I want to understand what drives Filipinos to survive, live and thrive everyday. I realized that each individual has his/her own definition of success that guides him/her in pursuit of a good life. I decided to find out what success is to various individuals and to learn about their life story.
What better way to start this endeavor than at home with the person closest to me, my wife and partner for life: Mary Grace Enriquez Gomez, one of the most optimistic and determined persons I know.
Mary Grace Enriquez Gomez
Director of Qualify for Hospice and Home Health
Success is achieving your personal and career goals, having a work-life balance, and living comfortably.
How do you measure success?
I measure success by my ability to do what I want and when I want, with all reasonable factors included (e.g., travelling when I want and not losing income or my job doing it). Success is also having money in my bank account 🤪 , because—let’s be honest—money means more leverage, choices, and freedom to do what you want and when you want. If I have a good amount of savings I can: provide a brighter future for my son and create a stimulating and safe environment for my family and others.
What did important people teach you about success?
Success takes a lot of work. It doesn’t come easy.
Where were you born and raised?
Quezon City, Philippines
What was your upbringing like?
I have Roman Catholic parents and went to private Roman Catholic schools. My parents were not as strict with me as they were with my siblings, but I couldn’t spend too much time outside the house playing with the neighbors. I always had extracurricular activities like piano, karate, and swimming classes. Family outings were always scheduled for summer and holidays. Birthdays are always celebrated. Sundays are family days. School comes first.
As far back as you can remember, what was your very first experience of feeling successful?
I earned a gold medal/valedictorian in kindergarten.
What is your most defining personality or trait? (i.e., introvert, extrovert, easygoing, organized, natural leader, etc.)
I’m an extrovert, and people have said that I am a natural leader.
What qualities do you believe contributed to your success?
I am strong-willed but get along with others easily.
What is your occupation/career?
Director of Quality for Hospice and Home Health at Kaiser
What made you choose that occupation/career?
My mom said she wouldn’t give me weekly school allowance if I didn’t pursue Nursing as a major.
In one sentence, what do you do for work?
I manage a team that ensures that high quality of care is provided for home health and hospice patients.
Where did you attend school/college/training?
St. Theresa College from grade school to high school
University of Santo Tomas for Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of San Francisco for Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
Who was your inspiration?
Since I was a kid—Tito Bong!
Favorite success quotes:
“The right thing is not always the best thing.” (Not sure by who).
“Practice makes permanent” ~ Bobby Robson 🎉
What is your advice for others who want to succeed in their lives?
Go get it! Study hard and work hard. Have a job/career that allows you to have a life outside of work. Do not regret. Just keep going. Stick with your decisions and find the goodness in them. Always ask: what’s next?