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Dear Lasallians,

Lately, there have been too much hard words from me. I hope you will forgive me on my misjudgment. The Association is not perfect and we do make mistakes. My only wish is that we all can speak on brotherly terms and lower our egos for the benefit of all. I dream that we will learn from our own shortcomings and build a better tomorrow.

I went to search for wisdom. I stared at my bookshelf and it came to me the hardcopy of Dale Carnegie’s – Lifetime plan for success.

I have read the book so many times. I took it out anyway, flipped the content and read the first chapter:
“If You Want to Gather Honey, Don’t kick Over the Beehive”

Sometimes a little piece seems mysteriously to “click”. One particular piece in the first chapter about parents too tempted to criticize their children. The piece has reminded me to try my best to understand others, to figure out why they do what they do. “To know all is to forgive all.”

Dale Carnegie’s also told the story about Theodore Roosevelt and President Taft. William Howard Taft was supported by Roosevelt to be his successor. However, Roosevelt had found Taft to be too conservative and denounced him. The party had the most disastrous defeat.

Roosevelt blamed Taft, but did President Taft blame himself? Of course not. With tears in his eyes, Taft said,” I don’t see how I could have done any differently from what I have.”

I hope I will not become Taft and never said I have read Carnegie’s book already and know it all by heart.
I promise myself to read the book again for new insight.

Yours truly,
Dr. Bernard Kong ’76
President, LSCOBA 2005/06