April 17, 2017 – “What’s most important to me are my values and finding meaning in the work that I do. I wouldn’t sacrifice my values and integrity just to get more money or be more popular,” Filipino volleyball player and television host Gretchen Ho shared to World Youth Alliance (WYA) members and a young New York public audience in the WYA headquarters.
Gretchen shared her struggles as a student-athlete at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and motivated the young leaders that their mistakes and failures can be opportunities for them to grow and to develop themselves as better leaders.
“We need to have a growth mindset in life. It is important to be open to what life will teach you. You are good but never think that you’re the best,” Gretchen shares. “Looking at my pain and mistakes, I believed that God had a plan for me possibly to inspire other people through my stories or to make a difference in the world, Gretchen adds.
One of the advice that she shared with the youth leaders is to slow down and take the time to reflect on the things that are happening in their life and before making important life decisions. “I found meaning due to constant discernment,” Gretchen shares.
“I really liked her sharing on the importance of slowing down. It’s important for Millennials like myself to take regular time to pause and reflect, one of the WYA interns shared.
Apart from her work in the sports and entertainment industry, Gretchen is very active with her advocacies on youth empowerment and sports grassroots development. She believes that by being a ‘Woman In Action’, she is able to maximize her potential and serve the world to the fullest. Two of her passion projects are the Beach Volleyball Republic and the Inspired Project.
“The world is big enough for everyone to be successful. I believe that we have our own calling. Through my business Inspired Project, I’m able to bring people together to help each other and communities around the Philippines. One of our projects was to help a community that was struck by a major Typhoon in the Philippines. In life, it’s a matter of knowing what you can do and how you can help others,” Gretchen shares to the global young leaders.
“People say that if you’ve made it here in New York you can make it anywhere but I believe that you don’t need to make it everywhere you just need to make it count,” Gretchen concludes.
World Youth Alliance is a global youth organization of over 1 million members in over 160 countries that aims to promote the dignity of the person and build solidarity among young people from developed and developing countries. Founded in 1999 in New York City, WYA has a special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. WYA membership is free and open to young people aged 10-30 years old. Click here to join WYA.