Noong unang panahon, nang ang mundo ay bata pa at ang mga diyos ng kabutihan at kasamaan ay magkaibigan pa, ay may dalawang diyos na naninirahan sa mga bundok ng Bicol. Si Gugurang, ang mabuting diyos, ay nakaatira sa Mt. Mayon, at si Asuang naman, ang masamang diyos, ay nakatira sa katabi nitong bundok, ang Mt. Malinao. Ang dalawang ito ay magkasundo at, ayon pa nga sa ibang alamat, sila ay magkapatid.
Gayunpaman, mas makapangyarihan si Gugurang kaysa kay Asuang. Si Gugurang din ang binigyan ng Dakilang Diyos ng kapangyarihan na mamuno sa mga tao kaya’t sa kaniya nagdarasal at nag-aalay ang mga tao noon. Ayon sa alamat, kapag nagkakasala ang mga tao at nakakalimot ay pinapayanig niya at kung minsan, ay pinapasabog niya ang Bulkang Mayon upang matauhan ang mga tao.
Samantala, si Asuang ay walang apoy sa kaniyang tahanan. Nainggit siya sa kapangyarihan ni Gugurang, gusto niyang maging katulad nito. Gusto niyang magkaroon ng apoy para kapag nagagalit siya sa mga tao ay masusunog niya ang mga ito.
So, isang araw ay lumapit siya kay Gugurang upang pakiusapan na bigyan siya ng apoy.
Mariin na tumanggi si Gugurang sa kahilingan ni Asuang.
“Isang paglapastangan ang iyong paghingi ng apoy ko. Hindi mo ba alam na kung makamtan ng kasamaan ang apoy ay masusunog ang buong mundo?”
“Iingatan ko naman, ” sagot ni Asuang.
Natawa si Gugurang sa sagot ni Asuang, “Iingatan mo? Ha! Kung ako mismo ay nahihirapang kontrolin ang apoy, ikaw pa kaya?”
“Teka, bakit ba kasi sayo pinagkatiwala ang apoy?” tanong ni Asuang kay Gugurang.
“Hindi ko kalooban na ipagkatiwala ang apoy sa akin. Ito ay kalooban ng Diyos. Hindi natin dapat kuwestyunin ang kalooban ng Panginoon.”
Naisipan ni Asuang na magpaawa-epek. “Ngunit paparating na ang tag-ulan kaya’t kailangan ko ng apoy para hindi lamigin.”
Ngunit hindi nakaalpas ang palusot ni Asuang, “Sus, ang tagal-tagal mo nang naninirahan diyan na walang apoy! Kahit nga ang mga taong tagasunod mo ay wala ring apoy.”
“Di ba panahon na parang bigyan mo sila ng apoy?”
Nagalit na talaga si Gugurang sa kakulitan ni Asuang. “Ano ba ang sinasabi mo? Hindi pa sila handa para tumanggap ng apoy! Dapat silang maging karapat-dapat muna!”
“Ako ba ay hindi pa karapat-dapat? Diyos din naman ako.”
“Ikaw? Ang tamad-tamad mo! Tingnan mo nga ang bundok mo. Ni hindi mo nga ito mapaganda. Tingnan mo naman ang bundok ko, ang Mt. Mayon, na siyang pinakamaganda sa buong mundo!”
Kahit anong gawin ni Asuang na pangangatwiran ay hindi nakalusot kay Gugurang. Ayaw talaga nitong bigyan ng apoy si Asuang.
Sa galit ni Asuang ay bigla itong naging inbisibol. Biglang naglaho! Pffft!
Laking gulat ni Gugurang nang biglang naglaho si Asuang sa gitna ng kanilang pagtatalo. Ngayon lang niya nalaman na may ganito palang kapangyarihan si Asuang.
“Tandaan mo ito,” sabi ng tinig ni Asuang, “ipinapangako ko sa iyo na simula ngayon ay magiging kalaban mo na ako sa lahat ng bagay! At ipinapangako ko sa iyo na mapapasaakin din ang apoy balang araw!”
“Subukan mo lang,” sagot ni Gugurang, “at hahatiin ko sa dalawa iyang bundok mo.”
Tinawag at tinipon ni Asuang ang lahat ng masasamang espiritu upang kalabanin si Gugurang. Pinakalat niya ang mga masasamang espiritu na ito sa lupain nila upang maging masama ang mga tao. Hindi nagtagal ay tumindi ang imoralidad at kriminalidad sa mga bayan dahil sa pagkalat ng mga masasamang espiritu.
