A long while ago, after I attended my first ICT, which I broke a few personal records, I had the opportunity to learn from somebody I never expected to meet so soon. Some of the records I ‘broke’ were
1) Attending 2 IPPT sessions within 7 days, one before my ICT, and one during my ICT
2) Doing the most chin-ups at the chin-up station in my life.
3) Unknowingly helping my friend to jump 243cm for the standing broad jump station because my number tag wasn’t detected. (Luckily, I realized that before I went for my 2.4km run, and jumped a few more times for myself.)
Besides the fact that I’m glad for whatever happened in camp, I also want to share with everybody 3 of the learning points I took back during that period in June.
1) There is a purpose for everything that you have ‘learnt’ in school, or experienced in life. Nothing that you have gone through in life is wasted. You can always use it to better your life and the lives of those around you. If it is wasted, it is because you have chosen to waste it.
2) Networking is the number 1 skill you will need to succeed in society, be it whether you’re an employee (Junior executive to CEO) or an entrepreneur. You’ve all heard of the old saying ‘It’s not what you know – It’s who you know’. It’s true, and you won’t know till you’ve done it.
3) Working for others is never as safe, secure and stable as you think. Even as a CEO, your position may not be as stable and secure as you imagine it to be. Always remember that in a corporate structure, you can only advance upwards/sideways and replace somebody else, or make a lateral shift and join another company. To move up the corporate ladder, somebody has to either move up, or fall off. (That’s why its called the corporate ladder, and not corporate staircase/escalator.)
You never know what you can learn at any point in your life. Always stay hungry and open to learning!
If you don’t know me, I’m Cheng Zong. A private educator, business-owner and soon-to-be student. Let’s connect here right now!