It connects to what I already know about working hard and taking action to achieve your goals and realize the possibilities. It introduced the concept of imagining having fulfilled your dream/goal to motivate yourself to work towards it. It suggests a change in attitude, not only working towards your goals but also to visualise your goals to motivate and encourage one self. I want to challenge the notion in the article that one must work towards the goal everyday, doing so is exhausting and discouraging and in turn one may no longer have that goal.
When Gregory Wade left Research In Motion’s Asia Pacific headquarters here last fall, the logical thing to do might have been to pack up his family and head home to his native shore of British Columbia.
Instead, the eight-year expat joined an equity firm and continued preaching the economic miracle of Singapore, coaching Canadian firms looking to set up shop in the region as a vice-president for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
“You will sense a vibe of growth, of energy, a sense of entrepreneurship and the desire and interest to create new and innovative products and services,” said Mr. Wade, who is now managing director of mobility at InflexionPoint Acquisition Corp. “I didn’t get that same vibe in Canada, regardless of locale.”
For a city-state with no resources, limited land and a small population, creating the explosive growth and development of the past half-century has meant running it like a corporation – using highly trained, highly paid leaders, inviting the world’s best and brightest to its work force with an open-door policy, and with a near-zero tolerance for dissent among the masses.
The result is a planned, modern economy with efficient public services, an educated population and a per-capita share of gross domestic product of more than $60,000 (U.S.), the highest in Southeast Asia. Singapore ranks No. 2 on the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness rankings.
Today, as Singapore nears the 50th anniversary of its independence, the original economic miracle is slowing. Hit hard by the Asian financial crisis, the dot-com bust, the outbreak of SARS in 2003 and then global recession in 2008, the city-state is at an economic turning point.
The text connects to what I already know about Singapore being an economicial powerhouse with a position a a trading port that many countries rely on, their disadvantages overcome by running it like a company. It introduces the concept of competitiveness with can be replicated by other countries for a better economy and how other nations can benefit by learning about Singapore and how she managed to gain her current financial success. It suggests a change in attitude that mere competitiveness is not everything. I'll like to challenge the notion that Singapore, at first sight, is an almost utopian country with it's financial success as there is still poverty in the nation.
This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.
I can see that the Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka have a long history of conflict with it each other due to the minority group of Tamils having more privileged than the Sinhalese in regards to education and work while under the British. The racial privileges were reverse when Sri Lanka gained independance causing unhappiness and unrest within citizens of both ethicities which led to violence. I think that this is probably one of the most severe cause of conflict within multi-ethnic societies in recent history and could have been easily avoided if both ethicities were treated equally and without biased because in the end they are both citizens of the same nation. I wonder how it would have been if while under British rule both received equal treatment, would the Sinhalese establised laws that disadvantage the Tamils and live in peace post independance.
The article has 10 different stories about people who gained success with what started as a small business. I can see how each person gains success in different ways. I think that after reading those stories one feels inspired by these people born into different walks of life manage to achieve success by doing what they like and working hard. I wonder want other challenges they faced before reaching success.
Daily Mail Racism is a white man's invention: Indians may be bigoted, prejudiced and ... Daily Mail This is what the piece said: "Though rarely racist, Britons are exceptionally hostile to immigration - more so than Germans, French or the Dutch.
From this article I can see that Indians are seemingly more likely to be prejudiced and intolerant of someone for a different race than most countries but despite this they will still bend over backwards to accommodate and please Caucasians. Also, that countries that are considered quite unprejudied against race still aren't comfortable with immigrants and some citizens treat people of another colour badly. I think that it's really sad that such treatment is considered "much better" than previous generations. I wonder where such prejudice and racism come from, was it die to bitterness of the past, pass down to younger generations?
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