Su­per­star in the mak­ing

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LAST Satur­day I at­tended my daugh­ter’s A-Level grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony. One of the high­lights of the event was when she was named Best Stu­dent of the col­lege’s Ar­chi­tec­tural pro­gramme. While it was great news, we were not en­tirely sur­prised be­cause Anis had pre­vi­ously been awarded a sim­i­lar ac­co­lade.

This is just one of her steps to­wards achiev­ing her long-term vi­sion of be­com­ing her ver­sion of a su­per­star. As par­ents, we have al­ways sup­ported her am­bi­tions; in fact, we ac­tu­ally call her a “su­per­star-in-the-mak­ing”.

Such is the power of vi­sion; it drives us to achieve the im­pos­si­ble. Dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, we were fur­ther en­light­ened and pre­sented with words of wis­dom by the per­son in charge of of­fi­ci­at­ing the cer­e­mony, Dr Khairul An­war Mohd Jais. What he said that day struck me.

As a se­nior ed­u­ca­tor, he has been shar­ing his suc­cess for­mula with all his stu­dents. The for­mula, he says is called 3H — which stands for “Hand­son, Heads-on and Hearts-on”.

With the heads-on, one should plant the seed of suc­cess through ra­tio­nal think­ing. Once we set our minds to seek some­thing, the strong com­mit­ment to fol­low through will come along. The hearts-on sec­tion is where pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion come into play.

What­ever the mind can con­ceive, the heart can be­lieve. Com­bined, they pro­vide pow­er­ful weapons to com­bat any chal­lenges ahead.

Pas­sion is when we love what we do. In Anis’ case, she has loved art ever since she was a child. Our job was to en­cour­age her to pur­sue her pas­sion fur­ther by pro­vid­ing her with any­thing she needed. We re­minded her that when it came to her pur­su­ing her as­pi­ra­tions and am­bi­tion, we would not spare any­thing as long as we could af­ford it.

This leads to the third “H” men­tioned by Dr Khairul: Hands-on. To pur­sue our dreams and goals, we must not be afraid to do the “dirty work”. This means, we have to get in­volved and do the hard work — be it work­ing very hard to com­plete an as­sign­ment or sac­ri­fic­ing leisure time

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