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Condominiums: Secrets of the Philippine’s Top Entrepreneurs

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Following last years List of the Top Entrepreneurs, it would be beneficial to analyze the structure of wealth creation in the Philippines. We can see from Forbe’s list of Billionaires,  that the the Ayalas (Jaime Zobel de Ayala & Family) are strangely not on the list and Henry Sy’s net worth is a few hundred million dollar$ lower this year. :)

In the past, it has been the landed and the ruling families that were dominating the market. Today, they still are. But newer players and companies are rising to take their place in Philippine business.

Philippine Entrepreneurs

Philippine Entrepreneurs in 2014

In the 1960s and 70s, the landed families are cashing-in from agriculture, fishing and garments and manufacturing. The earnings came from the working class, whether from sugar in Negros or rice, coconut or tobaco in North and Central Luzon. In 1974, the US closed its market for sugar imports. For the next decade, local produce from developing economies threw a stiff competition of subsidized agricultural imports with Philippines local produce.

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Your Promised Land

Your Promised Land

When the 10 spies came back to Joshua from the Promise Land, it took 2 men to carry the clusters of grapes. If that’s how big the grapes are, imagine how big the people living there who are eating it.

Principle: “The bigger the produce you are believing for, the bigger the problem that typically comes in front of it.”

Jim Lafoon

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The Path of Law and Obedience, Of Love and Sacrifice

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The Path of Law and Obedience, of Love and Sacrifice

Muslims fast because it is required by their law.

That is obedience.

They do it in the month of Ramadan where, for 40 days, they wouldn’t even drink water from sunrise to sunset. Any thing less is sin for them. Yet the law provides equity because some people are exempt: the pregnant, the sick and those below 12 years old. At 12 years old, I am just thinking that this severe discipline will probably leave a mark and a strong impression on the child.


Muslim Prayer and Obedience

Muslim Prayer and Obedience

And no wonder why they will be willing to face certain death for the sake of their faith. They will eat before sunrise and after sunset, where they prepare a feast! Think about the power of millions of people doing this civil obedience. Compare these to the rallies of civil unrest and disobedience in the US. They number in the thousands. They stand for their rights: “human rights”, “labor rights”, lesbian and gay rights, but few will be willing to die for their cause. (Some probably will.)

Jesus came two thousand years ago. He went into fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. Yes, it was in obedience but it was something more: it was also a sacrifice. He was brave and committed, and was willing to face death. Not for obedience but for love.

I am now in my second day since my last meal. What keeps me on is love for God and faith. I am not saying that I am perfect. On the contrary I oftentimes faulter.

When you start thinking about it, you will never sacrifice for someone you don’t know. We always find it hard to to give a little extra for someone we don’t quite know. It’s too uncomfortable, and rightly so. Would you give a tenth of your earning? Would you give up a job? A relationship? A hobby? But those in relationship will find it easy to give up their own money, their time, their sleep, their comfort for pain. A father will wake up late in the evening to change diapers. There is connection, there is love, there is relationship.

That’s Love.

Love Equals Sacrifice

Love Equals Sacrifice

What drives your faith? Law or Love?


Crucial Lessons on Funding a Business Enterprise

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Repost from

Talking again about Startups, I came across this Article which discusses about the crucial lessons that a Fundraiser can make in Funding his Company. The author, Boris Silver, is Co-Founder and President of FundersClub.

Crucial Lessons on Funding a Business Enterprise (Online)

We Put the Fun in Business Fundraising

We Put the Fun in Business Fundraising

Read the whole text for the below at the bottom.

  1. Only talk to investors when you are ready to raise money
  2. Make it easy for investors to research/find you online
  3. Timing matters for fundraising
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An Unhurried Life: A Sidetrip from Traffic Lane

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An Unhurried Life: A Sidetrip from Traffic Lane

Iloilo Bacolod Travel

Iloilo Bacolod Travel

I am taking up my Master of Architecture in the University of San Agustin in Iloilo this 2013. An undeniable fact is that of the weekly travel to Iloilo City. The class starts at 1pm and ends at 5pm though we are all happy that our professor is ending at 4pm. We usually have some discussions, considering the that the course is in a Quarterm, which means in 2 months, we are out!

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Hope: Cindy Jacob’s Word for the Philippines 2013

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Hope: Cindy Jacob’s Word for the Philippines 2013

When I first heard that there were only 3 dead after the typhoon Yolanda. I felt shortchanged, so much hype.

