“Learn from one passionate woman’s story in pursuing success from the corporate jungle to one of the world’s leading tourist island.”
Making a big decision is also taking a high degree of risk. It allows you to feel proactive — making things happen rather than waiting for them to happen to you. Success doesn’t come into one’s lap. SUCCESS, my dears, is pursued.
Valerie Geraldez, co-founder of family-run guesthouse Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds and a licensed real estate broker, was an account officer for the Aboitiz Power Corporation, before she decided to take the leap that would change not only her career, but her life in a 360 degrees turnabout.
Deciding to work for herself was one of the most important decisions that launched her eventual fate to success.
In her words, “leaving the ‘steady’ life of the corporate world to move to Boracay Island and to establish Agos Boracay together with her brother Micah competing with over 500 other properties,” was “unconventionally what I needed.”
Not only did they establish Agos and did it well, but she also passed the Real Estate Board early this year, adding yet another accomplishment to her prowess.
A Hollywood ending didn’t come easy to Valerie’s lap though. She had fought hard to stand firm by her decision of making it in the entrepreneurial world. She spent days and nights in developing strategies to market the business. She partnered with online and local travel agencies, bloggers, and enlisted the guesthouse in Tripadvisor. Her hard work didn’t fail her and soon enough, guest reviews started pouring in, topping the rankings in Tripadvisor and eventually winning Tripadvisor 2015 Traveler’s Choice award, making it to the Top 15 B&Bs/Inns in the Philippines and also receiving the Guest Review Award of Excellence from world leader online travel agency Booking.com. Word of mouth from fulfilled guests was and still is Agos Boracay’s biggest advertisement. All thanks to Valerie’s and her brother’s dogged efforts.
Starting something new is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle — it takes a lot of pieces and patience, but once you have enough in place, you begin to see the whole picture. Being relentless, professional, and driven in investing in herself and in the company 100% all throughout were the key pieces to Valerie’s entrepreneurial ride.
Putting up a business on your own is not an easy feat. Failure is never far behind sometimes looming on every step of the way. But success could just be trailing beside it all throughout! That’s why it is important to always put your trust where it should be – on yourself. But as a business owner, sometimes you can be your own worst enemy.
At the closing of my interview with Valerie, said confided that, “If I could only go back in time and undo all the mistakes and heartaches along my journey to success, I would be gentler with myself and relax a little.”
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