From Grit To Great: The Apprentice Asia Winner Jonathan Yabut's Roadmap To Success for Millennials | Rolled Into One Mom

Attract What You Think 



Picture yourself sitting behind a large desk with your own employees to supervise. You are the boss, on top of the ladder - holding in your hands the power to make a difference. Is that enough to get you off your tushy and start living the brighter life? 

They say, what your mind can conceive, your body can achieve. So I guess, you have to keep your mind psyched and your body motivated in order to achieve your dreams. But how? Maybe it's time to take a few pointers from those who have made it big at such a young age. 

Live Brighter Sessions by SUN LIFE 

I have attended several sessions before and so far, I have made some changes to the way I look at saving, investing, and reaching for my goals. 

Full-house #LiveBrighter Session 

Out of all the sessions I've been to, my favorite so far is the latest #LiveBrighter Session with The Apprentice Asia Winner Jonathan Yabut. The man sure knows how to motivate a crowd. Let me share with you his 4 steps to success that not only millennials can learn from but each and every one of us who strive to make it in the corporate world and in life. 

1. Success is when preparation meets opportunity - Seneca



Jonathan did one thing that the other  contestants of The Apprentice Asia overlooked - research. At first, he barely knew anything about Malaysian Business Mogul Tony Fernandes, so he did what millenials do best when they need to know something about someone - he stalked Tony. He watched interviews, listened to the words he used over and over to know what kind of person he wanted for his company. 

The bottomline is - Always be prepared. Just like a soldier heading off to battle, you need to have your weapons cleaned, locked, and loaded. Remember: You can never be too prepared for the next big thing to happen in your life. 

2. You don't need to say yes to every opportunity - success also requires saying NO. 



The multi-tasking myth immediately popped into my head when Yabut mentioned this. It is said that you can only multi-task 3 things brilliantly before everything else becomes chaos in your head. 

Successful people practice triage - they say no to things that are not really important. Keep in mind that you can't be everything at once. FOCUS. 

The best advice of all - Don't keep so much unnecessary lettuce in your life. The story behind this is how one airline company was able to save millions of funds just by simply removing some lettuce from the plate of food they serve on board. 

In life, said lettuce can be toxic people, relationships, jobs and companies that don't add to your success. Again - remove them before they hinder your success. 

3. It's not about working hard but working SMART


Jonathan said he had more faith in a person who works the typical 9-5 than those who come in to work extra early and leave super late. Worker 1 will have the chance to get good sleep, have time for themselves and their families which will make them even more productive. 

Always practice zooming out before zooming in. Look at everything and come up with ways to do things better. 

Remember: Successful people are never content with one-time victories. 

4. The secret to success is out there - it's called GRIT.



Yes, grit is passion and perseverance combined for a very long-term goal. Passion is what will make you love what you do and perseverance is what's going to help you keep going forward. 

Another important thing to remember - successful people and companies also serve a social purpose. That's what will keep you inspired to keep improving your work. 

Jonathan Yabut now runs his very own JY Consultancy & Ventures, which operates in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. He also served as Chief of Staff for AirAsia after winning The Apprentice Asia. He also wrote a book that I think everyone would love to get their hands on. From Grit To Great. 


The Road to a Brighter Life 

Aside from Jonathan, another successful Sun Life Advisor JP Cruz shared how reaching rock bottom pushed him to overcome the struggle. He is now a successful SUN LIFE Advisor. 


The takeaway is - always have a deeper reason for the work one pursues. In his case, Cruz finds it by helping people achieve lifetime financial security.

Going Beyond The Misconceptions 

Here is something I've learned from both Yabut and Cruz - millennials need to escape the rut and free themselves from the misconception that they are complacent and entitled.



SUN LIFE has laid down the path for millennials who think they need a typical job to get by. The #LiveBrighter series of sessions "provide motivation for all of us to continue pursuing their dreams and find purpose to serve". (Fin Bernardo, Sun Life Financial Advisor Recruitment Manager) 

The Time Is Now 

Why put off for tomorrow what you can do today? I'm not saying that you should join The Apprentice Asia right away, or put up your own company just like that. 

Here's what you and I need to do - change the way we look at money, the way we do our work and look at what we are all passionate about. 

Heads up! : "The only enemy of the ambitious is time." 





(Most images grabbed from google.) 

nhessie a.

By some surprising twist of fate, I am now a mom...a single one at that! I'd like to think that God has granted my most fervent wish - to become a superhero! At least in the eyes of my one year old boy - Alejandro. I'm a public servant experiencing fulfillment from doing the best I can to change the world in my own little way. A newbie blogger mom/digital mom and so far, I'm having difficulty switching from being the single, career woman I'm used to in the past and the new role I'm dealt with today. I'm an online entrepreneur too - I don't know where I'm going but then again, I already know where I'm from. And I don't ever wanna go back, Join me, in my missteps and misadventures and tell me what you think about my take on LIFE, LOVE and EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN. Welcome to Mama Whale's world!

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