Our friendship blossomed by meeting our minds in a popular coffee shop in BGC. He is a visionary. Imagine, six months after college graduation in 2007, Michael Chan, then a 23-year-old property consultant, made his first million.
Thirteen years later, Chan, now an affluent real estate broker and entrepreneur, is advocating the power of positive thoughts and how it can produce the life of our dreams.
Throughout the pandemic, he has been inspiring people to see possibilities rather than limitations. “I want to encourage Filipinos to believe that it’s achievable to become a millionaire so that they could help the country,” he says.
In his self-published book, The Adventure Millionaire: Journey to My First Million, Chan talks about how he affixed his mind on prosperity which resulted in new thought patterns that produced miracles. Asked how his book differs from other books with similar topic, Chan explains that he focused on enjoying the process instead of being obsessed with results, adding that expectations can block the flow of prosperity.
“The first step in making your first million: Be specific with your goals and develop self-discipline,” he advises.
The initial print run was meant for giveaways. Chan quotes the Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” in explaining his reason.
“Instead of giving dole-outs, it is better to teach people how to develop the abundance mindset and see how it manifests in their lives. Education is a form of wealth.”
Paving a path filled with optimism
An industrial engineering graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, Chan (whose real name is Michael Roseño) pursued his passion for sales instead. He joined one of the country’s top real estate developers and was named Rookie of Month after selling four condominium units and earning a million-peso worth of commissions in four weeks.
Chan then wrote his goals for the next few years. Every morning, he conditioned his mind to become a millionaire, and reinforced that mindset by listening to audio books on prosperity.
“Everything starts from a detailed picture which you program into your mind. Then you create methods on how to bring the goal into reality,” he says. Eager to rise to the top, he mentally recited his daily mantra “I’m a millionaire” a hundred times a day.
“Your mind creates these waves of energy that would attract abundance,” he posits.
Prosperity isn’t just an attitude, he clarifies. Chan worked till midnight and on weekends, waiting patiently at the showroom to close a deal and distributed nearly a thousand fliers every day in public places. He balanced his work life with sports to keep him fit.
“The harder you work, the luckier you will get,” he says. After two years of hard work, Chan was ranked No. 8 out of the developer’s 100 real estate agents.
Reaping what he sowed
In 2010, Chan started his own company, REM Business Consultancy, which provides services such as documentation for real estate, transfer of titles, paying of taxes, and selling of properties. He is also a consultant for a financial services company and paper trading.
Before the pandemic, Chan fulfilled his dreams of traveling to 30 countries in two years and owning a condominium, a nice car, and several other properties.
During the lockdown, Chan worked thrice as hard. He maintained his habit of waking up at 5:00 a.m. and conditioning his mind to attract luck. He and his brother put up a small factory that produced alcohol, traded stocks, and sold properties and commercial lands. They even earned a commission from selling an artwork by a National Artist. Top developers invited him to conduct webinars on how to motivate their sales team.
Despite the uncertain times, Chan started a new business, Block Camp Site, a glamorous camping site in Cavinti, Laguna. The concept of five pre-fabricated structures, with areas for grilling and bonfire, was developed by his business partner Philip Tinio, winner of The Final Pitch, the country’s first business reality TV show. According to Chan, the Block Camp Site is always fully booked.
Chan believes that his blessings must be shared. When he visited Kythe Foundation for children with cancer and chronic illnesses, the James Mackay Foundation for the visually impaired, and the New Bilibid Prison, he realized that gratitude is a prosperity practice.
“There are people who don’t have the same luck as others. We often take things for granted or feel that what we have isn’t enough. Be grateful for what you possess—health, daily sustenance, and freedom—and you will feel more of it in your life,” says Chan.
The unconditional sharing of his time and resources to others has led to more abundance. The gains need not always be financial, he says. Wealth could be translated as happiness from giving, building relationships, and discovering new opportunities.
“Abundance in whatever form grows by sharing,” concludes Chan.
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