4 P’s in Business Success

Years of observation and some business involvement in the past have made me conclude that there are 4 P’s one needs to be constantly aware of and focused on when one is engaged in business.

Passion. The most successful businesses I have known of not only in terms of profit but also in terms of the quality of their products and services, are those born out of passion. Their business owners simply love what they do or make. It is something they can do or be focused on regardless of time. They are willing to do everything to produce their product or provide their service. And from an outsider’s perspective, these people are identified with it. It’s almost like they are synonymous with it even. Think Steve Jobs. Think Bill Gates.

Profit. Simply put, a business may be born out of passion but for it to flourish and bring in returns, one needs to think about profit. I think the challenge here is how do you maximize your resources to bring in maximum profit. This means one must always be aware of the latest trends as well as needs of one’s market or target customers/clients. One must also know about the tools and technology that can be used to understand the market better as well as how to improve profit. For instance, one may not know or understand embedded analytics but as it can be a tool to further improve one’s knowledge about one’s clients or customers then a business owner must learn about it.

People. A business owner may be the most passionate about his/her product or service and may have the best strategy and tools to gain profit for it but if he/she does not have the right people to work with, create with, I think the business will not succeed or last. The business owner needs THE best people for his/her business. As people or personnel are key in furthering and making a business last, it only makes sense that the business owner knows how to take care of them. A successful businessman once told me that happy and satisfied personnel is equal to good profit. If one does not take care of one’s personnel, it would lead to bad business and less profit (or even none!) eventually.

Perseverance. Not all days mean good business. There will be challenges at times, but success means staying on — choosing to stay on. The person behind the business always understands that not all days will be sunny in one’s business corner, but that the sunny days will eventually be around.

The Importance of a 24-hour Pharmacy

We don’t really think much about it.

We don’t really think about whether the pharmacy nearest to your place or mine  is open for 24 hours. Well, not until we have a need for a medicine for ourselves or for our family which has unfortunately run out.

Well, this was my dilemma a couple of weeks ago.

I would have asthma attacks every now and then brought about by allergy or stress, but I haven’t had them for quite some time now. And then it happened!

Well, no need to panic as I was able to ask my husband to buy some for me before he got home. Unfortunately, he had so much going on in his head at work and with his church commitments (he is one of the volunteer leaders at our church) that he came home and forgot to buy the medicine.

My friend helped later in purchasing the medicine which proved to be another challenge.

To our dismay, the pharmacies we tried to go to were not open for 24 hours! They were closed!

I was thinking we are now in the ultra-modern age of history and perhaps this would mean most (if not all) pharmacies would be open 24 hours. Except maybe if they are located inside a mall which doesn’t operate for 24 hours.

Another friend advised us to go to two specific pharmacies which were said to be open then.  Thankfully, the one we went to was indeed open 🙂 And so I was able to buy my much-needed medicine.

It was all, of course, a good reminder for me to stock up on our medicines so that we would not have to end up in that dilemma again. And especially  so when we are travelling. Not all cities, not all countries in the world can have that accessible, 24-hour pharmacy which we might need.

It also matters that a pharmacy has quality and affordable medicines. That it has an efficient and helpful staff is also a plus point (which that pharmacy I went to, thankfully, had). It would also be good if they accept discount cards like the dymista discount card. After all, I think everyone would be happy to get some discount and savings during their purchase.

I really hope that in your time of need for a medicine, you will also find a 24-hour pharmacy that can serve you, no matter when your hour of need may be.

The Healthy and Delicious Beverage for Women

As women, I think you agree with me, that we would like to strike a balance in every area of our live.

We want to live an active, purposeful life. For us to do so means that we need to take care of ourselves better. And part of looking after ourselves well means meeting our nutritional needs.

And there’s one milk product that is formulated to address our unique nutritional needs: Athena.

Here’s what Athena can offer to us women:

High Calcium. This is essential for optimum bone health. It is also a source of Vitamins D and K, Magnesium and Phosphorus – nutrients to help maintain strong bones which we definitely need.

Low in Fat. Athena is low in fat which means we can enjoy this beverage without the risk of high caloric intake.

Source of Anti-oxidants. It contains Vitamins A & E and Zinc to help us maintain healthy skin and promote optimum immune function.

Here then is our delicious and healthy beverage rolled into one with Athena.

Athena comes in two flavors – Milk (180 grams – Php 130.00; 400 grams – Php 273.00) and Choco (180 grams – Php 130.00). It’s currently available online at www.athena.com.ph and in-store at Mercury Drugstore, Watsons, and Southstar.