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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 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

slide17
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

slide24

you must

get a degree!

it’s the only way

- The Bimbo Singaporean

when you
when you

look fOR

A JOB

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

slide29

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

slide45

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 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

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LET’S CONNECT

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