Business With Passion: Inspirational Business Quotes from Johnlu Koa

24 06 2015

Johnlu Koa is the founder and CEO of French Baker.

 

Who is he?
Johnlu Koa is a 1980 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman with a degree in Business Administration. A year after his graduation, Johnlu worked as a professor at UP and became a College Secretary at 25 years old.

While teaching at UP, Johnlu was inspired, after a visit to Lourdes, France in 1985, to start a bakery that would offer French goods. Johnlu opened his first French Baker store in 1989 at SM North Edsa upon the invitation ofHenry Sy.

Johnlu wanted to bring an image of “culinary excellence and a unique dining experience” without burning a hole on customer’s pocket. He resigned from being a UP professor in 1995 and went on to manage his business full-time.

The French Baker today has more than 50 branches nationwide where most of their branches are located in Metro Manila. Johnlu and his wife is also the distributor of European luxury women’s brand, Escada.

 

His Quotes:

 

“I’m always passionate about investing my time in everything I do.”

 

“Knowledge empowers you to do more… if I didn’t strive to find more delicious ways of making food, I think I wouldn’t have lasted this long.”

 

“I always think forward—I always move forward, I take two steps ahead, so that even before you come across challenges, you’re already at your goal.”

 

“The young should see business as an opportunity of turning their passion into an opportunity that could even solve problems in a particular industry.”

 

“In the case of the Philippine management system I’ve realized along the way that in doing things, executives cannot get out of this practice—and that’s what really occupies a lot of my time.”

 

“In your chosen market, (ask) what is Missing, Irritating, Disappointing and Annoying. If you can answer all that, and avoid them in building your business, you’re sure to succeed—beautifully.” The Manila Times

 

“I realized that if I wanted my business to grow, I had to learn all that I could. I started getting my hands dirty…”

 

“I believe in giving added value, I am constantly striving for knowledge to improve, and, most importantly, it is my obstinate belief that I can be better than anybody else in this category!” Inquirer

 

“There is no such thing as a perfect formula… it’s a constant struggle between changing the strategy and changing the concept, until you will just be surprised that [the struggle]” was all worth it.”

 

“To live is to enjoy—to stop and smell the flowers. Don’t go too fast living life. Stop for a cup of tea because it won’t burn your pocket. Stay for a cup of coffee and spend quality time with your loved even for just a few moments.”

 

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10 life hacks from a millennial millionaire

24 06 2015

Learn the secrets to becoming a millionaire from this young, successful entrepreneur.

By Lewis Howes | Jun 20, 2015

 

 

 

 

Lewis Howes is a former professional football player and is now a book author, podcast host, and lifestyle entrepreneur in the US. 

You are young, ambitious, confident and you want to be a millionaire? Great!

Or maybe you’re ready to take things up a notch and finally start that business you have been dreaming of, but are afraid of the financial risks and not sure you want to give up the perks of a salary and benefits.

The biggest question you may be asking yourself is: What are you willing to give up to create the life and business that you really want?

Here are some tried and true hacks from a millennial’s perspective that just may lead you to becoming a millionaire.

  1. Keep it simple.

In the beginning, learn as much as you can from free resources on the Internet.

You can spend months learning how to optimize LinkedIn. You’ll realize it’s an extremely valuable and underutilized social media site then utilize your expertise from a year of studying the site’s power to provide value to others.

Network the old-fashioned way, face-to-face, aswell as online. Create real relationships.Rather than trying to be better than your competition, be different.

  1. Be frugal.

If you have a mission or vision for your business, keep your overhead as low as possible. For example, you no longer need to have a downtown office to verify your legitimacy.Thousands of entrepreneurs work from home, the library, the coffee shop. You don’t need a brick and mortar location, especially if you aren’t selling a physical product.

  1. Invest in yourself.

If you are going to invest in anything at the beginning stages of your business, be sure you are investing in yourself.

Hire a coach, enroll in online business classes with people you admire, get into a mastermind. Figure out ways to get the skills and knowledge you need to get where you are going.

  1. Meditate.

If you haven’t heard already, meditation is a powerful life hack. It can improve the clarity and function of the brain, lower your blood pressure, and so much more. As the stakes rise in your life and business, you will benefit from meditation because it will help you to handle stress better and manage your time and focus.

  1. Stay healthy.

Most entrepreneurs have fallen into the trap of focusing solely on their business and neglecting their physical health. While hustling to get ahead and make a successful living on your own wind power, you may lose track of how many months have gone by since you moved your body from the desk chair. Richard Branson attributes his energy and stamina to daily workouts and considers exercise to be his secret weapon.

  1. Network.

Make yourself invaluable to your networks. Be a connector, set yourself apart by sharing resources with others at events and creating valuable connections for others.

Can’t find a networking group that feels like a good fit? Start your own.

  1. Give, give, give.

Living is giving. Especially while you are starting out, be sure to give above and beyond expectation.

  1. Think outside the box.

This entire generation is outside the box when it comes to innovative business and money-making platforms. From Tim Ferriss’ The Four-Hour Work Week to virtual assistants, crowdsourcing platforms, information products online and so much more, we are still just scratching the surface of what is possible.

  1. Be yourself.

Be yourself because everyone else is taken. No one is you-er than you. The more different you are, the better.

Use your differences to stand out in a competitive marketplace and follow your heart in matters of life and business.

  1. Don’t give up.

Never ever give up. Starting a business and going out on your own requires all of you. Each failure should be seen as a learning process and when you welcome failure you will see that it goes easier for you. We all fail. Majorly. Over and over. And we get back up and keep going for our dreams for as long as it takes.

More opportunities are available today than ever before. When you realize that your attitude and mindset are of utmost importance, these life hacks will catapult you toward success. There are quite a few of us millennial millionaires out here who would love to see you achieve all you set out to do.





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Iced-Coffee Frappé Recipe

9 06 2015

With five minutes and four ingredients, you can blend your own.
Serves 2201108-omag-coffee-main-949x534

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups double-strength coffee, chilled (4 Tbsp. coffee per 6 ounces water OR 1 1/2 cups cold-brewed coffee concentrate
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups ice, plus more as desired
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)

Directions

Total time: 5 minutes

In a blender, puree coffee, milk, sugar, and ice. For a thicker consistency, add more ice and blend. Pour into 2 glasses, and top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce if desired. Serve immediately.

Per serving made with 1 percent milk: 75 calories, .5 gram fat, 2.5 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrates