Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Quote 1 (FVR)

Ramos had the soldiers and engineers sense 
that nothing, however splendidly done by itself, 
yielded real value if not integrated with the 
whole undertaking
(from the book Democracy and Discipline: Fidel V. Ramos and His Philippine Presidency by W. Scott Thompson)

One of my favorite quotes of all time, although sometimes I forget it lolz. This quote reminds me to check myself regularly to see if what I'm doing now, contributes to the end-result that I want. So, for example, if I want to lose 10 lbs by the end of this month, July, then I would have to check if my actions are in line with that goal. Most of the times, when I reflect back on my actions for the day, I find myself regretting that coke that I just drank this morning. 

When you want to lose pounds, you will exercise and keep a healthy lifestyle, those are the things that contribute to that end result. ... but doing things like writing an article about a movie you watched, even if it's a very good review, doesn't really yield a value for the whole undertaking which is to lose weight.

Of course that is just an example from my life, but FVR was talking about his projects for the whole country when he was still the president. During that time, a lot of things have improved for our country, although most people don't understand most of his achievements. I still believe that he was the best president after the 1986 revolution. 

So, for example, maybe one of his projects is to provide electricity for some parts in Mindanao. That took years to accomplish, even beyond his term as president. So, what are the things he needed done to achieve that goal. He will need his staff or representatives to do things towards that goal, talk to the right people, accomplish things, one thing he might not need them do is for them to create a tourism video or something like that.... I don't know if I'm making any sense right now, but that's just how I think of it... 

There are lots of people in the government nowadays and I see them as incompetent. Imagine, our own tourism department plagiarized a video, that's so embarrassing for the whole country lolz. I wish they will adapt this quote in their daily life, so that they will be able to achieve great things.

I am writing this here so I will remember to always think of the whole undertaking, my goal, the end-result that I want. and that my actions everyday should contribute to that goal, doing something splendidly that doesn't really have anything to do with my goal, is useless. 

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