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This Young CEO Turned to Farming to be More Creative at Work

The fast life can be exhausting and overwhelming. Especially if you work in an industry where you constantly need to be creative. 

“‘Yung farming kasi, believe it or not, it’s relaxing,” Third Domingo told Summit OG in an exclusive interview. Third is the CEO of his own advertising agency. When he is not creating campaigns from brands, he goes to the province to tend his farm.

“It’s a different kind of respite from the hustle and bustle of advertising,” he said. 

The world of marketing and advertising can be very competitive and draining. Third knows that well. “Usually that sort of thing, it takes a lot from you,” he explained. “It can sap your energy if you’re not careful.”

“You have to find ways to somehow replenish your energy,” he advised. He found that farming is one of the best ways to do just that. Although there is a stark contrast between farming and advertising, the two provide the right work-life balance for Third.

Sa advertising, kahit gabi na, hindi mo mapipigilan ang sarili mo na mag-isip ng mga konsepto,” he explained. “Sa farming, alam mo kung kailan ka magsisimula at kung kailan ka magtatapos, which is a discipline that is somehow very hard to learn when you work in advertising.”

“When you’re in the city, when you’re working, when you have a career, sometimes you only take it day by day eh,” he said. “Farming forces you to think kind of long-term. You learn to plan because you have to work with nature.”

Third said farming means working with forces you cannot control. “It allows you to have a more complete perspective,” he said. 

The young CEO gets asked where he finds the energy to pursue farming despite the demands of his job in advertising. “May energy na nalilikha ng movement,” he shared. “Habang gumagalaw ka, habang kumikilos ka, habang nagsisikap ka, lalo kang nabibigyan ng energy.” 

Relaxing isn’t just doing nothing or spending time in silence. For Third, doing something can also be a form of relaxation. “I think you actually need to do some active form of stress,” he said.

Third takes farming as another form of adventure. He recalls that the most exciting times of his life were the moments his parents would take him to the province to help in the farm. 

Being able to touch, smell, and hear nature replenishes his energy, which in turn helps him create campaigns and strategies that would benefit the brands he handles and the clients he works with. 

Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that have the most impact. 

WATCH: Ad Agency CEO Third Domingo Turns to Farming to be More Creative

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