Bye 2013, Hello 2014

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By Max Sangil

For the Record

Friday, December 27, 2013


HOW many times we've heard someone saying, "time flies so swiftly." "Balamu kapilan pamu", we say it in Pampango. Goodbye to 2013. Let us welcome 2014 with the hope we get a lot luckier in the coming year.

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2014, the year of the wooden horse! You can't go anywhere if you’re riding a wooden horse. Like a girl will not fall in love with you, if she has a wooden heart.

My Chinese friends in Fontana Leisure Park at Clark Freeport were trying to explain to me the significance of their calendar how it affects one's fortune or misfortunes, in some cases. There's no justification, just believe in it, or shrug your shoulder.

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More than anything else, you have to believe in yourself. In your capability to achieve goals. There is no substitute for hard work, perseverance and honesty. Ask my friends, Levi Laus, Rene Romero, Perto Cruz and Tony Evangelista. They shared something in common. They were not born to rich families.

As it is said, "success of any man is measured from where he started." The above mentioned friends all started with dreams to achieve something and make a name for themselves.

Again it is also said that "a kite will not rise high if not raced against a strong wind." With rolled sleeves, and burning the proverbial midnight oil, slowly but surely, they marched toward the realization of their dreams.

Today, they already finished in carving their niches of success for everyone to admire. Tawag natin sa kanila idols.

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"Every journey begins with one step." And it is never too late to make the first step. Enjoy your age, so they say. There is happiness in working. There is joy in making progress. There is satisfaction in winning, more so if the competition was against all odds.

Try reading books about successful people. You'll discover that all have aggressive traits. They have never say die attitude. They know no failure. They turn many times adversity into opportunity. They are focused.

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There's no question that the road to success is thorny. The successful man will reconfigure the road he will walk on. And fear will not overwhelmed him in order not to continue the journey. In any successful man's heart, courage is the linchpin. They make obstacles as inspirations. They are deeply passionate.

Every new year is always a good start.

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Around us here in the province, I met and became friends to most of these people who are proud of themselves and hurdled barnacles to achieve each degree of affluence and influence in the community.

There was the late Rizalino Navarro of Angeles City. Sent to school by an aunt in Holy Angel College. Wore overused wooden shoes in going to school and became Trade Secretary, Chief Operating Officer Of RCBC and director of many private firms.

This article is dedicated in his memory, and may he be the inspiration to many who will start their journey to success in this coming year of 2014.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 28, 2013.

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