I’m sure that most of you have heard the old saying about being a big fish in a small pond, right? If not, well, just think about a fish of a certain size. If that fish is in a small pond, perhaps he is one of the bigger fish in the pond. If you take that fish out and put him into a large pond, he might turn out to be smaller than average! Same fish, different environment. It applies to people too.
Yesterday, I was a speaker at the 1st Mindanao Bloggers Summit, which was held here in Davao. Due to my various blogs and websites, I was considered to be enough of a “big fish” to be invited to be one of the speakers. Later in the day, I was even on a discussion panel – the panel consisted of “A-List” Bloggers in the Philippines. Can you imagine, I was considered an “A-List” blogger? I really had a good time at the MBS, and got to meet a lot of interesting people and share some of my passion for blogging and also for Mindanao with the crowd.
If you stop and think about this, any logical person would have to come to the conclusion that if I had stayed in the States, it is highly doubtful that I could have participated in such an event in the way that I did at the MBS. I mean, after all, there are a lot bigger fish than me in the USA. But, the Philippines is a smaller pond with fewer fish in it, so I have been able to make myself into a person with a little bit of influence here, even an A-List blogger! I seriously doubt that I could have made this much of a mark in the USA.
I have to say, I really love living here. I am passionate about Mindanao, and I am passionate about Living in the Philippines. If I didn’t have that passion, I could not write this blog. Writing a new article almost every day of the week is not an easy thing. There are a lot of times when you get up in the morning and think to yourself – “what will I write about today?” But something always comes to mind, because living here is a passion, and I like encouraging other people to follow that passion themselves.
Why be that small fish in your big pond? It’s not always easy to avoid being eaten up by those bigger fish. Wouldn’t you prefer to transfer to the Philippines, make a niche for yourself and suddenly become that BIG fish that can make a difference? It’s a nice feeling!