Ria Tagulinao
Marketer & writer | Take a hard look within. There’s always a story worth sharing.

‘Four Mind Banks’ can help you process information in a simple, engaging way

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I recently started a new job, and I’m in that phase where I’m constantly bombarded with new and unfamiliar concepts, from company vocabulary to industry know-how. The learning curve is steep. At every meeting, I take furious notes, trying to soak in as much information as possible.

For a while, I tried the bullet journal system of note-taking, in which you use icons to label the nature of every single bullet point you write down. While it’s a creative way to mark your thoughts, I found that it becomes difficult to quickly label all the different patterns when you’re faced with heaps of new information. People talk fast. Slides move from one to the next at lightning speed. …


Become a satisficer instead of a maximizer.

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Should you buy a mocha frappe or an americano? Prioritize this project or the other? Accept the job offer or keep looking? Get an MBA now or later?

Every day we make thousands of decisions. And when the stakes are high, nobody wants to make a wrong turn.

My first job was in a startup. Naturally, there was a lot of high-stakes decision-making. We were testing the waters, making the best assumptions on what would work out there, while keeping in mind that we had minimal capital to work with. Then at one point, I found myself suddenly shoved into a role that was beyond my experience. It forced me to determine possible routes to make things happen — things I had little knowledge of. …


They have nothing to do with skills, success, or opportunities.

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I once read somewhere that there is a particular moment that propels someone in her career.

The story of serendipity goes: At the right time and the right place, a person finds an opportunity that’s ripe for the picking. She capitalizes on the situation, realizes her potential, and becomes a higher, more enlightened version of herself.

I used to think a lot about what this perfect opportunity would be in my life. Perhaps, an amazing mentor? An unexpected, better-suited change in my role? Or maybe a successful project that could be my big break?

I’ve had all these things. But you know what I found out? …


If you were inspired by The Alchemist, wait until you see his Twitter feed.

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Paulo Coelho is one of the most widely-quoted contemporary authors. But whether or not you’ve read him, I can bet my beloved AirPods Pro that you’ve come across this quote from The Alchemist at one point in your life:

When you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.

But would you believe that that same person wrote — or more specifically, tweeted — this, too?

My most frequent exercise these days… is to shake my head in disbelief.

I couldn’t agree more, Mr. Coelho.

Now, I’ve only read three of his books: (1) Veronika Decides to Die — which I might’ve read when I was too young to actually appreciate it — (2) The Alchemist — because c’mon, how else would you impress your friends? — and (3) Warrior of the Light — the companion to The Alchemist, and may not even count as a real book. …


What we can learn from a seven-time F1 world champion

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“Still proof that a dream is more powerful than history. Still in the race even when physics, logic, and the universe have other plans. Still a bigger story than the headlines. Still breaking records nobody thought could be broken. Still fighting for more than just trophies. Still evidence that where you start does not decide where you finish. Still rising.”

Seven F1 World Championships.

Last weekend, Lewis Hamilton tied the wins of the legendary Michael Schumacher, further cementing his spot among the greats of motorsport and athletes all over the world.

Clinching that number is mindblowing as it is. But if you followed him this season, you’d know that winning the championship meant so much more than just being able to put his name alongside Schumacher’s. …


A dancer’s trick to putting routines on autopilot.

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Can you “dance” your way through your routines?

Yes, you definitely can.

But before I show you how to do it, a little background: I picked up the trick back in high school when I was a cheerleader.

As with any sport or physical activity, every training started with a proper warm-up. But instead of my coach leading it every time, he did something else: He choreographed it— a 30-min exercise that covered a full-body stretch and basic conditioning — and made a 30-min megamix for it.

This worked seamlessly every time. The team would be all over the place before training. But once we heard the intro to Ne-Yo’s Closer, we’d stop the chatter, drop whatever we were doing, and run to the mat to warm up. …


3 — Change “Cheers,” to “Cheers from afar,”

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At the start of the pandemic, people reveled in the comforts of working from home. With more time on our hands, mornings were slower and more relaxed. To go to work, one simply had to jump into her WFH desk, log into her laptop, all the while still wearing the same striped pajamas from the past five days.

But it wasn’t long until the downsides caught up on us. Though we were given the luxury of more time and a more homey (literally) work environment, we suddenly found ourselves deprived of something far more essential to work: connection.

In these all-digital times, we connect on simultaneous online platforms, hold virtual meetings, and correspond via e-mail. Communicating with others is often limited to official calendar invites and transactional reasons. …


You can’t escape the inherent risk of creativity.

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The writing process takes time.

At least that’s what I tell myself for taking so long to write stories.

Great things take time. It takes a while to get things right.

Patience is a prerequisite to the creative process. Excellence demands it. But here’s the tricky part: Perfectionism so often disguises itself as desire for excellence.

It’s difficult for me to write shorter pieces because I refuse to write faster. And I refuse to write faster because I take pride and pleasure in being calculated. In minimizing risk.

If I think long and hard about what I’m writing, and I’m meticulous enough in the process, then surely, the outcome will be brilliant work.


Let’s get down to booze — business, I mean business

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Whoever said news can’t be fun was probably not named Allison Morrow.

This genius is the writer behind Nightcap, the CNN Business newsletter. And she’s got me drunk off some hard-hitting liquor that’s got a label I can barely understand.

Let me explain.

Half of the newsletter’s content has no direct bearing on my life as a Filipino. “Coca-Cola’s phasing out Tab…” Never heard of it before.Amazon has more blowout bargains…” International shipping fee that’ll probably cost just as much as the package? No thanks.

Nonetheless, this newsletter has got me hooked. I figured if it’s got me reaching for my inbox every morning for a dose of Western capitalism, then we can probably learn a thing or two, right? …


And they’re insanely easy to do.

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We all know Bob Iger as this guy who went on a mad acquisition spree — buying billion-dollar media networks as if he were shopping for groceries. The basket of new brands and assets came with fresh, creative blood, a fully restructured company, and endless stories in the pipeline to last the company years after his retirement.

A revitalized Disney. A media & entertainment global powerhouse. And most crucial of all: Spiderman’s safe future in the Marvel universe— These are what most people will remember him for.

But here’s what not a lot of people know: In 2019, on his last year as the forerunner of the Disney empire, Bob Iger was branded by New York Times as Hollywood’s nicest CEO. …

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