Victor Leung
Victor Leung
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On building and contributing to the community

June 09, 2021

Building and contributing to the community are really important to us. When we can use our skills to benefit others, life becomes more meaningful.

Humans are not the most powerful animals on the planet. Humans can't run as fast as lions, swim as well as fish, or fly as well as birds, but we nonetheless rule the globe because of our social abilities. We can accomplish more as a society than we can as individuals.

If I cannot contribute to the community, I feel bad because all I have today is the result of others' efforts. Take the computer in front of me as an example: this MacBook Pro results from several generations of people contributing their expertise in electricity, semiconductors, and programmers. This laptop is the result of a lot of sweat and effort from a lot of individuals. As a result, I should be grateful for the existence of this work of art.

Since I've grown up, I've gotten a lot from society, and I believe I owe others to give back whenever I can. It's all about giving and taking, and there's an old proverb that says it's better to give than to get. I am fortunate to benefit from others' contributions, such as decent food, clean water, and education; the list goes on and on.

When I realize how much I own, I feel compelled to give back to the community, grow, and contribute. This action is gratifying because the more I share, the greater our friendship becomes.

There are numerous opportunities to assist. When I was younger, one of the things I did was join the student union. I volunteer to be a committee member that will require me to put my skills to the best possible use. Don't just sit there and do nothing. Through interactions, the more I provide, the more possibilities I have to grasp what others require. Du Fu, an old Chinese poet, has left a lasting impression on me. Despite the challenges he experienced, he had a strong desire to help people. He would still be willing to put himself in harm's way for the sake of others.

Contributing to the community alters the perception of myself. It shows that I can render social and community service. I could be useful to society; this is the least I can do as a human being.

Other aspects of my personal life would also alter due to my improved mental health, focusing on the community rather than just myself. The social world on which I rely so heavily would change in several ways.

If I were successful, someone along the way would be willing to assist me. I had a terrific teacher at some point in my life. Someone assisted in the creation of this incredible system that allowed me to thrive. Someone put money into roads and bridges. All of this was made possible by our community. I would perceive success differently because I am indebted to the community and am not completely accountable for my achievement.

It would also alter my perspective on my behaviour. I may have chosen to remain mute in the past because I was concerned about other people's opinions of my speaking ability. Instead, I should consider how my words and deeds might help advance the community. Instead of focusing on my success, I began to explore how I could contribute and assist everyone in making growth.

It is my job to donate. Even if the community had better senior positions, I would no longer be afraid because I contribute from my unique role and function. I could sense my contribution and satisfaction as long as others valued my effort, which led to overall contentment.

I may give myself a resource person and contribute whatever I can at the workplace and among my friends. Even though some people disagree with me, I can contribute to the community by donating my services. I'm not going to care about what other people think.

Writing is a specific way in which I might contribute to the community. The main objective for reading a blog post or a book is to build and organize a well-informed, cohesive, and sophisticated set of ideas on something worthwhile.

I should write for two hours every day and three times every week. It is no different from thinking, and by carefully considering and clarifying key concerns, I will contribute my views more effectively.

Due to writing, I need to improve my ability to think and explain; I would be better prepared. The pen is mightier than the sword, as the saying goes. Thoughts have the power to transform the world, especially if I can write and explain my good ideas in an informed manner. Those who can think and communicate are more powerful than those who cannot. They are powerful positively, which means they can skillfully and efficiently establish and contribute to a community.

If I can think and speak, I can protect myself, my friends, and my family, which will come in handy throughout my life.

I will not underestimate the power of words; we would still live in trees if not for them. So when I have the opportunity to write and give my thoughts, I can fully utilize the power of culture in my life.

Aside from that, I'd have to spend more time with my friends and coworkers. Through daily dialogues, I need to accept myself, trust others, and contribute to others. I need to establish a social relationship and broaden my friendship; I need to see the world through the correct lens. I need to overcome my shyness and be bold enough to speak up. Whether or if my contributions are beneficial, they should be appraised by others, not by myself. I'd never know whether I'd made a genuine contribution unless I could comprehend the needs of others. As a result, I must devote time to social relationships within the community.

Politics could impede my contribution. When we have to compete for scarce resources, our human relationships become more complicated. It would be regrettable to see communal fights and bloodshed instead of goodwill and sacrifice.

A small group of self-centred individuals has disrupted positive culture throughout history and replaced it with short governance. A toxic culture would threaten people's ability to share and love. People would stop assisting one another due to a lack of communication and an unsupportive environment. I have worked in a large business with bad office politics, so this could be a real worst-case scenario. It would be practically difficult to consider establishing and contributing to the community if my inept supervisor did not constantly obstruct my ability to do so. Of course, there was always the risk that people might take my extra work for granted, thereby ignoring my significant contributions.

An alternate strategy for dealing with office politics would emphasize the importance of knowledge. Some people place a high value on any knowledge that will assist them to improve their performance. My response to office politics for specific inquiries can be a valuable tool. Understanding industry trends, consumer issues, senior management's strategic perspectives, or the agendas of other departments will assist the employees in their contribution to the planning and management of critical activities. Insider knowledge is perhaps even more valuable. Who is gaining ground, and who is falling behind? What are the most recent concerns of senior management? What are the most recent customer developments or industry trends? Regardless of how complicated the political landscape was, I could still contribute to the community with my knowledge.

Quick responses to urgent requests can also be extremely valuable to others. I will not accuse the other person of being passive-aggressive, nor will I presume to influence their behaviour. Instead, I'll take a step back and consider whether I'm contributing to the problem in any way.

I'm thinking of keeping track of how far we've come by calculating the number of compliments. Building a cohesive, cooperative society needs time, but it is a rewarding endeavour. When a community member disagrees, it's usually about status and fairness rather than money. They are appreciative of their participation. They obtain money as an extrinsic reward for their efforts.

The work ethic would be to put in long hours, live modestly, and contribute as much as possible. The more I could share, the more blessings I would receive.

Instead of setting everyone up for disappointment, I'll set a fair expectation for everyone's participation. Expecting equity harms the community because individuals who place a lesser priority may only provide the bare minimum. Members who treat it as a high priority, on the other hand, suffer because they are not given as much responsibility as they would like. They may believe they must reduce their contributions to the smallest common denominator. They expect members to contribute to the best of their skills rather than asking for matching gifts. By having the correct expectations, I could then contribute to the community.

We live in a time when we have never had so many options, but with that comes responsibility. I'll need to develop a comprehensive awareness of myself, my skills and weaknesses, how I learn, how I collaborate with people, my values, and where I can make the most significant contributions if I contribute effectively.

Because I can only reach actual perfection in achieving the goal if I operate from my strengths, I'd have to keep track of my actions daily and utilize the number of contributions I made as evidence of my development. To make time for this priority, I'll have to rearrange my schedule. By listening to feedback, I can ensure that I am not being too easy on myself.

About Victor Leung

Software development professional with expertise in application architecture, cloud solutions deployment, and financial products development. Possess a Master's degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance. Highly skilled in AWS (Certified Solutions Architect, Developer and SysOps Administrator), GCP (Professional Cloud Architect), Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes(CKA, CKAD, CKS, KCNA), and Scrum(PSM, PSPO) methodologies.

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