Eric Po: Time is now to build a purposeful venture
Life begins at 40. For businessman Eric Po, the time has come for him to restart the journey along a new avenue. As a natural risk taker, Eric is taking the second wind, and this time, he has things being set with a meaningful purpose.
Last year, Eric has gone to his crossroads—he gave up his career and business in the country and packed just three bags of his things to try his luck in Canada. Those six months away from home led him to significant realizations.
“There’s always that moment in one’s life when one realizes that it’s time to take a step back. (There’s) that time to quiet down a bit and move on, whether I’m going for a new adventure or a new venture, recognizing that the time has come for me to do these things with a deeper sense of purpose,” Eric shares.
Upon his return to the country, Eric did not waste time and immediately implemented his plans to start establishing a new company. He considers his new endeavor, Ezra West (inspired by the Bible’s Book of Ezra which accounts for a period of regathering, survival, and rebuilding of what had been destroyed), as a milestone at the age when he decides to rebuild something for the better.
Ezra West is a property startup that is now constructing a four-villa homestay resort in Tagaytay City, Cavite. The pilot project will spotlight on sustainability—focusing not only on nature but also on educating our fellow Filipinos about sustainable living, a development definitely worth looking forward to.
While construction is going full swing until its planned completion by Christmas this year, Eric is busy discussing with a company in the middle east for a possible adoption of a 360-degree waste management technology.
The homestay resort will also be using solar energy for most of its electrical requirements. The cabins will also be designed in line with sustainable architecture.
Aside from sustainability, local employment is another thrust of Ezra. “We will hire people from the community, train them and help them grow. We will target on building their leadership potential,” Eric says, adding that the intention is to inspire other businesses to follow the model to spread the concept of sustainability in the country. The Tagaytay resort will also be a prototype of more similar projects across the country in the near future.
“In the past, my business and work were merely focused on profits, as well as on establishing my name and the brand. I have reached that age when I am refocusing my energy on how to use my gifts for higher objectives. Now, it’s not only about money but also about how I can give back, what I can commit to help in nation-building and what little things I can do to preserve Mother Nature,” Eric says.
At 40, Eric is certain that the time is now to make a substantial difference. Armed with much needed acquired-skills and a clear purpose, he is more than ever determined to keep his passion and help make others’ lives better and more meaningful. His time to pay it forward has come.
“Time is for us to enjoy. Time is for us to share. If we don’t enjoy time, we lose hope and if we don’t share time, we lose purpose,” Eric concludes.
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