“Practice Makes Permanent”

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

Several times in the past 10 years, I was able to work with Philippine-based concert and theater director Freddie Santos, who is now directing the well-received Manila run of “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera,” the same production, produced by businesspeople Loida Nicolas Lewis, Jerry Sibal, and Edwin Josue, which premiered in Manhattan last Fall, and played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last summer.

Interestingly, besides the fact that Direk Freddie was one of the pioneering image consultants of singer Chona Velasquez aka Regine Velasquez when she was just starting out in the music business in the '90s; and Direk Freddie has written one of my favorite songs recorded by Gary Valenciano, which was “Could You Be Messiah”; it was also Direk Freddie who tried to correct me when I once told a theater actor that “practice makes perfect.”

“Oliver, practice makes permanent, not perfect,” Direk Freddie said.

Come to think of it, he was right. Perfection is not always attainable, but developing permanent habits—could be either good or bad though—is within reach. “Practice can [also] be wasteful and unproductive unless you practice fewer; practice more important skills better; and practice deeply,” as reiterated by Mark Lewis, Esq.

The same rings true when striving for excellence at your work: aiming at excellence is a good habit, which hones your leadership skills better, and encourages deeper thinking when analyzing processes and evaluating outcomes, which, by the way, reminds me of our cover story, the inspiring real-life story of Queens' practicing internist-cum-entrepreneur par excellence Dr. Marissa Santos, found in this Fall issue of Fil-Am Who's Who.

“I really strive hard to be successful, and I don’t settle for mediocrity. If I want to do something, I want to do it my best. If I knew that I was not going to do my best, I would not do it. I don’t force myself to do things that I am not prepared for. Dapat pinaghahandaan,” said Dr. Marissa in an interview with contributing writer Maricar Hampton on page nine.

Ensuring “permanent”quality is an important component of achieving excellence.

Evidently, that would take a whole lot of serious practice.

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