enough.
Though it might depress and raise your eyebrow, I want to tell you I’m still planning to work abroad for the last time.
Yes, I’m still not ready to take risks. But as I heard from my mentor, life is not a race, it is a marathon.
So no matter how long for to achieve external success, I will continue until I got what I want in life.
We are all in the marathon of different pacings.
I could not exchange for anything the internal improvement meeting Jomar and his students did to me.
All his webinars, emails, workshops, seminars and online courses help me achieve the most important traits of successful people which are the mindsets.
I improved my confidence and willingness and drive.
I still have a long way to go, but I know I’m already on the journey of success.
This is the reason I still sent my story.
Maybe, there’s one or two gone through a similar struggle who needs encouragement and validation.
I’m telling you to just go on with the journey.
It will be worth it to pay the price now than later.
Jomar’s dedication is to help Filipino enjoy their families and friends with their physical loving presence.
I love my family and I’m willing to pay the price to get what I want for myself and for them.
We are enough.
We have done enough.
For now, I’ll just enjoy and continue on my success journey.
Thank you, Jomar and your team for awakening me to live an awesome life.
God bless everyone.
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