GRETCHEN Ho believes she would never thrive as a host if not for the values of hard work and discipline she learned and lived by in her volleyball playing career.
The former Ateneo star, one of the co-hosts of the morning show Umagang Kay Ganda, couldn't be happier to be where she is now despite going through some tough times and sacrificing a lot to improve in her new craft.
Unlike most jobs with a fixed 8-to-5 schedule, the former Lady Eagle describes her working hours as ‘from the moment I open my eyes, to [the time we] pack up.’
Thankfully, though, her rigorous volleyball training since high school has prepared her well for the intense demands of her everyday irregular schedule, along with hosting corporate and other events.
"Like sa UKG, ang call time namin 3 a.m. Sinusundo ako sa bahay minsan 1 a.m., minsan 2 a.m., minsan 4 a.m., depende sa location. Pero everyday akong nasa labas," Ho shared to Spin.ph.
"So imagine kung anong amount ng discipline ang kailangan para magkaroon ka ng tamang tulog para maging okay ka sa work [at] nandoon ang focus mo. Tapos after that, kailangan ko pang mag-work out kasi kailangan ang fitness ko nandoon pa rin. Tapos may iba ka pang trabaho sa labas, so ayun time management rin," she added.
The former Philippine Super Liga ambassadress, who was part of Petron's first title in the 2014 Grand Prix, stressed that each day at her job is a learning experience - the same way every training session, every game taught her something new during her playing days.
"Everyday nagkakamali din ako sa Umagang Kay Ganda. Sa hosting ko, hindi naman perpekto ang araw-araw ko pero ang mindset ko lang gusto ko mag-improve and always be a better version of yourself, parang athlete lang," she said.
Although she's still a newbie on the field with no formal training and experience, Ho said her determination to always be better is her main advantage.
"So lahat ng natutunan ko bilang athlete, naa-apply ko talaga ngayon," she said. "Napakalaking advantage na atleta ako kasi nandoon ang disiplina, and drive, ang puso sa trabaho and leadership din."