Think outside the box. The world is a better place with improved healthcare and top-notch technology due to great thinkers. A great thinker is one who thinks creatively and is not impeded by conventional constraints. Great thinkers are not always well-received but they are the ones who stand out, the ones who end up in our history books. When Charles Darwin published his theory on evolution, there was great controversy. Today, after almost 150 years, evolution has found its way into our O Level biology book.
Learn from mistakes. Very often many of us are afraid to make mistakes. But how do we learn if we do not make mistakes. Thomas Edison made thousands of mistakes before he found out the correct material to be used as a filament in a bulb. When a young journalist asked Edison, "Why do you keep trying to make light by using electricity when you have failed so many times?", Edison replies, "I have not failed but have successfully discovered six thousand ways that won't work!"
Explore the unknown. It is the curiosity of wanting to know the unknown that has brought us so far. Had it been not for the geniuses of Silicon Valley, we would still be typing out our school project using a typewriter. Steve Jobs became a pioneer in introducing the personal computer because he believed that “For us (referring to Apple Computers Inc.), it's always the next dream”. And it was this thirst for making the next dream come true that has now made an iPhone, iPad or a Mac part of our everyday life.