Sunday, April 5, 2009

Difficult times

Most Filipinos know of Chinese are good merchants. That's because most Chinese immigrants to the Philippines, including my grandfather, became tradesmen. They didn't really have much choices then, since most of them were not able to get advanced education like most of us now do. My grandfather was still a teenager when he had to find his fortune here, far away from his family, which was basically subsisting on farming. Trade was almost the only thing they could do if they wanted to earn big money someday, assuming that they get lucky. Some actually did, with hard work and determination. We now see the likes of Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, John Gokongwei etc., among the list of the richest men in the Philippines and even the world.

Such should serve as inspiration to us that no matter what circumstances we're in, there's always something you can do to better yourself, as long as you have the guts and the determination to make it work. This should make you seek out, and not just wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. In today's world, such opportunities may come even easier if you keep an open mind. There's the ukay ukay trend which happened just after the Baguio earthquake. There are now some great bargains through online auctions which I'm thinking would be very saleable here, if the price is right. These opportunities are all out there for us to take it, if we just want to. Hard times or not, you can always do something.