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“ÍCH LỢI CỦA SỰ HỌC” (Les Avantages de l’Étude)

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“Les Avantages de l’Étude” (Ích lợi của sự học) là tiêu đề của một tiểu luận xuất sắc của Victor Hugo khi ông mới 15 tuổi. Mặc dù cho đến nay tôi chưa hề được đọc một chữ nào trong đó, nhưng câu chuyện về tiểu luận này gây một ấn tượng rất mạnh đối với tôi, đến nỗi tôi luôn luôn nghĩ chủ đề nó nêu lên là một trong những vấn đề đáng quan tâm nhất trên đời. Tại sao vậy? Vì:
Trong phạm vi hẹp, đó là vấn đề dạy và học trong nhà trường. Liệu có gì đáng quan tâm hơn việc làm thế nào để sự học của con em chúng ta được tốt đẹp, đặng các em trở nên hữu dụng, sánh vai các cường quốc năm châu. Trong phạm vi rộng, chủ đề này thực chất là vấn đề nhận thức. Phương pháp…

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Billionaire Jack Ma teaches you how to be successful in life and business

Billionaire Jack Ma, the founder and ex-CEO of Alibaba Group, as well as one of the most successful Chinese Internet entrepreneurs, shares his wealth of experiences.

Jack Ma: The mistake I regretted the most

In 2001, I made a mistake. I told 18 of my fellow comrades whom embarked on the entrepreneurship journey with me that the highest positions they could go was a managerial role. To fill all our Vice President and Senior Executive positions, we would have to hire from external parties.

Years later, those I hired were gone, but those whom I doubted their abilities became Vice Presidents or Directors.

I believe in two principles: Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities!

Jack Ma: You cannot unify everyone’s thoughts, but you can unify everyone through a common goal.

1. Don’t even trust that you are able to unify what everyone is thinking; it is impossible.
2. 30% of all people will never believe you. Do not allow your colleagues and employees to work for you. Instead, let them work for a common goal.
3. It is a lot easier to unite the company under a common goal rather than uniting the company around a particular person.
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Jack Ma: What does a leader have that an employee doesn’t?

A leader should never compare his technical skills with his employee’s. Your employee should have superior technical skills than you. If he doesn’t, it means you have hired the wrong person.

What, then, makes the leader stands out?

1. A leader should be a visionary and have more foresight than an employee.
2. A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.
3. A leader should have higher endurance and ability to accept and embrace failure.
The quality of a good leader therefore is his vision, tenacity, and his capability.

Jack Ma: Don’t be involved in politics

1. One should always understand that money and political power can never go hand in hand. Once you are in politics, don’t ever think about money anymore. Once you are running a business, don’t ever think of being involved in politics.
2. When money meets political power, it is similar to a match meeting an explosive- waiting to go off.

Jack Ma: The 4 main questions the young generation must ponder on

1. What is failure: Giving up is the greatest failure.
2. What is resilience: Once you have been through hardships, grievances and disappointments, only then will you understand what is resilience.
3. What your duties are: To be more diligent, hardworking, and ambitious than others.
4. Only fools use their mouth to speak. A smart man uses his brain, and a wise man uses his heart.

Jack Ma: We are born to live and experience life.

I always tell myself that we are born here not to work, but to enjoy life. We are here to make things better for one another, and not to work. If you are spending your whole life working, you will certainly regret it.

No matter how successful you are in your career, you must always remember that we are here to live. If you keep yourself busy working, you will surely regret it.

Jack Ma on competing and competition

1. Those that compete aggressively with one another are the foolish ones.
2. If you view everyone as your enemies, everyone around you will be your enemies.
3. When you are competing with one another, don’t bring hatred along. Hatred will take you down.
4. Competition is similar to playing a board of chess. If you lose, we can always have another round. Both players should never fight.
5. A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understand this, the sky’s the limit.

Jack Ma: Don’t make complaining and whining a habit

If you complain or whine once in a while, it is not a big deal.

However, if it becomes habitual, it will be similar to drinking: the more you drink, the stronger the thirst. On the path to success, you will notice that the successful ones are not whiners, nor do they complain often.

The world will not remember what you say, but it will certainly not forget what you have done.

Jack Ma’s advice to entrepreneurs

1. The opportunities that everyone cannot see are the real opportunities.
2. Always let your employees come to work with a smile.
3. Customers should be number 1, Employees number 2, and then only your Shareholders come at number 3.
4. Adopt and change before any major trends or changes.
5. Forget the money; Forget about earning money.
6. Rather than having small smart tricks to get by, focus on holding on and persevering.
7. Your attitude determines your altitude.

Jack Ma on entrepreneurship

1. A great opportunity is often hard to be explained clearly; things that can be explained clearly are often not the best opportunities.
2. You should find someone who has complementary skills to start a company with. You shouldn’t necessarily look for someone successful. 3. Find the right people, not the best people.
The most unreliable thing in this world is human relationships.
4. “Free” is the most expensive word.
5. Today is cruel, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be beautiful.

Jack Ma: The 4 don’ts of entrepreneurship

1. The scariest things about starting up is the inability to see, to be snobbish, to be unable to understand what is going on, as well as to be unable to keep up with pace.
2. If you do not know where your competitor is, or overconfident and snobbish about your competitor, or are unable to comprehend how your competitor became a real threat, you will surely fall behind him. Don’t be the “they” in this idiom: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
3. Even if your competitor is still small in size or weak, you should take him seriously and treat him as a giant. Likewise, even if your competitor is massive in size, you shouldn’t regard yourself as a weakling.

