Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Be an Eagle, Not a Chicken!--What I hope to learn in CS3216

When I was little, I saw a father in a river town teach his kid how to swim. The father dragged his kid to the middle of the river, and then swam away. Helplessly, the kid cried out. Not until the kid could make another sound, his whole body had already sunk underwater. The father did nothing but watch his kid struggling. The kid desperately flapped his hands and legs for survivor. Gradually, the kid was able to take a short breath. It was not long before his body sunk underwater again. Once his month gets out of the river, he kept on yelling for help or scoring his father. However, the father did not swim close, nor did he allow anyone to help. Before long, the kid struggled to the bank, keeping on crying and scoring on the father. Something magic happened the next time we met the boy. He can swim really fast, even faster than guys with life buoys. The boy swam among the fastest ever since and he was the youngest among those swimming peers. CS3216 is like a special swimming lesson that we are all dragged to the middle of the river by Prof. Leong and then pick up the surviving skills by ourselves along the way. It was the native way for teaching swimming in a river town which proved to one of the most efficient and effective. It's not about how beautiful your swimming pattern looks, but more about how proficient one can master the skills and whether one can save himself or other people's lives.
There was a saying that"you've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down".There is no other way to master a technique but to try it out by ourselves. There is no better way to train a great leader than pushing him under a very tough circumstance.

  • It's not really about intelligence, but about mindset.
  • It's not really about playing it safe, but about taking the challenge. 
  • It's not really about learning something, but about making decisions.
I'm sure I can learn a lot along the way, teamwork, time management, stress control,etc. But compared with the initiative I take and the courage I make to take the challenge, I think everything else is secondary. 
 

 I don't want to be a chicken. I'd rather jump off the cliff and FLY before I die.

2 comments:

  1. Very good, glad you figured out that it's about mindset even before you attended the first lecture.

    You have won half the battle already. :-)

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  2. Thank you, I'll try my best!

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