By JEREMY TAN
As a Gen-Y, being good at what you do today is no longer enough in the eyes of the world. Instead, it’s a lot about being the best. However, in the process of getting there, it doesn’t mean that you should forsake good values.
I personally believe that by upholding certain core values, you will automatically stand out in a crowd as the best above the rest.
Using the analogy of a tree, it’s not the size of the tree that matters, but the fruit it produces. Now, let us feast on some good fruits prepared for you:
1 The honeydew of humility
At times, it’s hard to admit that you need help. It’s often due to our pride that we sometimes refuse to ask for it.
Thus, it’s important to humble ourselves and realise that we don’t know and can’t do everything on our own. We should accept the reality that others may be better than us, and take the opportunity to learn from them.
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis
2 The tangerine of tenacity
With Gen-Y being known as a highly-enthusiastic generation, it’s always important to know where one is channeling the energy.
Find out what excites and drives you. It’s not only vital to have goals that get you going for short-term gain, but continue to press on to ensure that these goals are for long-term as well.
3 The fig of flexibility
Given the privilege to lead a team in my college in the past, the one thing I’m grateful for was my team members’ accommodating spirit of flexibility.
They were able to pull off an all-nighter in college whenever there was an upcoming event, or whenever I needed them to run an errand at the very last minute.
Flexibility is definitely one value that is much appreciated, as many may not be so willing to sacrifice their time and effort in this time and age.
4 The voacanga of virtue
In today’s society, the need to strive for the best in a competitive world is common. In the race of life, we often forget about others and end up disregarding their well-being.
Therefore, it’s an important reminder that at the end of the day, it’s not about the survival of the fittest, but the measure of an individual’s worth by the act of helping others reach their potential.
5 The avocado of autonomy
Being a young person with a strong and positive belief system that is unshakeable shows great level of maturity in thinking. This does not mean that you are close-minded or stubborn.
On the contrary, it’s about being open-minded, yet having the ability to stand firm on your beliefs.