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Saturday 31-Dec-2016
夠鐘找數!2016年新年願望你做咗幾多個?
終於又到年尾,是回望過去展望將來的時候。在電視節目上可以看到一大堆2016大事回顧,而Facebook呢,則是New Year’s Resolution洗板的時候。
 
New Year’s Resolution,又係時候為新一年訂下目標。其實,這個習俗是誰訂下來的呢?
 
新年目標,普遍在西方國家流行,是一個人對自己立下承諾,在下一年期間要完成的事。基於純粹對自己promise的原則,到底完成度有幾高……大家心照。其起源難以深究,不過好些都指向與宗教有關。
 
例如相傳巴比倫人每年初都會向神祇們承諾,會在那一年之內歸還向神借下的東西,以及還清他們的債務,聽落感覺有少少似觀音借富。亦有說在中世紀時,騎士們也會在聖誕季節許下所謂「peacock vow」,以表對騎士團的忠誠。總之眾說紛云,慢慢由歷史上的儀式演變成今天一種對自己的承諾。
 
時至今日,世界各地人們都會在新一年或者年尾寫下未來一年的目標,告訴自己要be a better me。記得在英國的時候,朋友們許下的願望仔細得來不會太複雜,也沒甚麼特別驚人的,大致上都是減肥、戒煙、儲錢、學外語之類的。
 
而我呢,記得上年許下了十個八個願望,實在太眼高手低。能夠完成的,一半都沒有。例如家庭,最開心的,莫過於在年尾時Ellie加入了我家。除了讓家中兩老尋回湊仔回憶之外,也令我感到為人父的滋味是如何。更重要的,是一家人圍住Ellie團團轉,反而多了溝通,關係比以前更進一步。
 
2016年,也認識了許多良師益友,陶傑、Christina Gaw、June Leung、葉朗程、Dr Max的Jeffrey、Elaine Tang和大律師林作等,不能盡錄。這是最珍貴的,他們給我的啟發,讀多十年書都未必學到。
 
這一年間我和英識的團隊都成長了很多。上年二月全賴團隊的努力,摘下了新星服務品牌大獎,今年再下一成,競逐香港服務名牌。重點不是我們要吹噓自己好叻,年年有獎攞,而是這些獎項都證明了,一個人做不到的事,一班人就做得到。一支竹仔易折彎,一堆就唔係咁講。
 
回想過去這一年,充滿好多excitement。聽得最多的字是「上市」。以前的我只會將上市當成自己的一個夢。不過,今年越來越多身邊人,律師、會計師、朋友、前輩等,都跟我說「Samuel,係時候上市啦,你公司搞得掂。」
 
然而,在這個接近觸到夢想的時刻,我卻在有意無意之間拒絕更多的投資者加入。
 
不是耍大牌,而是這一年的「飛躍進步」反而令我驚覺自己不應該讓「上市」二字成為我的keyword,「學生」才應該是。每天回到公司,看見一個個忙著打電話、send email的同事,就不禁令我回想當初,開始英國升學事業的原因。希望為香港學生提供更具透明度的升學平台,游走英國香港之間與學校交流,令學校對英識的學生更具信心,更樂於出offer。
 
一路走來,公司的發展實在快得令我驚訝。幸好身邊有好多的你、你和你,時刻提醒我「思而修身」,才不致令我心紅而弄翻將英識教育這艘船。
 
對於未來一年,我沒有太多的奢望,只想爭取一些時間,去完成上年還沒有做到的事。過去一年間,我最大的失敗,敗於一句「無時間」。做運動無時間、畫畫無時間、去旅行無時間,連瞓教都無時間。好聽就是好多野做無得停,事實就是time management有待改善。以前要做的還沒做好,我不敢坐這山望那山。
 
如果你也要為未來一年訂下目標,先問問自己「上年的數找了沒?」不必好高騖遠,能夠填滿你的2016 checklist,就已經是人上人了。

文章作者為英識教育Britannia StudyLink創辦人 Samuel Chan。

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