Words from Chairperson
Over the years, through the efforts of our predecessors, our society has continued to gear toward well-development and stability. Inheriting a rather prosperous society, it is only natural for us to take everything for granted, feel satisfied with the status quo, and conform to the path paved by the previous generations without questioning it.
Nonetheless, as part of the youth of our society who shoulders the responsibility to strive for a brighter future, are we bound to be content with such pre-existing norms and the monotonous life that they dictate? Or should we take a step forward and break through the conventions that we have always blindly followed? Are YOU willing to venture into the uncharted for the improvement of yourself as an individual and of society as a whole?
In fact, it is not a matter of your personal capabilities, but your willingness to make a change. Very often, we refuse to take the risk because we are afraid of bearing the unforeseeable consequences. However, if our generation is so indifferent, or even resistant to change, how possibly can our society progress and advance?
And this is exactly what distinguishes a leader from others. A leader is not someone with extraordinary abilities, nor is he/she someone superior to others. Rather, a leader is someone who is willing to aspire to reach a destination beyond the boundaries of the present and to actualise their visions by asking themselves ‘why not?’ when everyone else asks why.
Venture Beyond the Uncharted
You will not discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Nor will you discover new lands when you refuse to go beyond the borders of maps. Without taking the risks of venturing, we will never be able to improve. Think out of the box, so that innovations can be achieved; explore without boundaries, so that breakthroughs can be accomplished.
Yet, the success of a venture should not be measured merely by the scope you have reached, but how much you have progressed in becoming a better individual. French novelist Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” The voyage will be worthwhile only if you truly evaluate EVERY SINGLE STEP that you have taken throughout your journey, and only then will you transform into a better person.
A journey does not begin until you take the first step forward. The destination of your venture is yet to be known, and the obstacles ahead of you may be formidable. Yet, do not be afraid of failures and uncertainties, for they make your journey fruitful; just have a little faith, as where there is a will, there is a way.
Here we are on the shoulders of giants, with a broader vision that extends beyond the borders of our lives and society. Will you choose to “go with the flow” and live a life of monotony, or will you choose to accept the challenge and take a leap of faith?
Welcome to your venture of a lifetime, the venture beyond the uncharted.
NIP, Timothy Chi Fung
22nd Hong Kong Union For Young Leaders, 2013 - 2014