The more you put in, the more you'll get

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am

I recently took a ride on the Airport Express from Hong Kong Station to AsiaWorld-Expo. Although it was quite expensive, I was happy to spend it because I wanted to find out why it cost so much.

When I got on the train, I couldn't see any deluxe features. It felt like a bus. But as we pulled into the airport, I realised that it had taken only 22 minutes to get there. I realised the high cost is not for luxury but for extreme efficiency.

The experience taught me the meaning of 'the more you put in, the more you'll get'. By spending more to travel on the Airport Express, I got there much faster than if I had gone by bus or car.

This idea applies to other aspects of life as well.

For example, if we spend more time studying, we will get better results. Next time someone gets better results than you, ask yourself if you could have put in more effort.

Tong Ling-fung, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Ling-fung. You have made an interesting observation - indeed, I have often noticed that it's the people who put effort and enthusiasm into life who seem to get the most out of it.

Take going to school. Everyone has to go - and until Form Five its' compulsory. So since there is no getting out of it, you may as well make the most of it. And the more attention you pay in class, the more you will enjoy the lessons and the better your grades will be. Before you know it, you'll be looking forward to class.

Alternatively, if you slack off in class and don't put any energy into the lessons, you won't get anything out of them. What's more, the lessons will seem to go on forever. When you've got your eye on the clock, time seems to go painfully slowly.

Kate, Editor