IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO POPOY & BASHA IS, THEN MOST LIKELY, YOU’VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK.
It was 2007 when the movie “One more chance” came out – Starred John Lloyd Cruz & Bea Alonzo with famous screen names as Popoy and Basha respectively. The Star Cinema produced movie holds the 9th highest grossing Filipino film of all time.
Lesson number one, never date someone from the same school.
4 BUSINESS LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN FROM POPOY & BASHA
Lesson 1: WHEN TO CALL IT QUITS
SCENE: Besides going to the same school, Popoy & Basha also worked at the same firm after graduating. At one scene, Basha told Popoy that she wanted to resign and move into a smaller firm so that she can be given better opportunities. Basha decides to break-up with Popoy. Though the real reason of Basha’s decision was that she was getting tired of Popoy always stepping in to fix things for her, she basically lost control of her life.
In business, it is very, very important to know when it is time to throw in the towel. The article Attitude & Mindset of Entrepreneurs says that a wise businessmen never gives up. That’s true. But a wiser business man knows when the business is bleeding too much and the wiser decision is closing down for good or close it temporarily. Something close to to losing control of your business (or life.)
Closing down a business that you started is very painful. I have felt this many times. It’s like physical torture. You feel it in your heart, down to your bones. When the business you started is something that you’re passionate about, and you have to close it down – it is depressing, maybe it is the hardest thing an entrepreneur can do. But like Basha, you should know when the business is still healthy, if it is still good for you. And knowing when to call it quits.
Of course lesson number 2 is…
Lesson 2: HOW TO MOVE ON
SCENE: Basha continued with her plans to resign from the firm, she was jobless for sometime. After which she started customizing t-shirts with unusual patterns and designs. She eventually went to another firm and continued working as an architect and started to feel good about herself. Basha found happiness. Popoy, on the other hand struggled to live his life alone after the break-up. It took some time before he gathered himself and eventually finding someone new in the form of Trisha (Maja Salvador)
In business, moving on from a failed business venture is tough. Specially the startups, there are tons who don’t make the cut. Around 80% of startups fail within the first 5 years. It could be lack of funds, business not too exciting or poor management – most startups fail. Learning how to move on, start over again is really a challenge.
Seesh. I’m confused. I feel like I’m writing a love advice blog more than a business blog. Haha.
Lesson 3: DISCOVER NEW THINGS
SCENE: Slowly, Popoy moved on and discovered that there was life after Basha; on the other hand, Basha began to find her solitary journey to be harder than she had imagined, especially when Popoy began dating another girl. Although a part of her wanted to get him back, she reminded herself that the decision to terminate the relationship was hers alone.
After ending your business, after moving on from the pain and all the losses, what do you do? Discover new things, find better opportunities, look for better paths to success. Never get tired of standing up after a fall, just be sure not to make the same mistakes again. Good business takes skills – and you develop skills through failures. Like popoy dating a new girl, try a different field in business, discover new things, you’ll never know until you try.
Lesson 4: ONE MORE CHANCE
SCENE: After all the mess in their lives, Popoy went to Qatar and worked there for 2 years. After working abroad, Popoy goes to Basha and asks her out. They give each other another shot in love, they both get one more chance.
What the movie didn’t show: What happened in that 2 years.
“Minsan, It’s better for two people to break-up, so they can grow up. It takes grown-ups to make relationships work.”
They were both hurt: And HURT PEOPLE, HURT PEOPLE. (Read that 5x if you have to)
They both needed time to grow, learn from the mistakes and be better. When all that is done, all you need is just one more chance. Same in business. Grow. Learn from your business mistakes (or from the business mistakes of others!) – be better.
And when you’re better, all you need is… One more chance.
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(Why did I write this? Because they keep on showing this movie on cable! I keep on watching it naman. Labo. Hahaha. Popoy & Basha rules. Haha)
BONUS LESSON: KNOW THE 3 MONTH RULE! 🙂