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The Gift of Learning

April 11, 2010

Henry L. Doherty once said, “Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.”

Unbelievable,huh? He’s telling us to keep learning till our death! It’s true, thou. There are always something you haven’t learn; you will have loads of things to put into your little heads even if you are at the 80s. But then you might ask, ‘what’s so good about learning?’

Well, I’d like to reply by leaving you guys with few popular quotations regarding education.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” And I full-heartedly agree with him. As a part of evolving society, everyone has the obligation to keep up with the society. No matter at which point you stand at—child or adult, doctor or consultant, student or teacher—you will need to constantly pick up new information or facts. My father is a business consultant, who has been very successful throughout his life. As a popular consultant working at a popular company as a partner at the moment, his face frequently shows up on the newspaper. There is an old joke in Korea that says people who keep a job over 40 are spies, people who keep a job over 50 are ghosts. This reflects the difficulty in keeping a job after the 40th birthday: most people either get fired or choose to retire because they want to rest. At this point, you may be wondering, ‘yeah, man…your father’s awesome…but so what?’ Well, I’m certainly not telling you this mainly to boast around. I shared this with all of you to tell you this: ‘HE STILL STUDIES.’ When I ask him why, he responds to me every time that in order to be able to give advice to his customers as a consultant, he needs to know what’s going on around the world. And when you do give it a thought, keeping pace with the world is vital for all positions and jobs.

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