Then the reality of the tragedy flooded and poured on, day after day. My heart goes to the people who lives in Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Northern Negros and Panay. There is just so much loss, suffering and pain.  The situation reminded me of Israel’s war with its own: Benjamin.

“The people went to . . .  where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. Lord, God of Israel,” they cried, “why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?”. Judges 19

After watching this video, hope is rising in my heart again because, I believe God is doing something new in the Philippines. It is also a time, of great shakening. We need to come together to not just pray but fast for our nation, because during this shakening, corruption, lawlessness and unrighteousness could rise up and triumph if we do not watch and pray.

Cindy Jacobs in her prophecy speaks hope and direction.

In March 2009, Cindy Jacobs spoke prophecies that were fulfilled already.

“The next two years, the Lord is showing me, are going to be extremely significant for the Philippines,” Jacobs said. “Either you’re gonna go on to greatness, it’s going to be that transformed nation, or I see that there’s going to be some troubled some times. So pray, pray, pray.”

She adds, “This is a time God is going to pull down the spirit of corruption, and God is going to release the spirit of truth and righteousness into this nation, because righteousness exalts a nation. The Lord has given many promises for the Philippines. I mean, the Philippines is going to be one of the wealthiest nations on the earth. The spirit of poverty will be broken.”

“We have this sense of destiny tonight.Jesus.The Lord would say to the Philippines” I am shaking everything that can be shaken so no man would glory in what I will do.For I have waited for a generation that I could raise up a purity and holiness in.And I am raising up firebrand.There is a forerunner anointing coming upon the youth of the Philippine that will prepare the way of the Lord even into the middle east,” says the Lord.

“Look and see what i will do in Mindanao,for I am going to visit in a way that you cannot imagine. I am coming to Mindanao”says the Lord,”as the God and Lord of hosts and I am going to start appearing”the Lord says”As a sign that I am going to truly change the nation, I am going to show myself to the Guerrilla leaders and I am going to come”says the Lord,”. And I am going to begin in the places in the Philippines that have been the bloodiest,the places where the Guerillas’ insurrection has been the strongest and I am ready to pour out a miracle anointing the Philippines such as the earth has never seen.For Indonesia they had a rushing mighty wind,but in the Philippines I will have the fire from heaven that will begin to fall. And this will be a purging fire and I will say I will even visit as even in the days of God.Do not think that I am not able to come in a day and begin to unravel the iniquities of the nation” says the Lord.

“I am going to visit the military.I am getting ready to come among the young military” and the Lord says, ”There’s going to be a revolution of righteousness that comes within the military. I am getting ready to dethrone everything that need to be dethroned.For even the bowls of heaven are full.”Oh I see the bowls in heaven are just getting ready to be tipped over the Philippines and”I am going to spill out my glory”.


What is encouraging to see is that God is faithful to fulfill his Word in the Philippines.  PRAY. God is omnipotent, but His nature is to use people and accomplish His work through people. God is a perfect gentleman. God wants to do something and He desires to do or give it when you pray.

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Personal Constitution: Principles I Were to Live By

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Personal Constitution 2002: Principles I Were to Live By

By: Ian Jay Bantilan

Heraclitus spoke that “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”. And this change will either deliberately make you better or it can neglectfully make you worse.

Personal Constitution and Mission Statement

Personal Constitution and Mission Statement


Life is filled with infinite of choices to change. Today, these choices might be small and insignificant, but succeeded by a thousand other choices, it combines to create a mighty river in your life that is unstoppable. The better question is: will this river be FOR or AGAINST you.

When I was in Victory U-Belt, I listened to hundreds of helpful messages. But being the obsessive guy that I am, I hyper-focused on each topic being given, even days after it was shared. Then again another message next Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, which, means adjusting my life to the particular message.

I soon learned that these principles are meant to be added to your already existing foundation! So what is my foundation? I know the Company mission and vision but mine?

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I Now Stand Here

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I Now Stand Here
by Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Three years into this goal, feeling battered is an understatement.

Written August 31, 2013 after HRM MBA Class. 

