For Investment Awareness Week, the BULLetin team caught up with some of the Investment Mentorship Program (IMP) mentors to find out what the Investment Stories are.
My investing story actually started when I was a freshman. I joined this effort called the Investment Mentorship Program, not knowing anything about investing or stocks and yet they accepted me. I took the risk and I believed I could do it as well. It was there where my investing journey started and truly I haven’t regretted it since.
Like everyone, I started off with nothing but mistakes, but recently through my internship, I made one good pick that helped me get back all that I lost. I realized that it was really okay to make mistakes. As long as you learn from those experiences, you’ll bounce back. In that scenario, making mistakes is also an investment. It’s not how many mistakes you did, but how much you learn from them.
When I was a freshman, I was skeptical about the stock market. But as I exposed myself to it, it turned out to be one of the most fascinating things to have ever existed. Stocks is more than just money. Stocks has given me opportunities to meet new people, engage myself in the business world, and most importantly teach those who are eager to learn.
When I started investing, I wasn’t even ready, but I thought to myself, ‘If not now, when?’ So I decided to take a leap of faith and learn the processes under pressure because that’s how I knew I would learn the most. If I were to give advice to people, it would be to plunge into the stock market. As I’ve read in books, learning how to discipline oneself is the most crucial part of being successful.
I invest for myself and my future. Back story, when I was in 2nd year college, I joined the mentorship program. Initially, I only did so because trip ko ‘lang mag-invest.
I started trading over ten years ago – since before the 2008 financial crisis. As you can imagine, the road has been long, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. The things I’ve learned along the way are truly invaluable. Despite the risks, investing in financial markets opens up tremendous opportunities. I’ve come a long way since, but my journey’s just about to kick into high gear. One day I’ll make it big. I’ll have a successful career, be a fund manager on Wall Street, and by then I’ll have the resources I need to come back and fulfill my promise of sharing my blessings and making a positive impact in the lives of other people.