“Find a purpose to serve and not a lifestyle to lead.” – Criss- Jami
This quote is the mantra of today’s guest, Anna Meloto-Wilk, co-founder of the social enterprise, Human Nature.
Daughter of the renowned humanitarian and Gawad Kalinga founder, Antonio Meloto, Anna was exposed to the living conditions in the slums of the Philippines at an early age. After finishing college, Anna worked in the corporate world for 4 years with the goal of stepping out of her father’s shadow. But she knows this is not her purpose. She wants to help the poor. In doing so, she needs to establish herself first.
On its 7th year now, Human Nature is fast gaining popularity nationwide. I can’t wait for you to hear her impart her wisdom and attest that a company should strive to fulfill its mission rather than profit.
For those of you who plan to set up a business enterprise or currently in one; you will surely find her story inspiring and pick up some great advice on how to run a company driven by advocacy.
In this episode, you will learn:
- The advice that Anna got when she wrote about her desire to help the poor people she met through Gawad Kalinga.
- Anna’s aim in founding Human Nature.
- How to rise above adversity – and why she needed to learn legal jargon.
- The right attitude to have when facing discouragement from family and loved ones.
- Habits you can practice every day to improve your productivity.
- Things that Anna say no to – and that includes travel!
- Anna’s dream for the Philippines and the Filipinos.
- Advise on how to become the best version of one’s self.
Links and resources mentioned in this episode:
- Gawad Kalinga
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho (Available in Kindle)
- The History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos – Luis Francia (Available in Amazon)
- In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines– Stanley Karnow (Available in Kindle)
- The Kid: A film starring Bruce Willis
Here are some words of wisdom shared by Anna in this interview. Share one or two that resonates best with you.
- Find a purpose to serve and not a lifestyle to lead. – Criss Jami [Tweet this!]
- Less for self, more for others, enough for all – Human Nature motto [Tweet this!]
- If you can’t change the situation you’re in, then change your attitude. [Tweet this!]
- I love, therefore I serve. [Tweet this!]
- Seek first to understand before you seek to be understood. [Tweet this!]
- To live the kind of life you that you want, you need to say no to the kind of life you don’t want. But to discern what that is, that’s the hard part. [Tweet this!]
- No matter how desperate your situation is, there is someone worse off than you. [Tweet this!]
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