Mini Essay

Experience is the best teacher.

Second best? Chat with an entrepreneur for an hour.
You’ll get a masterclass in grit.
Meet Andrea Barrica, a first-generation Filipino-American. She runs O.school, an online resource where people can learn about sexuality and pleasure. No judgment and all science-based.

Here’s what I learned:
• Stop obsessing over the product. Spend more time knowing what role your product plays in someone’s life.
• Work for the most intelligent person you know. Keep your support system strong.
• Set aside your ego. You can use that at therapy.
• People are hungry for three things— vulnerability, education, and connection.
• You’ll be a better founder if you know your roots and values.
• Make sure your business is something you can do for two to three decades. It will be a long haul. But don’t make your life all about work.
• Backlash allows you to see who is in your team or not.
• Culture can be hard to change. If you still want to persist, imagine the future.
• Show up and choose to be present.
• Pay attention to the heart.
• Tell the truth without blame or judgment.
• Be open to the outcome but not attached to it.

About the author

About the author

Bea Trinidad host a podcast about smarter love - Thirsty & Thirty. She is also the official storyteller of a culinary school, CCA Manila. She can help you with writing projects like a love story gift to your special someone or telling your company’s story.

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