Dear Seth, I wonder, what did you learn when you were 21 that might have made you who you are now?

This is a big shout-out to thank you for being such an inspiring figure.
2010 has been a year of change and thrills so far, with your consistent urge to just "ship it!" at the back of my head.

Ever since you called on us to take leadership, be different and do remarkable things, I have transformed my birthday celebration from an occasion of debauchery to an occasion of discourse; inviting a series of speakers to deliver lightning-talks on the topic "What I wish I knew when I was 22?" (inspired by Tina Seelig) on my 22th birthday. See http://bit.ly/whatiwish. You gave me the audacity to organise this just one week before the day of the celebration, and ask people who have went on Time
magazines, built multiple companies from start-up to listing, etc. to grace the occasion. *Can I haz ze honour of meezing you in personz soon pleasez*?

You said that I don't have enough time to be unhappy and mediocre. So I went ahead to apply for Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations despite the 24-hour deadline for application and hefty expenses involved (for a student), composing essay-length answers to a tedious application over coffee, and staying up till 2am Singaporean time to heed an interview call from Boston... You said that people who succeed are those who persevere, persevere, persevere through the dip, so I did. And I got into the Entrepreneurship panel.

Thank you for being borne into the world and making it better just by staying true to yourself, your ideas, and your work.

You have changed the life of a shy Chinese girl who was borne into a family of farmers in rural Hainan; now her footsteps are all over Singapore, she hopes that soon her footsteps will be all over the world.

Have a very happy birthday.

 

Seven Reasons You Might Fail to Become the Best in the World. You run out of time (and quit). You run out of money (and quit). You get scared (and quit). You're not serious about it (and quit). You lose interest or enthusiasm or settle for being mediocre (and quit). You focus on the short term instead of the long (and quit when the short term gets too hard). You pick the wrong thing at which to be the best in the world (because you don't have the talent).