I now stand here in this wide field in the University where I have grown, studied and learned when I was a kid. Where I gaze, used to be endless fields of grass fenced by Eucalyptus, Pines and the eternal sky. Now I see fields of green disciplined by constant mowing for the purpose of Sports. This is a game of strength and will of which no other use of body but head and foot. In this Grandstand, I have witnessed formidable teams and mythic clubs who battled for supremacy in this arena.
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World Population Table Atlas

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World Population Table Atlas

To understand the world, we have to look at it in a different light. While searching for information that I need to do my Marketing I happen to find this interesting table showing the relative sizes of Populations using circles and also showing the population sizes of the country including their urban population on their Capital or urban area.

The earth reaches a momentous milestone: by next year, for the first time in history, more than half its population will be living in cities. Those 3.3 billion people are expected to grow to 5 billion by 2030 — this unique map of the world shows where those people live now.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the world’s urban population was only 220 million, mainly in the west. Recently the fastest growing Continent is Africa with 3.2% from 2005-2010 while Europe is growing at 0.10% in the same period.

The World Population by Continent, Country and Urban Population

The World Population by Continent, Country and Urban Population

The Population Densities are also shown in the colors of each circle with increasing degree of urbanization.

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The Perfection Myth – An Introspective Look at Passionate Obsessions

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The Perfection Myth – An Introspective Look at Passionate Obsessions

Arch. Ian Jay Bantilan

Movements of Ideas in a Creative Mind

Movements of Ideas in a Creative Mind

I want to share what happened to me yesterday.

“I was getting ready for a client meeting yesterday, so I took a bath, and chose my clothes. I passed by a book I wanted to take, “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” by John Ortberg, got it, and went back to choosing my wardrobe. I went out of my room and gathered my Laptop and things I would need for the meeting.  Without my knowledge, my mom came in to my room and placed in some clothes in my closet, thereby covering the book I was to bring. This is in case my client would be late for the meeting, which I thought would be a nice read . . .”

“And so began the longest, most desperate, very frantic, highly hysterical, feverishly frenzied Book Hunting episode you will ever see in the 21st Century. That may be an overstatement, but the fact remains: it was frantic, it was hysterical, it was as passionate as the expedition to find the North Pole!” Continue reading

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Manila at 4th, Bacolod City back at 94th of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013

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Manila at 4th, Bacolod City back at 94th of Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in 2013

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

IT Hub for Outsourcing in Bacolod City

After a long hiatus in 2011 and 2012, Bacolod City comes back to the prestigious list of the List of the Top 100 Outsourcing Cities in the World for 2013.

At the Top of the list are the two greatest Information Technology Cities in India, – Bangalore and Mumbai. Their strong competitive advantage is having English as their second language. This is followed by our beloved Manila, in 3rd place – one notch higher than before. What is interesting in the list is that it is dominated by India followed by China. Continue reading

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The Bootsrapping Guide to Jumpstarting your Business

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The Bootsrapping Guide to Jumpstarting your Business

In a culture dominated by spending and keeping up with the Joneses, finding a band of penny-pinching entrepreneurs is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, what you would find are savvy bargain hunters – professionally skilled and trained in making a shopping purchase like it was an Olympic challenge. Because of this, our communities have seen a growing Chinese Merchant community that has been integral in our development as a nation. In recent years, a growing number of Indians are migrating here because of a stronger consumer market. Ask my neighbor. :)

Entrepreneur - Shoe Bootstrap a business

Entrepreneur – Shoe Bootstrap a business

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The Philippines Lead Asean to Global Economic Growth: It’s a Season

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There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,          Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

A Time for Everything under Heaven

A Time for Everything under Heaven

“There is a time for every season.” First of all, I don’t want to sound anti-nationalist and I don’t want to sound like a business expert. This is just my opinion. There are cycles in life that should be respected. Sowing time, harvest time, waiting time and working time.

The Philippine Economy was certainly on its way up in 2013, the news was rosy and all the money kept pouring in. I too, starting investing in Mutual Funds, which was a long term commitment – a bet that, if all kept well at its limits, it may not go the other way around.

Then, as suddenly disaster came.





Stocks fell down moments after the earthquake. And then another catastrophe: Yolanda. One could never predict what may hit us but we could trust the hand that leads us, Jesus.

And it shouldn’t be hard to figure it out, if we hit hard bottom on these adversity, the next plausible way is UP! As is in the news in Manila Times:


The Philippines will be the “growth leader” of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which is expected to drive the world economy in the next few years, a senior economist at the University of Asia and the Pacific (U&AP) forecast. Continue reading

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Toastmasters Speech 4: Satiety by Michael John Casipe

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Toastmasters Speech 4: Satiety

Bacolod – Barangay Chapter, Sugarland Hotel, March 28


I will be featuring a speech by a Toastmaster colleague – Michael John Casipe about living healthy. Hope everyone likes it. Ian B.


