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3 Beliefs Of

a Singaporean Perspective

success


Belief#1

knowledge

is measured by

good grades


Singapore

I’m from


we haveworld-class

education


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

we are

mostly

measured

by grades


we choose either

polytechnic

or

junior college

at tertiary level


grading system

vs

gpa grading

a levels


teaching approach

vs

pragmatic

(preparing for the workforce)

academic

(preparing for further education)


university admission

10%-15%

estimate*

vs

60%-80%

estimate*

(with tons trying to get in)


examination approach

=

academic

academic


NOT HOW WELL..

YOU DRAW

YOU SPEAK

YOU PROGRAM

YOU WRITE

YOU APPLY THEORY TO LIFE


but how well..

You Memorize

& REGURGITATE


is this culture

what we want?


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?


Ask not..

what do

i want to do


Ask...

WHO

what do

i want to do

BE


knowledge

is measured by

good grades

Wisdom


Belief#2

uniform

everything is


we believe there is a

fixed path for every

career


“While everything changes,

Everything remains the same.”

-Aristotle


the path to success:

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

start

end


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

look fOR

A JOB


when you PURSUEhigher

education


grades

appear to be

a requisite


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

that didn’t

stop them


“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


make your own

path


be disru

while you’re at itptive

!


sub-par grades

are not

the end


"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


STAND OUT

OF THE CROWD


“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

uniform

changing


Belief#3

your jobs

determine

your success


we forgo our passions

the dollar


DOING THINGS WE

DISLIKE


LEARNING THINGS WE

NEVER USE


aim for an office job

they are stable

- The Bimbo Singaporean


STARING AT

THIS EVERYDAY

SUCCESS


but cubicles sure

are stable


“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 time is limited, so don't

waste it living someone else's life.”

- Steve Jobs


Belief#3

attitude

your jobs

determine

your success


do yourself a

favour


CHASE YOUR OWN

DREAMS

& Not Someone Else’s Ideals


YOU REALLY

DESERVE IT


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 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 of Labor

Wikimedia Commons

The Stock.Xchange

info sources

ABC Action News

Academically Adrift


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