Over 500 Business students filled the Sentro Baler covered court for the 6th Business Students’ Summit. It was organized by the Business Administration Department of Mount Carmel College of Baler, Aurora, with the theme “Divergent Leadership Toward Convergence.” The summit was held to continuously improve the quality of business education in the province to prepare the youth for the competitive global business landscape.
Mr. Pochology, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, was invited to close off the event with a motivational talk. Pocholo shared his experience and expertise in starting out as a young entrepreneur who built a business based on his passion for and gift of VOICE. At the young age of 16, he started his professional voice acting career, and went on to establish the first and only voice acting school in the country, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting, nine years after.
In his talk, Pocholo shared how he started his entrepreneurial journey, including the challenges and obstacles that he had to overcome in order for his business to survive past the proverbial “10-year mark” of a business. This became his transition to talk about having PASSION in building a business, which for him became his primary fuel to keep his business thriving. Pocholo challenged the students to shift their mindset about getting into business, from earning a living to giving value.
“Many people ask the wrong question when they think about starting a business,” was the bold statement of the VoiceMaster. He said that instead of asking which business will earn money, one should ask which business will enable a person to use his talents and skills to SERVE others. This is exactly how he revolutionized the voice acting business with his school. Instead of setting up his voiceover company to make more money from projects, he set it up to give opportunities to aspiring voice artists to get into the industry.
Pocholo also engaged the students in an activity to help them uncover their passions and talents that could spark their very first business idea. He gave them a formula on how they can narrow down their interests to those that they see themselves doing for the long-term, instead of just getting into what’s trending in the internet and social media.
Towards the end of his talk, Pocholo also encouraged the participants to take action, as none of what they have learned in the seminar will work unless they actually apply them.
As an entrepreneur, Pocholo was awarded as one of Go Negosyo’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs in 2009, and has since then has become one of their “Angelpreneurs.” He is also one of the country’s primary advocate of Youth Entrepreneurship, as he has founded the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy, to provide training and mentoring programs for aspiring young entrepreneurs.