I was given the privilege to attend a seminar via home-participation, I shall call it “HomeTube” (like in YouTube, Haha). My full “thank you” goes out to http://crislorenzana.wordpress.com Topic of winning captured my almost 3 hours. Mind you, the lecture runs just over an hour, why did it took me that long? Here’s why.
So excited, I plunged the DVD, settled in front of the big screen all by myself, with matching manual, pen, coffee, snacks and some candies (seminar environment) because I really wanted to feel the energy as if I am really there. Then, after waiting for some minutes, my friend Sony here all does is “reading…reading…” I checked my watch, almost 30 minutes has gone by. Oh men! Then, I said to myself, “I have to make this work”, so I tried another room, then to no avail – I failed again. With those two failures, giving up has never been an option. So I went back here in my room and decided that laptop shall be it. I removed my watch and didn’t glance “even once” at the clock ticking behind me – for, looking at the time only makes me feel multi-excited.
I learned one important lesson, let me correct that, I remembered one important lesson which I have known ages ago. If one is really hungry for knowledge, he would do everything just to attain and grab that big “K”. Even how many countless failures he would experience along the way, if one’s heart is really into learning, no obstacle shall ground you for breaking in the portals of trials and time. After several minutes of almost a lifetime, it worked. So, PLAY.
I enjoyed it, really. the whole awesome lecture is all about the winner within us, within me. One time, the inspirational officer ask the audience if ever, there is one instance (anything) that makes them a winner? I said aloud “Yes!” (that is how hooked I am, feeling as if I am one of the class), then this gave me a big smile for I remembered one particular moment of my life way back in college. I was in our freshman year, 2nd semester, and we had this professor who exhibited the aura of a “Terror enemy”. First day of the class and he powerfully and confidently walked inside the room, no greeting at all, and looked each one of us straight in the eye. I started to assess his personality, and at first I disliked him at all. “Yabang!”
Then, he boomed at us “Ilan ba dito ang papasa?” (how many here shall pass?), and started relating stories of his previous classes, whom only half of the number of students often passed with a C (that’s how tough he really is – according to him). Starting from row 1, he asked each one of us if we think we could pass his LOGIC 101. Starting with the surname, he stares sarcastically on the eyes of my classmates and would ask if “Ikaw, papasa ka ba?” (are you gonna pass?). That moment really pissed me off.
There we were, just freshmen, not yet ready to take the full swing ahead, and all we got is a terror, and not a mentor. We need the latter, more than the former – that is what I thought. My classmates responses were “I will try my best”, “I don’t know yet”, “I hope so”…
So come my turn, he looked at me with those piercing eyes, and I in turn looked at him back with my sharp, intent and confident eyes (I am already fuming with rage of his boastful personality) : “Ikaw Manliclic, papasa ka ba?” he asked loudly, and all I said was “Yes, I will pass.”
We stared for several seconds, and I swear, those several milliseconds drove me with mixed emotions! I am so happy that I was able to face this “punk” with my head held high, yet, I was nervous on how to actually prove what I have said without belittling myself.
Going back to my HOMETUBING seminar, the inspirational officer spoke of Thomas Edison, whose announcement of his soon-to-be invention always comes first, before the actual execution. And after the announcement of his invention, he would spend hours, days in his lab trying to find out how he would create such one deserving a patent. That is exactly what happened to me. After stating broadly what my goal is, I have no idea how in the world will I accomplish what I have challenged myself into.
So after that incident, I literally went nuts studying that subject, his subject – Logic. My mom saw me studying so hard for that one, I carried around my logic notes and books the whole week. She then asked me what happened which could have driven me close to insanity, then I recounted what happened. She just laughed and pointed out to me that Logic is the easiest subject there is! It turned out that my mom is a pro on Logic. Achieving a flat 1.
Wow… so, she advised one thing for me, never tutored me at all: “learn and understand for yourself, and not for your professor”. I found out that the subject matter is very interesting and way too easy! So I finished the assigned book in no time, attending class as if it is just a review on what I have learned during breaks. Guess what happened?
I got myself exempted on the final exam, got a flat grade of 1 (like my mom) and the professor?
On the last day of the class, he advised us to write a note for anyone on the class, so each of us are trying to guess to whom is that note he is writing for, for he is smiling as he wrote. He then asked for our notes to be passed in front, and places it in the fish bowl. Mixing his “note”. One by one, he would call on the name and distributed each write-ups.
So, every one is waiting who gets the “precious” one, I already received around 8 If I am not mistaken, then he called me again giving another note. I opened it and I almost celebrated when I read it, it said “Para Sa Paborito Kong Apo….Congratulations! Wag Kana Maingay, Baka Magselos Sila…”
That is a winning moment for me, and every time we would bump into each other on the hallways, I cannot help but smile as I recount what strategy he used on us on the first day. He was crazy! Daring us, challenging us, bringing out the best in each and one of us – by firing up a major goal from within, like Thomas Edison.
So, thank you Atty. Agustin… You demonstrated a winning moment for me.