Each and every one of us has his own source of motivation. Motivation drives us to excel in the things that we do. It empowers us to become the best that we can be in every thing that we do and in every endeavor that we enter ourselves into.
What’s your source of motivation? You may use your economic status as your motivation. You want to alleviate the way you live. Or you may use your family as your source of motivation. Or you may want to prove yourself to other people who don’t believe in you.
I recently watched an interview by Boy Abunda with the internationally-known singing sensation Charisse Pempengco in his show SNN (Showbiz News Ngayon). I was touched by what Charisse told. Her economic status drove her to join different singing contests. Unfortunately, she was being mocked by people. A lot of people said she cannot get anywhere. A lot said she doesn’t have the beauty and she was being laughed. But look at where she was now. She managed to meet famous people: Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, among others. I won’t forget one of the theme songs she mentioned. The title was “Maghintay Ka Lamang” and the lyrics goes:
Kung hindi ngayon ang panahon, na para sa iyo
Huwag maiinip, dahil ganyan ang buhay sa mundo
Huwag mawawalan ng pag-asa, darating din ang ligaya
Ang isipin mo’y may bukas pa, na may roong saya
Kabigua’y hindi hadlang, upang tumakas ka
Huwag kang iiwas, pag-nabibigo
Dapat nga lumaban ka….
Ang kaylangan mo’y, tibay ng loob
Kung mayrong pag-subok man
Ang liwanag ay di magtatagal,
At muling mamamasdan
Iko’t ng mundo, ay hindi laging pighati’t kasawian
Ang pangarap mo ay makakamtam,
Basta’t maghintay ka lamang
The song is very touching. It is an inspiring song. It says that even you are on your lowest point right now, don’t lose hope. There’s still tomorrow. Don’t let failures slow you down. Fight those challenges and prove yourself. You need to be strong. Light can be seen at the end of the tunnel. You can achieve your dreams. As they say, life is like a wheel. There are ups and downs. You may be at the bottom right now but don’t lose hope because someday you will be given a chance to be on top.
I was once asked: “What’s the source of motivation to write all these things in your blog?” And to tell you the truth, I also experienced being mocked. I also experienced being laughed. I may have a jolly personality sometimes but I am very serious about it. It may be a blessing in disguise but after all those treatments, I said to myself: “I will prove myself to these people who mocked me. I will prove to them that someday, they will see how successful I have become. I will prove myself that someday, I will emerge as a winner. It will serve as a challenge for me to do the best that I can in everything that I do.” It was an eye opener for me.
Since then, I started to motivate myself. I started reading books of Robert Kiyosaki to educate myself in financial literacy. I started educating myself when it comes to different investments such as stocks, mutual funds, unit investment trust funds, and embraced the idea of passive income, making money work for you, be a positive thinker, living a frugal life, etc.
What have happened since then? I was able to reach some goals. Opportunities have opened for me. I met some people who gave me more chance to become successful. It will be all up to me to grab these opportunities and prove myself.
How about you, what’s your source of motivation?
As an ending to this post, I would like to leave the readers some motivating success quotes to be motivated and to keep that drive and fire burning.
P.S. I will be featured this coming July in the Money Makeover section of Good House Keeping Magazine as a personal finance advisor giving tips and advice to the readers about budgeting, saving money, and frugality. This would be my first time to get featured.