Go All Out When Young
The assumption that one can still make their way to a carefree retirement, apart from owning a car and an apartment, after a few decades of down-to-earth hard work is definitely outdated nowadays. The previous generation would go all out and work their way up to the top. This formula, however, works no more in the present
I do not think Hong Kong is alone in the face of such a dilemma; instead, all fast-growing societies are facing the same issues. Many young people complain about the expensive home prices and high living cost in Hong Kong and find their wages not keeping up with inflation. It is their general opinions that the policies of the government are not tailored to the needs of the citizens and problems are left unsolved year after year, leading to the accumulation of discontent among
It is undeniable that there is an urgent need for solution to this structural problem. Yet, I would rather work out other means of improvement than to just feel sorry for myself. And here are my suggestions:
First, off with the dependent mindset — rely no more on schools for employment; rely not on parents to purchase property; forget even about receiving subsidy from the government. A passive mindset is always a hindrance to improvement. Second, allow not the environment to be a limiting factor to your development and keep adding value to yourself. Try picking up new languages and professional knowledge. An additional knowledge or skill brings additional opportunities.
In a society that changes rapidly, those who hang on to inflexible and conservative ways of thinking are destined to going backward. Seeking breakthroughs and seizing opportunities, on the contrary, are the only ways to survive.
By Mr. Pang Yat Ting, Dominic