Jack Ma on starting your own company

What starting your company means: you will lose your stable income, your right to apply for a leave of absence, and your right to get a bonus.

However, it also means your income will no longer be limited, you will use your time more effectively, and you will no longer need to beg for favours from people anymore.

If you have a different mindset, you will have a different outcome: if you make different choices from your peers, your life will then be different from your peers.

Jack Ma on opportunities

If there are over 90% of the crowd saying “Yes” to approving a proposal, I will surely dispose the proposal into the bin. The reason is simple: if there are so many people who thinks that the proposal is good, surely there will be many people who would have been working on it, and the opportunity no longer belongs to us.

The article is originally published in Chinese, and is translated into English. If you think this was helpful, feel free to share it with your friends.

About Jack Ma: Jack Ma is a Chinese Internet entrepreneur. He is the Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of highly successful Internet-based businesses. He is also the first mainland Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes Magazine and ranks as one of the world’s billionaires. Ma was named the Financial Times’ 2013 Person of the Year because he personifies the Chinese internet, referring to him as the “godfather of China’s scrappy entrepreneurial spirit.”.


Lee Seung Gi (이승기) – Forest (슾)

A beautiful mini-album by Lee Seung Gi. Although I’m not quite understand the meaning of the lyrics, I still get a lot of feelings, a lot of thoughts.

Somewhere, all those times that we were together

I look back to those times, as if I could touch it, as if it was yesterday.

(되돌리다 – Return)

It is not just the words that bring up the image of a man coming back to a place that he used to be, the melody give us that feeling too. I suddenly awoke when I recognized a part of 되돌리다 (Return) in 슾 (Forest). It reminds me of times when I kept going around and around and around the road that I was walking on, as my mind just wanted to go back to where that I was familiar to.

I am going to you
In between the beautiful seasons
So I won’t be sorry about our happy days passing through sometimes.

(슾 – Forest)

Well, it’s not a habit of mine to listen to an album in its right order, but I highly recommend everyone to stay relax and let the songs lead you through this short journey in the memory of love. And surely, you may find a little bit of yourselves there – as someone, at somewhere along this road.

윤하 – Home

매일 치열하게 살아
올라서려 했던 곳
그곳엔 내가 없었지
돌아가기엔 참 멀고
다시 걷긴 아득해
한참을 멈춰있던 날
불안함 가득한 뒤척임
쉴 곳이 없던 나의 집
버티고 버텨낸 시간들
누구나 다 그런 순간을 안고 살아
나를 안아주고 감싸주며 말을 했어
차갑던 숨이 녹아 아이처럼 울었지 난
너로 인해 I`m Home I`m Home
모든 게 참 쉽질 않아
그냥 되는 게 없지
그런데 네가 있어서
돌아갈 곳이 있는 난
강해지기로 했어
그래 난 네가 있어서
한 번 더 해볼 용기를 내
나를 믿어 보기로 해
너에게 보여 주려 해
너는 언제나처럼 잘 하고 있어
내게 눈 맞추고 빛이 나게 웃어주네
세상이 언제라도 나를 버린다고 해도
상관없지 I`m Home I`m Home
매일 치열하게 살아
올라서려 했던 곳
그곳엔 내가 없었지
모든 게 참 쉽질 않아
그냥 되는 게 없지
그런데 네가 있어서
네가 있는 곳 나의 집


I lived so fiercely
In the place I tried to go up
But I wasn’t there in that place

It’s so far to go back
But it’s too faint to walk again
I stopped in place for a while

Tossing and turning in anxiety
There was no place to rest even at home
I endured and endured through the times

Everyone has a moment like that in their lives
You said as you held and embraced me
The cold breath melted and I cried like a child
Through you, I’m home, I’m home

Nothing’s easy
Nothing just comes to you
But because you are here

I have a place to go back to
I decided to become stronger
Because I have you

I will take courage once more
I will decide to believe in myself
I will show you

Just like always, you are doing well
You look into my eyes and brightly smile
Even if the world throws me away at any time
I don’t care, I’m home, I’m home

I lived so fiercely
In the place I tried to go up
But I wasn’t there in that place

Nothing’s easy
Nothing just comes to you
But because you are here
Where you are is my home

10 năm 9H

Vậy là đã kết thúc 2 tuần chạy chương trình “10 năm 9H” dành cho bản thân mình và các bạn cùng lớp cấp 2. Nói là “chạy”, chứ thực ra mình thấy rất nhẹ nhàng và vui vẻ. Ban tổ chức, gồm những người bị mình dựng dậy vào buổi sáng chủ nhật ngày 03/08 cho buổi họp nháp, đã làm việc hoàn hảo. Đặt địa điểm – được địa điểm tốt. Đặt backdrop – được backdrop chuẩn. Mời thày cô – các thày cô đều đến đông đủ. Nói chung là mình rất mừng.

Sau ngày hôm nay lại nghĩ: Liệu có thể tổ chức họp lớp đều đặn thường xuyên không? Bao lâu một lần là đẹp?

Mình chưa tìm ra câu trả lời, nhưng giờ có thể tự tin nói rằng việc tổ chức không quá khó khăn như mình vẫn nghĩ. Vì lớp mình đoàn kết mà 🙂

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