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Tessie Sy-Coson's Best Quotes on Life, Challenges, and Women in Business

Here are the co-chair of SM Investments' best quotes of all time.
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Read Sy-Coson's greatest quotes on growing up, lessons learned, and the importance of women in business here.

On learning by example.

"I learned by example. As a kid, you think you are just the same as other adults."

On being a guide to her siblings.

"I was always told I had to be an example to my siblings. I was told to toe the line. So I had to behave."

On parenting.

"He is a very demanding father. In hindsight, a demanding parent is important. But of course, it is very hard for me to demand from my kids. When we were growing up, he was demanding and that will make you produce results."

On the best advice from her father.

"One thing he always tells us is that if you cannot get it, always aim for the best that you do. That is why he is working longer hours than other people do. That’s the only way to achieve."

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On fair treatment and its benefits.

"I belong to a family where I think we're all fairly treated, boys or girls. Although I have to work doubly hard just to be able to be recognized. That meant long hours, but the hard work paid off."

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On equality in business.

"In the Philippines, we don't have that much of a problem. There's not much difference between the men and the women. In our business, we always have a good mixture of the men and the women."

On what men and women bring to a business.

"For the men, they are more of a risk-taker, and for the women, they are more nurturing and more details. So the combination of the men and women is very good for business."

On the importance of pressure.

"The best mentor is pressure."

On her work ethic.

"We grew up in a very demanding environment. Dad expects us to prove ourselves... so my siblings and I worked hard to reach what we have today, and I guess we have to continue working hard to maintain it."

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On dealing with challenges.

"For every difficulty, there is always a reason. There is always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  But I don’t mean it literally."

On business growth.

"You start small, but in the future, you will grow big."

On small businesses as a stepping stone.

"Many businesses come from small businesses, we all have to take small steps and then later on we have to leap."

On taking the unexpected route.

"I do things which are not within the corporate management's expectations but I need to do it because I need to keep that passion alive in me."

On partnerships.

"Your partners will bring in new concepts and views. As long as you have a common vision, I think partnerships will be helpful for your growth."

On growth and scale opportunities.

"Scale is the name of the game. We cannot talk about just being local. Whatever business you have, if you don't scale up in terms of volume or in terms of spaces, either inflation would eat you up or competition will."

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