A Man’s Success

A Man’s Success

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Deng Xiaoping


The rich & famous are not necessarily great men. Some may be born

great or have greatness thrust upon them, but true greatness is through

personal achievement. Attaining wealth is not life’s only goal. it is however welcome as a by-product.

Capitalism may well lead to the moral degradation of the society.

The Mainland Chinese, as advocated by Deng Xiaoping, are driven

towards wealth & capitalism. Singaporeans are less in the same hot pursuit.

A man’s success in life is not only measured in the accumulation of wealth. If wealth is the basis, you can’t even compare Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, or Mahatma Gandhi with Mao Zedong. All of them are or were great and successful in life, but for very different reasons.

There are other intrinsic values to be considered, beyond the materialistic realm that the capitalistic world craved. These far outreaching values encompass many areas:

1. a man’s strength of character substantiated by

basic human goodness

2. faith & courage

3. philosophy & humulity

4. vision & creativeness

5. persistence & tenancity

6. talents

A man is thus judged by a composite set of values. Basically, for the great majority, one can succeed beyond all measures when he fulfills his role and responsibilities as a son, husband, father, grandfather and hopefully great- grandfather. You don’t have to be rich to feel fulfilled and happy. After all riches will not follow you to eternity, but a rich legacy ensures posterity in perpetuity.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

Success & Failure

Success & Failure

“Success is by choice

Mediocrity is also by choice”


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Facts you may not know but may surprise & even astound you! These are great men we speak of:

  • Abraham Lincoln entered the Black Hawk War as a captain & came out as a private.

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  • F. W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he 21, but his employer wouldn’t let him wait on the customers because he didn’t have enough sense.


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Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was too stupid to learn

anything.


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Walt Disney was fired by his newspaper editor

because he had “no good ideas”.

The road to success is narrow & crude

That to failure is broad & smooth

It’s easy just to cry

When you fail to even try.

Trying & striving under pressure

Will ultimately yield you pleasure

But should you lack tenacity

You’ll not reach your destiny.

Where you’re heading always seem far & distant

The journey will not end in an instant

It calls for faith & persistence

When frustration crowd your existence.

Success is by choice

Mediocrity is also by choice

What you set out to achieve

Depends upon your own firm belief.


Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent