Over 500 students from various schools all over Leyte filled the gymnasium of Eastern Visayas State University in Tacloban for its 1st Youth Entrepreneurship Summit. Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was invited as one of the speakers to this event held last March 3. With the theme “Drive and Ambition: Edgewise Virtues of Entrepreneurs to Nation Transformation,” the summit was organized to equip the students with the tools to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
As an advocate for youth entrepreneurship, Pocholo shared his experience about starting out as a young entrepreneur in building his company, Creativoices Productions. Recognizing the fact that building a business – especially at a young age – can be risky, challenging and difficult. This is why Pocholo rallies that people should build what he calls “passion-driven business”. With his love for the art of voice acting, Pocholo is the perfect example who created a business out of passion, and not just something that’s lucrative or in-demand. For Pocholo, passion is the fuel that would keep you waking up in the morning to work on your business, knowing that it’s something that you love.
Pocholo also talked about his passion for empowering the youth, which led him to become a youth advocate and then eventually a sought-after motivational speaker in the Philippines. As a Go Negosyo Awardee and Angelpreneur, Pocholo founded Negosyo Kabataan, in which he also established the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy. He posed the challenge to the audience to look at entrepreneurship as a venue to be able to contribute to positive social change, and not just as a means to become rich.
Pocholo also spoke about Dr. Jose Rizal, and how he sees the national hero as the epitome of Filipino greatness and excellence. With his vast knowledge about Rizal’s history, Pocholo encouraged the audience to raise their standards and aim for greatness the way that Rizal did. He also emphasized that the youth should not only be the “hope of the future,” but more importantly, the realization of the present.
In the end, Pocholo left the audience with his Pochology (Pocholo’s words of wisdom): “Availability is the best ability.” He told the participants that he himself grabbed the opportunities that come his way, and that made all his achievements possible, both in his business and his advocacy. He encouraged the students to become an inspiration to their fellow youth by pursuing their heart’s desire and creating a business that will ultimately serve and make an impact.