Today is the Vietnamese teacher’s day, 20th November. (and also my birthday – but it is not important really). Going forward my own journey, I myself have had wonderful chances to meet and learn from hundreds of my teachers – to myself, “teacher” is not only someone who gives you academic lessons at school, but also someone who gives you “real lessons” during your life journey. And today is the time for me to reflect my thought, and write my deepest gratitude to all of my “teachers”.
“Once a teacher, always a teacher”
My deepest gratitude to…
My parents, who are obviously my first teachers and instructors. They have given me tons of lessons, some easy – some hard to acknowledge; someone who taught me about what the unconditional love really should be; and who taught me the true value of a fulfilling family life.
My physics teacher in high school, Mrs. Loan – who taught me the lesson of how meaningful the disciplined but caring, supportive teacher could empower and inspire the apprentices. She is my great model of an ideal teacher/mentor – which role I am learning and doing.
My form teacher in high school, who taught me the lesson about how small we are in this world, and why we should manage our self-esteem extremely well before people and things – there are always mountains taller than other – keep the head down, humble, and be a great listener – not a lousy talker.
My first boss(es), the lady and gentleman who were the owners of the Chinese restaurant nearby my place, who showed what the value the hardworking and optimistic mindset pays off.. (They are boatpeople without proper education turned millionaire)
The president and managers at the Vietnamese student association where I participated, who all interestingly showed me how and why people would behave in such certain or uncertain ways; who showed me the honest deed about life: sometimes (or most of the time?), justice is not possible – we simply could accept it and move on for a bigger things ahead.
The lady selling sticky-rice on the street corner where I lived for a few months after coming back from USA, who showed how treasure life would be, and what positive mindset you should keep despite hardship – because it happens, but is not lasting: life is short, so why we have to waste it complaining, doing something we don’t like, living purposelessly then regretting what we did nothing in the past…
The co-founders at Imagtor, the first social enterprise start-up I co-joined and departed, who showed me how potentially powerful a well-executed teamwork would be, but how fragile a poorly one would also be.
The guys I partnered with for a recent project, who taught me the hard lesson on partnership and trust. Trust: there is no such 100% certainty but you have to have the guts to decide and move on. There are some choices/decisions which are not right nor wrong one – it is all about perceptions. And Partnership – the law of nature always applies: Thing comes easily, goes easily.
The list of my teachers goes on…