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3 beliefs of

3 Beliefs Of

a Singaporean Perspective

success


Belief 1 knowledge is measured by

Belief#1

knowledge

is measured by

good grades


Singapore

Singapore

I’m from


We have world class education

we haveworld-class

education


Like many other countries around the world

LIKE MANY OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.....

we are

mostly

measured

by grades


We choose either

we choose either

polytechnic

or

junior college

at tertiary level


Grading system

grading system

vs

gpa grading

a levels


Teaching approach

teaching approach

vs

pragmatic

(preparing for the workforce)

academic

(preparing for further education)


University admission

university admission

10%-15%

estimate*

vs

60%-80%

estimate*

(with tons trying to get in)


Examination approach

examination approach

=

academic

academic


Not how well you draw

NOT HOW WELL..

YOU DRAW

YOU SPEAK

YOU PROGRAM

YOU WRITE

YOU APPLY THEORY TO LIFE


But how well

but how well..

You Memorize

& REGURGITATE


Is this culture what we want

is this culture

what we want?


45 percent during their first two years in college

45 percent

during their first two years in college.

showed no improvement in critical thinking,

complex reasoning or written communication

Source: Academically Adrift

(based on u.s students)


What are we really going for

what are we

really GOING FOR?


Ask not

Ask not..

what do

i want to do


Ask...

WHO

what do

i want to do

BE


Knowledge is measured by

knowledge

is measured by

good grades

Wisdom


Belief 2 uniform

Belief#2

uniform

everything is


We believe there is a fixed path for every career

we believe there is a

fixed path for every

career


While everything changes everything remains

“While everything changes,

Everything remains the same.”

-Aristotle


The path to success

the path to success:

jc/poly -> uni -> work -> success

start

end


There isn t one jc poly uni work success start

there isn’t one

jc/poly -> uni -> work -> success

start

average

end

great


you must

get a degree!

it’s the only way

- The Bimbo Singaporean


When you

when you

look fOR

A JOB


When you pursue higher

when you PURSUEhigher

education


Grades appear to be a requisite

grades

appear to be

a requisite


You need that

You need that

piece of

PAPER

Do you really?

to prove your worth


Don’t Kay Kiang

study hard

and find a job

- The Bimbo Singaporean

Kay Kiang: Hokkien phrase which translates as "acting smart". It is usually used to describe

someone as biting off more than one can chew - to be acting smarter than one actually is.


Oh wait

oh wait

that didn’t

stop them


The ones who are crazy enough to think that they

“The ones who are crazy enough

to think that they can change the

world, are the ones who do.”

-Steve Jobs


Life s too short to follow the status quo

LIfe’s too short to

follow the

status quo



Be disru

be disru

while you’re at itptive

!


Sub par grades are not the end

sub-par grades

are not

the end


You can make more money on average

"You can make more money on

average if you go to college, but

it's not true for everybody,"

- Richard Freeman

Harvard Economist

Source:ABC Action News


Embrace your strengths

EMBRACE YOUR

STRENGTHS


Stand out

STAND OUT

OF THE CROWD


Don t aim for success if you want it just do what

“Don't aim for success

if you want it; just

do what you love and

believe in, and it will

come naturally.”

- David Frost


Everything is

everything is

uniform

changing


Belief 3

Belief#3

your jobs

determine

your success





aim for an office job

they are stable

- The Bimbo Singaporean


Staring at this everyday

STARING AT

THIS EVERYDAY

SUCCESS



It s not how much money we make that ultimately

“It's not how much money

we make that ultimately

makes us happy between

nine and five. It's whether

or not our work fulfills us.”

-Malcolm Gladwell


Your job does not define you

YOUR JOB DOES NOT

DEFINE YOU


Your time is limited so don t waste it living

“Your time is limited, so don't

waste it living someone else's life.”

- Steve Jobs


Belief 31

Belief#3

attitude

your jobs

determine

your success



Chase your own dreams not someone else s ideals

CHASE YOUR OWN

DREAMS

& Not Someone Else’s Ideals


You really

YOU REALLY

DESERVE IT


1 remember that

1. REMEMBER THAT

kNOWLEDGE IS MEASURED BY WISDOM

2. BECAUSE

in this age, EVERYTHING IS CHANGING

3. AND AS SUCH

ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR SUCCESS


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our

deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is

our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

- Marrianne Williamson


Thank you image credits institute for the study

THANK YOU

image cREDITS

Institute for the Study of Labor

Wikimedia Commons

The Stock.Xchange

info sources

ABC Action News

Academically Adrift


Let s connect

LET’S CONNECT

EUGENE CHENG

itseugene.me

gplus.to/itseugene

/itseugenedesign

@itseugenec

/in/itseugene


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