Warning: #totallynonfiction

My bestfriend told me a story about a man who started from zero and then became a hero. A man who initially didn’t know what to do with his life and clueless about where to go. Someone who eventually found his calling through giving jobs to people by building his own manpower agency that has immensely grown into over 6000 employees. With this story, I found the answer.

She also told me that the guy told her that the reason why his business succeeded was because he didn’t focus on how much money he’s gonna make nor the technicals and fundamentals of it. He said that instead, he focused on how he could add value to people and how he could make an impact. That there is one minor detail most people tend to overlook in their quest for success, and that is the idea of being selfless.

This reminded me of an old mentor of mine who once told me that when you do something, and you do it for somebody else, the task becomes lighter. That no matter how hard the job is, when you think of the person or the people who serve as your inspiration, you will be fueled up with renewed enthusiasm day by day. I followed his advice and it worked for me. Years ago, I had the same secret as the guy my bestfriend told me about. Over the years of working hard, I was selfless. I thought about my parents and how I could possibly give them the best life they never had the chance to provide for us. I also thought about the kids I was raising funds for when I was working for International Charities and the people I train everyday so they can also add value to others. I never went home empty. I was always full charged with enormous happiness despite earning below average.

But my father got sick so I had to make a hard choice. I had to leave and find a better paying job. Luckily, i got hired in a Multinational Financial Institution with above average pay and great travel incentives. It was good—earning money and then you get to travel internationally for free. So I killed it. They had me compete with the best of the best. I failed and then I won. There was even a time I became number 1. And then I got hooked—to winning and competing. I indulged into the spell of numbers. I lost the purpose why I was doing what I was doing. I stopped working from the inside out. Thus I found myself going home quite empty despite earning more and winning often, which during that time I could hardly comprehend why.

But now I do. However, don’t get me wrong, because never did I regret that part of my life where I did lost my purpose and when a part of me went away with it.

For all that was missing was balance.

So I left, to start anew.

I gathered all the courage I could find to start this blog and at the same time be an entrepreneur. Although I just commenced my quest to creating that balance while realigning my purpose and finding real happiness and with an avalanche of obstacles in between, I’mpositive that this is only the beginning of something great.

By great I mean, touching more lives of people and helping them achieve what they want in my own little ways.

Truth is, I didn’t know why I ended up talking about myself. I promise, I didn’t want to. But my heart ordered my fingers to type, so that maybe people would get to read this and be inspired with whatever good I have enveloped in these words. I am no expert at life in general (atleast not yet lol) so I won’t be enumerating the highlights of this post just like how a motivational post should ideally end. Plus, this isn’t the genre I’m comfortable writing. Hence whatever is your take away from this post (if there’s any), I hope it has provoked you to look at things at a brighter perspective. Always, always look at the rainbow.

♥️🌈

27 Comments

  1. Hyperion says:

    What a beautiful message, Apple. Many spirits are lost in the quest to live and pay for happiness through material means. Certainly to achieve our life goals we must work and pay our way, but you learned how easy it is to be drawn away from the basic things that feed your soul and bring you happiness. You are right, it’s balance. At the edge of balance in one direction or the other is the energy to push, to rise, to be more tomorrow than we are today. In the off center we accumulate experience which is often more painful than study or mimicry. But, in that process of gaining experience we teach our souls wisdom. You do touch lives, many lives I would guess. Your blog and your rich stories of life whether fiction or non fiction evokes visions, memories, and inspiration. I do hope you will continue to write whatever your heart gives you because I see a beautiful heart fueling the mind of a brilliant young woman. The world needs you and more like you.

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      To touch a million lives would be a dream come true. You have no idea how great you made me feel by your genuine words. Please know that you’re one of the writers I look up to, that’s why I’m happy you’re always here to comment and read my works. Means so much to me, Hyp. Your words mirror the experiences and wisdom you’ve acquired along with it, and it’s too inspiring!

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      1. Hyperion says:

        Please know it is my greatest pleasure to visit with you and read your stories. I can keenly sense talent that exceeds the normal skill of a good artist. There is a rich feel and layered texture of meaning while addressing powerful emotions. We must all start somewhere if we want to write. Every sentence that succeeds lifts us higher in the craft. Every sentence that fails redoubles our effort to hone our craft. In both cases we progress to that goal we have set for ourselves. You are definitely one to watch and it is a great honor if anything I do is helpful to you. Write on! 🙂

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  2. Hyperion says:

    Hi Apple! I sent a comment but it disappeared. Maybe it went in your spam bucket where it belongs, 🙂 I wanted to say I enjoyed this story because it shows a little bit about you, the author and helps us relate to you. There are so many good lessons one can take away from this endearing story. One important one is how easy it is to get caught up in the challenge and lose sight of ourselves in the business of life. Through it all, you gained experience and insights, which at times can be quite painful. But, this is how we teach our soul and gain wisdom. I think you should follow your heart and see what adventures unfold for you to write about.

