Teaching and instilling the right values

January 05, 2018 17:40
In the Star Wars movie, Luke Skywalker taught two apprentices into becoming excellent fighters, but the two went on to different paths. Photo: Disney-Lucasfilm

The latest installment of the Star Wars franchise "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was released recently. Master Luke Skywalker taught his two apprentices, Rey and Kylo Ren, into becoming excellent fighters. But the two went on to different paths in the end.

The movie dove into Luke’s mind, and we learn he has some bias against Kylo Ren. The bias affected his attitude and the teaching method to his students.

Teachers, it must be said, should get rid of all their bias as mentors and protectors of their students.

They should not just teach students how to succeed, but also share experiences how to learn from failures.

I, for one, am learning to be a teacher after being a businessman. I teach my students to be innovative, which is essential for their future even if they won't be a boss or entrepreneur.

The spirit of innovation is a life attitude. One must keep learning, tackle problems, face failures, step out of comfort zone, be cooperative and think out of the box.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future," said Apple’s founder Steve Jobs.

I invite CEOs of start-ups to share their ideas, and also ask my students to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk.

They can find their weakness after trials and error. Such experience learning will enable them to think like shareholders and customers, and learn how to work with each other. They will move to investment, customers and products in the next step. They will create companies and develop new products or services, and learn how to solve problems in the process.

Students can find their interest and determine what they want to do in the future. Entrepreneur spirit is the way we live. Instilling the right values is critical in today’s world, where so many things are in the grey area.

Teachers should not just teach knowledge; they should help instill right values into students. The life goal should not be judged by scores or money.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jan 5

Translation by Julie Zhu

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