Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Advice for entrepreneurs.

Hi all!

Just wish to share this 47-minute talk, in 8 parts. Lessons learned from starting, building, and selling CD Baby.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dialogue with Mr Lee Kuan Yew 5th Sep 2011

These are some of the questions and responses fielded at the Dialogue with Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Ex-Senior Minister Mentor. And my additional reflections in Blue.
1. Please note that these are notes I have taken from his response, and hence may not be the exact wordings that came from him.
2. Statistics provided in this blog post may have been incorrectly quoted

What is your advise to the idealistic youths of our country, on their aspirations to change the world?
First of all no body can change the world. Not even the president of USA can do anything about usa's prevalent debt problens. It's important for us to simply start with looking at how we can influence our own family and friends, then if we do well, look at expanding our influential ability towards the people living around us. And if we are really outstanding, then explore influencing people on a national or international level.

It would be logically to expect that in most circumstance, the amount of influence we wish to exert is often restricted by the resources and powers we possess. Nevertheless, I believe that if like-minded and passionate people come together and pull their resources and powers, then much more can be achieved than we ever imagine!
You do not have to be alone to become a positive social change-maker.

As long as you remain faithful to your cause, I am confident that you will sooner or later find the people you were looking for.

What will your worry be for the next generation to come for Singapore?
The lost of a solidarity society and political system, and to have the best people take the best jobs. We'll have to ensure that our meritocratic society is maintained.

Currently almost half of the Singapore population are graduates from a tertiary institution. Hence, even if you are a graduate it doesn't mean you are the best. Only if you have the drive and real competence, then you can achieve the same success as what the 5-6% of our top graduates of the past have achieved. Hence, even if you're a graduate do not over value yourself. Do not demand the pay the past elites once attained, be humble and place greater emphasis on learning, rather than on monetary gains.

How can we build a more cohesive society in years to come as we see even more immigrants coming to Singapore?
I've bad news for you. The shrinking aging population requires us to invite more immigrants in order to fill the gaps. We currently only have a 1.01 birth rate, which is of severe shortage to tackle the problems resultant of an aging population.

To take in the number of immigrants politically acceptable of 25000 per year, we'll only have a replacement rate of 1.8. Which means that we'll still be suffering from an aging population which we have to prepare for.

Will a strong political approach still work in the new generation?
No. the growing diversity of our educated population has created a highly segmented society, of which policies and political leaders have to attempt to appeal to the different segments. Although no policies will be able to ever satisfy all societal segments.

What's Singapore's plan for our food security?
There is no doubt that we can not go back to agriculture. Hence, we can only ensure that our GDPS growth is greater than the rise in food prices. There are technological solutions to grow food, however its a question of whether we can pay for them. If we have money, we live. If not, we die.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 11; A reminder of religious and racial tolerance

A call from our friends in US, to again post this video: http://myfellowamerican.us/
So to remind us at the importance of religious and racial tolerance.

With the passing of the 10th Anniversary of 911, let us come together not to scorn or wrongfully discriminate against those religions or races which seems to have done us harm, but be reminded that these generalizations and prejudice will only create social discord and disharmony.

The solution to ending violence is not with MORE violence! It is only through the courage to withhold and control our natural emotional responses, and apply wisdom to see the truth behind the deceptions of the devil, that we be able to understand the hate and cycle of violence which true terrorists wish to create.

Only then, can we resist the temptation to retaliate, and learn to understand the root causes of problems surrounding us so to develop peaceful and amicable solutions to these problems.

We as rational and compassionate human beings are capable of empathy, grace and love.

Let us be reminded, that long-term peace can be achieved, if every being seek to practice empathy, grace and love for one another, despite all our differences.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nothing ventured, Nothing gained.

A must watch! You will not regret it. :)


Fear of the unknown, prevents us from stepping out of our comfort zone to make the effort to understand those who we thought we understand.

I think if we think deeper, this video can also apply to the new experiences, adventures and lessons which we are always so afraid to venture into.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Have been Busy, A lesson on humility

Hi all

Apologies for not updating my blog till now.

I've been busy with recruiting new freshmen for SIFE so that we will have a greater pool of talents to nurture into social entrepreneurs!

I will be posting some sharing from the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum soon.

Nevertheless, I hope to share this verse which reminded me to be humble in my conduct.

Romans 12:3 For by grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Personal remarks: We are all by grace given our differing gifts to play roles which God has prepared for us. Hence let us care, not to be prideful of our accomplishments or positions attained, but be wise to give God the glory and thank Him for His blessings.