Just this weekend, another win for the Philippines bagged by none other than our "Pambansang Kamao" (National Fist) Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao! He fought against the American boxer, Adrien Broner. In his career's 70th fight, Pacman won with a unanimous decision and retained his WBA welterweight title.
And in everything, there is a lesson to be learned from. Here are 6 things we can learn from Manny Pacquiao for our freelancing careers.
Age Doesn't Matter
Pacquiao is currently at his 40's. He is not exactly at his prime. But for sure, he can still pack a punch. Literally. He won over his opponent who is 11 years his junior! And with more punches and aggressiveness at that.
In our freelancing careers, some baby boomers might feel that they are past their primes. But did you know that the freelancing job market is for the baby boomers as well? Entrepreneur.com even went as far saying, "Baby Boomers make the perfect freelancers!"
You already have the connections, the skills, and, most especially, the experience. So like Pacquiao, you can still strike stunning punches in the freelancing world!
Work on Your Strengths
Passion is a double-edged sword. You can't live a fulfilling life without something you're passionate about. But you can't live off just with passion alone. Blindly going towards your passion is a myth. You should be so good at it, the income you get can sustain you and your family alongside doing what you love. And Pacman did just that.
As a freelancer, you should find something you are good at. We all have our talents. Hone them to the point that your skills are marketable already.
You Have the Chance to Get Out of Poverty
According to a research last 2018, roughly 20% of the Filipino population is stricken with poverty.
Yes, we can tell people to work hard. But do you think they aren't? For example, some of the poorest vendors wake up in the dawn and work until God knows what hour only to get measly income. They are working hard. But working hard can only go so far. Without the same privileges like accessible education and opportunities, it's hard to rise up from such case.
Manny showed that it is definitely possible. The same with freelancing, we can earn OFW income because most of our clients are from abroad. If you find the things you are good at, go on and market yourself and freelance. It’s like a great equalizer of opportunities.
Yes, you will still work harder compared to your privileged counterparts. But with freelancing now, at least you have a chance. This might be your gateway out of the poverty line.
Feel Free to Try New Things (With a Safety Net)
Manny is not only a Professional Boxer. He is a Basketball Player, Singer, Actor, Businessman, and a Senator! This tells us that it's ok to try new things. I mean these titles do not even remotely match each other. But did it stop Manny to do the things he wants to do? No.
But again I'm not telling you to leave what you're doing for your passion or something you just want to try. Manny already has a safety net with his boxing career (roughly $10M per fight as of date!!!). Regardless if he fails or not in his succeeding ventures, he is more than prepared to take the hit financially.
But for us mere financial mortals, the more we need a safety net. Before doing something full-time, why not venture on it part-time first? Do not leave your job just yet until you're getting stable cash flow. Or go up a notch, set-up multiple streams of income with the things you are trying.
Check out this guide on how to get a side hustle without getting fired.
With Competence Comes Your Influence
Pacquiao is one of the most influential people in the Philippines. Remember during his fights, that day is like a uniting event for the Filipino people. Zero crime rate. Everyone just rooting for the Philippines to win.
In fact, in 2009, Pacquiao became part of Time Magazine's top 100 most influential people of the year. He was also part of the list by Forbes in the celebrity version of the top 100.
Right now, he ranks as #4 in BoxRec's ranks for the greatest pound-for-pound boxers of all time. And #2 in ESPN's top 25 pound-for-pound boxers the past 25 years. He is also the first one who won major world titles in eight different boxing weight classes.
This goes to show that as long as we become masters in the field we choose, the influence over people will follow. So for us freelancers, if we want better social media following, aside from marketing ourselves, we should be excellent in what we do. And the world will surely notice.
We may not reach Pacquiao's Influential status, but surely being the best we can be will bring us to new heights and opportunities.
After all is said and done, we can see how Pacman is so humble. You can't see any trace of arrogance in him. He said it best during one of his interviews:
"Many of you know me as a legendary boxer, and I'm proud of that," he said. "However, that journey was not always easy. When I was younger, I became a fighter because I had to survive. I had nothing. I had no one to depend on except myself. I realized that boxing was something I was good at, and I trained hard so that I could keep myself and my family alive. "
It may be because of his roots or what not. But if we succeed as a freelancer, it's not our job to brag, but to help other people get to where we have been as well.
So with that, congratulations Pacman!