Eisma to studes: ‘Work hard to be ex­tra­or­di­nary’

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CLARK FREEPORT — Su­bic Bay Metropoli­tan SBMA Chair and Ad­min­is­tra­tor Wilma “Chad” Eisma has urged stu­dents who re­cently com­pleted sec­ondary school to work hard to be­come ext r aor d i nar y.

“Don’t be afraid that you are or­di­nary, be­cause or­di­nary does not make you less; it only means you can still work to be ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

With these words, Eisma urged this year’s grad­u­at­ing se­nior stu­dents at the Su­bic Na­tional High School in Su­bic, Zam­bales to go out of their com­fort zones and take chances in life.

Eisma, who was in­vited to in­spire the stu­dents with her suc­cess as a gov­ern­ment ex­ec­u­tive and ca­reer woman, said that while some peo­ple be­come ex­traor­di­nar­ily suc­cess­ful, some tend to be­come too con­fi­dent that their ca­reers be­come stag­nant.

“On the other hand, the so-called or­di­nary peo­ple have so much time to work and im­prove them­selves and be­come more suc­cess­ful. The or­di­nary could be­come ex­tra­or­di­nary. So, be­ing or­di­nary should not be some­thing to be wor­ried about,” she said. Eisma also told the stu­dents about the life­long lessons she has learned since be­ing a school­girl in Olon­gapo City.

“Fol­low your par­ents; do not be afraid to take chances; and do not be afraid to fail,” she said.

Eisma re­vealed how she learned to cope with the rules her par­ents had im­posed on what to wear or not wear in go­ing out of the house, on the 5 o’clock cur­few, and on hav­ing a boyfriend.

“It took me 50 years to re­al­ize that my mother will al­ways know

best, that my fa­ther knows best,” Eisma re­lated.

“Be­lieve me, those rules are there for a rea­son. And I highly rec­om­mend that you fol­low your par­ents be­cause they have noth­ing but your best in­ter­est in mind.”

The SBMA ex­ec­u­tive also chal­lenged the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents to take chances, as she ob­served that many grad­u­ates pre­ferred to con­tent them­selves with what was easy and safe.

“You will never know what is in store for you un­til you take the chance,” she said. “It is in tak­ing those risks that you find great­ness. It is in tak­ing risks that you find suc­cess,” she added.

As a for­mer se­nior of­fi­cer of the mul­ti­mil­lion­peso cor­po­ra­tion Philip Mor­ris (Philip­pines) In­ter­na­tional, Eisma said she earned more than what she is re­ceiv­ing to­day.

The SBMA head said she took the chance and ac­cepted the of­fer of Pres­i­dent Duterte to be­come ad­min­is­tra­tor of SBMA, and later as chair­man.

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