Useful Lessons From Teleseryes: Ina, Kapatid, Anak

Useful lessons from the teleserye Ina, Kapatid, Anak. Or what Margaux and Celine can tell us about business: develop your talents, work hard, limit expenses, be aggressive but not too aggressive.
I try to avoid Teleseryes as much as possible. And I'm not bothered in the least when people around me start talking about it and I can't relate (To the point where I don't even recognize the names they're saying).

But like all married men have found out, and will find out, watching them will be inevitable after marriage.

Fortunately, I'm a firm believer that there's a lot you can learn simply by observing, thinking and trying (consequently making me skeptical of self-hep/motivational books or seminars, but that's neither here nor there).

So today, we're going to squeeze out a few tips from Ina, Kapatid, Anak.

Jumping mid-stream into the story: Margaux hates Celine with a vengeance, and that fuels her to work really hard on her shoe line. She was apparently talented to begin with and, coupled with all that hard work, she turned M into a success. To (probably) rub it in Celine's face some more she decides to go international and sell the shoes in New York and London and maybe in a few other countries that were not mentioned. It was a huge expense, there were poor sales and eventually they were forced to abandon the international market. Unfortunately the performance in the local market was not responding very well in terms of sales (quality was fantastic, apparently; the shoes all looked the same to me, but whatever).

If we ignore the usual teleserye morals-of-the-story, what are we left with?

Talent/genius combined with hard work is powerful. 
Even after the "fall" the shoes were never in question. And in fact...

Expense are your enemy. 
Expenses were the problem with the shoes, even before they launched. And apparently the solution the writers came up with (via Celine) is to simply have the same shoes but with equal-quality-and-lower-cost materials.

You have to be aggressive in business...
Celine gave a way some free shoes, and actively marketed the shoes, selling them anywhere she could, not just in malls - in effect looking for her customer, rather than letting them find her. Despite her meek/sweet personality that was actually an aggressive move, and it paid of.

...But you can't be too aggressive. 
Margaux on the other hand went international when the company had no experience, no infrastructure, and really not enough budget to do so. It was extremely high risk, especially considering all expenses would be higher abroad. The only way it could have paid off was if they were a runaway hit. But with limited resources, there was not much chance of that happening.

And lastly...
Media people have a wildly inaccurate idea of how high a "professional" skirt should be. I'm just saying; I am about to have a baby girl so, please indulge me:)

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  1. Congrats on your upcoming baby.. :) My bro and sis-in-law are expecting a baby girl as well next month.. :)

  2. Interesting takeaways from that teleserye!

    Like you, I don't watch telenovelas as well, so I don't even know who plays Margaux or Celine. Although I do know that Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador had a tiff over Gerald Anderson teeheehee

  3. Regarding the skirt, I know right? :)

  4. Yes! ...Not saying anything's wrong with what's below/under(whatever)the skirt, but still... I've known people who got in trouble with HR for skirts two or four inches longer than those.

  5. Nice insights. It is true that we can learn from observing the things that we're doing, like watching soaps on TV. I didn't regularly watch telenovelas but every time I watch with my family, I am also looking and reflecting for real life lessons that I can apply.

    1. It's nice to know a lot of people are doing that! :D

  6. my husband can relate. haha. he can only switch the channel after Ina, Kapatid, Anak.
    congrats on your baby girl!

    1. Thanks! day we're all going to form a club! hahaha

  7. I know where you're coming from bro. :D

    Congrats to you and your wife! Your new princess is coming! :)

  8. Anong channel ba yan? Hehehe.

    Alam mo marami ka ring matutunan kay Maya at Ser Chief.

    Congrats sa inyong baby!

    1. Ah, eh anong channel sila? :D hehe

      Thanks Ronald!