Words for Mentees (5): Lifelong achievement

I take a review of my old friends from St Mary’s and HKU. Almost all the most aggressive high achievers are now stay home moms taking care of kids. The so-called most successful people holding influential positions in the working world were not the most outstanding students in schools. I always wonder, why is that?

One thing I notice is that the very bright students at school are good at what they do and focus on what they do well. When they studied, they gave 100% and got good results. When they worked, they worked hard and got promoted quickly. When they have family, they spent time and effort to nurture their kids. What they want to achieve in life might change greatly as time goes by, but they always put in an effort to do their best.

At every stage of life, one has to set short term and long term goals. My motto is to make the best out of what you have at that moment while aiming to achieve the goals; and don’t forget to enjoy the path leading to the goals.

No matter what you want to do, pursue it, put in an honest effort and have no regrets.

It’s hard to expect Form 5 students to have a clear defined long term goal in life. I recommend reading “Man’s Searching for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. It may give some insight.

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