Pacquiao Holds His Own Plow and Drives His Own Car. Hold and Drive Your Own, Too.

Manny Pacquiao Knockout

Matthew 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit.”

My wife subscribed to the pay-per-view promo of our TV channel provider but we were not able to view Manny Pacquiao and Manuel Marquez’ fight. We chose to go to the Philippine International Convention Center to attend the Holy Eucharist and our prayer meeting.

On our way to PICC in Pasay, I heard the taxi driver complaining, “Natalo na nga ako ng PHP1,500.00, nasira pa byahe ko. Wala kasi sa ayos eh!” (Not only did I lose my PHP1,500.00 but also my scheduled work for today. It’s so unorganized.)

So I politely advised the cab driver: “Dapat bumiyahe ka pa rin. Kung nanalo si Pacquiao, doble panalo mo – sa pusta at sa kinita mo sa pagmamaneho. Kung natalo ka, nabawi mo sana pera mo sa kita mo sa byahe.” (You should have done your regular work still. If Pacquiao won the fight, you should have won twice – from your bet to Pacquiao and your earnings through your driving. If you lose the fight, you should have still gotten even from your earnings through driving.)

Two Lessons

Friends, there are two lessons I want to share with you.

1. Do not depend your future on the success of other people.

2. If you do, make sure you are working on your own plan towards your own success.

Do Not Depend Your Future on the Success of Other People

How many of you have heard of these lines:

Pamangkin ako ng mayor.” (I am our mayor’s nephew.)
“Kamag-anak ko si Rizal.” (I am a kin of Rizal.)
Anak ako ng Director ng school.” (I am our school director’s son!)
Kababayan ko si Pacquiao.” (Pacquiao’s my countryman.)

Okay, I almost didn’t see you bringing your hands down.

It is okay to be proud of your neighbor’s achievement. That is good. What makes it bad is when you do nothing to achieve the same level of success or far better than their achievements. You got to hold your plow. Plant your own seeds. Grow them. So when they bear fruit, you can say, “These are mine!”

The cab driver I met yesterday did not hold his plow. He depended 100 percent to whatever fruits Pacquiao’s tree may bear. Unfortunately, Pacquiao’s tree did not bear fruit.

Don’t be content by just seeing your neighbor’s fruit-filled mango trees. Plan and grow your trees and not just mangoes. Hold your plow and do not settle on somebody else’s laurels.

Make Sure You Are Working on Your Plan Towards Your Own Success

I advised the cab driver that it would have been better and less painful had he continued driving his taxi while taking the chance that Pacquiao will win the fight. But to whom did he pass the blame instead? The cab driver blamed Pacquiao’s complacency.

Friends, have you ever seen a car with two steering wheels? As far as I know, each car (okay, “most” if there are cars with more than one steering wheel) is designed to have one steering wheel so that only one driver can direct the ways of the car. Pacquiao is driving his own car. His car is not yours (unless you are Jinky – conjugal property rights, eh).

You have to drive your own car towards your own destiny. Whatever is your destiny? Whoever you are and whatever you do, all of us wants to be successful in many ways. In rare cases, perhaps, we may borrow somebody else’s car but the owner, no matter how close we are with each other, won’t always allow you to use his car. The owner has his own errands, too. Just in case he lets you borrow his car, there are certain conditions such as:

You can only use my car until you reach Makati.
Please return my car at 5 PM today.
Buy me one tire before using my car.

But if you drive your own car, you have no limits. You can go places beyond your expectation.

Friends, let’s all learn how to hold our plow. Plant our own trees. Don’t be content seeing your neighbors’ beautiful trees that bear good fruits. Let’s plan our own trees so we can also share our fruits with other people.

Matthew 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit.”

Jaycee De Guzman


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  3. That’s right bro, I believe that Divine Providence was at work in Manny’s fight. He has been used to give us all a lesson more than him becoming the pride of the country once again. And he served his purpose well. The strength to accept defeat, identify and admit his mistake, learn from it, and move on to improve and become better is the true heart of a champion.

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