Monday, July 30, 2018

Personal Notes Series 015 : Next Generation Seeds

If you try to plant corn seeds from a different environment, there would be a high probability that the seeds would produce weak corn, as opposed to planting corn seeds that are natives of the land. It is not because it is weak that it grows as such, but because of its parent's "data implant" on the seed. This includes information on the pests, the weather, the soil, and everything else that would ensure the plant's survival and proliferation. 

Without proper cultivation and protection, the corn from foreign origins could face severe attacks from nature and die. But if it survives and bears fruit, it then implants adaptive data onto the next seed so the next generation will become better and stronger. And after several generations, it becomes a native.

"The Next Generation will always be better than the last."

...and humans are no different. 


But we do have issues when it comes to our culture and human nature. We, humans, have a tendency to be jealous and spiteful, instead of being happy for the talents and success of others - especially when it comes to the younger generation. 

"Masyado ka pang bata para jan!"

"Marami ka pang kakaining bigas boy!"

There have been many instances in my life where I was underestimated and ridiculed for my age even if I showed excellent results. And I'm sure everyone has their own version. But I had my bitter taste of this reality when one of the stock market personalities of my time who I looked up to, referred to me in a group chat [where I wasn't included] and said  :

"So young and yet so corrupt."

I always wondered why he said that - and why a lot of us wouldn't hesitate to do the same thing. Maybe because of the drive for significance and constant approval of others? Or the unpleasant feeling of becoming obsolete in today's society? Probably the inevitable realization that our golden time has passed and it is now another's?

I share this because of the success and achievements of my peers, my former students, and the new stars in the trading industry. I'm not getting any younger and it is inevitable that I be compared to others. That's just how society works.

"Sinong mas magaling?"

"Mas magaling na si ******** kesa kay Zee!"

I was born in a family of achievers. Both my parents, my brother, and sister, they all excelled in their chosen fields. I was the odd one. Growing up, I lived in their shadow - the expectation that I too, should be an achiever.

I hated it. 

I wanted to create my own path.

There will always be someone weaker and stronger than me. So I learned to move forward, accept and love who I am. And that I too am a master of my own talents - Striving to become the best version of myself in whatever I do. For we can never control how people see us, but we can control how we react and see ourselves.

Instead of spiting and competing with the next generation, why not admire and collaborate?
Instead of being jealous of others, why not be genuinely happy with their success?

Let us build the next generation. 
For they are not our enemy, but our legacy.


  1. So true boss. Instead of bashing them, train them.

  2. True. I believe our greater purpose in life is to improve ourselves as best as we can so we can leave a better generation behind. If we dont our species might just die out like other extinct lifeforms that have come before us. :)

  3. The pressure you get from trying to prove yourself to thy family really sucks.

  4. Your not that old zee :)

  5. Im 34 years of age and i always tell my business partners na makinig sa ideas ng mga bata and wisdom ng matatanda

  6. Boss Zee I think you already made a mark on the trading community in the Philippines. I think your legacy will forever remain in the next generations' psyche because you are one of the "few good men". I never met or became a student of yours, in fact i am an OFW and despite that i know about AOTS, ZS and what not. Your person will always be my inspiration. Whenever i sit and trade my mind will always say "i want to trade like ZEE", i am saying this with all honesty, no pun intended and yet i never met you. I still hope though that one day i will meet you in person and shake your hands.

  7. Strong people don't put others down, they lift them up.
    -Michael P. Watson

  8. I've always admired you for your trading success, but as days go by, I admire you more for your wisdom, at such a young age -- you are a rare gem!

  9. Very well said boss zee. That is what a true leader is.

  10. Thank you for sharing that side of yours, Lodi. We admire your maturity and wisdom. Your name and legacy has been a symbol of hope for Filipino traders and cannot be weighed down into oblivion by those who's been lurking in the darkness. You've changed the landscape of trading in the country with your touch of generosity and it'll never be the same. Thanks po and God bless! ❤️🇵🇭️

  11. Kilala ko yata yan boss nagsabi ng "so young and yet so corrupt" : yung magaling sa JEDI diba? ;)
    inggit lang yun sayo. keep up the good work.

  12. Hindi ka masasapawan, Sir. What you taught your students and mentee, that becomes your legacy. Parang ung mais na pinasa ang DNA sa next generation. It may change and evolve in time, but the core stays the same.

  13. I am much older than you are, but Ive been respecting you and your tribe ever since, keep mentoring and helping others zee... and sana matutunan ko rin ang mga natutunan mo.

  14. Im a loser.
    You're a freek.
    We'll have a fabulous time
    in Seventh-Heaven, bro.

  15. Truly inspiring.. This is the main reason I really admire the zft. They inspire me not to be shallow.

  16. Eh Sir Zee kung makapagsalita ka po parang nasa 60's ka mga pa next generation2x mo. Pero thank you po sa mga nagawa mo you are indeed a gift from the God to us. Specially to me an aspiring trader.

  17. I heard your parents saying that they are proud of their sons and daughter. GOD bless.. "in our class"

    -fellow msuan-

    Proud of you bro I was once saw you with your black and white uniform. Hope you share your wisdom with us your fellow msuans.=)