While Manny Pacquiao may excel in the field of boxing, it’s his wife, Jinkee Pacquiao, who carries the weight of making sure that their home, family, and finances are taken care of. But for her, it’s a responsibility that she welcomes. She has her hands full taking care of their businesses—they own a coffee shop, a gas station, a water refilling station, an economy hotel, and several fashion stores—but she has no complaints and is passionate about building on what they have.

Jinkee’s strong work ethic is something that has always been with her, even before they got their big break. “Nung nag-stop ako [ng school], nag-work ako… Naranasan ko na P48 a day [ang kinikita]… Sabi ko sa sarili ko, 'kahit hindi ako nakatapos, pagka may business ako kahit isa lang, happy na ako,'” she recalls. “Talagang mahirap. Iba-ibang work ang pinasukan ko. Sabi ko, pag nagkaroon ako ng business in the future, aalagaan ko.

She made good on her word, and despite her packed schedule, Jinkee is completely hands-on when it comes to every endeavor. Read on for some wise advice on how you can, like her, change your life and achieve your dreams.

1. DECLARE WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO ACHIEVE.
Kailangan lang ng vision talaga. I-declare mo sa sarili mo na you can make it, you can do it (You really need vision. You have to declare to yourself that you can make, you can do it.).”

2. RECOGNIZE YOUR OWN STRENGTH AND LEADERSHIP.
Maraming naga-aspire to become politicians and role models, pero di natin nare-realize na we are already leaders in our own way. Sa community, sa church. Ang mga nanay leader sa mga anak. Ang pagiging leader 'di lang sa pulitiko, pero in the way you handle things (Many people aspire to become politicians and role models, but we don’t realize that we are already leaders in our own way: in our community, in our church. Mothers are the leaders of their children. Leadership isn’t just in politics, but in the way you handle things.).”

3. BE THANKFUL.
Pag may problema, lagi tayong may tanong, ‘Ba’t nangyari ‘to?’ Pero pag masaya tayo, wala tayong questions. Nakakalimutan natin ang [times na nahihirapan tayo] or naa-acknowledge ang pagiging grateful (When we have problems, we always ask, ‘Why is this happening?’ But when we’re happy, we don’t have questions. We forget the times when we were still struggling, or we fail to acknowledge that we have to be grateful.). So I realized [that I have] to be thankful for everything.”


To read more about Jinkee Pacquiao, grab a copy of the July 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping, out on stands now! You can also subscribe to the magazine’s digital edition.

Also in this issue:
Bye-Bye, Clutter!
Healthy Snacks to Help You Slim Down
6 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

(Photo by Caroline Schmidt and Nicolai Svane of The Danish Connection)

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