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Take your cue from these achievers and be all that you can be!

When Willy Wonka said, “Invention my dear friends is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple,” he forgot to include inspiration in his magic equation. The world’s seen centuries’ worth of great people—enough for you Candy girls to be inspired to make your way down the road to success.

Kofi Annan’s Love for Peace (1938-present)
As Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan has made it his responsibility to make life better for all the citizens of the globe. In 2001, the African leader made it his priority to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic—setting up a global fund to help speed up the process of finding a cure for AIDS. Annan’s dedication to making the world a better place earned him a Nobel Peace Prize.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Dedication to Freedom (1945-present)
Burma-born Aung San Suu Kyi believes that non-violence can help solve any disagreement. She used this belief to battle the socialists and uphold the ideals of democracy in Burma. The political leaders put her under house arrest for her beliefs, and even if it separated her from her family, she decided to persevere and continue fighting for the rights of her countrymen.

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Marie Curie’s Perseverance (1867-1934)
Polish Marie Curie wasn’t allowed to enter university after graduating from high school because she was a woman. After a few years, she moved to Paris and began studying chemistry and physics, which she later on taught (she was the first woman in Sorbonne to teach!). Her studies led her and husband Pierre to discover polonium and radium, which are now being used to save lives.

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Read more of this article in Candy's October 2005 issue!

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Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer for several publications in Manila and overseas. An architect by profession, she loves to travel, dabble in design, bake brownies, bike, surf, practice yoga, and contribute to her family's blog, thehappylab.com.ph. She has released three novels, and her latest fictional short story will be published this month under Buqo Bookstore. She is currently working on a collaborative novel. Chinggay is also a yoga instructor teaching vinyasa yoga, foundations and restoratives. 
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A Simple Learner Who's a Great Pretender

Maybe I'm just a learner, not a weirdo. A learner that knows how to listen and pretend. A simple learner who's a great pretender. Pretending to be slightly dumb enough not to be judged and criticized by those who do not appreciate my existence. We surround ourselves with people who's levels are either beyond or below our intellectual behavior, because as for reality, people may use you either for their success or your downfall. Since then, people tend to judge someone who has an intellect with things they shouldn't be. Making them a criticizer, and most of all, calling them weird.

Honestly, I'm one of this "weirdo" who actually loves to learn things, and for the record, I'm bullied and stressed out for making myself not to learn more and go with the flow to dumbness I had. Have you ever feel being assigned to some task where you know every process to make it easier and faster to finish but turns out to hesitate to voice out because some of your mates put themselves in charge. There are times where I know what to do, what to say, or how to react, but kept myself silent and pretend not to know anything that may help us. Maybe it's a good thing to just go with their ideas and learn from their perspectives, but sometimes you can't control it and says something, and once again called to be a weirdo and let you finish the work by yourself.

It's annoying that you only know one process yet they gave you the whole work and let you finish it by yourself because they insist that "MAGALING KA DIBA?". It's not your fault being an intellectual person, knowing such things that may help you to pursue your dreams, and have the basic knowledge about something. You don't need to know everything, just the basics. And as for those people who do not appreciate your existence, let them be and continue what's the best for you. In some cases, you'll be annoyed by this but most of the time you'll be thankful for it. Not for now but maybe later. Just be yourself either a weirdo, a great pretender, or a simple learner, and always remember to lower your voice and behavior because no one loves that.

Just be a great pretender not to hear any runts and be a good learner that appreciates everything. It's out of nowhere thoughts of mine, but simply I leave you this my favorite life quotation; "Don't introduce yourself, Let your success introduce you"

Jayson Miranda 2 days ago
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