Behind success stories there are untold story to tell, many individuals out there become successful in their field of profession, businesses, etc. Sen. Manny Villar is one of them whose story is an inspiring one that we may call it from “rugs to riches”.
But success is not only measured when someone reaches the peak of his/her accomplishments but it is measured by strength and perseverance. It means our desire to pursue our dreams and the will to cope up hardship in life.
My late father after WWII worked as a gasoline boy, and his determination to provide us good education is the only treasure that we keep through all these years. I think of him as the land, the heart and soul of the family. He gave us the avenue and structure to pursue our goals in life. He always remind us of a verse that goes “Lihok Tawo ug Tabangan ko Ikaw” (Work for it and I will help You).
That verse guides us and made us strong in spite from families’ financial difficulties in life. My brother woke up at 4:00 in the morning selling “pandesal” in the neighborhood to sustain his school needs. All of it was not put in vain, he graduated Valedictorian both in elementary and high school, and a full scholar in college and the rest is the story about “CUADERNO“.
Today, he is now a successful businessman of a consulting firm that he organized based in Mandaue, Cebu and presently the Managing Director of CESEEPS (Center for Studies in Electrical Engineering Practices and Standards). Currently, he is also in the world of blogging.
As a youngest of the five, my brother has been my mentor, listener, and taught me so much about life and the future.
I am writing this because I remember what he says in the – Biggest Challenge, “It is best to prepare and anticipate. But preparedness does not mean that we allow ourselves to lose track of the basics. It is the bedrock foundation of our competence”.
The basics are those tough times everybody had, the bedrock foundation of who are these people today.
“Ang hindi lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa patutunguhan“.