Last week, I was assigned by Rappler’s Life & Style editor, Ms. Kai Magsanoc, to write about pursuing one’s passion in life. She was a bit shocked to find out that I was a nursing graduate and yet I had a business background and that I’ve ventured into the world of writing and communication right now.
After the initial shock wore off, she remarked that today, more and more people are actually venturing into the fields that they’re really committed to, instead of having jobs in the college courses that they’ve finished.
Obviously, just because you’re happy pursuing your passion doesn’t mean that people around you would appreciate your courage and commitment. In fact, a lot of people might even judge you, mock you and call you unpleasant names!
When I wrote that post, I was really expecting a lot of people to “get annoyed or angry”, as per Rappler’s mood meter. I mean, it was a honest and no-holds barred insight regarding today’s social perception of the relevance of passion and profit.
It was raw and pure. Most importantly, it was exactly how I thought and how I felt.
The topic of raw honesty, actually, was what made me draft this post revolving about Filipino beliefs in today’s culture. Which Filipino beliefs do you honestly hate? Which do you particularly dislike? And which ones make you cringe?
Here are the Top 3 Filipino Beliefs that Make Me Cringe:
1. You can only earn big bucks abroad.
No, just no. Someone working abroad is not supposed to be selfless and utterly generous to all her loved ones’ needs. She should be able to save something for herself – in fact, she should be able to pay herself first before even thinking of sending money back to the country.
2. You should study hard and excel at every subject in order to get a decent-paying job.
Correction: you should fail forward hard and excel at the subject you’re passionate about in order to get a job for leaning and eventually start a business of your own.
Success doesn’t have to be about studying hard.
Passion isn’t about your weaknesses.
Earning money isn’t just about employment.
3. Every rich person I know is evil, bad and selfish.
Which Filipino money belief are you guilty of? Leave in the comments below!
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