Last Sunday, I went to La Salle to attend my brother’s graduation. As a tradition, a baccalaureate mass must be held. Well, I can really compare the atmosphere between the baccalaureate mass and graduation. As I walked into the La Salle coliseum for the mass, I can vividly see the vacant seats, more or less 2/3, in the bleachers. Also, the faces of the students were not as colorful as I expect. Well, I’m talking about their makeup for that. But when graduation comes, I can hardly pass through the entrance. I literally squeezed myself amidst the crowd and, with awe; I can see the coliseum filled with the parents, friends and relatives of the graduates.

After the ceremony, the most awaited event is:


Filipinos Love to Eat!

Filipinos Love to Eat!

It is no mystery that the staple food of Filipinos during celebration is no other than the famed roasted pig or LECHON.

At the sight of Lechon, I know, we cannot resist its invitation. The golden brown skin that shines as our eyes ogling at it, it’s sweet aroma that makes us salivate at the whiff of it and the crunchy sound it makes as we grind our teeth against the crispy, delicious skin of lechon. All those mouth-watering, hunger-stimulating descriptions about IT have its drawback. Do you know what it is? I know that all of us here decide unanimously and that is cholesterol.

Filipinos Love Lechon

Filipinos Love Lechon


Cholesterol has been attached with negative connotations. It is associated with risk for heart ailments. Well, there is truth in that. Imagine a pipe or hose, when watering plants especially those that are distant from us, what do we usually do? We try to partially block the opening for the water to reach at a far point. But why is it so? That is because of pressure. The same is true in our body. Our blood vessels are like hose and like hose are blood vessels containing our blood. Cholesterol can clog these blood vessels. And once a passageway is blocked, it will build up pressure. If blood would encounter a blockage, it would just accumulate until building enough pressure to push the block or worse, rupture the blood vessel.

However, cholesterol has its perks. You may wonder what is responsible for the appearance of male and female. That is hormone but what is its raw material?  That is cholesterol. We all know that vitamin d is important for bones but do you know the raw material for vitamin d? Still, cholesterol. Like a house, it needs hollow blocks, cement and sand, the same is true with our body – cholesterol acts as construction material.

From now on, hearing about cholesterol will no longer give negative vibes. The new question is: how can we control cholesterol? Of course, we should trim down our cholesterol-rich diet. That is eating vegetables and fruits everyday as much as possible. Sounds easy right? But you may notice that after following this advice, your cholesterol levels simply won’t go down.

The catch is: only 20% of cholesterol from our diet makes up our total cholesterol levels. So, where does the 80% comes from? That is produced by our body. In short, there are two kinds of cholesterol, the good and the bad one. And how can we make cholesterol good or bad? The most effective way is through exercise and eating fiber-rich foods such as corn, broccoli and cabbage for these acts as cleaners in our blood vessels.

You Don't need Swag when you have Cholesterol

You Don’t need Swag when you have Cholesterol


Last March 2012, an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer mentioned that one in three Filipinos have high cholesterol levels. And women are more prone. This is an alarming statistic. Take note that cardiac disease is still the top killer in our country yet this is the most preventable one.

Let us not take any chances. If we want to enjoy our life and be free from the shackles of this disease, let us change our lifestyle. Change must not be tomorrow or another year or decade. The operative word is NOW. Indeed, in front of cholesterol-rich foods, we cannot help ourselves but indulge in them. But what is satisfaction? Is it just short, one-time event fulfilling our physical needs or a long-term one, living a life free from the bondage of sickness? Well, the choice is yours.


Delivered on March 28, 2014 by Micheal John Casipe.☺


Micheal John Casipe

    Micheal John Casipe is a hardworking person. He is a Medical Technologist and aspires

    to be the best doctor in the Philippines.

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Bacolod Conference: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Franchising

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Bacolod Conference: Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Franchising

A month ago, a message came from a classmate in the Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod City. I, for one, have come to admire the value of business education in the Philippines. Lots of foreign students go to our schools to study business. Looking at the local environment, Filipino communities are not so enterprising. Many that dominate our market are not native inhabitants (Malays / Negritos) but ethnic Chinese, Fil-Spanish, Indians, Americans, and Koreans from all over Asia. (No offense intended)

How could they not? We are just a loveable race that foreigners can resist. :) Most of these cultures have completely  integrated into Filipino society and are part of the beautiful symphony of cultures in the Philippines.


