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Don’t Even Think About Failing – by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

Those who walk the road to success look ahead, not back. Ray Meyer, a legendary American basketball coach, led his team to 37 winning seasons. One year, when his team dropped its first game after 29 straight home court victories, we asked how he felt about it. His reply: “Great! Now we can concentrate on …

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A deep regret: Unable to celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2016

As a comic book fan, I carry with great sorrow and deep regret my inability to celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2016 today. I had prepared for this day since I first heard about it last year. I was ready to celebrate weeks ago, ready to splurge money on back issues, graphic novels, and manga. However, …

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2015: My Road to Recovery

2014 was not a good year for me. What was supposed to be a promising year turned out to be one bad year. Things didn’t go well as I expected. In the middle of the year, my job satisfaction ran thin, ties with certain people got cold, and stress and fatigue levels worsened. Worst, I …

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The Paradox of Tough Times by Andrew Sercombe

Tough times for tough people (Striving Writer’s note: I am currently facing a tough time, and so you do. You and I are losing hope in a season, which is supposed to be filled with joy and laughter. But we are forced in this situation, thanks to circumstances beyond our control and maneuvers of people around us. It’s not our fault, but what can we do?  We lost our jobs and our homes. Our loved ones have tricked and abandoned us. Friends have forgotten us, and certain people cheated us of our hard-earned money. We …

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Increasing Prices, Decreasing Consumer Confidence

Price increase decreases consumer confidence The Philippines’ economy is improving, the president said. Things like that, it is always easy for him to say that, being lucky to reap the harvests from the seeds planted by the previous administration. After all, he is the president, well-groomed, well-fed and well-attended to. Seven months ago when I …

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What? PhP 686 for a Philippine Postal ID?

Days ago, I got myself a new postal ID. The previous one I had was way back in 2009, and it just expired last month, so I would need a new one. I really find the postal ID handy. In the Philippines, the postal ID is one of the primary IDs you need when making …

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Five Years in The City and Still Making No Noise

“Where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” How time flies! How it makes one young or old… or depressed! Five years ago, I stepped into this city, in a province famed for its tourist attractions, religious-cultural celebration, lechon, guitars and dried mangoes. Sunny day it was back then when a cousin and his …

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Some Thoughts About My Present (and Past) Employment

Next month will be the 4th month of my probationary contract of employment under my present employer (another BPO company in the city publicized as the Queen City of the South of the Philippines). Thanks God and to my cousin, I got a job right after I left my previous company (which soon folded up …

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Abandon Ship: Low Job Satisfaction, Resignation and My Last Day At Work

Yesterday was my last day at work.  I cannot but to feel sad and angry at the same time. Sad that I have to leave the company where I spent the first four years of my employment life. Angry that my pod manager failed to materialize the plans she had for me and my pod. It was …

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A Sad Sorry Writer I Am

During my elementary days, I received a few awards for winning writing competitions on district and division levels. In my high school and college years, none came by, but still people regarded me as a good (if not, above average) writer. I was not sad then. Writing is the only thing I can do, and …

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