Belajar, belajar, belajar thats pretty much the call (direct or indirectly) from Malaysian teachers in thoughout someone’s education. So much pressure is exerted on academics that extracuricular activities are merely a joke!!! Although people talk about developing your social and soft-skills, where can a kid actually develop the skills…from books? Please lah!

On a positive note, there’s no doubt that Malaysian graduates are book-smart bla bla bla but put a top-student Malaysian SPM grad together in a room with, say american grads with average grades, that Malaysian kid will probably not contribute much because he/she probably lacks certain street skills that overseas kids learn throughout their lives.

Education is important but not everything

So what?! Sure education is important but it definitely is not everything. Good grades will carry you through school/college/university until you get a job interview…this is where the problems for most local Malaysian grads start. They lack confidence, have little actual experience and have no idea on how to sell themselves! In reality, no one will hire you if you can’t give them enough reason to hire you. Working life is not about solving book problems based on theory…its about solving problems based on a combination of theory and real (practice). You need both!

this is where the problems for most local Malaysian grads start. They lack confidence, have little actual experience and have no idea on how to sell themselves!

Get a balanced education

If you are in school now and reading this…don’t lah throw away your books and live life..hahahah….you need a balance between the two. I don’t see the point in taking 15 subjects and no,…listening to music or attending some extracurricular activity like Pengakap doesn’t count towards having a life hahahahahah. Most do it because they have not because they want to (there is a huuuuuuge difference between the two) but because they have no choice.

Know your strengths

Look at the jocks and the lazy kids that seem to have a lot of fun in school. Think they will not succeed in life? Hmmm….depends. They perhaps may lack the good grades but they sure have a lot of drive, drive and sure enjoy enjoy life. They perhaps some day will make good business man or be able to lead people with their drive, easy going spirit or charisma.

Study Smart

Study Smart. Don’t merely go with the flow. Don’t be afraid to be different and find youself (whatever that means).

There are a 1001 ways to suceed in life, getting A1’s in an exam doesn’t mean much…failing to do so also doesn’t mean much.

There are a 1001 ways to suceed in life, getting A1’s in an exam doesn’t mean much…failing to do so also doesn’t mean much. End of the day success or failure is in your hands NOT in an exam or test! Most importantly, you define your own definition of success.


Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 12 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men's Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur.

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