On a hike, you want to rest at certain points in order to soak up the views, see how far you've come, and see how far you still have left to go. This is what Fireside Fridays are all about - from our aha moments to our uh-oh moments, we learn together and from each other and we continue to grow as a community. These sessions are so enriching - I am able to soak up and learn so much and that’s why these are my favorite sessions every week.
Andre YapFounder and CEO Ignite House
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Aha moment came from my experience going through the Restart App and doing the buddy workouts. The algorithm works like magic, and the cards generated a list of people who I should work with. The buddies I paired up with allowed for meaningful conversations, and together in that buddy workout we learned how service is reflected in our lives and the work we do. So my Aha! is that; yes doing the solo workout and wrestling with the question in the app is certainly inspiring, but having a conversation with people in the app provides a sense of companionship that is very empowering.
Aileen Joy GutierrezCOO Ignite House
My uh-oh moment is based on Cholo’s potluck session about his project for providing education to the Aeta community. I could tell, from his face, that it was hard for him to let go of his grand idea for giving the same result to the Aeta community as Norman King did. But we cannot fall in love with the solution or the idea. That was hard for me to watch and it really hit me to the core. It's like being a mother who wants the best for her child. Cholo wants the best for the Aetas, but can he let go of his idea that education is the answer? How does he pick himself up to go back to the drawing board and think about the things that the Aetas really need? Is it really education, or is it something else? Can you imagine Cholo talking to Norman King, the first Aeta graduate of UP, about it? How do you convince Norman that this isn't the way to go?
My aha moment came from what Manong Ari shared on Wednesday. I was sobbing because I was hearing someone who understands what a person with a mental condition is going through. It emphasized that it’s really important to be generous in terms of your time and your presence. This is so crucial for our ability to listen genuinely to a person who is hurting and offering them your warmth and presence.
Joana AlbertoCo-Founder and Managing Partner Ignite Centre for Peak Experiences
"Strong ideas, loosely held." This principle allows me to let go of solutions easily and be in constant search for better solutions around the evolving problems that we solve everyday. It’s about falling in love with the problem. Once the realities come into play you have to allow yourself to let go of the solutions that you were adamant about. In my own experiences and failures, it's the businesses that I couldn't let go that cost me a lot of money. I was holding on too much, and it wasn't impactful. What's the point of a cool solution if it doesn't make an impact? I wish I knew this earlier, I would have saved a lot of money. Having a passion for a solution that leads to something successful at first try is probably a stroke of luck.
Miguel AranazManaging Partner Ignite Delta + Partners
During this week’s GPS Wednesday, it was concluded that your purpose lies within your passion and what you’re compassionate about, or who you're compassionate for, that your pain can lead you to your service. Manong Ari talked about his 2 gifts - awareness of the pain that people with mental health conditions go through and his ‘I don’t care’ attitude. His ‘I don’t care attitude’ allows him to do his work confidently, because he isn’t limited by what people think of him, which allows him to go beyond. For me personally that’s where I struggle - I care too much about what people think of me, so I'd rather conform. I'm scared of making mistakes and I’m pretty hard on myself. So I'm struggling to progress and to move towards my passion and my purpose primarily because I’m scared of making mistakes and being judged. But I know that I have to keep pushing myself to learn despite not being afraid.
Mark RodriguezDelta Fella Ignite House
My aha is that experience is your best teacher. I realized that the greater experience we have, the greater impact we can give. Before joining Ignite, I already knew what my career was going to be. But in these last 4 years, I’ve expanded the possibilities for what my life can be. My roles have changed and expanded.
From this aha here's my uh oh. I try to look back and look for those patterns and experiences that have led me to where I am right now. Andre mentioned that pain can be a gift and a strength. I was stuck there because from the start I've only seen the things I want to pursue, or things that I’m passionate about, as my gifts. But pain can be your gift and this gift can begin by serving others. These pains could lead me to a greater purpose.
Karla DonizaArt Director Ignite House
For me the biggest aha moment came from the GPS session and the general feel I have of Ignite as a newcomer. We talk about genius, purpose and meaning and we discuss the whys of what we do. It’s just a powerful thing to focus on and it’s an aspect of life that people ignore. My discussion with Joana also led me to an aha moment with the whole challenge of COVID-19, because now, we are obligated to slow down and reflect on our choices. To find a community that focuses on the why passion and compassion and mission is refreshing, and very empowering. Especially in our country, it’s something most Filipinos lack; a sense of mission and empowerment.
As an uh-oh, my life as a coach is still beginning and so I’m still stuck getting clients. I know I have to stay patient with the mission at hand and that I need to keep reminding myself to stay patient.
Miguel SalapantanLife Coach
My uh-oh is that I won’t fully be able to walk in the shoes of those who struggle from mental health conditions. This comes from manong Ari’s input that it helps you to fully understand what people with mental conditions go through, when you yourself also go through those difficulties. You have to go through what people go through in order to really understand them. It pains me to hear that I won’t be able to fully understand what my younger brother and only sibling goes through, having been diagnosed with OCD. I’ve been away from him for the past 4 years, and it’s only now that I have been able to come home from studies abroad and spend time with him. I’m struggling as a big brother to up my game because it’s true - I can’t relate, even if I have the abstract idea of OCD. This did result in an aha of sorts however, in that presence is still important - that even if I can't walk in his shoes, at least I can provide my presence for him, because that is something that I know can help him. I want to improve on that because I want him to come to me and know that I’m there for him. This will make our relationship deeper.
Kahlil CalaDelta Fella Ignite House
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