The Sackhumvit Trust has been the silent partner over the last many years supporting the efforts of various NGOs to give all Students, especially those that come from an economically challenged background, the right to a quality education.
We hope that our efforts have, in some small way, provided access to good educational opportunities to all those Students that have come into contact with Sackhumvit Trust or our partner NGOs. I would like to share with you two "secrets" of my own success and hope that these will help each of the Students, touched by the Sackhumvit Trust, to gain the success that you so richly deserve.I had four great "Teachers" or mentors who helped me in my life's journey.
My Father, a school dropout at Grade 3, emphasized that which he did not have, a quality education. He pushed me to do my MBA which has helped me right through my career. My second mentor, and my first "boss", taught me the value of being detailed and meticulous. Then came the Minister of Shipping of the Maldives who taught me all that I know about the shipping business. And finally it was Mr. Kirit Shah, the owner of the Company that I have worked at for the past 32 years. He really taught me all that I know and continues to guide me, by his words and actions, till this day.
To succeed in life you therefore not only need a good education but also good mentors, and in that you are richly blessed through the efforts of the various NGOs with whom we partner! In life you will come across some cross roads. The choices you make at such junctures will have an extraordinary impact on your life and career.
In my case it happened in 1983. I was negotiating terms for joining Mr. Shah in Bangkok at the same timeI was also looking at a great shipping job in Geneva. As it so happened I shook hands with Mr. Shah and accepted his offer only to find that I was also offered the job at Geneva! I declined the shipping job, even though I desperately wanted to go to Geneva, because I had already given my word to Mr. Shah.
That was the best decision I have ever made. The Geneva company went bankrupt a few years later whilst I helped start and create Precious Shipping, one of the most admired and successful shipping companies in the world! Doing the right thing always works in the long run, so I encourage you to always do the right thing no matter how tough that decision might seem.
Khalid M Hashim