Author: Frank Chong
Date: 12-09-06 10:19
Actually I was half joking in my last post, however there is some truth in what I have said too.
Life is a strange mix of a lot of things, one need to have goals but watch out for tunnel vision. For people without a goal, they need to have goals, on the other hand, for people who are very goal driven, we need to encourage them to explore, time takeing away from focus goals to see what else is there.
There was a study comissioned by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) to find out why women were under represented at higher level classes in electrical engineering and computer science. One of the findings was that boys more often taking up electronics, computer programming as a hobby, an interest in the machine itself, as compare to girls. These hobby/interest make them spend a lot more time in the area and many become very good in the area. There are the ones more likely to take up these professions and become very good in what they are doing.
To be really good in some thing, in most cases it is a life long pursuit, unless one is very interested and committed, life could be tough, however, if one likes it, the hobby and the job are the same. Also, a lot of new ideas and inventions started as some thing seemingly useless.
Have goals will help us to be good, but to be great, we need more than just goals. One need success and failed stories, but the over use of role models may back fire. Existing role models are at least one generation old, kids need to prepare for the life of their generation, there will be new challenges and opportunities -- many different from our generation.
These changes in mind set is needed for many Asian economies to transition from low cost manufacturing based economies to knowlwge based economies driven by innovation.