Thursday, April 23, 2009


Go into art. Express the anguish, the ecstacy, the poetryof the human spirit.

Go into medicine. Make the lame walk, the blind see, the leper clean.

Go into architecture. Capture the texture and the sweep of the Filipino soul.

Go into education. Open the minds, lift up the spirits, enoble the hearts of the Filipino youth.

Go even into the priesthood. Ease the heart-aches of old maids.

But dont go into business.

Business is risky, young man. Stakes are high.You gamble with your hard-earned cash, your family's security, your children's future. All these you stake at the mercy of fickle government policies: of controls and decontrols,restrictions on credit, dollar retention fees, and export taxes. Business is too risky, young man. You gamble with too much.

Business is also dirty. It's a rat-race for the messy pot of corrupting gold. It's a jungle, where dog eats dog. It's a dirty world, young man. Eat or be eaten. Sell or be sold. Bribe yourself into government favor, or be bribed out. Give the kick-back loan, or be stabbed in the back. Buy and sell is dirty. Business corrupts.

Business, finally, is all-consuming, young man. You try yo run a business and business runs you. There is no rest, no sitting on past glories. Stop and you're eaten. Rest and you go under. Business is too exciting.

Stay clean, young man, stay secure, stay safe. Listen to the voice of experience. Lock yourself up; stay antiseptically clean; rest in the purity and comfort of your armchair. If you are weak, if you are insensitive to the needssof others, if you do not want to take risks, business is not for you. Business is for the Man, the man of vision, the man of strength, the man of drive.

Business id for the man of vision—who is not afraid of dirty his hands tobring forth life. The doctor in the maternity ward dirities his hands, but he bring forths life. The businessman allows the sigma of dirt, so that the future ggenerations may live. In amassing wealth for himself and his children, and re-investing, he supports not only his children, but the children of all who work for him. In providing for his future, he provides for the future of his employees. In creating his future, he creates the future of his country—for the political, social, educational, and cultural pyramid stands on an economic base. The failure of the base is the collapse of the pyramid. If the business fails, democracy fails. The failure of ccpitalism is the failure of democracy, the takeover of communism. If business fails, Filipino will have no liesure for art, no money for education, no capital for architecture, no stomach for religion. The man of vision sees all these and goes into business.

Business is for the young man of strength. He entersa jungle of competition: the “lagays” at the piers, the “kickbacks” at the banks, the hustling in buying and selling, the double dealing and lies in advertising. He joins a rat-race for the messy pot of corrupting gold. He cannot but give “lagay” at the piers; otherwise, the unscrupulous will gain an unfair advantage over the good. He gives until such time he can unite all his fellow businessmen and say, “None of us will give “lagay”. Either you relaease our legitimately imported-imported goods or everthing stop. . .no raw materials for our government, no goods for our stores, no raw materials for our factories. He has imposed reason upon the jungle. He has changed the jungle laws into human laws. He will try to do the same as regards kickbacks, the hustling, the double-ealing and lies. He joined a rat-race to cleanse competition. He did not sacrifice his principles. He suffered the stigma of dirt, but remained pure. And all for what? To create the future of his country, to keep his fellow Filipinos truly free, with no money for education, liesure for art, aspiration for rekigion.

But isn't business too demanding?

Yes, there is no rest in business. You cannot sit on past glories. Relax and you're pushed under. Falter and you fall. Therefore business is only for the strong, for the man of vision, the man of courage. It is cruel to the incompetent. It pushes the inefficient down only to make way and give room for the more competent, the more efficient man who will produce better good. Competition is cruel only to be kind. Competition is demanding. Yes. Competition is only for the man of dedication, the man of strength, the man of vision.

Our free existence today is challenged on many fronts by the same enemy: our political freedom, by poverty; our social freedom, by poverty; our educational freedom, by poverty; our religious freedom, by poverty. The answer to overcome this poverty is business and business calls for courage and strong determination to create a better place to live under the sun.
Young man, go into business. Today the challenge of existence is a bold challenge and it is hurled at us, the youth.

Orational piece by:
Pablo de Borja
Ateneo de Manila
Secondary Department
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Rule 1: If you want to avoid worry, do what Sir William Osler did: Live in “day-tight compartments.” Don't stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime.

Rule 2: The next time Trouble – with capital T – backs you up in a corner, try the magic formula of William H. Carrier:

a. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can't solve my problem

b. Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst – if necessary.

c.Then calmly try to improve upon the worst – which you have already mentally agreed to accept.

Rule 3: Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in items of your health. “Those who do not know how to fight worry die young.”


Rule 1: Get the facts. Remember that half of the worry in the world is caused bby people trying to make decision before they have sufficient knowledge on which is to base a decision.”

Rule 2: After carefully weighing all the facts, come to a decision.

Rule 3: Once a decision is carefully reached, act! Get busy carrying out your decision – and dismiss all anxiety about the outcome.

Rule 4: When you, or any of your associates, are tempted to worry about a problem, write out and answer the following questions:

a. What is the problem?
b. What is the cause?
c. What are all possible solutions?
d. What is the best solution?


Rule 1: Crowd worry out of your mind by keeping busy. Plenty of action is one of the best therapies ever devised for curing “wiber gibbers”

Rule 2: Don't fuss about trifles. Dont permit little things – the mere termities of life – to ruin your hapiness

Rule 3: Use the law of averages to outlaw your worries. Ask yourself: “What are the odds against this thing's happening at all?”

Rule 4: Cooperate with the inevitable. If you know a circumstance is beyond your power to change or revise, say to yourself: “It is so; it cannot be otherwise.”

Rule 5: Put a “stop-loss” order on your worries. Decide just how much anxiety a thing may be worth – and refuse to give it anymore.

Rule 6: Let the past bury its dead. Don't saw sawdust.


Rule 1: Let's fill our minds with thought's of peace, courage, health, and hope, for “our life thoughts make of worrying about it.”

Rule 2: Let's never tryto get even with enemies, because if we do we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them. Let's never waste a minute thinking about people we don't like.

Rule 3: A. Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let's expect it. Let's remember that Jesus healed ten leapers in one day – and only one thanked Him. Why we should we expect more gtatitude than Jesus got?

Rule 4: Count your blessings – not your troubles!

Rule 5: Let's not imitate other. Let's find ourselves and be ourselves, for “envy is ignorance” and “imitation is suicide.”

Rule 6: When fate hands us a lemon, lets try to make lemonade.

Rule 7: Let's forget our own happiness – by trying to create a little happiness for others. “When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.”


Rule 1: Unjust criticism is ofte a disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealousy and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog.

Rule 2: Do the very best you can; and then put up your old umbrella and keep of the rain of criticism from running down the back of your neck.

Rule 3: Let's keep a record of the fool things we have done and criticize ourselves. Since we can't hope to be perfect,lets ask for unbiased, helpful, constrctive criticism.


Rule 1: Rest before yyou get tired.

Rule 2: Learn to relax at your work.
Rule 3: Learn to relax at home.

Rule 4: Apply these four good working habits:

a. Clean your desk of sll papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand

b. Do things in the order of their importance.

c.When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts necessary to make a decision.

d. Learn to organize, deputize , and supervise.

Rule 5: To prevent worry and fatigue, put enthusiasm into your work.

Rule 6: Remember, no one was killed by lack of sleep. It is worrying about insomnia that does the damage – not insomnia.

book of : Dale Carnigie,