The party is over.
We were overjoyed, tipsy and slightly drunk. Some of us are still having a hangover from an overdose of hope fed on a news diet of fallen kleptocrats, bejeweled handbags and stolen cash.
The Chinese have a saying that sometimes it is the era that creates its heroes.
This is the best time to be a lawyer, to be in Malaysia and to be young. Such an opportunity comes but rarely maybe once every 60 years.
For those of you who loves to be a lawyer in the true meaning of the word here is your chance to create yourself, to shine and to be famous.
A lawyer like the concept of justice she upholds must not only be one but must be heard and seen to be one.
Therefore I urge our young team of great future lawyers to acquire the following habits:
1. Wake up early
The early birds still catch the worm, fatter, juicier and better worms. A good breakfast, fresh air and a chance to compose your thoughts before you start your day is a definite headstart. You will also accomplish more. Successful people tend to be early risers.
2. Attend Functions
Go to as many gatherings and functions as you can. Don’t make excuses. Opportunities arise in strange occasions. Breakaway from your friends to mingle with people who are unlike you. Take an interest in others. Conversation is as much about listening as talking.
3. More People Skills, less Technology.
Meet face to face rather than talk on the phone or send a text. No machines will ever replace the human voice. One meeting is equal to a thousand phone calls.
4. Be Heard and Have your Say.
To be humble is an inner quality. You can still speak your mind, have a point of view and be humble. Humble people ( to paraphrase Muhammad Ali) who do not voice their views do not get very far in today’s noisy and showy world.
Reading not only improves your language and knowlege, it sharpens your power of imagination. Great things begin as a spark of imagination. Read anything and everything you can lay your hands on.
Thinking, talking and wanting are pointless without doing. Give back to society, share your knowledge and help those in need. A lawyer who is clever, writes well and has the talent to influence and persuade but who does not use such God-given attributes to help the oppressed, downtrodden and disenfrenchised is akin to a flower that blooms only at night
Carpe Diem , Carpe Omnia. Seize the day and seize every moment to be the change you want to see in the world.
Kerk Boon Leng