Local singer Kit Chan (above) may have come in last in popular China reality singing contest I Am A Singer, but all of us in Singapore should be proud of her ("Kit Chan first out of China reality singing contest"; last Sunday).
She embodies all the good qualities that we should aspire to.
We have heard the phrase "failure is the mother of success".
In that sense, Chan can hold her head high, having gained more fans among the audience, TV viewers and even her competitors.
This is the kind of exposure that money cannot buy.
If we are to truly succeed, we have to get out of our comfort zones and challenge ourselves.
This should be the mindset that the Government, corporations and, in fact, the whole of Singapore should adopt.
Being "kiasu" (Hokkien for "afraid to lose") is no way to win Nobel prizes or come up with ground-breaking inventions.
Once again, kudos to Chan, our "national treasure" who stepped out of the small pond and swam with the big fish.
Remember, failure can be the first step to success. Who dares, wins.
This article was first published on Jan 18, 2015.
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