Now that I’ve been back a few weeks and I’ve had time to reflect on my journey, here are my top learnings from a very personal perspective:
Try, try, try
When I was signing up for the course, I’ve had a lot of hoops to jump through. Especially, being a new employee, it was challenging to organize time-off for the course and have meetings with my team about the matter. I didn’t wanna be the new guy in the office who kept asking for stuff. Alongside, the visa processes was long and arduous. There were so many barriers. However, one by one, with the wonderful support of my colleagues, ACAM crew and Go Global, I was able to climb the barrier and go to the next step. Maybe it’s a parable of life. If you want something, you have to go step by step, ask for help, and persevere and it might come true. Even if it doesn't, you tried and that's what matters in the end. Not everything is in our control and all we can ever do is try.
Dots, dots, dots
When I was fighting to take this course many people including my parents asked me, “Sounds fun, but what’s the point of this course? Does it help you professionally?”. To answer simply, no it doesn't have any correlation with my professional career. However, through many ways in this course I got to make new connections, learn about new cultures, visit HK, Singapore and Malaysia, and make many new dots in my life; that I yet do not know how it will all connect. As Steve Jobs famous said, and many successful people have implied:
“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” - Steve Jobs
Maybe I’ll collaborate on a project with Professor Henry Yu that changes UBC
Maybe I’ll incorporate my learnings about Chinese culture and migration in a film that wins an award
Maybe Marcus and I will develop the next Facebook that brings communities together
Maybe Jenny and I will revolutionize the food scene in Vancouver
Lots of maybes… maybes with Wei, Alexa, Coastal (aka Alston) or any other of the 20+ folks of our class who will be dispersed in many corners of the earth. I think ultimately that's my biggest take away from this course. Not the places I’ve visited, the facts I’ve learnt, or an A+ in my transcript. But many new dots in my life that are waiting to get connected.
Thank you for enabling the dots Marcus and Jenny!
Love and prayers,