Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Go-getter

Dr. Paul Chan emailed me yesterday (well, actually on Monday night at 11:04 PM, to be exact), informing me that I shall now take over the ADP portfolio; and Dr. CP Lim has also communicated this decision to me yesterday evening. Now, somebody must quickly inform Lilian (she's Head of UOL and Acting HOD for ADP) – so that I can begin my work almost immediately. There's so much to be done, and it is an adrenalin-pumping challenge because we are going to massively build ADP numbers so that SNHU becomes a 500-strong student community at HICT. This means that we willl have to double our numbers that we have now. I will work closely with Katherine and her Marketing team, and with 2 new degrees, BA in Psychology and BA in Communication being offered from January 2009 – I would like to see student numbers quickly grow from the word "Go". Personally, I am looking at achieving this by April 2010. I remembered an Oscar Wilde saying: "I can believe anything provided it is incredible". Ambitious goal? Lofty desire? Incredible wish? Didn't Samuel Johnson said, "Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified"? Aah, yes, there will be many obstacles, and I will encounter many difficulties – but I will silence the naysayers and neutralize the dissenters. And some smart aleck will certainly ask, for what? "To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theater; it lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment" – Anna Pavlova. Besides, I have never feared challenges, and I will achieve what is expected of me. Dr. Chan was right when he said it's all about attitude. And Victor Ong has real "attitude"!
The Andy McDonough CD project is moving along quite nicely. As at yesterday, we have shipped a total of 247 CDs todate. Blackout Bistro continues to also do well, and we are seeing very healthy competition between the Wednesday and Friday groups - they are competing to see who brings in the most-est daily sales! Business students should learn from Henry Ford II: "Competition is the keen cutting edge of business...". The Performing Arts Club is starting to get organized. U.S. Mart will get a new lease of life very soon. Busy, busy, busy - "the busy have no time for tears", Lord Byron claimed. How true...

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