‘Walk­ing with the gi­ants’

Ka­pam­pan­gan mil­len­nial in the world of in­flu­encers

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TALK OF THE TOWN! - JTD

N to­day’s world of e-hip­sters and hash­tag­gers, is one Ka­pam­pan­gan mil­len­nial who is blaz­ing the way for his gen­er­a­tion, dream­ing big and walk­ing with the gi­ants in the arena of in­flu­encers.

He talks, he acts and he writes, that his first book “Lessons from the Rants” was a sold-out suc­cess and his weekly col­umn “Mil­len­nial Chat” in Sun­Star Pam­panga gain­ing more and more fol­low­ers.

Pa­trick Joven S. De Leon, planted as a seed at the Mother of Good Coun­sel Sem­i­nary, grew where he was sown, earn­ing his Phi­los­o­phy de­gree, cum laude, and con­tin­ues to bloom in the real world he set his sights at, never afraid to ven­ture to new paths or those un­taken by many in his cir­cle.

In fact, the lat­est in his jour­ney was a “show­down” last Jan­uary 29 with en­tre­pre­neur, broad­caster, book au­thor, busi­ness con­sul­tant and renowned in­ter­na­tional in­spi­ra­tional speaker Fran­cis Kong, the icon who is an Out­stand­ing Filipino awardee in 2014 and a re­cip­i­ent of Peo­ple Asia Magazine's "Men Who Mat­ter" 2018 award, among oth­ers in his cap.

De Leon---branded by his peers as the "Mil­len­nial In­flu­encer," life coach, a pas­sion­ate and multi-faceted Asian speaker and au­thor in peo­ple de­vel­op­ment, ca­reer and lead­er­ship---and Kong de­liv­ered their back-to-back talks be­fore 250 stu­dents and fac­ulty of the Tech­no­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of the Philip­pines (TIP) in Que­zon City, in a gath­er­ing dubbed "ECE SPEC­TRUM: Go­ing Be­yond the Vi­sion."

In the whole day ses­sion or­ga­nized by the In­sti­tute of Elec­tron­ics En­gi­neers of the Philip­pines TIP-Que­zon City, Kong talked about “Win­ners ver­sus Losers” while De Leon de­liv­ered “Dis­cov­er­ing Your Grit to Suc­ceed” to an­swer the au­di­ence’s query: “Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you're lack­ing mo­ti­va­tion? Some­times, a stu­dent may feel de­mo­ti­vated, un­will­ing to study, or un­able to per­form a given task. Any­one may go through this phase and may have dif­fi­culty in deal­ing with it.”

Said De Leon of his reen­counter with Kong: “I first met the icon three years ago in a con­fer­ence that was spon­sored by my former em­ployer where I was specif­i­cally tasked to hold his bot­tled wa­ter for two straight hours.”

“Since then, I’ve held more than just a bot­tle... but a lofty am­bi­tion which I’ve faith­fully kept and promised to worked on ev­ery day. Fast for­ward to­day, here I am, given an in­sane priv­i­lege to speak not as an opener or front act (modesty aside) but as a key guy in this show­down,” he added.

Never be afraid, De Leon stresses, to “ri­val the gods.”

“Surely, we’re never too small to dream big. So never be afraid to walk with the gi­ants. And al­ways strive to ri­val the gods. I’m just hon­ored to rep­re­sent the Ka­pam­pan­gans and my en­tire gen­er­a­tion,” he said.---

DIS­COV­ER­ING YOUR GRIT TO SUC­CEED. Suc­ceed.’Coach Pa­trick Joven De Leon talks about ‘Dis­cov­er­ing Your Grit to

WIN­NERS VS LOSERS.Icon Fran­cis King talks about ‘Win­ners ver­sus Losers.’

MIL­LEN­NI­ALS.The coach and his mil­len­nial au­di­ence.

WITH THE GI­ANT. Renowned in­ter­na­tional in­spi­ra­tional speaker Fran­cis Kong and Coach Pa­trick Joven De Leon.

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