Why be an eternal student?



Many people think that once you earn a degree by finishing college, you stop studying.

I also thought it was that way.

But after landing work after work, I would still find myself in orientations and training and refreshers year after year. Studying. Reviewing. Trying to pass exams to get good grades. It was like I didn’t finish college at all! Sometimes I find them bad; but more often, looking back now, they provided me more of the good stuff I didn’t realize I have and I can do after every learning sessions.

Stephen Covey called this “sharpening the saw” in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People materials. It is simply as simple as sharpening your pencil. You can only put your pencil to good use if you sharpen it, right? You don’t particularly feel as good and effective with your writing if you have a pudpud (un-sharpened) pencil. And you don’t want to use an un-sharpened pencil. And oftentimes, you lose that pencil.

It’s the same thing with your muscles and your brains.

You get weak when you don’t exercise (using your muscles).

You get dumb when you don’t use your brains — via learning or reading or  writing or thinking good thoughts, for example.  Continue reading


Earthquakes can’t stop me!

I’ve had countless near-death experiences in my life.
During elementary years,  I almost drowned in a rangas (river) for not heeding to my parent’s advice not to bathe there because I didn’t know how to swim. Thanks to a friend who lifted me up for some oxygen.

Thus, in college, I took swimming lessons for my PE subjects. But I almost drowned again some years back during a company outing in Batangas due to my arrogance that I knew how to swim I could go near the floating boundary. I panicked I could no longer touch the sand. But images of #2daughters flashed before my eyes. It was such an inspiration that despite exhaustion I was able to swim back to the shore.

I learned very important lessons I carry to this day. That both ignorance and arrogance can kill you! With investing, I find these very valuable.

The most recent was yesterday. I was giving my all finishing my work to rush for an Aunt’s birthday to reunite with 2daughters but something shook my world.  Continue reading