Meeting great people makes us to feel great. Right now I'm in such a situation. When I was in the school I felt some teachers were the greatest. But now I feel it is not correct. I don't blame any of my teachers but now I see the real world. When I started my first degree I felt it will help to get me a good job. But right now I'm in my final year and now I feel that getting a job does not fulfil the life. Even-though we have a good knowledge once completing the degree it is just job oriented. But the knowledge we must have is the major intellectual property ever we can claim for the ownership and generate more and more elements to the subject body of knowledge as well as maximum returns to the nation must be our fundamental aim. More the brave people more the nation can win. As I said earlier, now I have met the best lecturers of my life so far and what they were lecturing us is amazing and interesting. Especially I feel how small we are in front of their knowledge.
The first advice is to READ and sustain your knowledge no matter what is the stream is. Gather the knowledge locally as well as internationally as possible and critically think what can be made to develop it further and how to localize it which can be implemented in Sri Lanka successfully. Actually I have never thought about this localisation concept but I had ideas which can be directly established and adopted from the world which suits Sri Lanka. Prof. Kennedy Gunewardana one of the greatest taught this for me for the first time. As a very interactive student now I feel , if I knew this before I could have studied the concepts and localized many things even the small little concert organised in the school.
As a newborn keen student, I’m just started it and I suddenly feel very happy because our strategic entrepreneurship and innovation lecturer Mr. Hasitha Wijesundara recommended us a book called “Who will cry when you die” by Robin S. Sharma and it is all about how to achieve the life through contributing others. Basically we should live such a life that the world cries when we die! Actually before hearing about this book I had this feeling want to die just for few minutes and see who cries and how they feel about missing me. But it is almost the sake of a personal affection only within the family, friends and relatives. Any student can have this feeling but personally I don’t think that any of them have at least imagined a huge lot of unknown people cries when they die. Even adults might think only heroes can have such a background but why can’t we be the heroes who fulfils the life by contributing any of our specializations to the nation and the world.
“A good lad does not become a soldier; good steel does not become nails” (a popular Chinese saying cited by Lee Kuan Yew in his book Third World To First, 2000). Finally it can be concluded that the change of our thinking patterns is a must and it must be correlated with the growth of the knowledge of the nation. More we learn and localise more doors are there to compete successfully in the world. May be you have the potential but still you are thinking inside your limits. Do not be the steel be the nail which is useful.