Thank God For A Blessed Life

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Author’s note: I wanted to honor God on my 500th blog entry so here is a reflection on the story of my life and what He had made me into.

My grandfather criticized me for always being speechless. You transformed me as the most awarded business educator-speaker in the Philippines!

My high school teacher undermined me and thought that La Salle will be too hard for a C student like me. You made me graduate second honor with the most outstanding leader award to boot!

My high school dean once detained me for being a rule breaker. You made me an expert in the fusion of marketing and innovation! (My high school dean even hired the fishball vendor to cut my “long hair”. You made me the graduation keynote speaker of the school four decades later!)

My academic adviser told me that I failed my English grammar in the college entrance exam. You made me a record-breaking, bestselling author of 18 marketing books!

My elder brother complained that I was too self-centered as a teenager. You made me learn to lovingly care for my immediate and extended family members!

My mother complained I studied too little and easily get bored as a student. You made me a lifelong learner always curious, searching for new ideas worldwide.

My colleagues complained that there is nothing new in marketing. You made me teach advanced marketing while introducing new frameworks and opportunities that people can better appreciate!

My father complained to my brother that I was not making as much money in my new business then. You enabled me to earn much more than what even my next generation needs via reinventing business models!

My wife complained that I was not drinking enough water. You created for me the leading home water purifier business in the Philippines!

My staff complained that there is no more space to display my trophies and plaques. You made me launch the Mansmith YMMA and other advocacy projects to benefit others!

My perception of myself then was a hopeless case in the darkest hour. You restored me with your unconditional love and assured salvation!

P.S. To my family, friends and loved ones, please keep on blessing me with your feedback. As I have been a testament of God’s faithfulness and transformational power, I will continue paying it forward through my mentoring mission.

Josiah Go

Josiah Go is the Chairman and Chief Innovation Strategist of Mansmith and Fielders, Inc., and Chairman of Waters Philippines (the market leader in the direct selling of premium home water purifiers in the Philippines). He is Chairman / Vice Chairman / Director of over a dozen companies. Known as one of the Philippines’ most respected marketing gurus, he is the most awarded business educator of the Philippines having been recognized as one of the Agora Awardees in 1994, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines in 2001, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of the World in 2002 (the 1st and only Filipino in Business Education given by World JCI in a competition of over 1,000 TOYMs), and one of only two Lifetime Achievement Awardees by the Association of Marketing Educators (2007), the youngest marketing educator to be bestowed this honor. He was also given the Brand Leadership Award during the World Brand Congress in India (2009). His accomplishments was recognized by the international community where he has been included in the 10th edition of the International Who’s Who of Intellectuals (England). He is also the first Filipino to have completed the Blue Ocean Strategy qualification process in Blue Ocean Institute in INSEAD, France and is the first in Southeast Asia to have taught this as a 3-unit, full semester course in a university. He specializes in the fusion of marketing and innovation using the lenses of data-driven entrepreneurship and teaches advanced marketing subjects like Market-Driving Strategies, Business Model Innovation, 5 Skills of Master Strategists, Marketing Innovation, Mastering Innovation and Defense Strategy. He has given talks and facilitated over 1,000 marketing seminars in the Philippines and internationally to teams in diverse industries, in different situations and contexts. A thought leader with 18 bestselling and recordbreaking marketing and entrepreneurship books, Josiah has taught at the De La Salle and Ateneo Universities. He is an Executive Scholar of the Kellogg Business School (in Marketing and Sales Management) as well as the MIT Sloan (in Strategy and Innovation). He also took advance marketing programs at Harvard, Wharton and at the London Business School. His industry affiliations include being National President of the Philippine Marketing Association (1991), Chairman of the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (2002), National President of the Association of Marketing Educators (2004-2005). He continues to be involved in various advocacies aimed at youth empowerment and entrepreneurship namely, the Young Market Masters Awards (YMMA), Mansmith Innovation Awards, Day 8 Business Academy for SMEs, and the MarkProf Foundation.

One thought on “Thank God For A Blessed Life

  1. Congratulations sir and you’re indeed an inspiration and a surprise blessing from The Almighty above as you allow & humble yourself to be His instrument in the field you’re called for to serve!!!

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