What do you think are the qualities that an entrepreneur should possess in order to be successful especially in the Philippine setting?
Rexy: It’s important that entrepreneurs do what they are able to do without compromising their work. A lot of them say, “Okay so here’s the big vision and this is what I want to do” but they realize that they can’t get funding fast enough so they end up doing side gigs that detract their focus from growing the business.
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you should push relentlessly for what you know needs to happen. Also, you’re dead if you don’t have some kind of backup for tough times. Always keep the lights on.
Roland: It’s important to manage what’s happening between your ears. You have to be mentally prepared. There’s a huge psychological price in building something and always hearing “No. No. No.” What I do every morning is I wake up with gratitude, say a prayer, and do 50 push ups. Clarity is important for you to be in a strong headspace. Finally, you also have to have a strong support system.