What does your dream look like?
Just take a few moments to think about this question.
Whether you dream of having a career that gives you fame and fortune, taking a selfie at the Eiffel Tower, competing in the Olympics or changing the world, few people in life are ever “lucky” enough to realise their dreams.
Perhaps a dream is called a dream simply because it is fun to imagine but at the same time, easily dismissed as a fantasy? If so, this would explain why so often the idea and the meaning of the word ‘dream’ is not viewed with the importance that it rightly deserves.
What if there was a way to make your dreams come true?
In this issue, we spoke to the three Bruneian Olympians who represented the country at the Rio 2016 Games. All three of them had their dreams come true but achieving such a goal cannot be attributed to luck alone. Their dreams became reality because of their sacrifices, determination and relentless hard work.
As we deconstructed the stories of successful people in this issue, and in many of our past issues, we realised that what set them apart was their absolute devotion to their dreams. These are the people who are not afraid to be ridiculed about what they imagine; and who have the courage to take action to make their dreams come true.
For dreams to come true there needs to be action, discipline and strategy as well as the wisdom to choose the right development tools. In this hyper-competitive environment, for some, further education is not only an essential tool but also a prerequisite in order to pursue their dreams. This is why we have dedicated an entire section of this issue to the topic of Further Education – to help students fulfill their dreams by making the right career choices.
In an interview on Chinese television, Hong Kong leading actor Chow Yun Fat was asked by a student in the audience to give some advice about the future of the entertainment industry in Asia. Chow responded that what he is afraid of, isn’t whether or not young people are willing to dream, but how big they are willing to dream. He added, in order to have any chance of survival, the next generation must be willing to take risks and challenge the limits of their imaginations. He cited fierce competition and the advance of innovative environments in Hollywood.
On this note, let us remind ourselves that a borderless economy is no longer a future fantasy but a reality today.