11/19/2014 01:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pauline Pangan: Invest Your Time in Learning

This is part of the #CareerAdvice series - featuring successful professionals who share their advice to people who would want to take their career to the next level.

From events management to quickly becoming the founder of one of the most successful digital marketing agencies in the Philippines, AllFamous Digital, Pauline Pangan shares the importance of investing in learning, embracing mistakes and most importantly - learning from them.


Pauline Pangan, Founder & Chief Operating Officer at AllFamous Digital

Can you tell us a bit about how you started your career? What are some of your best moments in your professional life?

I didn't graduate college. I was anxious to work and experience the real world. My first job was in a call center. The call center job made realize that I am meant to do something big, a job whereby my role is very important. And then a miracle happened. A friend of mine told me to fly to Singapore as I have a job waiting for me. A week later, I found myself working as an Events Manager, driving around the big city, talking to Executives. I was 22 years old.

If you could advise your 20-year-old-self today, what would tell her?

Invest your time and energy learning because 20s is the best time to do so. Be ferociously hungry for learning and stop being anxious about earning. Earning naturally follows. Have faith that God has a great plan in your life.

What has been the most valuable advice you've ever gotten when you were facing challenges in your career?

Someone once told me that, you may not be where you want to be, but you are not where you used to be, but have faith. Because in His own beautiful time, He will make all things beautiful. This always stuck with me. I learned to always appreciate my growth and progress because I may have not yet reached my goals, but I am a lot closer today that I am yesterday. I learned that in life it's always about perfect timing. If you haven't achieved your goals, it only means that God thinks you still need further preparation. When I am reminded of this I am humbled to submit to Him and say "Yes Lord, keep preparing me mentally, emotionally and physically. I always ask, what else do you want me to learn?" God's timing is never flawed. It's always perfect :)

What would you advice the millennial just starting with their career or aiming to take their careers to the next level?

While you are young learn as much as you can. Be ferociously hungry for learning.

Top 5 books I strongly recommend:

1. Today Matters - John Maxwell
2. Rich dad, Poor dad - Robert Kiyosaki
3. Being happy - Andrew Matthews
4. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
5. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Explore, make mistakes. Makes lots of them. It's all part of the journey. Be true to your dreams. Believe that you deserve to live the life that you please as long as you are willing to sacrifice and put in the hardwork. Be prepared to work hard, to work really hard.

Hardwork trumps IQ. If something is challenging, embrace it fully - it will expand you.

Do not accept life, know that you are in control of your life. Imagine the life that you want and fully commit that you will stop at nothing until you achieve it. Let your everyday actions be fueled by your greatest dream. The world is filled with endless opportunities, find it, if you can't find it. Create it. Pray - pray all the time.

Follow Pauline Pangan's career journey by connecting with her on LinkedIn.

Watch out for the next post of the #CareerAdvice series and be sure to connect with me on Twitter @jonharules, LinkedIn and my blog, Social Media in Asia.