Nalaman ni Gugurang na si Asuang ang may kagagawan ng paglaganap ng kasamaan sa kanilang lupain. Kaya’t upang talikuran ng mga tao ang kasamaan, inutusan niya ang mga ito na mag-alay sa kaniya. Ngunit ayaw na nilang makinig.
Sapagkat alam ni Gugurang ang pinakalayunin ni Asuang, nagtalaga siya ng mga bantay upang pangalagaan ang apoy.
Ngunit nalaman ito ni Asuang at lihim nitong kinausap ang mga bantay at pinangakuan ng ginto kung papayagan nila siya na makapasok. Kaya’t di nagtagal ay nakapasok si Asuang sa bundok ng Mayon at natunton ang kinalalagyan ng apoy. Ito ay kaniyang kinuha at inilagay niya sa isang bao ng niyog.
Sa pagkakataong iyon ay biglang nagdilim sa loob ng bundok at may isang malakas panaghoy ang lumabas mula sa kailalaliman ng bundok. Kaya’t nalaman kaagad ni Gugurang na may nagnakaw ng apoy.
Samantala, sa labas ay nagkaroon ng malaking sunog dahil sa lahat ng baryong daanan ni Asuang ay nasunog.
Hindi dapat makarating si Asuang sa kaniyang bundok at makaupo sa kaniyang luklukan na hawak ang apoy sapagkat kapag nangyari iyon ay mapapasailalim si Gugurang sa kapangyarihan ng masamang diyos.
Kaya’t agad na tinugis ni Gugurang si Asuang upang bawiin ang apoy bago ito makarating sa kaniyang tahanan. At nagkaroon sila ng labanan sa kalawakan.
Nang si Asuang ay malapit na sa kaniyang luklukan, inabutan naman siya ni Gugurang at, pagkatapos ng kanilang paglalaban, ay nakuhang muli ni Gugurang ang apoy. Pagkatapos ay si Gugurang naman ang naging inbisibol.
Sinubukan din ni Asuang na maging inbisibol muli ngunit hindi na niya kaya ito. Tila humina ang kaniyang kapangyarihan.
Mabilis na bumalik si Gugurang sa kaniyang bundok at ibinalik ang apoy sa lagyanan. Muling nagliwanag sa loob ng bundok.
Pagkatapos ay hinarap niya ang mga bayan upang patigilin ang kumakalat na apoy. Tinawag niya ang ulan upang ito maapula.
Ang lahat ng ito ay nasaksihan ng mga taong-bayan kaya’t natakot din sila kay Gugurang dahil sa taglay niyang kapangyarihan. Bilang pasasalamat at pagbibigay-pugay sa kaniya, sila ay nag-alay kay Gugurang.
Pagkatapos niyang patigilin ang apoy ay pinarusahan naman ni Gugurang ang mga bantay na nagtaksil sa kaniya. Kaniyang kinadena ang mga ito sa banging-malalim.
Tinawag niya si Linti (kidlat) at Dalogdog (kulog) upang parusahan ang Mount Malinao at si Asuang.
Sinubukan pa rin ni Asuang na makalusot sa pamamagitan ng pag-alok ng suhol kina Linti at Dalogdog ngunit narinig ito ni Gugurang kaya’t siya mismo ang naghagis ng kulog at kidlat kay Asuang at sa tirahan nitong bundok.
Sa isang iglap ay nahati ang Mount Molinao (kaya ngayon ay makikita na may biyak ang bundok na ito)!
Akala ng mga tao ay namatay si Asuang ngunit hindi pala sapagkat hanggang ngayon ay nararamdaman nila ang impluwensiya ng kaniyang kasamaan sa mundo.
Gayundin, may mga tao na nakakuha ng baga ng apoy ni Gugurang sapagkat nang ninakaw ito ni Asuang ay kumalat ang ilang baga nito sa mga bayang kaniyang dinaanan kaya’t ito marahil ang dahilan kung bakit may ilang tao sa mundo na matuturing natin na masama.
(Note: This story is mythology. Please do not take this story literally.)
The artworks used in this post are by William Blake. Photo of Mayon Volcano by Sir Mervs (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0) Photo of Mount Malinao by Chris Newhall (U.S. Geological Survey)
In this article, I am going to tell you how the book Show Your Work by Austin Kleon opened my eyes and inspired me to continue with this website and YouTube channel.
