Hang on

One of my favorite quotes about achieving something great is from Thomas Edison –

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Indeed, I’ve seen many many smart, hardworking and capable people failed to achieve anything just because they decided to give up instead of hanging on.

If you’re a professional tennis player (of course, 99% of you are not), and if you have a chance to reach the final of Wimbledon (99.9999% of you will not), then you will see an inscrption above the entryway, before you enter the Center Court:

If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same

These two lines are extracted from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”; but in fact, the other few verses of the same poem pretty much described the same thing about hanging on:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”

So, if you’ve been fed up with everything you see, got tired by the work day after day, felt hopeless after countless trying, or no one is willing to give you a hand … think again, and tell yourself “Don’t give up, never ever give up.”.

Don’t give up, because you know you can adapt to this crude world, because you will be full of power again the very next day, because you can make a dent to the universe one day and because someone around you will eventually help.

Hold on to what you believe; and hang on to your dream.
It’s never over, unless you give up.

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How easy is easy ?

You know what ?

  • It’s easy to think you’re the best in the world
  • It’s easy to believe you have a better idea than Facebook, Google, Amazon, or Apple
  • It’s easy to demand everything to be free
  • It’s easy to claim the use of everything is human right
  • It’s easy to ignore all other people’s comments, suggestions and criticisms
  • It’s easy to criticize other people
  • It’s easy to delay a project delivery
  • It’s easy to quit your job
  • It’s easy to say you will do better next time
  • It’s easy to keep on dreaming

But … How easy is easy ?

  • Have you tried to prove to other people you are really the best ?
  • Have you started to write your first line of code, that’s supposed to be better than Facebook, Google, Amazon or Apple ?
  • Have you developed something for others, for free ?
  • Have you studied what is really human right ?
  • Have you thought about, just for once, understanding other people’s comments, suggestions and criticisms ?
  • Have you provided any constructive comments to others ?
  • Have you exhausted all the ways to stick to a deadline ?
  • Have you considered to stay to solve all the work problems ?
  • Have you delivered your best the very first time ?
  • Have you ever stopped day-dreaming and started working on it ?

It is about time … convince yourself life is not easy, but life is also full of possibilities … as long as you start working on it and don’t quit.

Life is not fair, get used to it

There is an urban legend in Internet for years that billionaire Mr. Bill Gates spoke to a group of students about the 11 rules of life. I think whether those rules are really from Mr. Gates is not important at all, what matters is the meaning behind these.

These are the rules that I hope all students, youngsters, newbies in the job market can study carefully and learn from it. These are also the rules that explain why we believe the only way to success (and to get respected) is to work hard, extremely hard.

I can appreciate life is not easy, but life is never easy and no one promised you that in the first place (my boss always reminds me that). I also believe every one of you can overcome all your life obstacles, as long as you don’t whine about those, but keep going … don’t stop !!

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

Here is the slide deck of the 11 rules of life.

Happy Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day

Time flies and it’s the Chinese New Year (the year of Tiger) again. Somehow the New Year day this year is also the Valentine’s Day (it happens every 38 years I was told), truly a special day that East meets West. To celebrate this, there is one thing the same in both worlds though – beautiful flowers.

Have a great day and great year ahead !!

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上一期”壹週刊”慶祝一千期,加送一本 Special Edition。內裡除了一篇頗長的黎智英專訪外,仲有十多篇短短的個人訪問。

睇睇吓,發覺每篇訪問都有一個”風格”,就是每篇結尾都有一句稱讚香港的句子。都好,香港太多負能量,怨氣,就打一次給大家睇睇(因為根據 Wow 友 Florence 所講 – 我們都缺乏閱讀文字的能耐,所以我估無人睇到尾)。

謝鴻興:”香港好,好在有自重,尊重。”
李麗珊:”香港好在尊重女性,做強人又得,小鳥依人一樣得。”
楊鐵樑:”香港人自律,有愛心,關心香港事,更關心世界大事。”
沈祖堯:”我要將永不退縮的香港精神傳下去。”
周星馳:”香港人最得天獨厚的是生活在一個自由的地方。自由可以令我們有更大創作空間。”
李柱銘:”這裡有新聞自由,資訊自由,更重要是,出入自由。”
吳宇森:”起過,跌過,是香港,也是人生。”
曹仁超:”香港充滿機會,出身多寒微,也有出頭天。”
蘇樺偉:”今日可以自給自足,多得香港人視我殘而不廢。”
簫芳芳:”爬起來,再做過,香港精神。”
許誠毅:”努力不懈,香港精神。”
周潤發:”都是香港好,同聲又同氣。”
陳慧鈴:”香港好在沒歧視傷殘人士,有能力,就有機會。”
飛機迷:”世界要進步,香港人的優點就是懂得向前看。”

不要再怨了,努力向前吧。