Useful Lessons From Teleseryes - Be Careful With My Heart

Useful Lessons from Teleseryes - Be Careful With My Heart. There's absolutely nothing to learn from this story, in terms of personal finance. The show itself, however, offers great lessons: Success is about substance, not circumstance, Don't worry about fitting the mold, Focus on the big picture, not the moving parts.
After having made two teleserye posts, with mixed results, I of course can't just leave it there without doing one on arguably the most popular soap right now - Be Careful With My Heart.

In my first teleserye post, +Ronald Cagape commented that I would learn a lot from this series. Well, it turns out he was right but not in the way I initially thought.

The story thus far: Rich-guy Sir Chief meets girl-from-humble-beginnings Maya. They slowly, in a very drawn-out way, fall in love. And for the most part, that's all there is to it.

There's absolutely nothing to learn from that story, in terms of personal finance. The show itself, however, offers great lessons.

Success is about substance, not circumstance.

It's not on prime-time. It doesn't have an all-star cast. As far as I know, only Jodi Sta. Maria had a previous starring role. None of the other casts were famous before the series. And based on the few episodes I've watched, it seems like they didn't have that much budget (in the beginning) to play around with either (I'm assuming that since it seems the sets seemed relatively simple and limited in comparison with most shows that achieve the same large following).

But despite those "limitations" they are now a hit, and have gone on a world tour. And some quick, amateurish sleuthing shows that its ratings are unusually high for a daytime show.

There were a lot of things that they didn't have like star power and a prime-time spot. I'm not even sure if, in the beginning, they were getting the marketing push that they get now from their home network. But they succeeded because they focused on what they had and could control - a kilig story.

Which brings us to the next point.

Don't worry about fitting the mold.

The show has no villain, and there's no bitter twist of fate. No one is oppressed. They just focused on one, universal aspect that reaches everyone - that feeling of falling in love.

And it worked. Despite the lack of overt conflict and struggle in the story, it's watched by hordes of soap opera fans.

In essence: They focused on satisfying a need and reaped the rewards.

Focus on the big picture, not the moving parts.

Richard Yap probably has one of the most famous faces now, and is a household name. I've heard he's had roles and commercials before, but he was never this famous. This isn't a slight against his talent, but I'm pretty sure he benefited from the show as much as the show is benefiting currently from his new found fame.

But how many soaps with several famous stars and grander ambitions have we seen fail? There are soaps that ran for a decade or more (Mara Clara anyone?) and soaps that became popular abroad (Pangako Sayo), but how many other big-budget shows with big-name stars got beat by the rival network's show? Better yet, how many of those big budget shows do we actually remember off the top of our head?

Chances are, not much. The same has been true about Hollywood movies for some time now. What we can take from this is to focus on the outcome - the big picture.

In business, spend on the stuff that will matter to your bottom line.

In our personal budget, that means focusing more on the value and utility of what we are buying than the brand name or perceived status it represents. Buy a quality product that suites you needs. Though if it's for a one-time or short-term use, a cheaper (if slightly inferior) product may work just as well for your purpose and cost much less.

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  1. looking forward to useful lessons from "my husband's lover". haha.
    nice article article carlos!