By Michael G. Rayel, MD
Who’s Henry Sy? Is he rich and successful? If so, why talk about him? Why not just relish on the successes of Donald Trump of The Apprentice or Warren Buffet, the Oracle of Nebraska?
Henry Sy has inspired millions of
people from the
Henry was born in
Through perseverance and hard
work, he gradually expanded his stores to malls to capture a bigger market.
When he planned to build the first mall, many people including bankers and businesspeople
thought that it wasn't a good idea especially that
And now, Henry’s companies own
major banks, a real estate business, and several huge malls in the
In 2008, Forbes Magazine named him
as one of the world’s billionaires and the richest in the
What are Henry’s secrets to success?
Teresita Sy-Coson, Henry’s eldest
daughter who runs his many businesses, revealed his success formula. In one of
her speeches (printed at Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sept. 2004), she stated
Henry’s 14 success strategies: 1. Leadership 2. Integrity 3. Vision 4. Focus 5.
Passion 6. Hard work 7. Perseverance 8. Optimism 9. Confidence 10. Discipline
11. Organization 12.
Below, you’ll find questions on Henry’s success secrets. Read each of them carefully and provide your honest answers.
Are you willing to be different? Are you willing to establish a brand that represents who you are or that shows how unique your business is? Are you willing to make the necessary and yet painful decisions to help your business?
Can people trust you? Can you trust yourself? Do you mean what you say and say what you mean? Do you walk the talk? Do you keep your promises?
Do you have a long-term plan? Do you see yourself or your business 15 years from now? Or 50 years from now? Have you weighed the necessary steps to achieve your goals?
Are you fully focused in achieving your dreams? Do you make the effort to ignore distractions? Do you tactfully deal with people who waste your time?
Do you have the burning desire to succeed? Do you like to savor success despite the hurts, frustrations, and losses? Are you passionate about what you’re doing?
On Hard work
Are you willing to give extra hours to pursue a sale or to create a better product or to improve your work? Do you give your best effort in advancing your business or your cause?
Do you persevere against all odds? Do you stay the course despite the negativism in your community or problems in your family? Do you feel encouraged to do better by your losses and failures?
If you respond yes to all these questions, then you have what it takes to be a success like Henry Sy.
Dr. Michael G. Rayel — author, game inventor, and psychiatrist — has created the Oikos Game Series to promote emotional health and A 31-Day Series to help kids and teens. Since 2005, he has published Oikos’ Insights! www.oikosinsights.com as an online resource for personal development. Visit www.oikosglobal.com for more info. Also, he has offered psychiatry board review for ABPN II. Visit www.psychedu.com for details.