Since I was a child, I always wanted to be the best I can be when I grew up.
Life was imperfect when I started. My father died when I was barely 8 years old. Being the eldest in the family, I always wanted to be successful in life.
Mainly, I wanted to bring back the respect, dignity, and wealth our family enjoyed when my father was alive, as he was an excellent lawyer and the Chief of Police in our hometown. Unfortunately, an assassin’s bullet killed him during the martial law era in the Philippines.
There were many hurdles along the way. We had to get some help from our uncles and aunts, who were very supportive and loving. But at times their resources were limited.
By God’s grace, I got a scholarship to attend college full-time. While being a student, I worked as a construction worker, waiter, student assistant, and even sold different products to make ends meet.
My cousins who were alumni of my school recommended that I join a fraternity. We attended the “recruitment” session and found out it was actually a campus ministry – the Campus Crusade for Christ. There I realized, God has a wonderful plan for my family and me.
After that encounter with God, my life and purpose became clear. When I seek God first, then all things will follow.When I seek God first, then all things will follow. Click To Tweet
My life verse is found in Jeremiah 29:11
Prosperity, New Hope, and a Future
When I graduated as an engineer, my initial goal in life was simple: to get a good job in a good company, so that I can create a better life for my family.
After getting my MBA sponsored by a U.S. multinational I was working for in the Philippines, I got promoted to Technical Sales and Marketing Manager. At the time, I really felt that I had achieved what I wanted.
As a professional, my goal was to become the best in my chosen field, hoping that life would improve financially. However, I reached a plateau in my career, as my efforts were not fully rewarded and I did not have job security.
A Change in Career, Same Purpose
When I got introduced to network marketing, things changed for the better. My mindset was now to become an entrepreneur. At last, God had given me a vehicle to realize my biggest dreams in all aspects of life.
In our profession, you become the best that you can be. You become the leader of leaders. You need to enhance yourself and aspire for personal development.In our profession, you become the best that you can be. You become the leader of leaders. Click To Tweet
The founders of my company and the leaders inspired me to become the person I wanted to be. It has molded me to be ready for any eventuality. Faith without work is dead. I pushed myself to the limit to advance ranks in the company and achieve the income that leads to prosperity.Faith without work is dead. Click To Tweet
I also attended other trainings like Randy Gage’s Mega MLM, Art Jonak’s Mastermind event , and Jeremy Wong’s Elite Networking conference (Singapore). I was also exposed to the trainings of John Maxwell, Robert Kiyosaki, and Eric Worre. Being an avid reader of Networking Times has helped me keep up to date with what’s happening in our profession.Being an avid reader of Networking Times has helped me keep up to date with what’s happening in… Click To Tweet
I started as a student of the profession, a simple person, and now I’m one of the top leaders in my company.
A Definite Purpose
I now have a more definite purpose of RYTHM – Raise Yourself To Help Mankind! As our founder Vijay Eswaran has taught us, we have to raise ourselves first, and only then we can raise others.
As God gave me a better life, turning hope into reality and a bright future, this should not stop with me and my family. I want to share, transfer, and realize my purpose.
It is liberating to have a purpose-driven life achieved through network marketing. God fulfilled His promise to me. If you are still looking for your purpose, here is my gift to you:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
FERDINAND TOLENTINO is an active network marketing leader with a large organization in Asia and the Middle East. An industrial engineer with an MBA, Ferdie has been chairman of his church for the past 23 years. He lives in the Philippines with his wife and three daughters.