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My personal story and thoughts on education


Let me begin by saying a powerful quote from Dalai Lama, "When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts."

I would like to share a personal testimony of my education:

More than 25 years ago, I graduated from the “University of Success.” I didn’t receive any award for academic achievement. The greatest reward I’ve attained is how I managed my life for the better. I’ve acquired the essential ingredients of my personal success. I’ve learned powerful lessons and techniques to look back from where I’ve been, to set my goals, to make the most of my abilities, to develop my self confidence, to acquire strength, to motivate myself and others, to seize opportunities, to deal with adversities, to find courage to take risks, to do things I was afraid to do, to learn and bounce back from my failures, to generate enthusiasm, to use my time wisely, to get people to give what I want, to guide my children, to handle stress, to enjoy the best things in life, to count my blessings, to strive for excellence, to attract success and to look like a winner. I’ve learned the greatest secrets of success, and I’ve used them to make a better world for myself.

The “University of Success by Og Magdino” is a book from my mom that I had read when I was young – I had read it with passion and had transformed the thoughts into action. It was my mom’s legacy that had made a big impact in my life.

Now, I am taking an inventory of my life from where I’ve been to what I’ve become. I looked back with understanding and appreciation, with contentment and gratitude. I may not be materially wealthy, but I am rich with wisdom, experiences and accomplishments. I’ve attained my personal success from the places I’ve traveled, the experiences I’ve encountered, the people I’ve met, the books I’ve read, the knowledge and talents I’ve shared, the needy I’ve helped, the friends I’ve established, the admiration I’ve gotten, the trust I’ve earned, the respect I’ve gained, the compliments I’ve received, the gratitude I’ve expressed, the confidence I’ve developed, the risks I’ve taken, the opportunities I’ve seized, the lessons I’ve learned, the promises I’ve fulfilled, the adversities I’ve surpassed, the failures I’ve overcome, the fear I’ve fought, the challenges I’ve defeated, the victory I’ve celebrated, the accomplishments I’ve done, the dreams I’ve reached, the blessings I’ve enjoyed, and the wisdom I’ve acquired and lived.

Just like many other girls in the Philippines and around the world, I finished my education through the hard work of my mom. Our family economic status didn't become a barrier for me to finish my education. She raised me and my siblings without lavish material things, yet she gave us the best education. She had thought us the principle that education is a powerful tool to succeed.

That was personal story.

Based from the recent analysis, the educational system in America has been declining. Some of the reasons behind this status include the public school system, US educators, cultural setting, dysfunctional families, and distracted students. This is one of the biggest challenges the U.S. is facing now. The solutions to this challenge should not only come from the government, but the educators, parents and students need to be involved in an effort to improve the declining educational system in the America.

Education has become accessible with new technology. The cost of formal education has become less affordable, but there are various forms of informal education that are accessible with the use of technology. Books, computers, and educational facilities are ways to access information to learn.

There is no reason to be ignorant. There is no excuse to be innocent. Formal or information education is a step to reach a goal, to grow and to succeed. Education is not only the knowledge we learn from school. Education is also the wisdom we learn from many ways.

Education is not only feeding the minds, but as well as teaching the hearts. When we have the education, we have the voice. When we have the voice, we have the power. When we have the power, we can transform the world.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

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Vweta's picture

I Just Couldn't Stop!

Dear Lia@WP, once i started reading this i could not just stop! It reminds me of one of Benjamin Franklin's famous quote :"If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

I also liked your closing remarks: "Education is not only feeding the minds, but as well as teaching the hearts. When we have the education, we have the voice. When we have the voice, we have the power. When we have the power, we can transform the world."

Please, do keep sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!


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Lia@WP's picture

flattering comment

Hi, Vweta,

Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments. I really appreciate you thoughts about my piece. I feel honored to inspire a person like you with vast experience and wisdom as well. I like your Benjamin Franklin qoute, too. I am rich with wisdom, and I love sharing them - they make me richer.

Good luck on your initiatives as well.



Vweta's picture

Thank you too - for

Thank you too - for sharing!

Good luk and best wishes in all you do!

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Sharontina's picture

Personal story

Your personal story shows the depth of your wisdom and experience. Your writing shows power and endurance. Exemplary writing. Am interested to learn more from you.


Merlin Sharontina

Lia@WP's picture

thank you

Hi, Sharontina

Thank you so much for your compliments, and for your interest to learn more from me. I appreciate it very much. I hope to continue to inspire and share my wisdom.

It's great to connect with women like you that has common passion.



libudsuroy's picture

Hi, Lia, you have and are

Hi, Lia, you have and are living an enriched life! And we who read you learn bits and pieces of how to educate ourselves, too. You have shown how we Filipinos share the value education in its various forms and dimensions. You also have pointed out something very important to those of us who have not gotten a degree or diploma -- that there are various pathways to educating one's self and the new technologies are tools we can harness to get informally educated.Thank you very much.

libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Lia@WP's picture

You have the wisdom

Hi, Lib

Thank you once again for your thoughtful compliments. I must agree with you that I am living an enriched life. I always say that I don't have a higher degree of education (no masters degree or whatsoever) but I have the wisdom that I am proud of. A formal education is important, but not getting it doesn't mean the person is less important. There are people who didn't have a degree - like you, as you said, but the wisdom are better than a formally educated person. We don't shortlist those people. What's important is how we use our education in developing ourselves and helping other people.

You are equally educated as the rest of the people around - as you have the wisdom to share.



Victor Moinina's picture

It has been a very good

It has been a very good story. this is what many of us need to graduate from a college of success that will grant us many opportunities to share it on. This has been quite refreshing but I will recommend that such a story be aired for other women to learn from

Hi Victor,

Thank you so much for you compliments, and for your recommendation that it be aired for other women to learn from. I really appreciate it. I wrote that story from my heart.

I believe that wisdom should be shared, so that people would learn from it. We'll never know that the wisdom we share will make a difference to other people. Success should be shared as well. That means getting more success back.

Good luck to your initiatives.



sallysmithr's picture

Great message!


Thank you so much for sharing. I thought it was very important to note that you really expressed firstly that you have a lot of education that people do not see as education. All the experiences and what you took from all of those are absolutely education and I think that was a great point!! As you stated, "Education is not only the knowledge we learn from school. Education is also the wisdom we learn from many ways." Love it! I completely agree with you about the declining education in the United States and couldn't agree more when you stated, "The solutions to this challenge should not only come from the government, but the educators, parents and students need to be involved in an effort to improve the declining educational system in the America." I think some people want to point the finger at one person and I agree it truly needs to be a collaboration! Your mother and you sound like amazing people and I really enjoyed reading your story! It had a very great message!


Lia@WP's picture

Our message

Hi, Sally

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I really appreciate it.

We all know that there are successful people who don't have formal education. And there are people who are very much educated yet their attitudes are frustrating. Education is justified when used in a right way.

I see that you have used your formal education very well and I commend you for that.



akaneko's picture

Dear Lia, Thank you so much

Dear Lia,

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Your journey is a testament to the value and "wealth" in education, not just material things. I completely agree that education comes in different forms and I think it's so wonderful to hear about how you've not only pursued your own education, but also continued to give back and motivate others.


Lia@WP's picture

great to inspire

Hi, Akaneko

Thank you, too for your wonderful comments. I appreciate it.

It feels great when I inspire people. And I get my inspiration from those people like you whom I inspire.



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