Last Nov 30, 2019, to Dec 11, 2019, the SEA Games 2019 was held in the Philippines with 11 participating countries in Southeast Asia. It’s a momentous display of athleticism and sportsmanship between our neighboring countries.
And with the success of the event, one can think of numerous lessons that can apply in our freelancing careers. With that, here are the 4 things we can learn as a freelancer from the SEA Games 2019.
A Bad Start Doesn’t Mean a Bad Finish
The SEA Games were plagued with controversies before its opening — the alleged overpriced cauldron, the politics inside the selection processes, and the numerous logistical mishaps of the organizers, among others.
The first few days flooded social media with humiliating stories. But our fellow Filipinos, especially those from the private sector, had the initiative to remedy the situation. No wonder it became a success in the end.
If you had a bad start in your freelancing journey, it doesn’t spell the end of your career. Refuse to believe that your circumstances today will spell your destiny.
You can always be humble to ask help from capable mentors to direct you to the proper path.
We Win As One
The blunders at the start of the event were remedied because of our combined effort. The mantra #WeWinAsOne resonated to the Filipino people. It doesn’t only apply to fix the mess, but also in winning the games!
The same way in freelancing. Find a group of like-minded individuals that can help you succeed in your career. Also, help your fellow freelancers if you can. It might be advising to those starting or recommending clients.
After all, the opportunities are abundant, and we can all win as one!
Saving People is More Important than Winning
But more than winning, helping other people who are in dire need is important. Filipino surfer Roger Casogay was awarded the Fair Play Athlete of 2019.
Roger Casogay saved the Indonesian athlete Arip Nurhidayat when he lost control over his surfboard.
As a freelancer, we might be tempted to treat everyone as a competition. But when we have abundance in our hearts, ironically, more opportunities come back to you.
Share your expertise with other people. You’ll never know whose lives you will touch.
Your Time Will Come
For the past 14 years, the Philippines didn’t win the overall medal count for so long. But the performance of the Philippines right now outshined every country. The Philippines garnered 149 golds, 117 silvers, and 121 bronze medals on the 56 games.
It goes to show that you will have your time. In your freelancing career, you don’t need to envy other successful people in your field. Instead, you should learn from them and work hard to hone your self.
Luck is opportunity meeting preparation. You will have your lucky break. With that, let’s celebrate our achievements and apply the learning in our careers!