Since I began my sportswriting career in 1997, I’ve had the privilege of rubbing elbows with athletes from different sports.
And a common denominator I observed among these athletes is they usually come from an average (while some from poor) family background. Yet, because there were people who believed in them, inspired them to hope and dream big, they were able to succeed in their respective sport.
Take the case of Manny Pacquiao, whose boxing journey is found all over the internet. Type his name and you’ll be able to read the struggles he went through early on in his career.
Yet, he acknowledges the fact that without his handlers, who believed in him, financially supported him and helped him in his training, he wouldn’t be the world’s only eight-division champion that he is today.
Then, there’s Michael Martinez, the Filipino figure skater, who placed fifth at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
The 17-year-old Martinez is the very first skater from Southeast Asia and the only athlete to represent the Philippines at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Here’s what Martinez told CNN in an interview on Feb. 14, 2014 – “I had asthma maintenance medicine when I started skating, since the cold in the rink makes me sick too. But year after year, my health keeps improving, so my mother fully supported me to continue skating. She said it’s better to spend the money on skating than in the hospital.”
And this is exactly the reason why my wife and I started the writing seminar and workshop called iWRITE.
We have one simple goal – write to inspire (people), inspire (people) to write.C
Considering the not-so-good-news we usually read and see from social media today, our goal is for people to be inspired and encouraged through the positive thoughts and ideas we share at Facebook, Twitter or even from our personal blog sites.
iWRITE had its pre-launch on Aug. 10 (Sunday) at Caffe Dolce in Banawe, Quezon City where 35 participants joined the seminar and workshop.
Arianne Caringal and Lourdy Mamhot were two of our participants during the pre-launch.
Since attending iWRITE, both bloggers said, they are excited to keep their respective blog sites active as they sharing their thoughts that could inspire their readers.
Here’s a link on a recent blog Arianne wrote on iWRITE.
“When you associate with the ‘right’ people with a positive, moral outlook on life, you greatly enhance your chances of winning.” – Zig Ziglar