Message from MPTC Chief HR Office Lea M. Wong

“The swiftest way to triple your success is to double your investment in personal development.”

Robin Sharma, Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series.

Throughout my career, I have observed people that have skyrocketed in their careers. I see this happen at different levels in the company. All these successful people have one thing in common – they have high development orientation. In my experience, these individuals take every opportunity to learn – new assignments, new roles, attend all seminars and courses offered, read books, subscribe to magazines in their field, look for coaches and mentors, and are very open to feedback. 

People with low development orientation usually put learning as their last priority. You will hear excuses like I don’t have time to read, I already know those thingsI’m too busy with work, or I will take the training next time. A mindset where people believe that their abilities have limitations is called a fixed mindset. However, if you believe your abilities can grow through effort and learning, you have a growth mindset. If you remain in your fixed mindset, you will never reach your full potential, as you have personally stunted your growth. It is OK to accept that there are things you do not know; what is important is that you seek out further information and knowledge; this is a true example of a growth mindset. 

In whatever stage you are in your career, continuous learning will enable you to stay relevant in your company. Just like doctors, where medicine and human health grow and undergo changes every day, our fields also have breakthroughs and changes that we must all learn and adapt to flourish in the workplace. We all must get better and better at what we do. More than ever, in the era of digitalization and fast-paced environments, we need to update our skills and knowledge, skill-up on what we know or reskill, or learn a new skill if necessary. 

That is not to say that learning makes one’s work-life balance impossible. It is always great to take a break and enjoy hobbies, watch your favorite shows on Netflix and YouTube, but it is also important to dedicate a few hours a week to listening to learning videos, reading an article, or brush up on your skills. This openness to learning will not only improve your standing as an employee but will also help you grow as a learner. As Confucius said: 

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge, to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

Thank you, and I hope you find joy in learning.

LEA M. WONG
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