Richard Yap's concept of work-life balance is must read!

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The first time Richard Yap became an entrepreneur was when he sold shirts to his classmates back in college.


Richard Yap, since his college days, has been entrepreneurial.

A "thinking" that, according to him, was influenced by his father who's also a businessman.

But after college, he worked for the company of his dad, and, years later, transferred to another company.

For 22 years, he had a daily job until one day, he just realized that "something has to end for something to begin."

At the kickoff of Manulife Start Your Story campaign, the 49-year-old actor related how he started venturing into the food industry.

And despite all the hurdles, ups and downs, not to mention, criticisms such as "artista lang iyan," he's able to maintain a good reputation in both showbiz and the business world.

Here are some tips for those who have plans of putting up a business.

1. Let go of your doubts and learn to sacrifice.

The former Be Careful With My Heart star shared he had to sacrifice his monthly income from his daily job to be able to make a path of his own.

He ventured into food business.

Now, Richard manages five restaurants: four branches of Wangfu Chinise Cafe and a branch of Luna J.

2. Choose the right partners.

In any relationship, a partner can either make or break a person.

But Richard believes having one is crucial.

He advised, "Kasi if you do it on your own, mahirap talaga. You really have to team up with the person of similar interest and thinking."

He mentioned that when he was starting his first business, he sought the help of his parents.

3. Learn the ins and outs.

Did you know Kapamilya actor went to cooking classes?

"Even we started the business, I took up culinary arts, so I’d know the ins and outs of the kitchen.

"You really have to prepare for things, learn the business side, operations side."

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He noted that, "You really have to be flexible.

"You have to be always ready to learn something new."

4. Put yourself into the business.

"You can’t ask other people to earn money for you. You have to do it yourself."

For the actor, succeeding in this world means putting your all in what you do and what you are about to do.

"Minsan gusto mo na lang matulog, pero marami ka pang kailangan gawin."

5. Master the art of work-life balance.

He reminded that one has to learn when to pause and take a break.

"Life is short, and you make it shorter by being that [workaholic]. Because sometimes, you're working hard to be able to enjoy the fruits of labor, di ba."

"You should really have a work-life-balance talaga. Hindi puwede yung puro work lang kasi you'll be missing out on so many things.

"And at the end of your life, who would care about all what you did?"

6. Foresight.

Richard has a clear picture of what he wants.

And this year, he is planning to expand his horizons and test the waters in the furniture industry.


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