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Published: 2017-11-19   

5 Lessons We Learned as OFWs

Goals are very important because it will give direction to the journey. If there are no goals set, there is a big tendency to give in for whatever circumstances that come along the way. Always remember that clarity precedes success. Before action, there should be a plan.

Goals are very important because it will give direction to the journey. If there are no goals set, there is a big tendency to give in for whatever circumstances that come along the way. Always remember that clarity precedes success. Before action, there should be a plan.

By: Souqpinoy Staff
Credits: (with excerpts from “Best 5 Choose Life’s Lessons for Overseas Filipino Workers” by Jonas Dupo)

Of a total current population of 92.2 million, there are approximately 10 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) around the world in 170 countries, with 1 million in Saudi Arabia alone, followed by Japan, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.

Considered as modern day heroes, OFWs are known for their great contributions to the Philippine economy. As an OFW, we have to be focused in becoming financially stable, so when the time comes that we need to go home for good, we have enough savings to put up our businesses or continue to have resources to go on providing for our family.

There are many sad stories of OFWs who after working for several years abroad, come home broke because they did not prepare for retirement and were not able to put up savings that will tide them over to being back on their homeland.

Goals are very important because it will give direction to the journey. If there are no goals set, there is a big tendency to give in to whatever circumstances that come along the way. Always remember that clarity precedes success. Before action, there should be a plan.

Just like many of us, Jonas wants the best for his family. Jonas is a Filipino nurse currently employed in the Sultanate of Oman. He has this burning passion in studying the thinking and language of the most successful people in the world and he has made a commitment to share their stories to everyone in order to achieve victory as they live their destiny. He does not consider himself an expert about life but one who has encountered valuable experiences that can be considered essential for one’s growth.

And for him, here are the best life lessons that he wants to share to all our fellow OFWs.

  1. Build Your Retirement Fund.
    Mahirap mag-save pero mas maganda ang maaga pa lang ay napaghahandaan na natin ang retirement fund natin. It is very important because, after many years of hardships working in a foreign land, we have money to use once we retire. We can invest in the stock market, mutual funds and some life insurance.

    Another good reason is, it is not tempting to spend the money once it is invested in a paper asset, this is like a sacred and secret account, as this is a very precious amount set aside from our monthly income.

  2. Keep Your Family Close Even If You Live Far Away.
    With the blessings of modern technology, we can now stay connected to our loved ones through Skype, FB messenger or Viber. Do not neglect the importance of consistent open communication. Show how much you love them by giving them your time which will make them feel important. Your children do not need money alone, they want to hear your voice, they want to see your face and they want to know you love them.

  3. Keep Learning and Enhancing Your Skills.
    Self–development is very important. It is a must if you want to become successful. If you want to receive something you have never had, you need to do something you have never done. We need to ask ourselves.Am I willing to stay and work overseas until I reach age 65? How many family gatherings will I miss? How many birthdays of my brothers and sister parents or children will I miss? How many years am I not available to listen to my teenager who is struggling in his or her life? How many wonderful memories will I miss?

  4. Have an Open Mind.
    With the many nationalities we work with (Syrians, Jordanians, British, Americans, Indians, Pakistanis, etc.) on a daily basis, We are exposed to different cultures, values and different ways of doing things. As Filipinos we have our own ways, however, we need to be able to adapt to working in a foreign land. We have to have an open mind and learn from others. And we also have to work with them well as good team players.

  5. Love Your Job.
    Job satisfaction and happiness can only be found in one simple strategy; it’s loving what we are doing. Loving our work and loving our job seems like a cliche. However, to stay competitive, we can train our minds to look on the positive sides and appreciate whatever we have. There are many people in the Philippines wanting to be in our current status. They are desperate to have jobs.

    There are really stressful circumstances in our workplaces, but instead of focusing on the problems, why not focus on the solutions. Successful people are actually the most grateful people on earth. Be quick in recognizing any good behavior and focus less on mistakes. Be an “encourager” and a positive force in your workplace.

  6. You may think that these lessons are too dreamy or very idealistic; they’re not. If you can dream, pray, and believe that one day you will be living together with your family back home to spend the rest of your days, then believe that you can do these 5 lessons, as well. Start small, keep going little by little, just keep moving forward and we will get to our goal in time.

    Keep on it, Kabayan! Kaya natin ‘to!

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