They say success is when you create opportunities for yourself. Maynol “Nol” Montalbo did just that. Undeterred by a great hindrance that closed the windows to his dreams, Nol broke down the door instead.
From humble beginnings
As a young boy living in Batangas, Nol dreamt of becoming a pilot, a common choice that time for kids his age. Growing up, he had his fair share of ups and downs. With his father being away and working overseas in Dubai since he was three, Nol had this longing for his parents especially that time when they didn’t show up during his graduation. Despite this, his mom and dad were able to support the family and provided for their son’s needs and wants, giving him a good life.
As he got older, Nol finally realized that his dream was to be a doctor. So he took up medicine at the University of the Philippines and excelled in his academic studies. He graduated cum laude after just three and half years and was on his way to pursue his aspiration of becoming a medical practitioner when a sudden twist of fate intervened.
Letting go of a dream
While taking up further studies, Nol discovered that the family business, which had been supporting them, has become bankrupt. This discovery called for major changes such as moving to a smaller house and living a lifestyle that they were not used to. Part of the sacrifices that needed to be done was setting aside his dream so he could immediately support his family financially.
This series of misfortunes, however, made him realize that in life, everything is temporary.
With the goal of alleviating his family’s hardships, Nol decided to create home-made soaps by getting inspiration from various ads being shown on T.V. Since they lost a huge part of their property, Nol even had to sell his watch for 1,500 pesos to jumpstart his small business. He then studied how to make soaps and sold them himself, eventually venturing in selling his products online.
Triumph amidst trials
People used to look down on Nol for giving up his dream of becoming a doctor to sell soaps, but he did not let their discouraging words pull him down. Instead, he kept on doing what he believed can help his family. Nol’s persistence and hard-work paid off when he finally got his big break — an interested costumer ordered 70,000 soaps worth 100,000 pesos.
The wise young man made sure not to put this money to waste by spending it on his family’s immediate needs. Nol invested the money into a well-being business.
The first spa he established was in an old apartment and they had to do home services for 24 hours just to earn income. “The availability of spa industry data in the Philippines is very rare unlike in other countries. I had to do everything from scratch. Trial and error has been my teacher.”
With dedication and a fervent desire to succeed, Nol was able to transform his spa venture into a large franchise business that is now known as the Mont Albo Massage Hut.
Nol firmly believes that success in not determined by the college course you took or what degree you finished but, rather, by dedication and hard work combined with your dreams. While he seems to have already reached the peak of success, Nol still aims to achieve more. One of his plans is to reintroduce the humble healing tradition of “hilot” to Filipinos and to the world as well as to establish and promote it in the global spa industry.
When asked how his BRING IT ON attitude came to be, he noted, “I started this business with almost nothing. But once I discovered the business acuity that God gave me, I became fearless. I’ve learned to face challenges head on without any hesitation because win big or lose big, again, everything is just temporary.”
Maynol Montalbo’s life struggles have definitely prepared him towards greatness and success because, without these challenges, he wouldn’t become who he is today.
“The blueprint of my life is the way it is. Everything happened to lead me to where I am now.” Presently, Mont Albo Massage Hut has over 41 branches and continues to prosper.