破釜沉舟

史记·项羽本纪》:“项羽乃悉引兵渡河,皆沉船,破釜甑,烧庐舍,持三日粮,以示士卒必死,无一还心”。

I met this person a few weeks ago. His words inspired me on how much effort i shall put for my future undertaking. That was the longest job interview session I had in my life, it took 2 hours just for oral interview. I know some of you are guessing that i must have went to a big firm for such difficult. Indeed, i choose a small firm. I admit that the remuneration was one of my concern, but not the main. “Let the money seek you, not you seek for money” this is what he said. My main concern is to look for  a good master that can inspire, motivate, educate me within this 9 months chambering life. He had told me what he thought of, what he expected to see from me, what he want his student to be. Most importantly, he point out my weakness on the spot. I didn’t expect to go thru my 9 months without any obstacle. He said there is still room of improvement and he emphasized on this  “破釜沉舟”. He asked me : do you understand what does this 4 words mean ? ” Yes Sir, it means a person must have strong determination to achieve something.” ” Then, do you know the story behind it ? ” “what means 破釜 and 沉舟?” I didn’t answer this question as i wasn’t very sure about it. ” If you want to chamber here, you must be ready to have strong determination to improve and to learn, to the extend of 破釜 沉舟. ” ” So Sir, if i am ready, will you accept me ? ” “Welcome ! “

In the end, different from others, I didn’t step out the firm joyfully or cheerfully. Getting a job as self-recognition isn’t my aim. I am glad i met him and i decided to turn down other offer and interview because I believe this man will lead me wisely in my career journey. Let’s wait and see whether am I really that determine to improve and whether does the extend of improving need to reach 破釜沉舟 this high benchmark.

I am starting a new chapter in my life on 2nd August.

Wish me good luck ! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “破釜沉舟

  1. Tattoo this words in ur mind! =) jiayou my friend! the path to extraordinary wise may be very tough, but i know u are someone who can make it! even if u dont reach till the extend as he expects, i believe u also try ur best already. most importantly is, you recognize your effort eventually.

    • Thank You my dear friend, i hope to have a good start soon. I endeavor for the best for my life and I will engrave this 4 words in my mind. Even though if we were recruit back to service the government, I will bring his words along.

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