Wise Words from Successful Filipino Businessmen

In work or in business, there are just bad days where you can’t seem to get the right push to keep you going and motivated. But remember that all great and successful men have also gone through those times, and even though it’s hard, they still chose to move forward. And I hope you do the same.

That’s why here are some inspiring words from the Philippines’ most successful businessmen to keep you back in your feet and running towards your goal.


“There is no such thing as overnight success or easy money. If you fail, do not be discouraged: try again. When you do well, do not change your ways. Success is not just good luck: it is a combination of hard work, good credit standing, opportunity, readiness, and timing. Success will not last if you do not take care of it.”

– Henry Sy, SM Investment Corporation


“You must be interested in what you are doing. You must love what you do so you will continue doing it, in spite of a lot of hardship.”

– Socorro Ramos, National Book Store


“I’m a firm believer that poverty can only be reduced through business. Wealth creation is the way forward.”

– Manuel Villar, Villar Group


“I chose to live my life unafraid even during times when I was afraid. I discovered that opportunities don’t find you; you find your opportunities.”

– John L. Gokongwei Jr., JG Summits Holdings, Inc.


“God alone can satisfy us. God can bring us real happiness.”

– Mariano Que, Mercury Drug Corporation


“Experience can be a very hard, very strict teacher, sometimes even cruel. But the lessons you will learn from experience, you will never forget.”

– George S.K. TY, GT Capital Holdings, Inc. Group


“If you dream big and put your dreams into action, you will indefinitely make mistakes. But don’t be scared to make mistakes. Just be quick to recognize them and learn from them as fast as you can. Learn from each mistake, and it will not be a waste of time.”

– Tony Tan-Caktiong, Jollibee Foods Corporation


“Whatever achievements and successes I’ve had didn’t happen overnight. It is all a product of guidance, hard work, careful planning, and intense, passionate execution over many years.”

– Edgar “Injap” Sia II, Mang Inasal and Double Dragon Properties


“Doing business is all about providing a good product or service to your customers. A good businessman is he who knows that what is successful today may not be so tomorrow. Technology changes so fast, and so do people’s needs and wants. That’s why it would do well for a businessman to know how to adapt, to change. He must constantly reinvent the business, or it won’t last.”

– Andrew L. Tan, Alliance Group Inc.


“Even the accomplished suffers setbacks sometimes. The more bitter the lessons, the greater the successes will be.”

– Lucio Tan, Alucio Tan Group Inc.


“Be competitive, the world doesn’t owe you a living. Work and contribute to society. Wealth has its responsibility.”

– David M. Consunji, DMCI

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