“Miron”

Miron (n) – a Filipino colloquial term used to describe a spectator, much like in a basketball game, acts like a coach but in reality does not really know what he’s talking about.
usage: “Umalis na nga muna ang mga miron! Pang-gulo lang kayo sa laro.”

Yesterday, I saw a link that linked to a Facebook Note entitled, “Mr. President, Something In You Has To Die“. The guy’s piece is eloquently written. The dude can write! He has some wonderful thoughts, too. He talked about how he sees the president “chomp on the chicharon with gusto as you invent new excuses in your mind”. He described how his 2-month old administration’s defining trait has been its inefficiency. He tried to “help” the President learn from his administration by giving some advices. He said, “Pay attention.” Your dream team is just dreaming. Rebuild it. Don’t take the advices of the Abads, Soliman, Deles. Your BFF Executive Secretary is untrained – sack him. He continued talking about the communications group, Robredo and being Kris’ brother.

While I’m enjoying the piece, I noticed that I’m forming an evil-ish, irritated smile. At the back of my mind, I’m actually telling him “Ang galing mo bata. Ganda ng mga advice mo. Eh, kung ikaw nalang kaya ang maging presidente?

I had a privilege of leading a small company and a growing organization. If you’re from the outside looking in, all you can see are the successes, the failures, the faces that made the success or failures happen. What you didn’t know are the pains that are involved in the leadership. The hard calls. The disagreement within the team. The closed door brainstorming sessions. The challenge of hiring the right person and the pain of firing incompetent members of the team. The hard work of vision casting and making sure that the entire organization is traveling with you on the same path. The joy of friendships when you succeed and the loneliness of being by yourself when you failed.

I can go on an on. But the point is, leadership is not a piece of cake. Or some guy thinks it is. I’m describing my experience in leading a small organization. Imagine how it is to lead 90 million people.

PNOY actually answered him. A good gesture from the President, and a feel-good moment for this guy. Imagine the attention your blog received after that! But PNOY’s answer revealed something: Kid, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

I’ve seen people like this guy on the internet. There’s even a group that started a website called “Anti Pinoy”. They are Filipinos, but their thrust is to find all the negative things about our country, our government and the people itself. I usually don’t mind them. But at some point I have to make my own little voice be heard, too.

My piece? We’re in democratic nation. Say what you want to say. It’s alright. But wouldn’t it be nice if we pray for our leaders instead of just making uneducated commentaries? Support his vision. Give his leadership a chance — come on, it’s just been 2 months since he started. It’s good for the country, it’s good for you. Flash out all those negativity and live a happy life!

And since we’re in a democratic country, I, too, can always say — “Tumahimik na muna ang mga miron. Di naman kayo nakakatulong!”