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      I found your empowering comments in my spam folder a few moments ago and I believe some of my comments in your posts that didn’t push through as I check your site might also went to spam. Such a shame but anywho, I’m just so glad that you take the time to read me. Stories like this that directly talks about me required a lot of courage and confidence within to be able to post it, but when the heart speaks, you will be left with no choice but to be yourself. A heart that tells me to stop hiding behind the characters of my short stories and to be myself from time to time. Thanks a bunch, from the bottom of my heart. 🙂

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      1. Hyperion says:

        Hi Apple! I think WordPress is confused. I’ll go right away and see if any of your comments are inprisoned in my comment dungeon and release them right away. You are most welcome. I think for many of us to put purselves out there on front stage of WordPress is a daunting task. You did very well and giving your characters some life from yourself is good for you and good for your characters. Just keep doing what you do and your writing will take you as far as you like. You’ll always be the truest you no matter what your characters do. 😊

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      2. Apple Rae says:

        Thanks again, Hyp! Your new post is the bomb! Touches my heart and my life. 💯♥️ ive been thinking of the word path for days, and now I figured why. Thank youuu 😍

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      3. Hyperion says:

        My pleasure and I hope many adventurous paths will open up to you. Keep that keen mind connected. 🙂

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  3. An awe inspiring post, Apple.

    It shows you not only have talent but character.

    As Albus Dumbledore once told Harry Potter, “Who we become is ultimately decided by the choices we make not the talents we happen to possess.”

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Aw thank you so much Dracul. One of the best compliments I’ve heard so far. Going through something really difficult these days and I wrote this to lift myself up. And your presence here just whispered to my ear that everything’s gonna be alright. You are awesome, thank you! 🙂

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      1. You’re very welcome, Apple. ❤️

        Glad I was able to lift your spirits. 🙂

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      2. Apple Rae says:

        You absolutely did. 🙂

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  4. I have been drivdriving into the capital city of West Virginia for 13 years for higher pay. Not only has that robbed me of precious time with my family but the extra money went right into travel expenses. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realized how out of balance things are. Thank you for sharing this with us. It’s helped me to maintain focus.

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Hi Lloyd, it means so much to me that you were able to relate on this story when I honestly thought this wasn’t really written well lol but anyway, it’s true. Balance is the key. Thank you so much!

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    2. Apple Rae says:

      Just curious, did you leave that high paying job to spend more quality time with your family? What did you do to create that balance?

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      1. Not yet. I’m trying to build up my photography business. I still have my dad but he’s 76 years old and disabled. My goal is to get to point where I can be there for him on a daily basis.

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      2. Apple Rae says:

        You have a big heart. All the best on the photography business. I have faith in you!

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      3. Thank you! It really means a lot to me. ❤

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  5. Bartek D says:

    Maybe it’s not your category of posts like you said but you still managed to keep us glued to the story while motivating us to be more like you. You are a person many people want to be, you have skills, talent, big heart and many successes behind your belt plus I sometimes see your ig stories from training and you’ve become a bad ass chick haha

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Your words just made my day! Pure and sublime. Thank you very much, Bartek. I am always delighted by your presence in my site and I appreciate those compliments. I admire you for your writing skills as well you know that, so i hope you won’t stop getting through our imaginations with your creative and fun way of writing. Got a new post yet? 😁

      Ps. A badass chick is waaay too flattering. Haha. Thanks tho!

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      1. Bartek D says:

        Thank you and you’re welcome, I have stories ready in my head but struggle to find the time to write. I’m hoping to post something in the next few days because I feel bad for holding up the lost soul and the one I promised you.

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      2. Apple Rae says:

        Yea you still owe me one story hehe but no rush tho. Just when you’re ready 😊

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  6. Nitin says:

    Altruism is the most beautiful thing in this world. We forget often to be selfless and give rather than take. It’s a habit that I’m trying to cultivate myself. This is a beautiful, thought provoking post. Thank you.

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Thank you! And yes, good point. We should be more of a giver than a taker, because the world need more givers according to Adam Grant. I’m glad you liked it. Have an awesome day! 😊

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  7. Jokerswild says:

    “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~Rumi~
    All about change and what I got from this is the fact that you realized that a job doesn’t change circumstances, but you do because you are the power behind change. I love the story of being on top and realizing there are more important things, I’ve always known you had a big heart and reading this story just confirmed it. I heard a saying, if you do something you like, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. You took sacrifices to travel the road less traveled, there is a lesson to be taken from this story Apple as everything you write my dear❤️. “What you seek is seeking you”. What a wonderful post lovely!🌹🌹

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  8. Enni says:

    Beautiful the way you deal with and in future you gonna do it ……. Keep going Apple

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Thank you sooo soo much!

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