Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Personal Notes Series 017 : The Empire of Hopes and Dreams

There are two kinds of Mentorships.

One is Transactional - where the mentor aims to transfer his knowledge and wisdom of a specific craft, to his mentee.

The other one is Relational - where the mentor not only shares his knowledge and wisdom but his life - his principles and the things he stands for.


Two days before the RiftMNL, I was able to have lunch with COL's founder Sir Edward Lee. We discussed many good things - it is always a privilege to learn and work with people who have abundant years of wisdom. 

I was able to share our goals in ZFT and some of the struggles we face. What happened next was something I will never forget.

"Loyalty? Wala yan!" He said. "You have to accept that. People leave." He then began to share that in the beginning when he was building the Empire that we know now, people left him. "Ang galing mo kasi magturo kaya iniiwan ka."

This made me reflect on myself and how I deal with people in our tribe. At that moment I realized I didn't want to have someone say to me "Ang bait mo kasi kaya iniiwan ka."

That meeting gave me a sense of urgency.


I would like to describe ZFT as the Free-folk in Game of Thrones.

"The name they employ makes reference to their society, which recognizes no inherent or hereditary political authority, except for leaders whom they choose to follow."

I never liked the idea of a leader imposing his will on his people or sending them to their deaths for the common good. I wanted to be a good example that people would choose to follow.

Many people admire us in the Tribe for our achievements, culture and our community (click here if you want to read the comments), But as I created the same survey for our people, I found out the true nature of our state. 

We still have a lot of improvements to make.


At the beginning of the 2nd half of this year, we have already become a Corporation. If we are to do good and reach out to more people, we have to do things right. We were just waiting for the right time to announce it. 

Setting up the corporation is just for formality and structure. 

It might trigger certain PTSD linking corporations to profit-oriented money hungry capitalism, but we assure you that is not the case. We understand that even if we do good-- but without due process-- we still aren't doing what is right. We cannot be leaders and role models on one hand while breaking local and/or international laws on the other.

We need to surrender to the process. No dream comes free without a price tag. Even at the cause of altruism.

Can you imagine that all this time, every event we do within and outside ZFT has been a labor of love? Even the mentoring! It's a miracle how people would volunteer without pay to do things in the Tribe. Of course, we understand that this isn't sustainable in the long run and we are doing our best to reward those who bring value to our family.

During the RiftMNL, we have publicly announced our vision as a company - That is to become the best mentoring community the Philippines has ever seen.

Of course, a vision without action is pointless.

So we have set the foundations of what ZFT stands for.
(click images to enlrage)

ZFT isn't just about me or the people within. 

It is a symbol of a culture, a way of life, and of hopes and dreams

If ordinary people like us were able to make it in the markets, then so can you.

We are building an Empire.

Join us! 
To God be the Glory.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Personal Notes Series 016 : Ancient Wisdom

There was once a young man who was appointed to rule over a great nation. A nation surrounded by many enemies and has had a countless history of bloody civil wars. The king before him was a great ruler and had many times delivered this great nation into order.

Burdened by the responsibility that rests upon his shoulders, the young man thought to himself: "Who am I but a child?"

Then one night, the Creator of the universe appears to him in a dream and says: "Ask of anything and it shall be given to you."

The young man requests: "Wisdom to rule and the ability to discern good from evil."

The Creator was pleased.

“Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings."

Born in 848 BCE, Solomon dies at age 52 in 796 BCE, ruling as King for 40 years -- the best years in all of Israel's history. He is known as chacham mi'kol ha'adam, "wisest of all the men."


All traders are kings. And if we allow it, the market lets us have a taste of the sweetness of riches, fame or power. These three are by no means evil - for they are mere enablers and magnifiers of their users. The problem lies when we see and pursue these three elements as the end result, rather than see them as the by-product of our character.

How many times have we heard of and from people who earned hundreds of thousands or even millions and in a few months or years, never heard of again?

The flow of money in the stock market is never consistent. An absolute result of a trade setup is an illusion. What can be consistent is our process -The rules we set and follow.

The stock market will tempt you in as many ways as it can. But as traders, we should fall in love with the process. Not the profits. 

*Ahem!* Is this person familiar to you?

If you wish to put a person's character to the test, give him Riches, Fame, or Power. A smart man will choose the greatest of them all.