You see, I have almost given up as I never thought that blogging and creating video content can be such a daunting task. I am glad I found this book as it encouraged me to go on, to persevere by taking one small step at a time.
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With that said, let us dive in and take a look inside this book. SHOW YOUR WORK, 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered.
SHOW YOUR WORK is Austin Kleon’s follow-up to his other bestselling book, STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. I heard about Show Your Work from a popular YouTuber Ali Abdaal. In one of his videos wherein he talked about how he made millions of money writing online, he credited Show Your Work as one of the books that changed his life. I was naturally curious and bought a Kindle copy from Amazon. Here is a link for the Kindle format of book if you want to get a sample from Amazon.
According to the author’s profile on Amazon:
Austin Kleon is a writer and an artist from Austin, Texas. Aside from writing bestselling books, he also writes poetry by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. He is also a much sought-after speaker mostly on the topic of cultivating creativity in organizations. Here is a link to his website in case you want to find out more about him.
To date, Show Your Work has garnered a 4.7 rating out of 5 on Amazon. Impressive, right?
The title of the book neatly captures the essence of its content — show your work to the world. Do not be shy about it, do not be scared even if you are an amateur. You might be surprised to find out that people are interested in what you do.
You see, people are not just looking for your finished product; people are also interested in your journey, in your process. In contrast to what many so-called blogging coaches or mentors who tell you to fake it until you make it, who advise people to position themselves as ‘experts’ even if they are not, in other words, to be a fraud in front of others, Kleon actually encourages you to embrace your “newbieness”, to acknowledge it, to be authentic, but to make a commitment that you will learn and share your journey with others through your own website, blog or channel.
In the book, Kleon gives tips on what, how, and when to share your work, on what you should do so that you will not run out of content.
If finding your own voice is an issue, he reassures the reader that soon enough you will find your voice if you just keep going.
For a lot of people, including myself, the main barrier for stepping forward and allowing ourselves to shine is FEAR. We are worried that people will not like us or, worse, will laugh at us. We are scared of rejection and of being embarrassed publicly.
Show Your Work does not allow you to dwell on those feelings of fear. He takes the reader by the hand and shows them how to take baby steps.
Your audience already exists out there, you just have to let yourself be findable. Create your own website so people can find you. So your voice can be heard because your voice matters.
“If your work isn’t online, it doesn’t exist.”Austin Kleon, Show Your Work
What I love about this book is that it will teach you how to promote yourself without self-promotion. This is very interesting for many people like me who hate self-promotion.
So, how do you do it without self-promotion? Just share. Share nuggets of your work, your ideas, and thoughts every day on your website/blog.
Another helpful piece of advice from the book is to contribute. Contribute to discussions. Leave a comment, show your appreciation, ask a question. These are some of the ways to contribute.
Kleon encourages you, the reader, to document your life in any format you can (photos, videos, scrapbooks, journals). By doing this, you do not have to wrack your brain all the time trying to come up with new content because you will always have a stock of materials to work with.
This book is very practical and does not provide too much cerebral analysis of why you should show your work to the world. It will not make your nose bleed, as we Pinoys like to put it.
Austin Kleon breaks down his ideas and advice into chunks that we can digest easily. That is why this book is very readable. You can finish it in one sitting.
But it wakes up and builds up that desire in you to step forward and to actually show your stuff to the world. I myself have been inspired by this book to go on with my blog and channel, even if sometimes the stats can be discouraging.
Some of the reviews on Amazon did not find this book’s message life-changing, in contrast to Ali Abdaal’s opinion. Although the book may not provide many light bulb moments to some readers, it can definitely propel you into action.
After reading this book, I was moved to take up blogging and vlogging once again! It really gave me the push I needed. For me, it’s an eye-opener!
“What this means is that eventually as you share a little more each day, you will start to see a pattern emerge and see things in a new perspective or maybe inspire you to something bigger.”Austin Kleon, Show Your Work
Show Your Work is actually a call-to-action book. I think that if you heed his advice to Show Your Work and stick with it, it could actually change the course of your career, if not your life as it did with Ali Abdaal’s.
See for yourself and download a sample of the book from Amazon to take a peek inside the book. After you have sampled it or read it, come back here and let me know what you think about it. If you also have questions, please feel free to ask me.
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All the best!
I am now in my 50s and, although we have a fair amount of money in the bank and some good investments, I feel that I could have done much more in terms of wealth-building. The first thing that I regret is not starting earlier. So, looking back, here are some of the things I want to tell my 20-year old self when it comes to finances. Maybe those in their 20s and 30s will also find something valuable in my advice.
