“Chief Servant” would probably be the last title that comes to mind when we think of people in positions of power. But that is exactly what David Bonifacio puts first on his online profile, which lists an impressive array of professional titles and accomplishments. David graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2005 with a degree in AB Economics. He is currently the managing director of New Leaf Ventures Inc., an investment firm operated by CBTL Holdings, the company which runs the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shops. David is also the founder and CEO of Bridge Southeast Asia, a software start-up. At the same time, he is the director of three other companies: Elevation Partners Inc., IDC Manpower Services, and Issho Genki International.

Beyond the corporate world, David is involved in social development organizations that focus on housing, education, and microfinance. To date, he is the youngest national board member of Habitat for Humanity and the first ever director of Real LIFE Foundation. He is also a member of the Center for Community Transformation (CCT), a Christian enterprise against poverty and social injustice. Outside of these commitments, David finds a creative outlet in his personal blog, where he describes himself as an entrepreneur, social worker, writer, artist, and value hunter.

Do you want to discover David’s secret to becoming a person of influence? Click on the episodes below and learn more about his journey of success and significance.

Mike Grogan and David Bonifacio of New Leaf Ventures Inc.

In part 1 of this interview, Mike and David discussed the following:

  • David’s unique attitude toward compliments.
  • How faith influenced David’s business life and relationships.
  • The secret to handling compliments and criticisms.
  • How to learn to love reading. (Find out what David’s childhood Bible really looked like.)
  • Why hardship is an expected part of achieving success.
  • The difference between hope and fantasy.
  • The danger of focusing on your sweet spot or comfort zone.

In part 2 of this interview, Mike and David discussed the following:

  • Why David is reluctant to punch anyone.
  • How to handle negative thoughts.
  • The benefits of viewing failure positively.
  • The secret behind being a person of influence.
  • The importance of starting your morning right.
  • Why Filipinos should not focus on celebrities. (And who David thinks should initiate change.)
  • The relationship between passion and suffering.

Quotable Quotes:

Here are some memorable quotes from David and others that were mentioned in this episode.

  • We can’t take a snapshot of a person’s mistake or success and say, “This is who you are.”
  • “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
  • “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:4
  • “Those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.” Proverbs 28:19
  • “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” Mario Andretti
  • Focus not on what you’re getting but on who you’re becoming.
  • You need to push yourself to a point where you’re getting stretched, where you’re not comfortable.
  • Sometimes all you really need is a good nap.
  • Destiny is not a place on the map or a moment in time. Destiny is where you’re supposed to be. It’s anywhere, anytime with the one you love and the one who loves you most.
  • My bigger dream (for the Filipinos) is when excellence is so normal that’s it’s not something we worship. Everyone is like it.
  • To my 20-year-old self: Choose your dates wisely.
  • Run to God no matter what your situation.
  • Be really good at doing the necessary hard things. Be really good at something.

Your turn!

David shared a lot of insights and practical advice on how you can overcome adversity, grow and become the best version of you. What part of David’s interview resonated with you the most? Share it with us in the comment section below.

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