One predominant problem faced by youngsters: a sense of loss about their future…
Question: “Hi Master, in the near future, which area should I develop myself so as to create the greatest value? To make a difference so as not to waste my life.”
My reply: “That will depend on your goals and priorities in life.”
Recently, I watched a matchmaking television program from China. In the show, a Harvard graduate participated in the program. A few young ladies were eager to be match make with him. However, he posed them a question: “If you suddenly strike lottery and win ten million dollars, what will you do with the money?” Some of the replies by the young ladies: “Go traveling, visit Italy, but lots of branded bags and shoes, or buy a house for my mother…”
In the end, the young man did not choose anyone.
The program host interviewed the young man: “Why did you not choose any of the young ladies here?”
He replied: “I was hoping to hear a reply from one of them that she would donate the sum of money to help the less fortunate in the society. As Harvard graduates, we are the cream of the crop in the society. Hence, it is our mission to serve, create or even transform society.”
Generally, lower class people are only interested in transforming their own lives. On the contrary, people who belong to the upper class, though they may not be very rich or earning a lot at the current moment, have great aspirations. Hence, our aspiration determines how far we will go in life.
I also met a Canadian young lady. She was very bright and intelligent although she was not from any top university. After she graduated from a University in Canada, she stayed two years in her first job. Two years later, she was introduced to her friend’s mother who was helping the poor in Africa. From her friend’s mother, the young lady got to know: Life was hard in Africa. Even getting clean water was difficult. People there needed to cross streams by foot. Some parts of the streams even had crocodiles. The people there led primitive lives since the country lacked technology and money.
After listening to this, the young lady made a vow: she wanted to use her skills to help the people in Africa. She knew how to build bridges as she was an architect. She said: “I want to build bridges for the Africans. If I can get used to the life there within 3 years, I will stay there my entire life.”
She discussed with her classmate: “I will go to Africa to design, build and supervise the building of bridges. You will try to get monetary donations at Canada and America. Let’s build roads and bridges in Africa.” These 2 young ladies were in their early twenties. Never in my wildest dream did I expect that the silly “ugly duckling”” whom I had seen a few years ago would suddenly made such a great vow. In reality, I praised her from the bottom of my heart.
So, how do you create value out of your life?
Once a person had such a great aspiration to help society, how great is her capability? Only capable enough to earn money to support her family? In fact, her capability is far greater than that!
I believe that it would be an easy task for this girl even if she wanted to start an international enterprise in future. Because she is used to performing great tasks, her intellect had gone beyond herself, her thinking would be from a societal, international and global perspective. Hence, we should aspire to have a caring heart to achieve something for the society.
To the youths out there!!
If you understand what I am saying, if you are willing to let your life become more interesting and wants to be more capable and charismatic, you should aspire to serve the society. Perhaps it would be difficult during the initial stages, you may be overwhelmed by fear. However, once you understand and start to work hard in the right direction, success is not far!