The inspiring story of Henry Sy is one that has touched the lives of many. Sy, who passed on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the age of 94, was a self-made billionaire and a respected businessman. A leading philanthropist, he established the Henry Sy Foundation to promote academic excellence. Here, a selection of Sy's most quotable words of wisdom.
You have to have a dream, whether big or small. Then plan, focus, work hard and be very determined to achieve your goals. — SM Foundation
ON DOING HIS BEST:
Ever since I was a kid, Iâve always believed in doing my best, that one should aspire to be #1. —BrainyQuote
ON HARD WORK:
I never imagined attaining big success. Whatever I have achieved did not happen overnight; ever since my teen years I have devoted many, many years of my life to non-stop studying, diligent work, and dreaming of a better future. — Philippine Star, 2006
My basic strategy is to stick to my core business, and to my area of expertise. My businesses are all relatedâretail, shopping centers, banking, real estate, and tourism development. Together they create synergy. — Philippine Star, 2008
Success is not just good luck: it is a combination of hard work, good credit standing, opportunity, readiness, and timing. Success will not last if you do not take care of it. — Philippine Star, 2004
When you do well, do not change your ways. — Philippine Star, 2004
There is no such thing as overnight success or easy money. If you fail, do not be discouraged; try again. — Philippine Star, 2004
While I am not big with words, I am big and bold in dreams and vision. By nature, I am curious and adventurous. I like the excitement of change and new and better ideas. I look for excellence in performance. — Financial Chronicles
I don't give up easily. I look for solutions to problems. I want to make things happen. — Philippine Star, 2004
ON BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS:
In life and in business, you need to be a good-hearted and trust worthy. This is the way to build long-term relationships. — Financial Chronicles
This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.