2. Buy everything in cash, particularly your wants. Want a new cellphone? Save money and buy it in cash instead of taking out a loan. Ditch the concept of buy now, pay later. If you can’t afford it now, then defer it until you can pay for it in cash. Live by the mantra: SAVE NOW, BUY LATER. Repeat: SAVE NOW, BUY LATER. SAVE NOW, BUY LATER. Why? Paying in cash can save you a lot of money because I’m sure you know that you end up paying more than what it’s worth when you take out a loan because of the interest on the loan. This brings me to my next point.
3. Loans have the tendency to pile up if you’re not careful about it. Why? Because it’s easy money and makes you think that the monthly payment is so affordable or ‘magaan sa bulsa.’ But what happens is that you are tied up and obligated to this monthly payment for several months or even up to four years. In effect, you have exchanged your freedom for the next few months or years for this amount of money and the interest on your loan. Yeah, you may have heard that there good loans and bad loans according to Robert Kiyosaki. But, until you have fully understood his concept, stay away from debts.
4. If you want to achieve financial freedom, then get rid of your mental and emotional issues about money. This is the biggest hurdle there is. It’s not whether you are born poor or not, the biggest hurdle is your perception about money. Get to the bottom of it because you cannot expect to make money if you have negative perceptions about it. If you think that money is the root of all evil, then what’s the point of having money? Do you want to know how to get to the bottom of it? Observe what you think of people who have money. Do you somehow think that rich people are bad people or that they were able to acquire wealth by stepping on other people’s toes? Do you think they are inherently bad? Do you think they are just stealing from other people? Do you think they are just oppressing and victimizing the poor? Yet, at the same time, do you feel envious of their success and wealth? All of these are indications that you have a negative attitude towards money and that you need to work it out. You cannot attain financial success and freedom if you have these beliefs. If you don’t like money, then money will not like you back.
5. Start a business while you are young. Any successful and wealthy person will tell you that having your own business is the best investment strategy there is. It is not easy and you might fail in your first few attempts. Just consider your failure as part of your journey to success. Learn from it, but don’t give up too easily. Stay on course and you will get there eventually.
6. Get yourself some financial education. Our parents did not educate us about how to manage money. There’s no financial subject in our educational system (unless it’s your course in college). So we must take the initiative to learn it on our own. There’s so many books on financial education and lots of free courses on the internet. Start your search with Coursera or edX. Warning, the courses may be free but you have to turn in some works (assignments, essays, contribution to discussion boards, quizzes), so do take them seriously.
7. Invest early. Trust me, the sooner you do this, the better. You will have more leverage if you start at a young age. You will also learn a lot by investing early – what’s good investment, what’s not. You might make a lot of bad decisions, but, then again, it’s all part of your learning curve. By the time you reach 40, you will be more financially sophisticated than most people and will probably be able to retire ahead of your peers.
8. Do not take financial advice from your neighbors or kamag-anaks (or your school teachers) who have nothing to show you. This is common sense and self-explanatory. Why should you listen to people who have not achieved what you want to achieve? Find someone who is successful and listen to that person because they can guide you to where you want to go.
9. Get out of your comfort zone. Get out of that job that isn’t paying you good salary. Get out of the place where you grew up unless that environment is helping you nurture and achieve your dreams. Don’t wait too long to do this because you will lose a lot of opportunity.
10. Make good use of your time. Time is money. What you do with your time is very important. If what you spend your time on/with does not add value to you, then it’s just a waste of your time. Sure, recreation and relaxation are important for your emotional and mental well-being, but make sure that you’re spend just the right amount of time on this activity and nothing more than enough. If you are spending 8 hours a day watching videos of cats and dogs or looking at the photos of your friends on Facebook, then do you think that’s still recreation? What value do they add to your personal and financial growth? From now on, assess your time by asking whether it adds value to any of the following major aspects in your life: personal (includes personal relationships), financial and spiritual.
Positive thinking is a conscious effort to view ourselves with high esteem. It is a choice to bring out our strengths and lovingly work on our weaknesses. It is a choice to appreciate, support and encourage the positive characteristics of those around us, especially the people we love. It is a conscious mental effort to appreciate our past and current circumstances in life while also seeing that the future has much in store for us, that the future is for us to make. It is a decision to be happier. – Pili Losa