Andrés Bonifacio is a true source of inspiration. Besides leading the Philippines to independence, he also lived an exceptional life that remains important even today.
Commemorating his life and achievements, Bonifacio Day on November 30 marks not only the birthday of one of the Philippines’ national heroes, but also the chance for self-reflection.
Here are a few career lessons we should learn from Andrés Bonifacio.
Dream bigIt’s widely known that Bonifacio was one of the founders of the Katipinan movement, leading eventually to independence from Spanish rule. However, it’s a lesser known fact that he actually started drafting the declaration of independence well before the revolution had begun - sitting in a cave.
His dedication is a constant reminder that anything is possible - as long as you put your mind to it and have the right motivation. Use this Bonifacio Day wisely and start dreaming big. Draw up your professional goals no matter how ambitious. Once they have been verbalised or put down on paper, you will have put the wheels in motion to making your dreams real.
Never give upBonifacio was fortunate enough to be able to attend school, but that didn’t protect him from hardships in his youth. He actually had to drop out of school at the age of 14 to support his siblings, as both his parents died within a year. Selling canes and paper fans in the street, he managed to build a successful business.
His life shows us that success does not depend on one’s social status or circumstances. Not being able to finish his formal education made Bonifacio even more determined to read books and teach himself about the world. Knowing what you are working towards or for does wonders for motivation. Being successful is much easier, if you know what you really want to achieve.
Believe in teamworkBonifacio is often portrayed as a hard worker and revolutionary. Although this is true, he was much more than that. Although having struggled through many hardships in his youth and experiencing betrayal during his early activism, he strongly believed in the values of comradeship.
It shows us that no matter how terrible circumstances are, it’s important to work together. Bonifacio probably would be the first to admit that the revolution was the result of teamwork. Collaboration and kindness with others, such as your colleagues, are just as crucial today as they were during Bonifacio’s time.
Be a self-starterBeing one of the founders of the La Liga Filipina, a movement calling for political reforms, he did not give up when the movement fell apart. He started another one called Katipinan, which ended up being instrumental in the political change that followed.
Bonifacio Day is a reminder that failure is not final and standing by your beliefs is crucial. Just because you fail once, it doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your goals in the end. His determination is an example of the self-starter culture we often see today in successful businessmen.