Editor’s Note: OSM! writer and Filipino community leader Jane Hernando won the second place in the recently concluded Florida Toastmaster’s Club Division B in Melbourne, Florida.
Using the theme on the use of positive words and mindset, she came in close to first placer Ms. Pim Papart on that exciting evening.
Hernando, a founding officer of the Space Coast Pinoys in Melbourne, is a Physical Therapist who honored her father Jess Hernando in her speech for having pushed her to pursue her dream of becoming a PT despite earlier examination failures. Inspiring words and positive mindset are the basic ingredients to push one to succeed, indeed.
We publish the full speech here.
Success or Failure: What is the Missing Equation?
A speech written and delivered by Ms. Jane Hernando
2nd Placer, Toastmasters Division B
Thank you. I needed that. Those were the words that came out from my physical therapy patient’s mouth after we had a heart to heart conversation regarding the prognosis of her condition. WORDS are important. They can either make or break a person.Your mindset is critical .You can become what you think .
Fellow TM, how many of you were able to use a bad situation and turned it around for the good? Or worse, your crab mentality got the best of you? Crabs. Have you ever seen a group of crabs inside a bucket? They grab each other to prevent anyone from escaping resulting in everyone’s demise. This mentality is widely known in my native country, the Philippines.
Fellow TM, 20 years ago, I was in the same bucket! I almost gave up on my career after failing the Philippine Physical Therapy Board Exam not once, but twice.I started thinking of myself as not smart enough. My friends did too. I began exploring a different career path. I took the the National Medical Aptitude Test for upcoming medical students. My score was so good I received a partial medical school scholarship from a well known university. But still I told myself, I wasn’t smart enough.
My father often talked to me. He knew how I wanted to be a PT more than I wanted to be a doctor! He is my biggest fan! He consistently believed I could do it and finally so I did! I only not passed the Philippine Board exam but also the US board exam with an excellent score.
This inspired me to help others. I set up a free online review. Physical therapists from all over the world joined in. Together, we would study every night. As a result, PT students from India, Egypt, Argentina, UK and the Philippines are now working as therapists in different parts in the US.
Success or failure? What is the missing equation? WM! Not waste management but WM for WORDS and MINDSET. It will determine if you succeed or fail in anything you do.To quote Napoleon Hill “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Let us learn from successful people like Walt Disney who overcame failure. Despite being told by his former newspaper editor he lacked the imagination to succeed, Walt Disney told himself otherwise. As Les Brown said, “Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”
WORDS and MINDSET. That also means staying away from negative and toxic people. Do you know someone that is so negative? All they do is complain, moan and groan, so that after you speak to them you feel drained? STOP! Do yourself a favor and stay away from them.You deserve better.
My friends, if you ever find yourself down inside the ring.Stand up. Remember what Rocky Balboa said, “But it ain’t how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward.” Because there are only two things that will happen if you choose to fight back: either you win or you learn!
WORDS and MINDSET. Choose the words that you allow to stay in your mindset.
I will now ask you to close your eyes. Let these words sink in: you are special…you are determined…you are a winner! Now open your eyes and talk to the person on your right with conviction: Think positive! Remember, you are in charge of your future. Words and mindset matter.
(Featured photo is Jane Hernando with (left) Nancy Hoehn, District 84 director and Susan Schulz, Division B director. Photo by Scott Hoehn, Dist. 84 PR manager.)