03/11/2017 – “Aim High”
Last week I had the opportunity to talk with somebody working for McDonald's. He was young, smart and pleasant to talk with. I asked him, “What is your plan for this life? What are you going to do in the future?” He tried to explain to me that he didn’t have a plan to make a lot of money; he was happy to make as much money as he needed to pay his bills and to live a decent life. I tried to explain to him the importance of a good and higher education. I tried to make him understand that he could live a decent life and help others (which brings true satisfaction in life) from a position as a doctor, engineer, teacher or IT. I want to make this very clear; I don’t detest any kind of work. Every job is honorable, and I have respect for anybody who has a job regardless of the level of education he or she has. But at the same time, I encourage our young people (and not only the young), “Aim High! Don’t be content to live at the minimum level of your existence; invest in your future, strive for a higher level of education, and try to take from this life the best it has.” When I encourage them to achieve more and to get more from this life, I am not thinking about money first. Money alone cannot bring real satisfaction. Of course it is better to have money than to be short of money, but money is not all we need. The more education you get, new and different horizons will open to your mind. You will have a better understanding about the real problems of this life and the way not only you will face these problems but also how you will help others to face them. A Chinese proverb says, “If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for 10 years, plant a tree. If you plan for 100 years, educate a child.”
In conclusion I will cite a statement from one of my favorite authors who encourages people to get a higher education and have high positions in the society, “Are you ambitious for education that you may have a name and position in the world? Have you thoughts that you dare not express, that you may one day stand upon the summit of intellectual greatness; that you may sit in deliberative and legislative councils, and help to enact laws for the nation? There is nothing wrong in these aspirations. You may every one of you make your mark. You should be content with no mean attainments. Aim high, and spare no pains to reach the standard” MYP 36.
You deserve a higher level of education. Get it, be a blessings for others and give glory to God!