15 November 2021

Today, one of my colleagues asked me about the most challenging part for me in the University and how I overcame it. This is what I have shared:

I am not sure what do others think about this. Throughout most of my career, a large part of it has been being an educator. I believe in sharing ideas and receiving them. But sometimes, I am a little sad when it is not well received. During my recent peer appraisal, some comments pointed toward that direction, with one saying that it is a waste of time.

While I know that some people may perceive it negatively on one side, I continue to share because I believe that on the positive side, some might benefit. And for me, so long one person benefitted from my sharing, I think it is worth my effort. This is also one of the reasons why I like to share my thoughts online – to educate or be educated.

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

― George Bernard Shaw

Categorized as Journal

By ben@sgben.com

Hi, I am Benjamin. I am a Singaporean son, born and bred. I came from a modest background, just like most Singaporeans and went to mainstream schools like most middle-class Singaporeans. What makes me different is my unconventional choices and journey in life, giving me more profound insights. Entering a secondary school infested with secret societies in the earlier days exposed me to a different side of Singapore. I graduated well despite having a volatile phase. I chose one of the youngest polytechnics despite having a score good enough for JC, even as others tell me it is not recognised, and I would not make it into university through that path. During my National Service, I also went through a difficult phase of rediscovering the purpose of serving. My university was another defining chapter, spanning over nine years, involving many adventures and endeavours. As you can see, I seldom bother myself with dogmas. I strongly believe in Steve Job's speech at Stanford University. I hope to lead others by example, inspire them to do the same and empower the decisions they have to make in their lives. Reach me at sgBen.com.

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