Quotes That Speaks To Us, OFWs

Feeling stuck? Does the future seem bleak these days? Or you just need some inspiration to get going? This blog will give you that push.


Walt Disney believed that all our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. And the rest is history…


Quotations have wisdom in them. They have power to motivate and bring out the best in us. Sometimes they best expressed what we wanted to say, only in a concise, brief and sometimes figurative way. Some of them have become our mantras and guides in life.


Here are some which best resonate with us OFWs.


Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford


We are already working abroad. We made the initial step to do something about our situation in our home country by choosing to be away from our families in exchange of a better future. Because we think we can be successful. And we are right.


♥If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. – Oprah Winfrey


Ms. O said that when we start to think of what we don’t have, we should go back to the breath. Once we think of breath, and the things that we could do because we are breathing, it adds joy inside ourselves. It brings us good feeling, then another and another.


Ms. O wants us to appreciate what we have. How many would want to exchange places with us because of what we have and the things we could do.


Let us be grateful.


♥Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.-Jim Rohn


Keep on improving yourself and be more successful. Learn more. Improve your skill sets. Work on your bad habits. Adopt positive attitude and values in life.


♥When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it- Henry Ford


Not everything goes the way we expected them to be. When that happens, we keep on going. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, according to Kelly Clarkson.


♥Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.-Robert Louis Stevenson


At the end of the day, when we are missing our families back home, and we start to question the meaning of all the things that we do, whether or not it is worth the sadness and the risk of a broken family, we try to see the good and go back to the motivation for working abroad.


♥Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs- Farrah Gray


Do not waste your stay (abroad). It is just the stepping stone to something better and bigger. You have dreams. The road maybe long and winding. But stay in the course. You could be helping your employer succeed, but your own path to success doesn’t have to be incompatible with your employer’s dream.


♥When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but we often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.- Helen Keller


So, they have recently limited the number of years that the expats are allowed to work in the Kingdom. Fret not, coz this is not the only employer. Other opportunities would open for us. Who knows, this could be the time to implement the project that you have been nurturing in your mind for quite some time.


♥If you are born poor, it is not your mistake. But if you die poor, it’s your mistake- Bill Gates


Remind ourselves of the reason why we are here. We may go astray from time to time, but we should always go back to our why (we are here). We are not going back defeated.


♥People that are successful have a strategy from getting where they are to that success. The difference between goals and dreams is timeline. “Someday” is not a day of the week. – Dr. Phil


Put a timeline to those goals. They become more achievable.


♥Tough times don’t last, tough people do. –Gregory Peck


We, Filipinos are known for our resiliency, much more OFWs who venture into the unknown sometimes alone.


♥You aren’t where you want to be right now, but that doesn’t mean you’re not well on your way to getting there. – Michael Schneider


Yes, we are just passing by. And we are getting there.


♥You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass-produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman. – Max Lucado


Believe that we are meant to be where we are right now. Accomplish the mission.


♥Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.                 – Frederick Wilcox


That’s why we took the risk and literally lifted not just our foot.


♥We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope that we get to death without being too badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.  – Bob Proctor


It is our choice.


♥You are going to be as good as the people you surround yourself with so be brave enough to let go of those who keep weighing you down. –Unknown


Choose wisely. It was bad enough that we are not with our families. Surround ourselves with people that bring us joy, lift us up, enrich our lives, OFWs with the same mindset and same goals.


♥No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt


Being a foreigner, second class citizens in our country of work, it is not uncommon that we are sometimes discriminated. In a country where many of our kabayans accept work way below their pay grade and credentials, sometimes they are treated unfairly when it comes to advancement and compensation. Sad but true.


But Mrs. Roosevelt thinks otherwise. If we show that we are good at what we do, if we do our work professionally and dazzle them with the quality of works coupled with our good values and dedication to what we do, we defy their notion that we are less than them. If we always give our best at what we do, regardless of our profession, we do not give them consent to belittle us.


Even if they do, remember that it would only discourage us if we permit it.


Be inspired!


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2 thoughts on “Quotes That Speaks To Us, OFWs

  1. Encouraging post. I only have one doubt ….. that which Gates argued saying: “If you are born poor, it is not your mistake. But if you die poor, it’s your mistake- Bill Gates”.

    Poverty is not only about personal matter. In a society where inequality/ inequities runs so so so deep, individual struggles to survive is hindered by the more powerful people in business and government conniving. One of the many examples of this is the land of of the tribe taken away by a company in the guise of offering employment. The innocense of the people over engaging into contracts where were take advantaged of ….. which the tribe can no longer pull back after realizing that they entered into a situation skewed so much against them. Greed is one of the reasons why poverty persists everywhere.

    Individual must not be solely falted for the situation he/she is in because he/she didn’t had the chance that others had. External forces are very powerful where sometimes, those in poor situation do not have the force of a plane to fly against the wind.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read our post.
      Bill Gates encourages us to improve with what we have. Surely, there would be obstacles, challenges and setbacks. As it is, the strong take advantage of the weak. But just the same, it should not deter us from pursuing that which would elevate us.(Even just an inch.) Also, we should take responsibility of our own actions. It takes two to tango. We are not expected to reach what others have achieved, but we should never stop trying. You only fail when you stop trying.

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