“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV

What you do in your temporary situations may carry over to your permanent situations.

For better or worse, your character gets developed in whatever you do and wherever you are.

A wise man said that nothing tests a man’s character more than a taste of success.

But I strongly believe that what you do in your failed moments, your ordinary days and in the tasks you consider as mundane, will just as well refine your character, which will make you succeed more or fail further depending on how you deal with it.

For us who went through on-the-job training (OJT), we had to do our best to get certified either just for the sake of our college grades or to get absorbed as a regular employee in the company where we served.

What would give more benefit? A probationary employee or a permanent employee? It’s obvious that it’s the latter.

Although being a trainee or a probationary employee could just mean a short period, and in this case, temporary, it actually has great potentials to become extraordinary as many opportunities await as we climb the next rung of the corporate ladder.

What OJT’s are for students is equivalent to what trials are for adults.

Trials are just temporary. They may be long and difficult sometimes, but this too shall pass.

Projects are just temporary.  In some instances it may be complex and may take some time to complete, but this too will be over before you know it.

My event gigs are temporary. There may be some extra challenges sometimes, but what’s more important are the lessons I learn from them.

Some relationships are temporary. We may get hurt in the process, but if dealt with properly, we could become a better, tougher, and wiser person eventually.

Our temporary trials could lead us to permanent triumphs.

When you have the right perspective and winsome attitude about hardships, wherever you go and whatever you do, you won’t only be fine, but you’ll even shine.

And if you’re going to take it a notch higher by having a charismatic character, then your temporary, whatever it may be, could potentially become extraordinary.

Adrian is a professional Events Host, Writer, and Kaizen Trainer. He's a world-class emcee creating fun, memorable, and meaningful events. As a public speaker, his mission is to inspire personal development so people could have better lives with brighter future, against all odds. He is an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, an IELTS- and TESOL-certified English Trainer, and he's also a prolific Tagalog Tutor. His life story was featured in the printed copy of Kerygma Magazine last July 2018 on their "IT Happened" segment. He has been invited as a guest on radio programs in DZAS, twice for Jayson Lo's "Tayo NaMan" and once on DZME for Ms. Jaemie Quinto's "Home Buddy". Adrian has already appeared thrice as a true-to-life drama actor in 700 Club - CBN Asia aired nationwide on GMA 7.