As the final milestone of graduation looms nearer, there has been much coffee talk of how there is a lack of jobs now. Witnessing friends getting rejections on a daily basis, suiting up to attend weekly career fairs, and some resorting to spamming their CVs to many many companies.
This semester, I enrolled into the module, “Singapore Studies”, in hope of understanding what fellow SMU students think of Singapore. Unfortunately, the mindset is one that blames the government.
At this juncture, I ask myself,
“Why blame the government, the recession, or other external factors for the state we are in?”
Aren’t we supposed to be in control of how we lives turn out? In this case, shouldn’t we look inwards and think what it is we can do for ourselves to turn things around? Why let yourself to be unhappy, or dissatisfied by the direction taken on by others? Ultimately, if things are not going as well as you’ve expect it to be, do something. Don’t shift the blame to others – i.e. corporations or the government, for their lack of action. We ourselves should take action.
Why am I going the startup route for now? It is because of the belief that it is up to us to create our own job, jobs for our own countrymen, and ultimately our own happiness. Why leave it to others to do so? If everyone takes on this mindset, it will be a never ending game of waiting.
The video for the book launch from Reid Hoffman pretty much sums up this perspective: