There’s nothing more empowering than a good success story, and all stories start from a point of challenge or difficulty. Though we all have different stories to tell, we all know what it’s like to experience challenges when we strive to reach our goals. This past November 19, Pia Wurtzbach, Jach Manere, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Sambie Rodriguez, and Rosenthal Tee came together for Cream Silk’s Becoming Your Ultimate: Conversations with Ultimate Women event, where on top of a sit-down dinner at FOO’D By Davide Oldani, they talked about their journeys in reaching their own levels success and gave advice to those who are working towards making their dreams a reality. Below, we list down some of the most crucial things we learned from them:
1. You have to REALLY want it.
For Pia Wurtzbach, 29, the road to Ms. Universe wasn’t at all easy, especially since she wasn’t chosen to be Miss Universe Philippines twice, in 2013 and 2014. But with hard work and dedication (Pia said she was training every day, even on weekends, to improve every aspect of herself), Pia nabbed the most prestigious pageant title in the world. And with her different gigs and advocacies, she doesn’t see her work ending anytime soon. In spite of the letdowns at the beginning, she shares, “Whatever it is you want to achieve, it’s on you if you want it badly or not.”
2. Don’t let one bad thing affect the way you look at life.
Jach Manere’s time competing to be Asia’s Next Top Model may not have been triumphant, but the unwavering support she received in joining the regional reality show helped her overcome the loss. After the competition, local brand Una Rosa gave her an offer to become the face of the clothing label, and this made her realize that while there are opportunities you wish could have worked out, bigger things await. “I choose to go beyond where I am right now and believe in myself,” she says. “I don’t like settling, so I keep everything moving.” Jach, 22, also sends out a reminder: “You are in control of your own life. Don’t let negativity affect you.”
3. Remember the reason you’re doing what you do.
As co-founder of Happy Skin, all Rissa Mananquil-Trillo wanted was to come up with something that would make women feel good about themselves. Five years and numerous lipsticks later, Happy Skin continues to be a major player in the beauty market by making world-class cosmetics accessible to Filipinos. As a businesswoman, mother, and wife, the 39-year-old also struggles with the different roles she plays on a daily basis. Coming to terms that she needed to learn how to prioritize things instead of putting everything at the top slowly eased the pressure she put on herself. And whenever the going gets tough, she recalls her “why,” or the reason why she does what she does, which easily puts things back into perspective. For those who encounter roadblocks along the way, she suggests, “Reframe problems and challenges as opportunities. Because no matter what you go through, you’ll always come out better.”
4. The best way to tell your future is to create it.
Being the country manager of Guavapass, Sambie Rodriguez, 27, provides access to different fitness centers to those who not only love exercise but also want to change up their routines. Fitness and tech are generally known as male-dominated industries, but that didn’t stop Sambie from thriving and ultimately proving that nothing should inhibit you from doing what you set your heart out to do. “I strive to overcome challenges and get a ‘high’ when I do,” she shares. For those who second-guess themselves when things don’t go their way, her advice: “The best way to tell your future is to create it. If there’s anyone in this world I can trust, it’s me.”
5. Listen to your gut.
Taking further studies abroad to pursue fashion design was just the beginning for Rosenthal. But it wasn’t until presenting at New York Fashion Week for the first time in 2016 when she felt validated as a designer. Rosenthal, 30, has never wavered in her focus for designing clothes that empower women. This allows her to push herself to be better instead of allowing negativity to consume her. She rests in this reminder: “The most important voice you need to listen to is your own. Yours is the opinion that matters above everyone else’s.”
These five women epitomize that with the right outlook, nothing is impossible. Sharing their inspiring journeys towards being the best versions of themselves shows that hard work, determination and resilience are just a few ways for anyone to reach their ultimate.
To learn more about Becoming Your Ultimate: Conversations With Ultimate Women, follow the hashtag #100UltimateWomen and visit Cream Silk on Facebook, Lazada, and on their website.