Start something now.

I wrote the Traiblazer Manifesto to encourage myself to start something now. I do not have to wait until I am “ready”. I will not be ready unless I start.

I will not be able to write a book if I need to wait until I become an expert. I will become an expert about something when I published a book.

You can make a positive difference in the world. You can change anything you want to change in the future by starting the change today. You only need to start with one step…one small step so that the second and third…and thousand steps become possible.

Jef Menguin

Small Success

Do you celebrate small successes? I encourage you to focus on what works well in your life. When you celebrate your successes, no matter how small, you are allowing it to multiply.

Allow yourself to be happy about small things. Build your happiness muscles so that when the big successes come, you’ll recognize them.

Jef Menguin


You need to pause and reflect…


Leaders spend too many hours trying to fix problems. They get themselves busy over small things — and find themselves juggling marbles. You know how difficult that is.

Don’t waste your time on small, tactical actions. You need to see the big picture everyone once and a while. You’ve got to strategize. And one way to do that is to pause — and reflect.

Reflection must come after every action. By reflection, we enable ourselves to see the value of what we do. Deep in thought, we offer ourselves the opportunity to dig deeper and find the answers within our core.

I encourage you to find time today and reflect — and pray. We need to find the meaning for every moment.

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Work Under Pressure

I am reading Life Is Not A Stress Rehearsal by Loretta LaRoche. It is a good read. It reminds us that we only need to listen to our inner grandmother. For your grandmother knows how to handle stress.

Stress management is a modern day invention. This is why companies offer stress management seminars to employees to increase productivity. In my workshops, encourage participants to identify the real enemy. Stress is champion’s friend. Stress is necessary to be truly alive. Stress must be celebrated.

Of course, not everyone really believe at once. This is why I tell stories of stressful situations of “easily handled” by people who know.

Most people panic when there is fire. But you do not expect a fireman to panic too, do you? He must ready for that. Same situation; different mindset and capability. Those who do not know what to do see themselves as victims. Those who know what to do see themselves as problem solvers.

And this is how I handle myself. I can work under pressure because I know precisely that it is during such times that I must give my full attention to the job. The more that I feel the tension, the more that I feel that joy of making quick decisions.

Stress, or stressful situation, is a game, a game we can all play and win.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Heat is On.”

The Power of Presence

Presence makes a person taller and bigger.

I am still on my 21 day challenge on discovering and making presence, engagement, and network. I am making more engagement and I have a larger network now. It is presence that I am constantly working on every day.

I saw presence yesterday while watching the  Balancing Act of the African Acrobats. Every member of the team has immense energy and confident. They know what they were doing and the audience felt their presence.

I still have six more days. I have a lot to share. And I will.

Jef Menguin


Presence. Engagement. Network.

My new 21 day challenge starts today. The three words presence, engagement,and network are three different goals with overlapping actions. You can help me become successful.

Presence. Wherever I am, I will make my presence felt. I want to feel the positive energy that I bring to them every time I speak and every time I listen to them. They will feel that in the sound of my voice, in my words, in the way I dress myself, and by the manner that I address them. They will feel my presence when I walk towards them and when I walk away from them.

I was in a church last week. I observe people who lifted their hands in worship. I saw some people who look around. I saw in their eyes that they wear lost. People who worshiped God did not feel their presence. I thought,the next time I am with people, I will make them feel that they are not alone. I am there moment by moment.

When I write, I hope people will also feel my presence. As I write, I imagine you reading my words and feeling my emotions. I hope I am creating a positive experience for you now.

Engagement. For the past weeks, I labored to bring my website – Everyday Leadership with Jef Menguin– on top. I was down for almost a month and my initial reaction was to bounce back. Replace the 400 articles with new ones.And I was successful. But I noticed that for four weeks too,there was no engagement between me and my readers. I wrote. They read. Subscribe. And others unsubscribe.

For the next 21 days, I will engage with people who took time to subscribe, comment, and shared my posts. I will go beyond that.

I will also engage with my previous clients. I will touch-base with them. I want them to know that I remember them and the partnerships we had together last year and the years before that. Are you one of them? Please shoot me an email.

Network. I will expand my space. I will go out more often and meet more people. Last week, I liked most of what I wrote because they were experiences with people. I will make more efforts to make friends and find opportunities to be of help to them.

I am expecting to speak to more than a thousand people this month. Most of them are nameless faces. I will know their names. We shall create spaces together.

I hope you will visit again because I will be telling you my experiences while doing these experiments.

To your progress,

Jef Menguin

What to look for a motivational speaker?

I republished my article on 24/7 motivational speaker. My contention is that although motivational speakers are honest people and all willing to help, the best person who can motivate employees are the leaders. No motivational speaker can undo demotivation caused by poor management style.

I admire the motivational speakers in the Philippines. They are full of energy and are very passionate with what they believe in. However, most of them are mostly sizzles and do not bring the steak.

My recommendation: if ever you get a motivational speaker, get one with experience and expertise in your industry. When you meet them, ask for specific techniques and suggestions they will give.

Let their expertise, not the topics like positive thinking or abundance mentality, be the differentiator. The expertise makes the motivational unique. Motivational ideas are dime-a-dozen.