What did a young Mark Ruiz want to be when he grew up? A. an engineer like his father, B. a corporate executive like his mother, C. a businessman, or D. a superhero.

As a social entrepreneur, Mark’s current career is a combination of all of his childhood ambitions, minus the superhero cape. Mark professes a deep love for the Philippines and expresses his nationalism by helping his fellow Filipinos. A graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, Mark is the founder of two social enterprises that help start micro and small businesses. Hapinoy helps women in rural communities put up and sustain profitable sari-sari stores, thus improving the lives of their families. Meanwhile, Rags2Riches helps artisans from impoverished communities produce and market designer products. These programs have empowered women to become catalysts for change and helped thousands of families and communities all over the country.

Find out more about Mark’s experiences as a social entrepreneur and his dream for the Filipino people as you listen to his two-part interview below.

Mike grogan and Mike Ruiz of Hapinoy

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

  • What Mark considers a great work place.
  • How Mark feels when he visits their Hapinoy stores.
  • The definition of integrity.
  • How a person can build resilience against rejection. (And why repressing bad feelings is not a good idea.)
  • Why having a routine is important.

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

  • Why Mark wants to punch corporate bullies.
  • How Mark feels about being an entrepreneur.
  • The benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
  • How relentless tracking and planning improves productivity.
  • Why happiness and prosperity are Mark’s dream for each Filipino, especially for OFWs.

Quotable Quotes:

Here are some words of wisdom shared by Mark in this interview.

  • No amount of travel on the wrong road will bring you to the right destination. – Ben Gaye, III
  • The event is not important but the response to the event is everything. – I Ching
  • Success is being able to make something out of nothing and being able to benefit others.
  • Rejection is part of the game. The important part is even when you’re rejected, you just continue on.
  • Keep your mind on what’s immediate in the next three months, but don’t lose sight of where you’re headed for the next five years.
  • Plant a tree and the birds will fly back.
  • You really have to know yourself and that is not as easy as it sounds.
  • Know what’s important and know what’s valuable. That allows you to make sense of what to go for.
  • You don’t exist for yourself, but you exist for other people.
  • You have to make your presence felt in the world.

Join the Conversation:

Are you big on planning like Mark? If so, where did you pick up this habit? What advice can you give others who don’t even have a to-do list? Share with us your tips in the comment section below.

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