This is what Ramil Comendador, a 35-year-old former janitor, taught us when he found his name on the list of passers for the 2016 bar examinations, which was released on Wednesday.
According to the Inquirer, the first-time taker completed his high school studies and started working for private companies shortly after graduation.
He then got married, but things weren't always easy since he had two loving daughters to care for aside from his family's daily expenses.
Due to this, he figured that the best option to have a better life was to work in the government sector. He then found his way to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), where he first worked as a janitor from 2007 to 2010.
Comendador's hard work and patience eventually paid off, as he was able to pass a qualifying test that promoted him to a Comelec legal researcher.
Still, he wanted to prove something to his wife, who is a professional engineer, so he entered law school in 2011 with aspirations of being seen as a person deserving of his partner.
Comendador used most of his salary to pay for his tuition, while his supportive wife made ends meet for their family.
Now, it's only a matter of weeks before he becomes a full-fledged lawyer when he takes his oath on May 22, along with 3,700 other passers.
The good news is Comelec Chair Andres Bautista has recognized Comendador's achievement and might already have a job proposal for him.