Jefferson is my first cousin on my dad’s side. He is Chinese-Filipino born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. I remember visiting their house on weekends to play with Johnson and Janiece (Jefferson’s siblings). Jeff was still very little back then. Now he is a successful lawyer.
One of the many things that impresses me about Jefferson is that I have never seen him get mad or sad. He has always been a happy person, optimistic about his future and the world we live. Could this be the secret of him thriving and succeeding in life?
So I decided to learn more about him.
Jefferson L. Gomez
Success is the achievement of the perception of contentment and happiness in one’s life on the whole.
How do you measure success?
Achieving success is subjective in the sense that it widely varies from person to person. It’s all relative. For me, “success” is measured by determining one’s current position in relation to his/her ultimate goal.
What did important people tell you about success?
Success is earned and never given or handed out.
Where were you born and raised?
Cebu City, Philippines
What was your upbringing like?
I had a decent upbringing. I may not have been provided with all my wants, but I was definitely backed and supported with all my needs. I was blessed to have love ones who were hands-on when it comes to shaping/molding and preparing me for independent adulting life.
As far back as you can remember, what was your very first experience of feeling successful?
The moment I was able to independently live on my own with the capacity to self-sustain a suitable lifestyle.
What is your most defining personality or trait? (i.e., introvert, extrovert, easygoing, organized, natural leader, etc.)
I’m friendly (All smiles) and I stay relaxed and calm.
What qualities do you believe contributed to your success?
Having a positive and a well-balanced lifestyle contributed to my success.
What is your occupation/career?
What made you choose that occupation/career?
I prefer a career wherein mental strength is more amplified than physical strength.
In one sentence, what do you do for work?
I exercise general supervision and management of certain agencies under our jurisdiction as well as provide recommendation/s for the appropriate action/s on issuances, rulings directed to us.
Where did you attend school/college/training?
Sacred Heart School-Jesuits for High School and the University of San Carlos for my Juris Doctor degree
Who was your inspiration growing up?
Favorite success quote
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” ~ Steve JobsSteve Jobs
What is your advice for others who want to succeed in life?
Cherish and take joy in every step of the journey. The climb is as significant as the end to be achieved.