Are you someone who is struggling in your business? Do you want to know how to shift from being an employee to an entrepreneur? Do you want to learn the important entrepreneurial lessons from the Puzzle Mansion?
My fiancée and I recently visited Tagaytay city, Philippines and we went to the Puzzle Mansion. It was an amazing experience, we learned a lot and we rekindled those happy memories when we had our own moments of completing jigsaw puzzles. I really recommend you stop by that place when you’re around Tagaytay.
What is the Puzzle Mansion? It’s a museum in Tagaytay where the jigsaw puzzle collection of the current Guinness World Record holder for the Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles who is Georgina Gil-Lacuna (known as Gina) is kept. In the Puzzle Mansion, you will find different forms of jigsaw puzzles, from the traditional 2D to 4D, from paper to wood to plastic. Isn’t that amazing? I really love that place but this article will not talk about it.
In this article, you will discover the lessons about entrepreneurship that I realized when I was at the Puzzle Mansion. You will learn how they can help you in your business and how they can put your business to the next level. If you are an employee right now and you want to shift to entrepreneurship, you will learn the essential ingredients to become one. If you are ready to level-up, read on!
Gina’s jigsaw puzzle hobby turned into a passion. Because of that passion, Gina has a total 1028 jigsaw puzzles as of November 2012.
Passion is essential in your business. In Bro. Bo Sanchez’s and Dean Pax Lapid’s book How to Turn your Passion into Profit, you will learn the 8 keys to build your business out from your passion. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for an inspiration on how to turn your passion into profit.
In business, make passion your business and make a profit from your passion. Without passion, your business will die a natural death.
What is your passion?
Completing a jigsaw puzzle takes persistence and I mean a lot of persistence. I was surprised when I saw the number of hours allotted on those jigsaw puzzles. There are puzzles that took Gina at least 1000 hours (about 42 days) to complete individually. She’s been collecting and completing puzzles for the last 26 years.
Imagine if Gina did not persist. Imagine if she stopped at jigsaw puzzle #999. She would have not completed and collected more than 1000 jigsaw puzzles today.
Persistence is doing something until something is accomplished. It is essential in business because you will encounter trials, you will encounter challenges. Be persistent until you get it done!
Are you persistent in your business?
Some people think that they have to rush their business to break free from employment. That is completely wrong. Setting a deadline to your goal is totally OK but rushing it because of your impatience, is not.
If Gina rushed every jigsaw puzzle that she has, she would have not completed at least one. If Gina was impatient in finding each piece and in fitting them at their places, her jigsaw puzzle would have been incomplete.
Gina was patient enough to put all the pieces together. Her patience paid off. Her patience led to the biggest collection of jigsaw puzzles in the world!
Give your business time to grow, time to mature. It will demand of your patience and if you don’t have it, you better have one!
Are you patient enough?
A business ecosystem was created when the museum was built. The locals are given an opportunity to make a living. They are given sources of income, either by providing services or by selling their products.
Adults who visited the Puzzle Museum relived their childhood memories. Children who were with them were having a great time with those complete puzzles. Everyone who went into that place had a memory to treasure for the rest of their lives.
Empowering people is one of the key ingredients of your business. In business, your success is proportional to how many people you empowered, whether employees or customers.
Who did you empower today?
Gina is the pride of the Philippines because of what she did to put the Philippines in the map of the Guinness World Records. She’s the pride of her family because of the honor she gave to them.
Gina’s story reminded me to take pride of what we do because what we are doing will become the pride of our country and of our family.
Take pride in whatever you do in your business. Be proud of what you accomplished but never boast. Your business is no joke, it’s never easy. If you are still on your way to success, take pride because you’ve reached that far. If you are already successful in your business, take pride because of what you accomplished.
What are you proud of?
These lessons on entrepreneurship can push your business to the next level while pulling yourself back to ground to stay humble. If you are not yet an entrepreneur, it’s OK. Learning from these lessons is the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey.
The completed jigsaw puzzles reminds us that every step of our business is a puzzle piece, without it, it will not be complete; your business will never be complete.
How about you, which lesson about entrepreneurship in this article struck you the most? Which one do you need to work on?
Grow Stronger and Live Better,
Niño P. Natividad