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Jose Rizal v2
December 30, 2015

Jose Rizal

One only dies once and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.

Jose Rizal

Most of us are cognizant about the life Jose Rizal lived. I don’t think it is still relevant to provide a brief of his life and accomplishments, like I usually do. I agree in most of his ways specifically his own method of revolting against the Filipino oppressors. He focused on educating the people. He used a pen, not a gun, to galvanize people to take action. He knew that he was going to die given the strength and the power of the enemy but his love for his country and the people was stronger than his fear. He did not die in vain. His death was his most poignant message to all of us. His death motivated Filipinos to do more in defending the land.

Rizal Execution
A photographic record of Rizal’s execution in what was then Bagumbayan. (Photo by:

A strong legacy is what us leaders must aim for. We don’t measure our success by the money we earn from the title but by how many people we have helped to become the best they can be. How many of your people live and teach the key lessons they learned from you? We don’t need to wait until we are nearing the end of our life to straighten up our reckless actions. In whatever stage or phase of life you are at, you can already make a difference in the lives of others. We don’t use a sharp tongue or an iron fist to influence our people. We educate them on why it’s necessary to do what we are teaching them to do.

Attributes: Great Communicator, Passionate, Fearless

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Learning and Culture Director at Stellar Philippines
Fran Saguindang Riego de Dios, MS has been in training and leadership development for more than a decade now. In earning her Master of Science in Biology degree, she joined the College of Science and Mathematics faculty of MSU-IIT and published her studies in Asia Life and Philippine Scientists Journals. For her, moving into the corporate world felt odd at first but with the scientific method and discipline in her backpack, it has become a fulfilling experience. You may also visit her personal Science Blog Site at Live Well. She also enjoys music (sings and plays the piano) and art (portrait sketch).
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