About me

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I had spent the bulk of my life doing what others thought would be good for me.  As a kid, I worked hard to be a “well-rounded” student.  I went to the highest-ranked university I could get into.  Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was a teacher, but I majored in engineering, because my favorite teacher told me that becoming a teacher would be a “waste of my brain.”  I graduated and got a well-paid job.  After that, I moved on to a job that paid even more.  My bosses at that job told me I would need to get my Masters in Business Administration to get promoted, so I started applying to schools.

For one application, I was required to answer the question: What matters to you most, and why?

I realized that the true answers were the ones that immediately popped up from my heart when I first read the question, before my brain could weigh in on how those weren’t the proper answers.  I could feel the true answers in my gut.  And they had nothing to do with what I was doing with my life at the time.

Attempting to answer that question redefined what I believed would bring me happiness in this life.  Since then, I’ve been on a continuing journey of introspection and personal growth.  This blog is a compilation of lessons I learned while trying to maintain self-sufficiency, satisfaction, and sanity.  It also includes the challenges I still grapple with today in trying to create a balanced, fulfilling, and happy life.

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To learn more about how I can coach you through a transition to a more fulfilling career, visit my website at http://whatifyoucould.be

If you’d like to hear more about my story and the advice I would have given my undergraduate self, check out my presentation to UC Berkeley’s Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipinos (P4) on March 14, 2011:

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