#7 Key to Success

Dear Lee Woo Sing Achievers,

Do you want to be successful? I believe most of you will answer yes to that question. The simple reason I believe that is because you are a university student. Entering a university, especially in Hong Kong, is not easy. You took years of schooling, passed numerous exams, applied, interviewed, and were accepted. That is no trivial task and took a lot of effort.

So what is the key to success? You may think that it is hard work. There is a common English phrase: “nothing worth doing is easy” or “nothing worth having comes easy”. However, I do not think that is the key. Certainly, you should work hard, but I think working hard alone will not help you feel successful. Let me give you an example: around campus, there are lots of rocks and fallen trees. If I asked you to carry hundreds of them from CC to LWS, that would be very hard work, but I doubt any of you would find that very “successful”.

Instead, I think the key to success is to first discover and define what is important to you. Do not worry so much about what the world (especially IG) tells you. Discover your interest – and university is the perfect time to learn about and try different vocational areas before the pressures of work and family make you feel like your choices are limited. Develop your close friends. Nurture your relationships with your family.

But don’t take it from me. Here are the words of Warren Buffet, one of the most profitable investors and richest people in the world: “I tell college students, when you get to be my age you will be successful if the people who you hope to have love you, do love you.” Money and financial security is great, but it is relationships that make us truly happy and successful!

Best regards,

Jeff Ng, PhD, CPA

Dean of Students, Lee Woo Sing College (Room G08, South Block)

Associate Professor, School of Accountancy

The Chinese University of Hong Kong