Pushing the envelope further…

On the same theme of youths in SIngapore, this article by Bernard Leong has some new and succinct insights on how our young generation in Singapore seemed to lack the "fire in our bellies" that anchor US culture and not too distantly, our immigrant forefathers that founded this nation.

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Why is Finland, with only 5 million population, able to create immensely successful corporations like Nokia and NimbleGen and Singapore, with 4, pushing 5 so far only have Creative and HyFlux to our name?

On an irreverent corollary, why do our national soccer team always get thrashed on the international scene while we watch countries with lesser resources do much better than us?

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5 thoughts on “Pushing the envelope further…

  1. hi thanks for recommending the article. in addition, i also read the ones from Kamran Elahian and the business weekly… i think both the government and the individuals are responsible for being risk-averse… take china for example, recently i read an article on the deaths of those 22 cocklers in the UK… they were from Guang Zhou, they knew that the harsh working conditions in the UK and that many have had died…yet they don’t give a shit and resolve to continue to risk their lives working in the UK, because it takes them 2 years or even longer to earn what they can make in a month in the UK… you know what, these people from the mainland of china are risking their LIVES, which i think it is a much greater gamble than what it takes to start up one’s own company… but why is this happening in china not singapore? the chinese government cannot simply take care of everyone’s life because china is too big… people are thus left to their own survival… if you want to do something, you’d better get up from your ass and make action speak louder than words… in comparison, the local government has created such a safe and comfortable environment for its fellow citizens and this greatly reduces the incentives for people to take reasonable risks to achieve some big dreams… if you’re afraid to fail, i’m sorry that i think the only way you can win is by luck… i like the part that in SV failure is considered as “badge of honor”… when asked rami what he thought about singaporeans, he replied that he felt there is lack of fervor, enthusiam, fire and ambition among the locals… anyway thanks for the article and i certainly learnt a lot!

  2. hey sorry to be so blunt in quoting rami, because i’m afraid that i may offend someone, although i didn’t mean to do so… i think it is time for you guys to disapprove the americans that you’re too ambitious and you too can make big successes like they do… it is not so much about proving to them that what you can deliver but rather to yourself…

    this just came to me while washing my dishes… i think singapore does not have to do completely away from the SV model… it can modify but more importantly improve on the SV model by taking into consideration of the competitive advantages that it harnesses, such as its well-placed strategic location… the abovementioned is what i can think of as a 21-year-old brat… what i mean is that someone else may say, “what you wrote here are needless to say…” yeah it is easier said than done and what singapore needs to cut the “crap” and start doing now without behaving impulsively…

  3. i like this part.. “if you’re afraid to fail, i’m sorry that i think the only way you can win is by luck”. well said.

  4. Oh well, it seems like in Singapore, only a handful with ther fire in their belly posses the “dare the fail” mindset. Majority are still stuck in the “fail to dare” limbo and won’t take a single step out of their comfort zone.

  5. I think the social stigma of being branded a “failure” here in S’pore if you fail in your venture is too great for many to overcome. Its not like over in the US where it is commonplace for young people to go out on a limb and start their own ventures, and even if you fail, its like a feather in your cap and you move on to something else.

    I guess here in S’pore it’s a bit different. There’s a kind of herd mentality going on where you don’t really want to be seen as someone who is doing something radical, in case you fail miserably and face ridicule. I agree with wannapreneur on the point that many prefer to stay in their comfort zone rather than take the plunge.

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