Enter Business Power Talk Seminar in Business Inn – Bacolod City

Marketing and Business Power Talk Bacolod

Marketing and Business Power Talk Bacolod

As the program opened, dreamers from all over Bacolod filled the seats of Business Inn in Bacolod City. The program was hosted by the Masters of Business Administration of La Salle, a whole diligent and tireless lot. Continue reading

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Mentors are Gifts

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After a long time of praying about it, God has started to give me a mentor in my business. And like David and Jonathan, he is well advanced in the field. At the start, you could already feel that he had slain his share of giants, and still want to slay more. Thankfully, talking about his experience, he is grateful that he too, started with nothing like the best mentors.

Tip: It is better to hear it from those who have experienced it than learning it the long and hard way. Nevertheless, after hearing the short answer, you still have the option to learn the lesson the hard way. (For stubborn folks like me)

The Gift of Mentors

The Gift of Mentors

Mentors are Gifts.

As they say, great leaders don’t make it ‘great’ on their own, they learn from other great men. Mentors are Gifts. They come at a crucial time when you probably need the help.


Mentors as Peice-Supplier.

Human as we are, we might be missing some pieces in our armor. And as good as we are, we can never see our own backs. This is called blindspots. We all have them. Their advice and direction provide the guidance to steer us to the right goals.

We might also have figured the gameplan early, but their little suggestions sometimes fit in our total strategy completely.


Richard Meriveles, thanks a lot.

Mentors Fill in the Missing Puzzle

Mentors Fill in the Missing Puzzle


  • Benchmarking.

I thought I was doing ok in Article Writing, – - –  not until you see “real” article writers.

Writing is not a hobby. It is a discipline. It takes a willing heart and constant learning.

Writing is a discipline. You do what you don’t like to do until it becomes a part of you.

No one really wants to compare himself to the average. You compare yourself to the best!

  • Emotionless.

A professional writer writes on facts not on impulse or emotion. But having that sudden surge is a plus.

Writing as an exercise includes critical thinking. It will attract negative criticism. You have to learn to be secure and stay humble and willing to face critics.

Just as a comedian repeats the same joke and its delivery until he masters it, writers must constantly push the limit of his craft.

Professional writers can write on a bad day as much as a good day. And he gets paid for it. The amateur simply stops at the first sign of conflict.

I believe this is what I am missing. I tend to get excited. I also “motivate” talk myself.

  •  Targets.

I have always heard this but tonight, it has been underlined and emphasized even more.

Warning: The last point will skew a little away from writing.

Good Bloggers do not write away.

Read as: Always check your keywords and your goal. In online writing, develop your creative writing but everything else points to your goal.

What is your goal? Only you can answer that. ;)


Looking at the three points above, I have just broken all three. I’m starting to write away again. I am excited and emotionally attached in doing this article and I have never checked my keywords. :(

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Jogging Time, Nobody Else – Just Me and God

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Years ago, through my wanting to help a friend who just lost a parent, I gave the advice of “jogging”. It sounded so out of place everyone laughed. Well she was still in pain. But I don’t know of any other activity that brings a release of stress and tension. Now I’m beginning to feel I really need more of this physical activity, and that for more than just physique.

Its amazing to know that most things in my life can be solved through “walking”. As in “Abraham walked with God”. On my part, jogging.

Running - Spending Time with God

Running – Spending Time with God

It usually starts with rants and rumbles about “things”. Concerns.

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39 Lessons to be the Man You Want to Be

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39 Lessons to be the Man You Want to Be

Here’s a repost from my brother Jerry. Thanks. These are some timeless quote might sound simple, but their value is priceless!

The original list, is in the image below, credits to I had to change around some of the quote and putting in some of mine.

I hope this list inspires you to be a better man! :)

1. Go for the Women you Perceive to be “out of your league.” You’ll surpries yourself.

2. Never have sex with anyone that doesn’t want it as much as you.

3. Never hit anyone unless they are an immediate threat.

4. Faint Heart never won fair lady. Now faint mind never won great money!

5. Never take her to the movies on the first date.

6. Nothing looks more badass than a well tailored suit!

7. Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.

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