Tatag, Tiyaga, Tiwala (3T)

I believe that perseverance brings success in life. The problem with people is that they try to persevere but they look at other people and complain. Merriam Webster defines Perseverance as continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. It is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.

Nothing can lead us to persevere in life more than the career of Abraham Lincoln, here outlined briefly: Failed in business at 22. Defeated as he ran for legislature at 23. Again failed in business at 24. Elected to legislature at 25. His sweetheart died when he was 26. Had a nervous breakdown at 27. Defeated for Speaker at 29. Defeated for Elector at 31. Defeated for Congress at 34. Defeated for Congress at 39. Defeated for Senate at 46. Defeated for Vice-President at 47. Defeated for Senate at 49. Elected President of the United States at 51.

There’s no shortcut to success. Shortcut will only bring you trouble and stress. Success is not measured on how much you have achieved, but on how you achieve it. It is not success when done with the intention of putting down somebody, cheating, doing unethical practices, bribing, or worse making intrigues on some people.

Success must be gained with full integrity. Integrity earned from trust.

As I said over and over again, as my own version “Honesty is the cheapest policy”. Why? Because if all people are honest, we don’t need people to supervise our job, saving pays for these people. We don’t need time clocks when you check in for work, we don’t need surveillance cameras, we don’t need guards to check on our items and belongings when going in and out of department stores. We don’t need auditors, we don’t need checkers. Everybody can turn their energies to jobs that will be more productive.

I hope to find this among the Filipinos when I go home on vacation this May.

I can dream. Can’t I?


“There ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough. Ain’t no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you.” (Marvin Gaye + Tammi Terrell)


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