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Franco Cruz Mabanta  CEO & entrepreneur Political+social commentator First Filipino with Netflix talk show 15 years of TV & live event experience Writer above all else ➿

Code for work: it MUST be excellent and it MUST mean something. We'll be posting more details on this gritty new docuseries for YouTube in the next few days. For now, I just have to say that today was all kinds of phenomenal.

I love talking to people. And I've learned that the more we listen, the more we see the dignity in every individual's capacity to understand and develop an opinion.

More importantly, the more we listen, the more we realize and accept that no matter how different we all are, we're really not that different at all. πŸ’ͺ

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#love #compassion #teamwork

Field trip/reality check! What a fascinating morning. πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ #YouTube #DocuSeries


Got invited to President Duterte's State Of The Nation Address this coming Monday and it'll be my first one. Pretty stoked.

Also, finally gonna get to reconnect with the social media crew. Reunion with some of the baddest and most brilliant minds on Philippine Facebook. I cannot wait. πŸ”₯

PS - Anyone know where I can get a sweet barong?

Cast of bad asses for a brand new docuseries for YouTube. We're getting down and dirty in one of the poorest and most dangerous/corrupt areas of Manila. Filming this Friday! πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

It's such an incredible time. And I think the way people look at the world right now, because it's such an incredible time, is actually the quickest tell to who they are.

If you think the world sucks, you have losing, pessimistic DNA. And if you think it's awesome and phenomenal, you have winning, optimistic DNA.

The reality is it's never been better to be a human being. That's just the truth. That's the data.

It's a very fun time to be alive. 🌍


Memo to all other satirists: go home. 🏳

Kid has a mental disability and taught me this handshake yesterday. πŸ”₯ @esports_ph

This was a tricky one.

Was paired with a 10-year-old named Leo yesterday and he began the afternoon exceedingly grumpy. He was snappish and irritable and looked as though he hated that he was at our event and would rather be home in front of his PlayStation.

For the first time since joining @esports_ph a year ago, I had no idea what to do.

Then I noticed a few things...he couldn't make eye contact, he didn't like it when any of the coaches would hold his hand, he couldn't focus.

So I looked for his mom, introduced myself, and asked her which mental disability he had.

Afterwards all I had to do was say these four words to Leo and everything changed: "I have ADHD too." Boom...breakthrough! Almost instantly he started smiling and joking around with me, he'd hold my hand wherever I went, he'd help me lead the other kids, and even made a special handshake ala LeBron every time he'd make a shot in our basketball drills.

It felt like magic. β™»

Sat Leo's mom down and told her that I, too, had been diagnosed with pretty severe ADHD and that I need to be on medication everyday for the rest of my life to hit the max potential of my daily focus. Told her that it used to be very hard for me, but I conquered it. And once I started to enumerate the things I do for a living -- the companies I own and run, the pieces I produce and publish, the advocacies we push forward (all with the basic intetion of saying anyone can overcome an Attention Deficit and ultimately function at a high frequency regardless of how bad the diagnosis is and so long as he really tries) -- oh man, the look on her face was pricelessly emotional.

At the end of the day, Leo pulls me aside and says, "Next month, sa blue team ulit ako, Kuya Franco." (I wanna be on the blue team again next month, Franco.) I asked him why.

His reply: "Siyempre, para magkasama uli tayo. Salamat ha." ('Cause I wanna hang with you again, of course! Thank you.) πŸ™ˆ

Yooo. It never fails. Always AT LEAST one moment every session that melts your heart like dark chocolate in hot coffee. It never ever gets old and ALWAYS feels fantastic.

If interested to volunteer, click on the page. We got room for anyone with a heart.

Would've written a caption about how my friends have such big hearts and blah blah blah, but honestly just posting this 'cause my body looks jacked af. 🀷 Thanks for the consistently fun and fulfilling afternoons, @esports_ph! (Swipe left!)

In attempting to create a measurable spectrum where we scale from zero self-awareness to Lion Alpha Male, there have never been two more polar opposite men than Xian Gaza and Conor McGregor. πŸ’©βž‘πŸ¦ Happy birthday to the Notorious One.

Finally. Took five hard recommendations from five super successful friends before I finally picked it up...and now I can't put it down. Feels like a million dollars worth of data in my hand. πŸ’‘

Few nuggets:

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success. ~ James Cameron

I've learned an important trick: To develop foresight, you need to practice hindsight. ~ Jane McGonigal

If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn't plan your mission properly. ~ Col. David Hackworth

If you're looking for a formula for greatness, the closest we'll ever get, I think, is this: consistency driven by a deep love of the work. Also, life is a continual process of arrival into who we are. ~ Maria Popova

What a fucking great read. ☯ #ToolsOfTitans #TimFerriss

Quick gym shoot for @munchmanila before starting my day. πŸŽ₯ Thanks for taking this, brother @gabbrosario! So stupid how we both got single on the same week. πŸ˜‚ If you need me, I gotchu, bro!

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